Today is Google’s 12th birthday, and what a surprise it was to find a deliciously rendered birthday cake painted by none other than American artist Wayne Thiebaud! Famous for painting cakes, sweets, and mouth-watering delicatessen treats, Thiebaud also paints dizzying California landscapes as well as crooked, winding San Francisco streets.
There’s nothing sweeter than dressing up your cupcakes in cute wrappers that come in pink zebra stripes or look like flowers! Awwww. These are from Emerald + Ella, a Sydney-based online shop.
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I fell in love with this design monster when browsing web designer Denise Chandler‘s portfolio. (It helps that I’m a sucker for hand-drawn typography and graphic design elements too.)
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Hákarl, also known as Putrefied Shark, is perhaps Iceland’s most infamous traditional delicacy. This eye-popping blast to the palate will drive tears to your eyes, and likely cause your gag reflex to flare up at first bite. Most commonly served with toothpicks as bite-sized cubes resembling cheese, these harmless looking babies reveal no hint of the overpowering aroma that awaits adventurous foodies.
Hákarl’s distinct ammonia-heavy scent is reminiscent of rotten cheese mixed with industrial-grade cleaning products. Moist, with a fishy texture and a consistency slightly akin to bamboo shoots, this pungent dish packs a serious punch. Said to be an acquired taste even for Icelanders, brave travelers can try pinching their noses to take the shock value down a notch, but they’ll still have to contend with the strong ammonia aftertaste that lingers as a result of tasting even the tiniest morsel.
Eric Stine is an artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, who makes some pretty cool handmade products like monster playing cards. I love his crazy creations from his series Monsters in my Closet.
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These unique graphics were created by SHOTOPOP, a group of graphic and interactive designers based in London.
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This ring is alive! You’re looking at a real bed of moss set in wood. Yes, that means you have to water it. This charming ring was a collaboration between Cometman, a jewelry designer, and Kokeya, a bonsai designer. You can buy your very own through Ladestore.
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I’m lovin’ these colorful, fun children’s book illustrations by Rahel Winiger.
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L.A. artist Mark Bradford’s abstract, large-scale mixed media paintings are big, colorful compositions to behold in person, loaded with all kinds of funky organic shapes, metallic paints, and glue remnants from peeled away surfaces, as a result of layers and layers of paper manipulated with nylon string, caulking, and sanding.
Mark hails from Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles, where he used to create signs for his mother’s beauty shop. He went on to study art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and now maintains studio space in the same building that once housed his mother’s hair salon.
“I always made stuff but never thought, I’m going to be an artist. I was in charge of painting signs at the beauty shop (PRESS AND CURL $25; JHERI CURL $45). I did home movies. About the time I was 7, I got really into black-exploitation films, so I made my own Wonder Woman, but I made her black.” —Mark Bradford via nymag.com
Mark’s work is currently on view until October 10th at:
Wexner Center for the Arts
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
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Amy Casey is a painter based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her paintings focus on buildings that balance wildly at the most compelling angles. So what’s behind all these crazy balancing acts? In Amy’s own words:
“For about the last eight years, I’ve been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me. I wake up in a panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability. Although I’m not trying to recreate this dream in my work, I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in.” —Amy Casey
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