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Modern Villas (Literally).


Modern Villas create world-class luxury architecture, in a more time, and cost-effective way than prima donna “starchitects”.  A lot of their projects are “cross border”. A Belgian building in a luxury home Spain, a Dutchman building villas in the Caribbean, an American building mansions in Africa, or a Chinese building in Sydney the list goes on and on.  Their network of architects makes it safe and easy to build anywhere.  The videos may be virtual reality, but what you see is what you get.  Modern Villas is at the forefront of high tech architecture software. The luxury architects design in a virtual 3D environment, so they can create more beautiful, creative and luxurious home designs. Better, and faster.  It would be amazing to see your house before a single shovel hit the ground.  Check out some their spectacular designs already in existence.

5 Records Your Dad Might Have That Are Worth MAJOR Money.


What goes around comes around, and we don’t just mean records on a turntable. Audiophiles swear by the sound quality of vinyl over CDs, MP3s, and other files, and now younger generations are starting to see the light. Vinyl sales continue to increase each year as CD sales drop, which means that more and more young people are borrowing albums from their parents or buying their own, while those who grew up with them are perhaps dusting off their cherished collections. New records are typically more expensive than other formats, but fans would argue that the listening experience and ability to hold the music in your hands is worth the premium. There is also a culture of collecting that comes with switching to vinyl that could pay off big time, if you know what you have or what to look for. First pressings by big acts like The Beatles or Bruce Springsteen, and finds like misprints and pressings with alternate covers, can greatly increase the value of vinyl if the copies are kept in pristine condition. Before you dig through those crates to listen to your favorite throwback LP or 45-RPM single, make sure that what you’re holding isn’t worth a full semester of college. Here are some records that you may have (or used to have) that are worth way more than their original sticker price.


5. Bruce Springsteen – Spirit In The Night (7 Inch)

Collector John Marshall of moneymusic.com once told Los Angeles radio station K-Earth that Springsteen’s first release with Columbia Records can fetch as much as $5000. Discogs lists “never” as the last time a copy was sold on the website, but if you found and held onto a copy, you could be the first.


4. The Beatles – Yesterday And Today

The original “butcher” cover of this record was not well-received, so Capitol Records spent $250,000 recalling the 750,000 copies that had already been shipped to stores. The covers were changed, but as with most recalls, some of the original copies remained out in the world and have been sold for as much as $15,300. If you unknowingly inherited one of those strays, it’s time to cash in.


3. Frank Mobley – Blue Note

Between 300 and 1000 copies of this jazz record were released in 1957, and there is one small change that makes them more valuable than other records from the label. According to The Vinyl Factory, the rumor is that Blue Note ran out of labels halfway through the first pressing of the album. The standard address for the record label is 47 West 63rd NYC, but some of the records have labels that say 47 West 63rd New York 23 on one side. There is some debate about the value though, as one record that did not have the special label still sold for over $10,000 on eBay.


2. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen/No Feelings (7 Inch)

As the story goes, English punk rock band the Sex Pistols were signed in early March 1977 by A&M Records, and then famously dropped from the label only six days later because of their behavior. When it decided to cut ties with the band, the record company had already pressed 25,000 copies of their single “God Save the Queen.” The order was given for the records to be destroyed, but over the past 39 years, nine copies have surfaced and have sold for upward of $8600. No one knows how many copies are still unaccounted for, but someone surely has to have one.


1. The Beatles – The White Album

The Beatles’s self-titled double album (which later became known as the White Album) originally released in 1968, but not all copies were created equal. The members of the band and executives at the studio were given copies stamped with serial numbers that began with A00000, each in consecutive order (A000001, A000002, etc.). The very first copy, which Clifford J. Yamasaki of Let It Be Records purchased from an executive at Capitol Records in the 1970s, sold in 2013 for $35,000, a year after the copy with serial number A0000023 sold at auction for $13,750. The odds that you once owned a copy of the album that had a low serial number are slim to none, but not impossible.

He Might As Well Have Said “Oh Canada”.


Drake the type of guy to threaten legal action against Degrassi because he thought his character’s wheelchair made him “look soft” and then also, many, many years later, say “Geez Louise!” after being fouled during a friendly game of pickup at his opulent mansion. The Toronto-based superstar remains everyone’s favourite rapper to playfully dunk on (literally as well as figuratively, it seems) as the ancient “Drake the Type” meme continues to re-emerge and gain steam online among a new generation of internet users. But don’t get it twisted; Drizzy isn’t the butt of any jokes about his own corniness, because he owns and often even perpetuates the “soft” image his fans have long swooned over. In other words, he’s in on the joke, as clearly evidenced by new video footage from Toronto basketball YouTuber and viral sensation K Showtime.

