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    An isolated cabin can be great for escaping the city, unless you're being chased by Jason, in which case you're better off in Manhattan. Wait, he's here too? How is that possibARRRGGGGGHHH! For cabin-inspired art from a less murdery Jason, check out Jason Tennant Sculpture

    From a dude who escapes to a "secluded cabin off the grid" to focus on his craft, this collection of wildlife-themed masks and sculptures is made using wood found around said shack, and provides an interpretation of the "essence of wildness", which reportedly smells like Jager. Pieces include: Snarling Wolf Mask: Sculpted from spruce and set with glass eyes & epoxy teeth, this grotesquely frightening work actually uses the exposed wood grain to simulate fur, but not stimulate fur, as exposed wood rarely has that effect


    The Surveying Hawk: This giant, 5ft wingspanned, glossy number's "bookmatched" wood grain shows through the paint to mimic plumage, while the talons and beak tip're made from forged steel, also a knock-off movie starring a second-rate Shaq, aka...Shaq


    Nike of the Forest: Inspired by the prized Nike of Samothrace sculpture at the Louvre, carved hemlock "wings" sprout out of a centerpiece of chestnut cut down in the '30s, ironically an age when many men find theirs get clipped


    The artist'll also work up custom pieces from sketches/photos, from full-figured animals in almost any pose, to Steadman-esque works including a dog-like creature with a wildly wagging tongue known as The Urge -- act on yours in the woods and you'll get totally laidARRRGGGGGHHH!
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      An isolated cabin can be great for escaping the city, unless you're being chased by Jason, in which case you're better off in Manhattan. Wait, he's here too? How is that possibARRRGGGGGHHH! For cabin-inspired art from a less murdery Jason, check out Jason Tennant Sculpture

      From a dude who escapes to a "secluded cabin off the grid" to focus on his craft, this collection of wildlife-themed masks and sculptures is made using wood found around said shack, and provides an interpretation of the "essence of wildness", which reportedly smells like Jager. Pieces include: Snarling Wolf Mask: Sculpted from spruce and set with glass eyes & epoxy teeth, this grotesquely frightening work actually uses the exposed wood grain to simulate fur, but not stimulate fur, as exposed wood rarely has that effect


      The Surveying Hawk: This giant, 5ft wingspanned, glossy number's "bookmatched" wood grain shows through the paint to mimic plumage, while the talons and beak tip're made from forged steel, also a knock-off movie starring a second-rate Shaq, aka...Shaq


      Nike of the Forest: Inspired by the prized Nike of Samothrace sculpture at the Louvre, carved hemlock "wings" sprout out of a centerpiece of chestnut cut down in the '30s, ironically an age when many men find theirs get clipped


      The artist'll also work up custom pieces from sketches/photos, from full-figured animals in almost any pose, to Steadman-esque works including a dog-like creature with a wildly wagging tongue known as The Urge -- act on yours in the woods and you'll get totally laidARRRGGGGGHHH!
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  • 02
    This limited run of shirt-y odes to BK's past include graphics like the Coney Island Boxing Gym (w/ an old school tattoed fighter in the center), the anchor-abetted "BKLYN Dock", and a loop of nautical rope sandwiched by the phrase "Weigh Anchors", but not Wayyy Anchors, cause no one wants to be sued by Bill & Ted's Nautical Voyage lawyers.
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      This limited run of shirt-y odes to BK's past include graphics like the Coney Island Boxing Gym (w/ an old school tattoed fighter in the center), the anchor-abetted "BKLYN Dock", and a loop of nautical rope sandwiched by the phrase "Weigh Anchors", but not Wayyy Anchors, cause no one wants to be sued by Bill & Ted's Nautical Voyage lawyers.
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  • 03
    From a Michigan artist who's into "history and drawing weird things", these illustrated prints portray two "historically accurate" moments in presidential lore: Teddy Roosevelt slaying Bigfoot with machine gun whilst hoisting the flag and puffing a cigar, and Abe Lincoln riding "the world's most awesome bear" (the grizzly) and "holding the world's most awesome gun", though hopefully Gene Simmons isn't still attached to it.
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      From a Michigan artist who's into "history and drawing weird things", these illustrated prints portray two "historically accurate" moments in presidential lore: Teddy Roosevelt slaying Bigfoot with machine gun whilst hoisting the flag and puffing a cigar, and Abe Lincoln riding "the world's most awesome bear" (the grizzly) and "holding the world's most awesome gun", though hopefully Gene Simmons isn't still attached to it.
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  • 04
    Because your grandfather clock is liable to blurt out racially insensitive nicknames and demand a pot roast on the half-hour, get a more modern timepiece from Pilot Designs: an ever-evolving, limited-run line of Minneapolitan tickers using sustainable materials to create something “simple, useful and unique”. Highlights include: Nate With white vinyl graphics on your choice of dark or light butcher-block laminate, this guy's inspired by '90s electronica CD cover art and the designer's love of science fiction show props, though who doesn't appreciate the way John Rhys-Davies supported Jerry O'Connell in Sliders? Honeycomb Available in either 12 or 24in models, this tessellation can be inlayed with a colored laminate and “casts a great shadow”, meaning it has nothing in common with the producers who gave Alec Baldwin that lead. Addison Made with scrap bamboo plywood from leftover furniture projects, this clock employs oversized vinyl hour numbers inset with minute ones that're tiny, a phrase that's only redundant if you never learned about heteronyms, dummy. Should you also need lights by which to read your new clock, Pilot makes a tower-like Akiba Table Lamp (melamine with a white velum shade) named for an area in Tokyo “bristling with the latest electronics”, and available in colors like black and Cinnamon Red, both of which you'd do well to sneak past that grandfather.
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      Because your grandfather clock is liable to blurt out racially insensitive nicknames and demand a pot roast on the half-hour, get a more modern timepiece from Pilot Designs: an ever-evolving, limited-run line of Minneapolitan tickers using sustainable materials to create something “simple, useful and unique”. Highlights include: Nate With white vinyl graphics on your choice of dark or light butcher-block laminate, this guy's inspired by '90s electronica CD cover art and the designer's love of science fiction show props, though who doesn't appreciate the way John Rhys-Davies supported Jerry O'Connell in Sliders? Honeycomb Available in either 12 or 24in models, this tessellation can be inlayed with a colored laminate and “casts a great shadow”, meaning it has nothing in common with the producers who gave Alec Baldwin that lead. Addison Made with scrap bamboo plywood from leftover furniture projects, this clock employs oversized vinyl hour numbers inset with minute ones that're tiny, a phrase that's only redundant if you never learned about heteronyms, dummy. Should you also need lights by which to read your new clock, Pilot makes a tower-like Akiba Table Lamp (melamine with a white velum shade) named for an area in Tokyo “bristling with the latest electronics”, and available in colors like black and Cinnamon Red, both of which you'd do well to sneak past that grandfather.
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  • 05
    Constructed out of what the maker has dubbed vegan leather, this deliberately rough-hewn tri-fold pairs a bevy of interior pockets with heavy-duty snaps, and is made entirely from bike tires, making it perfect for the man who makes his cash peddling on the street.
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      Constructed out of what the maker has dubbed vegan leather, this deliberately rough-hewn tri-fold pairs a bevy of interior pockets with heavy-duty snaps, and is made entirely from bike tires, making it perfect for the man who makes his cash peddling on the street.
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  • 06
    Channel your inner Magnum PI with this lip-brow lover's dream pack of four mustachioed lowballs from a Minneapolis designer: mix and match any combo of 10 styles, including a classic handlebar named Fredrick, the western-looking Heath, and Gary the walrus 'stache, the perfect decoration for a glass filled to the Brimley.
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      Channel your inner Magnum PI with this lip-brow lover's dream pack of four mustachioed lowballs from a Minneapolis designer: mix and match any combo of 10 styles, including a classic handlebar named Fredrick, the western-looking Heath, and Gary the walrus 'stache, the perfect decoration for a glass filled to the Brimley.
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  • 07
    Carpentry isn't generally seen as a particularly lucrative profession: just look at Jesus, who was the big guy's rightful inheritor, and still didn't have more money than God. For furniture from an artist who saw wood as a step up anyway: SquareD.

    A Minneapolis-based shop from a former painter who figured that the homeware biz would be a tad more lucrative (apparently, it's actually "about the same"...), SquareD produces made-to-order modern furniture from reclaimed and scrap materials, meaning he's primed to compete on the most boring Junkyard Wars episode ever. The bulk of the catalog's devoted to rectangular, wall-mounted console/shelf units (ranging from 31"-60" long) that can be purchased individually, in a pair, or in a holy trinity, and feature dovetail joinery, aluminum-clad sliding doors, and craftsmanship he boasts is "heirloom quality", although they look so damn good you won't want to take them down, much less pass them down. Should your walls lack the room for even one console unit, there're nifty cedar planters made-to-size, a bench of solid ash from a construction site in Wisconsin, and a sleek side table pairing Baltic birch plywood and high-test aircraft aluminum -- just check that it's not from a Southwest plane before trying to rest your coffee there.

    And for resting oneself, there's also a scrap-plywood, super-boxy chair that even he admits is mildly uncomfortable -- though if you're a carpenter yourself, you're probably a squatter anyway.
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      Carpentry isn't generally seen as a particularly lucrative profession: just look at Jesus, who was the big guy's rightful inheritor, and still didn't have more money than God. For furniture from an artist who saw wood as a step up anyway: SquareD.

      A Minneapolis-based shop from a former painter who figured that the homeware biz would be a tad more lucrative (apparently, it's actually "about the same"...), SquareD produces made-to-order modern furniture from reclaimed and scrap materials, meaning he's primed to compete on the most boring Junkyard Wars episode ever. The bulk of the catalog's devoted to rectangular, wall-mounted console/shelf units (ranging from 31"-60" long) that can be purchased individually, in a pair, or in a holy trinity, and feature dovetail joinery, aluminum-clad sliding doors, and craftsmanship he boasts is "heirloom quality", although they look so damn good you won't want to take them down, much less pass them down. Should your walls lack the room for even one console unit, there're nifty cedar planters made-to-size, a bench of solid ash from a construction site in Wisconsin, and a sleek side table pairing Baltic birch plywood and high-test aircraft aluminum -- just check that it's not from a Southwest plane before trying to rest your coffee there.

      And for resting oneself, there's also a scrap-plywood, super-boxy chair that even he admits is mildly uncomfortable -- though if you're a carpenter yourself, you're probably a squatter anyway.
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  • 08
    From a hubby-n-wife BK design team comes this series of cutting boards made from rapidly renewable bamboo cut into cartographic shapes, from their home borough to nearly almost all 50 states, appropriately including New Jersey, which knows from cheese.
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      From a hubby-n-wife BK design team comes this series of cutting boards made from rapidly renewable bamboo cut into cartographic shapes, from their home borough to nearly almost all 50 states, appropriately including New Jersey, which knows from cheese.
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  • 09
    This skilled needlework from a husband and wife team hilariously blends traditional cross-stitching with memes and other whimsical ideas, resulting in designs like a double rainbow next to the phrase "What does this mean?", and a barnyard scene bearing Ernie Anastos' famed on-air utterance "keep f****** that chicken", though somehow the egg ended up on his face.
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      This skilled needlework from a husband and wife team hilariously blends traditional cross-stitching with memes and other whimsical ideas, resulting in designs like a double rainbow next to the phrase "What does this mean?", and a barnyard scene bearing Ernie Anastos' famed on-air utterance "keep f****** that chicken", though somehow the egg ended up on his face.
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  • 10
    When an artisan turns forsaken objects into something useful it can give you an appreciation for the skill and inventiveness of American craftsmen. And lice. For repurposed bags sans bugs, check Fullgive. From a guy in Utah who's eloquently all about making "unique things with old items", Full's stylishly rugged handmade bags are built using entirely reclaimed materials, and mix "the old and new for a funky, eclectic design that has no box", leaving those wanting to think nowhere to do it. Messenger options include a customizable canvas (avail in nine colors) rocking a zip pocket, a "cavernous" felt-lined interior, and your choice of variously shaped/sized reclaimed buckles; the red leather "Exit 59", with exterior bolts and black leather accents evoking the seats of a vintage Ferrari; and the quad-toned Frenchie Briefcase, made entirely from discarded army gear (which in France isn't hard to find). Meanwhile, tech-tinged totage runs from the slim, dark-brown-leather VonScott (with grand piano-esque curved closure flap, reclaimed hardware deets, and a leather-wrapped wood handle), the multi-shaded brown leather PadStache (which doubles as an upright viewing stand), and an all-black MacBook piece fastened together with nuts & bolts and decorated with wire staples and heavy thread, most likely pulled from a Mudvayne forum. For those who can't keep their pants on there's even a full stock of leather belts affixed w/ an array of reclaimed buckles and dyed in a slew of colors and patterns, which will hopefully draw attention back to your own forsaken objects. And lice.
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      When an artisan turns forsaken objects into something useful it can give you an appreciation for the skill and inventiveness of American craftsmen. And lice. For repurposed bags sans bugs, check Fullgive. From a guy in Utah who's eloquently all about making "unique things with old items", Full's stylishly rugged handmade bags are built using entirely reclaimed materials, and mix "the old and new for a funky, eclectic design that has no box", leaving those wanting to think nowhere to do it. Messenger options include a customizable canvas (avail in nine colors) rocking a zip pocket, a "cavernous" felt-lined interior, and your choice of variously shaped/sized reclaimed buckles; the red leather "Exit 59", with exterior bolts and black leather accents evoking the seats of a vintage Ferrari; and the quad-toned Frenchie Briefcase, made entirely from discarded army gear (which in France isn't hard to find). Meanwhile, tech-tinged totage runs from the slim, dark-brown-leather VonScott (with grand piano-esque curved closure flap, reclaimed hardware deets, and a leather-wrapped wood handle), the multi-shaded brown leather PadStache (which doubles as an upright viewing stand), and an all-black MacBook piece fastened together with nuts & bolts and decorated with wire staples and heavy thread, most likely pulled from a Mudvayne forum. For those who can't keep their pants on there's even a full stock of leather belts affixed w/ an array of reclaimed buckles and dyed in a slew of colors and patterns, which will hopefully draw attention back to your own forsaken objects. And lice.
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  • 11
    Better halves have typically been the ones interested in china, though that's hardly surprising considering they're all about gymnastics. Giving men a reason to care about the porcelain variety: Vandalized Vintage.

    From an Auckland-based artist, VV's an irreverent collection of 50+ year-old flatware now decked with designs from facial hair & f-bombs to narcotics & nudity, collectively warranting the disclaimer "if you require dinnerware to use on a daily basis my stuff won't be suitable", because family gatherings are all about the three D's (Drugs and Double D's). Brushing over their original inlays with black paint, text-heavy designs include a seven-piece set listing the deadly sins in elegant script (surrounded by floral designs), and a similar group titled the Seven Deadly Hits ("Nicotine", "Ecstasy", etc); there's also a mismatched nine-plate offering of adjectives inspired by Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet, from "menace", to "badass", to "pervert", though everyone already knew he was an easy rider. More cartoonish pieces also abound, including individual pieces art'd with the faceless hairstyles of the Arctic Monkeys and a masked lucha libre, plus there's a set of matching teal & gold dinner plates boasting sketches of topless pinups, which hopefully do more than what's being served on 'em to make you wish you were eating out.

    Filling out the collection're a handful of teacup/saucer pairings, from a matching pair scrawled with "Nerd" and "Dork", to a standalone number stamped with "Freak", also the primary requirement to do a floor routine for China.
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      Better halves have typically been the ones interested in china, though that's hardly surprising considering they're all about gymnastics. Giving men a reason to care about the porcelain variety: Vandalized Vintage.

      From an Auckland-based artist, VV's an irreverent collection of 50+ year-old flatware now decked with designs from facial hair & f-bombs to narcotics & nudity, collectively warranting the disclaimer "if you require dinnerware to use on a daily basis my stuff won't be suitable", because family gatherings are all about the three D's (Drugs and Double D's). Brushing over their original inlays with black paint, text-heavy designs include a seven-piece set listing the deadly sins in elegant script (surrounded by floral designs), and a similar group titled the Seven Deadly Hits ("Nicotine", "Ecstasy", etc); there's also a mismatched nine-plate offering of adjectives inspired by Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet, from "menace", to "badass", to "pervert", though everyone already knew he was an easy rider. More cartoonish pieces also abound, including individual pieces art'd with the faceless hairstyles of the Arctic Monkeys and a masked lucha libre, plus there's a set of matching teal & gold dinner plates boasting sketches of topless pinups, which hopefully do more than what's being served on 'em to make you wish you were eating out.

