Interview: Artist Julie Mehretu on Radical Imagination

We speak with the illustrious MacArthur Fellow about her career, influences and her new American Express collaboration

LA’s Boos Cruise Makes Space for Queer Skateboarders

LA’s skate scene—and skate culture at large—typically centers on white, straight, cis-men and despite a rising number of collectives aimed at inclusivity it’s a space that often feels unwelcoming. “There’s this cliquey-ness to the skate community. The gatekeeping is like a defense mechanism, kind of like, ‘Who the fuck are you?’” says YaYa Chavez, a co-founder of LA skate collective Boos Cruise. Noticing the lack …

Dry Gin

$55

For those who enjoy a dry gin with a citrus tinge, this iteration from LA-based AMASS promises notes of various fruit peels, lemongrass, pepper and more. Crafted using 29 botanicals (11 of which are grown in California), with no artificial additives, it’s complex but easy-drinking, and works in most cocktails—especially a classic martini.

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Artist Shantell Martin Transforms Mario Bellini’s Camaleonda Sofa for B&B Italia

An icon of furniture design, Mario Bellini’s Camaleonda couch—first imagined in 1970 and reintroduced by B&B Italia in 2020—became a canvas for beloved artist Shantell Martin during Miami Art Week 2021. Martin brought her signature whimsical drawing style to an iteration of the sofa with white fabric during a live event, dressing the rounded design in stream of conscious illustration. Guests to the Italian luxury …

Artist Michael Kagan’s Space Capsule Sculpture Floats in Miami

Bobbing along in the water of Miami’s Biscayne Bay, Brooklyn-based fine artist Michael Kagan’s 400-pound space capsule sculpture looks as if it has just dropped down from an astronomical adventure above. Presented by New York’s Half Gallery, the work strikes a mesmerizing balance of realism and fantasy. This isn’t Kagan’s first foray into space-exploration art. As Artnet reports, he “has long made paintings of astronauts, …

NYC Middle Schoolers Write the Only Children’s Book About Black Composer Florence Price

At Special Music School, NYC’s only music-focused K-12 public school, English teacher Shannon Potts assigned her sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes to study Florence Price, the first Black woman to have her music played by a major American orchestra. But as her students learned more about Price—whose contributions have become largely erased from historical and cultural memory—they realized there was little written about her, …

Food Writer Mayukh Sen Reframes Cuisine as Cultural Windows

Mayukh Sen writes about food and its relation to cultural symbols through a decolonialized and anticapitalist perspective. In his recently released, debut book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, he does so by crafting profiles on overlooked chefs and cooks in order to rectify what he calls the “cultural amnesia” that erased them from history. “Who has to take on the burden …

Guy Stanley Philoche’s “New York, I Still Love You” Series at Cavalier Gallery for Art Miami

The city's iconography reimagined by the vibrant visual artist

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Planet Plush Keyring

$19

Imbued with Misaki Kawai’s bold and playful style, this plush keyring is colorful, textured and sweet. The fluffy planet has been embroidered with the word “home” in Kawai’s trademark, childlike lettering. While it doesn’t resemble Earth, or even another familiar planet, it’s a nod to the idea that home isn’t a place, but a feeling.

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Classic Tea Sampler

$49

Chinese tea is incredibly layered with story and nuanced with flavor. NYC’s Tea Drunk, the brainchild of tea connoisseur Shunan Teng, is a purveyor of exceptional teas from small farms in China’s best growing regions. Teng herself visits each farm and often selects the specific bushes she wants leaves from. This sampler of White, Green, Wu Long and Red teas is a great entry point …

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Hand-Painted Sign Tote

$40

Celebrating the humble but glorious hand-painted sign, this Los Angeles County Museum of Art tote features artwork by Ben Klevay’s She Chimp. The full address and phone number for the museum appears on one side and their LACMA acronym is on the other. Made from 100% cotton that is fabricated and printed in Southern California, this bag is a sturdy and comfortable option for carrying …

