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Community: a redesigned vintage shop

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Fashion on Saturday 8 December 2012

Many people aren’t aware of the enormous stress our clothing choices place on the Earth: from pesticides and chemical dyes to child labor and landfill space, the true casualties of the fashion industry don’t make it into many magazines. Earth advocacy groups implore us to purchase as many articles as needed to cover the 68 pounds of clothing each American will throw away each year from second-hand sources. No surprise then that visionaries like the folks at Community have found a way to make that hot: redesigned vintage.

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New art by Kim Deakins

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Saturday 8 December 2012

I fell in love with Kim Deakins the first time I saw her paintings. Then I fell in love with her again while she told me long and intricate stories about the lives of the characters she paints as we chatted at a bar on the eve of her MFA graduation. Then, again, when I independently discovered that she too is transfixed by teeth and delighted in making up fake band names. Far as I know, she’s involved. So I got her to give me a tattoo.

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Eco Friendly Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Trends on Saturday 8 December 2012

One of my best buddies serves on the board of directors for this Earth-loving Philadelphia start-up. Since its inception in 2010, the company has not only created 14 jobs and gotten at least 3 people off welfare, but, in each day of its existence, has taken another unprecedented step into our burgeoning new world of […]

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The Busking Project: A series uniting street performers

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By Nicklaus Andersen in Cool Websites on Friday 7 December 2012

Watching people busk is like eating candy in a couple of ways: 1. if it’s good, it’s worth the cash, 2. it’s addictive, 3. eventually, people are gonna know you did it, even if you do it alone in your room, 4. once a year, someone’ll toss you a handful gratis if you’re in the […]

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Neil Burger’s Limitless

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Film on Thursday 29 November 2012

I’ve been fortunate to recently acquire a cinema guru. Movies in my past often left me cold and degraded, particularly (with some notable exceptions) if they came out after 1976. Neil Burger’s Limitless, however, is a different story. It has got everything I need for rapt viewing: drugs, suspense, resource management … all wrapped up […]

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Twig Terrariums

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Friday 2 November 2012

So maybe you thought terrariums were your grandmother’s art, and maybe they are. But now you too can have an awesome self-sustaining green scene mantlepiece of your very own; one which reflects your love of nature and fecundity while also satisfying your 21st-century need for cynicism and cultural awareness. Something beautiful and marvelous, but also radical and hilarious. Brooklyn’s botanically hip Twig Terrariums has you covered.

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Bleeding Skull candle from ThinkGeek

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Products on Wednesday 31 October 2012

ThinkGeek has gone and done what many never imagined and few ever accomplished: improved one of humankind’s most genius inventions – the candle. Yes, their skull-shaped candle, which drips red wax out of the eye socket as it burns, is quite possibly the awesomest candle ever. And reasonably priced as well. Happy Halloween!

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Blog by an anonymous parking meter attendant

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By Nicklaus Andersen in Cool Websites on Tuesday 11 October 2011

People are weird and, as such, have come up with many a weird way to keep themselves amused while skirting the lines they themselves have designed in hopes of making society a sustainable and ‘fair’ place to work and play. The automobile, even in its waning status as facilitator of freedom, adds a rogue element […]

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JTO

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Wednesday 25 November 2009

Georgia artist JTO celebrates wood, horror, and the 1970s in his work. Whether he’s sawing it into pieces to recombine as skulls or strange animals, or drawing sexy ladies, monsters, and arcade games on it with ink, JTO’s touch turns the most boring board into a fascinating object d’art. He also does a rad T-shirt graphic.

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Lauren Gallaspy

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Tuesday 10 November 2009

A snippet from Lauren Gallaspy’s statement: ‘I want to make work through which desire, pathos, and obsession are encouraged, and the translation of event into imagination is made physical — form follows fetish’. Gallaspy’s work, in both the two and three dimensional formats, manages to unite opposition, an act which both exposes and captures the […]

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David Hale

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Thursday 5 November 2009

Athens, Georgia-based visual artist David Hale began his ascent in the public eye as a student, garnering attention with his stylistic, nature-inspired paintings. Over the past few years his diligence in the studio and streets, as well as time spent doing live painting for touring musicians has traced the development of a strong spiritual-symbolic language […]

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Chris Jordan’s carcass photography

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Trends on Tuesday 3 November 2009

Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan’s new work features astounding images of the carcasses and stomach contents of albatross chicks from a remote strip of land in the Northern Pacific ocean, 2000 miles from the nearest continent. The chicks are fed human waste by their parents, who mistake the garbage for food. Jordan notes his subject matter is reproduced as discovered, in the interest of accurate representation.

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Hola Halo

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Music on Wednesday 28 October 2009

This Athens, Georgia-based trio Hola Halo provides enough catchy hooks, swing, and swagger to melt the most expertly-designed of igloos. On their recording Time Out Here, vocalist and keyboardist Shauna Greeson and her bandmates re-work fuzzy, ’70s-inspired love music. But don’t think they can’t play their pop music, too.

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Mark Wagner

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Art on Monday 26 October 2009

Brooklyn-based collagist Mark Wagner does more with a single dollar than many people can with millions. His imagination, sense of humor and indignation, and eerily capable hands make money fun again, in an ironic way. Next under the knife, cigarette ads? (For it!)

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David Mack

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By Nicklaus Andersen in New Illustration on Monday 26 October 2009

If you stop by Athens, Geogia’s Daily Co-op, you just might find David Mack at the register working on some drawings or comics. But chances are that he’ll be doing some other task, like placing fruit orders or maintaining the merchandise shelves. He always stays busy and has a new website to prove it.

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