      Filling out the collection're a handful of teacup/saucer pairings, from a matching pair scrawled with "Nerd" and "Dork", to a standalone number stamped with "Freak", also the primary requirement to do a floor routine for China.
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  • 12
    Once something's broken it can be impossible to fix, unless you live in the Dominican Republic and your cousin has mad needles. Fixing up scrapped metal into wearable works of art: Citizen Objects.

    From a husband/wife team outta NOLA, CO's metal man-cessories are made entirely from discarded machine and bike parts, a stance they claim proves they're "serious fixers of broken things, not cannibals", though if they were that would be just Fine. And Young. Wearable steez starts with belt buckles, including a curled bike chain welded to itself and coated in a shiny black finish called the Spiral; a square, copper-backed number mosaic'd with small corroded oddball pieces (gears, nails, pins) they've named the Steel Junk; and the circular Bullseye: a black bike sprocket with a copper retaining ring and raised silver center piece they describe as being like a "crazy ziggurat", though thankfully your loins will never be the cradle of civilization. Unwearable-yet-functional stuff, meanwhile, runs from a circular "box" crafted from a welded stack of clear gloss-enameled bike chains (w/ hinged bike sprocket lid), to an "industrial strength" organizer made using brushed old grey steel tubing, making it optimal for use where "tipping over would be a disaster", so...pretty much any cafe in Europe?

    There're also a few purely sculptural items, including a six-foot-tall, wall-mountable, antler'd deer head (molded from a taxidermy form) composed of aluminum, steel, copper, glass, and other found objects that've been "highly manipulated", just like you were by your cousin and his damned "B12".
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      Once something's broken it can be impossible to fix, unless you live in the Dominican Republic and your cousin has mad needles. Fixing up scrapped metal into wearable works of art: Citizen Objects.

      From a husband/wife team outta NOLA, CO's metal man-cessories are made entirely from discarded machine and bike parts, a stance they claim proves they're "serious fixers of broken things, not cannibals", though if they were that would be just Fine. And Young. Wearable steez starts with belt buckles, including a curled bike chain welded to itself and coated in a shiny black finish called the Spiral; a square, copper-backed number mosaic'd with small corroded oddball pieces (gears, nails, pins) they've named the Steel Junk; and the circular Bullseye: a black bike sprocket with a copper retaining ring and raised silver center piece they describe as being like a "crazy ziggurat", though thankfully your loins will never be the cradle of civilization. Unwearable-yet-functional stuff, meanwhile, runs from a circular "box" crafted from a welded stack of clear gloss-enameled bike chains (w/ hinged bike sprocket lid), to an "industrial strength" organizer made using brushed old grey steel tubing, making it optimal for use where "tipping over would be a disaster", so...pretty much any cafe in Europe?

      There're also a few purely sculptural items, including a six-foot-tall, wall-mountable, antler'd deer head (molded from a taxidermy form) composed of aluminum, steel, copper, glass, and other found objects that've been "highly manipulated", just like you were by your cousin and his damned "B12".
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  • 13
    Things used to be so much simpler in the world, before the Internet, global-stability-threatening nukes, and that imminently straightforward magazine named Complex. For a guy keeping your walls awesomely simple, pick up some paintings from Sodapop Corleone.

    From a dude with Florida roots who keeps his life old-school via things like employing retro photo techniques (Darkrooms? Whaaaa?), Sodapop Corleone is Michael’s brother who got out of the family business and got rich after inventing Jolt a line of awesome-in-their-straightforwardness thing-portraits that recall a simpler time, when men were men, and the diet soft drink Tab was still neat-o. Paintings you’ll have to resist eating include a delicious marbleized filet mignon, a bright pink strawberry frosted donut, a damn fine lookin’ slab of ham entitled "Dig on Swine", and a single White Castle slider, also what they called the old fat dude with the beard when he couldn’t hear them in some other dimension. Other works range from a bright blue sign from Gainesville's old Florida Motel, head-on jobs of a 1980 Chevy Caprice and a Shelby Cobra, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 (the first plane to break the sound barrier, dummy), and an old-ass ice cream truck, which was presumably even faster, due to all the Rocket Pops.

    Pop'll also do custom paintings of cars if you provide the make/year/model, which should allow you to get your hands on the simplest thing of all: a Geo Metro.
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      Things used to be so much simpler in the world, before the Internet, global-stability-threatening nukes, and that imminently straightforward magazine named Complex. For a guy keeping your walls awesomely simple, pick up some paintings from Sodapop Corleone.

      From a dude with Florida roots who keeps his life old-school via things like employing retro photo techniques (Darkrooms? Whaaaa?), Sodapop Corleone is Michael’s brother who got out of the family business and got rich after inventing Jolt a line of awesome-in-their-straightforwardness thing-portraits that recall a simpler time, when men were men, and the diet soft drink Tab was still neat-o. Paintings you’ll have to resist eating include a delicious marbleized filet mignon, a bright pink strawberry frosted donut, a damn fine lookin’ slab of ham entitled "Dig on Swine", and a single White Castle slider, also what they called the old fat dude with the beard when he couldn’t hear them in some other dimension. Other works range from a bright blue sign from Gainesville's old Florida Motel, head-on jobs of a 1980 Chevy Caprice and a Shelby Cobra, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 (the first plane to break the sound barrier, dummy), and an old-ass ice cream truck, which was presumably even faster, due to all the Rocket Pops.

      Pop'll also do custom paintings of cars if you provide the make/year/model, which should allow you to get your hands on the simplest thing of all: a Geo Metro.
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  • 14
    The everyday minutiae of life is rarely captured in art; but you know what's even more rarely captured? That's right: Bigfoot. Now capture both at once, with Legendary Tiger Hero. Pumping out alarmingly straightforward renderings of fantastical characters doing relatively mundane things, LTH is the nom-de-paint of an LBC guy whose day job is doing Renaissance-style oil portraits of rich peoples' animals, and sometimes accidentally, Benicio Del Toro. All originals are oil-on-wood with most available as prints; self-explanatory highlights include "Darth, Chilling Out, Drinking Beer, Looking Sweet as Hell", "Batman Puking His Frigging Guts Out" (also, similarly, "Jabba the Hut Barfed His Guts Out All The Way To Pizza Hut"), and, most notably, "Bigfoot Breaks Into Some Dude's Cabin and Totally Takes a Fat Dump In His Toilet" (proposed alternate title: "Harry Dropping off The Hendersons"). Another theme depicts ancient-looking sea scenes invaded by Japanese sci-fi-esque monsters, like "Cthulhu Awakens and Totally Shreds a Sweet-Ass Guitar Solo", "Robot Vs Squid" (depicting the two creatures duking it out as a pirate ship sails underneath), and "Plight of the Seabots": a rowboat full of bots getting demolished by a dragon that resembles a hellhound, a giant, barracuda-looking beast, and a vampire shark, who vants to suck your flood. For a price, Legendary Tiger Hero'll do custom work of just about anything or anybody, perhaps capturing something else exceedingly rare: you actually throwing down for art.
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      The everyday minutiae of life is rarely captured in art; but you know what's even more rarely captured? That's right: Bigfoot. Now capture both at once, with Legendary Tiger Hero. Pumping out alarmingly straightforward renderings of fantastical characters doing relatively mundane things, LTH is the nom-de-paint of an LBC guy whose day job is doing Renaissance-style oil portraits of rich peoples' animals, and sometimes accidentally, Benicio Del Toro. All originals are oil-on-wood with most available as prints; self-explanatory highlights include "Darth, Chilling Out, Drinking Beer, Looking Sweet as Hell", "Batman Puking His Frigging Guts Out" (also, similarly, "Jabba the Hut Barfed His Guts Out All The Way To Pizza Hut"), and, most notably, "Bigfoot Breaks Into Some Dude's Cabin and Totally Takes a Fat Dump In His Toilet" (proposed alternate title: "Harry Dropping off The Hendersons"). Another theme depicts ancient-looking sea scenes invaded by Japanese sci-fi-esque monsters, like "Cthulhu Awakens and Totally Shreds a Sweet-Ass Guitar Solo", "Robot Vs Squid" (depicting the two creatures duking it out as a pirate ship sails underneath), and "Plight of the Seabots": a rowboat full of bots getting demolished by a dragon that resembles a hellhound, a giant, barracuda-looking beast, and a vampire shark, who vants to suck your flood. For a price, Legendary Tiger Hero'll do custom work of just about anything or anybody, perhaps capturing something else exceedingly rare: you actually throwing down for art.
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  • 15
    They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure, unless they're talking about Dan Fogelberg albums. Or Bit O Honey wrappers. Proving that one mom's trash could be your treasure: Beat Up Creations. Surprisingly not named after Ike Turner's life motto, BUC is a one-woman art-shop from a former special ed teacher, whose most impressive works are pop-culture inspired images transferred on vintage collectible porcelain plates, which her antique dealer mother was going to get rid of during a move since she had so many extras, and they didn't want to get jobs at The Cheesecake Factory. Each plate's overhauled with a toxin-free/dishwasher safe digital image, with some of the best examples including a rural farm scene overtaken by UFOs, a red-and-white checkered floral plate w/ Spock's visage in the center, and a gold-rimmed number featuring a royal wearing a paper crown, titled "Burger Queen," though Kirstie Alley'll probably have something to say about that. 'Cause why not, there're also a slew of plates repping Star Wars, like "Galactic Empire Invasion", which features the Death Star, a TIE fighter, and a star destroyer descending on a serene riverscape, "Blue Yoda", with the Jedi master on a gold-enamel platter in full-on Napoleon pose, and another plate w/ Darth Vader rocking a suit, so clearly he's not a TIE fighter. In addition, the artist also does original sculpture work, w/ examples including a dwarf-like man/snail combo, a gazelle w/ the face of a cupid doll, and the taxidermy-looking "Billy Jean The Goat" -- though it's known for eating trash, its Hard to Say what it'll do with Fogelberg.
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      They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure, unless they're talking about Dan Fogelberg albums. Or Bit O Honey wrappers. Proving that one mom's trash could be your treasure: Beat Up Creations. Surprisingly not named after Ike Turner's life motto, BUC is a one-woman art-shop from a former special ed teacher, whose most impressive works are pop-culture inspired images transferred on vintage collectible porcelain plates, which her antique dealer mother was going to get rid of during a move since she had so many extras, and they didn't want to get jobs at The Cheesecake Factory. Each plate's overhauled with a toxin-free/dishwasher safe digital image, with some of the best examples including a rural farm scene overtaken by UFOs, a red-and-white checkered floral plate w/ Spock's visage in the center, and a gold-rimmed number featuring a royal wearing a paper crown, titled "Burger Queen," though Kirstie Alley'll probably have something to say about that. 'Cause why not, there're also a slew of plates repping Star Wars, like "Galactic Empire Invasion", which features the Death Star, a TIE fighter, and a star destroyer descending on a serene riverscape, "Blue Yoda", with the Jedi master on a gold-enamel platter in full-on Napoleon pose, and another plate w/ Darth Vader rocking a suit, so clearly he's not a TIE fighter. In addition, the artist also does original sculpture work, w/ examples including a dwarf-like man/snail combo, a gazelle w/ the face of a cupid doll, and the taxidermy-looking "Billy Jean The Goat" -- though it's known for eating trash, its Hard to Say what it'll do with Fogelberg.
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  • 16
    Because using real guns as lighting is dangerous and potentially inconvenient when Aaron Eckhart asks you to assist him in defending LA from hostile alien ground forces, locally based Loaded Objects's opted instead to create useful household fixtures (and more!) meticulously detailed to look just like actual weapons but cast out of ceramic, just like most of the rest of the actors in Chris Bertolini's film. Highlights from the line include:

    AK-47 Standing Lamp: Balanced on a stand that resembles a cartridge crossing the gun's handle, these babies look just like the Soviet Union's most significant contribution to the arms race, outside of Vladdy Putin in an Under Armour tank top.

    9mm Gun Sconces: These wall-mountable pups are plaster-cast to look like Berettas, but luckily not the one who killed his wife at a crappy Italian restaurant in North Hollywood.

    Tri 9mm Gun Lamp: This handmade ceramic lamp features three handguns all connected at the butt, not unlike a networking event sponsored by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

    Pawn Grenades: Not just what The Situation and Ronnie try to avoid in Jersey Shoresical, these exploders are life-sized, porcelain-cast, and come with a pull-ring made of gold, which's further proof they're fake, since no real grenade would evaaaa get a ring!
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      Because using real guns as lighting is dangerous and potentially inconvenient when Aaron Eckhart asks you to assist him in defending LA from hostile alien ground forces, locally based Loaded Objects's opted instead to create useful household fixtures (and more!) meticulously detailed to look just like actual weapons but cast out of ceramic, just like most of the rest of the actors in Chris Bertolini's film. Highlights from the line include:

      AK-47 Standing Lamp: Balanced on a stand that resembles a cartridge crossing the gun's handle, these babies look just like the Soviet Union's most significant contribution to the arms race, outside of Vladdy Putin in an Under Armour tank top.

      9mm Gun Sconces: These wall-mountable pups are plaster-cast to look like Berettas, but luckily not the one who killed his wife at a crappy Italian restaurant in North Hollywood.

      Tri 9mm Gun Lamp: This handmade ceramic lamp features three handguns all connected at the butt, not unlike a networking event sponsored by Sir Mix-a-Lot.

      Pawn Grenades: Not just what The Situation and Ronnie try to avoid in Jersey Shoresical, these exploders are life-sized, porcelain-cast, and come with a pull-ring made of gold, which's further proof they're fake, since no real grenade would evaaaa get a ring!
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    Reviving a classic takes just the right touch -- the new Mini's an inspiring resurrection of the original zipster, but whoever decided to update the Reliant Robin with four wheels obviously has a few mental lug nuts loose. Beautifully bringing back some very cool stuff: Still Life. From a pair of "junk-shop trawling" Londoners, Still takes furnishings from decades past and cleans up, repurposes, upcycles, and, because they might end up in the living room, "revives" them. Herewith, some glory restored: Chessboard Coffee Table: The base is actually made from a pair of '60s filing trays stuck back-to-back, while staying in that decade, the white chessboard squares are cut from a vintage AA road map -- except this is something you'll actually check, mate. Dentist Chair: Completely reupholstered, this solidly made '50s number, hugely popular with NHS drillers back then, is still in perfect working order, though it's up to you to add/talk-about-how-cool-it'll-be-when-you-eventually-add fresh, seat-elevating hydraulic fluid. Vintage Gum Dispenser Light: Stripped of its garish veneer to reveal the galvanized metal underneath, this minimalist piece has also had its glass replaced with fogged plastic, so that the light from within seems to portend some deep mystery that you'll become totally engrossed in until someone distracts you with a gumball. The rest of the inventory covers a fairly wide range, incl. mirrors, stools, art, and "miscellaneous"; the team will also take commissions to juice up the junk lying around your house, so it'll no longer have to lie there, feeling like a third wheel.
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      Reviving a classic takes just the right touch -- the new Mini's an inspiring resurrection of the original zipster, but whoever decided to update the Reliant Robin with four wheels obviously has a few mental lug nuts loose. Beautifully bringing back some very cool stuff: Still Life. From a pair of "junk-shop trawling" Londoners, Still takes furnishings from decades past and cleans up, repurposes, upcycles, and, because they might end up in the living room, "revives" them. Herewith, some glory restored: Chessboard Coffee Table: The base is actually made from a pair of '60s filing trays stuck back-to-back, while staying in that decade, the white chessboard squares are cut from a vintage AA road map -- except this is something you'll actually check, mate. Dentist Chair: Completely reupholstered, this solidly made '50s number, hugely popular with NHS drillers back then, is still in perfect working order, though it's up to you to add/talk-about-how-cool-it'll-be-when-you-eventually-add fresh, seat-elevating hydraulic fluid. Vintage Gum Dispenser Light: Stripped of its garish veneer to reveal the galvanized metal underneath, this minimalist piece has also had its glass replaced with fogged plastic, so that the light from within seems to portend some deep mystery that you'll become totally engrossed in until someone distracts you with a gumball. The rest of the inventory covers a fairly wide range, incl. mirrors, stools, art, and "miscellaneous"; the team will also take commissions to juice up the junk lying around your house, so it'll no longer have to lie there, feeling like a third wheel.
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  • 18
    The boast "I did it my way" is typically associated with brash men, like Sinatra and his influencing of presidential races, bedding hundreds of women, and threatening to break Woody Allen's legs, or Sid Vicious, and his existing. Doing it her way in slightly subtler fashion, poster artist Claudia Varosio

    This London graphic designer maintains a flourishing online shop of prints inspired by her favourite films, all liberally re-imagined with a bold simplicity that echoes book covers from the 60s and 70s, and available either vertical, horizontal, or square (though that's really more reminiscent of the 50s).