Alec Baldwin Is Killing His Next Movie Role (Sort Of).


The director of photography in an Alec Baldwin movie was killed and the film’s director was injured on October 21st when the actor fired a prop firearm on the set of a movie in New Mexico.  Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed and Joel Souza, 48, was injured around 1:50 p.m. on the set of “Rust,” a Western being filmed in Santa Fe County, Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, said. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.  Mr. Rios said the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed. He said the Sheriff’s Office was interviewing people on the set to determine how the two had been shot.  This seems scarily similar to the incident that resulted in the death of Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee’s son) during the filming of the movie ‘The Crow’.  

“We’re trying to determine right now how and what type of projectile was used in the firearm,” he said.  Mr. Rios said on Thursday night that the Sheriff’s Office had not filed charges against anyone in connection with the shooting.  Ms. Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she later died, Mr. Rios said. Mr. Souza was taken to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. Mr. Souza’s condition was not immediately available.  The film’s producers and a representative for Mr. Baldwin, 63, did not immediately respond to emails or phone calls on Thursday night.  On Thursday morning, Mr. Baldwin posted a photo on Instagram in his film costume, which included what appeared to be a prosthetic wound on his torso.  We know that he didn’t know… but a tad bit in bad taste though.  

Big Ups To Big Sean.


This week, the LA Leakers on Los Angeles’ hit station Power 106 had on the iconic Big Sean for a sit down session. The Detroit rapper came with nothing but his best to discuss topics like his ability to provide for his family, his hunger and drive, and his closeness to Kobe Bryant. Spitting bars over ‘Hurricane’ from Kanye West (who’s about to change his legal name to Ye… But that’s a topic for a different post) and Drake’s ‘All Love’. The lyrics have to be heard to be absorbed, so take a look at the nearly 9 MINUTE freestyle session in the video below.

Jellyfish In SPACE.


The all-female artist collective ‘Beyond Earth’ introduces ‘Living Light’, a vibrant, jellyfish-like balloon artwork designed to be launched into earth’s stratosphere.  The craft combines biology, artificial intelligence, and aerospace technology to explore the connections between our blue planet and the boundlessness of outer space.  On June 18, 2021, the installation flew nearly 19 miles above the Earth’s surface aboard the inaugural trial flight of a shuttle called ‘Neptune One’, becoming the first large-scale artwork to fly into space.  The design by ‘Beyond Earth’ draws inspiration from the vast biodiversity of aquatic life on Earth.  “The depths of the ocean reveal an endless frontier of Earth’s biology, where many of the inhabitants create and use light in beautiful, often mesmerizing ways”.  ‘Living Light’ mimics the iridescent qualities of these marine species, illuminating its surroundings as it enters the dark abyss of space.  To realize this one-of-a-kind piece, the artists researched thousands of aquatic life forms, creating an extensive dataset of biological structures that float, move, and glow in the ocean, as if traveling in space. 

The dataset was then used for machine learning to generate the inner organ designs for ‘Living Light’, a method that combines biomimicry and artificial intelligence.  In this way, hundreds of artistic images of new imaginary space organisms were formed, with ‘Living Light’ taking shape as the summation of these creatures.  On June 18, 2021, luxury spaceflight experience company Space Perspective completed the first test flight for ‘Neptune One’, a full-size capsule simulator powered by a space balloon.  The shuttle carried the ‘Living Light’ artwork to above 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere.  During the journey, the movement triggered color and light shifts within the iridescent and fluorescent materials of the piece.  The changes that occurred – both internally and externally – not only made the vessel appear lifelike, but also alluded to the transformational experiences of spaceflight.  ‘Living Light’ ventured to a new world to return transformed, offering a new perspective of Earth.  For both teams at beyond Earth and Space Perspective, this whole experience serves as a metaphor for bringing humankind to space, as well as a celebration of the dawn of commercial space travel.

