Friday, July 31, 2009

Peeler


One of our ongoing side projects here at TA2 is the Mammontastic admetal band Burn Back. The driving musical force behind these anthems is hard-rock outfit Peeler. Frontman and songwriter Craig Peeling has been working with us on (yet another) comeback single for Burn Back, and the demo sounds amazingly evil! Peeler just released their debut album Evils Of The Modern Pleasure Dance. Check it out on iTunes.

The most desirable woman of England – Katie Price (9 pics)









Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bizarre Photos | Anorexic Keira Knightley


Bizarre Photos

Keira Knightley has been accused of being anorexic by the media, along with other actresses, and actually fought and won a settlement in a lawsuit which implied her slender body may have been the cause of a teenage girl who died from anorexia.

Anyway, a contest was conducted a while back that had contestants photoshop actresses and make them look anorexic, to see what they would look like if they were.

Of course with all the negative publicity around Keira Knightley being anorexic, many images and photos came in showing her that way. Here are a couple of them which look very weird, so say the least.


Bizarre Photos

David Shrigley

Two David Shrigley things came to my attention this morning. I know all good things come in three's, so please hold tight for the last to present itself.

First are these fantastic salt and pepper shakers:



Second is a David Shrigley playlist. Brought to us by our friends at DazedDigital.com

And here's a couple of Shrigley cartoons for an LOL.

Starbucks: Debranding


In an effort to go back to their original company manifesto of being a funky indie coffeeshop, Starbucks is set to open one of three unbranded stores in the chain's birthplace of Seattle. The first - to be called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea - will serve alcohol, stock unbranded coffee and have space for running poetry evenings and open mic nights.

All is an experiment by head office to debrand and deglobalize... the question is why.

Pedestrian traffic has been down for Starbucks since the recession hit, and consumer tastes are changing to be more receptive to something that supports both the local community and the environment instead of a tie in with Chapters Indigo.

Head office's turn back to the funk is proving to be a hilarious Office Space esque quest for "flare". An excerpt from the Seattle Times:

'Sebastian Simsch, co-owner of Seattle Coffee Works near Pike Place Market, became frustrated last year after large groups of Starbucks employees kept crowding into his 300-square-foot store to look around. "I thought it was funny," he said. "We're this little store, and I thought Starbucks didn't need to learn from me."

During the third group's visit, Simsch let them know what he thought.
"I said, 'If you want to buy something that's great, but just to look, that's not cool,' " he recounted. "I called the PR department and said, 'Never again.' " They did not come back, even after he moved into a much larger store next door.

Victrola Coffee Roasters saw the Starbucks people a lot more often.
"They spent the last 12 months in our store up on 15th [Avenue] with these obnoxious folders that said, 'Observation,' " said Victrola owner Dan Ollis.

He thinks it's interesting that they spent all that time in his shop, which serves wine and beer, then applied for a liquor license to sell wine and beer at 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea.
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How's about leaving the local business to the local businesses and spending the debranding money and research on improving the existing brand instead? Consumers are well aware of being marketed to. If you want to appear more environmentally friendly, Starbucks, then let's try and do it properly. Have you heard of these?



Let's get them in your stores. I assure you that the public will be much more receptive to this than a weekly poetry reading.

And on the poetry reading rant, why don't we lift up our sleeves and move some chairs and use those funky chalkboards in your existing spaces to do so? Did we really need to print up "Observation binders" to think of this?

I am fully supportive of the debranding if it leads to more environmentally friendly rebranding of all Starbucks. For that, I say debrand away. Unfortunately, I don't believe the heart in this scenerio. Debranding in order to rebrand as being quirky and independent is only a scheme to be making more money and paving the way to exactly the same corporate trap they found themselves fall into in the first place. It's the Britney Spears syndrome. They won't be able to help themselves.


To see the Seattle Times article, click here.
Also, a great article from Marketing Mag here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bizarre Tattoos | The Grim Reaper


Bizarre Tattoos

Now we have the Grim Reaper starring in his own tattoo, with his harvested souls behind him looking to see who's next in line.

