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Banksy Art Prints, $59+
Famed graffitist Banksy just completed his month-long residency of New York City. It was a 31-day period that saw controversy—just off the top of my head... his statement that the new Trade Center's architecture proves the terrorists have won seemed a little extreme—and occasionally impressive works of street art—like the stampeding, night-vision-goggled horses of the Lower East Side, among over 20 other pieces.
My favorite moment, though, didn't come from stumbling across a Grip Reaper on a bumper car or a priest in a concrete confessional. On the weekend of the 11th, Banksy hired an old man and asked him to anchor a roadside stand in Central Park. The stand sold stencilled spray art for $60/piece, and among the hustlers and panhandlers of 59th street, it only attracted three paying customers all day. The sales were recorded on video; the old man looked so happy after each purchase that he hugged his customers. Only later did Banksy reveal online that the pop-up shop actually sold authentic, signed paintings worth thousands of dollars. One of the three customers, who bought four canvases, may ultimately net $100k on a $240 buy. I wrote at the time that Banksy brilliantly "pranked both those who passed up a chance to make an enormous profit, and the art world, which values image and name recognition more than art for art itself." It was cool.
If you're still in the Banksy mood, Thrillist has a collection of reproductions that would lend your apartment/dorm some street cred. And, who knows, maybe they're also a part of a Central Park-esque prank?
Winter is coming. North Face can't protect you from those goddamn White Walkers—but it'll come in clutch on a snowy day. The jacket comes with synthetic insulation that can be easily compacted.
The Mantry delivers "man food" to your door each month. Previous items include breakfast food made with bourbon, foraged products from Alaska, Sriracha bison jerky, etc. (Alright: I'll name off some more: Beer jelly. Buttermilk fried chicken. Alabama BBQ sauce. That was fun.) This is artisanal shit, and it's not cheap—but one crate or, if you'll feeling generous, a three-month subscription could make a delicious gift for a dad or favored uncle who likes to cook.
Nook Glowlight, $120
In case you're allergic to the iPad and hate Jeff Bezos' shiny bald head, Barnes & Noble offers the Nook, an e-reader that eschews the hi-def displays of its competitors in favor of e-ink. (Which is ultimately more readable, especially in the sun.) The Nook holds up to 2,000 books. And its battery lasts eight weeks on a single charge.
Old Man Drinks, $13
One for the Nook: Old Man Drinks teaches you how to make the classic—and timeless—cocktails your grandfather drank during the Eisenhower administration. From the Old Fashioned, to the Sidecar, to the Child Neglect and rare Commie Russian, they're all there.
It's a coffee table book! It's 310 pages! It's classy! IT'S CLASSY.
Singing Machine, $299
Available this month online and at Best Buy, the Singing Machine: Home may just be the next evolution in post-game technology. (10 drunk people, "I Believe I Can Fly" queued up: done.) It's Bluetooth-enabled and completely wireless—meaning there's no risk of that inevitable trip over a stray microphone wire. And when hooked up to a TV, the device projects 8,000 music videos. Not at the same time, but yeah. You follow.
Adidas calls this the most advanced and intuitive running device on the market, a way for joggers to track their runs using GPS mapping, and monitor their heart rate, and listen to their #jamz with a Bluetooth headset. That cost is going to insure only the most
annoying dedicated runners buy one. But it's pretty sweet regardless.
Because sometimes you need a drink while... riding your bike?
(That reminds me, we need to talk about your drinking.)
Lazareth Wazuma V8F Matte Edition, $250,000
A cross between a Ferrari, BMW, and a... quad, the Lazareth Wazuma is an unholy machine that matches a 250-hp 3.0L V-8 engine with four enormous tires. It's a rocket-powered box, essentially, with a stupid price tag. Here it is in action: