“Discovered by Lil Wayne on a street DVD, Nicki Minaj enjoyed an early buzz that, while strong, hinged on a common archetype: a female rapper who wasn’t hard to look at. But after a year in which the 26-year-old Queens native, born Onika Tanya Maraj, contributed sexually explicit and surprisingly self-aware verses for a slew of Young Money bangers (“Bedrock,” “Up All Night,” and “Roger That”) and became the go-to gal for Usher (“Lil Freak”), Robin Thicke (“Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”), Ludacris (“My Chick Bad”), and Mariah Carey (“Up Out My Face”), she transcended hood-ornament status to be one of the hottest rappers in the game, period.”
Full photos from the shoot and a link to Nicki’s entire interview with Complex at inkbutter.com.
British photographer Jason Hawkes spent 15 weeks using state of the art technology to create these dramatic shots for his new book, New York At Night. See more at My Modern Metropolis.
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The InfiniTea concept was created with the design direction coming from Jason Valalik and Jae Lee doing the hands-on industrial design. The concept came after Jason purchased the Sorapot by Joey Roth. The design was beautiful, but the tea making process still seemed broken. The great thing about the Sorapot was that it allowed the user to view the steeping of tea in all of its beauty. However, this was a two step process. This is the case for all of the tea making solutions that are out there. They either required the user to boil the water and then pour it into another object to steep or have an enclosed container of tea drop into the water to steep. Neither were a great user experience.
Jason took this as a challenge and knew there had to be a better way.
Jason and Jae spent over a year on this concept and are about 95% of the way there to move it into production. Sadly, it’s currently shelved due to other priorities and lack of funding to move forward.
Surfing and filming the biggest, baddest, darkest swells off the most incredible cliffs of Ireland.
and then he hesitates, “It’s a strange set of skills to begin to acquire.”
This is about the sport, the art, the adventure, and heaps of respect for the natural world. So grab a beer, something dark and get inspired.
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