This month is Movember, a philanthropic movement in which men start November clean-shaven then grow their mustaches and beards for one month in order to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer. In support of all the men who are growing out their mustaches this month, Harry’s—the brand of razors that offers a great shave at a fair price—created a holiday in celebration of their commitment. National Shave Day will take place on December 1, 2013, and Harry’s is offering free mustache shaves and a limited-edition razor at partner barbershops—from Baxter Finley in California to Harry’s Corner Shop in New York.
In preparation for National Shave Day, we decided to present 10 mustaches in the history of art, and rate them on a Needs-a-Shave Scale. The list includes Salvador Dali’s book dedicated to his mustache, in which the Surrealist painter poses with his whiskers tied in a knot, as a paintbrush, and as the hands of a clock, and Marcel Duchamp’s “L.H.OO.Q.,” for which he drew a mustache on a reproduction of the Mona Lisa.
Click through the slideshow for these mustaches and more.
We recently introduced you to The SIMPLE Mobile Game Changer Seriesthat follows host Levi Maestro as he travels the country in search of talented people who want to up their game. This got us thinking about our own game and what we’ve achieved in recent times to push The World’s Best Ever to the next level.
You may remember that we curated an exhibition of Nudes this past March to celebrate Guerrero Gallery’s 3rd Anniversary. This was the first art show that we had the pleasure of producing, and it felt like a natural progression from the art content we have displayed over the years. Nudes gave us an opportunity to showcase and thank some of our favorite artists, whilst focusing on one of our favorite topics, nudity.
Nudes was a great success—despite the inevitable last minute hiccups such as missing pieces due to a blizzard in New York—and the experience of curating an art show was definitely a game changer. It was something that challenged and inspired us to take The World’s Best Ever into a new arena, paving the way for future artistic collaborations that we’re excited to bring you in the coming months.
If you’re looking for inspiration and to change your game, head over to www.changeyourgame.com and check out some of the video submissions. And simply by entering your own 30-second video, you could win a new smartphone or tablet each week all thanks to SIMPLE Mobile.
Breaking the rules is what made more than 3 million people switch to SIMPLE Mobile, a brand that offers affordable cell phone service and nationwide 4G with no contract. To showcase people who break the rules, SIMPLE Mobile has created an interactive site and series.
The SIMPLE Mobile Game Changer Series follows host Levi Maestro, as he travels the country in search of talented people who want to up their game. Then SIMPLE Mobile gives them a hand in taking their game to the next level.
In the first game-changing experience, “L.A. Street Art,” Levi heads to Los Angeles, where he searches for an artist on the verge. He meets up with artists 2TONE and SPANTO, and together they select PUSH.
SIMPLE Mobile then helps PUSH create a three-dimensional installation piece, which stretches his skills and ideas, at Known Gallery. “It’s awesome,” says one attendee at the opening, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
In the second game-changing experience, “L.A. Skate,” Levi hits the streets on a mission to find a local skateboarder who needs a little support to realize their dreams. Levi meets up with pro skater Theotis Beasley, and together they select Blake Johnson as the “one,” and hook him up with a game-changing experience and feature in The Skateboard Mag.
Now SIMPLE Mobile is offering to change your game with a new sweepstakes. Submit a 30-second video that tells your story and how SIMPLE Mobile can help, and you’ll be signed up for a chance to win a new tablet or smartphone each week.
Over a period of three days, nearly 100 young people—ages 16 to 24—worked on the set of English hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks music video for their brand new single, “Lost Generation.” Each young person was paired with a seasoned music industry professional—from art director to gaffer—and gained invaluable work experience and insight.
“It’s hard even getting work experience at the moment, because I email a few production companies each week, and hardly ever get a reply, so it’s great I have this opportunity,” says Charlotte, who shadowed the director. “It’s been an amazing opportunity, a once in a lifetime one, because you’d never get this work experience placement anywhere else.”
This is just one example of the hundreds of work opportunities available through GoThinkBig, a portal set up by O2 that helps young people get relevant work experience, plan for the future and develop the skills to succeed.