Did You See The Last Duel In “The Last Duel”


Without spoiling the movie, “The Last Duel” has been hailed as one of this year’s best films, utilizing a unique storytelling method that allows viewers to see the varying perspectives of Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), and Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) as they recount the moments preceding and immediately following a most horrific crime.  While we’ve seen the film and won’t give away anything about what transpires, everyone should know by now that it ends with an epic duel – the eponymous last duel – that sees Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris battle it out, the former seemingly fighting for his wife’s honor while the latter fights to prove his innocence. 

The Last Duel has been hailed as one of this year’s best films, utilizing a unique storytelling method that allows viewers to see the varying perspectives of Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), and Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) as they recount the moments preceding and immediately following a most horrific crime. While we’ve seen the film and won’t give away anything about what transpires, everyone should know by now that it ends with an epic duel – the eponymous last duel – that sees Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris battle it out, the former seemingly fighting for his wife’s honor while the latter fights to prove his innocence. 

Spectacular Genetic Mutations.


When you think of the two words “genetic abnormality” there aren’t many positive things that come to peoples minds.  Maybe The X-Men, vitiligo, or bring born with an extra finger or something is the stereotype… but while these things may happen, there are some quite eye catching, scene stealing, jaw dropping, and attention grabbing rarities that make you wish you were a little less than normal.  Check out the top bunch below… also we threw in folks with 6 fingers, and vitiligo as bonuses for good measure.  (That’d be cool to be able to count to twelve on two hands). This post might inspire you to pursue a career in genetics or to become a scientist. The world of genetics is fascinating, to say the least. It can make you feel like you’re living in a sci-fi book, instead of on Planet Earth, and there are plenty of examples that make us go, “Wow, I can’t believe this is real.”

Mother And Her 1 Year-Old Son Have Very Uncommon Heterochromia Leaving Them With Beautiful And Mesmerizing Swirled Blue And Black Eyes

A Newborn Son Covered Head To Toe In White “Fur”

Proof That Vitiligo Changes From The Winter To The Summer

A Boy With Heterochromia – (differently colored eyes or eyes that have more than one color.)

He Was Born With One Of The Rarest Forms Of Belly Buttons In The World

Brazilian Family All Have 12 Fingers And Toes Due To Genetic Condition “Polydactyly”.

One Of The Coolest Birthmarks We Have Ever Seen.

Baby Chanco Was Born With A Lot Of Hair Which Kept Growing. This Is Her At 7 Months Age.

This Man Was Born Without Finger Or Toe Prints

Amina Ependieva Has Two Rare Genetic Conditions: Albinism And Heterochromia.

He’s 5 Foot 9, And His Wingspan Is 6 Foot 6.

How About A High 4?

8-Year-Old Carter Blanchard And Rowdy The Dog Both Have A Disorder Called Vitiligo.

And You Thought The Cruella Cut Was A Fake?

A Rare Genetic Disorder Known As Cat Eye Syndrome.

AND OUR WINNER…

In 2002, after applying for government assistance in the state of Washington, Lydia Fairchild was told that her two children were not a genetic match with her and that therefore, biologically, she could not be their mother. Researchers later determined that the genetic mismatch was due to chimerism, a condition in which two genetically distinct cell lines are present in one body. The state accused Fairchild of fraud and filed a lawsuit against her. Following evidence from another case of chimerism documented in The New England Journal of Medicine in a woman named Karen Keegan, Fairchild was able to secure legal counsel and establish evidence of her biological maternity. A cervical swab eventually revealed Fairchild’s second distinct cell line, showing that she had not genetically matched her children because she was a chimera. Fairchild’s case was one of the first public accounts of chimerism and has been used as an example in subsequent discussions about the validity and reliability of DNA evidence in legal proceedings within the United States. Chimeras are organisms that have two different sets of DNA, or the genetic material that contains instructions for the development and functioning of an organism, present in their bodies. Most organisms only have one set of DNA, which is present and identical in every cell throughout that organism’s body.

