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The Tattooist for the Yakuza Explains Why Tattoos Should Never Be Seen

"When something becomes a fashion, it isn’t fascinating anymore."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p>Growing up in a conservative Muslim household, if any of my cousins had tattoos they always had to keep them hidden. Tattoos were both a religious and cultural taboo. I remember when …

Why an underpass in Berlin is Hollywood’s biggest breakout star

The second Bourne film, the fourth Hunger Games movie, an indie flick about a teen assassin and one of the highest-grossing instalments in the Marvel cinematic universe. If that were the IMDb page of an actor, you would think they were on their way to the big time. But the CV in question belongs …

Captain America

prostheticknowledge:GOLEM x APOLLOOngoing project from BK I involves projection mapping onto Classical Greek busts, bringing them to…

<b>GOLEM x APOLLO</b><p>Ongoing project from BK I involves projection mapping onto Classical Greek busts, bringing them to life:<p>Here is a behind the scenes look at how it is put together:<p>Golem is an installation using antique sculpture and video to create the uncanny feelings.<p>Instilling the living and the human in the non-human, this work questions the deception of the virtualized image of the living and our empathy for a picture of the reconstructed body, in short the sensitive border between virtual …

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The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

Economics

Shia LaBeouf collaborator: I don’t think you need a sign saying ‘Don’t murder the artist’

Shia LaBeouf’s shock revelation last week that he was whipped, stripped and raped by a woman in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day has become one of the most talked-about celebrity stories of the year. The confession was all the more extraordinary for the seemingly bizarre circumstances of the alleged …

Watch: Is Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' a Metaphor for Filmmaking?

Was it all a dream? Or was it actually a multi-layered, complicated love letter to surrealist film?<p><i>Inception</i> is just one of those movies that is fun …

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink

Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?<p>Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

John Cusack: ‘Hollywood is a whorehouse and people go mad’

A couple of summers ago, John Cusack was at a baseball game, watching the Chicago White Sox play.<p>“In the next box over there was a gorgeous girl – young, but she was looking right at me,” he says. I went to go to the bathroom and I saw her get up. I thought: ‘Ohhhh … she’s going to come and meet me …

MorpHex transforming robot is more than meets the eye

A rolling orb robot transforms into a walking hexapod, complete with flashing LEDs.<p>Now this is one cool toy. It's called the MorpHex MKIII, and it's the third generation of a robot designed and created by Norwegian hobbyist Kåre Halvorsen, aka Zenta, a father of three who builds robots in his spare …

Robotics

Hercules Has Gotten Way More Relatable — And Less Queer — In The Past 2,700 Years

Mainstream contemporary culture isn't into the idea of a masculine hero being a cold-blooded murderer or having a young male lover. Weird, right?<p>The new <i>Hercules</i> apparently wants its masculine hero to be eminently relatable. "I only want to be a husband and a father," he says. "I am no hero," this …

Ancient History

Editorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's crown, albeit from 1994

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered …

Inventions

Kindle Unlimited: it's the end of losing yourself in a good book

Once upon a time, 12 years ago to be precise, David Bowie said something very perceptive. "Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity," he told a <i>New York Times</i> reporter. "So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen …

Don’t Turn Out The Light – Is David Fincher still afraid of the dark?

<i>Martin Carr on the work of David Fincher…</i><p><i>‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’</i> (Empire Magazine)<p><i>‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own,</i> …

A close look at Michael Bay's explosive visual style

We all know that "epic" Michael Bay look and feel with lots of hugely impressive imagery. But how does the director achieve this? Perceptive film blogger Tony Zhou has put together another wonderfully intelligent and comprehensible breakdown, this time focusing on Bay's style — often called …

Why "Seinfeld" Is The Most Villainous Sitcom In Human History

"Deep satire is a collision sport."<p><i>The following essay is an excerpt from Chuck Klosterman's</i> I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)<i>, out now in paperback.</i><p>There's a passage in the documentary <i>The Pervert's Guide to Ideology</i> where dialectic Marxist superstar Slavoj Žižek …

Comedy

Doubling Down on Disappointment: Pacific Rim 2

<i>Anghus Houvouras on Legendary Pictures’ decision to double down on Pacific Rim 2…</i><p>$400 million. That’s the line. The threshold your movie has to cross …

The sag of the erotic thriller: can film ever take sex seriously again?

"What keeps them in their seats even after they've come? The beauty and the acting. They'll squirt their load and sit in it – just to see how the story ends."<p>So proposed Burt Reynolds in Boogie Nights, as the blue-movie maker with big ideas. But what about making you – the respectable punter – stay …

H.R. Giger's sexy polaroids are just as twisted as you'd hope

For the man who gave life to the <i>Alien</i> franchise's xenomorphs, sex and horror were always entwined. Culture magazine <i>032c</i> writes about <i>H.R. Giger: Polaroids</i>, a catalog of previously unpublished photographs taken from the late Swiss virtuoso's personal archives. It contains women using Xenomorph skulls …

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Tell Me, What's the Purpose of Film Critics?

<i>Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…</i><p>Already a comment on critics, author Tom Shone (writer of the brilliant book <b>Blockbuster: How the Jaws and</b> …

Look how damn cool and modern this 60s multimedia box set is

Look how damn cool and modern this 60s multimedia box set is.<p>Aspen Magazine, 1965-1971. The cult magazine of the Sixties. New York. Via pbagalleries. Docu of the complete edition here.<p>Aspen was the first three-dimensional magazine. “In calling it a ‘magazine,’ we are harking back to the original meaning of the word as ‘a storehouse, a cache, a ship laden with stores.” Under the leadership of Phyllis Johnson it was loaded with flexi vinyls, a Super 8 film, books, posters, cards and more. Each …

How Scarlett Johansson helped me challenge disfigurement stigma

Adam Pearson was born with a condition that causes tumours to grow on his face. But acting with Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin is changing the way people look at him<p>Adam Pearson is used to people noticing him. A few weeks ago, he was in a DVD shop near his home in Croydon, south London, and a …

Emptiness is the dark heart of 'Seinfeld'

New York City has never felt so desolate<p>There's no doubt that a dark current ran through <i>Seinfeld,</i> one of the funniest and most successful sitcoms of all time. The soundtrack and antics of Kramer and George gave it a lighthearted face, and many of the plot points were entirely absurd — but at its …

Picasso and Seven Lessons for Filmmakers and Screenwriters

Picasso had an amazing life. It shows that being true to your vision doesn’t mean sacrificing success. He took a profound risk in his art, and it …

Pablo Picasso

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The 20 Most Stylish Men of Old Hollywood

<b>Icon.</b> It's a word that's tossed around like pollen on a spring day, spoken without a care and landing just as aimlessly on whatever happens to be in the line of fire. Yet, what is it that truly makes an icon? Today you'd be hard-pressed to find many men that are truly worthy of the title, but there …

Men's Fashion

Miso Ramen With Crispy Pork and Burnt Garlic-Sesame Oil Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients3 pounds pig trotters, split lengthwise or cut crosswise into 1-inch disks (as your butcher to do this for you)2 pounds …