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Feb 8, 2015 at 9:24pm UTC

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

Macro Photos Show Amazing Details of Everyday Objects

In his macro photo series <i>Amazing Worlds Within Our World</i>, artist Pyanek demonstrates the enormous complexity of everyday objects. Through the modified Canon T3i lens, squiggly fibers in book pages come into sharp focus, dramatic pit marks on the tip of a matchstick become visible, and beautiful …

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Sun Flares, Webb Prepares, and Fogo Scares

A battered moon shows its age, while the sun acts up and a volcano erupts, in the week's best space pictures.

More Than Half Of American Public Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty: Study

For the first time, more than half of U.S. public school students live in low-income households, according to a new analysis from the Southern Education Foundation.<p>Overall, 51 percent of U.S. schoolchildren came from low-income households in 2013, according to the foundation, which analyzed data …

Jen Stark's New Color Dripping Mural at Miami International Airport

Walk through Miami International Airport, and you may just encounter this sweet treat. Paper artist Jen Stark has taken her explosively colorful style and applied it to this brand new mural. The permanent installation is located between Terminal D and E, on the third floor, near the moving …

How #FreeTheNipple Became the Celebrity Cause of 2014

From the editors of ELLE.com, everyone from RiRi to Miley championed the nipple this year.<p>Last year, we made a daring proclamation: 2014 is the Year of the Nipple. And while the vadjacent has already made a play for 2015 and the butt put up a good fight—from Nicki Minaj's tush to Kim Kardashian's …

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Man Quits Job to Convert Old Van into Mobile Home to Travel the World

The Grandest Home To Ever Be Squeezed Into 550 Square Feet

Tiny, but grand in spirit.<p>Designer Peter Dunham's apartment may be tiny but it's grand in spirit, packed with exuberant patterns and colorful personality.

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“I look up to my father more than anyone else. He taught me the value of hard work. He came over from India, and used all his savings to start a small clothing business. Then he took the money from the clothing business and opened up his own gas station. But when the economy got bad, his gas station went out of business. So he had to start driving a cab to pay the bills.” “Did he seem embarrassed to drive a cab after owning his own business?” “I don’t think so. I certainly wasn’t embarrassed to call him my dad.”

“What has been your proudest accomplishment?” “Surviving in America. I’ll be honest-- I crossed the border about eight years ago. I had no job, no money, no place to live. I spoke zero English. I started as a dishwasher, then eventually got a job working behind the bar. I taught myself English. Now things are going pretty well. I want to open up my own coffee shop one day. I just want my son to have it easier than I did.” “Were you scared when you were crossing the border?” “No. I had nothing back then. And it’s hard to be scared when you have nothing to lose.”

“I met my dad for the first time when I was fifteen. I visited him in Trinidad for two months during the summer. He met me at the airport and acted like he missed me more than anything else in the world. He ran up to me and lifted me in the air and started kissing me and saying how much he missed me. He carried all my luggage, and gave me money, and stopped by the supermarket on the way home to buy me all this food. He was introducing me to his friends like he was so proud of me. He’d say: ‘Look at my beautiful daughter,’ and things like that. It actually got me imagining how nice it would be to have a dad. Then at the end of the day, he dropped me off at my grandmother’s house, and I only saw him two or three times for the rest of the summer. The last night I was with him, he got really drunk, and he told me that I’d been a mistake. He was laughing when he said it, like it was a joke, and I should think it was funny. I pretended like it didn’t bother me, but it did. I thought: ‘So is that why you never wanted to visit or talk to me all these years?’”

"I've been an electronics engineer for thirty years, but it's my dream to live on a farm. It was my dad's dream too, but he died before he could get out of the city. So I bought myself 40 acres out in Virginia. I'm about to hop on the Amtrak and head there now for a visit, but one day I'm going to move there for good. The property is a hippie's dream. It's got great energy. It's ten miles from a small town, and right next to the Blue Ridge mountains. It's partial wood, partial field. There's a small farmhouse. I'm going to raise chickens, live stock, and have a greenhouse. Only nine more years until retirement." "What's your greatest weakness?" "Procrastination."

“It’s tough to take the right steps when you grow up in this neighborhood. It’s hard to get up and go to school everyday because you see so many other kids who are dropping out, and they still figure out a way to handle their business. A lot of kids around here don’t get any support from their family. So everything is on them. If you have a backbone of support, it’s easy to take your time and go from A to B to C to D. But when you’re looking out for yourself, you’re in a hurry. You’re looking for a way to get from A to D.”

