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WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse

WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse
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Offering intricately handpainted sneakers and high-tops, Bangkok, Thailand’s WHAT’s Shop customizes shoes with everyone from Daft Punk to Chucky, and Darth Vader to The Dark Knight.

Lemon Balls and Leather Heads

Lemon Balls and Leather Heads
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Each Lemon Ball baseball and Leather Head football is handcrafted from leather by Paul Cunningham. They not only look amazing sitting on your desk, but can actually be used to play ball.

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Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map
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Scott Benson’s beautiful illustrated constellation map of the northern hemisphere is also a glow in the dark screenprint. It was inspired by the Nat Geo star chart he had in his bedroom as a child.

Hand Built Bugatti

Hand Built Bugatti
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Mike Duff has replicated a Bugatti Veyron by hand, taking a Mercury Cougar and piece by piece transforming it into quite a beautiful car. Bonus: this vehicle is also up for sale. (Thanks Kelley!)

Cut-out Leaf Art

Cut-out Leaf Art

Spanish-based artist Lorenzo Duran puts plain old leaves through a painstaking process of washing, drying, molding and careful cutting away to create his precise and detailed art.

Concrete Building Blocks

Concrete Building Blocks
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We’re enjoying the looks of these fun little bricks from Tara Ketchum, hand-cast to resemble standard 2″x4″ LEGO building blocks. They’d make great gifts for architects, builders, or any LEGO fan.

Handimals

Handimals

Milan-based artist Guido Daniele creates extraordinarily detailed trompe l’oeil advertising art by painting hands to resemble animals, then photographing the results. (Thanks Kelley!)

Scotch Tape Sculptures

Scotch Tape Sculptures

Some terrific creativity was found at the Scotch Off the Roll Tape Sculpture Contest. The second annual contest challenged artists of every level to create original sculptures using just packaging tape.

Bottle Cap Starry Night

Bottle Cap Starry Night

We can’t imagine how much “research” went into UVA students Ross Thomas and Elizabeth Farrell 8000 piece, 7′ x 9′ beer bottle cap rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Want to buy it? E-mail them.

Squiggle Masterpieces

Squiggle Masterpieces

From chaos comes calm: these disorderly yet exquisite pen and ink drawings of familiar works of art are comprised of thousands of improvised miniature characters by Tokyo artist Keita Sagaki.

Homemade Wolverine Claws

Homemade Wolverine Claws

Ah, DIY’ers: Check out these katana blades and some homemade housing that, when combined, make a tidy little pair of Wolverine claws that pop out at will (by moving your arm). (Thanks Nick!)

Artist Series Wallets

Artist Series Wallets
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Etsy seller tinymeat’s vinyl artist series wallets feature cool images from all kinds of talented folks on the inside and out. At $16 each, you’ll probably have some cash left over to keep in them too.

Bertelli Bicycles

Bertelli Bicycles

These bicycles are hand assembled, finished and fine tuned by Francesco Bertelli, who uses a combination of new parts and old parts found at flea markets to create his functional design objects.

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PVC Pipe Organ Medley

PVC Pipe Organ Medley

Check out this medley of popular tunes from the young and talented Snubby J, whose instrument of choice is a handbuilt PVC pipe organ/drum set. Bonus: Ozzy at 3:24. (Thanks Kelley!)

Handsewn Leather Wallets

Handsewn Leather Wallets
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Barrett Alley’s beautiful collection of heirloom quality leather wallets and accessories is sewn by hand and made with vegetable-tanned leather, linen thread and repurposed vintage materials.

Monster Pillows

Monster Pillows
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We don’t think we have to wait till Halloween to put these fun handmade stuffed monster pillows from Johnny Cupcakes on our couch. Each monster is marked in a numbered limited edition.

Haters Gonna Hate Print

Haters Gonna Hate Print
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We grinning at the looks of this guy expressing himself on this handmade limited edition print from Omar Noory. It’s letterpressed on heavy paper stock and hand painted with a light ink wash.

Boattail Racer

Boattail Racer
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Made from 13-ply Baltic birch, the handmade Boattail Racer is in a limited edition of 100 and takes its inspiration from early 20th century low-drag coaches. Very cool package design too.

Pop Culture Sneaker Collection

Pop Culture Sneaker Collection

UK artist Daniel Reese has created a great collection of sneakers inspired by contemporary pop culture using a standard Nike trainer as base, and is now available for commission work.

Kent Roper Boot

Kent Roper Boot
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Billy Reid’s ruggedly handsome Kent Roper Boot features a rounder toe shape, aged and burnished exterior and leather sole for comfort and flexibility. Calfskin interior lining; handmade in Italy.

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Dogfish Head Beer Soap

Dogfish Head Beer Soap
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Those of us who enjoy smelling like a brewery at all times might like the handmade soaps and shampoo bars made with aromatic essential oils and the fine ales from Delaware’s Dogfish Head.

Full Size Bender Replica

Full Size Bender Replica

Metalworker Des Bromilow built a life size replica of Bender “Bending” Rodriguez from Futurama, complete with cigar and beard. He documented it all in great detail in a slew of posts on his blog.

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Self-taught artist Erika Iris Simmons, aka iRI5, creates works with a focus on recycling found materials. In this series she made a number of portraits of musicians from original cassette tapes.

Homemade Chinese Robots

Homemade Chinese Robots

2 different videos here for Chinese farmer Wu Yulu, who has created an army of homemade scrap metal robots. Some of his self-described “sons” will be at the Shanghai Expo in person later this year.

The Art of Marc Johns

The Art of Marc Johns

Canadian artist Marc Johns believes that truth can be found through humor, which is realized through the witty, less-is-more illustrations he creates with ink and watercolors. He has a book out too.

Wooden External Hard Drive

Wooden External Hard Drive
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These handmade wooden external hard drives are crafted from repurposed materials by 2 furniture makers in Seattle. Each one comes with 500GB of storage and a USB 2.0 connection.

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