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Freaky armadillo purse
07.07.2014
10:52 am

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armadillo


 
Here’s something you don’t see every day: A real armadillo handbag up for auction on eBay. The listing is asking for $299 or a best offer.

While it is intriguing to look at, I really hope this little guy was roadkill or died of old age and was not killed specifically for this handbag.
 

 

 
via Boing Boing

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Pills, thrills and absinthe: Unusual swimsuits for the summer
07.02.2014
09:18 am

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Because you can never have enough pill-themed swimsuits in your life, right? If you don’t want to sport pills on your bodacious bod, there’s an absinthe-themed suit as well. Don’t mix pills and absinthe, though, you’ll be sorry.

Both swimsuits are by Poprageous and retail for around $109.00 each. I’ve also added the Eazy-E swimsuit by the same company because why not?


 

 

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Psychodandy: Jesus and Mary Chain-inspired clothing collection
07.01.2014
10:57 am

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A few years back my wife and I walked past a skate park and laughed as we noticed that one of the pre-teen skater kids was wearing a mall-bought Clash tee-shirt, except that whoever manufactured it didn’t even attempt to copy their logo. No picture, it just read “The Clash” in Helvetica.

You can’t buy cool, which brings me to this…

Jim and William Reid, the Scottish brothers behind The Jesus and Mary Chain are many things, but since when are they style icons? Apparently Japanese designer Jun Takahashi sees the Reids as the height of fashion, hence his hideously expensive and deeply odd Spring/Summer 2014 Undercover clothing collection for men, inspired by them…

If dressing like a rock band from 30 years ago—and paying dearly to look like an absolute twat—seems like something you wouldn’t be ashamed of doing in public, you can order items from The Jesus and Mary Chain line at Undercover’s website. Takahashi and Undercover have earlier collections based on krautrockers Can and Talking Heads. What could possibly be next, I wonder?
 

Pretty tragic, right?
 

JAMC pants… because why not?
 

I’ll never understand
 

Nine million rainy days? No problem with your JAMC “You Trip Me Up” parka!
 

The living end? How’s about something’s wrong?
 

They didn’t even get the line right!
 

Okay, admittedly I would wear this one… it says “DOG” on the back.

Via Nick Abrahams

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Debbie Harry, Ramones, Nick Rhodes, Courtney Love and more on MTV’s ‘Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes’


 
In December of 2010, I visited the Andy Warhol Enterprises exhibit then being held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was an excellent full-career retrospective, loaded with rare goodies, and generously tilted toward his early, pre-Factory commercial work, which I prefer to his more famous silkscreens (commence calling for my skull on a pike, I don’t care). But as much as I was enjoying the early books and the blotted-ink drawings of shoes, I was surprised by a trip down amnesia lane that came at the end of the exhibit, a video installation of one of Warhol’s last projects, the show he produced and co-hosted (with Debbie Harry) for MTV called Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes. The name of the show referred to Warhol’s famous quip “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Episodes of the program were actually 30 minutes in length. #themoreyouknow
 

Warhol with Debbie Harry, dressed by Stephen Sprouse.
 
I was an arty kid, so I knew perfectly well who Warhol was (some of my friends only learned of his existence from that show, believe it or not), and so I never missed it. Though it wasn’t too hard to catch them all—as the series was prematurely ended by Warhol’s 1987 death, there were only five episodes, the last of which was mainly a memorial. But while it was on, it was glorious. Although the program featured lots of marquee names, befitting Warhol’s obsession with celebrity and celebrities, it also highlighted NYC downtown fashion, art, and music phenomena. Mind-expanding stuff for a midwestern kid, and stuff which would have otherwise been entirely inaccessible, since Warhol’s previous television ventures, Fashion and Andy Warhol’s TV, were limited to NYC cable.

And unless you visit the Warhol Museum or a traveling retrospective, the program itself is now pretty well inaccessible. Few things have been more damnably hard to find streaming than episodes of 15 Minutes, and to my complete bafflement, the Warhol Museum store doesn’t offer a home video. Much of what little can be found is fuzzy VHS home recordings, but it gives an adequate taste of how deep the show could go—and remember, this was on MTV.
 

 

 
It gets a good bit better with this clip of Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes taking the viewer on a tour of Manhattan nightclubs The Palladium and AREA (note future Twin Peaks actor Michael J. Anderson as the garden gnome.)
 

 
KONK were an amazing dance-punk band of the era. You may recognize the drummer, Richard Edson, an original member of Sonic Youth, and co-star of the Jim Jarmusch film Stranger Than Paradise.
 

 
This Ramones interview ends with a live, not lip-synced, performance of “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg.”

 
The last bit footage I’ve found is a jaw-dropper—an interview segment with a 21ish, pre-fame Courtney Love!
 

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Sometimes it’s okay to hate kids: Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney interviewed at age 12
06.23.2014
07:57 am

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Dov Charney


 
Everything the American Apparel clothing line advertises belies an odious fine print. For all the boasting of its success from founder and former CEO Dov Charney, the company always seems to teeter on bankruptcy. The promise of a perfectly comfy t-shirt come at hefty price-tag, and the quality and durability of the clothes frequently fall short. Claims of “sweatshop-free” and “made in the USA” are rendered moot by suspicious confidentiality agreements, union-busting and an absolute slew of sexual harassment lawsuits.

And now finally, finally, Charney has been dethroned as CEO by his own board, for rampant, and I mean rampant, business-related scumminess (allegedly!). It’s legitimately baffling that it took him this long to get fired. Then again, it appears that Charney has been getting away with being an asshole for a very, very long time.
 

