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
Spotted at Comic-Con: EvaVanecek's wonderful handmade Star Trek men's waistcoats, which are a steal at $80, and are nicely tailored too (I tried one on). She also does Marvel Superheroes, and has a line of tuxedo vests, including Star Wars and others.
Star Trek pattern men's vests with buttons for closure
I ran into Kelly Link yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con and she was carrying this amazing rubber-chicken purse. It was beautifully painted, beautifully made, and looked almost exactly like she was keeping her stuff in a chicken. With handles. They're $30 and they are, well, wow.
Rubber Chicken Hen Tote Bag Handbag Purse Pocketbook "Henbag"
Spotted at Comic-Con: Ben Von Strawn's "The Creatcha" tees, which sport a version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in biker drag and a coal-scuttle helmet.
Ben Von Strawn The Creatcha T-Shirt
Spotted at Comic-Con: Captainyolk's Big-Daddy-Roth-alike Frankstein-in-a-rat-racer tee. Glows in the dark! $25 on Etsy.
Frankenstein Hot Rod Glow in the Dark Tee Shirt
Spotted at Comic-Con: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's "Texas: The America of America" tee. Don't mess with it. $19, designed by Shawn Coss.
Spotted at Comic-Con: Arkham Bazaar's do-rags for great-old-one cultists. They look great in person, a real double-take on the classic elaborated bandanna design. Subtle, like all things cthulhoid. $10, comes in red, black, or Cthluhu green.
Spotted today at San Diego Comic-Con, the amazing line of t-shirts inspired by covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Took every ounce of willpower not to walk out with a double-armload of these.
Apparel | Captain Company
This smashing, insect-embroidered coat is part of the Valentino Fall 2013 couture line.
Valentino fall 2013 couture details
(via Crazy Abalone)
Princess R2D2 is one of the many cosplayers who turned out for a charity lightsaber relay race on the Pacific Coast Highway, but she is surely the cutest of them all. As the Mary Sue points out, she can smuggle her own plans to the rebellion.
Meet Princess R2-D2 [Cosplay]
(via The Mary Sue)
Kyle from Bumperactive sez, "Support the thousands of Texans standing for Women's Reproductive Freedom at the State Capitol this morning with a 'Come And Take It' Uterus tee, printed by Austin printshop Bumperactive and designed by liberal Texas troublemakers Cole Latimer and Carrie Collier-Brown. $12.00 from the sale of each $25.00 benefits Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and The Texas Democratic Party in an equal split. The design is riff on the famous flag of the Texian Settlers in the first battle of Texas Revolution. The imprint is a one-color screen-print on a Texas Orange pre-shrunk Gildan tee."
Come And Take It
Etsy seller ConcaveOblivion makes lovely, grotesque jewelry out of dentures; including hair-combs and bracelets.