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Nooka Zub ZenV

Posted in Fashion by Chris on July 2, 2010
So ugly it’s sexy. True for Nooka’s Zub ZenV and its counterparts. Not the case for this guy. Nooka’s made a name for themselves by designing watches that veer off the beaten path of traditional timekeeping. The concept is fairly simple: a modern watch with a retro feel.  Clean and simple.  What you have instead of hands, dials, or explicit digits are various LCD displays that represent the hours, minutes, seconds, AM/PM, and alarm indicators. The Zub ZenV has three segmented bars, 2 of which are divided 6 ways and the other divvyed into 60 segments.  If you’re doing the math correctly, you’ve got 12 hours and 60 minutes worth of time in LCD bars. A numerical counter tracks the seconds and simple dots are used to indicate AM, PM, and the alarm. All Nooka watches are equipped with an adjustable fold-over clasp (vice a buckle clasp), a blue backlight for ease in reading, and a wristful of heat. Much like the token DUF, it’s much better to have one than be without.  Nooka watches are available at Nordstrom, Kid Robot, KarmaLoop, various art institutions, or their online store.  Get ’em while they’re hot; I got mine at Up Against The Wall in DC.


P.S. Twilight sucks.

The Zub ZenV is one of the few that are two-toned albeit not the most radical.
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Dunny

Posted in Art by Chris on September 22, 2009
I recently began collecting Dunny figures to help remember the places I’d been while globe trotting. For those of you who haven’t seen these dolls before, they are collectible vinyl figurines that come in a wide range of designs and sizes. These toys are created by Kid Robot, who aside from specializing in limited edition art toys, have also created an apparel line to boot. There are several Dunny in a series, and each vary in artwork. You’ll find that each series has two mystery Dunnys and that each figure in a series comes individually packaged, making the hunt for these artsy collectibles oh-so merry. You can find the Kid Robot flagship store in SoHo, NYC or its sister stores located in LA, Miami, SF, and Dallas. If you’re looking specifically for the Dunny figurines, and aren’t near the aforementioned locations, you’re in luck- you can find yours at a local Urban Outfitters retailer or streetwear boutique. I got mine at Kid Robot – New York, Base in Miami, and Urban Outfitters in Boston.
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