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On the scene of America's biggest art festival

Photo Essay: Art Basel Miami Beach

What exactly is Art Basel? You’re not alone in asking. Mixed messages are both a problem and an asset when it comes to the annual December event. Technically speaking, the festivities that culturally connected Americans learn about through New York Times writeups and a flood of social media humble bragging are officially known as Art Basel Miami Beach. We were on the scene to explore and try to define this captivating art wonderland

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Some junk for your trunk

Stocking Stuffers: Motorin’ Merch

True enthusiasts know that for the best driving experience you need very little accoutrement, if any at all. But a) everyone loves getting gifts and b) most times, some extra swag comes in handy. You could do the same thing you’ve done every year and get a gift card for the corner gas station, but…

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What is the measure of a man? And can we ever meet it?

30 Minutes With: Shaun El C. Leonardo

Staging artistic wrestling events in full Luchador regalia against invisible opponents, taking on semi-pro football players in full pads during mock bull-in-the-ring practice drills and painting larger-than-life self portraits of himself as a superhero are just a few examples of the creative work of artist Shaun “El C.” Leonardo. If you’re looking for a theme, know this — it’s all about being a man. We caught up with Brooklyn-based artist from Queens and former college football player before his upcoming show at KETEL ONE® Vodka’s artist studio at Art Basel Miami 2013 to gain some insight on his work and his thoughts on masculinity today.

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Today in Gear: July 17, 2013

Cree LED Flood Light Bulb Cree’s latest bulb gives indoor dwellers (most of you readers, we reckon) even more options for smarter lighting. A perfect replacement for the common BR30 bulb often used in recessed or track lighting fixtures, Cree’s flood light is dimmable, uses 85 percent less energy than traditional bulbs (650 lumens at…

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Man knowledge worth imprinting

Bearings Guide Letterpress Prints

Bearings Guide — the ever-tasteful email newsletter for Southern gents looking to improve their lives — recently launched a new shop stocked with a series of men’s-club-approved letterpress prints ($35). All are made in Atlanta, Georgia from original sketches created by the Bearings team, translated to custom plates and then individually rolled on all-cotton paper….

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Twinkle, twinkle...

Map 1: The Northern Sky

Stellavie is an art and design firm based in Hamburg, Germany. Specialising in prints, engravings, greeting cards and paper based lampshades, Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein’s work is clean, precise and limited in supply. Their latest offering, Map 1: The Northern Sky ($78), is an amazingly detailed silkscreen of the stars and constellations that most…

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Tortuous art

Linear Edge Race Track Sculptures

You have the car, the driving shoes, the gloves. Now, complete the look by bringing the twisty lines of Linear Edge Race Track Sculptures to your walls. Featuring Formula 1, MotoGp, and World Superbike race courses crafted in Baltic Birch laminate, the designer addresses the passion of over 500 million fans worldwide with art that…

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Hitting the wall

NoMo Designs Tour de France Posters

So you may not ever make it to the Tour de France. It’s one of the few athletic events that has spanned over a century, and it is truly a spectacle (on many fronts). You don’t have to be a fan of cycling to appreciate the brutal race, which is evident in its sheer distance,…

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Where the rubber meets the drywall

Muscle Cars 1960-1974 by ADCF Design

You had posters of them tacked all over your walls as a kid, like some kind of auto-obsessed John Nash after weeks of skipping his meds. You dreamt of driving one up to the high school parking lot, simply to scoop up your cheerleader girlfriend and drag away into the sunset, waking even that sleeping…

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Chop your own course

Woodcut Maps

Want to add beauty and sophistication to your wall, and channel your inner Magellan? We’ve got you covered. Woodcut Maps is a Bay Area start up specializing in handcrafted wood inlay maps that are designed by you ($150 – $500). Whether you’ve travelled the world and want to reminisce over a favourite spot, or barely…

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Big Tame Hunting

Nood Wooden Hunting Trophies

Nood’s wooden hunting trophies ($60) are the perfect wry interior accessory for karma-conscious men. Made from laser-cut, slotted wood, each head is easy to assemble and light enough to hang anywhere. There’s also an entire preserves worth of species to choose from, including stags, rhinos, moose, lions, and bears — oh my! Of course, if…

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Limited Edition Legends

Sonic Editions: The Impossible Cool Collection Prints

The folks over at Sonic Editions have teamed up with our friend, and master photo hunter (we’re not talking bar games people) The Impossible Cool to produce a series of stunning prints covering ten of the greatest icons of all time (think Ali, Connery, McQueen, Newman, Hepburn, etc). Each image in the series is limited…

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Fine Design

Wall & Decò Wallpapers

The work of Wall & Decò has nothing in common with the stuff you see on a typical Home Depot weekend. Yes, they technically make wallpaper, but they aren’t in the business of creating drab monothematic patterns. Instead, the firm is focused on balancing elements of photographic realism and graphic design to create wall-sized works…

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Walletica

Axis Typographic Maps

The combination of cartography and typography is pretty much everything GP could ask for in a print. Clearly we’re not alone in this sentiment, judging by Axis Map’s decision to create the Typographic Maps ($15-$195) series. These prints accurately depict the streets, highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of Chicago or Boston using nothing…

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10 Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

Dress the Part Movie Posters by Moxy Creative House

What can we say? We’re suckers for cool posters that go above and beyond the typical dorm room fair. This latest batch we’ve discovered by Moxy Creative highlights 10 films via their iconic or hilarious style. Available as 11.75″ x 15.5″ prints, buying one will cost your $30 plus $7 shipping — which is pretty…

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Baseball Card for Adults

Lionword Illustrations

As a kid, dropping $2.99 on a pack of baseball cards came as naturally as ordering sprinkles on your ice cream. The pictures on the front were awesome, and the stats on the back were, well, stats. As we’ve grown up (term used loosely) the stats we used to ignore are now the same numbers…

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Luke... I Am Your Travel Agent

Star Wars Travel Posters

Justin Van Genderen, a graphic designer from Chicago (not Dagobah), has crafted these beautifully minimalist travel posters that remind us of those deco pieces from decades past. However, unlike those that lured countless Americans down Route 66 and to the Grand Canyon in the backs of station wagons, these point wandering souls towards notable destinations…

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Television Shows Get the Modern Pop Art Treatment

Iconic TV Prints

If you liked the minimalist Quentin Tarantino Film posters or the international year of astronomy prints that we featured recently, then you’ll love this collection of Iconic TV posters brought to our attention by Boing Boing. Conceived by Austrian designer Albert Exergian, these prints come from his love of posters, modernism, and, of course, television….

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Antique prints as modern decor? Trust me, it works.

California Gold Region Antique Map (1851)

A man’s home should make a statement and a lot of making that statement comes from his decor. When framed properly and hung sparsely (think: one), antique maps are a unique way to liven up a room and provide a point of attention and focus. It offers the perfect offset to today’s square, geometric designs…

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Composition by Jackson Pollack

It’s time for you to take down those movie posters down from your walls and upgrade to art. It doesn’t have to be some vintage piece that costs more than your parents house but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look like you care a little about the one’s that matter. Take for example…