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CONVERSE
RUBBER TRACKS
MUSIC STUDIOS
ABBEY ROAD
TUFF GONG
SUNSET SOUND
RECORDING STUDIOS
Converse Rubber Tracks Studio Takeover
While in Boston for the launch of Converse's Chuck Taylor IIs, we had an opportunity to step into the brand's Rubber Tracks recording studio. More than beautiful, the acoustically attune facility sports some of the best equipment around—all available...
KINFOLK
BROOKLYN
ART EXHIBITIONS
ART OPENINGS
GROUP SHOWS
Kinfolk Brooklyn's 'I Know You Know' Exhibition
There are countless ways to propose a dialogue on the vast notion of identity. With "I Know You Know," a new group art exhibition at Brooklyn's Kinfolk, ambiguity stands as the entry point for discussion. Characters are referenced, and even investigated...
TRAVEL
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY
INTERVIEWS
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
EXPEDITIONS
NATURE
CREATIVE PROCESS
ADVENTURES
OUTDOORS
Interview: National Geographic Photographer, Stephen Alvarez
Few people know about the power of image-making as well as a National Geographic photographer. While the final photographs published in the glossy pages of the yellow-bordered magazine speak a thousand, powerful words, the people behind the lens are...
COFFEE
PODCASTS
SPECIALTY COFFEE
BARISTAS
COFFEE EDUCATION
COFFEE INDUSTRY
Caffeinated Podcasts with Cat & Cloud
The world of specialty coffee can be more than just a little intimidating—with curiosity getting permanently trampled by someone's exclusive attitude or technical lingo. Armed with the mission of making their craft more democratic and engaging...
LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER
CH25
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHER
INNOVATOR
SPONSORED
CADILLAC
2015 CH25
HONOREE
CH25: Latoya Ruby Frazier
For over 12 years, visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier has been exploring America’s economic future by looking at a present-day microcosm—through a very personal lens. The talented TED Fellow has captured and compiled photos and videos of her hometown...
CH25
LEOPOLDINE HUYGHUES DESPOINTES
FILM
ACTIVISM
2015 CH25
SPONSORED
HONOREE
INNOVATOR
CADILLAC
CH25: Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes
Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes is a multi-talented and motivated 24 year old. From her role as an actress and producer in the short film "Atlantic Avenue" to showing work at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival, she has already made her mark...
SAN FRANCISCO
GASTROMAGIC
OUTSIDE LANDS
MUSIC FESTIVALS
FESTIVALS
FOOD
DAN DEACON
INTERACTIVE
GastroMagic at Outside Lands, SF
In its eighth year, SF's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park has grown to be a weekend that celebrates music, comedy, art, design and conservation—along with food and drink. This year Django Django, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and...
BOOKS
POP UP BOOKS
SELFIES
PORTRAITS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ORIGAMI
PHOTO BOOKS
Alma Haser’s “Cosmic Surgery” Pop-Up Book
German born, UK-based artist Alma Haser’s popular, mind-bending project “Cosmic Surgery” consists of portraits that have been enhanced—and made considerably stranger—by the addition of origami shapes. Haser initially made the origami masks to use...
CH25
KATHLEEN SUPOV
MUSIC
CADILLAC
SPONSORED
HONOREE
INNOVATOR
2015 CH25
CH25: Kathleen Supové
Photos of flaming grand pianos and vintage uprights smashed to smithereens. YouTube clips of Liberace sledgehammering his ivories on “The Monkees” variety hour. Kathleen Supové gets a kick out of all of it, and thanks you very much, friends and...
HOTELS
LA
DTLA
DESIGN
ART
ACCOMMODATION
THE ACE
PUBLIC ART
BILLBOARDS
Mariana Fernandes for Dear DTLA at Ace, Los Angeles
When LA-based artist Brian Roettinger was tasked to create a billboard design at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the result sent a bold message. His “NEVER ODD NOR EVEN” design, with a white angled font on a bright red background, hung powerful...
BOOKS
GAMES
CARD GAMES
ENTERTAINMENT
TOYS
DICK Card Game
DICK is at once a provocative party game and a retelling of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick" or, "The Whale." In a mash-up of literature and lowbrow humor, the game positions direct quotations from Melville's often-suggestive text against...
PHOTOGRAPHY
HOW TO
VINTAGE BOOKS
INSTAGRAM TIPS
PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
PORTRAITS
CAMERAS
SOCIAL MEDIA
Tips from Ozzie Sweet's 1958 book 'My Camera Pays Off'
Recently a friend of ours discovered, while cleaning out her mother's storage unit, this 1958 book from prolific professional photographer Ozzie Sweet: "My Camera Pays Off." It must have been quite useful to its former owner (her mother was an editor...
