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Das Monk Design Competition - "The Flipside"


It's time for our annual design competition! We're looking for a new addition to our ever-growing Artist Collective, as we are opening up our doors (and inboxes) to budding young artists and graphic designers who think they can bring something new to the Das Monk table.

This year's theme is "The Flipside", which can be interpreted however you want it to be. A few keywords to get the brain ticking are: The Other Side, Opposite, Upside Down, Inside Out, Reversed, Mirrors, Reflections, Symmetry, Parallel Worlds, Repetition, Illusions, Good vs Evil, Light vs Dark, Juxtaposition, Negative and Positive Space.

Entries close on March 31, and the winner (chosen by us) will receive $500US, a spot as part of our Artist Collective, and of course their very own Das Monk t-shirt which they designed.

To enter, follow the guidelines below:

1. Email us a low-res version of your artwork (max 1MB) to: [email protected].
2. Include a couple of sentences about yourself, including a website link if you have one.
3. A brief explanation of how it relates to the theme, "The Flipside".

Good luck!



Posted by Marc

Shrink Wrap


Very cool but also very disturbing images of shrink-wrapped people by a Japanese artist known as Photographer Hal.




Via Bumbumbum

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Abandoned Hoops


My blog readers know that I love art and photography, but if any of you follow me on twitter, you've probably picked up that I'm also very obsessed with basketball. Austin-based photographer Casey Dunn's series, Hoop Dreams, feeds right into these two loves of mine, as he visits the sites of abandoned hoops and rims on a journey across the American landscape. Dunn writes:

"When I was eight years old my dad came home with a fiber glass basketball goal and put it up in our backyard. After a couple of hours of grunting and swearing he tossed me a ball and said “shoot with your wrist” and walked inside. I spent hundreds of hours out there over the next ten years avoiding family functions and shooting hoops on that rim. As I started to travel a bit more, I started to notice more and more back yard goals that had fallen into disrepair the same way my childhood rim had. I loved the idea that some other kid had spent countless hours dreaming while shooting baskets the same way I did. This series is a collection of their basketball goals."

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Hendy Boy #19



I've actually been getting emails asking why the hell I haven't gotten my lazy ass to make a new mixtape in so long. So to my 3 die hard fans out there, here you go! As always, it's a mix of lo-fi, garage, soul, new wave and the modern hipster's take on adult contemporary music.

Download it here.

1. King Krule - The Noose of Jah City
2. Blouse - Into Black
3. The Proper Ornaments - Who Thought
4. Erik Omen - Payphone
5. Toro Y Moi - All Alone
6. Beach Fossils - Shallow
7. Atlas Sound - Lightworks
8. Nick Waterhouse - I Can Only Give You Everything
9. Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
10. The Strange Boys - Doueh
11. Spectrals - Luck Is There To Be Pushed
12. The Sexual Objects - Here Come The Rubber Cops
13. The Beets - Cold Lips
14. Richard Swift - Drakula
15. Wild Nothing - Nowhere
16. Gap Dream - 58th St. Fingers
17. Twerps - Who Are You
18. The Frowning Clouds - Do Like Me
19. Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard
20. Suburban Living - Give Up

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Lilacs and Champagne - Sensations



Sometimes a really calm, blissed out tune is the best cure to get you through a daydreamy Friday, and "Sensations" by Lilacs and Champagne is really hitting the spot. Weekly Tape Deck paint the picture really nicely...

"If I close my eyes while listening to “Sensations”, I am suddenly floating in a cyan sea of chlorine on a neon lounger. I’m topless and fighting a mild hangover, you know, one of those light ones you just have to smoke a lot of weed to get out of. It’s a Sunday and everything is high contrast. A friend is throwing me a beer. I am content and my sunglasses are really awesome."

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Starry Night


Petros Vrellis made a moving, interactive version of Vincent van Gogh's famous painting “Starry Night”. He wanted to visualize the flow of the painting and let users interact with it by touch. 

It turns out that taking mushrooms and going to an art gallery can end up with a good idea after all.

Via Today and Tomorrow

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The Art of Skiing


There's so many great boarding videos out there (see: The Art of Flight) but I haven't seen a skiing one out there that nails it quite as well as this one. Some really insane stuff... make sure you watch it in HD!

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Underwater Dogs


Some great underwater photos of dogs mid-grab of their favourite toys, looking like wild prehistoric beasts. This reaffirms why I love dogs so much... they're fucking nuts.

The series was taken by Los Angeles/ Chicago based pet photographer Seth Casteel.

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Biggest Teahupoo Ever


Here are some absolute monsters shot in slow motion from that day at Teahupoo last year. As Kelly Slater said, "witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people's lives all day long, it's life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life."

Or to quote George Costanza, "the sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli."

On a side note, we've now enabled comments on the blog for the first time in 3 years, so if you've been a reader for a while please feel free to drop us a line from time to time!

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Handmade in England


Davey Lighting have released a few videos to show the high levels of skill that go in to making each of their lights. I love watching these beautifully made process videos... makes me wish I was a little more useful with my hands.

Thanks again to Alex for sending this across to me. If you have any blog recommendations please send them over to marc [at] dasmonk [dot] com.


Posted by Marc