Che Peccato

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This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”

Bidding for the Position of Dr. Dre’s Personal Art Advisor

In an ideal world, the extremely wealthy would let me buy art for them. Equipped with no vested interests, no time for back rubbing and preening, only just an eye for nice pictures, it’d be a fantastic fit. With this in mind, I’ve selected 11 works of art from tonight’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s for Dr. Dre, hip-hop’s first billionaire. Lord knows he’ll need some decoration for that house he just bought.

‘Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle’

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Banksy donates an artwork taken off of the street by the leader of Bristol Boys Club to the Bristol Boys Club, to do with it as they see fit.

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One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush by Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Action-Filled Fantasies

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One of my multi-million dollar dreams is to build an Action Park replica for my friends and I to hang out at a couple times a year. There’d be a great BBQ, onsite emergency medical staff, maybe a cool DJ, and of course, all the crazy rides that the shortest lived, most legendary theme park had to offer. To get an idea of how fun and dangerous this would be, here’s a “best of Action Park” video complete with people actually sliding down the infamous Cannonball Loop.

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Tax Time in Springfield

Heads or Tails

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In such a disposable economy, it’s always a treasure to come across old money. Here, Chris Ware imagines the journey of one penny, minted in 1929.

Knock On Wood…

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Your chances of getting audited by the IRS are at the lowest percentages since the 1980s. A look at the numbers, below.

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Stacks of Cheddar & Dough & Clams & Cake & Bread

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The richest, and in turn most powerful families in food.

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Shabazz Napier’s One Shining Moment of Truth by Ian Crouch

The NCAA champ who can’t afford to eat

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Hoard d’Oeuvres by Rhonda Lieberman

Art collecting is the most esteemed form of shopping in our culture today

PotCoin

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The Marijuana industry is getting its own crypto-currency.

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Streaming Silence

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Los Angeles band Vulfpeck have figured out a way to get paid off of Spotify, have their fans stream their album Sleepify (full of silent tracks) on repeat while they sleep.
 

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The Devil and the Art Dealer by Alex Shoumatoff

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse. Amid an international uproar, Alex Shoumatoff follows a century-old trail to reveal the crimes—and obsessions—involved.

The Lion Tamer, by Max Beckmann

Analyze Swish

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Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight’s statistical model for the NCAA Tournament will help balance out your risky bracket behavior.

If There’s One Thing Congress Can Do, It’s Get a Cool Coin Made

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The curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin from the United States Mint celebrates the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coin is the result of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a law passed in 2012.

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Art World Places Its Bet by Carol Vogel

Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas

Who Gets What? A Hypothetical Situation Involving Rappers at Ben Eine’s Art Show

 
Not sure why I am considered one of the preeminent scholars for hypothetical rapper scenarios, but I seem to get paid a decent amount of money to write about what I think rappers would and wouldn’t do within certain hypothetical situations.

So when I was asked to guess which rapper/singer would buy which of these amazing pieces of hand painted typography I found it was a lot harder than I thought. Since the artist didn’t do one that said “YOU DONT GOT THE ANSWERS SWAY” I had to actually use my own brain power to figure out this turnt up typographical conundrum in a timely manner.
 
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Ben Eine’s “Heartfelt” is on view at Judith Charles Gallery in NYC through March 16th

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The Gavel Drops at Sotheby’s by Andrew Rice

The auction house is under attack by hedge-fund activist Daniel Loeb, who wants it to start making lots more money, in part by refusing to kowtow to rich folks like him.

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