MUSIC JOURNALISM
MUSIC
MUSICIANS
STORYTELLING
SLOW JOURNALISM
INTERVIEWS
Yours Truly
Lately, music journalism feels like it's been replaced by a cycle of press release paraphrasing, tracklist postings and lifestyle commentary, with the occasional interview peppered in between. The same background information, recycled adjectives and...
NYC
FESTIVALS
YELLE
MATTE PROJECTS
BROOKLYN MIRAGE
MUSIC FESTIVALS
On Site at NYC's Full Moon Fest
Festival season is in full bloom and while it often calls to mind massive fields full of frolicking party people, sometimes smaller festivals deliver a more powerful, potent experience. This certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Full Moon Fest—which...
BOOKS
LONDON
PECKHAM
BRITISH
TRAVEL
PHOTO BOOKS
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS
Peckham Loves Me
As cities evolve faster and faster and gentrification changes areas (for better or worse), it’s increasingly fascinating to see neighborhoods documented over a specific period of time. South London's Peckham, a former working class area that's now...
ART
DESIGN GALLERY
CERAMICS
MAJOLICA BOWLS
MICHAL BAK
KEHK GALLERY
CZECH
Folk Majolica Bowls by Michal Bačák
Czech illustrator Michal Bačák conceived a cross-cultural, fantastical mythology in his new collection of majolica bowls for Prague's Křehký gallery. Launching at the Křehký Mikulov design festival this year, the collection is another collaboration...
EXHIBITS
EXHIBITIONS
GROUP SHOWS
SOLO SHOWS
ART
ARTISTS
TEL AVIV
Interview: Artist Guy Yanai
by Ari Samuel Artist Guy Yanai straddles the fine line between classical painter and contemporary hyphenate. The 35-year-old, Tel Aviv-based artist’s works often depict the whimsical trots of his globe: sailing in the Aeolian Islands off the...
LISTENUP
MUSIC VIDEOS
EXPERIMENTAL
RB
ListenUp
Thundercat: Them Changes From Thundercat's mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (his first solo album since 2013's Apocalypse, though he's kept busy working on Kendrick Lamar's last release and more) comes "Them Changes"—a track that...
HOME DECOR
DESIGN
MELBOURNE
AUSTRALIA
PRINT PUBLICATIONS
ZINES
MAGAZINES
CREATIVES
WOMENS INTEREST
Homegirl Zine
After moving from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia, Ingrid Kesa found the atmosphere for creatives in the city to be one of "collaboration rather than competitiveness" and while making new friends and connections, came in contact with more than a...
CULTURE
CH25
HIGHLIGHT
GOODS FOR GOOD
NON-PROFIT
HONOREE
INNOVATOR
CADILLAC
SPONSORED
2015 CH25
CH25: Melissa Kushner
“I lost my father three weeks before I was born, so I was hardwired to care about children who have lost one or more parents,” Melissa Kushner explains. Her fate was sealed when shortly after graduating from college she landed a job working with...
3D-PRINTING
ART
HONOREE
INNOVATOR
CH25
2015 CH25
SPONSORED
CADILLAC
CH25: Joshua Harker
Self-proclaimed "troublemaker " Joshua Harker creates intricate 3D-printed works that near the border of impossibility, and he has been able to do so by taking the road less traveled by artists before him. Taking advantage of technology that's...
MAGAZINES
PETS
ANIMALS
PUBLICATIONS
PRINT
PHOTOGRAPHY
Pet People Magazine
The bond between people and their pets is fascinating. Years of nuanced looks, noises and nudges form an unspoken understanding that often transcends many human relationships. Pet People Magazine understands this, and has set out to explore the...
BOOKS
CHILDRENS BOOKS
SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE
UK
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
SPEAKERS
MUSIC
The Sonar System
Free of typical children's books motifs, "The Sonar System" is a new illustrated tome that introduces kids to a not-so-typical subject: sound system culture. Set in a fictitious "sonar system" where planets revolve around a "gigantic, pulsating...
CULTURE
ILLUSTRATION
LONDON
GRAPHIC DESIGN
LONDON ILLUSTRATION FAIR FESTIVAL
London Illustration Fair 2015
The graphic design and illustration scene in London is going from strength to strength at the moment, and part of the reason might be the British capital’s abundance of fairs where emerging talents can network and showcase their designs. The three...
CH25
CADILLAC
SPONSORED
INNOVATOR
HONOREE
2015 CH25
CULTURE
MUSEUMS
GALLERIES
EXHIBITS
NYC
CH25: Alex Kalman
On the surface, Alex Kalman might seem like an unlikely candidate for the CH25 list of those designing the future. Mmuseumm, the Lilliputian “modern natural history museum” that he co-founded in 2012—with exhibits like potato-chip bags from around...
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