An organism gets approximately half of its DNA from each of its parents’ gametes, or their sperm and egg cells, which carry DNA from parent to offspring. In human reproduction, one sperm typically fuses with one egg to create a fertilized egg that can develop into a fetus. However, sometimes the ovaries, which are organs in the female body that produce and store eggs, release more than one egg at a time, a phenomenon known as hyperovulation. In such cases, two different sperm can fertilize two separate eggs released during hyperovulation, creating two genetically distinct fertilized eggs that can develop into non-identical twins. However, in some cases, those two fertilized eggs may fuse together during an early stage of development, resulting in a chimera made of two genetically distinct cell lines. As a consequence, instead of having cells with identical DNA throughout their body, a chimera has different DNA present in different parts of their body so that the DNA in their blood, for example, may not be the same as the DNA in their saliva. “I have two sets of DNA, two sets of blood and immune cells. The two colors of skin pigmentation on my torso is from my and my twin’s two different genetic makeups. My particular case of Chimerism is linked to autoimmune disease. I went undiagnosed for more than half my life due to the rarity of my condition. I’m now an advocate for Chimerism, it’s link to autoimmune disease and body positivity. My hope is to prevent others from going undiagnosed how I did.”

The NOT Trailer For Black Adam!


As many people may already know, there still is no trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s passion project “Black Adam”, HOWEVER, thanks to DC’s Fandome exhibition, The Rock was able to display a featurette.  This movie has been in a years long fight through the workings of Hollywood, and now is finally wrapping up its production.  In a cross section of some of the scenes shown off you can hear them say Shazam’s name, and while we’re not entirely sure what exactly they have to do with one another, Its widely known that Black Adam is a Shazam villain. One of the Hodge brothers is in the film which is never a bad thing for any film, but now that we’ve gotten a peak at just a hair of a hind of the finished product, we’re sure this is just driving fans that can’t wait to see an actual first trailer… much less the finished film.

Caity Costa – Cleanse


Caity Costa has returned with her 2nd single off “The Butterly EP”. Heavy hitting bass is an unexpected yet welcome backdrop to Costa’s soft singing with gentle Melodie’s and soothing harmonies.  The songs content is geared towards finding a new beginning after dirtier times.  Which can lend itself to an innumerable number of situations we all face either day to day or over time.  The overall positive and uplifting tone of the song is reason enough to give it a listen, but as her collection of releases grows, “Cleanse” is a track that will resonate with anyone, but most of all with those who need to hear something uplifting. Watch below for just a quick preview, and click the cover above to stream.

Lets Hit The Mental Gym.


There is a new age emerging, when mental health is emerging as a serious concern among the general public.  More specifically mens mental health.  Over the ages, mens mental health has been swept under the rug, and passed off as “being soft” or too sensitive.  Those types of disparaging sentiments have lead to untold issues among men, and even some say, more specifically Black men.  But regardless the issues, helping them is what’s key.  Charlamane Tha God has taken it upon himself to have some friends do some research, and the results on how some eleviate stress and work on their mental health, is to work OUT their mental health.  Check the method below.

Animals Your Children May Not See.


We live in a world of diversity and wonder. Nature has endowed our blue planet with an abundance of plants, animals, and insects. Yet, we have for far too long taken our world for granted.  Now we risk mass extinction of some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic creatures. From pandas to dolphins, elephants to macaws, these animals come from across the globe. They have little in common. Their habitats differ. They come from different continents and oceans. This infographic exposes the fate of some of the world’s most endangered species.  This was demonstrated when the Yellowstone wolves were hunted into extinction. Beavers almost followed, because the elk that the wolves had hunted, thrived and overgrazed. This left nothing for the beavers to eat. In 2018, the world lost the last male northern white rhino. Around the world, awareness grows of the need to take urgent action to prevent the extinction of yet another of Earth’s precious creatures.  We must preserve the world for the next generation. We can do our bit by protecting wildlife habitat and using sustainable and recycled products. Avoid products made from endangered or threatened species. Let’s take action to preserve our earth’s diversity.  

Magical Chocolate?


This Brownie Stuffed Magic Chocolate Ball with Caramel is a decadent dessert when hot caramel melts the chocolate to reveal a brownie and fresh raspberries too! Our salted caramel sauce is the perfect finish to this magical dessert that looks oh so fancy but is so easy to make! You can also pour hot fudge on top of this magic chocolate ball which is more common but I say why not have caramel and fudge.  Check out the crash course/at home version of the recipe below… for those of us who aren’t gourmet chefs.

Aston Martin Brings Forth The DB11 And DBX.


Aston Martin is making a few modest changes to its lineup for 2022, which includes the arrival of a brand new online configurator where you can see those updates in action. Revisions to the range include more power for the DB11 V8, new wheel options for the DBS and DBX, and in an effort to streamline its range, Aston Martin is dropping the ‘Superleggera’ and ‘AMR’ nameplates. The DB11 coupe and convertible models equipped with the base V8 welcome the biggest changes. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter engine now produces 528 horsepower (394 kilowatts), which yields a new-and-improved top speed of 192 miles per hour (308 kilometers per hour). That’s an increase of 25 ponies over last year’s model. And now buyers can option the DB11 V8 with Sports Plus Seats to help cope with all that extra speed.