“My children are 18, 17, and 15. And I think it’s just really starting to hit me that I’m about to lose them really quickly. I’m always thinking back and trying to figure out the ways that I might have been able to spend more time with them. Maybe if I’d been a little less concerned with cleaning up messes, or always cooking dinner, or going through the mail as soon as I got home from work. I don’t know… I just wish I’d been less ‘busy.’ When I was twenty, I left home and moved away to New York. I’d go home to visit my mother once a year, and each time she’d look a little older. I guess part of me is just afraid that my kids are going to do the same thing to me.”

“I grew up in Jerusalem. When I was a child, I loved to paint. My father told me that he was going to send me to the biggest art academy, so that I could become a famous painter. But he died before I came of age, so I started making jewelry to support myself. I designed medallions and amulets for Orthodox Greek patriarchs to wear on their robes. I became quite known in the Old City, but when I moved to America, I had to start over. When I first arrived, I decided to try to sell my jewelry to a fancy jewelry shop on 47th Street. My friend told me: ‘You are crazy. Why would they buy from you? You are nobody.’ But I told him to watch me. I went into one of the big stores-- one of those stores with 5 or 6 million dollars worth of jewelry in the window-- and I told them: ‘I have some designs I want to show you.’ And the owners laughed at me. I told them: ‘You wouldn’t be laughing if you knew who I was.’ And they stopped laughing at me. Then they asked to see my work. They ended up buying all five of my moldings, and they told me to come back whenever I had something new.”

“My father never grew up. He was always in and out of jail. And if you listen to him talk, he acts like he was some sort of kingpin, but he wasn’t. It’s like he’s still a teenager in his head. He even uses the same words as 30 years ago. He says things like: ‘When I was back in my groove, ain’t nobody used to tell me nothing.’ And he can’t accept responsibility for anything. He says things like, ‘If my family treated me better, I wouldn’t have to do drugs.’”

“The night my grandmother died, I found out that the person I thought was my sister was really my mother.”

“We were dating for three or four years, off and on. I decided that I didn’t want a serious relationship, but every time I tried to break up with her, she’d threaten to kill herself. Like if I didn’t answer her text messages for a few days, she’d send me a video of her swallowing a bunch of pills, then later she’d tell me that she threw them all up. I was at a business meeting one night—it turned out to be a pyramid scheme, but I didn’t know it at the time—and she started sending me text messages again, saying she was going to hurt herself. It was like the fifth time she’d done it, so I didn’t even answer. That night she hung herself with a dog leash.”

“I lost my daughter because of my drinking. I’ve been sober for five years, but I was always drunk when she was growing up. At school events when all her friends had their parents with them, she was always having to explain why her dad wasn’t there. It was embarrassing for her. She told me that I ruined her life.” “When’s the last time you talked to her?” “I texted her on her birthday. She texted me on mine. But then she got a new phone. I left her mother a message, asking for the new number. But I never heard back."

"Do you remember the time you felt proudest of your daughter?" "Violetta won a karate tournament once. And she wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament. There were only 16 slots, and most of the girls had prequalified-- so Violetta had to fight her way into the wildcard slot. Once she qualified, her chances were very small. There was this one girl from Connecticut who was just destroying everybody. She was really tall, and she'd already won three of the four events. The only event left was sparring, and she cruised through her first matches pretty easily. When she came up against Violetta, she'd already pencilled in a victory in her mind. But Violetta scored a point on her early, and the girl got rattled. Then Violetta scored another point, and her eyes started to get puffy. When Violetta scored a third point, the girl faked an injury, and her dad had to come out of the stands to convince her to get off the mat. When Violetta went up by four points, the girl just had a total meltdown and couldn't finish the match. Now I'm not saying that we were happy the girl started crying, but we were proud of Violetta."

"I'm an unemployed single father, and I feel like I've been written out of the economy. I've got a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, but I can't get a job in teaching, medical writing, or research. They showed us a video in the food stamp office about finding a job. It showed some guy bagging groceries, and he said something like: 'People assume I'm not smart because I'm bagging groceries, but I've got a bachelors degree and some graduate school experience!' I think they were telling me to lower my expectations.'"

"When I was fourteen, I had a friend over to my house and we were sitting on the floor of my closet making jewelry. My mom poked her head in the room and asked us what movie we wanted to see that night, and we said 'Brokeback Mountain.' She said we were a little too young for that, and suggested an animated movie instead. My friend started laughing at my mom and calling her lame. I joined in, even though I actually really liked animated movies. When my mom came back with the showtimes for Brokeback Mountain, I noticed that she was sniffling and her eyes were red. We saw Brokeback Mountain that night, but I've never wanted to watch it again."

"I've been training myself in clinical psychology. It's been more transformative than all the LSD, shrooms, and Burning Mans that I've ever done!"

"My mom died the week she was supposed to retire. I think she died of sheer exhaustion. So I decided I was going to live my life in the present, and not focus on money. I just wanted to know myself and live life accordingly. I never thought about the future. So I find myself, at my age, having to focus on money."