Only For The Stoned Stomach

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The “Beast” is a 12-inch tall pancake tower that goes from breakfast to brunch real quick. Showcasing palatable sweet ingredients on the top 5 layers, the belly of this beast is a “main course” section featuring “a salami layer, then spinach, tomato and cheese, followed by marinated chicken mayo with black pepper.” And if you somehow make it that close to plate-level, the final two layers “are topped with Cajun chicken and BBQ sauce, followed by Italian tomato sauce and cheese.”

CHAKA

Harbor Seal VS Giant Octopus

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A ten minute battle off the coast of Victoria, Canada caught on camera by amateur photographer Bob Ianson.

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Monday by Brown Cardigan

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Because this is when you need the internet the most.

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50 Shades of Paint: An Interview with Sam Friedman

Tomorrow (2/14) is the last day to see artist Sam Friedman’s ambitious solo show “Happy Places” at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. We caught up with him last night over text message to talk about all things enjoyable.
 
Beaches, sunsets, lobsters, bongs, legs. These are your happy places?

Pretty much. They’re some of the things in life to enjoy.

They all go hand in hand. Can you tell me about the Great Wall of Happy. There’s 50 pieces there. What was the process like to create them?

I worked on all of them at one time. They were all laid out on a wall of my studio, while I was painting them, in a way similar to the way they were hung in the gallery. I liked the way they look on the wall hanging as one unit, but each piece is definitely its own painting.

How many jars of paint do you think you used?

Ha ha Ha ha ha… Honestly, I don’t even have a ballpark idea.

Do you ever see a difference in your subject matter depending on the season?

Nope.

Yeah. I guess a happy place is an all the time thing.

Maybe that’s the goal?

Definitely, it’s my goal in life. Can you talk briefly about the composition of your work? With the exception of the large painting in the back, the subjects are cropped. Is there a way you plan this or is it spontaneous?

Yeah, they are loosely planned out by doing small compositional drawings on file cards. The drawings are usually nothing more than a few lines and a circle.

So what’s next for you? More happy places?

I’ve got some new painting themes that I am working on, but they are top secret.
 

“My God’s Full Chill”

Cavemen arguing about religion

Art This Weekend in California

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A look at some shows opening up on Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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In the Spirit of the Paradise Garage

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Bianca Chandôn’s Larry Levan airbrush t-shirt

Second Life Trolling

Yes, Second Life still exists… so of course there are trolls lurking everywhere. Lucky for us, one such troll records his encounters for a glimpse into the highs and lows of the virtual world.

Linked Out

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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things that you’re bound to find interesting
 

How The New York Times Works

Our Obsession with the Word “Random”: Fear of a Millennial Planet

Why Is The Dollar Sign A Letter S?

Brands Are Not Your Friends

These Are the Things People Leave in Ubers

A history of getting high on nitrous

Surprise! Popular music is super, super white now

Get Lost In These Vintage Cologne Commercials

How VH1 Ruined the Taste of a Generation

Facebook Now Lets You Designate Who Will Control Your Account After You Die

Worried Well

 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Friday’s Vault

Jason Dill in Blockhead’s Recycled Rubbish (1991). Gotta love a part with some Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

When Artists Get Bitten By Music Video Directors

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An image from Asger Carlsen’s Wrong series (2010) vs. Christopher Sweeney’s new video for Jessie Ware.

Mark Mothersbaugh’s Synth Collection

 

Droid Ripper

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No stitching required

Eat My Shit

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A short film by Eduardo Casanova about a girl whose butthole is unfortunately located on her face and is her mouth.

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The Most Collectible Baseball Card of 2015

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50 Cent’s Topps First Pitch card

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The Sea Rambler

Director Greg Hunt goes into the studio of Geoff McFetridge as he creates his installation for the Patagonia store in Cardiff-by-the-sea.

A True Partner in Crime

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Curve’s “Love Is…” prints are perfect for the modern day Bonnie and Clyde’s.

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ArtFits (vol. 4)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: Petra Cortright at Foxy Productions (2/06/2015)

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