You can watch the official Rizzle Kicks music video for “Lost Generation” here, and follow GoThinkBig on Twitter and Facebook for upcoming opportunities.
Fresh out of college, I knew I wanted to work in print, but I wasn’t sure how. I tried sending pitches to magazines, but all required clips, and I went on interviews with publishers, but all of them required work experience. I took a job in a group home—a place where I lived as a teenager—to pay the bills, while I still tried to break into print.
Through an artist friend, I met the publisher of an independent arts and culture magazine, who hired me as an unpaid intern. It wasn’t glamorous, for sure—my main duties included mailing magazines and walking his dogs—but over time, I worked my way up from unpaid intern to paid assistant to associate editor to managing editor to editorial director.
The long story short is that work experience and connecting with the right people are the keys to landing your dream job. And GoThinkBig can help you do just that: The online hub created by O2 helps young people get relevant work experience, plan for the future and develop the skills to succeed.
Hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks partnered with GoThinkBig to recruit young people to create a new music video for their single “Lost Generation.” Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks said, “We want to give kids the kind of break we got. There are so many talented young people across the U.K. who all too often don’t get the chance to prove themselves in a real work environment. That’s why we wanted to get involved with GoThinkBig, using the launch of our new single ‘Lost Generation’ to offer up opportunities for people to get a foot on the ladder.”
GoThinkBig received 3,000 applications from all over the U.K., and almost 100 young people—ages 16 to 24—were selected and paired with seasoned industry professionals from a variety of positions, including runners, stage hands, makeup artists, cast, crew, directors, producers and editors. Each young person shadowed a professional during the three-day shoot, and gained invaluable work experience and insight into the industry.
“I’ve just graduated with a degree in film and video production,” said Joshua Reeves, who was mentored by the producer, “so this has made a great start to my career in film and television.”
Two of the youths who worked on the “Lost Generation” video have already garnered paid work since the shoot. Esrael Alem, who shadowed the behind-the-scenes director, was hired as a runner on an upcoming John Newman video, got work experience at video production company Partizan, and just landed work as a runner on a Little Woods commercial. James Ducker also got work experience at Partizan, and worked on a Dizzee Rascal video.
GoThinkBig helped kickstart Esrael and James’ careers, and can kickstart yours too. Register on GoThinkBig for a host of great work experience opportunities, and make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
adidas is one of the rare brands that is able to be both classic (what’s more classic than those three stripes?) and also on-trend, appealing to the next generation of tastemakers. In line with both of these qualities, adidas launched the “Crash & Collide” project, which called upon aspiring artists to create an original piece of artwork using at least one element of adidas Originals—the logo, a shoe or specific piece of clothing—interpreted in their own aesthetic.
By asking artists to “crash & collide” their styles with brand elements, adidas hoped to inspire originality and never-seen-before concepts. The finalists accomplished that and more: Dean Cook designed the HMS Original, an adidas ship in the throes of a sea monster; Simon Misra illustrated a portrait of adidas founder Adi Dassler among a pair of Gazelle trainers; Astan Istval drew two abstract faces about to collide; and Black Soup created a giant adidasbot unleashing a makeover on the masses.
The finalists got the opportunity to get their own creative projects off the ground with a financial bursary and publicity from adidas. We’re hoping for another major collision this Summer.
This past Friday, Gillette offered me the chance to experience a hot towel shave featuring their new Gillette Fusion ProGlide SilverTouch Razor. Never having undergone a proper shave in my life, I welcomed the opportunity. Arriving at STORY on 10th avenue in west Chelsea a heavily stubbled man, I was guided into an old school chair, and after 30 minutes of man-pampering, resurfaced to the street a baby-faced 30 something thanks to the gentle hands of Luis from Frank’s Chop Shop. If you’re in New York, stop by STORY through July 7th for a look through their Men’s Shop.
We love booze—remember last year’s booze cruise? So we were thrilled to find out that Shiner, Texas’ oldest independent brewery, is finally bringing its beers to New York.
