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Meet Darcy, The Flying Hedgehog of Instagram

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Cats are so last week. At least that’s a sentiment most internet users will consider the first time they come across Darcy the flying hedgehog. Three years ago Darcy’s owner, Shota Tsukamoto of Tokyo Japan, popped the adorable quilled creature on Instagram and ever since the fans have been rolling in. Who wouldn’t be amused by the fantastic things Darcy gets up to? Riding flamingos, exploring fuzzy shoes and generally lounging around are all on the days list of activities… but Darcy does them all with endearing style. [Read more...]

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Moving Without Mom: Father and Daughter Recreate Wedding Photos of Late Mother

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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Ben Nunery and his wife Ali were married in 2009, just after closing the deal on their new house. Since the house was still empty, they took the opportunity to have their beautiful wedding photographs taken inside their new home. It was were they would celebrate the beginning of their new family, and the challenge of loss.

Tragically, Ali was later diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and passed away at the age of 31 in 2011. This year, Ben with his young daughter Olivia moved out of the house, and in a touching tribute recreated the special photos from Ben and Ali’s wedding day – a fitting way to mark new beginnings and remember happy times. [Read more...]

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Bring Back That Carefree Feeling: Cancer Patients React to Getting Outrageous Makeovers

Thursday 12.12.2013 , Posted by
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“You know what I miss most?” asks Katy A., who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. “Being carefree.” She’s one of the many people who are experiencing the day-to-day life altering affects of this pernicious disease… not least of which is the way it can suck the joy out of a vibrant life. Inspired by her words, the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France invited 20 cancer patients to get a makeover and, as the project is titled, If Only For a Second bring them a bit of carefree bliss.

Little did they know what they were getting into. [Read more...]

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About Face: Giant Street Portraits By RONE

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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Street artist RONE’s newest work makes us do a double take. Painted on a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, the piece looks perfect from a distance, yet proves rough and dripping upon closer inspection. One example of the Melbourne-based artists’ extensive street portraits, the mural embodies RONE’s efforts to “locate the friction point between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent.” [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: The Ever Playful Alexander Calder

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Alexander Calder made play the major theme of his art. Over the course of more than fifty years, he worked harder than most in the pursuit of the creation of his own universe, invented a whole new genre, an art of moving sculpture known as ‘mobiles,’ and made works on an unsurpassed scale. But he was also an incredibly interesting character, a man who had a childlike view of life which translated seamlessly into his work. [Read more...]

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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade. [Read more...]

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The Happy Swimming Pigs of the Big Majors Cay, Bahamas

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that you find yourself jealous of a pig… but that could happen when you find out about the pigs on Big Majors Cay in the Bahamas. Nobody is quite sure how this otherwise deserted island became the home to so many ferrel but friendly pigs, but they sure seem to be having a good time. When they’re not lounging in the soft sand doing their best to get a tan, the pigs swim out to the boats that frequent the island… I mean, who wants a pile of island weeds when you can have a tasty treat from island hopping sailors? [Read more...]

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What Would History Look Like as Told Through Instagram?

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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“If something isn’t on the internet, it didn’t happen.” At least that’s what a lot of people seem to think in our modern age, when every birthday party, natural disaster or new creative pursuit has to show up on Facebook or Instagram. But what if the major historical events of the past happened today with our current social media obsession? What if DaVinci had posted instagram teasers showing his nearly completed Mona Lisa? What if someone posted a photo of the Trojan horse before its secret contents were revealed? That’s what MTV designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen set out to do on their hilarious new blog, Histagrams. [Read more...]

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A Floating Golf Course in Coeur d’Alene, That Moves!

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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In golf there are water features… and then there are water features. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho has one of the very best. With its location on the northern end of beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect spot for the 18-hole courses most notable element – an artificial floating island that holds the 14th hole. [Read more...]

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Totally Rad: Photographing Malls Across America (in 1989)

Monday 11.18.2013 , Posted by

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In 1989 Michael Galinsky set out driving across the country from Long Island, to North Dakota, and Washington State beyond. His mission? Documenting the malls of America as he went. His series is a time capsule from a transitioning country, where downtown districts continued to lose popularity and the “big box” malls became social and consumer hubs. Here teens roam with matching mullets, the elderly enjoy cigarettes inside, and ‘stonewash’ jeans had elastic at the bottom. [Read more...]

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