    The latest batch runs from a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid pencil-drawn locomotive, to crossed The Squid and the Whale tennis racquets, to a Pulp Fiction riff with a dancing Uma Thurman and John Travolta depicted sans facial features (swap Uma for Nick Cage and you've got...a terrible movie).

    Older stuff includes a green-backed Fight Club hallucinogenic penguin, fifty neatly stacked eggs filling the frame of Cool Hand Luke, and a Ferrari-equipped Ferris Bueller's Day Off take with sunglasses on the "A", because while an impressive cross-section of high schoolers loved Ferris, everybody loved The Fonz.

    Diverging from cinema is a selection of Bowie lyrics accompanied by appropriate imagery, such as "Oh Lordy, you know I need some lovin" above a pair of panties, and "I'll be a rock n' rollin' bitch for you" next to a "Martian" amp and a Fender guitar -- perfect, because as a certain Pistol proved, you don't even need a bass.
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      The boast "I did it my way" is typically associated with brash men, like Sinatra and his influencing of presidential races, bedding hundreds of women, and threatening to break Woody Allen's legs, or Sid Vicious, and his existing. Doing it her way in slightly subtler fashion, poster artist Claudia Varosio

      This London graphic designer maintains a flourishing online shop of prints inspired by her favourite films, all liberally re-imagined with a bold simplicity that echoes book covers from the 60s and 70s, and available either vertical, horizontal, or square (though that's really more reminiscent of the 50s).

      The latest batch runs from a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid pencil-drawn locomotive, to crossed The Squid and the Whale tennis racquets, to a Pulp Fiction riff with a dancing Uma Thurman and John Travolta depicted sans facial features (swap Uma for Nick Cage and you've got...a terrible movie).

      Older stuff includes a green-backed Fight Club hallucinogenic penguin, fifty neatly stacked eggs filling the frame of Cool Hand Luke, and a Ferrari-equipped Ferris Bueller's Day Off take with sunglasses on the "A", because while an impressive cross-section of high schoolers loved Ferris, everybody loved The Fonz.

      Diverging from cinema is a selection of Bowie lyrics accompanied by appropriate imagery, such as "Oh Lordy, you know I need some lovin" above a pair of panties, and "I'll be a rock n' rollin' bitch for you" next to a "Martian" amp and a Fender guitar -- perfect, because as a certain Pistol proved, you don't even need a bass.
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  • 19
    No one is above having the piss taken out of them, be it David Cameron, or Dwain Chambers. For a man who sets his ribbing sights higher still: Standard Designs.

    From a London artist who firmly believes that "reading is good for you -- they said so on TV", these portraits & prints daintily take the mickey out of some of Western society's greatest intellectual figures, leaving more than a few of them looking...goofy. A breakdown of the take-downs

    Portraits: These detailed inked head-shots are accompanied by michael-extracting phrases, such as "According to Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Hell is other people', which is why we don't invite him round to dinner any more", and Oscar Wilde claiming "I am indeed on Morrissey's side", with the entree presumably being fish.

    "Recession Books": Apeing the iconic orange & white Penguin covers with now cash-strapped classics, these prints imagine if literature was "subject to cutbacks too", e.g., Brideshead Remortgaged, Animal Farm Closure, The Photocopy Of Dorian Grey, and Lady Chatterly's Lodger, though just because he's paying rent doesn't mean she couldn't make sweet forbidden love to him

    Posters: More general targeted works include the New & Improved Alphabet (from "SUPER-A is for a more expensive apple", to "Z is for 'I have fallen asleep at work'") and The Typewriter Keys They Phased Out, which include "Gin", "More Gin", "Poppycock, Sir" and "Belgian Surprise", a key whose abandonment had half of Belgium choking back the phlegmish

    On the greeting card front, there are individual typewriter keys, as well as portraits avail in five-packs like Great Writers and 20th Century Greats -- a category Dwain Chambers might find himself limited to if he's caught taking the piss out of someone else.
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      No one is above having the piss taken out of them, be it David Cameron, or Dwain Chambers. For a man who sets his ribbing sights higher still: Standard Designs.

      From a London artist who firmly believes that "reading is good for you -- they said so on TV", these portraits & prints daintily take the mickey out of some of Western society's greatest intellectual figures, leaving more than a few of them looking...goofy. A breakdown of the take-downs

      Portraits: These detailed inked head-shots are accompanied by michael-extracting phrases, such as "According to Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Hell is other people', which is why we don't invite him round to dinner any more", and Oscar Wilde claiming "I am indeed on Morrissey's side", with the entree presumably being fish.

      "Recession Books": Apeing the iconic orange & white Penguin covers with now cash-strapped classics, these prints imagine if literature was "subject to cutbacks too", e.g., Brideshead Remortgaged, Animal Farm Closure, The Photocopy Of Dorian Grey, and Lady Chatterly's Lodger, though just because he's paying rent doesn't mean she couldn't make sweet forbidden love to him

      Posters: More general targeted works include the New & Improved Alphabet (from "SUPER-A is for a more expensive apple", to "Z is for 'I have fallen asleep at work'") and The Typewriter Keys They Phased Out, which include "Gin", "More Gin", "Poppycock, Sir" and "Belgian Surprise", a key whose abandonment had half of Belgium choking back the phlegmish

      On the greeting card front, there are individual typewriter keys, as well as portraits avail in five-packs like Great Writers and 20th Century Greats -- a category Dwain Chambers might find himself limited to if he's caught taking the piss out of someone else.
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  • 20
    Creative types can always benefit from a business partner -- after all, without Brian Epstein, the Beatles would've been just a very good leather-jacketed rock band drinking and screwing their way across Europe... Okay, that actually sounds pretty good. For a symbiotic relationship that doesn't involve silly haircuts, check out Beautiful Skin. Skin slings iPod/Phone/Pad/Kindle sheaths covered in ornately-inked designs, all made from "100% kid skin leather" (or, what really happens if you don't eat your greens); the endeavor's led by a pair of Shoreditch flatmates, one a chef-turned-designer, the other in marketing, which for chefs nets only the edible kind of squid. Lined with suede and inspired by a range of artistic epochs, the lineup includes: Gothic, Victorian-esque Horse & Rider: surrounded by finely-detailed flora, with an x-ray like effect exposing each's skeletal structure, so you can see that what you thought came straight from the horse's mouth, actually originates with the diaphragm. Medieval Sun and Moon: this woodcut-style number depicts the heavenly bodies with ancient cartoonish faces, with a bisected background of earthy 70s-style wallpaper, and an older Georgian pattern that involves pineapples, enraging anyone expecting pudding and pie. Kind of Scary Wolf: This more modern, pencil sketched, finely-detailed snarler is surrounded by more simply drawn Venus Fly Traps; you know they're not from Mars, because when the "seat" goes up, things die. Also available: various designs of oyster card holders, plus "cuff wallets" -- leather wrist-wrappers that unfold to reveal a secret money stash, so you can keep what you wa-a-a-a-a-ant, even if a desperately broke creative type pulls a Revolver.
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      Creative types can always benefit from a business partner -- after all, without Brian Epstein, the Beatles would've been just a very good leather-jacketed rock band drinking and screwing their way across Europe... Okay, that actually sounds pretty good. For a symbiotic relationship that doesn't involve silly haircuts, check out Beautiful Skin. Skin slings iPod/Phone/Pad/Kindle sheaths covered in ornately-inked designs, all made from "100% kid skin leather" (or, what really happens if you don't eat your greens); the endeavor's led by a pair of Shoreditch flatmates, one a chef-turned-designer, the other in marketing, which for chefs nets only the edible kind of squid. Lined with suede and inspired by a range of artistic epochs, the lineup includes: Gothic, Victorian-esque Horse & Rider: surrounded by finely-detailed flora, with an x-ray like effect exposing each's skeletal structure, so you can see that what you thought came straight from the horse's mouth, actually originates with the diaphragm. Medieval Sun and Moon: this woodcut-style number depicts the heavenly bodies with ancient cartoonish faces, with a bisected background of earthy 70s-style wallpaper, and an older Georgian pattern that involves pineapples, enraging anyone expecting pudding and pie. Kind of Scary Wolf: This more modern, pencil sketched, finely-detailed snarler is surrounded by more simply drawn Venus Fly Traps; you know they're not from Mars, because when the "seat" goes up, things die. Also available: various designs of oyster card holders, plus "cuff wallets" -- leather wrist-wrappers that unfold to reveal a secret money stash, so you can keep what you wa-a-a-a-a-ant, even if a desperately broke creative type pulls a Revolver.
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  • 21
    Hillhock's a comfy chair built into the massive abdomen of a "dusty pink" velvet-skinned, gigantic, upholstered pig, with handcarved walnut hooves and a somber expression thanks to taxidermied eyes -- so basically, it's the last Babe you'll ever see in your apartment.
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      Hillhock's a comfy chair built into the massive abdomen of a "dusty pink" velvet-skinned, gigantic, upholstered pig, with handcarved walnut hooves and a somber expression thanks to taxidermied eyes -- so basically, it's the last Babe you'll ever see in your apartment.
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  • 22
    This set of four traditional bingo cards forgoes totally played-out numbers for street sign-like iconography detailing all the readily noticeable trademarks of kids whose vintage bikes are sooooo much cooler than yours, from short shorts and straight bangs, to Lucky Strikes, iPhones, and PBR, to handlebar mustaches and full-fledged beards, also what Katie Holmes has finally become, after a few strong years of training.
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      This set of four traditional bingo cards forgoes totally played-out numbers for street sign-like iconography detailing all the readily noticeable trademarks of kids whose vintage bikes are sooooo much cooler than yours, from short shorts and straight bangs, to Lucky Strikes, iPhones, and PBR, to handlebar mustaches and full-fledged beards, also what Katie Holmes has finally become, after a few strong years of training.
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  • 23
    Giving you a place to keep your valuables (so in this economy, Shark Bites), MC's binding the pages of elegant-looking books, hollowing them out, and affixing magnet latches to create discreet tome-based storage, with current offerings including Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and Sarah Ban Breathnach's Something More, which unfortunately can't be put into that Dan Brown book.
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      Giving you a place to keep your valuables (so in this economy, Shark Bites), MC's binding the pages of elegant-looking books, hollowing them out, and affixing magnet latches to create discreet tome-based storage, with current offerings including Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and Sarah Ban Breathnach's Something More, which unfortunately can't be put into that Dan Brown book.
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  • 24
    If you get a prescription, you're generally sick, recovering from surgery, or Pauly Shore after establishing residency in California. Making wall art out of the sweetest prescriptions you'll ever see, buuuuudddy!: Prohibition Whiskey

    Discovered by a South Jersey salvager during a raucous weekend of digging through old pharmaceutical equipment, PW mainly pushes ready-to-be-framed vintage gov't-issued medicinal alcohol prescriptions, which let users legally obtain booze despite the evil 18th Amendment; there're also various other licenses ranging from opium to morphine, from back when the government also disallowed totally awesome bass-driven jazz-rock. Some choice examples

    A 1922 Philadelphia-issued 'scrip for Marjorie Rawlings, redeemed at Campbell's Drug Store, for a pint of whiskey to be taken with egg nog, the doctor apparently presuming that the patient threw completely bad ass Christmas parties couldn't handle the stuff straight

    An 1885 permit for the running of a whiskey still, aka moonshining, depicting the Roman god Mercury propped against a bunch of barrels, bottles, and a funnel, which you'd need to cope too, if you later became responsible for the Capri and the Mountaineer

    An order form from 1942 showing that a Medford, MA pharmacist purchased 1000 doses of morphine straight from the Internal Revenue department of the U.S. Treasury, meaning at one point you could actually buy drugs from the IRS -- take 'em all, and the IRS will be singlehandedly responsible for death and taxes

    PW's also peddling plenty more stuff, including scrips for port wine and a Texas order that recommends shots of whiskey as needed to combat the flu, plus labels from bottles of whiskey earmarked as "expressly for family use", although considering the condition he's generally in to begin with, you probably don't want to share it with your Son In Law, or all either of you will be able to do is Crawl.
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      If you get a prescription, you're generally sick, recovering from surgery, or Pauly Shore after establishing residency in California. Making wall art out of the sweetest prescriptions you'll ever see, buuuuudddy!: Prohibition Whiskey

      Discovered by a South Jersey salvager during a raucous weekend of digging through old pharmaceutical equipment, PW mainly pushes ready-to-be-framed vintage gov't-issued medicinal alcohol prescriptions, which let users legally obtain booze despite the evil 18th Amendment; there're also various other licenses ranging from opium to morphine, from back when the government also disallowed totally awesome bass-driven jazz-rock. Some choice examples

      A 1922 Philadelphia-issued 'scrip for Marjorie Rawlings, redeemed at Campbell's Drug Store, for a pint of whiskey to be taken with egg nog, the doctor apparently presuming that the patient threw completely bad ass Christmas parties couldn't handle the stuff straight

      An 1885 permit for the running of a whiskey still, aka moonshining, depicting the Roman god Mercury propped against a bunch of barrels, bottles, and a funnel, which you'd need to cope too, if you later became responsible for the Capri and the Mountaineer

      An order form from 1942 showing that a Medford, MA pharmacist purchased 1000 doses of morphine straight from the Internal Revenue department of the U.S. Treasury, meaning at one point you could actually buy drugs from the IRS -- take 'em all, and the IRS will be singlehandedly responsible for death and taxes

      PW's also peddling plenty more stuff, including scrips for port wine and a Texas order that recommends shots of whiskey as needed to combat the flu, plus labels from bottles of whiskey earmarked as "expressly for family use", although considering the condition he's generally in to begin with, you probably don't want to share it with your Son In Law, or all either of you will be able to do is Crawl.
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  • 25
    There are a lot of things you can do with your free time, or as TI refers to it, "brief stints between jails". For a result of making less-felonious use of that time, check Engrained Works

    Started by a photography buff/former Seattle City Planner to pass the time after she got laid off, EW turns vintage books into hand-crafted pinhole cameras, each of which capture unique full color images on 35mm film using the same principles as a camera obscura, in which light passing through a small hole in an enclosed space is reproduced upside-down but with its perspective preserved, at least until it leaves Catholic school. Some highlights

    The Pirate: This red hardbacked number with polished wood guitar knobs started life as a classic tale from a collection of stories called The Waverly Novels published in the early 1900s by the guy who brought you Rob Roy -- you must moisturize, Liam Neeson

    Claudia: Upcycled from a book based on a collection of stories the author first published in Good Housekeeping and Redbook in the '40s, this worn blue joint boasts black knobs and a shutter made of gray leather, which wouldn't have that problem if it had only listened to Liam Neeson.

    Zane Grey: Boasting all black fittings and remnants of the book's original black/gray cover art, this faded red shooter's constructed with what's left of a tale from the prolific Western scribe who's known for idealizing the Old West, despite the fact that stats-wise, Tom Chambers owned him.

    So you don't suck at photography, every cam comes with advice on approximate exposure times, sample photos, and a set of instructions, or as they're known in jail, T.I.ps.
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      There are a lot of things you can do with your free time, or as TI refers to it, "brief stints between jails". For a result of making less-felonious use of that time, check Engrained Works

      Started by a photography buff/former Seattle City Planner to pass the time after she got laid off, EW turns vintage books into hand-crafted pinhole cameras, each of which capture unique full color images on 35mm film using the same principles as a camera obscura, in which light passing through a small hole in an enclosed space is reproduced upside-down but with its perspective preserved, at least until it leaves Catholic school. Some highlights

      The Pirate: This red hardbacked number with polished wood guitar knobs started life as a classic tale from a collection of stories called The Waverly Novels published in the early 1900s by the guy who brought you Rob Roy -- you must moisturize, Liam Neeson

      Claudia: Upcycled from a book based on a collection of stories the author first published in Good Housekeeping and Redbook in the '40s, this worn blue joint boasts black knobs and a shutter made of gray leather, which wouldn't have that problem if it had only listened to Liam Neeson.

      Zane Grey: Boasting all black fittings and remnants of the book's original black/gray cover art, this faded red shooter's constructed with what's left of a tale from the prolific Western scribe who's known for idealizing the Old West, despite the fact that stats-wise, Tom Chambers owned him.

