Erik Sommer is a contemporary artist based in New York City whose work reflects his urban environment. Erik paints with cement, and his canvases are filled with interesting textures derived from mixed media applications.
Need a place to hang your stealth armor, samurai umbrella, or Naruto cosplay pants with style? Sure you could use real throwing stars, but even ninjas need to get their move-in deposit back. Well, have no fear, the Ninja Coat Hook is here to help.
Ninja Coat Hooks via Amazon
Envirosax, a company that creates designer reusable bags, commissioned recent design grad, Amit Ayalon to create this lush couture dress out of their collection of unique bag fabrics.
Unleash your fury against the masses of raindrops that plot to foil your destiny with your very own Samurai Sword Umbrella! (Disclaimer: not recommend against real life ninjas or TSA agents.)
Samurai Sword Umbrella via Amazon
Like so many of my favorite novels, I found this book accidentally. I was looking for books that experimented with form, and boy did I ever find a book that experiments with form! This book is so experimental that it was deemed unprintable until Visual Editions decided to take a stab at it. With the help of an ambitious Belgian company called die Keure, Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Tree of Codes has come to fruition.
Knitted facial hair? That’s right! Keep your face toasty warm with these ingenious bearded hats by Beardhead. These funny caps come in “Viking,” “Lumberjack,” “Pirate,” and “Grandpa,” which translates to blond, brunette, black, and distinguished, respectively. You can buy add on mustaches too! How cool is that? For the ladies there’s also a pink “Bunny” version, but I prefer either Pirate or Viking myself.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here’s a little lucky green-inspired art to brighten your day!
The first time I came across the art of Nancy Mungcal, aka Pretty Little Thieves, I was smitten. I love the way Nancy’s fun illustrations and stylized drawings evoke an aura of distinct playfulness. Her work is delightfully whimsical and I love the way she’s built up a personal repertoire of iconography that is seamlessly threaded into each of her characters throughout her compositions. From drawings to paintings to illustrations, Nancy has a way of creating beautiful shapes and patterns in the most dynamic way. Her art has an appealing folksy charm about it that makes it really unique. So I tracked Nancy down to ask her more about her art process…
Gayle: How did you get started as an artist?
Nancy: I have the typical drawing and making things as a child story. I never really stopped. A few years ago I decided to put my work out there.
If you’ve been watching Fringe over the last few seasons (and you should be), you’ve probably noticed that the intro has taken on a life of its own. While the intro sequence could have easily become forgettable, instead it has developed its own complex personality that both mirrors the themes of the show and serves as a visual cue about the location of the upcoming episode. In a recent episode the show has gone even further by introducing an amazing 1980′s style remix of the opening sequence that fit perfectly with the flashback episode.
Ancient cavemen would be charmed by the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, modern cave dwellings set in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastery in Turkey. The hotel’s got some cool highlights, such as Turkish cooking courses where you can try your hand at Turkish wine-making or bake artisanal breads in a stone oven.
But perhaps the most unique perk is the chance to witness the meditational dance of Whirling Dervishes. This Sufi worship ceremony, formally known as the Sema, is performed with the aim of reaching religious ecstasy. The spinning of the body in repetitive circles is said to be symbolic of planets orbiting the sun.