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Life-size bronze Lemmy statue unveiled at Rainbow Bar & Grill
08.25.2016
08:47 am

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R.I.P.

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Lemmy


Photo by Mike Maglieri via DIO on Twitter

A bronze Lemmy statue was unveiled last night at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The statue stands at 6 feet tall and was sculpted by Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore.


Image via John Kerr on Facebook.

The Rainbow Bar & Grill was one of Lemmy’s favorite haunts. He didn’t (or was allowed to?) drive and lived within walking distance of the legendary nightclub and watering hole for the famous. It makes perfect sense why the statue was erected there. His ashes belong at the Rainbow, too, but in a commemorative ashtray.

Below, video of last night’s unveiling:

 
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Meet CreepyFig: Nightmarish LEGO-inspired cosplay
07.28.2016
08:10 am

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Art
Design

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ComicCon
Frank Ippolito
CreepyFig

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This is the kind of stuff to give the kids (and some grownups) nightmares—a creepy but way cool, hyper-realistic LEGO-inspired cosplay nicknamed “CreepyFig.”

CreepyFig is a mask and gloves outfit created by special effects and make-up artist Frank Ippolito. Frank has given the usually bright, happy-smiley LEGO mini-fig a dark and twisted make-over. Just look at the head and see the surface skin is lined, veined, with troubled tufted brow. The hands are grubby with black, half-moon dirt under the fingernails.

Every year Frank creates a new design project for ComicCon. This year he had originally considered creating CreepyFig with make-up but decided instead to sculpt and paint CreepyFig from silicone—which means the head alone weighs fourteen pounds.

Frank’s lifelike design was made in association with Tested and was premiered at ComicCon where CreepyFig (understandably) was a hit with fans. Check out more of Frank Ippolito’s fabulous work here.
 
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A collection of wonderful vintage portable record players
07.25.2016
11:32 am

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Design
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I’m digging this nice visual collection of vintage portable record players amassed by Japanese turntable enthusiast, Fumihito Taguchi. Sure, they probably sound like shit when you play a record, but they look just so gosh darn cool. The manufacturing dates for these record players range from approximately 1960 to 1980.

These wonderful artifacts will be on display at Tokyo’s Lifestyle Design Center from July 30 to August 28, 2016.

You can view more of Taguch’s extensive collection in his book Japanese Portable Record Player Catalog


 

 

 
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There’s a Public Enemy action figure set (does not come with noise, bring your own)
07.22.2016
12:32 pm

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Design
Hip-hop

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Public Enemy


 
I’m loving this Public Enemy action figure set designed by Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times best- selling and Eisner Award-winning comic series: Hip Hop Family Tree. I dig the details and it looks like they’re posable in the knees, elbows, hips and shoulders.

Kings of Hip Hop and inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Public Enemy’s “first action figure as a set” featuring four of the central members from the 80’s. Members are: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and Terminator X.

Right now they’re only on pre-order at $60 for all four of ‘em. The release date is set for August 2016.


 

 
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Awesome cassette tape coffee tables that you can buy right now
07.22.2016
09:37 am

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Design
Music

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cassettes


 
A company called Altar Furniture has a spiffy line of coffee tables that resemble audio cassettes from the 1960s through the 1990s. As you can see above, conversion kits are available if you would prefer to use the same basic cassette component for a dining table or a desk.

The cassette tables are available to buy, but they aren’t cheap. All the models go for the same price of 1,925 Euros (about $2,120).

One of the designs pays homage to “the first compact music cassette ever manufactured,” a Philips product released in 1964. Many of the available models emulate actual demo cassettes used in the early days of bands like Metallica, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. Other touchstones include Día de Muertos, Cypress Hill, the Dead Kennedys, and the Sugar Hill Gang.

The best thing, though? Let’s go to the Altar website:
 

Each table contains 120 meters of satin, to give you a real tape feeling, and yes, the wheels turn in the table. Make sure not to unwind all of it, it is a nightmare to put back.


 
Now that’s the picture I want to see, how one of these tables looks after your bratty 7-year-old nephew gets through with it…....
 