      So you don't suck at photography, every cam comes with advice on approximate exposure times, sample photos, and a set of instructions, or as they're known in jail, T.I.ps.
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  • 26
    When you can't buy something you really want, sometimes the easiest thing to do is make it yourself, assuming you have all the necessary skills to lovingly recreate David Caruso's craggy face. WAAAAH! Since you lack those skills: Kings Custom Action Figures.

    These exquisitely detailed, one-of-a-kind, foot-tall action-figures feature fully posable bodies, bespoke costumes, and custom resin heads painstakingly hand-carved by a Seattle graphic designer/sculptor who wanted to make things avid collectors really want "but just don't exist", so watch out world for his eagerly anticipated Hot Canadian Model Girlfriend doll. The collection's built around celebs in famous TV/movie roles like William Holden in The Wild Bunch complete w/ dusty hat/boots, shotgun & .45/shoulder holster; the aforementioned Caruso as Horatio Caine boasting badge, CSI ID, gun, & sunglasses; a knife-wielding, bow tie/fedora/wingtip wearing Roman Polanski as the Punk in Chinatown; as well as a camo'd, cigarette smoking, M1 carrying Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders from the long-running 60's war show Combat!, whose life in syndication has since proved Mortal. KC also does real life figures, like a manically grinning Al Capone chomping on a cigar/holding a machine gun & wad of cash, or the tommy gun toting bank robber John Dillinger wearing a period suit and "a killer smile", like Christie Brinkley if she murdered cops/wasn't emotionally eviscerated by messy divorces.

    If you desperately seek even more details, some figures also come w/ mini-dioramas/accessories, and future plans include golden age of cinema inspired figures like Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn, the purchase of which'll make no one say "a girl" when you ask "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?". WAAAH!
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      When you can't buy something you really want, sometimes the easiest thing to do is make it yourself, assuming you have all the necessary skills to lovingly recreate David Caruso's craggy face. WAAAAH! Since you lack those skills: Kings Custom Action Figures.

      These exquisitely detailed, one-of-a-kind, foot-tall action-figures feature fully posable bodies, bespoke costumes, and custom resin heads painstakingly hand-carved by a Seattle graphic designer/sculptor who wanted to make things avid collectors really want "but just don't exist", so watch out world for his eagerly anticipated Hot Canadian Model Girlfriend doll. The collection's built around celebs in famous TV/movie roles like William Holden in The Wild Bunch complete w/ dusty hat/boots, shotgun & .45/shoulder holster; the aforementioned Caruso as Horatio Caine boasting badge, CSI ID, gun, & sunglasses; a knife-wielding, bow tie/fedora/wingtip wearing Roman Polanski as the Punk in Chinatown; as well as a camo'd, cigarette smoking, M1 carrying Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders from the long-running 60's war show Combat!, whose life in syndication has since proved Mortal. KC also does real life figures, like a manically grinning Al Capone chomping on a cigar/holding a machine gun & wad of cash, or the tommy gun toting bank robber John Dillinger wearing a period suit and "a killer smile", like Christie Brinkley if she murdered cops/wasn't emotionally eviscerated by messy divorces.

      If you desperately seek even more details, some figures also come w/ mini-dioramas/accessories, and future plans include golden age of cinema inspired figures like Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn, the purchase of which'll make no one say "a girl" when you ask "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?". WAAAH!
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  • 27
    Further improve the chances of your father appearing on America's Got Talent by snagging him one of these 9-volt custom amps made out of old found materials like a wooden toy truck or a mini Veuve Clicquot fridge with "brut" on the lid, which beats the ones you've found that've already Popov'd.
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      Further improve the chances of your father appearing on America's Got Talent by snagging him one of these 9-volt custom amps made out of old found materials like a wooden toy truck or a mini Veuve Clicquot fridge with "brut" on the lid, which beats the ones you've found that've already Popov'd.
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  • 28
    Modern marketing has led to the public's near constant exposure to various forms of branding, though, for the time being, the most painful seems to be reserved exclusively for Katy Perry. For shirts/prints from a local artist who subverts branding through his art, Gross National Products.

    Just launching an e-store after over a decade in the graphics game, Seattle-based designer Shawn Wolfe uses multiple media (t-shirts, gig posters, wooden signs, etc.) to create colorful pop pieces that play with consumerism (he once created an entire campaign for a product that didn't exist) and tweak corporate messages, a practice known as culture jamming, also what the Club was forced to resort to after Boy George dedicated himself full time to heroin. Some of his choicest work includes:

    GNP Poster Series: A collection of five prints that plays with traditional ways of thinking, including a Pepto-pink beggars' sign that reads "Will Work For Money Forever", and a stripes on stripes number that, while supplies last, is offering kicks in the nuts, which, for a business plan, is pretty ballsy.

    NOWHERE Skate Deck: This purposefully worn-looking deck resembles the siding of an old house, and was created for Cap Hill gearist 35th North's skate art exhibition Hang Loose -- a bit of a Shaka given the prevalence of skinny jeans in that 'hood.

    Guided By Voices: This limited edition gig poster was produced for the band's October Showbox performance and is based on a classic image of Pete Rose sliding into third base, which ironically enough, was the very act that got so many middle schoolers banned from Taylor Allen's basement.

    The GNP e-store is also stocked with ironically graphic'd tees, ranging from a sign emblazoned-number reading "Ready Fire Aim", to one proclaiming its wearer to be a "Person of Interest", a state of being that hopefully won't last more than one album after Katy stops kissing girls.
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      Modern marketing has led to the public's near constant exposure to various forms of branding, though, for the time being, the most painful seems to be reserved exclusively for Katy Perry. For shirts/prints from a local artist who subverts branding through his art, Gross National Products.

      Just launching an e-store after over a decade in the graphics game, Seattle-based designer Shawn Wolfe uses multiple media (t-shirts, gig posters, wooden signs, etc.) to create colorful pop pieces that play with consumerism (he once created an entire campaign for a product that didn't exist) and tweak corporate messages, a practice known as culture jamming, also what the Club was forced to resort to after Boy George dedicated himself full time to heroin. Some of his choicest work includes:

      GNP Poster Series: A collection of five prints that plays with traditional ways of thinking, including a Pepto-pink beggars' sign that reads "Will Work For Money Forever", and a stripes on stripes number that, while supplies last, is offering kicks in the nuts, which, for a business plan, is pretty ballsy.

      NOWHERE Skate Deck: This purposefully worn-looking deck resembles the siding of an old house, and was created for Cap Hill gearist 35th North's skate art exhibition Hang Loose -- a bit of a Shaka given the prevalence of skinny jeans in that 'hood.

      Guided By Voices: This limited edition gig poster was produced for the band's October Showbox performance and is based on a classic image of Pete Rose sliding into third base, which ironically enough, was the very act that got so many middle schoolers banned from Taylor Allen's basement.

      The GNP e-store is also stocked with ironically graphic'd tees, ranging from a sign emblazoned-number reading "Ready Fire Aim", to one proclaiming its wearer to be a "Person of Interest", a state of being that hopefully won't last more than one album after Katy stops kissing girls.
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    These Chi-made speakers are cleverly crafted from assorted pipeage, including a periscope-looking set made of hammer-finished steam pipes, and colorful jobs consisting of painted & lacquered curled-up PVC, from the midnight "Black Mamba" to the candy-colored "Red Lobster", which, packing such a big sound, definitely don't serve shrimps.
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      These Chi-made speakers are cleverly crafted from assorted pipeage, including a periscope-looking set made of hammer-finished steam pipes, and colorful jobs consisting of painted & lacquered curled-up PVC, from the midnight "Black Mamba" to the candy-colored "Red Lobster", which, packing such a big sound, definitely don't serve shrimps.
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  • 30
    It's great when things blend the low brow with the high, and if you don't agree with that, you're pretty Neils Boring...so go eff your mother! Combining classy style with college shenanigans: Chippewa Five.

    From a suburban guy who started honing his woodworking skills at a young age in his family's furniture business, C5 makes custom beer pong tables that also hold their own as a classy, permanent piece of furniture, a pleasant dual-functionality your previous table lost when your roommate wanted it back for his door. When not in use, it appears to be an artfully constructed decorative table whose curved poplar body boasts raised ends that seamlessly slope into a drooped midsection, all minus any visible signs of nails or screws (so it'll fit right in at your place). Once it's gametime, a pair of Plexiglas triangles guide cup placement and provide illuminated flair thanks to hidden LED lights, with all the wiring neatly tucked inside and an on/off switch that's discreetly under-mounted...just like you, because you totally haven't gotten laid since that last sentence!

    If beer pong isn't your game, he's also got coffee tables made from reclaimed oak doors, gigantic CTA map posters, and a carved wood take on the original poster from Woodstock, an event that was all about blending highs and lows...and someone effing your mother!
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      It's great when things blend the low brow with the high, and if you don't agree with that, you're pretty Neils Boring...so go eff your mother! Combining classy style with college shenanigans: Chippewa Five.

      From a suburban guy who started honing his woodworking skills at a young age in his family's furniture business, C5 makes custom beer pong tables that also hold their own as a classy, permanent piece of furniture, a pleasant dual-functionality your previous table lost when your roommate wanted it back for his door. When not in use, it appears to be an artfully constructed decorative table whose curved poplar body boasts raised ends that seamlessly slope into a drooped midsection, all minus any visible signs of nails or screws (so it'll fit right in at your place). Once it's gametime, a pair of Plexiglas triangles guide cup placement and provide illuminated flair thanks to hidden LED lights, with all the wiring neatly tucked inside and an on/off switch that's discreetly under-mounted...just like you, because you totally haven't gotten laid since that last sentence!

      If beer pong isn't your game, he's also got coffee tables made from reclaimed oak doors, gigantic CTA map posters, and a carved wood take on the original poster from Woodstock, an event that was all about blending highs and lows...and someone effing your mother!
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  • 31
    A blank canvas demands creativity...or, if you don't have any creativity, money to pay for someone else's...or, if you don't have any of that, totally ill stick figures! To buy some art from someone so broke she cultivated her own artistic talents, check out Mad Canvases

    Finding herself without the scratch to decorate a huge, barren wall in her new apartment, the gal behind MC decided to leverage her high-school photo experience and take shots of notable Chi landmarks, shaking them up into mostly black-and-white collage-style mashups, which unlike college-style mashups don't have hilarious portmanteaus (Beerios = genius!). Notable downtown landmarks include the iconic Marshall Fields' clock behind the transparent outline of the building's old sign; The Art Institute's "Modern Wing" blended with its lion statue and the "rustic stonework" of the Western entrance; and, embellished with a red outline, the Sears Tower, who wonders whatchu talking 'bout every time you call it Willis. You can also nab music venues like the Aragon, whose ornate facade is brightened up with some electric blue and yellow touches, notable restaurants like Carmichael's Steakhouse, whose well-worn exterior contrasts with its towering red neon sign, and public transit-ness like a melange of tracks, stops, and cars from the Red Line, which Mad describes as "running from North of Wrigley Field to South of Comiskey Park"..ooooh, US Cellular, ya burned

    For those who only like art when drinking, each canvas is available as a tile coaster, which you'll need to protect your coffee table...or, if you don't have one of those, your end table...or...dude, are you reading this at a library?
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      A blank canvas demands creativity...or, if you don't have any creativity, money to pay for someone else's...or, if you don't have any of that, totally ill stick figures! To buy some art from someone so broke she cultivated her own artistic talents, check out Mad Canvases

      Finding herself without the scratch to decorate a huge, barren wall in her new apartment, the gal behind MC decided to leverage her high-school photo experience and take shots of notable Chi landmarks, shaking them up into mostly black-and-white collage-style mashups, which unlike college-style mashups don't have hilarious portmanteaus (Beerios = genius!). Notable downtown landmarks include the iconic Marshall Fields' clock behind the transparent outline of the building's old sign; The Art Institute's "Modern Wing" blended with its lion statue and the "rustic stonework" of the Western entrance; and, embellished with a red outline, the Sears Tower, who wonders whatchu talking 'bout every time you call it Willis. You can also nab music venues like the Aragon, whose ornate facade is brightened up with some electric blue and yellow touches, notable restaurants like Carmichael's Steakhouse, whose well-worn exterior contrasts with its towering red neon sign, and public transit-ness like a melange of tracks, stops, and cars from the Red Line, which Mad describes as "running from North of Wrigley Field to South of Comiskey Park"..ooooh, US Cellular, ya burned

      For those who only like art when drinking, each canvas is available as a tile coaster, which you'll need to protect your coffee table...or, if you don't have one of those, your end table...or...dude, are you reading this at a library?
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  • 32
    They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but what if the pen were made from bullets, and the sword was actually a razor, and it was, like, really close to the bullet pen guy's neck? What then, huh? WHAT THEN!? Find out, at Dorian Products.

    From an Illinois cat who's constantly getting busy with his wood...lathe, DP's a robust line of pens, razors, and other personal effects embellished with exotic woods, colorful acrylics, and old bullets, so it's good to see that Wes Unseld is still making himself useful. Razors (designed to be compatible with Mach 3 blades) come with ergonomically curved, gloss-finished handles made from rare woods (African Tamboti, Southeast Asian Amboyna...), bands of light bamboo, camo-hued acrylic, and even thrice-glossy CA-glue-coated blue corn cob, so don't niblet. Pens bring bullets into the mix, from a 7mm brass casing with a copper tip & a mini-rifle clip, to a .308 Winchester with a camo top, also avail as part of a matching set including a keychain and a letter opener, cementing your position as the alpha mail.

    Among his other creations is a corkscrew (whose handle strikingly resembles a glass pipe) concealed inside a wine stopper, because for all the talk about pens and swords, nobody expects a corkscrew to the neck!
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      They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but what if the pen were made from bullets, and the sword was actually a razor, and it was, like, really close to the bullet pen guy's neck? What then, huh? WHAT THEN!? Find out, at Dorian Products.

      From an Illinois cat who's constantly getting busy with his wood...lathe, DP's a robust line of pens, razors, and other personal effects embellished with exotic woods, colorful acrylics, and old bullets, so it's good to see that Wes Unseld is still making himself useful. Razors (designed to be compatible with Mach 3 blades) come with ergonomically curved, gloss-finished handles made from rare woods (African Tamboti, Southeast Asian Amboyna...), bands of light bamboo, camo-hued acrylic, and even thrice-glossy CA-glue-coated blue corn cob, so don't niblet. Pens bring bullets into the mix, from a 7mm brass casing with a copper tip & a mini-rifle clip, to a .308 Winchester with a camo top, also avail as part of a matching set including a keychain and a letter opener, cementing your position as the alpha mail.

