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Cars for No One: The Bizarre Totems of Peter Cain

500 SL #1, 1992 This story appears in HIGHTech, A Magazine by Highsnobiety. Our new issue, presented by Samsung, includes exclusive pages of interviews, shoots, merch, gadgets, technical gear and more. Order a copy here. “What has Kansei engineering done for us lately?” asks a 1989 Mazda Miata advertisement among the documents of the artist Peter Cain. On the same page, above a simmering red roadster, “RESERVE FOR NEW PORSCHE PAINTINGS” is written in the artist’s hand. Around the same time, Cain began collaging promotional images of cars as studies for the paintings he is best known for today: canvases with hyperrealistic depictions of mutant automobiles, smushed into bizarre abstract forms. Prelude #, 1990 Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery Prelude #2, 1990 Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery According to friends of Cain, who died in his thirties in 1997, the artist knew little about cars. But to think of these paintings as the fan art of an obsessive gear head is to miss t..

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Cars for No One: The Bizarre Totems of Peter Cain

500 SL #1, 1992 This story appears in HIGHTech, A Magazine by Highsnobiety. Our new issue, presented by Samsung, includes exclusive pages of interviews, shoots, merch, gadgets, technical gear and more. Order a copy here. “What has Kansei engineering done for us lately?” asks a 1989 Mazda Miata advertisement among the documents of the artist Peter Cain. On the same page, above a simmering red roadster, “RESERVE FOR NEW PORSCHE PAINTINGS” is written in the artist’s hand. Around the same time, Cain began collaging promotional images of cars as studies for the paintings he is best known for today: canvases with hyperrealistic depictions of mutant automobiles, smushed into bizarre abstract forms. Prelude #, 1990 Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery Prelude #2, 1990 Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery According to friends of Cain, who died in his thirties in 1997, the artist knew little about cars. But to think of these paintings as the fan art of an obsessive gear head is to miss t..

Here’s Your “I Hate Black Friday but Love a Bargain” Loophole

Every year on November 27, the world falls under Black Friday’s spell. Hailed as the biggest shopping day — if not month — of the year, the hectic holiday has been known to inspire such strong bouts of discount deal FOMO that shoppers have frequently trampled each other (sometimes to death) in the race to bag the best bargain. Thanks to Covid, IRL shopping stampedes will not be taking place this year. But while your Instagram feed will be free of such frantic scenes, that doesn’t mean that the retail battlefield isn’t taking place online. Last year, Black Friday online shopping sales hit an all-time high: 93.2 million digital shoppers resulted in a sales total of $7.4 billion. This year, reports predict that number could grow by 35 to 40 percent, leading to an astronomical figure that feels very bleak when considered in relation to how much of that goes on clothing — 80 percent of which is doomed for landfills after an average of seven wears. “2020 has been an unusual year, with many..

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Suicoke’s EMEA General Director Picks His 5 Favorite SS21 Styles

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Carpet Company Is Getting a Nike SB Dunk High Collab

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Who knows if AEW has to make some last-minute adjustments for their pay-per-view now. Professional wrestling is the only sport someone can do flips 15 feet in the air, fall on their butt, and maybe still be okay. This week, James Dator and Hector Diaz look at all the potential injuries from Dynamite and how they might impact AEW’s upcoming pay-per-view, Double or Nothing on May 23. James Dator: God, there were so many injuries last night. Hector Diaz: There was definitely more than one injury that went down at AEW Dynamite’s go-home show. And I understand that you need to sell Saturday’s pay-per-view, but using all those high-flying moves might not have been worth it. Of course, this is with the power of hindsight. But if the participants in the ladder match were seriously injured, especially the eventual winner, then AEW might have to make some adjustments on the fly. I hope everyone is healthy enough to perform. JD: Based on early reports it seems like Fenix and Orange Cassidy w..

FC Cincinnati hired a coach, but they’re not sure what he looks like

Oh no. Not all sports news has vanished. On Thursday FC Cincinnati announced they’d hired a new coach — there was just one problem. That’s NOT Jaap Stam. Despite their now-deleted tweet, the photo is actually of Tinus van Teunenbroek, a youth coach for Dutch team Ajax. Stam is also bald and has a five o’clock shadow — but that’s really where the similarities end. FC Cincinnati were quick to try and correct things. ICYMI: Join us in welcoming our new head coach, Jaap Stam. #FCCincy : https://t.co/DP0FEepraD pic.twitter.com/dvLbByeHoC — FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 21, 2020 At this point the damage had already been done, and FC Cincinnati were an internet laughing stock. Although it’s unclear where the mistake originated, there is a possibility that Getty had labeled this picture wrong in their database. But what most people don’t know is that the team actually tried to tweet this FOUR TIMES before finally getting it right, and we have exclusive images of their other attemp..

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Roy Keane’s World Cup beef with Mick McCarthy got him kicked off the Irish National Team

Obscenities, accusations, and absolutely no apologies. Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane are both Irish soccer sensations, two of the best players to ever wear the green jersey. Mick saw greatness playing for Ireland, and then became a respected manager while Keane’s stacked up accomplishments with Manchester United, proving himself to be one of the greatest to ever play the game. For the 2002 World Cup, McCarthy was Ireland’s manager, and Roy was Ireland’s star. What could go wrong? Apparently, so so much. While Ireland defied the odds and earned point after point in their difficult World Cup qualifying group that included The Netherlands and Portugal, behind the scenes, things between star and coach were rocky. Keane technically quit and rejoined the team one night! And what do you know, things escalated from there into a huge blow up in front of the team that included obscenities and accusations. The pairing of McCarthy and Keane could have lead to nothing but success for Ireland — bu..