If your a die hard Yankees or Phillies fan with a little bit of cash your going to like this. Steuben Glass LLC adds a classic twist on memorabilia with their Major League Baseball Collection. The new design features a regulation size bat made of the finest pure crystal. Both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies bats are engraved with the teams logos. Even if your team didn’t make it to the World Series this year, don’t despair! The complete collection includes bats for each and every team in the American and National leagues. The regulation-size bats are retailing for $6,650 a 30% discount off the regular price of $9,500. The collection includes smaller bats as well as other pieces for the collector who wants a high quality engraved item at a lower price.
All the pieces in the MLB collection are handcrafted by Steuben in their Corning, NY factory. Each piece is made by skilled artisans, carefully inspected and signed with a diamond-tipped pen. Any piece that is discovered to have imperfections is destroyed as there is no second best for Steuben or Major League Baseball. I’m sure you can’t use these bats in your local softball league, not that you would really want to. At the same time pulling this thing out in the bottom of the ninth, 2 out, bases loaded, down by 3, might be the greatest set up to immortality.
The new project from Phil Clandillon, an Irish designer and art director, is actually called “Football Hero”. I’m sorry though, I’m one of those obnoxious Americans who refuses to call soccer, football, and I’m not starting now, sorry Phillip. Anyway, Phil created a three story high guitar hero style game played with footballs (soccer balls), to promote the latest Kasabian single Underdog. They gathered up a bunch of locally known freestyle soccer players to kick the balls at the right moment to play the notes of the song. The song is decent at best, but all that doesn’t even matter when you see how you can play Guitar Hero, not with an actual guitar, but instead by just blasting soccer balls at a concrete wall to play some tunes, awesome.
This innovative design is for small apartments or houses that just can’t find a spot for that huge ping pong table in the middle of your living room. Design by Tobias Fraenzel, this is simply a door that transforms into a ping pong table when you want to get your Andre Agassi on. Not only does it save space but it will also make you the coolest person in your 70 square foot apartment.
So your sitting at a classy bar in the city with your buddies, and you feel like your $14 dollar Johnny Walker Blue and Sodas just aren’t tasting like they should. You suspect that your bartender might be passing off rotgut (house/shitty/disgusting alcohol) as the real deal but you have no proof and you certainly dont want to look like the cheap guy at the bar. You can finally put this issue to bed with the Rotgutonix Digital Rogut Detector. It will let you know if the bar tender is diluting your booze or serving you the good stuff that you’re paying for. Currently it can detect Johnny Walker, JB, DYC, Pampero, Brugal and Havana club but will eventually work on even more brands. You bartenders better watch out. There is nothing more embarrassing then getting called out on trying to rip someone off. Even worse, if someone is dedicating their night to drinking whiskey, they might not be in the taking jokes kinda mood. Just sayin’.
I recently got back to the East Coast from L.A., and let me tell you, the underground shoe world out West is like nothing I have ever seen. There are many stores that specialize in selling rare and expensive shoes, such as Flight Club, and Riff, both on Fairfax. While I was busy trying to process the amount of sneakers, and their price tags, my good friend Simon pointed out one of the most desired shoes for collectors. The Wu Tang Clan Nike Dunk High, originally released in 1999, is perhaps one of the rarest and highest valued Dunks of all time. The Dunk was created by Nike as a promo piece only for members, friends and family of the Wu Tang Clan, and the shoe was limited to under 72 pairs (36 Chambers X 2). 10 years later, this color way of the Dunk High still commands over $5000, and I’ve seen them online for nearly $7000. While the colors are simply yellow and black, the Wu-Tang logo is embroidered into the heel and the tongue tag so that everyone will know these are legit Wu. Not that anyone would ever see them anyway, for over $5000 these puppies would sit in my closet, in a air tight chamber, until my first born was ready for college. At that point I would be able to sell these things for a Ivy League tuition with a few bucks to spare.
Love him or hate him, but Kanye West always pushes the boundaries of creativity, sometimes not in all the right ways. This time Kanye is inspiring the use of advanced imaging technology on the new cover of Complex magazine. The photograph is the result of a facial scan that gathers data from a camera that rotates around the object. A computer then stitched the images together to create an eerily detailed 2D photograph. The video below gives a better look inside the creation of the images as well as interviews from West and Chris Milk, the videographer and photographer behind the project. They talk about the futuristic creation and the simplistic vision coming to life.
Usually I don’t like these Asian movies with flying dudes, beautiful cinematography, and mind-blowing fight scenes, wait a minute I actually love those movies, but a lot of people hate them. Anyway I know most people aren’t into such films but you should get familiar with legendary director John Woo’s “Red Cliff“. It is the most expensive movie Asia has produced to date, and will hit theaters on 11/20. The movie is an epic historical drama based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty. The movie broke all kinds of records in Asia and was a huge hit so it’s probably worth a look.
Booze wasn’t always demonized the way it is now by the church, and if you have trouble understanding why, perhaps you should read The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World ($17). It tells the story of Arthur Guinness and the Guinness family, from the founding of the brewery and the first Guinness poured through to modern times, focusing on the family’s faith and philanthropy. We recommend grabbing a pint before you dig in so you can really experience the book in full form. 10 Guinness pints later, and after rereading the 1st chapter 6 times without noticing will keep you occupied for a while.
Tiago Hoisel is creative genius who creates cartoonish images from living beings. His art isn’t one dimensional with only using celebs, he also does graphic design, straight foward cartoons, and other recreations of famous art work. His website seen here, is really interesting, as he gives a look into the process that goes into creating his vision.
I always think its funny when artists decide to create something that will be accessible to the public, with full knowledge that its life span may only be a few minutes in length. The thought or process of the art interacting with a stranger is something that has become very popular and also very interesting. Many times the artist never even gets to see the reaction that his work has brought upon the unknowing participant, and that is part of the draw. Not knowing sometimes brings the greatest pleasure to an artist or creator. So we have seen graffiti out of dirt, which had a life span of only a few days, or until the next rain, but this art only has until the next guy has to take a piss, and then its lights out. These are some paper towel drawings that have been posted in some mens bathrooms. They are not super detailed but thats what makes them great. The next time I have to drain out the 5 Red Stripes Ive been working on, Ill be hoping to see a strange face peaking out of the towel dispenser with some words of wisdom.