The Simple Things at Art Basel

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | |

Speaking of diamond-encrusted objects...Of the many interesting pieces coming out of the post-Basel wrapups, I thought this video of Pharrell explaining his approach to his collaborative art piece (with Takashi Murakmi and Jacob the Jeweler was pretty fucking hilarious. The Simple Things features diamond-encrusted personal items beloved by Pharrell including a cupcake, a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Heinz ketchup, a can of Pepsi, a condom and a bottle of Johnson's baby oil. Note: the piece has already sold for $2.8 million. Thanks EatMeDaily!


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Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery. The folks at iartistlondon are taking the DIY asthetic to the next level promising to enable crafty folks "to make real contemporary art pieces in the comfort of your own home." With DIY artist kits that rip-off contemporary British artist's most iconic works, the company treads a thin line that brings up a lot of questions about intellectual/artistic property, hipster mentality and aesthetics and capital. Where does the value of fine art really come from? Is a fake Banksy or Damien Hirst even worth the £49.99 worth of materials this company is selling to you? Check out the kits ripping off Banksy, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

Uniqlo Pac-Man Challenge finals on June 19th

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | |

So the UNIQLO PAC-MAN CHALLENGE is heading into the final round this Friday, June 19th at UNIQLO SOHO, 546 Broadway in NYC. Expect to your favorite media companies such as Complex, Giant Robot, Blacksmith, Superfuture, Vinyl Pulse East, Going, Crispy Gamer, and Fusicology competing for the top spot! The walk-in challengers will compete for their top spot within their category. There will be plenty of prizes for competitors and also for spectators courtesy of UNIQLO and Namco Networks. There will be UT PAC-MAN T-SHIRTS autographed by Mr. Toru Iwatani (creator of PAC-MAN)! UNIQLO PAC-MAN CHALLENGE will be held from 4PM-8PM at UNIQLO SOHO, 546 Broadway. All event information here.

The Bear

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So this video came in a Mom email (note it's from 1988 but still making the rounds) - Hi, all: You've got to see this one!!!!!!!!!!! Fen - and I totally watched it all the way through. Sometimes I feel this way when I'm struggling in the concrete jungle...

Happy Birthday Tupac

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | |

Happy Birthday Tupac. You and your music are missed.

RECESS: The Greatest Moments of Recess History

Monday, June 15, 2009 | |

In the spirit of offering a lifestyle alternative to the otherwise rudimentary activities that dominate and sometimes dull our urbanite senses — RECESS is an ongoing series of sports and games that redefines our shared philosophy of play by fusing healthy sportsmanship, unbridled creativity and the people responsible for that creativity.

This great concept is being launched this Saturday at NYC's historic Governor's Island with the Lawn Series (sponsored by Tretorn and Puma), a summer-long, 3-event faceoff in the classic games of Badminton (June 20), Table Tennis (August 22), and Bocce Ball (September 26). Teams from creative companies around NYC will battle to the end (of the day, that is). Even if you're not competing, come out and support, polish up your own game or grab a bite from the Le Gamin or Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Trucks. Just a quick free ferry ride from the south tip of Manhattan!