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We bring you the chic and unique, the best and most bizarre shopping offers both online and offline. We offer you tips on where to buy, and some of the less mainstream and crazy, individual and offbeat items on the internet. Anything that can be bought and sold can be featured here. And we love showcasing the best and worst art and design.

Der Ewige Chicken: The Sun’s Pizza Express Expose Is Another Blow For The Modern Nazi

DID you know the chicken on Pizza Express salads and pizzas is halal? You did? The Sun didn’t. But it just found out:

 

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The facts come thicker than the Polish waitress’s Caesar dressing:

–   All chicken killed in line with Islamic law
— No mention of it on restaurant’s menus
— Staff will only tell customers if they ask

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Would You Join The Mile High Club If Your Parents Were On The Same Plane? She Did

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BEING in the mile high club (for those who don’t know if means you’ve shagged in a plane more than a mile up in the air) isn’t all that much of a distinction these days. Hell, even middle aged hacks have sometimes managed it. But quite how you manage it does offer the possibility of distinction.

Nipping into the loo with a current lover qualifies but it doesn’t quite rise to the glory of actually picking up a stranger on the plane and managing it.

But then there’s the creepy versions of it:

A British woman in her 20s was arrested after losing her temper with cabin crew who caught her locked in an aeroplane toilet with a man she had just met.

The apparently drunk tourist is said to have been handcuffed to a chair by flight attendants – to the horror of her parents, who were travelling with her.

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist Jenni Sparks Creates Wodnerful Hand Drawn Map Of London

ARTIST Jenni Sparks and Evermade have hand drawn map of London:

This hand drawn map of London meticulously highlights the London boroughs and neighbourhoods complete with the quirky in-the-know hallmarks and landmarks that make the city so unique.

London by hand

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Posted: 6th, May 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Abominable Dolls: 13 Superbly Crazy Action Figures

A WHILE back, we brought you a list of action figure disappointments which featured the likes of a Love Boat and Grizzly Adams doll.  However, there’s a bunch more that didn’t make the list, but desperately need to be shared.  Plus, there are many that don’t necessarily fit into the “disappointment” category, but are nevertheless interesting and/or wildly insane.  So, here are 13 additional dolls and figures.  Enjoy.

 

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My only complaint about the O.J. Simpson doll is that the gloves that come with it don’t fit. (insert laughter) Bruno Magli shoes and white Ford Bronco sold separately.

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Posted: 5th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin On Nazis, Borrowing Shakespeare And His Moral Code

 

Author George R.R. Martin appears at a book signing for "A Dance with Dragons" at Barnes & Noble in New York, Thursday, July 14, 2011. HBO's "Game of Thrones," based on RR Martin's epic fantasy novels, was nominated for an Emmy for best drama series on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) Ref #: PA.11200264  Date: 14/07/2011

Author George R.R. Martin appears at a book signing for “A Dance with Dragons” at Barnes & Noble in New York, Thursday, July 14, 2011. HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on RR Martin’s epic fantasy novels, was nominated for an Emmy for best drama series on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

 

GAME of Thrones author George RR Martin has been talking to Rolling Stone:

“Ideas are cheap. I have more ideas now than I could ever write up. To my mind it’s the execution that is all-important. I’m proud of my work, but I don’t know if I’d ever claim it’s enormously original. You look at Shakespeare, who borrowed all of his plots. In A Song of Ice and Fire I take stuff from the Wars of the Roses and other fantasy things, and all these things work around in my head and somehow gel into what I hope is uniquely my own. I don’t know where it comes from, yet it comes — it’s always come.

“If I was a religious guy I’d say it’s a gift from God, but I’m not, so I can’t say that.”

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Books | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Shining Fashion Collection: You Can Wear The Carpet From Relive Kubrick’s Masterpiece

 

DID you look at the carpet in Stanley Kubrick’s haunting version of The Shining and think ‘Where can you buy that?” Well, now you can.  The MONDO 237 Collection features the floor covering from room 237 as a sweater, cardigan, 6′ scarf, ski mask and two different sized floor rugs.

Buy the sweater and get limited edition die-cut room 237 keys.

