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So, after you're done saving Coney Island you're going to need something cute to wear to the beach, right? Enter: Graffinis, a totally rockin swimwear company that takes images of graffiti found around their favorite NYC 'hoods and transfers them to bathing suits of different styles.The company wants to combine the urban experience of living in New York with the comfort of modern swimwear and, damn, they make that philosophy look good. (They also have one pieces and sportier bikinis, if that's more your style).
For several years, Coney Island, the home of rickety rides, Nathan's hot dogs, sideshow freaks, fireworks, games of chance, bathing beauties (and not-so-beauties) has been in danger. The city is planning on shrinking Coney's amusement district and blocking it off with four high-rise hotels. This week is the last week to act, so if you want to save this wonderful place, then rally up the troops and pick up the phone. First, find your City Council member by plugging in your address on this site.
Yesterday we brought you baubles from the MOMA, and today for your morning art injection, BUST brings you a preview of this weekend's cinematic art. This Sunday, July 19, Cleopatra's gallery based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is showing five short films by the eccentric comedienne and actress Miss Joan Marie Moossy. Miss Moossy's Modern Movies Matinee will feature short films such as 'Miss Moossy's Mythic Quest for the Fountain of Youth' and 'Miss Moossy Smells a Rat,' a dramatization of a real-life event in Moossy's Lower East Side apartment.
       Cover girl Kathy makes news again, this time as the scheduled host of the 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards which will air Saturday, September 12th. 'We're thrilled as Kathy's the first Emmy winner to host the Creative Arts show,' the show's veteran producer Spike Jones Jr. said. 'She stole the show the last two years, so now, we're giving her the opportunity to officially hijack it. We're all very, very excited. And just a little bit scared.' We love that she's always keepin' people on their toes. ~Hannah Photo courtesy of editorial.sidereel.
Like most naive post-college Graphic Designers, I once had a dream, a dream of livin' it big as a poster designer up in Portland, hanging out with all my favorite indie musicians as they passed through my town. I envision them thanking me profusely for my brilliant designs which informed hundreds of fans to flock to their concert hall doors not to mention the major buckage I would earn at the merch table. I soon learned that not only was this the same dream as every other designer in my demographic but my dream career is not as glamorous as I imagined.
I'll be honest, despite some positive reactions, I didn't get any photos sent to me for the I Am Neda project I wrote about a few weeks ago like I had hoped. I had all but given up on the idea when I checked my email late last Friday night to see I had finally gotten a response. Yes, the only photo I was sent was from a soldier stationed in Iraq. I was completely moved by his response and couldn't have asked for a more powerful outcome. I thought it was important to share so, with his permission, here is his photo and letter. -Celeste  i hope it's not too late.
If you're one of those people that never picked up a Harry Potter book or rolled your eyes when people said things like 'muggle' and 'expelliarmus' then you can skip ahead to the next blog post now (or read Potter 101 and be converted!) However, if you're like me and discovered Harry Potter in elementary school, used it to work bedtime magic on your child, or were any age in between when you found the book, then you've likely done some growing up alongside the series.    Harry Potter opens in theaters nationwide tonight at 12:01 a.m.
Last Friday I finally made it out to see the MOMA and, after five hours of traipsing around in the galleries, I decided that everyone should have a healthy serving of art in their day for inspiration, for contemplation, or just for fun. The James Ensor exhibit and performance art exhibit where gallery crawlers could have their names and heights marked on a wall with Sharpie were two of my favorites. For you, readers, here's a pretty, whimsical bubble necklace that's on sale now at the MOMA store. If it wasn't the price of a plane ticket, I'd fly uptown and try it on now.
We already knew Peaches ' lyrics were ahead their time, but now we can confirm that scientifically. A new study from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found that using profanity can lessen physical pain. A group of 64 volunteers put their hands in ice water while repeating a swear word of their choice over and over. (I would choose fatherf*cker, sticking with the Peaches theme.) The volunteers then repeated the study, this time saying a word to describe a table.
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