Every so often a book comes out that reveals everything about a subculture that you never even knew existed. Very rarely, this book then goes on to become a phenomenon all of its own. First published in 2004, the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia ($23) was one such phenomenon, going on to spawn a further 2 volumes and alerting fascinated readers across the globe to the hermetic and altogether extraordinary existence of criminal tattoos in Russia. This is a reprint of the original book, with drawings, texts and photographs which are part of a collection of 3,000 tattoos is total. Mind blowing.
A versatile addition to your keyring, backpack, luggage or just by themselves. Machined in the USA from aerospace quality 6061-T6 aluminium, the Tuff-Writer Aluminium Carabiners ($60) have gone through several processes to make them one of the toughest on the market! Upgrade your tired or worn out carabiner with one of the best. These carabiners are completely corrosion resistant and include a Lumi-cord insert which will glow all-night once charged making it the must have accessory this season.
Hots on the heels of the renaissance for all things graffiti we get the chance to take a look at that old-school icon which was a prominent feature in the rock & roll, hip hop and punk movements that swept the nation during the 1970's and 1980's. Within the covers of The Boombox Project ($19) you will find some fine contemporary art portraits of a huge array of glorious vintage boomboxes along with stack of documentary style photos featuring the people responsible for bringing the boombox movement to life. Do not think this is merely a photographic collection however, it is also an oral history of those early days told through the memories of prolific names from those times.
The Kano Simplified Computer Kit ($100) is taking the legendary Raspberry Pi to the next level. The Kit is a computer and coding platform for all ages anywhere in the world. It allows anyone to learn to code on an affordable computer that you make yourself. The kits includes a Raspberry Pi Model B, custom case, keyboard, an 8GB SD card with Kano OS and Levels, and much more.
So you are sick of your job and the relentless Groundhog day type existence and fancy doing something fun for a change, what could be better than getting your best buddy to buy into this and both of you join the army? This is the premise behind Stripes ($8), an outstanding piece of comedy genius thanks to the direction of Ivan Reitman and the casting of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis is the main roles. Stripes is fast, funny and a great movie to watch with the guys.
The Beautiful LEGO Book ($18) features dozens of artists and hundreds of pieces of art made from hundreds of thousands of LEGOs. The Beautiful LEGO Book is a compilation of stunning artistry ranging from lifelike replicas of everyday objects to famous monuments. The book also has interviews with the artists that take into their creative process. The Beautiful LEGO book is available for pre-order now. In the mean time check out some examples of the pieces featured in the book after the break.(more…)