The DB11 V12 Coupe sticks around with the same 630 hp (470 kW), but it loses its AMR nameplate. The DBS suffers the same fate, dropping the Superleggera badge from its hood but maintaining its twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12, still good for 715 hp (533 kW) and a top speed of 211 mph (340 kmh). Ditching the AMR and Superleggera badges, Aston Martin says, helps simplify the lineup. Visual updates include new 21-inch wheel designs for the DBS, and a fresh set of 23-inch wheel options for the DBX SUV. With the new configurator, buyers can also select from three preset interior “environments,” each one with colors, materials, and patterns carefully curated by the Aston Martin Design team.

The undeniably exotic 2022 Aston Martin DB11 toes the line between sports car and grand tourer. Its long, low, and wide body turns heads whether configured with the fixed roof or the retractable soft top. Aston offers this rear-drive-only looker with a mighty 630-hp twin-turbo V-12, but it comes only in the coupe variant, adds a significant surcharge, and can overwhelm the rear tires. The standard 528-hp twin-turbo V-8 isn’t as special, but it’s still supremely satisfying. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, both engines provide stirring soundtracks and rousing acceleration that can take this car from relaxed to rowdy in a thrice. And despite some interior miscues and miniscule rear seats, the DB11 has a comfortable and highly customizable cabin.


The world was ready for an Aston Martin SUV. Yes, by the time the Aston Martin DBX debuted Bentley had given birth to the Bentayga, Lamborghini had sired the Urus and even Rolls Royce had realised its Cullinan.  Still, the arrival of another ‘super SUV’ is always a bit exciting. Would it be a true Aston Martin, how would it compare to its rivals and is it even a good SUV?  Well, that’s what I wanted to know about Aston Martin’s DBX anyway, and I found out, along with everything else you should know: from its performance to practicality in this review.

I’m not one to name drop but I was having a chin wag with Marek, that’s Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, the fellow who has designed every Aston from the past 15 years, that Marek. Anyway, before the DBX came out he told me any SUV he designed would be unmistakably an Aston Martin. We think he nailed it. The gaping Aston Martin grille is unmistakably the same as the DB11’s and the tailgate, which although is the back hatch to a large SUV, is absolutely the same as the rear end of the Vantage. Everything in between has all the family hallmarks. There are those oval headlights and the huge beak of a bonnet, the chiselled side panels with wheel arches that push up towards the sky and those rear haunches.

The DBX is a circa 550 horsepower giant that can reach out and almost touch 300km/h. But testing it on Sydney’s roads is like having a champion racehorse in your backyard and your neighbour asking you what it’s like to ride.  A racetrack wasn’t handy at the time and I’d signed a form saying I’d not put any more than 400km on the clock during its stay with me, which meant having to choose my test loop carefully.  Fortunately, this was before Sydney was plunged into the current COVID lockdown, which makes that 400km now seem vast.

The Eternals Got It Right…


The final trailer for Marvel’s “The Eternals” features a quite hilarious sequence featuring some of the titular characters having a bit of, what some might call a “discussion” about IKEA furniture. Our lead writer was blessed enough to have a relative who speaks FLUENT IKEA, and we thought we’d post up the 70 year evolution of the center piece of the IKEA catalog over decades… the living room. Above is a look at the years spanning the 1970’s to the 2020’s at just how the IKEA living room, and all its goofy names has evolved. TRUST us, for the interior designer, its a bit more interesting than you may think.

Caity Costa – Butterfly.


Caity Costa has been on the music scene for quite some time, be it in music videos, on magazine covers, or just straight up in your ears with a flurry of solo songs and collaborations with artists all over. Now she’s on the scene once again with her newest title track “Butterfly”, just one quarter of the Butterfly EP, being released all throughout the month of October. The song ‘Butterfly’ itself finds a truly unique and refreshing blend between sultry R&B singing, and an incredible spoken word poem embodying her thoughts and feelings. Its a joy to listen to, and the song embodies the emotions of many, while its presentation has only been approached by few. The wonderfully executed track was produced by Bat Area native Joe Major, and is available for a listen by just clicking the cover above, and hear a sample in the promo video below.