 

the shining skimask

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Posted: 3rd, May 2014 | In: Film, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Legal Highs: Sniffing Rexona Deodorant To Get Wasted

rexonaTHIS week in imaginative ways to get a legal buzz, we journey to Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory, where the cool kids are inhaling Rexona deodorants.

Supermarkets in the area have taken to placing Rexona aerosol deodorants behind the cashier’s desk, along with cigarettes and scratch cards. This should ensure that sales of cheap wine and lip balms rocket.

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Posted: 3rd, May 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Al Feldstein, 1925–2014: The Great Editor Of MAD Magazine

RIP L Feldstein: editor of the once great MAD magazine.

 

 In this 1972 file photo, "Mad" magazine Editor Al Feldstein, center, sits with Art Director John Putnam, left, and a freelancer named Jack, at the magazine's New York headquarters. Feldstein, whose 28 years at the helm of Mad transformed the satirical magazine into a pop culture institution, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was 88. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)

In this 1972 file photo, “Mad” magazine Editor Al Feldstein, center, sits with Art Director John Putnam, left, and a freelancer named Jack, at the magazine’s New York headquarters. Feldstein, whose 28 years at the helm of Mad transformed the satirical magazine into a pop culture institution, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. He was 88. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)

 

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Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: Books, Flashback | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


From 1968 And 1970 Visitors To Margate And Girvan Took A Trip Through Keith Albarn’s Fun Houses

IN 1968, the Funland theme park in Margate, Kent, introduced a new attraction.

Created by Keith Albarn, The Spectrum presented psychedelic rooms, each space presenting intrigued youth with an adventure and a challenge. Rooms features “Ekistikit” – a GRP modular building and furniture system.

This was not infertile ground for sensory experimentation. Margate is a seaside town had a reputation for artistic endeavour:

 

Lucy, the 88-year-old elephant who is a city landmark, will be restored and converted into a children's library, if Margate residents get their way in Margate, New Jersey on Jan. 23, 1970. The Save Lucy Committee is in the throes of a campaign to raise money to move Lucy onto city property from the privately-owned site which is up for sale, and then beautify her. Lucy dwarfs admirer Stacey Kroger, 5. (AP Photo)

Lucy, the 88-year-old elephant who is a city landmark, will be restored and converted into a children’s library, if Margate residents get their way in Margate, New Jersey on Jan. 23, 1970. The Save Lucy Committee is in the throes of a campaign to raise money to move Lucy onto city property from the privately-owned site which is up for sale, and then beautify her. Lucy dwarfs admirer Stacey Kroger, 5. (AP Photo)

 

 

Pathe News was there to showcase Albarn’s mental adventure:

 

 

Albarn did not stop there. As he tells us, he got better. In Girvan, a seaside town in Carrick, South Ayrshire, he created the Fifth Dimension, another psychedelic, fibreglass fun house.

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Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


DIY English Fashions Of The Mid 20th Century

JAMES Lileks has looked beyond the shards of lard and war-effort carrot stuck between our grey teeth to DIY British fashions of the mid 20th Century.

We kick off with…

 

Lovely bird – drove the lads down at the Enigma labs just mad, except for that chilly Turing fellow – but there doesn’t seem to be enough of her. The more you look at her, the more she looks like a doll that’s been put together from different parts, half of which were attached backwards. But it’s a nice jumper.

 

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When in Brighton, give her a call; tell her Pinky sent you.

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Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anyone Sending Goods To North Korea Needs To Fill In This Paranoid Customs Form

ANYONE seeking to send supplies to North Korea, needs to fill in this customs form:

 

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Spotter: Tamerlane’s Thoughts

Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1962-1977: The Wonderful Designs Of Sainsbury’s Own-Label Groceries

IN the 1960s, Sainsbury’s began selling own-label groceries. The packaging was marvellous:

Like these cornflakes from 1968.