      Among his other creations is a corkscrew (whose handle strikingly resembles a glass pipe) concealed inside a wine stopper, because for all the talk about pens and swords, nobody expects a corkscrew to the neck!
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  • 33
    There are those in the world who think pro wrestling is totally fake, and they should be hit in their stupid jerk faces with a folding chair. Well at least there's one lady who knows wrestling's as real as delicious baked goods, and her name's Betty Turbo. A Corvallis gal mashing up the refined art of baking with the refined art of repeatedly slamming someone's nose into a turnbuckle, Betty's pushing a series of prints featuring (note: the following is all true) famed suplexers interacting with desserts in violent/ tender/ bizarre ways against backdrops collaged from pages of old cookbooks. The awesome: Bret Hart – Master of Tarts: Created after reading the Hitman's 600-page book (note: also somehow true), a halo'd Hart defiantly presents a complicated fruit tart while wearing his pink lightning bolt tights, which ironically would make him the victim of Sharpshooters. Macho Man Randy Savage Eating Ice Cream in Heaven: Featuring an angel-winged Macho Man surrounded by popsicles and hollering his catchphrase, this is Betty's second homage to the man after making "a giant neon cake decorated in Slim Jims", presumably Caviezel from Passion of the Christ. Hulk Hogan Battles Mumm-Ra in the Kitchen: In it, Hogan hopes a whisk can get him past the Thundercats' arch-enemy, though you'd think he could defeat Hulk simply by disguising himself as a divorce lawyer, or a contract to make a commercial for Debt Center USA. Outside the ring, Betty rocks everything from t-shirts featuring a waffle cone-tusked walrus riding a piano skateboard, to greeting cards with a happy milkshake suggesting you "suck it", which is also what you can do if you don't think WrestleMania XXVII starring Snooki was the greatest sporting event, like, ever.
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      There are those in the world who think pro wrestling is totally fake, and they should be hit in their stupid jerk faces with a folding chair. Well at least there's one lady who knows wrestling's as real as delicious baked goods, and her name's Betty Turbo. A Corvallis gal mashing up the refined art of baking with the refined art of repeatedly slamming someone's nose into a turnbuckle, Betty's pushing a series of prints featuring (note: the following is all true) famed suplexers interacting with desserts in violent/ tender/ bizarre ways against backdrops collaged from pages of old cookbooks. The awesome: Bret Hart – Master of Tarts: Created after reading the Hitman's 600-page book (note: also somehow true), a halo'd Hart defiantly presents a complicated fruit tart while wearing his pink lightning bolt tights, which ironically would make him the victim of Sharpshooters. Macho Man Randy Savage Eating Ice Cream in Heaven: Featuring an angel-winged Macho Man surrounded by popsicles and hollering his catchphrase, this is Betty's second homage to the man after making "a giant neon cake decorated in Slim Jims", presumably Caviezel from Passion of the Christ. Hulk Hogan Battles Mumm-Ra in the Kitchen: In it, Hogan hopes a whisk can get him past the Thundercats' arch-enemy, though you'd think he could defeat Hulk simply by disguising himself as a divorce lawyer, or a contract to make a commercial for Debt Center USA. Outside the ring, Betty rocks everything from t-shirts featuring a waffle cone-tusked walrus riding a piano skateboard, to greeting cards with a happy milkshake suggesting you "suck it", which is also what you can do if you don't think WrestleMania XXVII starring Snooki was the greatest sporting event, like, ever.
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    Made here in Portland, this soft rollable kit's perfect for stashing in the bottom of your pannier, and features a selection of Allen & double-sided wrenches, plus flat-fixers including glue, sandpaper, three patches, and Pedro's Tire Levers, so you can quickly get back to doing sweet jumps on your Sledgehammer.
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      Made here in Portland, this soft rollable kit's perfect for stashing in the bottom of your pannier, and features a selection of Allen & double-sided wrenches, plus flat-fixers including glue, sandpaper, three patches, and Pedro's Tire Levers, so you can quickly get back to doing sweet jumps on your Sledgehammer.
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  • 35
    It's possible to love something so much that you just have to carry it everywhere, though honestly someone should really call LeBron out every once in awhile. Helping you tote your love of beer in your pocket: Mindy's Beer Gear

    A gal who just may enjoy beer, maybe, Mindy creates a huge variety of rugged and colorful suds-tastic gear like wallets and wrist cuffs from the bottle labels and six-pack boxes of beers she's consumed, which leads to “plenty of enjoyment” in her work, but seriously, the quality of these things is impeccable. Mindy's jams


    Wallets: Iconic images like New Belgium's cruiser or Newcastle's beer badge are sandwiched between vinyl layers in these simple, two-pocket, center-fold wallets, and damn, that’s another fantastic idea for wallet prints


    Cuffs: Coming in 40 varieties, these 8in single-snap cuffs use only the finest slices of beer art including Rogue's iconic grinning Dead Guy -- which is weird, because Clapton says there's no beers in heaven, or something


    Luggage Tags: Helping you easily recognize your luggage, and everyone else recognize your drinking issues, these tags have a matching strap, hefty snaps, a clear vinyl pocket for your biz card, and images from folks like Black Butte, which should totally excite your porter

    Mindy’s also more than happy to custom-create awesomeness, including her six-pack "purses", which you can use and call a “tote”, buy for your lady, or give to LeBron, in case he wants to have some beer during his frequent travels.
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      It's possible to love something so much that you just have to carry it everywhere, though honestly someone should really call LeBron out every once in awhile. Helping you tote your love of beer in your pocket: Mindy's Beer Gear

      A gal who just may enjoy beer, maybe, Mindy creates a huge variety of rugged and colorful suds-tastic gear like wallets and wrist cuffs from the bottle labels and six-pack boxes of beers she's consumed, which leads to “plenty of enjoyment” in her work, but seriously, the quality of these things is impeccable. Mindy's jams


      Wallets: Iconic images like New Belgium's cruiser or Newcastle's beer badge are sandwiched between vinyl layers in these simple, two-pocket, center-fold wallets, and damn, that’s another fantastic idea for wallet prints


      Cuffs: Coming in 40 varieties, these 8in single-snap cuffs use only the finest slices of beer art including Rogue's iconic grinning Dead Guy -- which is weird, because Clapton says there's no beers in heaven, or something


      Luggage Tags: Helping you easily recognize your luggage, and everyone else recognize your drinking issues, these tags have a matching strap, hefty snaps, a clear vinyl pocket for your biz card, and images from folks like Black Butte, which should totally excite your porter

      Mindy’s also more than happy to custom-create awesomeness, including her six-pack "purses", which you can use and call a “tote”, buy for your lady, or give to LeBron, in case he wants to have some beer during his frequent travels.
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  • 36
    Strangers do well to embrace their strange lands, like that time Tom Cruise donned a kimono, then agreed to help some guy commit seppuku, facilitating his honorable departure from a world that would one day be completely Westernized by Tom Cruise. Fully embracing the Pac-Northwest, the immigrant artist behind Muluk Ties.

    Muluk's run by a 34-year-old who moved from Mexico to Portland and found a wonderland of the "retro and weird", then decided to capture that regional zeitgeist as artists throughout the ages have done: heat-transferring random images onto vintage neckwear. Things start off sci-fi with the Star Wars series, updating bold 1970s backgrounds with the likes of Vader, Boba Fett, the Droids you're looking for, and a Gamorrean Guard, the warthog protector of Jabba the Hutt -- nerdily obscure, but then again you're the one about to buy a Star Wars tie. Another series features a menagerie of animals (some hand-drawn, others sourced from vintage magazines) like a hunched beetle on a brown-backed subtle dot-pattern, or field of swirling, forest-y green paisleys framing an elk with a very large rack, also what you get when a member of that benevolent order decides he wants to be the object of outmoded sexism for a change.

    The rest of the offerings range wildly, from pork chops and gramophones, to non-digital cameras, tube televisions, and articulated modeling dummies -- throw a kimono on the short one, and you've got yourself a movie!
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      Strangers do well to embrace their strange lands, like that time Tom Cruise donned a kimono, then agreed to help some guy commit seppuku, facilitating his honorable departure from a world that would one day be completely Westernized by Tom Cruise. Fully embracing the Pac-Northwest, the immigrant artist behind Muluk Ties.

      Muluk's run by a 34-year-old who moved from Mexico to Portland and found a wonderland of the "retro and weird", then decided to capture that regional zeitgeist as artists throughout the ages have done: heat-transferring random images onto vintage neckwear. Things start off sci-fi with the Star Wars series, updating bold 1970s backgrounds with the likes of Vader, Boba Fett, the Droids you're looking for, and a Gamorrean Guard, the warthog protector of Jabba the Hutt -- nerdily obscure, but then again you're the one about to buy a Star Wars tie. Another series features a menagerie of animals (some hand-drawn, others sourced from vintage magazines) like a hunched beetle on a brown-backed subtle dot-pattern, or field of swirling, forest-y green paisleys framing an elk with a very large rack, also what you get when a member of that benevolent order decides he wants to be the object of outmoded sexism for a change.

      The rest of the offerings range wildly, from pork chops and gramophones, to non-digital cameras, tube televisions, and articulated modeling dummies -- throw a kimono on the short one, and you've got yourself a movie!
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  • 37
    Inspired by an editorial stint at a now-defunct DIY crafting magazine, the woman behind Frites X-acto knifes hardcover volumes to create deceptively academic hiding places, from condom-sized, to stack-o-cash-sized, to flask-fitted, increasing your motivations for cracking a book to three.
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      Inspired by an editorial stint at a now-defunct DIY crafting magazine, the woman behind Frites X-acto knifes hardcover volumes to create deceptively academic hiding places, from condom-sized, to stack-o-cash-sized, to flask-fitted, increasing your motivations for cracking a book to three.
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  • 38
    After a career in military intelligence, there's not much to do but air your dirty laundry with a gripping tell-all, or wash said laundry in Black Water and get it even dirtier. Or...you can make cool crap in your garage! Like pens from Craftiness. Craftiness is the handiwork of a retired intelligence analyst (and Russian linguist) who's now applying woodshop skills he learned in high school to writing instruments that employ rare/exotic timber and oft-surprising found materials, the origins of which aren't classified, but do you really want to know the story behind that toad-skin? A throwback to his service days, his signature offerings are pens made from used bullet casings, including a .50 caliber machine gun shell with black acrylic grip, a nickel-plated 30-06 with pearly acrylic acetate, and the conflicted "War & Peace ", featuring a .308 brass casing contrasted against a body made of Bethlehem Olive wood (remove "Bethlehem" for something Popeye experienced daily). Less violently, bullet-free wood-based pens are hand-turned on a lathe, from a Mexican Bocote job spun Sierra-style for a ringed effect, to a Brazilian Tulipwood number fitted with 10K gold, to a cigar-shaped option made from Eucalyptus-related Australian Red Mallee, because nothing inspires the Great American Novel quite like the fear that at any minute a koala will eat your pen! If wood and bullets aren't your thing, there's also a selection made with everything from gemstones to the aforementioned toad-skin -- such a far cry from the standard Bic, you'll have to Xe it to believe it.
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      After a career in military intelligence, there's not much to do but air your dirty laundry with a gripping tell-all, or wash said laundry in Black Water and get it even dirtier. Or...you can make cool crap in your garage! Like pens from Craftiness. Craftiness is the handiwork of a retired intelligence analyst (and Russian linguist) who's now applying woodshop skills he learned in high school to writing instruments that employ rare/exotic timber and oft-surprising found materials, the origins of which aren't classified, but do you really want to know the story behind that toad-skin? A throwback to his service days, his signature offerings are pens made from used bullet casings, including a .50 caliber machine gun shell with black acrylic grip, a nickel-plated 30-06 with pearly acrylic acetate, and the conflicted "War & Peace ", featuring a .308 brass casing contrasted against a body made of Bethlehem Olive wood (remove "Bethlehem" for something Popeye experienced daily). Less violently, bullet-free wood-based pens are hand-turned on a lathe, from a Mexican Bocote job spun Sierra-style for a ringed effect, to a Brazilian Tulipwood number fitted with 10K gold, to a cigar-shaped option made from Eucalyptus-related Australian Red Mallee, because nothing inspires the Great American Novel quite like the fear that at any minute a koala will eat your pen! If wood and bullets aren't your thing, there's also a selection made with everything from gemstones to the aforementioned toad-skin -- such a far cry from the standard Bic, you'll have to Xe it to believe it.
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  • 39
    You can learn a lot from a babysitter, mainly that, contrary to what your parents say, watching TV is actually the 2nd-most lucrative profession going, right behind having sex with some jerk who drives a Z-28. Meet a recipient of even more valuable b-sitter lessons: the lady behind Bombastitch.

    From a recent Chi-town transplant who learned the art/craft of needlepoint from her babysitter at nine years old, this explosive embroidery line ventures into nerdery's most harrowing trenches. Sci-fi includes Troll 2 and the proto-viral vid "All Your Base Are Belong To Us", Rebel Alliance and Star Trek fleet commander insignias, controversial Star Wars contentions ("Han Shot First"), and Gandalfisms like "You Shall Not Pass" -- not a phrase frequently heard by kids who actually read Lord of the Rings. Also leaving you in stitches are portraits of Bill Murray, The Fonz, and Daniel Tosh, shout-outs to the Misfits, Descendents, and Johnny Cash, and pictorial flips like Grow a Pear and Just Beet It, an even better source of antioxidants than PYTea.

    If you're feeling crafty, you can make these things yourself with PDF patterns that are substantially cheaper -- not that you won't have money soon, what with the kids being asleep, and the imminent arrival of your Z-20-Date.
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      You can learn a lot from a babysitter, mainly that, contrary to what your parents say, watching TV is actually the 2nd-most lucrative profession going, right behind having sex with some jerk who drives a Z-28. Meet a recipient of even more valuable b-sitter lessons: the lady behind Bombastitch.

      From a recent Chi-town transplant who learned the art/craft of needlepoint from her babysitter at nine years old, this explosive embroidery line ventures into nerdery's most harrowing trenches. Sci-fi includes Troll 2 and the proto-viral vid "All Your Base Are Belong To Us", Rebel Alliance and Star Trek fleet commander insignias, controversial Star Wars contentions ("Han Shot First"), and Gandalfisms like "You Shall Not Pass" -- not a phrase frequently heard by kids who actually read Lord of the Rings. Also leaving you in stitches are portraits of Bill Murray, The Fonz, and Daniel Tosh, shout-outs to the Misfits, Descendents, and Johnny Cash, and pictorial flips like Grow a Pear and Just Beet It, an even better source of antioxidants than PYTea.

      If you're feeling crafty, you can make these things yourself with PDF patterns that are substantially cheaper -- not that you won't have money soon, what with the kids being asleep, and the imminent arrival of your Z-20-Date.
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  • 40
    A Virginian duo that got started by tracing an outline onto a brown paper bag, these smart handmade bowties include a pink & plaid madras number, a spearmint seersucker knotter made with premium Kaufman's fabric, and the gingham Freestyle in navy, where every battle involves a (DJ) Cannon.
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      A Virginian duo that got started by tracing an outline onto a brown paper bag, these smart handmade bowties include a pink & plaid madras number, a spearmint seersucker knotter made with premium Kaufman's fabric, and the gingham Freestyle in navy, where every battle involves a (DJ) Cannon.
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  • 41
    A wife's persistent nudging can inspire a husband to achieve the things he's always dreamt of, like finding a new wife who talks less. From a less chauvinistic artist whose wife drove him to greatness: Dreadnought Workshop

    Working as a painter before his better half urged him to make a move to metal, the craftsman behind Charm City's Dreadnought Workshop handforges men's accessories with themes running from sea monsters, to his current fixation: "ships and trains!", meaning when it comes to developmental maturity, he may have missed the boat. Gaze upon


    U.S.S Monitor Tie Clip This bronze clip's modeled after the Civil War ship that famously battled The Merrimack, making it the most badass Monitor since that cool eighth grader who smoked cigarettes after class


    True Grit Colt Dragoon Money Clip Inspired by the True Grit scene where Mattie finds her dad's gun, the details on this bronze piece have been brought to life by "punching and stamping the metal", as opposed to punching and stamping to metal, which's actually just how those kids dance.


    Sharpshooter Cuff Links Let other black tie-ers know you mean business with these links rocking spent brass from rifle cartridges -- evidence that would normally lead to someone else being thrown in cuffs

    And because all the cool accessories in the world won't make up for your pants falling down, Dreadnought's currently working on belt buckles based on everything from a tug boat to a viking ship: a vessel which, just like many marriages, is presumably full of people constantly locking horns.
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      A wife's persistent nudging can inspire a husband to achieve the things he's always dreamt of, like finding a new wife who talks less. From a less chauvinistic artist whose wife drove him to greatness: Dreadnought Workshop

      Working as a painter before his better half urged him to make a move to metal, the craftsman behind Charm City's Dreadnought Workshop handforges men's accessories with themes running from sea monsters, to his current fixation: "ships and trains!", meaning when it comes to developmental maturity, he may have missed the boat. Gaze upon


      U.S.S Monitor Tie Clip This bronze clip's modeled after the Civil War ship that famously battled The Merrimack, making it the most badass Monitor since that cool eighth grader who smoked cigarettes after class


      True Grit Colt Dragoon Money Clip Inspired by the True Grit scene where Mattie finds her dad's gun, the details on this bronze piece have been brought to life by "punching and stamping the metal", as opposed to punching and stamping to metal, which's actually just how those kids dance.


      Sharpshooter Cuff Links Let other black tie-ers know you mean business with these links rocking spent brass from rifle cartridges -- evidence that would normally lead to someone else being thrown in cuffs

      And because all the cool accessories in the world won't make up for your pants falling down, Dreadnought's currently working on belt buckles based on everything from a tug boat to a viking ship: a vessel which, just like many marriages, is presumably full of people constantly locking horns.
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  • 42
    Our planet's future depends heavily on so-called "upcycling", as recycling can still lead to environmental loss, and bi-cycling decreases the chances of successful conception by at least half. For upcycled satchels which'll leave no ambiguity about your awesome sense of style, sling on Peace4You.

    Designing handsome, one-off carryalls out of Deutchland, Peace repurposes found materials (largely military surplus) in furtherance of a noble, adorably broken English credo lamenting the end of natural resources and their messengers bags' promise to help "stop this course of time", though the last time a messenger went back in time, you had to sit through an entire Ashton Kutcher movie. Smaller shoulder-slingers include the olive/green/sand "pauline-1966" made from a recycled leather jacket/ French army tent/ navy kitbag, and a sand/blue joint made from a Belgian duffel and fabric from "bakertrousers", dubbed the "leo-2054" -- also a futuristic DiCaprio who'll still be hotter and more talented than Ashton Kutcher ever was. For dudes rocking a full 15 incher, they've also got larger rucks like the desert/olive "paul-2056" fitted with a German Navy alloy snap hook for closure, the pad-reinforced "paul-1936" from random leather scraps and another French army tent, and the rugged, all-black "paul-2067" from a washed leather jacket and a leather schoolbag, that probably just got done stuffing your monogrammed L.L. Bean in the locker!...although technically, that's where it belongs.

