Custom Neon Signs by Marcus Poston

New York-based artist Marcus Poston composes handmade lighting, which spells out heartwarming and positive messages. The custom neon lights are a labor of love designed to commemorate monumental events and adorned your favorite spaces in your home, as a symbol of keepsake.

Classically composed, most of the pieces are made from neon and wood with a mix of repurposes objects with unique characteristics.  Encrypted with tender words of feelings of love, home, adventure and positive dialogues, all of Poston’s work is customizable. Among our favorites include the romance phrases, “J’adore,” and “to the moon and back.” You can find his collection in his Etsy shop.

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Q&A: Mark Gatiss – ‘Best kiss? My husband, or Ben Whishaw in London Spy'
I was a very lazy child, but I think I’ve made up for it by being a workaholic
By Rosanna Greenstreet

Born in County Durham, Mark Gatiss, 49, formed the comedy quartet The League Of Gentlemen in 1995. He wrote Doctor Who novels and scripts, before going on to appear in it, and co-created Sherlock, in which he plays Mycroft Holmes. He also stars in Wolf Hall, Game Of Thrones and the new Dad’s Army film. He lives in London with his husband, actor Ian Hallard.

What is your earliest memory?
Being in my pushchair, and my mum plucking a branch of lilac from a tree and putting it in my lap. I was enchanted by it and then it exploded with earwigs. My life in a nutshell.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Alan Bennett, because he has been such a huge influence on me.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I mistook a member of a famous band for another member of the band. I saw in his eyes that he felt betrayed.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A ridiculously expensive shirt from Gucci for £500. It’s ivory and has a flattened lace ruffle; it’s exquisite.

What is your most treasured possession?
My prosthetic 76-year-old face from when I was in Doctor Who playing a scientist who rejuvenates himself.

What is your screensaver?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I used to have a complex about my big nose and wish I had a little more hair, but you’ve just got to get on with it. It’s nice to see the map of people’s lives on their faces.

What makes you unhappy?
The destruction of ancient cities by Isis makes me physically sick.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Trilobites, an extinct form of marine life that look like woodlice. They are cute and I collect fossils of them.

Which book changed your life?
Great Expectations. When I was four, I was given it by Santa in Fenwick in Newcastle and I’ve still got it. I remember the thrill of discovering that Magwitch was Pip’s benefactor – the first great twist I experienced.

What is top of your bucket list?
To play Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol; it’s one of my dream parts.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
America’s Next Top Model. I don’t know what I shall do without Tyra Banks when it ends.

What was the best kiss of your life?
Obviously my first kiss with my husband – or the one I had with Ben Whishaw in London Spy.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Max Beerbohm, Einstein and Tyra.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Answering Rolf Harris’s fan mail.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I was a very lazy child, but I think I’ve made up for it by being a workaholic. I might push some of the work back to my childhood.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
As a time-travel-obsessed child, I always wanted to go into the past, but now I would like to go into the future, to see if we make it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Sherlock being such a worldwide phenomenon.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
A Day In The Life by the Beatles.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t sweat the small things.

I’m seeing some white people say they didn’t like Formation BUT just fucking WWWWAAATCH. Give it a month or even more there will shirts, sweaters and other merch with song lyrics from Formation slapped on there. There will be white cis gay males once again saying Beyonce makes them feel like they have an inner black woman. White girls will want to have our “negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils”

White girls will “twerk” to this song and dance to it without knowing the real meaning of it and be HAILED by black men who are fetishized by them and state “White girls are winning” all the while shaming black women for dancing to this song.

White people will say they dislike this song now but once they notice they can PROFIT and gain ATTENTION/POPULARITY from this song, you bet your sweet ass they gonna be throwing out AAVE talking about cornbread and hot sauce as if they understand black culture.

White people love to steal shit from black people especially when they see the shit we do becoming popular.

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Illusion Or Reality? Uncanny 3D Paintings By Russian Artist Are Impossibly Lifelike

Stefan Pabst is a 35-year-old Russian born artist who has mastered the art of 3D digital painting to the extent where his paintings trick the eye as the are often mistaken for real photographs, and more frighteningly, the real subject walking off the paper. The artist has adopted a French technique, known as trompe l'oeil technique, which literally translates into the French term “trick the eye”. The expert painter’s abilities extend into photo-realistic portraits as well. Fine details and flawless precision of each stroke and shadow, made effortlessly as seen on Pabst’s Youtube channel, is a beautiful process to witness as the artist becomes absorbed into his art until a realistic snake readies itself to strike at him from the canvas.

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HOW TO BE ITALIAN • 20 Rules Italians never break

Italian stereotypes? Well… some of them are true! Especially when it comes to Italy’s social etiquette. Here’s a list of unwritten “rules” Italians must respect at all times. :)


Brooding Abstract Paintings of the Ocean Waves by Samantha Keely Smith

New York-based artist Samantha Keely Smith composes stunning abstract paintings of oceanic landscapes which are simultaneously ethereal and dramatic. By using oil paint and shellac, Smith perfectly balances warm and cool colors in creating the ideal atmosphere for her brooding paintings.

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Hindus Wearing White for Mourning

@mountaindave asked:

I’ve been trying to do some in-depth research (on the internet) on why white is the colour of mourning for Hindus (for my book) but I can’t find anything that isn’t written by a white person and the only thing I found was an article from an Indian magazine that didn’t go into much detail. I would ask my friend who is Hindu but she’s sick of having to explain parts of her culture to people and I don’t want to rely on her for research into Hinduism as that doesn’t seem fair

Could you phrase this question in the form of a question?

The short answer is death has a millennia-old association with ritual impurity for the blood family of the deceased and as white is a color associated with purity, wearing white was traditionally part of the purification rituals expected of them for a period after the death.  Over time this just got graded down into wearing white while mourning, as few people still observe all the purity strictures from so long ago (such as not going to temples or observing any religious rituals except for funerary rites, not giving alms, not attending parties/marriages, etc.) but just dressing in white is easy enough so it stuck around.

~Mod Nikhil

This US-centrism and the arrogance, the superiority and the know-it-all attitude that accompanies it, is grating on my nerves in a way that few things are able to do.

It is so ingrained that everyone in one way or another go with it without questions, many times to push forward some kind of agenda. Very few bother to actually know more about the concepts they are so hell-bent on fighting against and even fewer dare to step out of this trend and go against the tide.

All this helps promoting the worst kind of ignorance: the one that prevents you to recognize it as such and correct it.

The US is a great country. It has a fascinating history and society characterized by diversity, layers and the issues that inevitably stem from it all.

It is a great country but it is not the only one in the world. Its history, its social frames DO NOT coincide with the ones of the rest of the world.

There are 205 other countries outside the US and to think that the way things work there is the same as that in other countries is ludicrous, ignorant, belittling, disrespectful of other realities and an utopia.

Get a fucking grip and step out into the real world.


The Beauty of Moths is Captured Under a High Resolution Scanner by Jim des Rivieres

Since 2002 photographer Jim des Rivieres has worked with a series of images of moths and butterflies local to the Ottawa area, photographed with a high-resolution flatbed camera.

Impressively real, the artist’s prints have a 3D quality, which demand attention. The texture and every fine detail of the insects is seen under the black background. Its delicate antennas, bodies and perfectly symmetrical wings are exposed for inspection. Featuring moths such as the Luna Moth and the Virgin Tiger moth among many others, he captures the obscure beauty of one of nature’s most dainty and ephemeral creatures.

Rarely seen by the average person in such detail, Des Rivieres gives us access to their sublime beauty. You can find the high-resolution photographs in his Etsy shop.

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