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Malaysian artist Hong Yi, aka Red, created this unique portrait of Taiwanese pop star, Jay Chou. Inspired by Chou’s lyrics (the opening line is about lifting a coffee cup off the saucer), Red used hundreds of individual coffee stain rings to tell her story. She noted what a difficult medium coffee was to use, “Too little water and the rings wouldn’t form easily, too much water and the rings would blend into each other, resulting in just a deformed pool of coffee.

We're really into this bold typography by self-taught Graphic Designer, Ben Johnston. The 24 year old converted wine barrel lids into wall hanging cheeseboards, engraving popular quips into the wood with a laser. A solid round of applause to from us to you, Sir. 


We're super excited to be a part of this year's SXSW Music & Film Festival! Every year between March 13th-18th, fans flock to the streets of Austin, TX to see buzzworthy bands, discover fashion trends, and watch up-and-coming films. 

Hey friends, just wanted to let you know that we are now sharing photos on Instagram! Are you? We're loving this app because it's yet another fun way to stay in touch with our customers. Our username is Agent18, we hope you'll give us a follow! 

Mind = blown. Bruno Zamborlin’s Mogees (short for “mosaicing gestural surface”) turns ordinary objects into music. Using contact microphones,  any surface can be changed into an interactive board to trigger audio samples. By recording variations in touch, different gestures become different sounds. You have to see it to believe it.

We'd like to introduce you to our friend Jerome Holloway, though some of you in the Midwest may already sing along to his every word, and swoon over his soulful modesty. He's become known as "the best dressed man in Chicago", and said to sound like Damien Rice meets Marvin Gaye. While shooting a video in LA, he invited us to the set where we enjoyed our very own private concert. Here's the premire of Jerome putting his own spin on Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana".

Making wine is a rewarding process that doesn’t have to be hidden in somebody’s basement. Developed by Sabine Marcelis, “Housewine” celebrates the process of wine-making with streamlined appeal. Watch this home-brew instillation in action.

Love Locks are a recent tradition in Europe that has us weak in the knees. Starting in the early 2000s, lovers secure a padlock to a public structure to symbolize their everlasting love. Bridges are popular sites, as the keys are tossed into the water, sealing their emotional bond to a physical place.

Photographer Chris Eayers documented the romantic phenomenon, capturing every love lock on the Millennium Bridge in London on July 22, 2011. 

Photo Credit: Chris Eayers

Romance is in the air, can you feel it? Keep a song in your heart with 18 Plays: Love Songs 2012. Listen here

1 I Hear A Symphony - The Supremes

2 Since I Met You Baby - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

3 I'm Gonna Love You Too - Buddy Holly

4 Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles

5 You Send Me - Sam Cooke

We know how difficult it can be to show that special someone just how much you care. That's why we created shareable Valentines, guaranteed to up your game. Click here to download. Then print, text, email, post, or Tweet away!