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Wednesday
Aug212013

[GIFTED] 99 Problems Prints

Jay-Z's "99 Problems" song is so rife with opportunities to reference it in your daily life.  You're at work and your boss tells you not to worry about creating yet another Powerpoint deck and you're all like, "I got 99 problems, but a deck ain't one."  Of course, the average problems in your life differ very much from a world famous rapper/mogul/husband to a superstar.  Jay-Z's problems are usually along the lines of "which major league sports team do I purchase," your problems are usually along the lines of, "Damn, this line at Starbucks is so long."

Enter illustrator Ali Graham's daily blog, 99 Problems, which renders Jay-Z into cartoon form, giving him regular life problems.  And you can purchase prints of them RIGHT NOW for only $20 .  It's fantastic to see Jay looking so cute and also bothered by the fact that his iPhone is at low battery—although I'm sure that battery pad or whatever he was hawking a few months ago could fix that problem, right?  See?  Jay-Z's problems are not your problems.  

Thursday
Jul252013

[GIFTED] UR BEAUTIFUL Print

PIZZA.  Even when it's bad it's good.  You can pretty much put anything on top of a pizza and it will taste good.  A cheese pizza is the original blank canvas.  Pizza is so great that you can even make a motherfucking DESSERT pizza.  A BREAKFAST pizza.  When pizza's on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime.  The advertising world has never come up with a truer jingle.

This UR BEAUTIFUL Print ($38, Society6) honors the pizza for the versatile, delicious meal that it is.  Hang it in the kitchen you never cook in, because you're too busy ordering pizza, your true love. 

Friday
Jul122013

[GIFTED] Great Lakes Prints

There are ocean people and there are lake people.  My girlfriend is an ocean person because she grew up in Florida.  Lakes freak her out, which I can understand, because there is something categorically creepy about fresh water.  But guess what's not found in lakes?  SHARKS.  STING RAYS.  KILLER WHALES.  The list goes on.  I would MUCH rather have a trout swimming by me than having to do the "Sting Ray Shuffle" every time I want to go into the Gulf of Mexico. 

These Great Lakes Prints ($32, HarryCanary) pay tribute to the lake people.  After all, the ocean people have got Jimmy Buffett.

Tuesday
Jun252013

[GIFTED] Mad Men Kit Print 

Ohhhhh my goddddd Mad Men.  Although the season finale on Sunday night wasn't as dramatic as I thought (I really thought Megan was going to get axed, ala Sharon Tate), it did leave a lot of unanswered questions.  Is Megan dunzo with their marriage?  Is Ted really moving to California?  Will Don go back to Sterling Cooper?  Will Bob Benson end up killing everyone while smiling and whistling "Singin' in the Rain?"  Personally, my favorite theory is this one, an incredibly convincing contention that Don Draper is actually infamous 1970's plane hijacker DB Cooper. 

A show as fantastic as this one deserves a fitting tribute, and this Mad Men Kit ($29, Curioos) that carefully parcels out all of the stuff that makes up the Mad Men world—a glass of booze, an old timey telephone, a box of cigarettes, a typewriter—is perfect for it.

Tuesday
May282013

[GIFTED] Delicious City Prints

Nothing captures a city’s past, present, and future like the local food scene. Signature foods—wings in Buffalo, po’ boys in New Orleans, crab cakes in Baltimore—provide hometown comfort for those who’ve moved away, as well as a reason for tourists to make a pilgrimage there. And if you think it’s ridiculous for someone to travel somewhere simply to eat an authentic Philly cheesesteak or slice of New York City pizza, think again.

Delicious City Prints has tapped into this gastronomic hometown boosting by creating city-specific art prints (available for $36) that pay homage to each city’s signature dishes. Twenty cities are represented—Austin, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Buffalo and more. Are you ready for some Loganberry? Muffulettas? Yes. And are you ready to explain what the hell those things are? You were born ready.

Originally posted on Parade.