    Because just making bags out of old bags isn't enough, they've also got the "anton-2083" designed to emulate a US Army bag from 1943: a time when our planet's future was fought for by dudes who actually had sacks.
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      Our planet's future depends heavily on so-called "upcycling", as recycling can still lead to environmental loss, and bi-cycling decreases the chances of successful conception by at least half. For upcycled satchels which'll leave no ambiguity about your awesome sense of style, sling on Peace4You.

      Designing handsome, one-off carryalls out of Deutchland, Peace repurposes found materials (largely military surplus) in furtherance of a noble, adorably broken English credo lamenting the end of natural resources and their messengers bags' promise to help "stop this course of time", though the last time a messenger went back in time, you had to sit through an entire Ashton Kutcher movie. Smaller shoulder-slingers include the olive/green/sand "pauline-1966" made from a recycled leather jacket/ French army tent/ navy kitbag, and a sand/blue joint made from a Belgian duffel and fabric from "bakertrousers", dubbed the "leo-2054" -- also a futuristic DiCaprio who'll still be hotter and more talented than Ashton Kutcher ever was. For dudes rocking a full 15 incher, they've also got larger rucks like the desert/olive "paul-2056" fitted with a German Navy alloy snap hook for closure, the pad-reinforced "paul-1936" from random leather scraps and another French army tent, and the rugged, all-black "paul-2067" from a washed leather jacket and a leather schoolbag, that probably just got done stuffing your monogrammed L.L. Bean in the locker!...although technically, that's where it belongs.

      Because just making bags out of old bags isn't enough, they've also got the "anton-2083" designed to emulate a US Army bag from 1943: a time when our planet's future was fought for by dudes who actually had sacks.
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  • 43
    DC's own Tina crafts mythically inspired playfully macabre trinkets and shirts, like a purple tee with the head of a horned horse above "Stop Eating Unicorns", or a light blue joint with Obama clocking a zombie in the face, though given Democratic resistance to cutting the Medicare budget, it'll probably never come to that.
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      DC's own Tina crafts mythically inspired playfully macabre trinkets and shirts, like a purple tee with the head of a horned horse above "Stop Eating Unicorns", or a light blue joint with Obama clocking a zombie in the face, though given Democratic resistance to cutting the Medicare budget, it'll probably never come to that.
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  • 44
    Built by two Sacramento chicks with exceptional facial symmetry, the ALS replaces your boring on/off light switch with a working arcade game-buttoned light toggle, ensuring that -- even if Will Smith's 2005 single off his Lost & Found album lives next door to you -- you'll still have the coolest switch on your block. Probably even more so.
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      Built by two Sacramento chicks with exceptional facial symmetry, the ALS replaces your boring on/off light switch with a working arcade game-buttoned light toggle, ensuring that -- even if Will Smith's 2005 single off his Lost & Found album lives next door to you -- you'll still have the coolest switch on your block. Probably even more so.
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  • 45
    They say a man is only as great as his tools allow him to be, though it seems rather doubtful that Michael Jordan ever needed permission from Jud Buechler for anything. Making you a better man in the kitchen thanks to tools that didn't play college ball at 'Zona, 50 Splinters.

    Launched by an kitchen-minding freight train conductor living just outside of Modesto, 50 Splinters handcrafts ironically awesome cutting boards for Anthony Bro-dains that'll literally allow you to slice your meat on a piece of meat: offerings range from a maple-based T-bone steak board, to a 3/4"-thick whole hog, to a slider-serving 8.5"x10" burger block, also what they called it on Sex and the City when Samantha prevented Carrie from talking to the dude she dated in Season Six...or something. Really, who even watches that show? Board designs are freehand sketched onto the wood, cut with a bandsaw, sanded until smooth, and sealed with mineral oils/wax, with necessary detailing (like fat lines on the T-bone) and even personalized initials seared onto chopping blocks with a propane torch-heated steel rod, which'll help keep the markings forevvvvvver young. The process is also used on non-meat carvings like a pear (for dicing fruit), a map of Italy (for slicing cheese), and a maple leaf made with maple wood (for his amusement), plus by-request weirdness like a sauce paddle that looks like a nine iron or a cutting board that resembles a VW van, which was easy to design, thanks to the sketch(iness).

    Best of all, 50 also shells out 1lb bags of cherrywood chunks for your BBQ smoker that he recommends you soak for up to 24hrs before cooking for the greatest amount of smoke flavoring; then again, that could just be a bunch of Bull.
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      They say a man is only as great as his tools allow him to be, though it seems rather doubtful that Michael Jordan ever needed permission from Jud Buechler for anything. Making you a better man in the kitchen thanks to tools that didn't play college ball at 'Zona, 50 Splinters.

      Launched by an kitchen-minding freight train conductor living just outside of Modesto, 50 Splinters handcrafts ironically awesome cutting boards for Anthony Bro-dains that'll literally allow you to slice your meat on a piece of meat: offerings range from a maple-based T-bone steak board, to a 3/4"-thick whole hog, to a slider-serving 8.5"x10" burger block, also what they called it on Sex and the City when Samantha prevented Carrie from talking to the dude she dated in Season Six...or something. Really, who even watches that show? Board designs are freehand sketched onto the wood, cut with a bandsaw, sanded until smooth, and sealed with mineral oils/wax, with necessary detailing (like fat lines on the T-bone) and even personalized initials seared onto chopping blocks with a propane torch-heated steel rod, which'll help keep the markings forevvvvvver young. The process is also used on non-meat carvings like a pear (for dicing fruit), a map of Italy (for slicing cheese), and a maple leaf made with maple wood (for his amusement), plus by-request weirdness like a sauce paddle that looks like a nine iron or a cutting board that resembles a VW van, which was easy to design, thanks to the sketch(iness).

      Best of all, 50 also shells out 1lb bags of cherrywood chunks for your BBQ smoker that he recommends you soak for up to 24hrs before cooking for the greatest amount of smoke flavoring; then again, that could just be a bunch of Bull.
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  • 46
    Elevating something from OK to awesome can usually be accomplished with a key addition, like when a certain warm-climate NBA team picked up a certain guard/forward...but by now the world's grown tired of constantly discussing Tony Allen's signing with Memphis. Elevating your drinking vessels to awesome without help from a former Celtic, Etch Your Heart Out

    From a titillatingly tattooed local who only sells stuff she'd actually buy, EYHO designs sweet custom glassware, etching hand-drawn badass-ery (pin-up girls, bacon, brass knuckles) on new and recycled pint glasses, mugs, tumblers, and shooters, though most of those ultimately end up just sitting untouched in the NBA on TNT booth. The cup-stock imagery -- which's applied using glass etching cream pasted over a vinyl cutout -- ranges from rad weaponry (switch blades, grenades) to mustaches (handlebar, Rollie Fingers, Magnum, P.I., French inspector), and even includes two SF specific designs -- a 16oz clear glass vessel etched with an old muni token graphic, and a cobalt blue pint rocking a shopping cart and two accompanying banners that read "Downtown Pride" -- finally, somebody appreciates Julie Brown. There's also a small selection of non-sippables, including a blue dinner plate with a sunny side-up egg and two strips of bacon, and an oval-shaped scallop-edged mirror with a light blue Hulk Hogan mustache etched in the center, so you can turn to it and say, "Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the Hulkster going to run wild on, brother?".

    Some of the glassware is sold in sets (e.g. all four weapon themed mugs), but she'll also put together custom collections from available designs -- the perfect gift to give Tony now that he's finally Walking in Memphis.
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      Elevating something from OK to awesome can usually be accomplished with a key addition, like when a certain warm-climate NBA team picked up a certain guard/forward...but by now the world's grown tired of constantly discussing Tony Allen's signing with Memphis. Elevating your drinking vessels to awesome without help from a former Celtic, Etch Your Heart Out

      From a titillatingly tattooed local who only sells stuff she'd actually buy, EYHO designs sweet custom glassware, etching hand-drawn badass-ery (pin-up girls, bacon, brass knuckles) on new and recycled pint glasses, mugs, tumblers, and shooters, though most of those ultimately end up just sitting untouched in the NBA on TNT booth. The cup-stock imagery -- which's applied using glass etching cream pasted over a vinyl cutout -- ranges from rad weaponry (switch blades, grenades) to mustaches (handlebar, Rollie Fingers, Magnum, P.I., French inspector), and even includes two SF specific designs -- a 16oz clear glass vessel etched with an old muni token graphic, and a cobalt blue pint rocking a shopping cart and two accompanying banners that read "Downtown Pride" -- finally, somebody appreciates Julie Brown. There's also a small selection of non-sippables, including a blue dinner plate with a sunny side-up egg and two strips of bacon, and an oval-shaped scallop-edged mirror with a light blue Hulk Hogan mustache etched in the center, so you can turn to it and say, "Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the Hulkster going to run wild on, brother?".

      Some of the glassware is sold in sets (e.g. all four weapon themed mugs), but she'll also put together custom collections from available designs -- the perfect gift to give Tony now that he's finally Walking in Memphis.
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  • 47
    Hands down, the '80s was the best decade of the last century, narrowly beating the '30s, which frankly didn't have much of a shot post-assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss. Remembering the best decade of that century while covering your favorite gadgets from this one, Brave Moonman.

    From a self-proclaimed Oakland nerd barely old enough to remember the '80s, Brave stitches together zippered/Velcro-ed pouches that'll hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad/Kindle in the likeness of your favorite childhood guilty pleasure... so bring on the Sweet Valley High iPad hol--um... next sentence! Made with 100% wool felt and lined with patterned cotton fabrics (brown/white polka dots, blue pinstripes, etc.), cases include more than a dozen special edition "mixtapes" in retro-inspired color combos appropriately titled "My Mix!" or "Breakup Songs", and Nintendo and Super Nintendo controllers that're also available as felt pins, also what professional bowler Parker Bohn III did when he got lonely, and he's always lonely because he's super ugly. She's also got cases made to look like teal floppy disks, and one-size-fits-all, Velcro-affixed soft-fabric-ed calculator watches in three colors: gray, black, and royal blue -- the very emotion George Brett felt, after realizing he just spent 21 years in Kansas City with Kevin Seitzer.

    She's also done her fair share of screen printing, which'll pop up from time to time on her site, with past designs including a sketch of four keytars, and another of an old creepy van, but not an old creepy von, since German President von Hindenburg barely outlasted the Dollfuss.
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      Hands down, the '80s was the best decade of the last century, narrowly beating the '30s, which frankly didn't have much of a shot post-assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss. Remembering the best decade of that century while covering your favorite gadgets from this one, Brave Moonman.

      From a self-proclaimed Oakland nerd barely old enough to remember the '80s, Brave stitches together zippered/Velcro-ed pouches that'll hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad/Kindle in the likeness of your favorite childhood guilty pleasure... so bring on the Sweet Valley High iPad hol--um... next sentence! Made with 100% wool felt and lined with patterned cotton fabrics (brown/white polka dots, blue pinstripes, etc.), cases include more than a dozen special edition "mixtapes" in retro-inspired color combos appropriately titled "My Mix!" or "Breakup Songs", and Nintendo and Super Nintendo controllers that're also available as felt pins, also what professional bowler Parker Bohn III did when he got lonely, and he's always lonely because he's super ugly. She's also got cases made to look like teal floppy disks, and one-size-fits-all, Velcro-affixed soft-fabric-ed calculator watches in three colors: gray, black, and royal blue -- the very emotion George Brett felt, after realizing he just spent 21 years in Kansas City with Kevin Seitzer.

      She's also done her fair share of screen printing, which'll pop up from time to time on her site, with past designs including a sketch of four keytars, and another of an old creepy van, but not an old creepy von, since German President von Hindenburg barely outlasted the Dollfuss.
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  • 48
    There're a lot of really cool things you can do with a knife, though none of them ever seem to be worth showing to Paul Hogan when he's on the town with a chick. For a woman showing off her own knife work to honor your town, hit Studio KMO.

    Started by a VaTech architecture major who turned a thesis project into a full-time biz, Studio KMO (named after its artist Karen M. O'Leary) makes hand-drawn, X-Acto-knifed map-cutouts of major metropolitan cities (including a just-finished SF) that come in two sizes (24x18, 30x22) and're essentially delicate grids of interconnected paper streets with land & water replaced by holes -- a bold move considering it stars young Shia LaBeouf. Each of the KMO map-cuts uses ultra-sturdy textured watercolor paper, and the amount o' city included is generally restricted by the paper size and her attempt to include its most visually awesome geographical elements, which is the reason the wharf appears on her SF map and the Mission doesn't (please pause as hipsters tune out and resume searching for retro Chris Mullin jerseys). For those that don't like holes in their art, Karen also has a collection of over 30 city grid prints drawn entirely with thin vertical black ink lines, including an about-to-be-released single print of SF and an existing diptych, which means "two fold" to those who speak Greek, and "the thing you dip in delicious powdered candy" to five year olds who can't pronounce S's.

    And yes, she'll do custom map-cut requests too, assuring "I rarely turn a city down," -- meaning O'Leary's got something for everyone, even if you're a Mick.
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      There're a lot of really cool things you can do with a knife, though none of them ever seem to be worth showing to Paul Hogan when he's on the town with a chick. For a woman showing off her own knife work to honor your town, hit Studio KMO.

      Started by a VaTech architecture major who turned a thesis project into a full-time biz, Studio KMO (named after its artist Karen M. O'Leary) makes hand-drawn, X-Acto-knifed map-cutouts of major metropolitan cities (including a just-finished SF) that come in two sizes (24x18, 30x22) and're essentially delicate grids of interconnected paper streets with land & water replaced by holes -- a bold move considering it stars young Shia LaBeouf. Each of the KMO map-cuts uses ultra-sturdy textured watercolor paper, and the amount o' city included is generally restricted by the paper size and her attempt to include its most visually awesome geographical elements, which is the reason the wharf appears on her SF map and the Mission doesn't (please pause as hipsters tune out and resume searching for retro Chris Mullin jerseys). For those that don't like holes in their art, Karen also has a collection of over 30 city grid prints drawn entirely with thin vertical black ink lines, including an about-to-be-released single print of SF and an existing diptych, which means "two fold" to those who speak Greek, and "the thing you dip in delicious powdered candy" to five year olds who can't pronounce S's.

      And yes, she'll do custom map-cut requests too, assuring "I rarely turn a city down," -- meaning O'Leary's got something for everyone, even if you're a Mick.
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  • 49
    Stretchable to fit a bottle or can and handmade by a Breck gal, this joint features the state flag and will help your hands "stay warm on those cool Colorado nights", meaning your crochet will perform a function normally done by your crotch. Ay!
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      Stretchable to fit a bottle or can and handmade by a Breck gal, this joint features the state flag and will help your hands "stay warm on those cool Colorado nights", meaning your crochet will perform a function normally done by your crotch. Ay!
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  • 50
    You can do things with old vinyl that today's digital music files just don't allow -- seriously, try breaking up your weed on top of a Busta Rhymes MP3. Because it can also be made into trippy art, check out Mizu's Micro-Graffiti.

    Decorating old records with everything from celebs to sci-fi scenes, Mizu creates his hyper-colorful psychedelic masterpieces using spraypaint, markers, and digital photo editing tools, all in a Cap Hill studio landed in after moving out of Durango, as apparently he thinks he's too good for five separate cupholders. The "hotcakes" (as he calls them, straight-faced) range from a two-layer stencil of Timothy Leary on a 12" LP with one of three equally 'shroomed-out backgrounds, to an airbrushed electric eel with a toothy overbite, to a mountain range-backed CO state flag, to a spaceshot Bob Marley amongst the planets; all begin life as scratched up records bought from local shops for just pennies, or what Tower Records calls "Quarter 3". More recently, he's been churning out even weirder, 11"x14" photo paper prints of Mandelbrot fractal images (i.e. "patterns that repeat themselves indefinitely"), like a hand-drawn zebra with tree roots sprouting from its feet amongst a moon-rich spacescape, a flying breaded chicken in a jellyfish-filled atmosphere, or a capital building photo which seems more menacing and spooky each time it repeats, just like OJ's scenes whenever Comedy Central reruns Naked Gun.

