01. mari kasurinen: my little pop icons

“with ‘my little pop icons’, finnish artist mari kasurinen makes over ‘my little pony’ children’s toys into renditions of famous pop culture and fictional icons by painting their bodies, cutting and styling their hair, and dressing them in custom made clothes and accessories. the pieces are like sculptural caricatures of recognizable figures; and for anyone who has ever owned a ‘my little pony’, represent an interesting and unsettling confrontation between childhood playthings and the entertainment of the adult world.” (Designboom)

02. Update on St.Vincent/David Byrne Collab

“Early last year, David Byrne revealed that he and St Vincent’s Annie Clark had begun work on an “on and off” brass ensemble-enriched project without any timetable. But during Clark’s recent conversation with Pitchfork contributor Amanda Petrusich, the New York singer-songwriter shed new light on the forthcoming release.” (Pitchfork)

03. Henry Armstrong – Part One

“As Manny Pacquiao’s accomplishments grow, the world looks for historical parallels.

Pacquiao refrains from playing that game. “I never compare myself to anybody,” he says. “I know there are great fighters in boxing history. But I do what I do, and I’m happy with that.”

Still, as Pacquiao ascends to ever-greater heights, historical comparisons are inevitable. The name that has cropped up most often as of late in relation to boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king is that of Henry Armstrong.” (Top Rank)

04. The Popularity Issue

“It’s been a little quiet here on the blog due to volume of work, but I’m determined to get back on top of things starting by sharing this double issue of Bloomberg Businessweek from a couple of weeks back. It was one of several copies of the magazine that arrived by post last week from art director Richard Turley, and although there’s been a lot everywhere recently about the magazine – online and in print – you can’t beat seeing actual copies. And this issue was special – another infographic tour-de-force examining what is popular in the world today.” (Magculture)

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