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Original Powdershirt

$188

Reborn after its first existence in the late ’70s, Mother Karen’s offers up charming styles from that era’s ski culture. Their Original Powdershirt maintains a classic, retro pullover design with raglan sleeves and kangaroo pocket, while utilizing updated materials. The shell is made from 80% recycled polyester and has a durable water-repellent finish. This tri-color version (available in XS to XXL) is a perfect expression …

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Khruangbin + Leon Bridges: B-Side

Another dreamy collaboration between Khruangbin and Leon Bridges was announced today. Following 2020’s Texas Sun EP, the trio (Laura Lee, Mark Speer and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson Jr) and soul singer will release Texas Moon on 18 February, and from it share “B-Side.” While inspired by their shared home state, the song melds genres from far and wide—incorporating elements of soul, psychedelia and rock via fuzzy …

Flowerovlove: Saturday Yawning

An ode to lazy mornings, “Saturday Yawning” by Flowerovlove (aka 16-year-old musician Joyce Cisse) aptly sounds unhurried and mellow. With elements of melodic bedroom-pop and R&B, the synth-inflected track—with gentle percussion and sweet vocals—was produced in collaboration with Issac Levine and Wilfred Cisse. The UK-based artist says, “‘Saturday Yawning’ is about the feeling on a Friday after school, knowing you can go to sleep whenever …

COOL HUNTING + Isotope’s Limited Edition GMT 0º Watch

Independent brands unite for a wristwatch with a charitable component

“We wanted to bring a burst of colorful optimism to the dial for the wearer and anyone who might glimpse it,” says Josh Rubin, co-founder and executive creative director of COOL HUNTING, regarding our new collaborative wristwatch. Working with Isotope founder José Miranda, Rubin customized the independent watch brand’s groundbreaking GMT 0º design, layering buoyant colors and complementary accents. A bright, bold piece was born—underscored by …

Mickalene Thomas Book (Signed Edition)

$125

Published by Phaidon, with text by Kellie Jones and Roxane Gay, this exquisite hardcover monograph is the first extensive study of pioneering Black visual artist Mickalene Thomas. Across 288 pages, Thomas’ powerful art unites to form an empowered dialogue about gender, sexuality, race and beauty. Thomas worked closely with Gay and Jones on this comprehensive volume, which coincides with her first-ever multi-part international exhibition, Beyond …

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Holiday Gift Guides 2021: Plant Parenthood

Ideas for green thumbs, plant killers, aspiring gardeners and anybody else who wants to be surrounded by lush, living and breathing plants

Interview: David Shrigley on his Whimsical Collaboration with Maison Ruinart

From a series of eccentric illustrations to an "unconventional" online gallery, a partnership of profound joy

Tierra Whack: Millions

Tierra Whack just released a three-track EP entitled Rap? and her familiar, yet simultaneously unpredictable, off-kilter style saturates the short but sweet release. The last song on the EP, “Millions,” has an anthemic energy—thanks to a piano-led beat and uplifting background vocals—with the Philadelphia-based artist’s choppy rhymes carrying the tune over its three minutes.

California’s Bristlecones are the Oldest Recorded Trees in the World

Located in California’s Inyo National Forest, the most ancient tree on record—a bristlecone pine named ‘Methuselah’—is over 4,800 years old. Dendrochronologists (researchers who study the science of dating tree rings) discovered bristlecones are some of the oldest individual trees by taking core samples from trunks, which indicate the tree’s chemical, climate and growth history. This method is especially fruitful for future planning. “What we’re seeing …

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Nike Laser Set II

Pictures of the next set of Nike Lasers have surfaced over at Freshness . These are in addition to the ones that surfaced back in September . Round 1 at freshness Round 2 at freshenss

Motorola V80 (R880)

According to Mobile Review , the Motorola V80 (previously thought to be named the R880) has been confirmed for April 2004 delivery. The V80 is the successor of the original rotator, the V70 . One great feature is the ability to compose a picture with the screen rotated 90 degrees -the result is a more natural posture for taking snapshots. With a unique design and …