Art and Design
by Alicia Zuberbier
Tattoos can look awesome, but they require serious committment. If you want the look for less time than say, the rest of your life, you can try tattoo pens. These cosmetic skin pens create the illusion of tattoos without the committment or the pain. Now, you can feel like a rebel without having to rebel against anything.
Whoever decided cars should have shiny, gleaming, polished skins probably never saw a well-done matte paint job or vinyl wrap. These ten cars not only sport cool matte finishes, you can bet their owners don't freak out over every little smudge or fingerprint.
by Steve Levenstein
Bandai's new neko-ze figurine collection is meant to remind office workers who hunch over their computers and gamer geeks whose backs ache from poor posture to sit up, stretch out and keep their cat-like necks from straying from the straight and narrow.
With the world's eyes focused on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it's worth looking back to a previous Brazilian achievement, this one of the automotive variety: the gorgeous 1972-76 Volkswagen SP2 sports coupe.
Chrysler's much-maligned PT Cruiser makes an unusual limousine but Russian customizers have gone much, much further into the realm of the weird. This bizarre white wedding coach is the perfect ride for those embarking on a honeymoon from hell.
Have Roomette, will travel... and the heck with hotels, motels and inns! This compact on the outside, spacious on the inside reinvention of the tow-able trailer lets you take your bed and lie in it when the day's driving is done.
Fiat heir and possible future Ferrari boss Lapo Elkann is into camouflage these days, which one might think would conflict with his passion for all things Prancing Horse. Think again: Elkann's military makeover of a box-stock Ferrari 458 Italia – complete with chromed peace sign – would win any fashion war in a heartbeat.
by Steve Levenstein
Japanese road sign earrings from Toumei are sold in sets of three so you can mix & match to suit your mood. Wearing them just might create more traffic jams in your personal space.
In a bid to reduce smog in its major cities, China is aiming to “eliminate” more than five million older cars... sort of like Cash For Clunkers but without the cash. What's an older Chinese car look like, you ask? We found 8 examples worth a look-see before they go to the crusher.
The Thonet Concept Bike by artist Andy Martin may roll on ultramodern carbon fiber wheels but its curved beechwood frame was made by a steam-bending process over 150 years old.
Make no mistake, the ruby-red Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is a statement car. The ruby red souped-up sedan states quite starkly Nissan's desire to join Mercedes' AMG and BMW's M-series in the upper echelon of luxurious performance vehicles.
by Diana Eid
Pierre Javelle, a French photographer of culinary magazines, and Akiko Ida, a Japanese cooker, photographer and artist have collaborated together to make these unique works of art.
The good news is, the next generation of Honda's high-powered Civic Type R should look, sound and drive a lot like the wickedly stylish concept car shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The bad news is, the production 2015 Type R won't be sold in North America.
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Hermit crabs are perhaps one of the most enigmatic and unusual animals in the underwater universe. Though a crustacean, it possesses no shell of its own, but takes over discarded shells of gastropods (like snails and bivalves). When such shells are in short supply the crabs will adopt other items it finds along the sea bed, including trash. Japanese artist Aki Inomata has created fantastic 3D shells specifically for hermit crabs.