August 4, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

Remember when I went to Germany a couple months back? Man, that was awesome. My big take-away from the trip though was that Germans (or at least Berliners) love five things is approximately equal measure:

• Beer

• Bicycling

• Dogs

• Cigarettes

• Asparagus

Well, the geniuses over there have decided to combine at least two of those things (and there’s no smoking ban over there, and if they serve asparagus poppers at the bar, watch out!) with the Bier Bike. I apologize for the lack of English, but basically, it seems a lot like a much less-annoying version of the Duck Tours.

Bier Bike tourists pay to pedal around a huge bike and drink beer. You know, like you do. Like everyone does. Even Duckie.


June 14, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Oslo and Berlin (Part 2 of 2)

So after a quick diversion into the robotic realm last week, I thought I’d wrap up this two-part series about my recent European escapades!

Previously I posted some pics of the cool art to be seen in Oslo, Norway and the choicest selections from Berlin’s East Side Gallery. This week’s focus is a bit more on Berlin’s excellent street art scene.

 

This awesome Japanese woodcut-style portrait decorated the side of a hotel across the street from the East Side Gallery facing the Spree River. We really loved the economical use of color and elegant contours and just thought in general it was great art AND marketing for the hotel; it’s hard to miss AND hard to forget.

 

After a couple of mis-steps seeking out the cream of the art scene crop that we’d heard so much about before arriving in Berlin, we asked the proprietor of Big Brobot, a very cool book/toy/comic/t-shirt shop in the Friedrichshain section of the city, if he could recommend any good galleries that exhibited more street art and pop art (as opposed to the truly awful installations we’d seen up to that point.) He kindly pointed us in the direction of the NeuroTitan gallery and shop.

After a couple of missed turns, we finally were pointed in the direction of the correct alley leading to the gallery. Once we stepped into the alley, we were greeted with some really wonderful pieces of street art, from spray can art to traditional media to paste-ups.

 

The alley then led into a courtyard that featured this very cool steam-powered sculpture of a steampunk bat-creature with flapping wings, roving eyes, and flailing proboscis. I really wish I’d switched on my video camera to catch it in action!

 

Finally, to get to the NeuroTitan gallery, we had to climb a few flights of stairs to enter the shop area before checking out the exhibit. While the exhibit was pretty “meh”, the trip up the stairs was awesome, with the walls just COVERED in really cool graffiti and street art. One of our favorites was the “Fashion Chimp” ad paste-up, done in the style of a 1930s-40s women’s magazine. Who wouldn’t want a giant, life-sized “fashion chimp” for their home?

 

That pretty much wraps up our 2011 European adventure. Sad as we were not to be able to make it to Tokyo, it was an excellent diversion none the less, and hopefully the planet is done kicking Japan’s ass for a few years and we can make it over there soon.

In OTHER Ex-Boyfriend news—AT LEAST two new designs are going to be up by the end of this week. If you or someone you know is into vampires, kitties, and/or kawaii-style art, be sure to check back!

ALSO: Be sure to tune into The Daily Show on Comedy Central tonight at 11pm. Our good friend Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet will be sporting our very own Fuzz Aldrin this evening during Aasif Mandvi’s segment! Woot! Be sure to spread the word!

UPDATE: The Daily Show segment featuring Jackson Galaxy wearing Fuzz Aldrin tonight has been postponed thanks to some big political news today, but I’ll keep you guys updated about when it really airs!


May 24, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Oslo and Berlin (Part 1 of 2)

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For the last week I’ve been in Oslo and Berlin on a little vacation. Today I’m sharing 5 cool/interesting things I’ve seen. I’ll share 5 more next week.

I loved this mural at the East Side Gallery, Berlin, because he seemed so ideal for photobombing. Thus we told him secrets and picked his nose.

Previously I'd only seen The Scream hanging on posters in college dorm rooms. It was cool to see the original. Though the lighting could have been better. The whole Munch musuem was pretty great. The best part was Munch's overly-sensitive poems about everything. This guy would've been a serious Plain White T's fan.

This was a urinal in a horror-themed bar in Oslo called Dr Jekyll's. The bathroom was hidden behind a bookcase/secret door. They really went all out, with motion-sensor-activated howls & scream to accompany you as you did your business.

One of the most interesting sculptures in Vigeland's sculpture garden in Oslo. Features a guy beset by babies. Terrifying?

My favorite mural at Berlin's East Side Gallery

That’s all for now. I’ll share 5 more next week when I’m back from my trip.


January 26, 2011

WTF Wednesday, and some related new art: Slutty Dentistry (and Slutty Squirrels)

File this under “Yay, Feminism!”: Dr. Marie Catherine Klarkowski of Munich, Germany has implemented a new dress code at her dentistry practice as a result of witnessing the male response to the traditional low-cut Dirndl dresses worn by women during Oktoberfest. The dresses feature low-cut necks, which, coupled with the built-in bodices, act like push-up bras. However, this new direction in work-wear is about more than just providing her staff with a little extra support: “The most important thing for us is to take away the patients’ fear. The sight of cleavage gets patients narcotised and distracted from the pain rather quickly.” She added, “Some patients’ mouths are already wide open on entering the practice – and that is just what a dentist wants.”

There’s a “that’s what she said” in there somewhere—I’m sure of it.

“It could be that the cleavage is a little distracting, but in the end it’s me who has to concentrate and the patient can perhaps think about something different and relax during the treatment.” One of Dr Klarkowski’s employees, Larisa Hrustic, said, “I much prefer working in a dirndl; I enjoy looking good at work, and it’s a lot more fun since we had the new outfits.”

Really? Boners pressing into your mid-section while you hunch over patients to give them a less-obstructed view of your breasts while you scrape tartar is fun? That’s interesting, because it sounds a lot like you work at Hooters, but with more flossing involved.

On a barely-even-tangentially-related note, let’s switch from slutty dentists to slutty squirrels with my new Squirrels Gone Wild design. You can buy it now!