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Around the World in 80 Diets: A Photographic Study of People and Their Daily Eating Habits

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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Photojournalist husband and wife duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusion have come up with yet another poignant theme for their latest book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. They spent 3 years visiting 30 countries, asking 80 people from all walks of life to share with them the visual answer to the simple question, “What do you typically eat in 1 day?” The portraits themselves are compelling and very telling of the way culture and occupation shape a person’s diet, and thus health. Along with each photograph is a list that details all of the items along with the total calorie count. [Read more...]

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Au Natural and Still Beautiful: Women With Underarm Hair

Friday 04.11.2014 , Posted by
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As the beauty industry would have us believe, women should only have hair on their heads. But London-based photographer Ben Hopper, is turning that standard upside down, with this sexy series called Natural Beauty. Once he came up with the idea, he asked some models and actresses to grow out their body hair. It turns out that a little armpit hair does not distract from the beauty of a beautiful woman. [Read more...]

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Change Your Perception: You’ll Never Guess What’s Inside This Infinity Box

Thursday 04.10.2014 , Posted by
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Although all of these pictures are pretty rad, they can’t even come close to what experiencing one of Matt Elson’s Infintiy Boxes is like. An amazing, interactive, human experience, sticking your head into one of the boxes reveals a playful world that is guaranteed to make you smile as you attempt to comprehend how on Earth you are seeing what is before you. By skillfully placing mirrors inside of the boxes, Elson composes unique illusions that play tricks on your perceptions. I was first introduced to the infinity boxes at Burning Man by the incredible, bouncy, beaming Vito Neo Reargo, who enthusiastically shared his experience with me. [Read more...]

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A Globe Made Out of Hand-Painted Matchsticks Shows the Earth When Hurricane Sandy Struck

Wednesday 04.09.2014 , Posted by
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From afar, this globe looks like any other, but upon closer examination you can see that the surface is made up of thousands of matchsticks! NYC based artist Andy Yoder spent 2 years recreating the satellite images of the Earth during Hurricane Sandy. He hand-painted each of the matchsticks to achieve the perfect pigment, then glued them one-by one to a frame made of foam and cardboard inside a plywood skeleton. Don’t get pyro-happy from all the matches though, Yoder’s last step was to coat the entire globe in flame retardant, so this work will never go up in flames. [Read more...]

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See a Little Dog on a Big Bike Tour from the East Coast to the West Coast this May!

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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Next month a little dog named Petunia, and her human, will be leaving their hometown in New Jersey, by bicycle, and heading to Virginia to start cycling Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica route all the way to Astoria, Oregon! A journey of over 4,000 miles, the duo will be documenting their travels and turning them into a documentary. According to this adventurous dog’s human, “Petunia is seat belted into her dog pod via a chest harness that has a seatbelt low in the front, and another one on the back that prevents her from getting too far out when she’s enjoying the fresh air. She likes to ride and hasn’t tried to jump out. She has a special signal for when she needs a potty break (and she’s pretty regular so I can anticipate break times mostly).” It’s clear that this pup was born to ride! [Read more...]

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Creativity In Motion: The Making of Poetic Kinetic’s Coachella Snail

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you were one of the lucky ones who was in attendance at Coachella 2013, then undoubtedly you got to experience the amazing Helix Poeticus AKA Coachella Snail. With Coachella 2014 just around the corner- literally this weekend- we can’t wait to see what the makers of Helix Poeticus, Poetic Kinetics, will be bringing this year. The creative team, co-founded by Patrick Shearn and Cynthia Washburn, is based in LA, but they have brought their large scale kinetic sculptures to festivals all over the US and even to Beijing for the Olympic Games in 2008. The Coachella Snail arrived last year completely bare, but with the help of graffiti duo Herakut, Helix Poeticus got styled for the event with designs and the memorable quote, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” [Read more...]

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The Elevated Movement: A Hammock Company that Supports Artists, the Environment, and the US Economy

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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Laying in a hammock is the epitome of relaxation, but without trees hammocks would just be blankets on the ground! That’s why for every hammock sold, The Elevated Movement will plant 2 trees. Aside from that environmental impact, this amazing company, founded by hammock aficionado Matthew Santens, also uses 100% recycled materials. The hammocks themselves are made out of plastic bottles, but you would never guess when you feel how soft and strong they are. On top of that, these are the coolest looking hammocks you have ever seen, with artist designs and Hubble Telescope images- or your own creation or photo- printed using high quality, vibrant sublimation printing. And the artists whose designs are available for purchase actually get 30% of the profit, which sadly is a rare occurrence for artists. [Read more...]

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Live Stream Peep Show of The Hippest Bird & Squirrel Cafe

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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As human houses have gotten more modern and sleek, why is that most birdhouses are still so old fashioned? This bird feeder in Norway defies the traditional style, as it was modeled to look like a hip cafe. Photographer Magne Klann and model maker Lars Autrtade combined forces to create this project which they call Piipshow, featuring a constant live stream of a birdie bar that occasionally gets robbed by some handsome squirrels. It’s hard to imagine anything cuter than the scenes in this avian restaurant. [Read more...]

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Fluid Graffiti Portraits by Noé Pauporté

Saturday 04.05.2014 , Posted by
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Emerging from swirls and splatters, and vibrantly colored geometric patterns, come realistic portraits. Born in 1985, Noé Pauporté has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but he didn’t hone his overlapping character graffiti on canvas until 1998. The self-taught artist studied at the foundation for Fine Art in Brussels paints both realistic and imaginary characters using varying techniques such as acrylic, ink, bomb, Posca, pencil, and oil paint. He focuses mostly on living creatures in his artworks, humans especially. He also composes electronic music under the name KhromaSoma. [Read more...]

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The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes… And Mouth and Nose

Wednesday 04.02.2014 , Posted by
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No matter what your age is, a kaleidoscope is a pretty fascinating toy to look through. Belarus-based designer Norg Nodis had this in mind when he transformed boring, plain portraits into a kaleidoscopic vision. Selecting random shaped portions of the face and making them radially symmetrical, he achieved a very trippy version of each person. [Read more...]

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