Etsy seller kilroysattic makes a $60 Aliens/Xenomorph themed ring that transforms into a set of brass knuckles. Leaving aside the macho silliness of brass knuckles, it's a pretty fantastic piece, and a very clever mechanism for effecting the transformation. And the Xenomorph itself is a beautiful piece of van-art chic. If that's not your taste, check out his pirate ship/kraken ring
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BeastWreck's CTHUL-AID illo is just one of many fabulous monstrous designs for sale on Society 6, available as prints/laptop bags/shirts/etc.
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Who goes hang gliding in a leisure suit? Bond. James Bond. Graphic designer Matt Spaiser's blog "The Suits of James Bond
" should be an inspiration to all of us. Nobody in Hollywood wore terrycloth or linen better than 007.
An anonymous Internet fellow had the back of his scalp tattooed with a rather fetching angry monkey. I'm not sure if he had his head shaved and inked, or if this is male-pattern baldness, but I would appreciate any background you could provide in our comments.
Dapper Day is coming to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris: it's a day when masses of well-dressed, nattily turned out happy mutants converge on Disney parks to enjoy a day in fine style. The organizers get good deals on discounted admission tickets and room-blocks at the on-site hotels, but these are running out soon, so book now! Over 10,000 people took part in the spring 2013 events.
Kirstie Clements, a former Vogue editor, has written an horrific column for the Guardian detailing the physical privation experienced by the size-zero models used by couture designers. She tells of models who were so weak from starvation that they literally couldn't stand for an entire photo-shoot, so that some of final photos had to be contrived with the models lying down. She writes about a model's roommate who was mostly on her own, because her "flatmate is a 'fit model', so she's in hospital on a drip a lot of the time." That is, her roommate, a reference model for designers, was so starved that she was frequently hospitalized.
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For this year's DEFCON conference, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released an encryption-puzzle t-shirt (with glow-in-the-dark clues!) designed by EFF Senior Designer Hugh D'Andrade and Staff Technologist Micah Lee. The puzzle was fiendishly clever and made for a beautiful tee, and now it has been cracked by some of DEFCON's intrepid attendees, the first ten of whom stand to win a beautiful, limited edition, signed print.
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Etsy seller Princeofdiamonds makes a $100, sterling silver, hand-cast Optimus Prime ring that's pretty awesome-looking!
SS-2767 Optimus Prime Transformers Sterling silver autobot Ring Pick Your Ring Size We Have Sizes 3 to 14
(via Geeks Are Sexy)
The Children's Place, a massive retail chain, markets a t-shirt to girls that shows a checklist of "my best subjects" in which "shopping," "music" and "dancing" are ticked off and "math" is not ticked. Way to help us raise our daughters, guys.
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Jorimoo made this amazing dress out of a book (which book is not stated) and modelled it at a readers and writers festival. I wish I knew more about it -- this appears to be her YouTube channel -- but for now, I'm happy to have seen another fabulous thing on the Internet.
When I blogged Leslie Arwin's Skeletees in 2007, I had no idea that I'd still be wearing my Skeletee all the time, six years later. But it seems like I wear it at least once every couple weeks, despite my massive trove of shirts. She does a gorgeous muscle tee, too, and many other designs:
Medical illustrator Leslie Arwin's Skeletees feature highly detailed, stark anatomical drawings of the bones, muscles, nerves and digestive tract, printed on the front and back. I picked up a skeleton shirt today and I'm delighted with it -- it's a great, thick, high-quality tee with a nice cut and the design is wonderful.
Anatomical T-Shirts - Skeletees.com
The Sharkini from Bad Aby Designs: made to order for $100, 2-3 week production lag (expedited service available). The teeth are leatherette.
SHARKINI - Shark Bite Onesie
Middle-class Kenyan teens are inventing a local version of goth subculture, and are at the center of a moral panic about kids-gone-wild -- according to an article in Think Africa Press. The article is shy on details or photographic evidence, but I hope its true about the subculture (and not about the moral panic). Anyone have more evidence of this?
The negative public image of the goth scene also extends beyond the general public and is apparent in the attitudes of local authorities, at times with dramatic consequences. David used to have long hair, another way to stand out in a country where men tend to wear it very short. A couple of weeks before I met him, he was walking in town at dusk, waiting for the bus back to Nakuru, when a police car pulled over in front of him. The police approached him and asked to see his passport, which he was not carrying, before they accused him of looking like ‘an al-Shabaab’ – a Somali militant Islamist group responsible for several terrorist attacks in the region.
David denied this, stating that he was a Kenyan. The police then challenged him as to why he had untidy hair and facial piercings, preposterously claiming that these are hallmarks of Somali terrorists. They put him in their car and drove him to a nearby barber where they forced him to shave his head. They said that this would "stop confusing them", and they told him to "dress like a decent person" in future.
When I first met David one of the first things I asked was whether he wore his preferred clothes all the time. I asked most of the goths this question and generally they admitted to travelling incognito, blending into the crowd. David, however, looked vaguely insulted at my question before replying, simply, “Me, I even wear this in Church”.
A Day in the Life of a Kenyan Goth [Rowan Emslie/Think Africa Press]
(via Christian Science Monitor)
Bill Porter modded an open source hardware design for an LED tie and in one day created the LED Tetris Tie, grabbing pieces of free/open code and designs from around the Web to make his vision a reality. His documentation of the project is an inspiring look at the power and freedom of open. Shown above, v.2, which incorporates gameplay AI.
The tie is made out of 80 WS2811 based RGB LED pixels and is driven by a DigiSpark microcontroller. I pulled in this library written in assembly to drive the display and modified this tetris engine heavily to suit my needs. With limited RAM I had to strip out unneeded features and optimize the code that runs the game similar to Tetris to make it work, I also converted it to support color values as it was originally monochrome only. The code is a definite WIP but posted on here on Github as I play with it in the future. Game moves are random and I plan to attempt some puzzle solving algorithms soon. I had all parts on hand and total project cost comes in around $50.
It’s powered by 2 18650 Li-Ion battery cells in a battery box I used for my Wedding Suit and had lying around. They are installed in a 3D printed battery box with switch.
LED Tetris Tie « The Mind of Bill Porter
Speaking of the Hatbox Ghost, Disney will release this great Haunted Mansion tee on August 8. It will only be available for one week.
Make Room for One More Haunted Mansion Shirt Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store