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Photographer Jon Crispin has found these incredible suitcases belonging to mentally ill patients from back in 1995.

In 1995, the New York State Museum staff were moving items out of The Willard Psychiatric Center. It was being closed by the State Office of Mental Health, and would eventually become a state run drug rehabilitation center. Craig Williams was made aware of an attic full of suitcases in the pathology lab building. The cases were put into storage when their owners were admitted to Willard, and since the facility was set up to help people with chronic mental illness, these folks never left.

This particular case belonged to Freda B…..(I would really like to use her whole name here, but there is a massive debate going on as to whether people who have been at Willard and other psyc centers need to be protected by privacy laws. I come down strongly on the side that it is dehumanizing and stigmatizing to pretend that she doesn’t have a surname.)

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Chris DeLorenzo is one the most talented designers out there to me, im absolutely in love with his work, and I’m pretty sure the Johnny Cupcakes fans are too. Chris is the head designer at Johnny Cupcakes and spends his days designing t-shirts, posters and lots more. I was chuffed when Chris agreed to do an interview for Probably Best and I think its a great read!

Q: Hey Chris, how have you been and what have you been up to?

Hey Megan, I have been hard at work making posters, t-shirts, logos, playing music, and adventuring, and when I am not adventuring, I am planning to.

Q: Right lets get cracking! Did the desire to make artwork come at a very young age for you?

Yes, every since I can remember I was the “art kid” all throughout grade school. I used to love redrawing comic books and crafting just about anything that my parents told me not to.

Q: What is one of the first things you remember creating?

I decorated a spoon when I was in preschool with fuzzy colored balls and strings and googily eyes, and gave him feather hair. I’d say that was my first experience with anthropomorphizing the things around me. It led me into a strange life, and now everything has eyes and looks back at me…

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Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed this fantastic “vertical forest” to try and decrease the emissions in one of the most populated cities, Milan. The project Bosco Verticale, which is italian for Vertical Forest, was inspired by traditional italian buildings being covered in Ivy and greenery.

The two towers combined will have 900 trees, as well as lots of other shurbs and flourishing vegetation, which will grow on every single apartments balcony. The project requires 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland.

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Own your own Ugmonk Premium Ampersand. The 18-inch tall ampersand balances effortlessly on a hand-buffed textured steel plate thanks to a super-strong magnet hidden in its base. The hand-finishing process and natural materials give each ampersand a varying wood grain and finish making each one a truly one of a kind art piece.

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Jamie Stolarski has created this great piece of branding for one of his favourite jazz clubs. Im absolutely in love with his style!

“Playing loud Dixieland since 1963, The Landing is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the US and a San Antonio institution. I used to go to the Riverwalk to hear Jim Cullum and his band with my grandfather when I was still in short pants. I had the good fortune to get to update the brand when the club changed owners recently.”

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Gleaned from thousands of images, this companion set of books offers the best of American print advertising in the age of the “Big Idea.” At the height of American consumerism magazines were flooded with clever campaigns selling everything from girdles to guns. These optimistic indicators paint a fascinating picture of the colorful capitalism that dominated the spirit of the 1950s and 60s, as concerns about the Cold War gave way to the carefree booze-and-cigarettes Mad Men era. Also included is a wide range of significant advertising campaigns from both eras, giving insight into the zeitgeist of the period. Bursting with fresh, crisp colors, these ads have been digitally mastered to look as bright and new as the day they first hit newsstands.

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The JR mural on Houston Street, that went up in June of this year, has now been replaced by the artist Faile. Faile is now part of the great artists to work on this spot. Other artists include Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharff.

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So what do we reckon? Do we think that this is a new piece of graffiti from Banksy? Apart from the fact that Banksy hasn’t officially claimed the artwork, the softer shading of the women would be a new direction of his compared to his previous work. People are saying that it is more likely the work of Blek le Rat as he’s been showing up lately around London.

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Reebok and CrossFit have collaborated to set two Guinness World Records with the world’s largest and longest 3D atwork. Street artist “3D Joe & Max” created the piece of artwork at Canary Wharf, which covers an area of 12,490.441 square feet

The artwork features a waterfall in a canyon and creates a great “thrilling” photo experience!

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The skating boarding bible,Thrasher Magazine had there 30 year anniversary last week at The Lab in Costa Mesa, CA. The gallery was in an unoccupied store and was filled with fantastic photographs from the magazines publication history, which were arranged in an timeline order. Check out the photos below of the exhibition.

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German photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow hung out of an airplane, risking it all, for his series of cloud photographs. The photos are breathtaking and I feel completely worth hanging out of an airplane…As long as its not me who has to do. You can also see a behind the scenes video showing the photographer in action.