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The Air Between Your Words: a new live A/V Show from electronic artist Martyn

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By Danna Takako in Video on Friday 8 March 2013

More often than not, a “live” electronic show translates into a lifeless DJ playing Ableton off a laptop. It doesn’t seem like the best fit for music that’s so visceral and emotive. Martyn - an electronic musician based in the “sleepy DC suburbs” - found a way to visualize the music he’s created for his forthcoming album. He teamed […]

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87 year old Iranian painter Ali Dowlatshahi

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By Danna Takako in New Art on Wednesday 21 December 2011

I was lucky enough to cross paths with the legendary Ali Dowlatshahi through a writing project last year. Entering the Iran-born artist’s home studio in Stamford felt a bit like uncovering a treasure that you want to share with the world, as much as you’d like to keep it for yourself.

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Artist Aerosyn-Lex’s famous Playboy Feature (NSFW)

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By Danna Takako in New Art on Saturday 22 October 2011

Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is one of few artists that truly keep the old New York spirit of reinvention alive. I’m always hit with Lex’s wild style through the visual direction of our art/music record label Earnest Endeavours. But at any given moment, Lex might be coming out of a Jeff Koons group exhibition, or I’ll read about a benefit tee he designed for Urban Youth NYC.

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Swedish songwriter Kissey: new single Cry

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By Danna Takako in New Music on Saturday 22 October 2011

Last spring, I was so taken by Kissey’s melancholic vocal take of Creep, I contacted her to find out more. As fate would have it, the Swedish vocalist/songwriter was crafting her new album in Manhattan, 10 blocks away from my apartment at the time.

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Creative Grooming: transformational poodle art

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By Danna Takako in Cool Websites on Saturday 22 October 2011

With everyone living as their exhibitionist third self on social media sites and blogs these days, the internet is becoming a little too self-aware and image-conscious for my liking. Sandra Hartness’ Creative Grooming site comes to the rescue: a showcase of her transformational poodle art. Vibrant proof of how amazingly and unabashedly weird the world still is.

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Artful handmade leather bow ties by EMJ

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By Danna Takako in New Fashion on Saturday 22 October 2011

The Art of EMJ bow ties are a modern solution to help men get fresh, merging an iconic design with a sense of the streets. On top of designing the first leather bow tie, Chicago/New York-based artist Eric M Jenkins makes each one-of-its-kind bow by hand, adorning them with luxury: snakeskin, leopard print, rhinestones, and […]

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Mr Frivolous

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By Danna Takako in New Illustration on Saturday 22 October 2011

I love Mr Frivolous’ illustrations because no one could make them but him (impostors take note). His work is such an extension of his personality, he may as well be sitting next to you. Beautiful, stylistic felt-tip illustrations are filled with bright colors, doodles, hilarious quips and self-deprecative notes-to-self.

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