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Brooklyn band Life in a Blender

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By Ben Jensen in New Music on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Singer Don Rauf and his longtime Brooklyn-based band, Life in a Blender have clever lyrics with rockin’ melodies. Catchy tunes with wit and winks.

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Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems

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By Ben Jensen in Cool Websites on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Token Entry is a collection of more than 80 poets with their takes on the New York subway experience. It includes poems by literary greats like Langston Hughes and works by contemporary and lesser known New York writers. Short films are being made for several of these poems.

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Benjamin Jensen’s surrealist pop art collages

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By Ben Jensen in New Art on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Inspired by a summer of love in San Francisco, 1960′s space travel, psychedelic revelry and nightmare, music festivals and war, places in dreams, peace, love and nostalgic hauntings. I mix elements of surrealism and pop art in a collage effect. Random characters and inanimate objects inhabit the same space and colours and patterns vie for attention within the composition.

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Ward Sutton: witty political cartoons

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By Ben Jensen in New Illustration on Monday 3 December 2012

Fellow New Yorker and artist Ward Sutton has for quite some time been one of the funniest political cartoonists around. Check out Romneypalooza, in particular, printed recently in the Boston Globe.

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Gunsmoke and Lavender: dark glam rocker fashion

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By Ben Jensen in New Fashion on Friday 16 November 2012

Gunsmoke and Lavender started in 2010 by Jo Hawtree is a menswear fashion brand. Initially it was the detailed animal, floral and skeletal illustrations on the T-shirts that grabbed me. But beyond those you’ll find the one off and small collections put a contemporary edge on men’s tailoring with a dark glam rock feel.

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Hooded Fang: 60s inspired garage rock nostalgia

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By Ben Jensen in New Music on Friday 16 November 2012

Hooded Fang are one the few new bands I’ve come across this year that really made me sit up and listen. Their second album, Tosta Mista, echoes with jangley 1960′s guitars, and the watery surf sound of that era and the vocals with a sleepy sense of optimism seem to ride the breeze and pace of the songs. But amongst this sense of 60′s garage nostalgia, they’ve got something fresh and contemporary going on too.

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Jimbob Art: funky hand drawn ceramics and illustrations

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By Ben Jensen in New Design on Friday 16 November 2012

Jimbob Art is an illustrator who’s been making a name for himself with his rabble of quirky idiosyncratic animal characters carefully hand painted on to all sorts of ceramics. Whether it’s a badger in pants or a wrestling bear these characters have fun and a bit of attitude. Jimbob Art has also just opened up a brand new real life studio shop in East London too.

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Mike Hall: illustrated maps of London

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By Ben Jensen in New Illustration on Thursday 15 November 2012

If you’re lost in London, this guy might just be able to help you. Mike Hall is an illustrator specialising in making maps of the London boroughs. Exquisitely hand-drawn, they are beautifully coloured and each is presented with its own distinctive decorations specific to that particular area.

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The Suckstore: waisting your money with humour

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By Ben Jensen in New Products on Thursday 15 November 2012

Growing up with action figures like Turtles, Wrestling, He-Man and Starwars, I came across Suckadelic Inc and was intrigued by the concept. Totally DIY, The Sucklord makes his own parodies and weird mutant hybrid toys along with the packaging. This super villain is really carving his own path.

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Kristjana: Icelandic design in vivid colour

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By Ben Jensen in New Design on Thursday 15 November 2012

Kristjana is an Icelandic designer who produces vivid giclee prints, wallpapers and silk scarves using Victorian engravings and manipulating them using photoshop. She blends this elegance of the old illustrations with bold colours and new ethereal layouts. The engravings take on a new life wrapped around animals or woven into ancient maps.

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Paintings by professional wrestler Jeff Hardy

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By Ben Jensen in Video on Tuesday 13 November 2012

I heard an account once which said Picasso was inspired by wrestling on TV and would watch and make notes to weave in to his art practice. Well here’s a professional wrestler making works of art. Jeff Hardy paints large canvasses in a cubist type way by abstracting portraits to create these other worldly beings […]

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