 
Before he had more lawsuits than retail outlets, and yes, even before he went bankrupt the first time on his daddy’s start-up cash, Charney was quite the little hustler. Seen here at 12-years-old in the 1983 comedy documentary 20th-Century Chocolate Cake, little Dov bemoans the injustice of summer camp, where he doesn’t retain complete control of his finances. I’m not sure if this is the Israeli summer camp his father sent him to as a disciplinary measure, but if it was, it didn’t work—Charney senior said his son “kept escaping.” Morris Charney eventually ended up working from home to “keep an eye on” Dov, as he was “difficult to handle.” There are also rumors that the precocious little scamp was expelled from his posh Connecticut boarding school. Accounts vary, but they’re both pretty disgusting—think either ejaculate or feces.

Behold the sweet face of a future capitalist pig and absolute slimeball. He’s positively incensed that his summer camp won’t let him walk around with a wad of cash. He’s twelve. I tend to be fond of obnoxious children—everyone’s a beast at some point in childhood—but even I shuddered at the sound of this little black-market hustler when he spat with disgust:

“They just do it because they don’t want any poor kids to be jealous.”

Summer camp rules = Communism!
 

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Art world phenomenon Bartsquiat Simpson

Bartsquiat
 
Jean-Michel Basquiat was the precocious graffiti-artist-turned-downtown-art-sensation in the 1980s, a protege of Andy Warhol’s who sadly perished in 1988 of a heroin overdose. His “primitivist” artworks inevitably led skeptics to question whether there was really anything there at all, but that reaction is certainly overdone. As we can see in the Basquiat’s Simpsonized crown logo, this mashup was just waiting to happen.
 
Bartsquiat
 
Vacancy has produced a T-shirt with the Bartsquiat image, it costs a mere $35. If that seems like a lot of money to you, you should be aware that this sexy lady is wearing it, so it’s probably worth it.
 
Bartsquiat 
 
If nothing else, the mashup indicates a heretofore little-noticed affinity between the work of Matt Groening and Keith Haring.
 
And hey, where else are you going to see a bunch of yellow Homer Simpson penises?
 
Bartsquiat
 

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This 1958 ‘Beautiful Eyes’ contest is the creepiest thing I’ve seen in quite a while
05.28.2014
08:08 am

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The spectacle of the modern beauty pageant is creepy enough as it is, and the irony of a toad like Donald Trump assessing women for their desirability is not lost on me. Still, most beauty pageants at least maintain a façade of depth. Sure, they uphold weird standards of virginal purity, and yes, there’s a swimsuit “competition,” but there are also talent contests, points for personality and everyone at least agrees to pretend that they’re aiming for scholarship programs.

Not so for this “Beautiful Eyes” contest held at a British holiday camp in 1958.

The women’s faces are covered below the eyes and their bodies are hidden below the neck, apparently to ensure the judges will properly isolate the single body part they’re supposed to be evaluating. As if that wasn’t already creepy enough, one judge—he’s a pervy looking motherfucker, too—actually walks down the line and handles the women’s faces like they were show dogs, eventually pulling down one woman’s veil to kiss her square on the mouth.

At least in the Miss America pageant you’re not expected to risk contracting oral herpes from one of the judges…
 

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‘Rap Shirts for White People’
05.27.2014
09:15 am

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Get it here.

Yep, there’s a lil’ site called Rap Shirts For White People where the lyrics are chock-full of references to quinoa, Whole Foods, the Prius, startups, and naturally nepotism. Of course anyone can wear these, the shirts are not just for caucasians…

A few choice selections are below, and if one of ‘em piques your interest, I added a link where to purchase.
 

Get it here.
 

Get it here.
 

Get it here.
 

Get it here.
 

Get it here.
 

Sadly, this shirt is no longer available.
 
Via WFMU on Twitter

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‘Sneaker Slaves’: Athletic shoes and the men who worship, lick and sniff them to get off
05.14.2014
09:42 am

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Sex

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Sneaker slaves


Sneaker gimp…

Hey man, whatever floats your boat and gets your rocks off, I guess! But I can’t think of anything worse—okay, that’s a lie, I probably can (and often do!)—than licking a musty smelling, sweaty old gym shoe and having stinky socks shoved in my face. I’ve never heard of this Sneaker Slave fetish before, but it is indeed a real thing. There are a few Tumblrs and YouTube videos dedicated to sneaker worshipping: Sk8terboy (NSFW), Sneaker Sniffer and “Me licking Adam’s Shoe”.

From Dazed Digital:

Yet the persuasive power of sports footwear has caused the rise of darkrooms within sneaker culture. In the dark zones of the sneaker cult, fanatics enjoy intimacy with stylish kicks on their feet and in their mouth. The iconoclastic twist of a sneakerhead making love to his sneaker could be the ultimate case of a shopper and a product becoming one, surrendered in manic mutual adoration.

~snip

The page informs us that most trainer fetishists, gay men and straight men, are based in France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Common forms of sneaker fetishism are worshipping, licking and sniffing sneakers. Shoeslaves also swap each other’s sneakers, or eat food out of their kicks.


Image via Sneaker Sniffer
 

 

 
Via Dazed Digital, ANIMAL, Nerdcore

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Slim Goodbody-style anatomical swimsuit
05.09.2014
09:34 am

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I really, really dig this one-piece anatomical swimsuit appropriately called “Dem Guts Swimsuit” by Australian-based Black Milk Clothing company. It’s pretty, right? The suit is retailing for $90.00 AUD (around $85.00 US) + shipping. It’s a limited edition and it already appears that a lot of the sizes have been nabbed. Grab it while you still can! 
 

 
Via Everlasting Blort

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