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Shark Attack Jigsaw Puzzle!

Shark Attack Jigsaw Puzzle Box
All Photos By Gail

Not to be confused with the popular Pool Cleaner device, I Am Lil’ Shark finds its way into this week’s Shark Attack featurette for being a hyper-realist Shark-Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle!  It’s totally Jawsome!

Shark Attack Jigsaw Puzzle

Amazing!

Shark Attack Jigsaw Puzzle Back of Box

Madd Capp Puzzles, makers of I Am Lil’ Shark, design all of their colorful animal puzzles in the shape of the actual animal, so you can see that they are way more fun and educational to put together than your standard square puzzles, which must now be said to suck by comparison. See more of Madd Capp’s fun Puzzles at This Link!

Fun!
Fun!

Photographed at the New York Now Gift Show at Javits Center!

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The Rise of Vape Culture

Vape Culture Words

“Vape Culture” is the name given to the community and spirit surrounding vaping, something which millions of people worldwide have found their home in. Over the last few years, vaping has grown out of relative obscurity and is now something which is done by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The reasons for vaping are varied, with some opting to vape instead of smoke cigarettes, whereas others do it to participate in “vaping games” for the cool factor.

To different people, vaping means different things, and to the Oxford dictionary, it was 2014’s word of the year – “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Some people view it as obnoxious, whereas others are completely absorbed by the community which surrounds it.

Colored Smoke Background

To say that vaping as an act divides people would be an understatement; however, there is no ignoring the influence that it has on our world, and with the numbers of people who participate in vaping continuously on the rise, it is a trend which is set to keep growing, especially as more and more trendy vape-related manufacturers and retailers such as www.brokedick.com come about and further strengthen the community.

In addition to this, more people are becoming aware of the dangers related to smoking and are trying to find ways to quit. Many start off with nicotine patches before progressing to vaping and find the latter to be the most effective means of getting rid of a habit which can completely take over your life and dramatically increase risks of cancer and coronary heart disease, amongst other ailments.

#1: What Is Vape Culture?

To the older generation, generally speaking, vapers are groups of young adults who have nothing better to do than blow huge plums of vapor at inappropriate times in inappropriate places. You just need to look at the mainstream media to see the many stories of so-called “millennials” plaguing restaurants, airports, and bars with their vapor smoke whilst arguing that they are not breaking the rules because they are not smoking.

Whilst such acts are highly inconsiderate, this is not representative of the vaping community. Unfortunately, these people give it a bad name. Whilst there are several such stories constantly making their way around the mainstream press, the truth of the matter is that at the core of the vaping community are the “good guys” – normal everyday citizens who are enthusiastic about vaping but carry it out in a way which does not impede on others or cause a nuisance.

The true vaping community wants to eliminate the negative stereotypes and stigmas associated with vaping.

Set of Vaping Culture Icons

#2: What Is Its Demographic?

Truth be told, there is no one single demographic which fits within the vaping community or culture. Vape culture includes everybody, a wide range of the overall world population; it is not limited to any single person, gender, age group, race, political party, sexuality, or other factor.

People from all walks of life, working all types of job and from virtually all countries in the world have taken up vaping as a means of either quitting smoking or taking up a fun pastime, or both. Given that there is scientific support to show that vaping is as much as 95% safer than smoking regular cigarettes and tobacco, the majority of vapers fall within the former group – people who are concerned about their health and want to ditch the smoking habit.

So long as you are genuinely interested in vaping – you don’t even need to actually vape – just have an interest or want to follow the movement, you are welcome in the vaping community. If, as a vaper, you are willing to tow the line and be considerate to others, especially if you are blowing huge, thick and dense clouds, there is no reason why you cannot get involved.

#3: Is Vape Culture Really Necessary?

Sure, vaping is cool and all . . . but is it necessary for there to be a “culture” and “community” which surrounds it? In short, yes.