 

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And these Ritz crackers:

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You can find out more in the book Own Label: Sainsbury’s Design Studio, 1962-1977:

In 1962, when Peter Dixon joined the Sainsburys Design Studio, a remarkable revolution in packaging design began. The supermarket was developing its distinctive range of Own Label products, and Dixons designs for the line were revolutionary: simple, stripped down, creative, and completely different from what had gone before. Their striking modernity pushed the boundaries, reflecting a period full of optimism. They also helped to build Sainsburys into a brand giant, the first real Super market of the time. This book examines and celebrates this paradigm shift, which redefined packaging design, and led to the creation of some of the most original packaging ever seen. Produced in collaboration with the Sainsbury family and The Sainsbury Archive, the book reveals an astonishing and exhaustive body of work. A unique insight into what and how we ate, the packaging is presented using both scanned original flat packets and photographic records made at the time by the design team. An essential book for graphic designers and those interested in the culture of consumerism, these designs remain fresh and relevant today. This feast of nostalgia taps into the fond memories of a generation brought up on these beautifully packaged goods.

 

Lard, ginger beer and wonderful pale ale (ask grandpa), via TrunkRecords:

 

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ginger beer

 

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Peas And Carrots 1970

Peas And Carrots 1970

 

 

The Creative Review noted Doxon’s vision:

“If you have a big batch of red labels one side and a big batch of green labels the other, then it’s best to design a white label with stark typography, which would then stand out from the other brands,” says Dixon of his approach to making sure shoppers noticed the own label goods on the shelves of its newly-opened ‘supermarkets’.

 

 

Broken eggs packaging, 1965

Broken eggs packaging, 1965

Biscuit assortment, 1967

Biscuit assortment, 1967

 

Bitter Lemon via LukeHoney:

 

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Egg packaging, 1964

Egg packaging, 1964

Sainsbury's Own Label Cola label, 1966

Sainsbury’s Own Label Cola label, 1966

Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Wonderful London Review of Books Personal Ads, Curated By David Rose

The Book Lover — Frantisek Kupka

The Book Lover — Frantisek Kupka

 

DAVID Rose created a ‘love sought’ section for the London Review of Books. Rose was the organ’s advertising director when he developed the personals section in 1998. Lovelorn literary types wrote in. The very first classified ad went:

“Disaffiliated flâneur, jacked-up on Viagra and on the look-out for a contortionist trumpeter.”

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Books | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pages of Polyester: The Sears 1974 Catalog

FROM the women’s fashion section of the 1974 Fall-Winter Sears Catalog, here are 35 pages of earth-toned acrylics, skin-tight polyester, and knitted creations that should have never seen the light of day.  Seventies fashions are fun to behold because they could be so frighteningly terrible; however, if you can resist the easy temptation to scoff at 70s styles and view them with an open mind, some are actually quite brilliant.  Today’s everyday styles can be so tired and unremarkable – it’s refreshing to see something bold and unique.  Come take a look….

 

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A black and orange striped sweater-vest over a tight olive green turtleneck sweater…. can somebody explain how this happened?  The simple answer is widespread recreational drug use, but I’m open to other theories.

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1943: Bizarre American Locomotive Company Advert

IN 1943, The American Locomotive Company published this advert:

 

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

IN the 1950s, Lucky Tiger would seduce the girls. If you got really lucky, you could mount their heads.

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic Adverts: ‘Tolerant Lesbian Mona (w), 31 Searches For A Shared Apartment In Berlin’

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THIS is great. Mona “(w), 31 searches in shared apartment in Berlin Friedrichshain”.

Tolerant Lesbian tolerant you

Min Room Size: 20m ² Max Rent: € 5

I, 31, am a good-natured open leftist* and openly feminist student of history (HU) and am searching a cosmopolitan and anti-capitalistic apartment to share with others in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg. You need to be open minded when it comes to other lifestyle models and tolerance should be among your top values. Moreover it would be super if there was already a washing machine that I could also use in the apartment.

I don’t like aggressions and power games, and so I’m searching for an apartment that is 100% shared by women who are active against terror, war, racial madness, fascism, chauvinism and US cultural imperialism. I am myself a vegan and think that long-term living together makes sense when absolutely no animal-based products find a place in my apartment.

