Once something has outlived its usefulness it's hard to find a good reason to keep it around, unless you're ABC and just really enjoy making everyone feel super-awkward during the New Year's Eve countdown. For a new outfit that would beg to differ, check out The Whiteout.
From two SOMA dudes who design digital ad campaigns for Google and Xbox, The Whiteout is a just-launched online art shop that pulls random objects from yard sales, thrift stores, and curbsides and turns them into actually cool, largely '80s-pop-culture-referencing art, meaning you probably won't get many of the references... SIKE! The landfill-evading found junk -- which includes everything from a headless action figure to a tiny drum -- is all cleaned, repaired with epoxy, and primed with a couple coats of ultra-white (but surprisingly not Charlie) sheen-inducing paint, then cleverly illustrated on with fine-tipped Sharpies. Their current 40-piece collection includes a beer-drinking RoboCop on a mini-fridge, Bruce Lee on a pair of shades, and an exquisitely mustached Tom Selleck on a hand-held mirror, plus more miscellaneous efforts like a quaint miniature cottage with an added trail of blood seeping out from the front door and down the porch, likely right past an oblivious Kato Kaelin casually chatting on the phone with Rachel Ferrara.
And in case you want to meet the dudes and see their awesome whiteness in person, they both plan to be at Capsule Design Festival in Hayes Valley on Sept 18th, plus December's Renegade Craft Fair, but if you bring your TV buddy Kellogg, just implore him, "Don't be a D*ck, Clark".