Look at any other sport, hobby or pastime and you will see that nine times out of ten there is a community of enthusiasts which surround it. Skateboarding, football, stamp collecting, trainspotting… every niche interest tends to have a community around it, so why should vaping be any different to this?
The vaping community and culture provide a huge benefit for not only those who vape, but for those who don’t, too. For vapers, the vape community and culture provides a place where people can get help with quitting smoking, it is where the right to vape is protected and it is a community which has set the bar high for manufacturers to produce quality products which are safe and healthy. For outsiders, the vaping community educates newcomers on the best practice for vaping, where you can and can’t do it and how not to be a nuisance for it.

Of course, there are a handful of vapers out there who don’t respect the best practices for vaping… these people are just as much a nuisance for us responsible vapers as they are for the wider population. Most of us, however, are considerate with our vaping devices and work hard to educate people through the organization of vape conferences to further enhance the vaping movement.

Vape culture has existed from the very beginning and it is something that continues to go from strength-to-strength as the vaping “movement” grows in relevance and popularity throughout the world. The culture and community which surrounds it is just as much a necessity as it is a nicety; prominent figures and officials within the community work hard to promote responsible vaping and get rid of the various stigmas associated with a relatively harmless pastime.

As vaping grows in popularity and more people get involved with the overall vaping community, it is important to keep educating the masses on the many benefits associated with it and to eliminate the overarching stigma which causes bias within the media.

4 Tips For Having Fun at Home

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Whether you are trying to scale back your expenses, simplify your lifestyle, or make the most of your property, it is likely that you are spending a lot of your time at home. This shouldn’t feel like a compromise. Instead, it should feel like a fabulous opportunity to try out new experiences, have fun with your loved ones, and embrace a positive mindset. If you are struggling to see the joys in spending your time at home, you will need to work your way through the following four tips. They will help you to get the most out of your living space and will save you from looking back in regret.

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Try Something New

The first tip is to experience something new, such as the joys of vaping. This is a fun, easy, and cost-effective way for you to spend some quality time at home. Even if you have never vaped before, it shouldn’t take you too long to find your feet. All you need to do is visit Mt Baker Vapor. This online store is the perfect place for you to purchase the vaping equipment you require. You will also have the chance to choose from a wide range of flavors that are sure to spice up your experience.

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Set Up a Home Cinema

The next tip is to set up a home cinema. Have no fear, this doesn’t have to involve a lengthy renovation project. In fact, you can switch up your living space in under an hour. First, you will need to tidy up your home, so that it is free from chaos and clutter. Then, you will need to organize your DVDs, so that they are easily accessible. Next, you will need to move around your seating, your lights, and your technology, so that you have the perfect view. Finally, you will need to plug in a speaker system, as this will ensure your audio is impeccable.

Backyard Chessboard

Play Games in Your Backyard

Another great tip is to play games in your backyard. There are no age restrictions on having fun, so you can do this long after your kids have gone to bed. From Giant Chess to Capture the Flag, there are so many options for you to choose from. Why not write down all of the suggestions and place them in a bowl? Then, you can carry out a lucky dip to find out what your next activity is going to be. This will add an element of surprise to your time at home and will give you something to get excited about!

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Set Up a Craft Area

The final tip is to set up a craft area in your home. This is a brilliant way for you to take your hobbies to the next level. It could be that you enjoy baking, or it might be that you dabble in origami. Either way, it makes sense for your crafts to have a space of their own. Perhaps there is a spare bedroom that you could transform. Or, maybe you have a nook that is just big enough for a small desk, a fold-out table, or a storage unit.

Eye On Design: Vintage Toys By Wham-O

Wham-o Toys Display
All Photos By Gail

Childhood friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr formed Wham-O in their Pasadena garage in 1948. They championed outdoor fun that demanded children’s energy  — throwing, catching, hip-swinging, sliding — and ample space.

Slip 'N Slide

Wham-O jumped from fad to fad: Frisbees, Hula Hoops, Superballs, Slip ‘n Slides, Silly String and Hacky Sacks are just a few of Wham-O’s inventions.