In general I am easy to get along with, but must also be able to say where the limits are and when I don’t want to see anyone. For me this is part of an honest cohabitation. In the past unfortunately I often have had to make the experience of putting up with people who stayed around even when I asked them to (temporarily) leave the apartment.

In return for a room (20-30 sqm) I offer work in the household, repairs and discussions (also therapeutic). Money is the lever of the powerful with which I cannot identify with. But because I respect other views, I would be willing to contribute to WLAN and electricity (even it belongs to the fundamental needs of a person and thus MUST be provided free of charge.)

I’m looking forward to the “casting”.

Mona

*Anarcho-syndicalism (but do not always agree with the International Workers Association)”

Mona is willing to pay is 5 euros.

Spotter: here, via NoTrickZone, Viz for the picture

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tomes Of Shame: Awful Nonfiction From The 1970s

THE sad truth is, nonfiction garbage is hard to come by.  Libraries regularly cull their shelves, ridding the world of their outdated and tacky tomes.  Plus, how many people are going to display any one of these books in their home library and endure the subsequent deep and abiding shame?  Not many.  So, they end up on the trash heap, gone forever…. That is, until someone like me resurrects them (at least their covers) for your viewing enjoyment.  You’re welcome. 

 

1972 TFH Book - Dog Horoscopes

Dog Horoscopes (1972)

 

Your Horoscope for Today:  With Venus moving into gentle Pisces this week, you will feel a distinct urge to dry hump human legs.  You may even decide to accept a friend’s invitation to smell his/her anus.  The afternoon and evening brings the possibility of lots of indoor pooping. 

 

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How To Heal The Sick, Cast Out Devils And Still Go To Hell by R. W. Schambach (1976)

 

This book is fine, but I’m more interested in the companion volume: How To Live Selfishly, Enjoy Pornography, And Still Go To Heaven.

 

Enduring Poles by Natsolim (1977)

Enduring Poles by Natsolim (1977)

 

Finally, a guide to enduring those insufferable Polish people.

 

Subliminal Seduction by Wilson Bryan Key (1974)

Subliminal Seduction by Wilson Bryan Key (1974)

 

“Are you being sexually aroused by this picture?”

If your answer is “yes”, I think it owes more to your debilitating alcohol addiction than any advertising trickery.  Is this orange rind supposed to remind me of a flaccid and dismembered sex organ?  If so, then I am most definitely not aroused…. nor will I be for quite some time thanks to this.

 

More Lives Than One? by Jeffrey Iverson (1977)

More Lives Than One? by Jeffrey Iverson (1977)

 

In every life this woman was prone to staring blankly upward.  Nutty theories like this were rampant in the 1970s, here’s another…

 

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Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft by Al Manning (1972)

 

Among the many promises offered on the back:

How to use rituals and spells to attract money and prosperity!
How to use rituals and spells to attract and hold a lover!
How to ward off the Evil Eye and protect yourself against Secret Psychic Attack!

It says that the author was an accountant before he flaked out.  Personally, it’s hard for me to take a witch or warlock seriously with those kinds of credentials.

“Morgan La Fey, Enchantress, Tax Professional and Financial Advisor” just doesn’t work.  Neither does “Angmar the Witch King, C.P.A.”

 

Creative Firing by Chester Burger (1974)

Creative Firing by Chester Burger (1974)

 

In which we learn how to fire people via poetry or haiku.  Especially interesting is the chapter on creating beautiful watercolor paintings of nature scenes… all signed “you’re fired”, of course.

 

It Hurts So Bad, Lord! by Andrew D. Lester (1976)

It Hurts So Bad, Lord! by Andrew D. Lester (1976)

 

Yeesh.  This is just awkward.  Let’s move on…

 

Sex Therapist: My Story by Amanda Stewart  (1975)

Sex Therapist: My Story by Amanda Stewart (1975)

 

“Are the new sex therapists part of the legitimate medical community – or are they prostitutes?”

What in the ever lovin’ f**k?  Was this really a question?  I can understand if there was a healthy skepticism about this new profession; however, it seems a stretch to speculate that it entailed having sex for money. (But if it is true, I hope it’s not too late for me to make a drastic career change.)