Osaka’s Sushi Harasho.


Leading Osaka’s fine restaurant scene is a master chef who seeks for the most natural way to savor sushi. “Gentle sushi” as he describes it, Harasho’s cuisine is minimalist in approach while founded on classic Edomae principles. Focusing on the pure flavor of the fish, the restaurant continues to earn two Michelin stars and allure gourmands from across Japan and abroad. Relocated to a new location in the southeastern end of the city, Chef Ko Ishikawa has invested time and energy in curating a space worthy to serve top-class sushi. Found in a quiet residential neighborhood, the picturesque entrance is set with curated greenery and a kawara tile roof, creating a peaceful ambiance. Behind the thick noren curtain, a tall vase of seasonal flowers, arranged by the chef’s sister, welcomes all those who make the pilgrimage.

 Taking more than six months to complete, the interior of the restaurant is built using traditional sukiya-style architecture, the fine work by Sankakuya, a group of Kyoto craftsmen. Lit up with spotlights, the 23-feet hinoki wood counter stretches long and wide, allowing as many as eleven guests on one side, and two chefs on the other. The chairs are set slightly apart, setting a luxurious scene for the exquisite meal to be commence.  As you sit down in your chair, your eyes naturally gravitate toward the single piece of art behind the counter. The flower-shaped plate with deep gray tint is a masterpiece by Imaizumi Imaemon, the legendary Iro-Nabeshima porcelain artist and a Living National Treasure. Surrounded by works of true craftsmen, here is Ishikawa’s mastery on display.

Metal Mosaics.


At the heart of Matt Small’s practice is the idea that “there’s always potential within everything.” The British artist gravitates toward an overarching theme of disregard in both subject matter and material, choosing oxidized hunks of iron, bits of patinaed copper, and crinkled aluminum strips that have been relegated to the trash to construct his metallic portraits.  Expressive and emotionally charged, the corroded mosaics link rampant overconsumption and widespread tendencies to throw away what’s deemed obsolete or undesirable to the ways adolescents are marginalized and subsequently not seen as viable members of society. “Because of the social backgrounds they come from, young people find themselves overlooked, disregarded, and left uninvested in,” the artist says. “Marrying the discarded item and painting a portrait of a young person on it or utilizing the material to construct a mosaic face, I hope that the viewer sees that everybody and everything has a right to be viewed as valuable and of worth. It’s just up to us to see that.”  In a conversation with Colossal, Small references Marcel Duchamp’s urinal and the way that readymade sculpture upended long-standing notions of worth as a foundational concept he draws on his own practice. 

By turning debris and seemingly useless materials into works of significance, he hopes to prompt questions about the arbitrary values assigned to objects and people alike, explaining:  The scrap metal has worth because of what I did with it, not because I say it is of worth. The rusted tin can becomes a tone in the face. The shiny metal brings out a highlight on the forehead. All these worthless items have been incorporated into something that someone may now appreciate, and the potential of this scrap item can now be realized.  Small, who lives in his hometown of Camden, currently has work on view as part of Vanguard, which is considering the role of Bristol-area artists who’ve had an outsized impact on British street art since the 1980s. The extensive exhibition, which includes memorabilia and dozens of originals works, is open at M Shed through October 31. If you’re in London, watch for a large-scale mural portrait of the young British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards that Small is working on in Acton, and follow the artist on Instagram to stay up to date with his latest projects.

‘Unbounded’… Who Thought Scaffolding Could Be This Cool?


Ben Butler is fascinated by the complex structures that emerge from simple and delicate processes. This phenomenon can be found in the elaborate systems produced by ant colonies to human cities, small quotidian actions accumulating into overpowering structures. Unbounded, Butler’s installation on display at Rice University Gallery in Houston, Texas, uses this same idea by assembling over 10,000 pieces of poplar wood into a matrix-like structure. This massive arrangement coalesces into an unexpectedly mesmerizing array of grids that stretch to fill the gallery space. Butler approached this installation, as he commonly does within his practice, without initial sketches or ideas of what he would like the structure to look like. He played with the materials, discovering configurations on the spot.

