Archive for the ‘Gifts’ Category

Bear necessities

January 24, 2010

Kent Rogowski has created a series of portraits of ordinary teddy bears, but unusually each Bear has been turned inside out and restuffed.

Kent reckons “Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.”

More bear stuff here.

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Long live VHS

November 27, 2009

In the 1980s VHS technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and video onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote the films in towns, artists were hired to paint large posters (usually on canvas flour sacks). The artists often had never seen the film in question and had total creative freedom to design and paint whatever they thought worked as promotional material. Often leading to more interesting concepts than the films themselves.

Sadly,  the “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to television; and as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting artwork produced by photocopying the original poster. Boo.

But now most of the posters are featured in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana . Yay.

Bra scrappage scheme

October 27, 2009

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Following in the successful footsteps of the motor industry, Je m’ Appelle Nikki a lingerie store based in The Amsterdam, has decided to launch their own version of the car scrappage scheme. The Bra scrappage scheme encourages customers to bring in their thread bare faded bra’s and get €7.50 off a new one. Genius here.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No….it’s a car

August 10, 2009

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Be the envy of all your fellow commuters with the world’s first legal (yes legal) flying car.  Never get stuck in another jam on the way to the work with this scary machine. Apparently all you need to do to enjoy the freedom of the skies is fold out the wings and take-off (oh and a 3oo foot clear runway). There may be trouble ahead me thinks.

Flying fun here.

Gay Bob

June 8, 2009

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Are you struggling to find that special present for the slightly camp birthday boy you know? Well Gay Bob could be he answer. He’s 13 inches tall, has tight jeans, cowboy boots and an earring. He’s for sale here.  Genius.

This pen is crap

April 16, 2009

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From the same people that brought you Poop soap. We now have Poo Pen. Clearly these people have go too much of a fascination with the brown stuff. Next time you want to give someone a “shit” present, look no further. More poo stuff here.

Alien v Predator

April 15, 2009

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I want one. Available here.

I see you baby shaking that ass

March 17, 2009

I love the the fact that the guy selling it, thinks you will sit at your desk shaking all over the place. How would you use your mouse, type or drink tea or coffee?

Genius.

Thanks Jeff for the link.

Lost and found

December 15, 2008

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 ‘Lost and Found’, is  a short film based on the short story of the same name by the wonderfully talented illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Oliver is an incredibly gifted artist and storyteller, who makes children’s books that have real wit and charm, and none of this has been lost in the 3d animated route. Which can only mean hats off to studio aka. And what’s more the great  thing is we all get a chance to watch it on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve and boxing day.

So make some mulled wine, light a fire and sit down in front of ‘Lost and Found’ and have your heart well and truly warmed.

www.studioaka.co.uk

Burnt toast

November 23, 2008

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I love toast, but I’m not sure why I’d want to use one as a bandage. I suppose if you burn yourself while making toast and need a bandage you could giggle at the irony. The sales pitch “Toast is much more than just a side order. Put one of these Toast Bandages on any minor wound to experience for yourself the incredible healing power of toast” Eh? If you’re still interested. Buy them here.