    He'll also soon be debuting short instructional videos online (seriously, he promises he's going to!) so you can learn his craft at home, just as soon as you stop playing around with that needle. And also put down that record player.
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      You can do things with old vinyl that today's digital music files just don't allow -- seriously, try breaking up your weed on top of a Busta Rhymes MP3. Because it can also be made into trippy art, check out Mizu's Micro-Graffiti.

      Decorating old records with everything from celebs to sci-fi scenes, Mizu creates his hyper-colorful psychedelic masterpieces using spraypaint, markers, and digital photo editing tools, all in a Cap Hill studio landed in after moving out of Durango, as apparently he thinks he's too good for five separate cupholders. The "hotcakes" (as he calls them, straight-faced) range from a two-layer stencil of Timothy Leary on a 12" LP with one of three equally 'shroomed-out backgrounds, to an airbrushed electric eel with a toothy overbite, to a mountain range-backed CO state flag, to a spaceshot Bob Marley amongst the planets; all begin life as scratched up records bought from local shops for just pennies, or what Tower Records calls "Quarter 3". More recently, he's been churning out even weirder, 11"x14" photo paper prints of Mandelbrot fractal images (i.e. "patterns that repeat themselves indefinitely"), like a hand-drawn zebra with tree roots sprouting from its feet amongst a moon-rich spacescape, a flying breaded chicken in a jellyfish-filled atmosphere, or a capital building photo which seems more menacing and spooky each time it repeats, just like OJ's scenes whenever Comedy Central reruns Naked Gun.

      He'll also soon be debuting short instructional videos online (seriously, he promises he's going to!) so you can learn his craft at home, just as soon as you stop playing around with that needle. And also put down that record player.
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  • 51
    After taking a few classes at the Art Student's League of Denver, Michael McDowell started creating pieces that'd fit well in his own small space, most excellently the Hanging AirPlant Pod, a seemingly gravity-defying plant holder made specifically for the Tillandsia, which requires no soil and very little watering -- so with no effort on your part, its tendrils could grow down to caress the dead fish floating in your aquarium.
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      After taking a few classes at the Art Student's League of Denver, Michael McDowell started creating pieces that'd fit well in his own small space, most excellently the Hanging AirPlant Pod, a seemingly gravity-defying plant holder made specifically for the Tillandsia, which requires no soil and very little watering -- so with no effort on your part, its tendrils could grow down to caress the dead fish floating in your aquarium.
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  • 52
    From an architect who hand-builds furniture out of his Clayton home studio, this particular bench has been upholstered with a Colombian coffee bean sack, but he'll customize a new one for you using a bag from nearly any java-producing country, like Costa Rica, Peru, and even Togo -- fitting, as that's how most Americans like their coffee.
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      From an architect who hand-builds furniture out of his Clayton home studio, this particular bench has been upholstered with a Colombian coffee bean sack, but he'll customize a new one for you using a bag from nearly any java-producing country, like Costa Rica, Peru, and even Togo -- fitting, as that's how most Americans like their coffee.
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  • 53
    This Dallas artist creates room-enlivening abstract works on hand-crafted wooden blocks, from Rothko-esque color panels, to "textured paintings" that give the illusion of depth through layering, as in a merry-go-round-inspired piece intended to represent "that feeling of joy rooted in the now", entitled "Round and Round No5" -- so clearly RATT's still wishing "the now" was 1984.
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      This Dallas artist creates room-enlivening abstract works on hand-crafted wooden blocks, from Rothko-esque color panels, to "textured paintings" that give the illusion of depth through layering, as in a merry-go-round-inspired piece intended to represent "that feeling of joy rooted in the now", entitled "Round and Round No5" -- so clearly RATT's still wishing "the now" was 1984.
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  • 54
    Midlife crises generally result in someone buying a motorcycle...no, a Corvette...no, a Dodge Viper...Damn it, I can't even lose my sh*t without thinking about it too much! Emerging from an early midlife crisis into the arts: Katya Horner of Slight Clutter Photography.

    After embarking on a career path that included being a paralegal, attaining an MBA from Rice, totally hating attaining an MBA from Rice but finishing anyway, and teaching in low-income schools, Horner found her passion in evocative Photoshop manipulations of her own photography. Some of the haunting glory:

    Red Fairytale Woods: With its menacingly red ground, this landscape presents endless possibilities of Grimm-ly idyllic terror -- at least until M. Night Shyamalan reduces it to one possibility you'll claim to've seen coming even though you didn't.

    Late For The Train: This shot was textured to look like it was taken in the 1920s, a romantic time when travel by rail was still the norm, and they hadn't yet invented platforms or benches.

    Peaceful Morning River: This creek of tranquility was captured in the Hill Country, then infused with extra greens and blues. Note the unbroken bow formed by tree and reflection -- if you're not freaking out about how beautiful that is, infuse yourself with extra greens.

    The rest of the portfolio runs from cityscapes, to desolate furniture, to deer, which might run fast, but not as fast as a Viper...no, a 'vette...no, a...Geo Metro.
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      Midlife crises generally result in someone buying a motorcycle...no, a Corvette...no, a Dodge Viper...Damn it, I can't even lose my sh*t without thinking about it too much! Emerging from an early midlife crisis into the arts: Katya Horner of Slight Clutter Photography.

      After embarking on a career path that included being a paralegal, attaining an MBA from Rice, totally hating attaining an MBA from Rice but finishing anyway, and teaching in low-income schools, Horner found her passion in evocative Photoshop manipulations of her own photography. Some of the haunting glory:

      Red Fairytale Woods: With its menacingly red ground, this landscape presents endless possibilities of Grimm-ly idyllic terror -- at least until M. Night Shyamalan reduces it to one possibility you'll claim to've seen coming even though you didn't.

      Late For The Train: This shot was textured to look like it was taken in the 1920s, a romantic time when travel by rail was still the norm, and they hadn't yet invented platforms or benches.

      Peaceful Morning River: This creek of tranquility was captured in the Hill Country, then infused with extra greens and blues. Note the unbroken bow formed by tree and reflection -- if you're not freaking out about how beautiful that is, infuse yourself with extra greens.

      The rest of the portfolio runs from cityscapes, to desolate furniture, to deer, which might run fast, but not as fast as a Viper...no, a 'vette...no, a...Geo Metro.
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  • 55
    From an upcycling Dallasite, these clocks're made out of old bicycle gears (and wheels, and brake discs) that've been painted and affixed to recycled wood. She's also produced some non-time-tellers, like a bench made out of a drum, recycled wood, and gears, and a stunning, one-of-a-kind bike-chain American flag (and to the Republic, for which it kickstands...).
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      From an upcycling Dallasite, these clocks're made out of old bicycle gears (and wheels, and brake discs) that've been painted and affixed to recycled wood. She's also produced some non-time-tellers, like a bench made out of a drum, recycled wood, and gears, and a stunning, one-of-a-kind bike-chain American flag (and to the Republic, for which it kickstands...).
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  • 56
    From a Dallasite mother of two, who, despite working on her masters in math, still finds it interesting "when you whip a platypus flash drive out of your pocket", these 4GB-and-up jobs depict both fictional characters (Papa Smurf, Jason) and animals like tigers, elephants, and, because your flash port has always wanted to double as a punchline, beavers.
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      From a Dallasite mother of two, who, despite working on her masters in math, still finds it interesting "when you whip a platypus flash drive out of your pocket", these 4GB-and-up jobs depict both fictional characters (Papa Smurf, Jason) and animals like tigers, elephants, and, because your flash port has always wanted to double as a punchline, beavers.
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  • 57
    The Dallas graphic artist behind the maleficent anthropomorphic simian prints of Monkey Madness has just released a companion piece to his Victorian nods to Marvel and D.C. supers, with trading cards featuring rapscallions like the Mr. Freeze-ish Count Centigrade, Dr. Doom stand-in Dr. Von Ominous, and SCORN, the MODOK-like alter ego of Professor Eon Carbunkle, who plagues the Union's members, but hopefully won't appear on yours.
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      The Dallas graphic artist behind the maleficent anthropomorphic simian prints of Monkey Madness has just released a companion piece to his Victorian nods to Marvel and D.C. supers, with trading cards featuring rapscallions like the Mr. Freeze-ish Count Centigrade, Dr. Doom stand-in Dr. Von Ominous, and SCORN, the MODOK-like alter ego of Professor Eon Carbunkle, who plagues the Union's members, but hopefully won't appear on yours.
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  • 58
    There are few things funnier than inanimate objects acting human, which is why it's a damn shame Mark Zuckerberg doesn't go Teva shopping more often. For pics of other inanimate objects getting animate, hit JiffyCat Photography.

    From a Hudson, MA-based pharmacist who moonlights as an amateur photog, JCP's a collection of artsy prints that depict vintage robots/toys in front of digital photo backdrops "diorama-style", also a complicated sex move popularized by middle school teachers. Choice 'bot pics include "Sad Robot Goes to Jail", in which a despondent droid stares out of his decrepit prison cell; "Robot Holiday" (a red robot joyfully pedals a pushcart around palm-tree laden Pismo Beach); and a blue robot car on the side of the road in Arizona called "Desert Break Down", but not "Dessert Break Down", since that only happens when your mom has too much sherry during family dinners. There're also prop-friendly hits like three ninjas fighting a giant meerkat on an arid plain; a forest scene w/ vintage Japanese X-mas gnomes standing beside their log cabin; a tin wind-up swamp creature appreciating a Sanibel Island, FL sunset; and a close up of a particularly threatening gelatin candy called Evil Gummy Bear, though, to be fair, Refrigerator Perry seemed quite nice.

    If you prefer your prints sans robots, you're no fun, but JCP also rocks impressionistic antique-looking pinhole photography of NE landscapes/nature scenes like a red tractor in the woods or an old Sudbury grist mill -- though the best advice, if that's the type of work you Face, is Book.
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      There are few things funnier than inanimate objects acting human, which is why it's a damn shame Mark Zuckerberg doesn't go Teva shopping more often. For pics of other inanimate objects getting animate, hit JiffyCat Photography.

      From a Hudson, MA-based pharmacist who moonlights as an amateur photog, JCP's a collection of artsy prints that depict vintage robots/toys in front of digital photo backdrops "diorama-style", also a complicated sex move popularized by middle school teachers. Choice 'bot pics include "Sad Robot Goes to Jail", in which a despondent droid stares out of his decrepit prison cell; "Robot Holiday" (a red robot joyfully pedals a pushcart around palm-tree laden Pismo Beach); and a blue robot car on the side of the road in Arizona called "Desert Break Down", but not "Dessert Break Down", since that only happens when your mom has too much sherry during family dinners. There're also prop-friendly hits like three ninjas fighting a giant meerkat on an arid plain; a forest scene w/ vintage Japanese X-mas gnomes standing beside their log cabin; a tin wind-up swamp creature appreciating a Sanibel Island, FL sunset; and a close up of a particularly threatening gelatin candy called Evil Gummy Bear, though, to be fair, Refrigerator Perry seemed quite nice.

      If you prefer your prints sans robots, you're no fun, but JCP also rocks impressionistic antique-looking pinhole photography of NE landscapes/nature scenes like a red tractor in the woods or an old Sudbury grist mill -- though the best advice, if that's the type of work you Face, is Book.
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  • 59
    Since drugs are illegal and nobody cares about your EQ levels, skip the roadie and go with a Rhodie instead: RI-based Matt Johnson's slick assemblage of mixed-material, upcycled furniture, all of which's been hand-cobbled from reclaimed woods, metals, and random parts pulled from bikes & cars. Give your living room that oft-sought grease-monkey vibe via

    Carburetor Lamps These Art Deco-meets-MacGyver table lamps/candle holders are lovingly crafted from scattershot scrap including a '60s Volvo carb, aluminum street signs, and even an old salt & pepper shaker -- so to turn it on, just find the button and Push It

    Piston/Gear Furniture A robotic, Frankenstein-like walnut side table (built from myriad Ford/GM differential gears) smartly complements a set of handsome Sapele/Spanish Cedar bookshelves end-capped by Suzuki motorcycle pistons, meaning you can show off to everyone that you ride without Harley having to try

    Miscellanea Round out the room/show how much you totally love American Pickers with a set of four Italian table chairs rocking bike sprockets and seats woven from inner tubes, or an ambiance-setting copper wall sconce made from an antique fire extinguisher, aka the main responsibility of Keith Richards' roadie, now that he's immune to drugs.
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      Since drugs are illegal and nobody cares about your EQ levels, skip the roadie and go with a Rhodie instead: RI-based Matt Johnson's slick assemblage of mixed-material, upcycled furniture, all of which's been hand-cobbled from reclaimed woods, metals, and random parts pulled from bikes & cars. Give your living room that oft-sought grease-monkey vibe via

      Carburetor Lamps These Art Deco-meets-MacGyver table lamps/candle holders are lovingly crafted from scattershot scrap including a '60s Volvo carb, aluminum street signs, and even an old salt & pepper shaker -- so to turn it on, just find the button and Push It

      Piston/Gear Furniture A robotic, Frankenstein-like walnut side table (built from myriad Ford/GM differential gears) smartly complements a set of handsome Sapele/Spanish Cedar bookshelves end-capped by Suzuki motorcycle pistons, meaning you can show off to everyone that you ride without Harley having to try

      Miscellanea Round out the room/show how much you totally love American Pickers with a set of four Italian table chairs rocking bike sprockets and seats woven from inner tubes, or an ambiance-setting copper wall sconce made from an antique fire extinguisher, aka the main responsibility of Keith Richards' roadie, now that he's immune to drugs.
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  • 60
    The airplane has made an invaluable mark on civilization, helping men win wars, "shrink" the globe, and hilariously dupe Tom Hanks into chasing them around the country, though admittedly, it is a little sad that he took their phone calls on Christmas Eve. Now using machines of flight to dress up your apartment, Plane Pieces

    From an East Haddam, CT Babson grad whose dad owns the world!!! an airplane propeller company, PP's the point where "aviation meets modern art" in the form of sweet custom furniture/ sculptures/ housewares skillfully recast from a warehouse full of "60-plus years of scrap airplane parts that have been deemed unairworthy", but not un-James-Worthy, seeing how at least half this stuff can probably be made into goggles. For "guaranteed authentic" furniture/sculptures, there's the Space Age Spinner Cocktail Table made from a super-sleek aluminum propeller cone that's been polished to a mirror finish and fit w/ a glass top; a 31in-tall industrial Martini table constructed from a steel crankshaft; and an entire high-polished art series that includes an Iron Man fix-pitch propeller that's been given Katana sword-like tips, mostly in the form of "If you want to look super-cool, use me to cut pizza, like Leonardo does in that one episode with the Cajun-talkin' crocodile". PP's also got illumination like a limited edition chrome adjustable lamp made from a 1940s WWII Jacobs R-755 radial engine piston, and 14in modern mid-century Mushroom Lamps, which're much less of a hazard than the Fire Flower version.

    They've also got ultra-modern orb speaker stands, Beechcraft Baron spring candle holders, and polished holders for your fave sports memorabilia -- so next time a foul ball comes your way, you'll have even more reason to try to Catch It if You Can.
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      The airplane has made an invaluable mark on civilization, helping men win wars, "shrink" the globe, and hilariously dupe Tom Hanks into chasing them around the country, though admittedly, it is a little sad that he took their phone calls on Christmas Eve. Now using machines of flight to dress up your apartment, Plane Pieces

      From an East Haddam, CT Babson grad whose dad owns the world!!! an airplane propeller company, PP's the point where "aviation meets modern art" in the form of sweet custom furniture/ sculptures/ housewares skillfully recast from a warehouse full of "60-plus years of scrap airplane parts that have been deemed unairworthy", but not un-James-Worthy, seeing how at least half this stuff can probably be made into goggles. For "guaranteed authentic" furniture/sculptures, there's the Space Age Spinner Cocktail Table made from a super-sleek aluminum propeller cone that's been polished to a mirror finish and fit w/ a glass top; a 31in-tall industrial Martini table constructed from a steel crankshaft; and an entire high-polished art series that includes an Iron Man fix-pitch propeller that's been given Katana sword-like tips, mostly in the form of "If you want to look super-cool, use me to cut pizza, like Leonardo does in that one episode with the Cajun-talkin' crocodile". PP's also got illumination like a limited edition chrome adjustable lamp made from a 1940s WWII Jacobs R-755 radial engine piston, and 14in modern mid-century Mushroom Lamps, which're much less of a hazard than the Fire Flower version.

