Kansan sculptor Kris Kuksi gets real about religion, greed, and power with Churchtanks.
Fred Durst, Guillermo del Toro, Chris Weitz and Robin Williams are part of a special club (not that club). They’re all keen to Kris Kuksi, a thirty-year-old sculptor from Wichita, Kansas. What’s the hype? del Toro explains: Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit. Um, yes. It was right at the tip of our tongues.
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From BBQ sundaes to the Iron Man of bikes, these diversions are worth your while.
BBQ SUNDAES: You read that right. Here we show you how to make BBQ's ultimate statement piece. / Made Man
HERE IS TODAY: Having a bad day? Here's a reminder of how insignificant today is. / Here Is Today
Some new and old tunes we’re currently spinning.
Song For Zula by Phosphorescent: Lead singer Matthew Houck reminds us of a young Bruce Springsteen. Listen
Random Access Memories by Daft Punk: You can now stream the album on iTunes (and, cough, elsewhere).
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Part 1 of our guide to all of the hot spots on and off Austin’s weird, beer-beaten path.
Ed. Note: Albert Einstein once said that play is the highest form of research. Taking that idea to heart, we recently spent a weekend in Austin dialing up the perfect weekend itinerary – think Huckberry's take on Anthony Bourdain's new show, The Layover. From BBQ-as-religious-experience to Chicken Sh*t Bingo, we saddled up with local Austinites Taylor Welden and Brian Takats, and hit all of the hot spots both on and off of Austin's weird, live music and Lone Star beer beaten path.
So you’re heading to Austin, Texas. Your friends have told you about it, your cousin went last Spring for a wedding, you read about a Austin festival on some blog, even your sister’s boyfriend told you it is a fun city when he “did SXSW back in 09". (Protip: don't come during ACL or SXSW if you want the real Austin experience. Sure, they're fun, but it's not necessarily "Austin". If you want to come for a music festival, book your stay around Fun Fun Fun Fest.)
Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rankin wrestled a thundercloud—and won.
I was convinced I would not survive; no human could. On July 26, 1959, William Rankin ejected through the glass canopy of his F-8 Crusader, fell 47,000 feet into “one of the most violent storms ever recorded on the East Coast,” parachuted over 65 miles in 40 minutes, and came to a stop by colliding with a tree.
He remembered: I was terrified, but not petrified. It’s a brave distinction of terms.
Seemingly a figment of Kipling’s imagination, Tippi Degré grew up alongside wild animals in the African bush.
Tippi was born in Africa. The desert of Namibia, to be exact. Her parents, Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, were French wildlife photographers and didn’t think twice about their decision to raise her among the biota they were documenting on a daily basis. By the time Tippi Degré was six, she’d begun to resemble a real life Mowgli.
The young girl had taken to wearing a loincloth and befriending the – sometimes huge, sometimes small – animals she’d encounter in her day-to-day. When speaking of her friends, Tippi was frank:
I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So, the animals are my friends.
Parisian photographer Julien Mauve’s structured compositions capture the essence of travel.
When Julien Mauve was a child, he had a Fischer Price camera round his neck. He’s since moved up the hierarchy of lenses, and two viral photo-books later (Back to Childhood and Hopeless Romantic), he’s brandishing the camera to international acclaim.
Lately, his focus has turned global, and his photo collection “Around the World” takes dead aim at scenaristic [his word] landscapes. We’re all eyes.
From Hawaiian swimming holes to a Daft Punk interview, these diversions are worth your while.
1. Hawaiian Swimming Holes: Taking us to our happy place. / Unreal Hawaii
2. Daft Punk Interview: Well, more of a profile, but it still got us so excited we can't feel our toes. / GQ
Some new, some old that we’re currently spinning. But no death metal. Yet…
John Maus - Hey Moon: A rich, synthy, fog-enveloped tune. Listen
Mountain Men – Erik the Red: The name of the song and the artist is all you should need to give this one a whirl. Listen
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Working out of Benetton’s creative lab, Fabrica, photographer James Mollison was asked to create work that engaged with children’s rights. From the get, Mollison didn’t want to limit the scope to “needy children in the developing world;” he decided the photo essay would include “children in all kinds of different circumstances.”
He wanted to address the “complex situations and social issues affecting children,” and wound up thinking back on his own childhood. In doing so, he remembered how significant his bedroom was– how it reflected his own identity. Thus, Where Children Sleep became the focus of his project.