The brand’s signature brew, Shiner Bock, has been a Southern staple for decades, known for its deep amber color and distinctive flavor, which is perfect for pairing with beef ribs or brisket.
It’s no surprise then that Hill Country Barbecue Market is one of the first places to carry Shiner in New York. In addition to their Longhorn Cheddar mac & cheese and braised collard greens with bacon, Hill Country now offers four Shiner beers on tap (Shiner Bock, a pilsner an IPA and a seasonal beer).
Shiner has also found a new home at VICE, where it has a branded section titled “What the Bock,” which features posts on tattoos, barbecues and asks locals who they would most like to have a beer with (answers include Kurt Cobain, Dustin Hoffman, Eazy-E and God).
We can’t wait to get down to Hill Country or pick up a pack of their golden pale ale, which would be perfect to make our favorite booze-cruise recipe: the beer-onion soup sandwich.
Technology makes our lives easier, and so, there is a certain responsibility to use technology to improve the lives of others. A perfect example of this ethic in practice is the recent Smirnoff Mindtunes project, which focuses on how technology can be used to transform brain activity and emotion into music.
Smirnoff Mindtunes uses musical software that enables the physically disabled to create music with nothing but their minds, and the first track brought together British electronic music producer DJ Fresh and leading brainwave expert Julien Castet to help three paralyzed music fans—Andy, Mark and Jo—do just that.
The result is a high-energy track with hypnotic synths and heavy drum and bass. “I am very proud to be a part of this project,” says DJ Fresh. “It just goes to show what people have the power to create if they’re given the opportunity.”
Smirnoff has a long history of pioneering innovation, and Smirnoff Mindtunes is the first in a series, which will demonstrate how innovation enables people to realize their creative potential.
The Smirnoff Mindtunes track is available for download from digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon and proceeds from the sale of the track will benefit Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.
You might remember a call to action back in March for the Mercedes-Benz #Untamed digital photo installation in Paris in promotion of the independent spirit of the CLA. Well, if you missed it, the event happened last month and thousands of creatives submitted their own images—resulting in a very cool, revolving display contained in an all-white loft space. We never really know what to expect from projects like this, but the final product was fantastic. More images and a video recap after the jump.
Occurring this April in Paris, #Untamed is a unique digital photo installation utilizing instagram that inspired the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. Initially accessible through the portal untamed-installation.com, the goal is to have individuals upload fantastic images, or as the brand puts it “The natural enemy of the average.” Whichever way you take it, this is an opportunity for you to show your work internationally to an audience of art and culture enthusiasts. And think about it this way, you can drop the line “yeah, I have some work at a group show in Paris” for at least a month. Pretty impressive. But don’t think of this as a free-for-all, only the best work gets into the show. So put your personal style on blast, take it to an #Untamed level, and make an impression by uploading your instagram photos to untamed-installation.com
In the Spencer Susser-directed short Eugene, a film inspired by Four Stories winning screenwriter Adam Blampied, we meet an endearingly timid traveler, who finds himself the recipient of a magical Ultrabook™: one which grants his every wish.
In his Extreme WOW Suite at the stately W Washington, D.C., Eugene gets a bit carried away with his new device. From new sneakers and ice cream cones to choo-choo trains and a cowboy hat, we see his room fill with countless treats and toys; however, none of these things can fill the hole that’s in his heart.
Watch the film to find out what happens Eugene goes too far, and then participate in our Eugene Photo Contest for a chance to win an Intel-inspired Lenovo Yoga IdeaPad* Ultrabook™ and 40,000 Starpoints* for use at any W Hotel of your choice!
Post a photo of what you’d wish for if you had a magical, wish-granting Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ with #fourstories on Twitter or Instagram, and we’ll pick two winners on March 7th. You can also check back to see entries here to see what other people are wishing for.
Check back on March 7th to see which two lucky contestants won!