      They've also got ultra-modern orb speaker stands, Beechcraft Baron spring candle holders, and polished holders for your fave sports memorabilia -- so next time a foul ball comes your way, you'll have even more reason to try to Catch It if You Can.
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  • 61
    Taunton has several nicknames -- the Silver City, the Christmas City, and most notably, the Oh God Lock The Doors Til We Get to Mansfield City. Making a bid to add "sweet gear made of exotic wood"...city, Taunton Green.

    From a pro ceramic sculptor/self-taught woodworking luthier duo outta Providence (rest easy, the studio's in Taunton), TG's a collection of intricately crafted, handmade housewares and guitars all constructed from a wildly extensive palate of exotic woods, also the unit by which you purchase large quantities of caviar in RichPersonCostco (it's in Weston). Must-have conversation starters include the elegant six-pilsner-glass'd autumn mini-brew sampler made from black walnut/padauk; a set of six 4in coasters plus caddy cut from five different woods (Hard Maple, Sapele, Mahogany) and sealed for durability; and a solid lineup of rocker-friendly multi-wood cutting boards shaped like electric guitars -- ideal for cutting up red hot chili peppers. And Panteras. There're also artisan gems like the 20-inch burled maple candle holder with five colored half-moon glass votives, and a series of retro-styled clocks built from a slew of woods including purpleheart, black walnut, and Massachusetts flame maple, which grows most abundantly in Provincetown.

    If you'd rather play the wood, TG is an accomplished luthier and peddles a handsome portfolio of guitar bodies/necks/fretboards like a semi hollow tele style with "bookmatched Koa surrounded by Bloodwood and Ebony w/ Zebrawood Bouts", and a hand-carved electric made from mahogany and single cut ash, also Ashley from Taunton's most popular nickname, for what she'll do to your tires if you risk stopping at the lights.
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      Taunton has several nicknames -- the Silver City, the Christmas City, and most notably, the Oh God Lock The Doors Til We Get to Mansfield City. Making a bid to add "sweet gear made of exotic wood"...city, Taunton Green.

      From a pro ceramic sculptor/self-taught woodworking luthier duo outta Providence (rest easy, the studio's in Taunton), TG's a collection of intricately crafted, handmade housewares and guitars all constructed from a wildly extensive palate of exotic woods, also the unit by which you purchase large quantities of caviar in RichPersonCostco (it's in Weston). Must-have conversation starters include the elegant six-pilsner-glass'd autumn mini-brew sampler made from black walnut/padauk; a set of six 4in coasters plus caddy cut from five different woods (Hard Maple, Sapele, Mahogany) and sealed for durability; and a solid lineup of rocker-friendly multi-wood cutting boards shaped like electric guitars -- ideal for cutting up red hot chili peppers. And Panteras. There're also artisan gems like the 20-inch burled maple candle holder with five colored half-moon glass votives, and a series of retro-styled clocks built from a slew of woods including purpleheart, black walnut, and Massachusetts flame maple, which grows most abundantly in Provincetown.

      If you'd rather play the wood, TG is an accomplished luthier and peddles a handsome portfolio of guitar bodies/necks/fretboards like a semi hollow tele style with "bookmatched Koa surrounded by Bloodwood and Ebony w/ Zebrawood Bouts", and a hand-carved electric made from mahogany and single cut ash, also Ashley from Taunton's most popular nickname, for what she'll do to your tires if you risk stopping at the lights.
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  • 62
    Many music buffs claim that vinyl is the only true way to listen to music, while other people think you should be able to wear less constricting fabrics, especially if this music-listening stuff is happening in public. Giving vinyl a life beyond music and clothing actresses in Barb Wire, Records & Stuff.

    Fronted by a mechanical engineer and his entrepreneurial wife, R&S repurposes vinyls that have been too thoroughly scratched up into artsy-yet-practical home sprucers, dreaming up their idea last summer while musing that "people used to do it when they were younger", clearly illustrating that they are not up on all the latest medical advances.

    Vinyl Clocks These wall rockers add three hands of time to vinyls, and come either with no numbers or with numbers at the compass points, like one made from Queen's News of the Day, which is usually just "still not psyched about Charles's ears".

    Album Cover Clocks Utilizing the whole hog, they also make square-in-a-good-way clocks from album covers, like the ledge-hangin' Beatles release "The Beatles 1967-1970" which "shows some wear from over the years", but so does Paul, and he just keeps marrying pretty good-looking chicks, so it's not that big a deal.

    Vinyl Bowls To make sure the party rocks even if you don't, they've got heat-molded record bowls perfect for snackage and made with classics from Journey, to Aretha Franklin, to David Bowie, who is all about being covered in cheese.

    They also sling clear-coated CD booklet-page ceramic coasters and authentic-album-cover notebooks, which music buffs would claim were the only true way to write about music, if they hadn't lost feeling in their hands from that constricting vinyl.
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      Many music buffs claim that vinyl is the only true way to listen to music, while other people think you should be able to wear less constricting fabrics, especially if this music-listening stuff is happening in public. Giving vinyl a life beyond music and clothing actresses in Barb Wire, Records & Stuff.

      Fronted by a mechanical engineer and his entrepreneurial wife, R&S repurposes vinyls that have been too thoroughly scratched up into artsy-yet-practical home sprucers, dreaming up their idea last summer while musing that "people used to do it when they were younger", clearly illustrating that they are not up on all the latest medical advances.

      Vinyl Clocks These wall rockers add three hands of time to vinyls, and come either with no numbers or with numbers at the compass points, like one made from Queen's News of the Day, which is usually just "still not psyched about Charles's ears".

      Album Cover Clocks Utilizing the whole hog, they also make square-in-a-good-way clocks from album covers, like the ledge-hangin' Beatles release "The Beatles 1967-1970" which "shows some wear from over the years", but so does Paul, and he just keeps marrying pretty good-looking chicks, so it's not that big a deal.

      Vinyl Bowls To make sure the party rocks even if you don't, they've got heat-molded record bowls perfect for snackage and made with classics from Journey, to Aretha Franklin, to David Bowie, who is all about being covered in cheese.

      They also sling clear-coated CD booklet-page ceramic coasters and authentic-album-cover notebooks, which music buffs would claim were the only true way to write about music, if they hadn't lost feeling in their hands from that constricting vinyl.
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  • 63
    There's no reason your grilling set-up shouldn't be as badass as the meat it serves -- though not the meatheads it serves, as Mikey Triceps knows all the strippers down at Baby Dolls by name. Forging high-end implements for true meat warriors: Ox Brand Forge. Using decidedly old-school blacksmithing and forging techniques to create nasty one-off 'Q-tensils, Ox's the work of a craftsman with over thirty years of experience, and whose claim to fame is (seriously) that he "manufactured the knife used by actor Leo Rossi in the film Maniac Cop 2"...he makes nice 'Q-tensils. Things get medieval in his dimly lit garage, where, eyeballing for temp, the business ends are hammered from steel or copper, and then fastened with custom rivets (to prevent food trap-age) to similarly beat-out handles designed for "form, strength, and functionality" to ensure they're "strong enough to be run over by a truck" -- appropriate, as these things are actually going to contribute to your spare tire. Mean grill-struments range from the classic fork/ spatula/ meat hook trio "The Wave"; to "The Knuckle" with twisted steel wrapped around the handles; to a less exact, more primitive-looking set with a fork, spade-like spatula, and battered hook collectively dubbed "The Wicked", also what people in Boston call "the anything". The man with the hammer's also got a smattering of hazardous, knife-shaped mewelry, and is willing to do custom work from candelabras to hanging brackets, which Mikey clearly doesn't need to do any more of -- have you seen those things?
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      There's no reason your grilling set-up shouldn't be as badass as the meat it serves -- though not the meatheads it serves, as Mikey Triceps knows all the strippers down at Baby Dolls by name. Forging high-end implements for true meat warriors: Ox Brand Forge. Using decidedly old-school blacksmithing and forging techniques to create nasty one-off 'Q-tensils, Ox's the work of a craftsman with over thirty years of experience, and whose claim to fame is (seriously) that he "manufactured the knife used by actor Leo Rossi in the film Maniac Cop 2"...he makes nice 'Q-tensils. Things get medieval in his dimly lit garage, where, eyeballing for temp, the business ends are hammered from steel or copper, and then fastened with custom rivets (to prevent food trap-age) to similarly beat-out handles designed for "form, strength, and functionality" to ensure they're "strong enough to be run over by a truck" -- appropriate, as these things are actually going to contribute to your spare tire. Mean grill-struments range from the classic fork/ spatula/ meat hook trio "The Wave"; to "The Knuckle" with twisted steel wrapped around the handles; to a less exact, more primitive-looking set with a fork, spade-like spatula, and battered hook collectively dubbed "The Wicked", also what people in Boston call "the anything". The man with the hammer's also got a smattering of hazardous, knife-shaped mewelry, and is willing to do custom work from candelabras to hanging brackets, which Mikey clearly doesn't need to do any more of -- have you seen those things?
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  • 64
    There's nothing more frustrating than watching people spend money on things you think you can make better yourself -- seriously, shave your head, get fat, and there's no way you don't pull off a better Ben Grimm than Michael Chiklis. Grab comp-gear from a guy who took making Things into his own hands: Old Calgary.

    From an ex-Apple retail guy who figured he could do a better job making electronics sleeves than his employer, Old Calgary's Florida studio hand-makes high-quality, casually luxurious homes for everything from iPhones and iPads, to laptops, to the device that's going to make book-burning so much more difficult in the future, the Kindle. Envisioning a very specific product, the maker exhaustively searched for the right material, finally settling on wool felt procured from a Boston operation that imports the stuff from Germany; the former fur is waterproof, fuzz-free, and, when the light hits it just right, apparently quite "luminous", also how the sheep it came from's gossipy friends described it after a romantic encounter with the shepherd. Currently the offerings come in fetchingly masculine tones like anthracite and concrete, and are all branded with an X, appropriate considering what you'll probably be watching on said electronic device.

    Beyond the above, he'll do custom orders for "just about anything", including sunglasses cases, keyboard sleeves, and portfolio covers, and in the next few months he'll also start stitching leather goods like wallets and seriously handsome messengers -- though once you're fat, bald, and penis-less, you'll have nothing left to look Fantastic for.
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      There's nothing more frustrating than watching people spend money on things you think you can make better yourself -- seriously, shave your head, get fat, and there's no way you don't pull off a better Ben Grimm than Michael Chiklis. Grab comp-gear from a guy who took making Things into his own hands: Old Calgary.

      From an ex-Apple retail guy who figured he could do a better job making electronics sleeves than his employer, Old Calgary's Florida studio hand-makes high-quality, casually luxurious homes for everything from iPhones and iPads, to laptops, to the device that's going to make book-burning so much more difficult in the future, the Kindle. Envisioning a very specific product, the maker exhaustively searched for the right material, finally settling on wool felt procured from a Boston operation that imports the stuff from Germany; the former fur is waterproof, fuzz-free, and, when the light hits it just right, apparently quite "luminous", also how the sheep it came from's gossipy friends described it after a romantic encounter with the shepherd. Currently the offerings come in fetchingly masculine tones like anthracite and concrete, and are all branded with an X, appropriate considering what you'll probably be watching on said electronic device.

      Beyond the above, he'll do custom orders for "just about anything", including sunglasses cases, keyboard sleeves, and portfolio covers, and in the next few months he'll also start stitching leather goods like wallets and seriously handsome messengers -- though once you're fat, bald, and penis-less, you'll have nothing left to look Fantastic for.
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  • 65
    Using old-world techniques can get you known for your craftsmanship and attention to detail, though some might be put off by all that creepy, righteous self-flagellation. Employing techniques you won't need to cover up with bandages and a shirt, Tumbleweeds Odd Shop. TOS upscales and upcycles quality plastic shades into shockingly cheap wooded-out eyepieces via "old-world veneering techniques", all from a pastry chef and her long-time carpenter husband who recently transplanted from AZ... but please, don't judge them yet. Highlights from their line include: Pee-Wee Herman Inspired No. 35 Honoring their love for Herman's fearless masturbation schedule "unique style", these Ray-Ban-esque shades are seamlessly and diagonally "vinlaid" with birds-eye maple and "a rich Italian wood", which probably vino-laid your college sweetheart during her semester abroad. Sorry dude. Two-Toned Ebony and Quilted Maple These Wayfarer horn-rimmed crossbreeds have light maple lower rims juxtaposed with ebony uppers painstakingly layered over solid black frames that're "spring loaded" like John Daly in March, April, May, and half of June. Olive-Tinted Poplar Lightly tinted green, these clear-framed amber-lensed beauties are coated with a naturally grainy poplar, giving the shades an earthy look purportedly "great for a hike", though, on the negative side, you do have to deal with the Philip Rivers always touching your butt. If you feel like you're going to need more, they've got a "Summer Wooden Sunglasses of the Month Club" granting a discounted trifecta delivered each summer month to keep your face fresh, and your lashes hidden.
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      Using old-world techniques can get you known for your craftsmanship and attention to detail, though some might be put off by all that creepy, righteous self-flagellation. Employing techniques you won't need to cover up with bandages and a shirt, Tumbleweeds Odd Shop. TOS upscales and upcycles quality plastic shades into shockingly cheap wooded-out eyepieces via "old-world veneering techniques", all from a pastry chef and her long-time carpenter husband who recently transplanted from AZ... but please, don't judge them yet. Highlights from their line include: Pee-Wee Herman Inspired No. 35 Honoring their love for Herman's fearless masturbation schedule "unique style", these Ray-Ban-esque shades are seamlessly and diagonally "vinlaid" with birds-eye maple and "a rich Italian wood", which probably vino-laid your college sweetheart during her semester abroad. Sorry dude. Two-Toned Ebony and Quilted Maple These Wayfarer horn-rimmed crossbreeds have light maple lower rims juxtaposed with ebony uppers painstakingly layered over solid black frames that're "spring loaded" like John Daly in March, April, May, and half of June. Olive-Tinted Poplar Lightly tinted green, these clear-framed amber-lensed beauties are coated with a naturally grainy poplar, giving the shades an earthy look purportedly "great for a hike", though, on the negative side, you do have to deal with the Philip Rivers always touching your butt. If you feel like you're going to need more, they've got a "Summer Wooden Sunglasses of the Month Club" granting a discounted trifecta delivered each summer month to keep your face fresh, and your lashes hidden.
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  1. Jason Tennant Sculpture
  2. Handsome Supply Co.
  3. Sharpwriter's Presidential Art
  4. It's funky time
  5. Black Ship's Bike Tube Tri-Fold Wallet
  6. Rocks Mustache Glasses
  7. Cubist cubbies and more
  8. A.Heirloom Cutting Boards
  9. Steotch
  10. Fullgive Bags
  11. Fantastically Inappropriate Flatware
  12. Modded metal to keep you looking sharp
  13. No horse heads in the bed, but still pretty cool
  14. The Legendary Tiger Hero
  15. Beat Up Creations
  16. Break yo'self, homeowner!
  17. Turning junk into gold
  18. Prints by Claudia Varosio
  19. Standard Designs
  20. Beautiful Skin i-Accessories
  21. Hillhock Pig Chair
  22. Hipster Bingo
  23. Monte Cristo Books
  24. Prohibition Whiskey
  25. Engrained Works
  26. Kings Custom Action Figures
  27. Combo Guitar Amps
  28. Culture jamming your chest/wall
  29. IKY Audio
  30. Chippewa Five
  31. Mad Canvases
  32. Dorian Creations
  33. Baking and pro wrestling, together at last
  34. Oxblood Villain Bike Tool Roll
  35. Carry a beer in your pocket without the unsightly lump
  36. Mexican accessories maker finds Portland awesomely peculiar
  37. Pommes Frites Hollow Books
  38. Craftiness Pens
  39. Not your grandma's needlepoint
  40. Moss Bow Ties
  41. Dreadnought Workshop
  42. Rugged rucks
  43. Tinaseamonster
  44. Arcade Light Switch
  45. 50 Splinters
  46. Etch Your Heart Out
  47. Alf-approved cases for all your technology
  48. Your city, now a cut above
  49. Handknit Colorado Koozie
  50. This stuff makes those Three Wolf Moon shirts feel sober
  51. Hanging AirPlant Pod
  52. Coffee Sack Bench
  53. Art By Rosemary
  54. Nature made even more starkly gorgeous
  55. Gears... for your wall
  56. Hemingwayfun Flash Drives
  57. ChetArt's Order of Nefarious Villains
  58. JiffyCat Photography
  59. The only time it's cool to have Grease in your TV room
  60. Plane Pieces
  61. Taunton Green
  62. Artistic furnishings for the audiophile
  63. Heavy metal BBQ tools
  64. Slip your iPad into something a little more comfortable
  65. A crafty couple churns out killer eyewear