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MIDDLE-AGED GRAFFITI ARTIST “VAMP” GETS SENTENCED

June 19 |

It’s a sad day for the rebels. One of London’s most uncommonly prolific graffiti writers was just sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Kristian Holmes, whom authorities identify as VAMP had the book thrown at him recently as an English courtroom found him guilty on 39 counts of criminal damage. What’s heavier is that Holmes is actually a family man with two kids and a professional surveyor that made $93K a year prior to being indicted. Guess you really can’t judge a book by its pieces. Nuts!

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WALLS OF FREEDOM CAMPAIGN

June 11 |

More than a two years after its initial presence on the global media stage, Egypt’s revolution continues to echo and resonate around the world. Though mostly the physical uprising made its way into headlines and social media, there were also many artists whose contemporary intellectual and sociopolitical work continued to fuel and ignite change behind the scenes. Walls of Freedom is a project dedicated to exploring the broader context of the revolution and showcasing the work of 50 photographers 30 artists and 20 authors in a full color 240 page hardcover book format. Supporters wishing to snag their own copy of revolutionary history can help fund the project by logging on to their Indiegogo page and donating to the project.

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THINGS COME APART

May 11 |

Things Come Apart is an intricate photo/design series by creative Todd McLellan. The premise of the project, which ultimately stemmed into a book of the same title, was to deconstruct the most popular and intricate objects (a bicycle, laptop, smartphones, Swiss army knife, etc.) that people use and truly observe their layout. Here are the visually stunning results.

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2013 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER

April 29 |

Alist celebrities, journalists and top government officials graced Washington D.C. for this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The glamorous evening took place this past Saturday and brought out everyone from Newt Gingrich and Conan O’Brien, to John Legend and Steven Spielberg. American President Barack Obama was on fire with jokes and political commentary that rivaled only a few of the comedic attendees. What an interesting display of government and Hollywood.

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ANTI-DRONE STEALTH FASHION

April 10 |

Designer Adam Harvey is a bit of a buttonpusher, if you will. His work isn’t the kind of stuff you’ll find peddled on New York City’s 5th Avenue or showcased down the Milan catwalk per se. No, it’s much more political than that. You see, Harvey’s most recent set of attire is truly set on functionality and survival. He’s designed a series of antidrone capes meant to keep wearers safe from the heatseeking technology that drone planes use to remotely target their victims. The antidrone wear, as he calls it, is made up of lightweight, flexible materialized fibers that reflect heat. Interested parties can check out the inspiration behind the work and more information about its most recent London exhibition here.

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NYPD FACIAL RECOGNITION UNIT

April 4 |

In case criminals or folks looking to stay off the law’s radar needed any more proof that the authorities are indeed using social media to track offenders, DNA Info New York recently reported a case involving an unidentified assailant who was eventually tracked with the using photos stored on social media. The technological implications of the case reveal that authorities now have an extended Facebook (or any other social media network with pictures)assisted photo bank ready and available for their search needs. Though we’re not sure where constitutional rights and or Internet privacy stand here, the fact of the matter is that Facial Recognition Units are very real and becoming much more common in law enforcement. Would be criminals beware!

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SHEPARD FAIREY DESIGNS SPACE PATCH

March 20 |

Worldrenowned street artist and Obey Giant mogul, Shepard Fairey, has taken his work to the final frontierquite literally! The artist was given the opportunity to design a logo patch for a new NASA international space station named Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). The center will serve as a playground for entrepreneurs and scientists alike.

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PROFESSIONAL CANNABIS BAKING 101

March 4 |

The folks over at BuzzFeed Food have a pretty indepth article about a 45yearold Cannabis baker from Los Angeles, California. The former nonprofit worker turned to baking as soon as her daughter became old enough to allow her some time to focus on the craft. The article highlights the interesting ins and outs of the burgeoningyetstill clandestine industry. With plenty of pictures to show, but tons of red tape to cross, it’s interesting to note what the mommy baker mentions her motivations are and how detailed the process gets. Check out the full article here.

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MEXICAN CRIMINAL IS CHICAGO PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1

February 14 |

Not since Al Capone has the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois declared a criminal Public Enemy No. 1. This, according to The Associated Press, is the status of Mexican cartel head hancho, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The saidtobe notorious leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is a wanted fugitive that escaped maximum security prison in 2001 and has been at large in Mexico ever since. So why the big hoopla over a supposed drug lord that isn’t even in the states? Well, according to authorities, El Chapo’s cartel is responsible for most of the narcotics sold in Chicago, a supply that pretty much dictates the criminal activity surrounding gang territory and homicides. Yikes! As of currently Guzman’s bounty is at $5 Million USD.

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