“1964”
 

“Blue”
 
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Cosplay Couture: Felted ‘Metropolis’-inspired Sci-Fi costume
07.21.2016
12:28 pm

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Design
Movies

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Metropolis


 
It’s never too early to think about Halloween and, really, it is just right around the corner. If you really want to do something extra special and cool this year, why not sport this awesome needle felted costume inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis by Etsy shop RaeStimson?

My approach to this art project was to create an outfit that had the appearance of what I imagine a 1920’s sci-fi costume would look like.

This is a one of a kind costume. If you wish to purchase it I will adjust it to your size before sending it to you. Send me your measurements and please allow an additional two weeks before shipment.

It’s selling for $800.00 which seems a bit pricey for cosplay couture to me, but then again, I have no idea how long it would take to make something like this.


 
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Shark-shaped tea bags that release gruesome bloody red tea
07.20.2016
09:38 am

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Animals
Design
Food

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sharks
tea


 
Yesterday I blogged about gnarly pimple-popping cupcakes and today I’m blogging about shark-shaped tea bags that slowly release blood red tea. I’m not trying to gross you folks out, I swear! These tea bags are a bit more subtle in the “gross out” department, anyway.

The shark tea bags are designed and made by Japanese manufacturer DaiSho Fisheries. I don’t know that much about the company and Google translate isn’t helping that much. I believe—but don’t quote me—that their sole purpose is making novelty tea bags. Either way, I dig this design. I can’t vouch for the flavor of the tea, though. Hopefully it’s good.


 

 
via Laughing Squid

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The University of North Texas really didn’t ‘think through’ their coffee mug design…
07.14.2016
10:42 am

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The Internet is having a laff at the expense of the University of North Texas or UNT’s coffee mugs. Now those of us without gutter minds will only see the “UNT” on the mug but those of us who just can’t help ourselves see something else. I fall into the latter category. That was the first thing I saw.

The mugs ended up for sale on the Barnes & Noble gifts and accessories store. It looks like they’ve already been pulled (or else they’ve all sold out). I can’t find them.

The real question is: Was this intentional?


 
via Bored Panda

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Tiny Andy Warhol-themed vinyl toys
07.11.2016
09:59 am

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Art
Design

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Andy Warhol
Dunny


 
Here’s a delightful Andy Warhol-themed series of Dunny figures by Kidrobot. I’m sure most of you already know this, but if not, a Dunny is a type of vinyl art toy created by Paul Budnitz and Tristan Eaton and produced by Kidrobot. They’ve been in production since 2004 and are widely traded.

According to the Kidrobot website, each Dunny comes packaged in a blind box style “so each and every box is an incredible and creative surprise!” (And if you want to “collect ‘em all” this also means you’ll inevitably have lots of duplicate “traders.”

Each quantity equals one blind box. To order a case pack, please order a quantity of 20 units. 

The first 50 people to order a case pack (20 units) will receive a special Limited Edition Gift with Purchase Warhol Dunny! Customer Service will not be able to tell you if you are one of the first 50 orders nor will you be notified if you are one of the first 50 people. You will simply receive the gift with purchase in your order.

I’m blogging about this a little late, so you’re probably not going to be one of the first 50 people. However, there’s a slight chance I could be wrong.


 

 
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University building sure looks a lot like a toilet
07.06.2016
02:41 pm

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Amusing
Design

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China
architecture


 
In February the State Council of the Chinese central government released an “urban blueprint” calling for buildings that are “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye,” and putting the kibosh on those that are “oversized, xenocentric, weird.”

One wonders how the officials behind that directive reacted when they saw the building recently unveiled by an educational facility in Hainan, China. It bears a striking resemblance to a certain plumbing object that most of us use every day.
 

 
Here’s the kicker: the school in question is actually the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, leading some to suppose that the commode-ish design of the structure is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the purpose of the university. That it was deliberate!

This new toilet-building arrives in a year when many people are saying that Zaha Hadid’s design for the airport in Beijing, scheduled to be completed in 2019, looks suspiciously like a vagina.
 

 
via Mashable

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