Camping is not for me. Mosquitoes. Sunburn. Murderers lurking in the woods. But I might consider sleeping outdoors under the stars (within 20 feet of an outlet for my iPhone, of course) if I could do it in a bear sleeping bag. Artist Eiko Ishizawa is hand-crafting a limited number of brown bear sleeping bags for $2,350 a pop out of faux fur, imitation leather, and a plastic nose. The sleeping bags are based on her 2007 artwork, “The Great Sleeping Bear,” which was a sculpture (also a sleeping bag) meant to represent Bruno, a brown bear killed in Germany. Bruno was the first brown bear in Deutschland in over 170 years (he wandered over from Italy), yet he was killed by authorities who were afraid he would cause havoc. Now Ishizawa wants Bruno to spread out in ways he never could in life — through people around the world sleeping inside him. How cool is that?
I’m not sure I can afford a handmade bear sleeping bag, um, ever. But it does look warm. [Cargo Collective via Laughing Squid]
Hugs and kisses. X and O. All wrapped up in a charming little brush stroke print. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a tic-tac-toe enthusiast (or both!), this would be a lovely addition to your bedroom decor. [$28.37, Rachillustrates]
Banksy’s latest work sure hits close to home, doesn’t it? The painting was posted to the artist’s website on Monday, and then the original was finally found by a number of fans in Bristol, England, where he allegedly grew up. The British press has already given the painting the name “Mobile Lovers,” but I think we should call it “Jared Leto & Friend,” inspired by the infamous photo of Jared Leto texting while making out with Scarlett Johansson (see it after the jump). Clearly that was Banksy’s inspiration, right? Obviously. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Portland advertising mavens Jason Kreher and Matt Moore wanted to explore the dark subjects that make people laugh, and more specifically, “take something innocent and make it profane.” What better way to do that than replacing the usual corny one-liners printed on popsicle sticks with some seriously dark jokes? Their finished product is called SchadenFreezers, melting popsicle joke GIFs described as “strawberry, blueberry and lemon-flavored joy derived from the suffering of others.” After the jump, check out a few more SchadenFreezers. The ones that I could post without crying, anyway… Keep reading »
A few months ago, I caught wind of a bit of media flak surrounding the 2013 film Blue is the Warmest Color, a lesbian love story based on the novel by Julie Maroh. While most critics agreed the movie was exceptional (it won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or), the controversy stemmed from director Abdellatif Kechiche’s decision to include a love scene so sexually explicit that Maroh herself had publicly denounced it as porn. This set off a tumid media debate as to whether the scene had a legitimate place in the film or was simply “jerk-off material” in disguise.
As a director of lesbian porn, I was intrigued — and curious. Read more on Huffington Post…
For the past year, Paris-based art director David Redon has been contributing a few hours a week to a unique hobby: Photoshopping modern celebrities into vintage advertisements. “I like the shift between vintage and modern pop culture,” he says, “because these days the border between art and commercial is very small, and artists work their images like brands do.” Redon’s handiwork lets us see what it might look like for Don Draper to design an ad campaign starring Rihanna, Drake, Beyonce, or Daft Punk. Click on the Riri/Drake ad above to check out a few more of Redon’s designs that will make you wish “Pharrell’s Happy Toothpaste” actually existed. [Design Taxi]