Christian Bale: Dedication to Movie

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From “America Psycho” (2000), “The Machinist”(2004), “Batman Begins”(2005), “The Dark Knight”(2008) to the latest movie “American Hustle”(2013), has anyone notice the changes of Christian Bale’s body shape?

Morphing from contrast body line with perfect built up body, to skinny “Gollum” like silhouette, then got pumped up a fatty FBI undercover, body size of any character never got in his way of showing the greatest of his acting skill, Christian Bale fully dedicated his body to the movie industry of Hollywood,

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Back in 2004, Christian lost to 122 pound for his role as a industrial worker who hasn’t sleep for a year in the suspense-dyed movie “Machinist”, by living on a diet of apples, coffee and cigarettes, and gained back 100 pound within 5 month for the movie “Batman Begins”, now filling up himself with doughnuts, cheeseburger and cokes, turning the 185 pounds body to a 228 fatty for his role in the new movie.

How much dedication and sacrifice can you put up with for your work?

Bapeland X Nowhere Exhibition

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A BATHING APE (R) and Nowhere hosting a retrospective exhibition “Bapeland” in the former design studio and house of the brand’s founder, NIGO in Shibuya, Tokyo. To celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary, they decided to open this creative yet amazing “nest” for the public, which contains the influences consisted iconic BAPE pieces, collaborations, cars, furniture, art, rare merchandise, jewelry, Nigo’s personal collection and etc to the brand and the founder over the last two decades.

Bapeland exclusive products will be available too, and of course, only selling in the exhibition.

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If these photos in the slideshow can’t quench your thirst of curiosity, and you happened to be in the area, be sure to pay a visit to this first ever unique retrospective!

BAPELAND
Period: November 9 (Sat)-24(Sun)2013
Time:11:30-19:30
Address: 2-28-12, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan 150-0001
Admission fee: JPY 1,000- (Tax included) * Ticket Available at BAPELAND from Nov.9th.

 

15 Stylish Tattoos (Editor’s Choice)

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People with tattoos are stereotyped as being notorious or gang affiliated in almost every inch on the earth. Never to mention, tattoo was widely used as a tradition back in the days when our ancestors were still living in a tribe. It’s obviously an art form that was rated negatively as well as graffiti street art since likely related to gangs.

An interesting fact was stated on an online debate site, saying: ‘What happened to the saying of “Don’t judge the book by its cover”?’ People don’t seem to apply the same quote when it comes to tattoos. Well it certainly proved that everyone judges a person as soon as the first sight was made, value was rated.

Okay, I’ll quit the debate and the negative side of this art form on human body here, and re-introduce the aesthetic in it. Tattoos are meant to have meanings, instead of those so-called “cool tribal pattern” which are likely meaningless, different people explain their tattoos with their own definition. My advice, think 10 times or 100 times before you tattoo any pattern or image onto your body, and trust me, you don’t wanna regret after few weeks, and save up some money to gain pain from laser removal.

Here’s 15 tattoos which are my personal favorite.

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NIGO Appointed as Creative Director of Uniqlo U.T.

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NIGO, founder of A Bathing Ape (R), who departed from his own brand as a designer; insisted that to flourish his new brand HUMAN MADE, and even retail developments such as Japan lifestyle brand Uniqlo, who has appointed this legendary designer as their first creative director for Uniqlo U.T.’s series. No doubt, it’s gonna be a blasting global expansion for the brand. NIGO will begin his revamped work with the men’s, women’s and children’s for U.T. Spring/Summer 2014.

 

 

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Heavenly Custom Made – Maison Martin Margiela for Kanye West Yeezus World Tour

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Maison Martin Margiela”, a Belgium designer brand which was famously on redesigning  couture garments, iconoclastic and avant-garde style, custom made a set of costumes specially for Kanye West ‘Yeezus’ world tour with their glorious avant-garde garment and details. The Margiela costumes include handmade bedazzle crystal mask, long cutting leather coat, pattern vest, baggy pants and 20 more exquisite apparel. Under the glamorous stage effect, Nike Air Yeezy 2Red October” stands out with the Margiela, resembling a high-end fashion runway concert which filled up audiences eyes.

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Personally I quite like the mask, it reminds me of Daft Punk, and disco ball?!

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A tiny incident occurred on the first show reached its peak, Kanye West’s boxer greeting the audiences as he tore the pants when he was spreading legs. Will this be a new leading trend on the New York street?? Let’s get some popcorn and wait!

Source/Picture: Splash News

Claustrophobic Accommodation: How Hong Kong slum families squeeze their dailies into tiny cubicles

With a land mass of 1,104sq km (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

These bird’s-eye images have been taken by the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) in a bid to document the plight of the city’s most underprivileged people.

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As rent is so high – around HKD$90 (approximately USD 12) per square feet a month – and the waiting list for public housing so long, many were forced to live in inconceivably small spaces to survive.

SoCo says the story is much the same for hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong’s poorest citizens. These images were taken in the districts of Sham Shui Po(深水埗), Yau Tsim Mong(油尖旺) and Kowloon City(九龍城), but it’s a similar picture the other 18 regions in the city.

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The group’s director, Ho Hei Wah said, “Hong Kong is regarded as one of the richest cities in the world. However, lurking beneath this prosperity is great inequality in wealth and a forgotten group of poor people. “

‘Hundreds of thousands still live in caged homes and wood-partitioned cubicles, while the unemployed, new-arrived families from China and children in poverty struggle for survival. SoCO’s underprivileged clients are increasing in numbers – while the city’s wealth continues to accumulate.’

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In recent years, as the economy of mainland China became less isolationist, Hong Kong evolved once again into a service-based economy.

By the 1980s, it had became an international financial centre and joined the world’s top 10 economies.

Since 1997, when Hong Kong was handed back to China, it has operated under the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, which has allowed the city to retain a high degree of autonomy, including its capitalist system.

As such, it has done little to stem the widening gap between rich and poor.

In 2007, a Hong Kong Government census showed that the number of families earning less than HK$4,000 a month had increased by 80,000, while those on more than HK$40,000 had increased by 100,000.