Interview: Travel Content Creator, Activist + Resource Jeff Jenkins

A launch member of the Black Travel Alliance and founder of Chubby Diaries, tells us about inclusion on flights and in faraway destinations

This “Smart Mask” Can Translate Japanese Into Eight Languages

Japanese start-up Donut Robotics has elevated the face mask category by creating a “smart” version capable of translating and transmitting messages from Japanese into eight other languages. The “c-mask” (made from plastic and worn over a regular cloth mask) connects to an app on your phone or tablet “that can transcribe speech into text messages, make calls, or amplify the mask wearer’s voice.” While the …

Artist Togs Apron

$72

Available in 11 different colorways, these 100% cotton denim aprons from Big Bud Press are designed, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles. The inclusion of 42-inch straps and an adjustable neck strap allow each to fit people of all sizes. With big pockets for paintbrushes, markers, tools or even cooking utensils, the utilitarian design promises to be both practical and durable.

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Stories from around the web that we think you should read

Zephyr’s Double-Decker Airplane Seats Let Passengers Lie Flat

Named the Zephyr Seat, US-based start-up Zephyr Aerospace’s new patent-pending design lets customers in economy class lie flat, courtesy of a double-decker bunk that saves space and creates more formal dividers between travelers. Telescopic stairs provide access to the top level, which sits in line with the seat below. The layout results in both passengers being able to find multiple sitting and sleeping options—all without …

Architectural Storyteller Olalekan Jeyifous’ Vision for Afrofuturist Brooklyn

From aeroponics and cooperative farms to rainwater harvesting and freshwater marshes, Brooklyn-based visual artist Olalekan Jeyifous’ vision for his neighborhood of the last 20 years, Crown Heights, incorporates eco- and agro-futurism, while embracing Afrofuturism, too. The artist refers to his sci-fi concept as “implausible architecture,” but relishes in the opportunity to tell a utopian tale with his art. Jeyifous was slated to exhibit at this …

An International Weekly Publication Made for Inmates, InHouse Magazine

An offshoot of InHouse Records (a non-profit organization that offers graphic design courses as well as existing as a record label that functions inside and outside UK prisons), InHouse magazine recently launched and contains content aimed to inspire, educate and entertain inmates—who are currently spending more time alone due to COVID-19 precautions. Helmed by London-based graphic designed Hannah Lee and founded by Judah Armani, the …

LEGO Art’s Puzzle-Like Reproductions of Famous Works

LEGO’s newest category, LEGO Art, allows kids and adults alike to assemble reproductions of famous artworks, grand depictions of film figures and more. The pieces are slightly different than LEGO’s signature blocks, resulting in a vertical image to hang on a wall (rather than a 3D structure). It’s easiest to imagine them as caps on a cylindrical peg. Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe will be …

Word of Mouth: Provincetown, Massachusetts

Reliable spots from Cape Cod's historic queer oasis

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The latest additions to our shoppable directory

Marble Body Brush

$88

Gilded’s patented handmade marble brush (available in black or white) features natural fiber bristles intended for dry brushing your skin. Dry brushing removes dead cells, enhances blood flow and smoothes skin effectively. This elegant brush should be used once or twice weekly to help with radiance and suppleness. Gilded founder Blair Armstrong started the company in order to provide products for the body that are just …

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Pebble Incense Holder

$29

Maison Balzac’s “Le Galet,” aka the Pebble incense holder, straddles playful and sophisticated design. Now available in white, the minimal vessel is also made in pink, amber and black, and holds one standard stick at a time. Crafted from 100% borosilicate glass, the appealing organic shape complements all styles of decor.

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Refillable All-Surface Cleaner

$20

Veles’ all-surface cleaner uses food waste-derived water as its base. Dubbed “resource negative,” this cleaner also employs an alcohol—a naturally occurring ethanol formed from fermentation. Its other ingredients also adhere to the brand’s eco-friendly mission, and ultimately reduce the footprint of its user. Safe for ceramics, glass, fiberglass, chrome, painted metal, stainless steel, plastic and acrylic, the cleaner should be patch-tested for marble, wood and …

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Crew Of Defenders Tie-Dye T-Shirt

$40

New from Parks Project, this boxy T-shirt boasts a distinctly ’60s vibe via tie-dye, cartoonish illustration and peaceful messaging. A bear carrying a flag that reads “Parks protect all life” is front and center, flanked by mushrooms, flowers, squirrels and a dove. Hand-dyed in DTLA, this 100% cotton shirt comes in size XS to XXXL. A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Parks …

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Tunde Adebimpe: ReelFeel

Part synth-pop dance jam, part protest song, and altogether undeniably from TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, “ReelFeel” rides on the singer’s enchanting falsetto. Chrome Sparks produced the Bandcamp-exclusive single and the platform waived its fees on 3 July so that a portion of the proceeds could go to the Audre Lorde Project, a non-profit for lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two-Spirit, trans and gender non-conforming People …

Tei Shi: Goodbye

Lush and spacey, “Goodbye” by Tei Shi (aka Valerie Teicher) appears on the singer/songwriter/producer’s EP Die 4 Ur Love—following last year’s La Linda. It’s mellow and graceful, while remaining a tenacious break-up song with no-nonsense lyrics like “Thought I’d let you know you’re so boring / Also I’m sick of your shit.” Moreover, it’s an ode to finding freedom and self-worth and Teicher’s vocals float …

Listen Up

Ballads, bops, break-up songs and an '80s anthem in our round-up of music this week

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Milton Glaser's final design, an Afrofuturist imagining of Brooklyn, Eau de Space cosmos-inspired perfume and more

Interview: Travel Photographer Robert King

Parsing through an archive of more than 40,000 images, King reflects on where he's been and how he's produced some of his favorite shots

Eddie Chacon: My Mind is Out Of Its Mind

From his upcoming album, Pleasure, Joy and Happiness, Eddie Chacon’s “My Mind is Out Of Its Mind” feels at once nostalgic and current—with a hint of ’80s smooth soul/jazz/pop, coupled with contemporary flourishes. The meditative, self-reflective song—produced by the brilliant John Carroll Kirby—proves Chacon’s immense songwriting ability. The music industry veteran started his first band when he was 12 years old, and was half of the …

Online Exhibitions Exploring Race, Resistance and Resilience

Writing for Smithsonian Magazine, Jennifer Nalewicki has listed eight art exhibitions online currently that center around Black history, racism, protest and identity. Including Nina Chanel Abney’s gorgeous work (that she herself describes as “colorfully seductive and deceptively simple investigations of contemporary cultural issues”), Jacob Lawrence and Jordan Casteel, the list comprises talented painters—but there are also photo shows and exhibits of historical ephemera. From art …

Open Air

Premiering this Friday, 23 June 2006, with a party and art exhibit, Open Air is Alyssa Natches and Lou Auguste's documentary about contemporary street art that's over three years in the making. Featuring some of the more innovative street artists out there like Faile, Michael De Feo, Dan Witz, Skewville, and ESPO, the film addresses controversies over the use of public space and surveys some …

World Cup Contest Results

At the start of the World Cup, we asked you who was the coolest footballer ever. We got loads of entries from all over the world, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. There were plenty of votes for Pele, and while he is one of the greatest players ever, some of his fellow countrymen beat him in the cool stakes. The final list of …

Alexander Girard Textiles Reissued