A Ghost Ship Spotted Along A Canal in Amsterdam

We’ve seen plenty of ghost ships in movies, but this one doesn’t require animation. This vessel appears at night along a canal in Amsterdam and you won’t believe your eyes. Using stage lights and water curtains, the ship appears in the water and the wind only adds to its eerie qualities. Created by visualSKIN for the Amsterdam Light Festival, the apparition shows up in front of Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum.

Would You Let Someone Tattoo You… Freehand? Tattoos With No Previous Sketches or Stencils

There are many tattoo techniques in the world, but a unique one is developing at the hands of an Amsterdam-based artist appropriately named Jay Freestyle. It’s being tattooed entirely by freehand – where the client’s new ink is totally dependent on what Jay creates on the spot. His method is unique, and while the idea of unplanned permanence would leave many uncomfortable, his clients are sure to be happy with his highly skilled artwork. The finished pieces come out beautifully and each one is uniquely original.

Google’s Renewed Amsterdam Office is a Total Playground

Google has created yet another well designed office, this time in the city of Amstersdam. Designed by D/DOCK, the interior speaks to the fun aspects of Dutch culture. There are bicycle carriers, emblems of the royal family and yes, even large ceiling panels resembling the popular stroopwafel dessert.

Locks of Lettering: Human Hair Typography by Monique Goossens

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If you have long hair like me, hair balls in the shower drain and garbage can after cleaning out the brush are a common occurrence. In this clever series, designer Monique Goossens transforms those commonly overlooked hairballs into typography. She shapes the clumps of hair into letters and leaves stray hairs radiating off of each one so that its material is obvious. The Amsterdam based artist studied Interior Design and Styling at Academie Artemis and became interested in the relationship between photography and design, so she continued her studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Dutch Promote Women’s Rights With a Massive Portrait

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To assist Netherlands feminist foundation Mama Cash with promoting and protecting women’s rights around the world, world renowned Cuban-American terrestrial artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created an enormous portrait of a woman’s face in Dutch soil. He explains: “Using fertile soil to create this piece becomes a metaphor for what can come forth if the vision of these women is respected and allowed to bring about change.” With the help of 80 volunteers, Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam, which is larger than 2 football fields was transformed to become the fierce face of a female activist in less than a week. They used almost 5 miles of rope, 7 tons of straw, 5,300 cubic feet of soil, and 1,150 wooden poles to bring Gerada’s vision to life.

Atelier de l’Armée: Vintage Euro-Army Threads & Bags


It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s Dutch. In the vibrant city of Amsterdam, there’s a lovely couple busy away in their workshop resurrecting unique vintage materials and creating them into eye-catching bags and clothing. The company is called Atelier de l’Armée, which translated to English means “Army Workshop.” Founded just over a year ago, the company is making a name for itself quickly in Europe.

Impressive Tape Art by Max Zorn


Amsterdam based artist Max Zorn creates his works with a unique media: packaging tape. By layering the translucent tape on plexiglass and cutting it with a scalpel, he creates remarkable tape pictures and is able to achieve various shades, hues and shadows through his work. Once completed, his work can often be seen hanging on the local Amsterdam street lamps. Lit up, it shines through the tape and manifests a beautiful image.

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Amsterdam’s Witkar: The First Car Sharing?

If you thought the concept of car-sharing was only a recent notion, think again. Looking like little Pope-mobiles, these classic electric autos from Amsterdam where not the car for those who suffer from scopophobia (the fear of being seen), but they did pioneer the idea of a technology based car sharing system. All the components of a modern system are there: a very clever docking and recharging system, card and computer control of vehicle access with the member entering their PIN number on a rotary phone. Rates were reasonable: about 3.5¢ US per minute.

Mapped: City Hot Spots for Locals and Tourists

Looking for a locals bar in a popular city? Look no further than these maps, which plot the places locals and tourists frequent. Taking the images submitted to the Geotaggers World Atlas and placing them on the map colored based on the length that person has been in the city, these images give a good idea of where locals and tourists visit. It’s also a handy travel reference to see what quiet spots still exist in these popular places.