 

Ripley's Believe It Or Not 19th Series (1972)

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not 19th Series (1972)

 

“Is she the bearded lady, or is she part porcupine, or what? [see back cover]”

Ummm.… why in the name of all this holy would you ever think she is the bearded lady?  For the curious, the back cover reads:

  “What she has on her face are ordinary toothpicks broken in half; for some reason, a light touch makes them cling.  Believe it… or Not!”

 

How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell (1977)

How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell (1977)

 

We know you’ve been faking it for a long time.  Now, it’s time to learn how to really love that brat.  And once you’ve figured that out, it’s on to that spouse of yours…

 

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How To Live With A Neurotic Wife by Stephen Baker (1970)

 

Well, it certainly makes things a lot easier if your wife happens to be a stone cold fox…

 

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The back cover reads “The author and his (non-neurotic) wife.”

First of all, Stephen Baker obviously used Al Manning’s White Witchcraft to make this happen (there can be on other explanation).  Second, I’m not thrilled with his cocky grin.  We know you did well for yourself, Stephen.  No need to gloat.

Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Matchbox Cars Were Made For Her Majesty The Queen In 1965

A rare blue Matchbox No.34 Volkswagen van with black wheel's, valued between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds, ($12,300-$14,000/8,700-10,000 euro), which is one of the collection of matchbox cars owned by American collector Dr Scott D Gillogly at Vectis Auctioneers in Thornaby, England Thursday Sept 11, 2008. The collection, which is valued at 570,000 pounds ($1 million/711,000 euro), is on display ahead of the auction to be held on September 16 and 17, (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

A rare blue Matchbox No.34 Volkswagen van with black wheel’s, valued between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds

 

IN1965, Matchbox toys were die-cast objects of delight, produced by LESley Smith and RodNEY SMith’s Lesney Products & Co. Ltd.

 

*Scanned low-res from print, high-res available on request* Queen Elizabeth II watches as miniature models are spread on a conveyor belt during her visit to the makers of the "Matchbox" models series - Lesney Products and Company Ltd - at Hackney Wick, London. Ref #: PA.13433485  Date: 12/11/1969

Queen Elizabeth II watches as miniature models are spread on a conveyor belt during her visit to the makers of the “Matchbox” models series – Lesney Products and Company Ltd – at Hackney Wick, London. Date: 12/11/1969

 

This video show us how they were made:

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Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tony Blair Was Framed: George Bush’s Art Become Bootleg Merchandise

GEORGE W. Bush’s paintings have been adapted to feature on pillows, bags, throws and clocks. Bush’s collection – “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” –  features the faces of his dad, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Hamid Karzai.

 

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Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Politicians, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Inside Scarfolk: An Interview With The Mayor Of Dystopia UK, Richard Littler

 Children and hallucinogens

 

IF you’ve visited Richard Littler’s Scarfolk, you will have come away with a feeling of how life was in mid-20th Century Britain. Scarfolk is a dystopian town in the North-West of England gripped by fear of witches, children, babies and salad.

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Artist Milo Moiré Use Her Vagina To Give Birth To A Picture

Milo Moire creates Plop Egg painting Art Cologne 2014

 

WANT to see Swiss artist Milo Moiré give birth to a painting? No. She’s not got one rolled up inside her vagina. And it’s not certainly not framed. Nothing so conventional for Milo.

Milo uses ink and acrylic filled eggs to create the “compressed birth of a piece of art.” She stuffs the ink balls up her vagina and squirts them out. There are women in Bangkok who use brushes to produce passable forgeries of the Haywain. They might think Milo’s work no big deal. But Milo is white, naked and likes the big portrait, much as Rolf Harris used to. Her work matters.

Lest you think this simple exhibitionism – remember, she’s naked (ink stains clothes, dude) – Milo is here to tell us that it is all deeply layered in meaning. It is deeply serious.

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Mesut Ozil Is Remade As A Chocolate Egg

GARY Lineker flogs fatty food crisps to sports fans. And in Germany, the budding sport stars can tuck into World Cup 2014 Kinder Surprise eggs, such as this one featuring Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

This is his face on the Kinder Überraschung.

 

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This is what you get inside:

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0