Before a graffiti artist can start sneaking into train yards to write his name in elaborate block letters on the side of the 7 train, he's got to practice. That's why the world's best writers keep blackbooks. These secret notebooks are a treasure trove of pieces not meant for public consumption.
Until Sacha Jenkins and David "Chino" Villorente get their hands on them. After releasing two collections of blackbook drawings, the two graffiti writers/authors have just put out a third. World Piecebook is an amazing collection of wildly creative drawings that includes works by writers from Korea to the Netherlands and damn near everywhere between.
Each piece shows the care and whacked-out inventiveness put into crafting a unique style. More significantly, they emphasize how far this style of graffiti has traveled, from the burnt-out streets of the Bronx to all corners of the Old World.
Shaquille O'Neal retired earlier this month, but his name keeps popping up in the news. Actually, he seems more popular now than during his last few years of playing. Some of the press is due to this alleged Shaq sex tape. The man who claimed to have it, music producer Robert Ross, is testifying that O'Neal hired thugs to kidnap and intimidate him. The rest of the Shaq news coverage has to do with his retirement. We could argue all day about whether The Diesel is the best NBA center of all time, but he's certainly the most entertaining. Even when he's bad, like his four rap albums and "Kazaam," it's still fun, even if just to laugh at.
From here, Shaq will enter entertainment in one area or another. He's great on reality TV, would be interesting as an NBA commentator and has challenged mixed martial artist Choi Hong-man to an MMA-rules bout. His app, "Shaq Shield," just came out, so maybe he'll be a tech giant, too? The first big thing on his plate, though, is his first stand-up comedy tour: Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam. Right now, he's not actually scheduled to appear at any of the shows, but he's hosted in the past.
Stand-up comedy is the perfect thing for him to do right now. It will allow him to address all these questions people have about the sex tape and his future career in a humorous manner. To help The Big Daddy out, we've gone ahead and written some material for his act...
LADIES Marceau is into burlesque, cats and self-education [Suicide Girls]
She uses those innocent eyes to lure her prey.
ROCK OPERA F***ed Up "Queen of Hearts" [SPIN]
Cool new video from the Canadian rockers' album David Comes To Life.
WHEELS Travis Pastrana reveals his X Games rally car [GrindTV]
It's only a little bit more mature than Ken Block's Ford Fiesta WRC reveal.
WALLET Money for men: 10 money lessons from movies [Guyism]
The dented can discount is the poor man's 401K.
WAVES Street surfing in Venezuela [BuzzFeed]
When life hands you a flooded street, have a buddy pull you through it with a truck.
DEMOLITION MAN Supercut: Simon Phoenix talking to himself [Film Drunk]
Wesley Snipes is probably doing a lot of this in federal prison.
GEAR How to look cool while running [Complex]
Break a sweat in style.
MARVEL Tomorrow, something big happens to Spider-Man [MTV Geek]
This is your spoiler alert.
Photo: Suicide Girls
Do you ever watch "True Blood" and think, "I wonder how someone gets to date a crazy sexy, sexy crazy lady like Tara?" First of all, you're an idiot, no one needs that much drama. And secondly, you're really an idiot because Tara is a fictional character. She doesn't exist. However, the actress who plays her, Rutina Wesley, is just as attractive and considerably less insane, although she does refer to herself in third person as "Tara" and "Rutina."
If that's not a deal breaker for you, we've got Rutina here opening up about what she finds attractive in a man. She also drops hints as to what types of music a guy should play if he wants to get her in the mood to, uh...
So, your most recent hip-hop memory is a vague notion of "bling-bling" and the No Limit tank running roughshod over things like artistic credibility and musicality. Well, now's the time to come back into rap's loving arms, because hip-hop has evolved. It has slithered out of the primordial ooze of Krump River and sprouted some legs. There's a lot to catch up on, so to help walk you through rap's rebirth, here's a handy guide that uses indie rock's biggest players as your landmarks.
Kanye West = Radiohead
Radiohead pulled at rock's fabric until it split, and Kanye West has similarly broadened the artistic and sonic boundaries of rap. Seriously, who else could've brought piano balladry and ballerinas into the gun-toting, crotch-grabbing world of rap?
High school is that strange experience between middle school and the rest of your life that a lot of people hate, some people love and everyone remembers. Many movie versions of high school are memorable for a different reason: because they're over-the-top ridiculous, and you'd have way more fun there than inside the average stack of bricks that houses angsty teens. That's what happens when twentysomethings play teenagers on a big studio budget. They certainly didn't make teachers like Cameron Diaz, the star of the upcoming film "Bad Teacher," when we went to high school.
While we respect the films that capture the high school experience well--"Superbad," "The Breakfast Club," "Napoleon Dynamite"--we'd rather imagine spending four years inside a more exciting institution, like the ones depicted in the films below.
LADIES Lucy Pinder's hot new commercial is three minutes of heaven [BroBible]
And that accent...
BANGERS Mac Miller ft. Talib Kweli "Family First" [XXL Mag]
Kweli has some advice for the the up-and-comer.
VINTAGE Sports posters from the '80s [Sports Illustrated]
You might just overdose on sports nostalgia with this excellent gallery.
FRIENDLY Chris Brown Rihanna tweet exposed [RapFix]
Twitter, where private messages are private until you hit the wrong button.
INK Really awkward X-Men tattoo [Fork Party]
Ever experience secondhand tattoo embarrassment?
STEALTH Cereal Killer with Freddie Wong [Double Viking]
The phrase "I would kill for a bowl of Cocoa Puffs" realized.
DENIM How to find the perfect pair of jeans [Shave]
Squeeze your ass into something special.
HOT FOR TEACHER The 12 hottest (movie) teachers [NextMovie]
Veronica Vaughn...so hot, still want to touch the heinie.
By Jana + JS
Via Holy Kow
When a girlfriend demands that her man take her to a pop concert, the conversation used to go: "Fine, but you have to go with me to the Queens of the Stone Age concert next month." Now the conversation goes: "Yes! But you can't get mad at me if Britney jumps in my lap and grinds."
Monday night Britney Spears, wearing leather and fishnets, pulled a fan onstage at the Staples Center and administered a very well-choreographed lap dance. The act is a long way from her Catholic schoolgirl outfits of yesteryear, but it's not surprising; Spears is just another in a long line of famous performers to pluck one unsuspecting fan out of the crowd for a one-on-one performance. All pop singers used to want to be actresses, now they want to be strippers apparently. We approve.
In case you're getting dragged to a pop concert--or decide to go on your own, because what the hell, they're handing out lap dances now!--here are the odds you'll find yourself on the receiving end of a free celebrity lap dance.
I just made up a joke. It goes like this:
Q: What do rappers and environmentalists have in common?
A: They both love recycling.
Not funny, right? Well it wasn't supposed to be, jerk. It was supposed to prove a point, and that point is that rappers love to reuse concepts laid down by MCs before them.
One of the most oft-recycled lyrical concepts is naming the cities you've hit on a world tour. It makes rappers sound important, influential and worldly. Think about it. How many times have you heard a rapper read off his Orbitz itinerary in one of his songs? So here's what we did: We took five of our favorite songs that do this--Jay-Z's "All Around the World," Rakim's "It's a Must," T.I.'s "My Swag," A Tribe Called Quest's "Award Tour" and Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On"--and put them on a world map. The result is a hypnotizing mish-mash of lines, cities and colors. It's also the route I'm planning to take just as soon as I can afford a hot-air balloon.
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