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Helmut Newton

Installation View: Summer Mixer 2014

A very nice group show featuring Andrew Schoultz, Sam Friedman, Guy Yanai, Robert Larson, Michael Theodore, Erin M. Riley, and Kristen Schiele. On view at Joshua Liner Gallery through August 27th, 2014.

How To Keep Smoking

“A beginner’s guide to a lifetime of pleasure.”

Flash Us: Jessica Swaffer

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Jessica Swaffer sent us the above. Jessica tattoos out of Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia, and you can follow her here.
 
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Ball

Directed by Daniel Mercadante

“There is a new generation of Mafiosi in Palermo”

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And they definitely look and act a whole lot different than their predecessors…

Reminisce Over This

Method Man (ft. Blue Raspberry), Release Yo’ Delf, 1994

This Day in TRL

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Music video director Isaac Rentz looks back at the top videos of his youth with a trained eye and matching wit.

Investigative Reports

Do Crosswalk Buttons Really Work?

via, doobybrain

6 Grams of Gold in the Pan

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Roughly the cost of these limited edition New Balance 997s which are amusingly “inspired by the writings of the Wild West and the Gold Rush.”

Opportunity Lurks Around Every Corner

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Nature Boy by Travis Millard.
1-color silkscreen print on 140 lb natural paper
12″ x 16.25″
Available in an edition of 50

“Summer in a Bowl”

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This flower soup at Box Kite in the East Village looks ridiculous. According to the restaurant’s instagram, it’s “a cocktail of fermented tomato & dashi, burpless cucumber, flowers and beach peas.”

photo by Bradley Hawks

Lunchtime Laughter

Patrice O’Neal, Animal Lover

Ryan McGinness: Signs, 2014

Working with the New York City Department of Transportation who fabricated and installed each piece, Ryan McGinness’s new project Signs, 2014 features a series of fifty vinyl on aluminum signs posted around the streets of Manhattan. While technically on view until August 30, 2014, these public works of art are slowly falling victim to the underground entrepreneurial mindset of NYC, and disappearing from their present locations. Here, we look through some of the “Notes” about each piece published by Ryan McGinness Studios, as this might be the only chance you have to actually see the works.

Printables

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Weirdly Popular by Sasha Frere-Jones

The enduring appeal of “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Like Raisins in Your Cookies

John Oliver goes in on Native Advertising.

“It has been a long battle but we can safely say that they are now reintegrated into elephant society and in some cases even have families of their own.”

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Four heroin addicted elephants used for smuggling drugs across the border between China and Myanmar are clean after undergoing a year-long rehab program involving megadoses of methadone. By feeding the elephants opium-laced bananas, gangsters were able to control the large pachyderms, forcing them to do anything they wished in order to get “the next fix.”

Morning Dose of Selling In

Mother Father! Swagger Wagon ft. Busta Rhymes is pop culture birth control.

The Crazy World We Live In

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News From Outside the Comfort Zone
 
Change begins from within… The US sent nationalized youths from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to Cuba to help “cultivate a new generation of political activists”

Spirited Away: Famed Japanese animation shop Studio Ghibli has announced that they will cease producing films

Bait & Kick: Some French-speaking men were videotaped luring a squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon with breadcrumbs before kicking it off the cliff.

Trapped then strapped: After being caught in a Chinese fisherman’s net, a 16 foot whale shark was dragged to shore then hoisted onto a tractor with hopes of being sold in a market. (pictured)

When keepin’ it real goes wrong: While filming a rap video, one of its stars was shot multiple times then pistol-whipped by his partner after getting into an argument over who was the better emcee.
 

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