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"Ren Hang" Celebrates the Chinese Photographer's Work
Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it's been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings...
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Leather Flogger
Handmade using buttery soft double-sided full-grain leather, this flogger by Killspencer is for the sassy Valentine in your life. Meticulously crafted in the USA, it's also hand-threaded with waxed linen thread—so the result contrasts delicacy and...
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"Fuck I Love You" Gift Tags
While cussing isn't always acceptable, sometimes you really need to add an expletive or two to make a point. These cute gift tags from Bing Bang make sure that the message is very direct—even a little aggressive. With "fuck, I love you" printed on...
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Ren Hang
An artist at the forefront of gender inclusiveness, Chinese photographer Ren Hang's work is full of nudity, but is somehow not entirely sexual. Certainly NSFW, his work is controversial in his homeland, but embraced elsewhere, and it's completely compelling...
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Penis-Shaped Keyring
Maybe the perfect gift for the person in your life who has three of everything, J W Anderson's penis-shaped keyring. Available in black, white or red and measuring 17cm (make a joke if you will) this keyring is made from 100% leather and invites all...
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Naked Advent Calendar
Even though Mr Bingo hates Christmas, he made an advent calendar for others to enjoy. Though, there's no chocolate on offer each day, it's something arguably better. Every day of December that goes by, you can use a coin to scratch off a character...
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Dame Products' New Fin Pleasure Object
Co-founded by Alexandra Fine and Janet Lieberman, Dame Products' mantra is to "make the world a happier place, one vagina at a time." Fine and Lieberman met two years ago, after they both (separately) founded their own sex toy companies based in...
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"Soft," an Exhibition of Woven Art
There are artists who use textile development as the medium for their expression and there are those whose work translates well into the woven world. "Soft," a Vans-sponsored exhibition running at LA's Superchief Gallery, focuses on the latter—and...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Brooklyn Museum Announces a Year of Feminist Exhibitions Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Brooklyn Museum has announced it's launching a year of feminist exhibitions. According to...
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Bob Mizer's Two-Volume "AMG: 1000 Model Directory"
Taschen's forthcoming "Bob Mizer. AMG: 1000 Model Directory" two-volume tome is far more than a collection of over 1000 hunky, near-nude bodybuilders and celebrities. (Though, that's definitely part of the allure.) Within both volumes, one bears witness...
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Premiere: "Open Space" by Wilderman
Rob Gungor—who doubles as the owner (along with partner Simone Rubi) of the Do Your Thing cafe in the art haven that is Marfa, Texas—releases music once again under the moniker Wilderman. "Open Space," the debut track off of his forthcoming album...
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PicoBong's Playful Array of Pleasure Objects
If it seems to you as if the pleasure object industry is awash with beautiful design and increasing creativity, that's something we've noticed as well. New to the scene, PicoBong (part of Swedish luxury toymaker Lelo's LELOi AB umbrella, but receiving...
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How To Dress Well: Lost Youth / Lost You
The first track from How To Dress Well's upcoming album Care (set for release 23 September) is the sublime "Lost Youth / Lost You," which offers everything we've come to expect and enjoy about the artist. Along with the new song comes a purple-saturated...
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Blonde Redhead: Dripping
Veteran NYC avant-rock trio Blonde Redhead (made up of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace) released their ninth studio album Barragán back in September 2014. From it, the hushed and hazy lead single "Dripping" ("I saw you dripping...
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Dessù Lingerie
Funded via KissKissBankBank (France's version of Kickstarter) last year, Paris-and-London-based Dessù offers a new perspective on lingerie. (The name comes from the phonetically similar dessous, one of the many French words for underwear.) The...
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Connect-the-Dots on T'aint by Ashish T-Shirts
A longtime member of the VFILES community, London-based designer Ashish Gupta has made a name for himself thanks to a frequent and extravagant use of sequins within the collections of his eponymous label. A new capsule, however, plays with a different...
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Jillian Mayer's "Day Off" at David Castillo Gallery, Miami
Virtual reality might be the next greatest step in storytelling but artist and filmmaker Jillian Mayer already observes something askew—a separation of person and environment that has very comical implications. In her latest gallery exhibition, "Day...
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Nosaj Thing: N R 2 The mostly enigmatic LA-based beatmaker Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) has something for the fans. After three intensely personal albums, he's releasing No Reality, an EP that finds the artist pushing himself to overthink less...
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La Femme: Sphynx
After their debut 2013 album Psycho Tropical Berlin, the trippy beach town rock band La Femme (hailing from Biarritz, France) is back to soundtrack our spring—or at least tonight's post-dusk adventures. "Sphynx" has the distinct pulling, hypnotic tone...
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NSFW at OUTLET, Brooklyn
Portraits of naked women litter gallery and art fair walls; but spotting the contemporary male nude, in contrast, seems to be as rare as sighting the yeti. The male gaze is still alive and kicking—evident across every visual medium, from film to...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Banksy's True Identity Using a technique called “geographic profiling”—which is mostly used to catch serial criminals—scientists at Queen Mary University of London claim to have discovered the true identity of the infamous street artist Banksy...
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LOKI Wave Vibrator
With express three-day (discreet) delivery, Lelo's LOKI Wave might be the perfect last-minute Valentine's Day gift. The dual motors provide external and internal stimulation and the sleek design is the first prostate vibrator to deliver what the brand...
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NOE Garments Launches Swimwear
Founded by twin sisters, NOE Garments melds function and fashion in their thoughtfully made intimates that find sexiness in non-traditional styles and materials. From supportive zip-back racers to bras with thick, bold straps, NOE pieces encourage...
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