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When I was a young'n, I thought having a tattoo was the ultimate form of badassery. If a boy had a tattoo, it meant he was the much-desired bad boy and probably wore a leather jacket and rode a motorcycle too. The Bangz's energetic music video for their song 'Boys with Tattoos (We Jerkin')' sings about the common temptation.    ... Read More
Splattered blood and slashed throats sell a lot of prime time TV, right? But fashion? Apparently not. After hearing complaints and, well, just plain confusion from the public, Barney's pulled their controversial window displays this Tuesday. The displays featured gown-clad mannequins with slashed throats splashing blood inside the vestibule and spattering it across the window pane in front of them. BUST obviously doesn't condone violence towards women (be ... Read More
From the record label that brought you Superchunk, Spoon, Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields and She and Him, comes an anthology of Merge Records ' remarkable twenty-year history as an indie label, beginning, growing, and eventually thriving in a sea of corporate giants. But this is more than the story of an underdog. It's a colorful chronology of the lives of founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, as they intersect with some of the best indie rockers of our ... Read More

Hero Worship

BY Team Intern in General

Comic-Con 2009 , THE comic and pop culture convention, takes over the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. This year, the event promises more caped crusaders, industry panels, and nerd-worthy merchandise than you can shake a lightsaber at. If you're lucky enough to attend the 4-day media frenzy, be sure to visit Funchicken at booth 1732 and check out their new silkscreen prints, limited edition copies of Unlovable (with--get this--GLOW INK), and a VERY ... Read More
I'll admit it, I set out to write this post raving about the unexpected delivery of Kopali samples we just received, but I got distracted for a good ten minutes because I was so enjoying my snack of chocolate covered cocoa nibs. Kopali was founded by two pals who were living on a farm in Costa Rica. They watched as low-flying planes sprayed pesticides over not just the farms, but the town's homes and water supply as well. They witnessed the abusive labor practices ... Read More