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Alexa Meade Turns Models Into Flat Illustrations To Blend With Graffiti

Im personally a huge fan of Alexa Meade and I've posted about her work before. While many artists seek to replicate reality through three-dimensional …

Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Door Decal | HiConsumption

Han Solo fans are constantly being reminded of the near death experience our favorite smuggler endured in a galaxy far, far away, thanks to the …

Best of Transportation Design in 2013

It’s that time of the year when we sit back, relax and reflect on the year gone by. 2014 is fast approaching and here is a quick recap of the Ten …

Best of Watch Concepts in 2013

It was the year of the iWatch and then some! Three innovative approaches to the fabled watch from the house of Apple; with similar yet distinct …

Harley Sportster by Headcase Kustom

Right now, the Harley Sportster is challenging for position on the café racer scene. (Before purists complain, I’m using the term ‘café racer’ very loosely—meaning the opposite of cruiser custom style.)<p>This sleek and agressive build comes from Casey Johnson, who runs Headcase Kustom Art in Southern …

Motorcycles

Heiwa Motorcycle of Japan

The Mooneyes show is a Mecca for the custom scene in Japan. Held every year in Yokohama, it attracts fans and builders from all over the world. A few days ago, one of the stars of the 22nd show was Heiwa, the Hiroshima-based workshop that’s been building low-key, beautifully finished street bikes …

Motorcycles

MAMA Clothing – Natural Handmade Identity

Handmade Clothing and Visual Identity.<p>Ivan is a Saint Petersburg, Russia based graphic designer who recently created this naturial visual identity …

Graphic Design

Surreal Painted Faces Make Us Question What We Are Seeing

Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov explores the visually transformative power of paint and makeup in his <i>2D or not 2D</i> and <i>Angry Beards</i> projects. Both bodies of work are part of the photographer's overarching <i>Art of Face</i> series that includes an ever-growing collection of beauty shots …

Art

Kimchi Fried Rice with Sautéed Squid and a Poached Egg Recipe

Adding the liquid from the kimchi jar when you make kimchi fried rice makes all the difference.<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients2 tablespoons canola oil, divided1 pound squid bodies, cleaned, cut into bite-sized pieces1 cup kimchi, chopped1/4 cup kimchi juice1/4 cup water1 tablespoon gochujang …

Sweet Potato Biscuit Pillows with Honey and Coconut Oil

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.</i><p><i>Today: Biscuits that live up to their name. (Seriously.)</i><p>WHO: TheWimpyVegetarian is a blogger, food writer, and cooking teacher …

Breakfast

Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Maple Bacon Brussels, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad. {Video!}<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 25, 2013 81<p>Salads are all up in Monday!<p>I don’t mind being cliché when …

Seven Outstanding Espresso Blends

While the legitimacy of these abundant "national" holidays that tend to pop up arbitrarily is definitely in question, we couldn't pass up tomorrow's opportunity—National Espresso Day—to pay homage to one of the purest ways to prepare coffee: espresso. The thick, concentrated brew packed into a tiny …

Coffee

The (Cocktail) Hot List: Shrubs

Perhaps you've noticed that the word "shrub" has recently been <i>sprouting</i> up on cocktail menus across the country. OK, we apologize for the bad pun, but in all seriousness, shrubs are tart syrups made from fruit, sugar and vinegar, and they're quickly becoming a favorite of bartenders.<p>The …

Watch René Redzepi's Conversation with Padma Lakshmi

In mid-November, <b>René Redzepi</b> stopped by NYC's <b>92nd Street Y</b> for an on-stage discussion moderated by <i>Top Chef</i> host <b>Padma Lakshmi</b>. The topic: creativity, success ("there's nothing more limiting than success, in a strange way"), and Redzepi's new book, <i>A Work in Progress</i>. Of the acclaim and intense …

Homemade Greek Yogurt

This DIY by gluten-free goddess, Alexandra of Alex T Cooks will have you enjoying au naturale homemade goodness straight from her own kitchen...<p>Greek yogurt consumption has blown up in the last couple of years, and rightfully so. It's high in protein and has tons of healthy bacteria that helps …

Maynard James Keenan on Next Tool Album: 'A Very Tedious Process'

Maynard James Keenan has been busy lately with winemaking and new releases from his bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. But his biggest project, …

Music

Officine RossoPuro 'Eroica'

Most of the leading custom builders work on commission—they get a brief from a client, a direction is agreed upon, and a motorcycle starts to take shape. Compromise is inevitable, whether it’s around budget or aesthetic direction.<p>But every now and then, as you can imagine, it’s good to get free …

No Quarter Plum Crazy

There’s no mistaking the musical reference in the title of today’s bike. James Langton is a 19 year-old Leicestershireman who recently inaugurated an enterprise restoring steel track and road frames called <i>No Quarter</i>, named after the Led Zeppelin track that appears on their 1973 album, Houses of the …

Wreck

KICK OUT THE JAMS

Peter Fehrentz’s Renovated Flat

If you subscribe to Dwell magazine, you probably already saw this flat in Berlin, but I’d like to point out that a few risks does wonders for a small …

Small Spaces

24 Best New Color Combinations for 2018

Is dusty rose and charcoal grey not the happiest palette for spring?<p>If you mastered the blue-and-white palette long ago and are ready for the next crop of bold, fabulous, and truly inspiring color pairings, get excited: We asked our go-to designers which pairs they love the most, when someone's …

Easy Skillet Cassoulet Recipe

As we are going to combine both stovetop and oven action, you'll need a pot that can be safely transferred to both. Enter the cast iron skillet, a.k.a. my favorite kitchen tool.<p><b>Note:</b> I used three sausages as that's what could comfortably fit in the pan with the tenderloin medallions without …

Sweet Potato Cornbread Recipe | Leite's Culinaria

Jump to the recipe<p><i>This sweet potato cornbread may upend all your notions about what cornbread ought to be. It’s easy, stealthy healthy, and turning</i> …

Cornbread

5 Tips for Brewing Better Coffee

<i>Here at Food52, we're serious about our coffee. So we got our friends over at Stumptown Coffee to teach us everything there is to know about it -- and to make our morning (and afternoon) routines a little bit brighter.</i><p><i>Today: Five ways to make your cup of coffee even better, no matter how you brew</i> …

Coffee

Time Editor Howard Chua-Eoan Explains Why No Female Chefs Are 'Gods of Food'

The November 18 issue of <i>Time</i> magazine includes a list of the 13 "<b>Gods of Food</b>," a chef's family tree, and a series of articles about the key "influencers" in food today. No female chefs made the "Gods" list, nor were any included in the modern restaurant lineage. Four women made the Gods list: Aida …

Storm Cobra Jacket | By Chrome Industries

The new Storm Cobra jacket by Cobra Industries features their Chrome Storm™ breathable waterproof technology, it is built with seam-taping technology …

Barrage Cargo | By Chrome Industries

Barrage Cargo is a new, compact, 100% welded-waterproof rolltop backpack by Chrome Industries. The tough bag is made with military grade materials, …

The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining

In 2010, a former Kentucky rooftop moonshiner joined forces with the great-grandson of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. Kings County Distillery was born; the first of its kind in New York City since the national alcohol ban of the 1920s. Kings County produces highly awarded, small-batch moonshine, …

New York City