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Gato Heroi Surfboards Photographed by David Black

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California longboard shaper profiled in support of earthquake relief in Japan

Robin Kegel is the founder and board shaper at Gato Heroi, a DIY surf company getting plenty of love in the surf scene and beyond for its innovative approach to longboarding. The name Gato Heroi means "cat hero," Kegel's response to hotdoggers flailing about in the water with leashes (most Gato Heroi boards have no leashes). Big time director/photographer David Black shot these pics of Kegel at......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-1-11

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Photos of a (for real) hellhole, airplanes and climate change, shop for Japan, and more.

Welcome to Hell! No literally, welcome to hell. Shop for Japan: Ladies of New York City, hit up the Bowery Hotel this weekend for Fashion Girls for Japan sale. Tons of great brands involved. (via Loomstate) Limited edition, er, dish soap: Ecover provides proof that nothing is safe from the "limited edition" artist treatment.  How rewarding! The CEO of GoDaddy calls hunting endangered......read more

Ariko: Sol

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Japanese photographer captures the magic and mystery of Iceland.

Every once in a while, among the heaps of images we are exposed to in a day, certain pictures stop us dead in our tracks. Count this collection of photos among them. For SOL, Tokyo's Ariko Inaoka traveled to the north Atlantic to capture the magic and mystery of Icelandic landscapes. With these jaw-droppingly epic photos, she did just that. Thanks 01 for putting us on. ...read more

Space Exploration Goes Solar

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Japanese "solar sail" propelled by the sun.

Now, this is getting space-agey. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says it has put solar panels on a spacecraft, which not only create power but they actively propel and maneuver it through space. The "Ikaros" solar sail absorbs photons from the sun that put pressure onto the solar sails reflective panels and propel the 700 pound craft. Ikaros is bound for an orbit around......read more

The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced from......read more

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