Although the grids within Unbounded were pre-made in his studio, the way they were configured and connected horizontally was all in response to the space. This way of acting in the present ensured that the structure’s outcome would be organic, and not purely responding to a preconceived shape.  Poplar wood was chosen for the installation because of its malleability and abundance, which gave Butler the ability to fiddle with a material that seemed endless. This idea of endlessness also tied into the title he chose for the piece. Butler wanted the piece to have no defined boundary or vantage point, but encourage the audience to walk around and within the structure, discovering it from all angles.

A 27.5 Million Dollar Crib For Sale? By WHO?


It seems, (and this is just speculation) that Trevor Noah, and his partner Minka Kelly have hit a rift. He purchased this 27.5 Million Dollar home in California for the couple, and apparently is now selling it while he’s out touring the world. Trouble in paradise may be sad for any couple, but based on the looks of the home, this will be an incredible opportunity for the next person to buy it. Take a look and tell us what you think… I hope he has a good time on tour.

The New ‘Resident Evil’ Is Here.


Set to 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” (for some reason), this teaser definitely indicates that the movie will take more influence from the video games than the previous franchise, as we see the likes of Claire, Leon and Jill facing off with zombies, devil dogs, lickers, and various other creatures as they attempt to find a way out of the besieged city. Gamers are also sure to recognize some of the locations, and director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) does seems to have at least made an effort to replicate the dark, grimy chills of the games, but is this really the Resident Evil movie fans have been waiting for? Check out the trailer for yourselves below and let us know what you think.

Katarina Janeckova. A Bodybuilder, Bears, and Beautiful Paintings.


The paintings of Slovakian artist Katarina Janeckova are soused in sex. Three lovers romp around in bed; a brunette poses for naked photos in a swimming pool; a woman spanks her partner with a hairbrush. But there is one thing lacking from her provocative tableaus—men. Instead, the women couple up with brown or black bears, rendered in woozy watercolor or acrylic brushstrokes. “For me, the bear is a perfect substitute for a man,” Janeckova explains. “I paint those bears as simple, strange dark figures, because it allows you to fantasize.” It also allows the women to become the central figures in her works, and for Janeckova to present them as strong and sexually empowered. “It’s a stereotype that pretty women are usually submissive, so I like to play around that,” Katarina says. “Sometimes it’s less visible and more in my head, sometimes it’s obvious or exaggerated.” It’s most apparent in some of her recent works, which portray the massive muscles of female bodybuilders. Katarina honors their forms by depicting them on the side of a Grecian urn, or even turning a container of Muscle Milk into a flower vase. “My ideal of female beauty changed,” Katarina discusses in the following interview, along with sex, symbols and her current exhibition, How to Make a Bear Fall in Love, which is currently on view at Studio d’Arte Raffaelli in Trento, Italy.

Skmei el Luminous: 1229.


That title may seem foreign to some, because it is. That however isn’t what makes the photos of this time piece exotic. If you were under the assumption that this time piece was real, then the visual effects prowess of __ has already got you. Using Redshift and Cinema 4D __ has been able to recreate the 1299 Watch for the client Skmei. This incredibly life-like demonstration of texturing, lighting, and 3D modeling took about 2 weeks to create and is just as impressive as the watch itself.

It’s Going To Be A Shady Superbowl…


It seems as if Slim Shady is headed to the Super Bowl, set to headline the big game’s halftime show in February as part of an all-star hip-hop cast. The Detroit rapper will join Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige for the festivities on Feb. 13 at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.  “Dre day in February?” Eminem posted Thursday afternoon on Instagram. “I’m there!”  The Super Bowl LVI halftime show is the third to be produced by Roc Nation, following performances by Shakira in 2020 and the Weeknd earlier this year. The 2022 extravaganza teams four Dre-affiliated artists with the iconic L.A. producer for the most hip-hop-steeped halftime show in the Super Bowl’s 56-year history.

Kicked in The Digital Balls.


If you take away the heroics of the the United States women’s national soccer team, soccer – football to the rest of the world – remains a blip on the radar in the United States. But while domestic interest languishes, the game’s global appeal grows, including creative branding and gear like the Adidas Capitano Ball, “digital age” inspired soccer balls embellished with printed circuit board designs.

The TPU covered and machine-stitched construction ball also sparkles with metallic incandescent film, adding to the tech-spirited piece of sporting gear. Available in black, white, and a bright “solar red” variation, these stylized, eye-catching designs are intended for casual play and training, and priced accordingly at just $20 (a surefire goal in the holiday gift idea department if your recipient enjoys the global game.). Two additional graphic designs are also available for the same price.