By 1999 John DeLorean was bankrupt and swimming in $85 million debt, but he still hoped that his namesake De Lorean car would eventually come back into style. The thought wasn’t entirely absurd – Volkswagen was enjoying phenomenal success with its ‘new’ Beetle and the retro-styled PT Cruiser was a hit for Chrysler. Then again the De Lorean Motor Company’s signature car, the DMC-12, only had a ten to 11-month run of less than 9,000 cars. In other words, the 1982 De Lorean car was retro by 1983. By 1985 the De Lorean was a joke in Back to the Future, so dated it made for a perfect time machine.
Even if you haven’t broken a law, it’s 100% legal for police to seize your property. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and police have abused it for years. Following confiscation, cops partner with the feds and put the goods up at auction, bringing bonus money back into their departments. Taking advantage of the virtual goldmine that awaits them in public, some police have gone as far as waiting outside a bar hoping that a patron would come out a little drunk so that they could seize his Mercedes.
For his latest exhibition Likelihood of Confusion, former intellectual property lawyer and full-time artist Alfred Steiner subverts pervasive logos using meticulously drawn objects and the Freudian method of free association.
“Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle” a 2-part documentary by Jared Eberhard for Vans.
Cody Hudson has a day job as a graphic designer and is also a creative collaborator with several independent brands. He discusses a need to create art even if no one sees it. Cody tours his studio and the city of Chicago, highlighting examples of his favorite work.
James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.”
Jim Norton shares a lifetime of sex solicitation and makes a case for legalized prostitution. Protecting the women is key, and “pimps should be thrown down an elevator shaft.” He doesn’t mention tax dollars though, which is interesting since new streams of money and opportunity usually open up the eyes of even the most disagreeable people.
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