This woman gets paid $60 an hour to cuddle with complete strangers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Samantha Hess is a professional cuddler. For US$60 an hour, the 30-year-old from Portland will snuggle up with strangers one-on-one. ‘It’s definitely enough to make a living just doing this job, and I never need to take more than five sessions a day,’ she says. By working six days a week, Hess can make up to $7,200 in a month. About 90% of her clientele are men between the ages of 20 and 75.

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Yes, now you really can make your own placenta art print

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 3 October 2013

Artists have forever experimented with new mediums when creating art, but I think this one takes the cake. Placenta art prints are a thing, people. As reported by TIME, parents can now own a memento from their child’s birth and get that good-looking placenta down to work. And there’s a service that guides you through […]

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Portland based tattoo artist Aron Dubois

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Thursday 12 September 2013

Aron Dubois is an artist I found out about through Breeze Block Gallery. He was a part of a group show there in the summer of 2012. The paintings he submitted for the show were outstanding, but what he is really known for is tattoos. Looking at his past work, you can see why.

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Breeze Block Gallery: a staple of contemporary art in Portland

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By Conrad Crespin in New Art on Monday 5 August 2013

Breeze Block Gallery has a special place in my heart. Now approaching its seventh year in existence, the gallery is a staple of the new contemporary art movement in Portland. And the owner, Paige Prendergast, is veritable tour de force. She knows everyone, and accomplishes more on her lunch break than you did in all […]

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Leaning Mess: the first single from Portland band Hausu

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By Pierce Adler in New Music on Tuesday 30 April 2013

‘It’s like if four 19-year-old Japanese kids who really like 1980s/1990s American rock n’ roll formed a band.’ This is how a friend of mine described the band Hausu to me. Despite hailing from Portland, Oregon, there is a definite Eastern presence in the quartet’s music. Combine that with sad tales about missing home and […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith: a stylish getaway in Portland

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By Alexandra Rutman in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 March 2013

Portland, on the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, is shaping up as the new Seattle/Melbourne, with its passion for indie music, coffee and cycling. Oregon’s low-rise, river-bestriding capital has long taken a creative approach to city planning, ensuring its heritage architecture remains pristine and independent stores, arts spaces, bars and cafés flourish. For a stylish getaway, […]

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The Deer Lodge: Portland’s only bar, recording studio, and live venue

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By Drunken Prayer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 March 2013

The Deer Lodge to me is Portland, Oregon, in a nutshell. It is a cultish DIY collective as much as one man’s home. That man’s home is your honky-tonk. There’s a recording studio in the basement; I did the first Drunken Prayer record there. They have a covered stage in the backyard for summer shows, […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith tell us what to do in Portland

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Friday 8 March 2013

Portland, on the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, is shaping up as the new Seattle/Melbourne, with its passion for indie music, coffee and cycling. Oregon’s low-rise, river-bestriding capital has long taken a creative approach to city planning, ensuring its heritage architecture remains pristine and independent stores, arts spaces, bars and cafés flourish. Nicknamed Stumptown for […]

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Interview with Shawn Petersen ahead of Semi-Permanent Portland

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Wednesday 6 March 2013

If you haven’t already checked out our chats with Holly Wales and GMunk ahead of their appearances at Semi-Permanent Portland then you’ve been missing out. We caught up with amazing designer and Portland local Shawn Petersen ahead of his appearance at Semi-Permanent to talk the digital age, Rolling Stone, and all things Portland. LAEM: As […]

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Interview with GMunk ahead of Semi Permanent Portland

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Saturday 2 March 2013

First participating in Semi Permanent in Sydney in 2004, Bradley Munkowitz (a.k.a. GMunk) knows his stuff. After a long and illustrious career as everything from an interior designer to a creative lecturer, he’s now speaking at Semi Permanent in Portland. We caught up with GMunk before the event to talk holographs, lectures and everything Semi […]

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Illustrator Holly Wales to speak at Semi-Permanent Portland

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Illustration on Thursday 28 February 2013

Holly Wales is certainly one of the most talented illustrator’s that I’ve come across. Based in the UK and harbouring a great eye for colourful and playful pieces, we caught up with Holly before her appearance at Semi-Permanent in Portland. LAEM: You talk about your work as controlled chaos. What does this mean to you? […]

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Get a special discount on tickets to OVO Portland

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Events on Sunday 1 April 2012

Cirque du Soleil’s touring production OVO is hitting Portland, Oregon this THURSDAY, and friends of Lost At E Minor can receive a special discount off tickets in Levels 2 and 3 on select performances. OVO will be performing for a limited engagement beginning April 5 under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Portland Expo Center.

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Judging Babies promo to promote Northwest Film Festival

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By J Swofford in Video on Tuesday 22 November 2011

To promote the Northwest Film Center’s 38th Northwest Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, the folks at Mutt Design decided to equate the jurying of a film festival with the judging of babies and made this trailer. As an artist in any genre the act of presenting the fruits of your creativity to an often unsympathetic […]

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Pets with Disabilities photo series by Carli Davidson

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Saturday 22 October 2011

Portland-based Carli Davidson is an award-winning photographer and an experienced animal trainer and care worker. She captures the innate personalities of her subjects using her professional understanding of animal behavior. She spends much of her photo shoots rolling on the ground with whatever animal she is working with, and encouraging them to open up to the camera.

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A Bird In The Opera House: a new album from Nick Jaina

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By Patrick Duegaw in New Music on Tuesday 6 September 2011

I always think of Nick Jaina as the modern bard, traveling from town to town with his rag-tag, ever-revolving, band of musicians in tow, sweetly singing his funny, thought-provoking and deliciously sad stories. Though a seminal figure in the music scene in Portland, Oregon, Jaina tours regularly, from one end of the continent to the other.

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