Also when you look down his robe, near the bottom you see more souls that aren't as easy to pick out. It's like he's in a soul harvesting mode and he's getting a whole bunch at once.

But as far as the tattoo goes, this is really well done, as many Grim Reaper tattoos surprisingly are. As an overall group, they're among the best I've seen; as far as each individual tattoo and its quality.

See a nice batch of Grim Reaper tattoos here.

Bizarre Tattoos

DANIEL SAULLO










BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Saullo, born May 30, 1980 in the City of Lourenço, is a Brazilian actor and model. He is perhaps known as one of the contestants of Big Brother Brazil 6.
Saullo is set to star in an upcoming TV series "Cobras & Lagartos". He attended a course in Physical Education in Cruzeiro/SP for about a year, but the professional commitments of his career as a model interrupted his studies. He plans to pursue the course of Business Administration in the future.
He is simple, and likes to have fun. He loves parties, dancing and hanging out with his friends. He is a good cook, as a matter of fact, he was able to show-off his talent in the house of BBB6 making gourme and the requintada culinaria.
One of the things he enjoys to do is take a waterfall bath in the Green River. He's also into volleyball, soccer and video games.

BRENT VAN ZANT










SHORT INFO

Brent van Zant is a fitness and underwear model.
Brent has done the cover of Men’s Fitness and countless swimwear pictorals and fashion shoots. From the cover of Men’s Fitness to his hot swimwear spread in the February issue of Aussie mag DNA, decked out in Aussie Bum undies, Brent has killer abs and a gorgeous look that’s almost too much to handle.
Brent continues to work in Europe and Australia doing print modeling. But like most models, Brent has acting on the horizon — he’s giving the stage a go first.

Bizarre Behavior | Man Rollerskating Down Roller Coaster



Bizarre Behavior and Action

Now this is a first for me, and looking at this guy roller skating down a roller coaster makes me a little queasy.

But if you've got the stomach for it, this would be a blast, and I bet the speeds he attains are extraordinary.

No matter, you won't find me following in his footsteps, but it would be a lot of fun to watch, as he would be moving in a way that would be really entertaining to see.

Bizarre Behavior and Action

Child Born with Second Penis in the Middle of His Back

Fetus in Fetu (FIF) is a rare and very mysterious medical condition that is said to have occurred (or at least is recorded to have occurred) less than ninety times throughout medical history. For the little boy born in Tianjin’s Children Hospital in China, the second penis in the middle of his tiny back is a medical first and even weirder than some other instances of this highly unusual phenomenon.


The baby presented no problems when it came into the world with the help of midwives on May 27, 2008, at the Hejian Maternity Center, which is part of Tianjin Children’s Hospital.

What seemed like a routine birth, however, soon turned into a story from Ripley’s Believe it or Not, as midwives and medical staff could not have been more surprised to see a little boy endowed with a second penis in the middle of his back.

Born to farmer dad, Li Jun, 30, and his wife, who live in Central China’s Henan Province, the extra penis was safely removed.

There are complicated theories about this condition that relate to the abnormal formation of twins in utero (parasitic twin theory), but this manifestation is just too weird for any of the medical books.

For now, doctors are content to say that after three hours of surgery, the extra penis is gone and the little boy is doing fine.

10 PORN CHICKS WHO SHOULD GO MAINSTREAM

On April 30th, Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience becomes available On Demand, and then in limited theatrical release on May 22nd. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE. The film stars adult film actress Sasha Grey, and is her first experience working in the mainstream. We at Screen Junkies thought to ourselves that if Sasha can act in a mainstream feature film, then there are some other porn starlets out there who'd have a place in the broader market as well. Without further ado, here they are.

BRIANA BANKS

Briana Banks' career took off when she changed her name from "Mirage" and had a boob job. Her first appearance as the Briana we've come to know was in Decadent Whores 9. Any actress understands the slim odds of being brought into a storied franchise as a key player - let alone the 9th installment. So it's a testament to her acting prowess that she landed the gig. And if you overlook the fact that you can buy a mold of her vagina at adult book shops, you might let her win you over with her cute, Midwestern looks. We think she'd do well as the female lead in romantic comedies.



