1. What Remains of Old Shanghai
2. A Crowd-funding Campaign to turn this 19th Century Thames River Fort into a Nightclub
A crowdfunding campaign via Go Fund Me is hoping to raise money to purchase and renovate No.1, the Thames. They plan on turning the 19th century fort, located off the Isle of Grain at the mouth of the Thames estuary, into a nightclub. The enormous building is completely surrounded by water during high tide, leading Minival dreaming of a “Berghain in the middle of the sea”.
3. Letters from Paris
Paris Letters is a painted letter series sent out via snail mail to those who crave getting fun snail mail from the land of fromage, rosé and lippy waiters.
“After 110 years of writing junk mail in advertising, I devised an exit strategy to finance my own sabbatical … When I met my financial goal, I skipped town and traveled with nothing more than my suitcase and a small set of watercolors. Along the way, I painted letters about my travels and mailed them to friends. Enamored with this unique medium, I opened an online shop. Each month I create one painted letter, copy it, personalize it and mail it to hundreds of subscribers who are hungry for fun mail.”
4. This Restaurant
Faros beach tavern on the Greek Island of Sifnos – found on “places loved” by the inspirational photographer Carla Coulson.
5. This Outfit
Ginger Rogers of course, found on Pretty Shake
6. This French-Cuban Twin Sister Musical Duo
7. Roland, the 4,000 pound Sea Elephant
Roland, a 4,000 pound Sea Elephant, getting a snow bath from his handler at Berlin Zoo, date unknown. Roland lived in Berlin from the late 1920s until his death in 1961.
Found on The Elephant Gate.
8. Stretchy Slinky Sculptures
Found on This is Colossal
9. This DIY Button Distributor
Found on Leigh-Ann Keffer’s Flickr
10. A Baseball Umpire turned Accidental Folk Artist
George Sosnak had a passion for the game of baseball but did not have the athletic skill to be a player, so he did the next best thing to be involved in the game – he became an umpire. Although his dreams of becoming a Major League umpire were never fulfilled, Sosnak’s painted baseballs slowly grew to cult-like popularity.
Sosnak would send a ball to player or get it signed in person and then start to decorate the rest of the baseball.
The scope of his work is unknown. The baseballs are scattered throughout the world. The estimates of painted orbs in existence range from 800-3,000. Most auction houses today cite the 800 number as the accepted estimate of painted baseballs but it could be likely a total number of baseballs is more toward the 3,000 range – most of his work is still out there waiting to be rediscovered.
11. A Truck Golf Cart
This exists and is available to buy.
12. This Cheese Shop’s Business Cards
13. The Hairstylist that gives Free Haircuts to the Homeless every Sunday
“Every human life is worth the same.”
New York-based hair stylist Mark Bustos provides free haircuts to the less fortunate on the streets every Sunday.
Discover New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos on Instagram