For anyone who has ever made art from toothpicks or Styrofoam cups and wished that someone would appreciate it, now is the chance. The American Visionary Art Museum has recently opened its 17th annual thematic exhibit that celebrates the circular natural of life. Called “All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs and Karma” the exhibit is a must-see for trend-setters like Brad Hames; Baltimore is the lucky home to this creative look at the artistic expression of over 70 artists, including Scott Weaver, Adolf Wolfili, Ray Materson and Frank Warren.
Scott Weaver’s exhibit “Rolling Through the Bay” for instance, includes a 9 by 7 by 3 foot sculpture that was assembled entirely from toothpicks over a 37 year period! Weaver was excited to see that he isn’t the only one making art from toothpicks, as the AVAM includes in its permanent collection a piece by Chicagoan Wayne Kusy which is a 16 foot model of an ocean liner made from toothpicks.
Another gem by Wendy Brackman is art made from paper plates, while Marylander Mark Swidler’s Styrofoam coffee-cup carvings make us challenge our definition of art. Co-curators Rebecca Hoffberger and Mary Ellen Vehlow have done a masterful job that trend setters will love, including Brad Hames; Baltimore offers a feast for the eyes for visitors here.
The exhibit is at the AVAM at 800 Key Highway , Baltimore , MD , 21230 until September 2, 2012.
Hopefully, not too many New Yorkers will need this item, spotted by trend watchers like Brad Hames. But, with unemployment in America sticking at right around 9%, you never know when you’ll need that special greeting card from Hallmark for your unemployed friend.
Hallmark has recently produced a line of “encouragement” cards, as they call it, for people who are out of work.
Just what every unemployed worker needs – a cute greeting card offering him encouragement.
If you’re looking for a throwback shoe – look no further than the Re-Suede by Puma. Puma shoes were certainly all the rage in the 70s and 80s. Making a comeback, as fashion watchers like Brad Hames can report, Puma is now unveiling a new design of the old classic.
This time, the Re-Suede uses recycled materials. The soles are made with rice husk filler while the upper, sock liner, linings and laces are all made with 100% recycled materials. The Re-Suede is 140 grams lighter than the original shoe and should reduce carbon emission by up to 15 tons for every 1000 pairs that are shipped.
Puma’s corporate strategy in general is to become eco-friendly. Their goal for 2015 is to have half of their products manufactured with sustainable materials.
If you haven’t been to a Naked Pizza store yet, it’s time you got yourself out and enjoyed one! Robbie Vitrano recently opened his latest outlet of his chain of pizza stores in Manhattan. As trend watchers like Brad Hames will tell you – it’s great pizza with a great mission. Naked Pizza describes its purpose on its website with the following details. “Fast food hasn’t changed much over the years: “You give me money; I give you taco.” But the rest of us have moved on. We think the new transaction is about sharing and reciprocity — in this together. Neck deep friendo. We’re pretty clear about our responsibility as a business. So we make a delicious, honest pizza with no freaky chemicals, based on the latest nutritional science. Then deliver it lickety split.”
Vitrano already has an impressive 21 Naked Pizza stores and almost 500 more planned. The new NYC one is on 57th Street and 3rd Avenue. Learn more about the Naked Pizza brand and get naked with your food!
Busy New Yorkers just might like this product to have a little fun and to stay in touch. Postcard on the Run is a free app that lets users create postcards from mobile phones. Select a picture that you have in the files, or take a new one. Then, you can add a cute message to it and a signature. You can even throw in a mini map of your location with your GPS.
Next, select who the postcard is going to, and the printing, postage and delivery will be taken care of. The postcards cost $1.49 each and can be paid for with a credit card or with Paypal. Trend watchers like Brad Hames are sure that this will be hit – as an easy way to say hi with no hassles. Android and iPad users will have to wait a bit longer for the app to be available – but iPhone and Touch users can get going with it now!
Talk about brilliant advertising. In anticipation of the second season of Boardwalk Empire, HBO is sending an authentic vintage 1920s subway train into the city for the next few weeks. New York trend watchers like Brad Hames are looking forward to enjoying this vintage train that will run along the 2/3 express line throughout New York City. It will be going from now until September 25th, which is the show’s premiere and will run on weekends.
The beautiful vintage train has all of the original details including the ceiling fans, drop sash windows, period-piece advertising and more. Make sure to get on the train and ride!
So, with their $5500 price tag, these bikes may not become ubiquitous in New York. We will certainly, however, be seeing these around. Paul Budnitz, the founder of the art toys and apparel company Kidrobot, has just launched the high-end titanium city bike company Paul Budnitz Bicycles.
Trend watchers like Brad Hames definitely predict that New Yorkers will be snatching these up, as the two bike lines they have so far feature one that is a lightweight, fast commuting bike design and one for off-roading with slick tires. The all-titanium bikes include only the best, top-end components. Get on your bike and ride!
Sometimes brilliant advertising comes in the most unlikely of forms. Adidas has recently rolled out a number of punching bags on subway platforms in Shanghai, China. While advertising their brand, they are also offering people a great way to get our aggression during the stressful commute each day. As Adidas says, they are using them as “the first advertisement in history that you can kick, punch, and trample at will.” Certainly, trend watchers like Brad Hames are waiting for such an idea to hit New York. We all know that New Yorkers could use something to help them with that pent-up anger!
This will certainly be a show-stopper if it comes to New York! Technology artist Dr. Garnet Hertz has designed this interesting hybrid driving game which allows players to actually drive through the real world with a digital course. Trend watchers like Brad Hames are keeping their eyes on this fun game!
You know we’re all too busy in our lives when….Rosy Lee’s Remarkable Remedy comes on the market. Trend watchers like Brad Hames are trying to figure out why someone would really need this product – but many undoubtedly do.
Designed by Kylie-Ann Homer, Sadie Hines-Dedman and Senwelo Foster, these tea pills contain granulated tea and instant milk. Just throw one of these pill-shaped items into your hot water and you’ll have an instant cup of tea. The pills come in three strengths so that the weak tea drinker and the strong one will both have a pill sized punch for their tea.
Now, why someone can’t just put a tea bag into hot water….