Brian Ferron, a severely bearded eccentric and adventurer now gunning through the midsection of his life, has had a journey which has spanned professions, achievements and locations. His accomplishments range from building movie-worthy truck-machines for Hollywood sets, location scouting in adventurous terrain, building some intense mobile-maximogs, flying choppers, racing motorcycles, and skipping the hobbies that regular people embrace, such as gardening radishes, for something a lot more intensive  — archaeology. Basically, his life has consisted of grabbing anything by the horns that would classify him as a thrill-seeking daredevil.

But in the more recent years he has added fatherhood to the list, thereby curbing his life-investment into wild, wordly, and even dangerous hobbies. Though still an inventor with insatiable wanderlust, being a dad to his daughter little Kira brings a new edge of inspiration to his expeditions, as well as to how and why he approaches them. Given this new bend in life’s road, he took on a new project: his building of the world’s most insane adventure truck, basically EVER. This mother of Mogs has been very deliberately set to seat three — father,  wife and daughter — and has been aptly name the KiraVan. The super-truck project to mow down all others took him a good four years and counting to create, with unknown costs into the millions that have gone into his consulting about, building upon, and otherwise perfecting the vehicle.

Some off-the-wall, off-road highlights of the RV-meets-monster-truck include: a full-on kitchen (and dining area… and bathroom and bedroom, come to think of it,) with the capacity to feed a family of three, dinner-at-home style for six weeks, drones to fly ahead of the vehicle for traffic navigation, 22 cameras to monitor the truck’s exterior, and a motorcycle stowed in the rear, you know, just because. The KiraVan, in fact, seems as much the perfect vehicle to survive the Zombie Apocalypse as it does a weekend camping in the Sierras. The six-wheeled behemoth should be ready to roll sometime this year, with capabilities that surpass that of anything to ever hit the streets, hills, swamps — or any terrain at all — before.

Detailed shots of the Kiravan SuperMog below…

via WIRED


Debuting this Thailand Toy Expo is a vivid, sexy and awesomely creepy scene built from the toy parts of Fool’s Paradise and JP Toys (and perhaps maybe just a tinge of Star Wars scrap parts). The image is a sexy hodgepodge of a Jedi-Jesus meets stripper cat-fight delivered in a lurid, mildly slapdash, deliciously blasphemous sort of way that will bring any keiko doll collector to the dark side. Perhaps the best part of the message this scene seems to send (of a keiko Darth Vader worshiping a keiko Jesus/Trooper) is that it is pretty unclear what it actually is, but whatever it is might make you feel a little tingly/queasy. Intrigued? Want to make it rain for the earlier version of this Sunday church scene ? Tough tits, dolly, because that one sold out quick. The one shown, however, is expected to be a 100-piece limited edition, with 35 available for pick up at the Thailand Toy Expo on May 1st. It is selling at at around $400 USD and comes with a signed poster by the artist, Alan Ng.

Luke, accept Trooper-Tits as Your Father after the Jump…


14 Apr
There's no rest for the wicked... except maybe today...

Sorry, there’s just no way we’re gonna be any use to anyone today. Check back in with us tomorrow, when we may have two functioning neurons in action… until then, enjoy this pic of Disclosure playing the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday afternoon, one of the better sets of recent memory…


11 Apr
Artist Antonio Brasko brandalizes street cred on the cat walk

Antonio Brasko, a designer out of Portland, Oregon, has taken graffiti back to the streets where it belongs. Well, except without the streets, or the graffiti part. More accurately speaking to his concept of brandalizing, what he has done is a treatment of the effect that street art and culture has had on the fashion world, and then applied the branding concept of the spraycan’s design to either the cans themselves or photographs of the cans printed on canvas.This Brandalizing project coolly echoes a Warhol soup-can-meets-spraycan aesthetic (because that has certainly never been done before, nope, not ever), but delivered with the sleek appearance that can only have sprayed from the design-savvy mind of a hardcore “brandal.” The iconic image of the spraycan is literally wrapped in the branding of street fashion’s most relevant names, like Supreme or Adidas, as well as some well-above-the-street brands too, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vitton and Givenchy — just to name a few notorious (clothing) taggers who have now been spraycandalized. So if you’re thinking you like the idea of street art on your walls, without actually tainting the clean gloss of its neat three-coat paint job, you can instead get yourself 400 ml of a limited edition spraycan that’s been tagged signed by the artist himself. This is clearly inspired by all the “subverting” principles of “brandalism” that graffiti artists were getting paint-dizzy over while bombing NYC trains in the 70′s. For only $500, you too can “just do it,” because street cred and haute couture obviously belong together.

Or then again, maybe they don’t.

Further brandalize your web browser after the Jump…


11 Apr
Hijack Italy's new aerodynamic Hi-Jack headgear

Fashioned after the gear of helicopter pilots, and perhaps born of a galaxy not completely foreign to stormtrooper steez, Diesel brings you the Hi-Jack Motorcycle Helmet — a curved, sleek helmet with concealable visor available in different tints, thus staying true to the idea of Diesel’s customized look. Features include fiberglass shell, easily removable anti-scratch visor and washable, removable interior Dri-lex padding. Available in grey and black matt, green, black and white, digital-patterned grey, black and orange, or mica-blue with white sky. Strap one on for $220.


11 Apr
Sixty finalists left in the 11th annual worldwide competition

In what has become an annually awaited photo-op in camera viewfinders and web browsers everywhere, Smithsonian has just announced the finalists in its 11th annual photography contest. In a contest that spanned across 132 countries and well over 50,000 entries, Smithsonian has gotten the finalists down to sixty photos in six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and the newly added category for Mobile photos. Enter your own vote for the Reader’s Choice here. Or enter your own photo for the 12th annual contest anytime between May 6th and May 31st.

Peruse some of the world’s most beautiful images below…


10 Apr
Jason Freeny x Mighty Jaxx's shell set to blow up ToyCon

Based on the original Skull Bomb sculpture created by Jason Freeny and produced by Mighty Jaxx, Collect and Display will be dropping the “Poison Edition” colorway exclusively at ToyCon UK on April 12th. The Poison sculpture stands at 7.5″ tall, is made of polystone, and is hand-painted in a toxic hue of orange with a yellow stripe. The limited-edition run means there are only 100 of these skull bombs on Earth, each going for around $106.

Catch the tail end of the Skull Bomb “Poison Edition” after the Jump…

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10 Apr
Trainer inspired by the NFL's greatest receiver of all time

The new Jerry Rice-inspired version of the lightweight Free Trainer 5.0 built for hardcore activity is now available at Nike. Rice, known not just for his football feats (which place him as the best wide receiver the game has ever seen), but also for his intense training sessions along the steep hills of San Francisco, inspired this take on the Nike Free Trainer. Taking color cues from the team that Rice help built, the 49ers, the shoe is a vivid combination of red, white and gold with touches of black along with the Nike Free 5.0 white rubber sole with gum treading. The red insoles also bear a list of athletic accomplishments by the former NFL wide receiver, which means there’s a helluva lot of text in there. Yours for $110.

Check out the Nike x Jerry Rice Free Trainer 5.0 NRG insole after the Jump…

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