JENAVEVE JOLIE

Jenaveve has beein in over 250 adult films, and has also appeared on Howard Stern on Demand. She said that she did not have any friends in high school because "nobody liked her" and also because "She would hook up with her friends boyfriends", she now has no friends except for her pornstar friends who aren't successful as well. That takes a certain ballsiness, and when we think of tough, we think of Michele Rodriguez. Also, both Jolie and Rodriguez have gotten it on with girls. Perfect for upping your indie cred. We'd like to see Jenaveve in a low-budget drama about the struggle to rise above your means.


CATALINA CRUZ

Spicy. Saucy. Latina. If Catalina can pull off a convincing Spanish accent and traipse around the streets of Barcelona talking about life, love, food and how men are pigs, then indie darling Pedro Almodóvar has a spot in his next flick for you. You and Penelope can play sisters and they can save money by only having to print your surnames once. In this economy, every cutback helps. (And the ability to do foreign films is a bigger asset than the two on Catalina's chest.)

JESSE JANE

In January 2007, an article in the New York Times stated that Jesse Jane intended to have her breast enhancement surgery re-done in an effort to enhance their appearance for high-definition movies. Now that's commitment to her roles, and reminds us of Renee Zellweger gaining and losing and gaining for Bridget Jones. Yes, quirky neurotic lead in a British rom com it is, for Jesse Jane.

KAYDEN KROSS

Kayden Kross has described herself in high school as "the book nerd". In September 2008, Kross was charged with grand theft and violations of the California Civil Code involving contracts for purchases of home equity. Book nerd and theft makes us think of Winona Ryder, who makes us think of period piece movies. Kayden, we've seen you in corsets that have the boob parts cut out. Now it's time to try on the real ones.



KIRA KENER

Kener has been quoted as saying, "Major stardom hasn't hit me. It kind of goes to everyone else BUT me." She has actually gone so far as to retire from adult films, too. Sounds a lot like Mickey Rourke before doing The Wrestler, to us. All she needs is for a defiant, determined director to get behind her and give her a character who'll rise like a phoenix. If this character's name happens to be "Phoenix" and likes to spin around on poles, then so much the better.

KRYSTAL STEAL




Krystal Steal's flaxen hair makes us think of the elves in Lord of the Rings. Yes, even though Liv Tyler was a brunette elf, we still think of the elves. If you have a problem with that, go read Ain't It Cool News, you elitist. If you don't have a problem with it, enjoy this poster for the mainstream comic-fantasy we'd like to see Krystal starring in.


SAVANNA SAMSON



The elder stateswoman of the bunch, Savanna would do well in dramedies, playing the older sister who's always keeping her siblings in line. But she never takes a moment... to breathe. Her on-camera experience spanking younger actresses and holding her breath for long periods of time would be invaluable assets in researching these sorts of roles. Oh, I just made a none too subtle sex joke. Tee hee. I'm 12.

TEAGAN PRESLEY


In 2005 Teagan Presley appeared on the hit HBO show Entourage as a member of the "Pussy Patrol" in Season 2, Episode 9: I Love You Too. Shortly following this, she announced that she had her breast implants replaced and that she would be auctioning them on Ebay, with 20%of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The remainder of the proceeds were to be used to fund her divorce and custody cases. She's a tough cookie who knows her way around the legal system. And that's why she's perfect for a TNT drama.


LANNY BARBY


Lanny Barby's adult film career started off in obscurity, and a brief appearance in World Sex Tour 24: Canada was her first gig. But with perseverance, she slept her way to stardom (all on-camera, people; she's not slutty), and has emerged as one of the top adult film stars today. Her raven-black hair and athletic build makes us think she'd make a pretty darn good Amazonian warrior type with a certain invisible jet and bulletproof wristbands...