Searching for art that's both edgy and affordable is such an arduous task, you're more likely to start watching Bob Ross reruns. Since "more likely" still means won't, grab goods from FreshlyDipped.com.
With prints starting at just $28 and tons of sub-$300 action, FD's a 'Cago-based site offering works from 30 worldwide artists (the Midwest to Italy to Australia) directly to buyers -- like SkyMall, minus the mini-donut machine. The highlights:
- A Mile in Mine: Exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, this pastel, graffiti'd up Converse Weapon sneak is stuffed with a legbone wrapped in a bloody tube sock. Still, it's less gross than a Chili Peppers poster.
- Bastio: A skatedeck lushly rendered with a reggae-ish guy sitting on an amp while picking a vertical guitar with his weird giant hands.
- Mad Drip: This black-framed Giclée print sports an angry, drooling spore-of-Hellboy over a backsplash of yellow and red dots -- kind of Lichtenstein-meets-Ghoulies-meets-"oh God it hurts to pee".
If hangable art isn't your thing, FD also offers toys you'd never give to children ("Little Green Man" = an angry alien with disturbingly human eyes/mouth) and jewelry, including the sterling-silver steak pendant "Small Meat on Blue" -- a little outlandish, but you're more likely to wear this than cook.