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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wrath: Washroom Graffiti

The graffiti we find in washrooms has been a recent topic of multiple conversations lately! It was mentioned that someone had completed their Masters Thesis on the differences between graffiti in Men's and Women's washrooms, and it seems there are quite a few differences indeed. Media, for one, is huge- the PURSE of a woman and how it is brought to the washroom with her most of the time is a big factor. Graffiti is written in more media in Women's washrooms, I imagine, considering the utensils found in a purse: eyeliner, lipstick, nail polish, etc. What do men write with? I only have the one side of this discussion.

Variation in subject matter is probably another one. In a recent visit to the lower section of Sneaky Dee's, it seems the graffiti-laden bowels of the establishment are completely littered in such a wide variety of notes to its viewers.

"If your not creating the Ripple of love, your creating the vacuum of shit"

"life is about the journey, don't forget!"

"Never have bangs in the summer, its a Bitch xo"

"Why is it SO hard to pee in the bowl NOT on the seat?"

We have advice on hairstyles, proper bathroom etiquette, and general advice on how to live a full, enjoyed life. Are women always trying to tell others what to do? I did find other notes, like declarations of love to various men, bands and countries, but it seemed these were far less interesting than the self-advocated advice columnists'. Illustrations were few and far between, and mostly poorly drawn. I have much curiosity now to find out what is scribbled in the men's washroom pre-mid-post business.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lust: Technology vs Eroticism

I've decided that if ever I was to go for a Masters degree, it would be the history of Erotic Literature and Art.. so I've started doing research in the modern era! These are fantastic:

iTit, Designers: Mostafa Tohidifar & David Abbasi [Source]

Gpoint, Designer: Andy Kurovets [Source]

Where is my iDick?

Envy: Tea Packaging

On the topic of packaging, and since my bi-annual tea party is fast approaching, I thought I would post a couple of new packaging designs for tea!

"Directed by artist Natalia Ponomareva from Russia, here is an amazing project with packaging of tea bags produced under the principles of origami. The bird forms and unfolds gradually while the tea infuses." [Source]

Hanger Tea! Each tea is colour-coded and hangs from the rim of your mug; adorable. Designer: Soon Mo Kang [Source]

Maum Tea - Creative Tea Packaging by WDARU

The House Cafe in Istanbul, Turkey uses their tea packaging to promote healthy lifestyles. [Source]

Gluttony: Crystal Head

I had first seen Dan Akroyd's Crystal Head Vodka at Cheval bar downtown; the beautiful clear skull sat on the shelf behind the scantily-clad bartenders and I had to ask, "WHATTTTT is in that amazing bottle?" Well, now it's banned from Ontario's LCBOs. An article from the Globe and Mail states that executives of LCBO felt it would increase binge-drinking in younger adults... too bad a bottle of this, in B.C. at least, is a whopping $60 - I don't see how a young adult would be binge drinking with such a price tag.

“The image of the human skull is the thing that’s really problematic for us,” said LCBO spokesman Chris Layton. “That’s an image that’s commonly associated with death. It’s especially problematic at a time when there are concerns around binge drinking by younger adults, which in some cases unfortunately has resulted in alcohol poisoning.”

The article also goes on to say that it's one of the most pure vodkas on (or off, I guess) the market, which uses water from Newfoundland and Canadian wheat and corn. Also being sold in the United States, these qualities, and having been Dan Akroyd's vodka-child, make it a solid product that is having a resilient life beneath us!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Summer of Lust

This French Connection campaign has me going crazy. The Man should be... in my bed.