Finally, an affordable portable speaker with a capacity for volume without sacrificing the quality of sound. That’s the a.m.p. SP1 portable bluetooth speaker in a nutshell. Take it to the park, the beach, some secluded spot where the action is, or just use it as your own tiny GhettoBlaster. The music goes wherever your phone goes. Maybe you’re just tired of the crappy sound quality from your computer? Boom. Here’s your answer. And if you need to take a call, no problem! The SP1 functions as a speakerphone as well, so you can kick it on a conference call. So there you have it, the a.m.p. SP1 portable bluetooth speaker, one of the easiest recommendations we’ve had.
Your first pull off a Bloog will be enough to convince you that maybe—possibly—you can ditch that traditional cigarette altogether. The Bloog delivers that feeling of smoke, while being absent of it entirely. Take a puff here, take a puff there… it doesn’t matter. No smoke, no scent, only pure satisfaction. Plug it into your computer to charge it through a usb, stick in a fresh nicotine cartridge and you’re ready to go. Seriously, that simple. Forget about that red flame you’re used to, the butter is in the blue light that your Bloog emits. Indoors and out, welcome a new friend into the nicotine family.
Smirnoff wants your ideas for new nightlife. The vodka brand has teamed up with German nightlife impresario Tensnake to seek out original and creative concepts in nightlife. If you have any ideas, simply tweet using the hashtag #YoursForTheMaking and get heard.
Red Stripe really nails it with this viral project involving hidden cameras and a bodega turned musical instrument. In the spot, unsuspecting Red Stripe patrons are treated to “Rudy, A Message to You” played through such common items as bottle trumpets, food can xylophones, and nut packet shakers.
The film was directed by award-winning director Greg Brunkalla, with instruments by creative technologists Hirsch & Mann.
Set to the Danzig-written, Misfits-performed 1979 track, Where Eagles Dare, this short film is a celebration of all things Sailor Jerry. It also marks the first time The Misfits have allowed any of their music to be used commercially, testament to them sharing the spirit of the tattooing legend Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins whose signature the rum bears. Incorporating WWII-era Honolulu film footage from the Hori Smoku documentary telling the life and times of Collins, along with scenes from legendary Sailor Jerry parties, The Anthem captures the authentic spirit that the brand has worked hard and honestly to cultivate.
It appears Ketel One is more than just a spirits brand, it’s also an angel investment firm.
In May 2012, Ketel put out “A Gentleman’s Call”, asking for eco-friendly business ideas with a philanthropic skew. The ideas had to be well developed enough to be written on a bar napkin.
After combing through thousands of submissions, they landed on five finalists whose ideas range from an infrared laser-powered device that collects wasted water as you shower, to a vertically integrated rooftop garden-cum-market.
Had Alfred Hitchcock decided to make Psycho in the 21st century, he would have had no problem. A modern day movie studio would have shown little hesitation towards the film idea, and even if they had, Hitchcock could have gone straight to kickstarter to make it happen. However, Alfred Hitchcock made the film in 1960 and the tools in place and attitudes were much different than they are now.
In Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock—the first narrative film directed by Sacha Gervasi—Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) is looking for his next big, shocking movie. Following up North by Northwest, he is drawn towards Robert Bloch’s novel, Psycho, a story inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein. Unable to secure funding for the film, Hitchcock decides—with the go-ahead from his wife and collaborator Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren)—to mortgage his Bel Air mansion and finance the movie himself. Hitchcock is both a look at the creative process of the director during this picture, and a glimpse into the life of collaboration and jealousy he shared with his wife Alma. In many ways, Hitchcock is a creative love story.
On top of the stellar performances by Mirren and Hopkins, the film features a cast of electric co-stars: Scarlett Johansson nails it as the ice blonde Janet Leigh, Toni Collette is perfectly poised as Hitchcock’s loyal assistant Peggy Robertson, and Jessica Biel suitably plays Vera Miles, the actress who just cannot wait to get away. And to top it all off, Danny Elfman does wonders controlling the film’s score while never overshadowing the original composer Bernard Herrmann.
If you’re looking for a movie that both you and the in-laws will enjoy this weekend, Hitchock is it.
Hitchcock opens in limited release this Friday, November 23rd.
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