I just got back from a vacation trip to Chicago, where I had all kinds of crazy fun, but also found lots of cool stuff to put on this here blog. Once such cool thing is this lobby standee for an upcoming thriller/horror film called 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, which is due to open in theaters on August 16th, 2019. You can infer that it stars a Really Big Shark and assorted unsuspecting victims, but you may not realize that it is also a sequel to a 2017 film also called 47 Meters Down. So clever.
Take a closer look at the lobby standee and you will see there is a place for your two feet marked right in from of the shark’s gaping maw, so that you can stand there and your friends can snap a pic for The Gram of you looking like you are about to be shark food. Shark Attack in the Lobby!
Hungry Sharks and other creatures of the sea do battle with household trash and discarded product packaging in this colorful and compelling mural by artist Alexandra Evans, which I discovered on my most recent trip to First Street Green Art Park — where it seems there is always something cool and new. The mural is meant to draw attention to the now-crisis-level of non-recyclable trash that is finding its way into our oceans and killing fish and birds. Save the oceans!
Through a message on Instagram, Alex told me that this mural was actually a collaborative painting, created through an initiative she and a friend started called The Community Mural School. “It was completed last summer and anyone and everyone was welcome to come and paint. All ages welcome!” she said.
I appreciate the social message of this mural, as well as all the Sharks! Alexandra even added a Hammerhead shark — the Rock Star of all Sharks — as you can see above! Shark Attack in the Graffiti Park! Find and follow Alexandra on Instagram at @alex_b_evans.
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!
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!
Photographed at the New York Now Gift Show at Javits Center!
Whoa! Graphic Designer Scott Church of 23rd Day paper goods company has created what is perhaps the ultimate design for a surprise Birthday card: a Land Shark. Because no one expects a Shark Attack in the Garden!
Here is Scott’s original artwork, from which the card design was adapted. I think it’s just fantastic.
Photographed at the New York Now Gift Show at Javits Center.
You might remember this happy Grinning Shark cartoon from my rad coverage of 2018’s outrageously fun Five Points Festival. Or maybe not. Holding a side of Crispy Bacon and ready to chomp, this Shark is the work of the artist known only as Sharpy, who created it for the Red Envelope Show, which was up at Flushing Town Hall from January 5th through the 27th. And why the Bacon, you may ask? Well, to celebrate the Year of The Pig, of course!
Hey, remember this post? Well, it looks like this wheat paste street art of a Shark swimming through the opening of a lowercase “b” on a child’s Alphabet Block is also the work of artist/activist Appleton.
I spotted this piece near the stairs leading to the F and M Train platform at 16th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. If you look at the lower right hand corner of the above photo, you will see the remnants of an insulin vialnd a Campbell’s soup can (which says Cream of Insulin Soup) that are by this same artist.
Each year on New Year’s Eve day, I round up all of my not-yet-redeemed free product manufacturer coupons that are expiring at midnight on December 31st and head to Whole Foods and other neighborhood Supermarkets to load up on free stuff! Woo! This year’s haul includes ice cream, milk, frozen vegetable soufflés, and cottage cheese. Food just tastes better when it is free.
Even better, imagine how excited I was to notice this large Plush Shark Toy perched atop the illuminated sign on checkout register Number 9!
During a particularly successful Street Art Safari over on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District, I spotted this wheat paste of an Insulin Vial with a Shark on it near 22nd Street. This piece is part of a series by a diabetic artist/photographer known as Appleton who aims to increase Diabetes Awareness through his art. See more photos and read his Mission Statement at Appleton Artwork Dot Com!
When we were walking back to our cruise ship after a lovely day in the very foggy port of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, we passed by a store called Freak Lunchbox — which I absolutely had to check out, because Freak Lunchbox, WTF. Here is a story about just one of the crazy things we saw once we entered the store.
Danger: Shark Attack in the Candy Store!
If you happen to pass a Freak Lunchbox store, please do yourself a favor and go inside, enjoy the fun and whimsical decor, and buy some candy!