Hula Hoops and Frisbee

Photographed as part of the Exhibit Play! at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds at the Brooklyn Museum

Faile Poster
All Photos By Gail

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds is a crazy fun exhibit that you should make an effort to see before it closes in just under a month. For those who are unfamiliar, FAILE is a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Through their bold and provocative artworks, they raise questions about our relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment, by blurring the boundaries between fine art, street art, and popular culture. This exhibit covers a broad scope of Faile’s impressive resume.

Girl with Skate Board Statue
Fantasy Island

The works on view include multimedia installations, large-scale paintings, and sculptures that appropriate imagery from a wide variety of sources, including American quilts, folk and Native American art, religious architecture, pulp magazines, comic books, sci-fi movie posters, adult entertainment advertisements, and storefront typography.

Faile Paintings Trio

The duo’s colorful and visually engaging paintings are created in the style of comic book/graphic novel illustrations and are extremely dense with images that tell a hundred stories.

Faile Painting 1

Faile Painting 2

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

The exhibition includes The FAILE & BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, an interactive environment created in collaboration with Brooklyn artist Bäst that includes video games, pinball machines, and foosball tables that are simultaneously sculptures and functioning games.

Arcade Installation View

The installation is a nostalgic nod to video arcades and punk rock and graffiti culture. Here are few of the custom-designed games you can play!

Pinball Machine

Games of Deception

See Me Touch Me

Death Awaits Me

Everyone really seemed to enjoy playing the games!

Faile Souvenir Token Machine

All games are free to play, but you can buy a souvenir token imprinted with the name of the exhibit for just $1.00. What a bargain!

DayGlo Arcade View

The arcade theme continues in a black-lit anterior room where you can find Day-Glo Foosball tables and people taking assloads of selfies! Check this shit out!

DayGlo Arcade Floor

This what the floor looks like. Geoffrey laid down on it and had me take photos of him.

Foosball Table

Foosball Table game that you can play!

Up on Two Wheels

The walls are plastered with images from FAILE’s many projects.

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It is like being on Acid.

Neon Sign

Temple Exterior 1

Also on view is FAILE’s Temple, a life-size structure reminiscent of a ruined religious temple. Made of iron, ceramic reliefs, and painted ceramics, and incorporating prayer wheels and popular-culture imagery, Temple imagines a reaction against commercial development and consumer greed.

Temple Exterior 2

The exterior of the Temple reminded me very much of a subway station entrance, albeit much cleaner!

Temple Entrance

Here’s what it looks like inside!

Horse Head Alter

Prayer Wheels

FAILE’s take on the Prayer Wheels found in Buddhism and other spiritual followings.

As you can see, there is a lot to take in at this exhibit and you could easily go twice and notice different aspects of the artworks on each visit.

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds will be on Exhibit Through October 4th, 2015 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Christian’s Heroes Coloring Book

Christian's Heroes Coloring Book Cover
All Photos By Gail

It may have been as long ago as last summer that I met Christian, as he set up a table near the corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street in the Chelsea Gallery Distinct to hand out his amazing coloring /activity books that he makes himself.

Andy Warhol

On each of the book’s pages you will find an icon of the art, fashion or music world along with a famous original quote of theirs. Here is Andy Warhol, my favorite artist ever in the Universe of all time, also accompanied by my favorite quote of his, “Art is What you Can Get Away With.” That is so true.

Freddie and Grace

Here we see Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones (as seen on the cover of her legendary CD, Island Life).

Elton John

Elton John, I love him!

Bjork

I can feel Bjork on this quote, because people asked me the same thing when I got home from an Alaskan Cruise. Really people? Eskimos? It was cruise, not an anthropological expedition!

Andre Leon Talley

Andre Leon Talley is an eccentric fashion mogul who sometimes gets himself into trouble, because he has a very sassy mouth!

Andy Maze

There are alossome fun games and activity pages in the book, such as this cool maze to help Andy Warhol find funding for his art, or something like that!

Karl Lagerfeld Connect the Dots

Also, you can connect-the-dots to draw designer Karl Lagerfeld. So fun!

Find out more about Christian and see how he has colored and decorated some of these pages himself on his Facebook page, Christian Loves Sparkle!