Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Of birds and tats

Larry Bird really doesn't like that mural of him which featured the three-time NBA MVP in a blue Indiana State jersey with tattoos all over his body. "The Great White Hope" is now trying to get it altered, and had his reps reach out to graffiti and street artist Jules Muck to do so.

As WISH reports, soon after Jules completed the piece, she was contacted by Larry's lawyer asking her to do something about it, "citing unauthorized promotional value to her brand" and to the six trademarks owned by the 62-year-old former Celtics star.

Larry's issue with the artwork was the tarnishing of his image and his 'brand' by affixing tats to his face, arms and neck. Jules meanwhile, said she never intended to offend the basketball legend. The image that inspired the mural came from the November 1977 Sports Illustrated cover story in which Larry was referred to as "College Basketball's Secret Weapon."

Seven decades of Walter Chandoha's feline pals

The Internet has always been a great place to find delightful and amazing pictures of cats. Pros and amateurs alike snap and post gazillion images of these furry creatures. But long before kitties ruled both Facebook and Instagran there was Walter Chandoha.

The prolific photographer, who passed away this year at the age of 98, had amassed an archive of about 230,000 photos, his daughter Fernanda estimates, of which 90,000 were of his feline friends. Now these images are gathered together in the new book Cats. Photographs 1942–2018.

As the 296-page hardback explains, Walter's career started in 1949 when he noticed a stray kitten in the snow. He took it home and turned his lens on his new pet. He really liked the results, began photographing cats from a local shelter, thereby kickstarting a remarkable career that would span 70 years.

The images here are excerpted from Walter's book, now available from Taschen. Thanks to Astrid for the tip.

You can now get an MBA in medical marijuana

Time was when joints, blunts, and spliffs were something college kids smoked secretly on campus. Now they can get a Master of Business Administration in cannabis.

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia now offers students the chance to enroll in an MBA program focusing on legal weed. The new course, which the school says is a first of its kind, "will be available to students as an extension of the specialized MBA in pharmaceutical and health care business. Four elective courses will examine the regulatory, finance, marketing and sales aspects of the cannabis industry."

There are other schools with marijuana-centric curriculums around the United States. However, none of those tracks delve into the business side at the graduate level.

If you're interested in learning more about the program, you can visit the UScience's website here.

Synthetic nature is everywhere

The New Korean Garden reminds me of Thneedville, a city, they say, that was plastic and fake, and they liked it that way.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

John Rambo’s age hasn't changed his grit one bit

Sylvester Stallone is still Sylvester Stallone, 37 years after the first Rambo movie. There’s so much gunfire and gasoline, you suspect that when you breathe the air will combust. And of course, it wouldn't be a Rambo flick if the 73-year-old action star didn't wield a bow and arrow at some point, like he does here. Check out the trailer below and marvel at the ways in which Sly’s form has stayed miraculously frozen in time.

No two bottles are alike

As the weather heats up, we find ourselves desperately wanting for things that keep us cool. You can go for a swim, turn to your AC for deliverance or sip an ice cold cola.

Here’s one for the avid Diet Coke fans thanks to the design wizardry of CMA. The “It’s Mine” campaign uses HP Indigo printing technology which can create millions of unique label variations from a single piece of original art. The outcome: like the fans of the famous sugar-free beverage, no two bottles or cans are the same.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Details from lucid dreams

If Audrey Stommes' paintings came alive and transformed into celebrities, they would be Alicia Vikander or Cara Delevingne — confident, perky, and unabashedly luxe. The Minnesota-based artist has a knack for blending ink and acrylic paint in striking combinations to create abstract human forms with an exciting curiosity surging through them. Her pieces brim with courage and exhibit the inherent freedom of her subconscious. Sometimes I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but it still fascinates me.