If it weren’t for the Good War, there’d have been no Mad Men. Post-war American pride ignited a spending spree that swept the nation, and the surges of consumer culture can be traced through the pages of All-American Ads of the 40s. Taschen’s hardcover book traces the 1940s post-WWII America, through its ads and the world […]


When the wall came down in 1989, an era of both lawlessness and creativity surged in East Germany. Due to a sudden influx of cheap, cheap real estate — and the artists that rushed in to take advantage of the low rents — the city of Berlin became a cauldron of artistic expression. It truly […]


Beginning in the 1970’s with Alexander Calder being commissioned to paint a BMW race car for driver Herve Poulain in the 1975 Le Mains endurance race, the tradition of the BMW art car has flourished. In the decades that followed that first custom car in ’75, 17 art cars have since been added to what has […]


Glien Friedman, accomplished, respected and otherwise bomb-ass photographer of all things skate, hip-hop, punk and otherwise cool as hell, has found a hardcover casing to commemorate his work by way of Rizzoli publishing. That is, of course, in addition to the countless periodicals, magazines, fanzines and museum walls which have displayed his work. Being the […]


If you’re old enough to drink, then you can remember it well: the early nineties when those cats in Bristol defined a sound that would lead every late-night chill-out session for years to come. It was that whole Massive Attack/Portishead/Tricky thing that would prove that electronic music is more than something to sweat to, more […]


With the progression of the ever-changing modern times comes two phenomena regarding man’s connection to nature. One is his very longing for it, and the other being that he uses modern means to reconnect to it — in evermore sophisticated though rugged ways. The book The Outsiders: New Outdoor Activity gloriously captures that very essence, serving […]


Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid’s work was considered so futuristic that for decades much of her work went unrealized. That was then. Now, Hadid’s risen to become one of the world’s elite architects, her buildings among the most famous and critically acclaimed structures on Earth. The upcoming New National Stadium of Japan — the top venue of […]


Did you know that Marvel comic’s founder Martin Goodman wasn’t only into comics, and the adventures of buff dudes in spandex? Hard to believe, but Goodman’s publishing empire also included various arms that also dealt in — gasp! — pulp fiction. As in those hard boiled noir detective books where the gumshoe always got the dame, […]

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