Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Fifth-Generation Pyrotechnician Jim Souza on Firework Design

This Independence Day, fifth-generation family-owned Pyro Spectaculars will put on over 400 firework events in one evening, according to Fast Company. Chief Show Designer Jim Souza does it all—from permits to ignition. And he explains that designing a fireworks show is much like creating the narrative for a film—it’s all about an emotional arc. In fact, Souza and Pyro Spectaculars actually storyboard their shows out. …

Where to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in NYC

Patriotism aside, fireworks always fill us with a little bit of childlike wonder. So, despite whether you’re feeling particularly optimistic or pessimistic about the upcoming election and state of the country, purveyors of city knowhow Time Out have offered up a list of the best spots to watch the fireworks in NYC this year. From public parks to pizza places and bars, check out the …

Cool Hunting Video: David Sena

A master tattoo artist who also "paints" with fire

Several years ago, we visited artist David Sena‘s studio to peep behind the curtain and find out about his unique process. Sena (who has given a few CH staff members tattoos in the past) creates large-scale artworks using an unusual method: the Cooper Union graduate “paints” almost exclusively using fireworks. The results are fantastic. The artist translates rough burn marks and leftover trails from smoke …

David Sena Studio Visit

Intergalactic paintings made from fireworks by a world-renowned tattoo artist

Destruction and ritual are forces of creativity to David Sena. At North Star Tattoo he pushes the boundaries of body art. In his studio, Sena uses fire, fireworks and gunpowder to burn complex patterns, lines and shapes on paper. “These forms of creative expression have coexisted well because they both entail physical and ritualistic processes of mark-making while transforming matter/people,” says Sena. After studying fine …