As a daughter of a Japanese mother, the worst thing I could do is take an interest in piercings and tattoos, next to hating miso soup and wasabi. Though tattoos and piercings are much less taboo in Japan than they used to be, being inked still conjures images of criminals and gang members for some Japanese citizens (including my grandma). I’m not interested in getting yakuza-style bodywork, but I have three small tattoos and currently have eight piercings ... Read More
While sterile blue liquid will probably remain a staple of female hygiene television ads, Always has taken a small step towards reality by creating a print ad that represents blood. Somewhat. The campaign, seen above, features an Always pad with a small red dot trapped (or neatly placed) inside a maze. 
Advertising expert/blogger Copyranter referred to the ad as a “historical advertising move”. 

However, this bit of period pride is nothing new ... Read More
While looking for videos under search terms like "how to dance at a beach party" and "how to be an impressive dancer at cool parties", I ran into this little gem. (Note: I am not going to the beach this weekend, or cool parties for that matter.) It's the trailer for 1965 cult classic/B-movie Beach Girls and the Monster. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 31% rating; a critic described it as "so bad, it's just bad." All the more reason to watch it with the people you ... Read More
After transforming streets, walls, and waterways around the world, Swoon is unleashing a new gift to the New Orleans art community - a musical house named the Dithyrambalina. The ‘house-sized-instrument’ will be a permanent, interactive sculpture set in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. The building site is the former home of a blighted Creole Cottage; its salvage will be used in the construction of the Dithyrambalina. The artistic ... Read More
On February 11, 2011 CBS reporter Lara Logan (above) was beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the celebrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Just months after Logan was assaulted, Dan Rottenberg, editor of the online arts magazine Broad Street Review, released an attack of words through an editor’s note titled, “Male sex abuse and female naiveté”. The photograph accompanying the article is of ... Read More
          I haven’t shaved for quite a while now. It started with a lazy winter, when I found it unnecessary to shave my legs. But with hairy legs and all I thought it was weird that I still shaved my armpits, so the razor went on indefinite hiatus.          Up until college, I was always careful about shaving. I wouldn’t dare be caught with hairy armpits and legs in gym ... Read More
 Here's a friendly reminder that the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will be playing tonight at NYC's The Bowery Electric ! The Trachtenburgs previewed songs from their upcoming album, Lost and Found (to be released on July 12th), at a residency this month at The Bowery Electric in NYC. Also featuring performances by Light Spells, Roughstars, Long Distance Poison, and Eric Demby aka DJ Treeboy. Doors open at 7:30 PM and tickets are $8. Pick up a free ... Read More
 Reader Discretion Is Advised: This is a post about Odd Future Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All AKA Odd Future is all over the blogosphere, particularly due to its unpopularity with the feminist crowd. If you’re not familiar with the blog beef, here’s a brief list of reasons why some people are really not into Odd Future and its leader ‘Tyler, the Creator’:1.) Lyrics include: “I tell her it's my house, give her a tour/In my ... Read More
 Months after the most powerful known earthquake to hit Japan, the country continues to suffer. Tourism in Japan is taking a hard hit. Asahi TV reports about a 50.3% decrease in the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan in March, most likely affected by the public’s fear of health hazards post-crisis.So when I heard that the Mother Monster was in Tokyo, promoting tourism and performing at a charity concert, one thought came to mind: her monster ... Read More
 In this world riddled with bad fonts (Comic Sans isn't the only culprit...ever seen Curlz MT?) and cringe-worthy layout choices, it truly is a blessing to see lovely graphic design rise above the Adobe doodoo being pumped out by so-called 'artists'.  GOOD's  "Designing Women: 25 Female Designers and Illustrators We Love" features awesome artists who clearly know what they're doing. Click through the slide show to view their handsome handiwork. ... Read More
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