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It's no wonder that the adult coloring book trend continues to grow—few activities are more soothing than reviving abandoned bits of childhood creativity with the help of a handful of crayons. Many of today's editions have a more mature and modern edge than the ones we used as kids, revolving around urban scenes or nature-inspired ephemera. However, a new release is about to bring a truly squeal-inducing blast from the past: a Lisa Frank coloring book, made specifically for grown-ups.

Nothing sparks nineties-era nostalgia quite so poignantly as the unicorns,…

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Just last month, we unveiled a number of compelling short-listed photographs from the international 2016 Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition. The remarkable images—from both amateur and professional photographers—are environmentally-focused subjects that inspire us to think about our world in a different way. Issues like pollution and sustainability are highlighted, as well as cultural topics like human rights. From the 60 works, five top winners have recently been chosen.

Taking home the overall prize this year was Sara Lindström for her image called Wildfire. In it, she documents a devastating natural disaster—a forest in southern…

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Sitting atop Čukur hill in Banovina, Croatia is a sculpture of a giant camera lens. Its clean, circular form is nearly flawless, but it has one subtle imperfection—there is a single bullet hole that fractures the crystal-clear glass. This crack is intentional, and its significance honors a fallen Croatian photographer named Gordan Lederer who lost his life in 1991. As he was standing on Čukur hill documenting the Croatian War of Independence, he was tragically shot and killed by a sniper.

The minimalist memorial was a collaboration between sculptor Petar Barišic and the Croatian architecture firm NFO. Together, they installed the stainless steel ring with 33 concrete slabs that lead to the tranquil site. Arranged in a curved pathway, the…

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Ashley Arnett describes her online shop SmashTat as “temporary tattoos for the responsibly rebellious.” Stocking contemporary designs, her non-permanent body art offers a fantastic way to sport an image that’s both trendy and modern without the lifelong commitment. It also gives you the opportunity to “try before you buy”—to live with a tattoo for a few days before getting something similar inked forever. If you’ve ever wondered how you’ll look with minimalist mountains or the word “brave” across your wrist, now’s your chance to find out.

The idea for SmashTat came to Arnett in 2012. “I've always been fascinated with tattoos and my Pinterest board at the time was swimming with designs I loved but would never get permanently,” she admits, learning a valuable lesson from her first…

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Online shop Recycled Beautifully creates elegant jewelry that starts as garbage. Celina Ortiz and her husband find discarded television sets and deconstruct them, removing their copper or aluminum wire in the process. With this valuable material in hand, they wrap the material around stone pendants in a tree-like design. The wire spans the width of the teardrop and oval forms, framing them with delicate branches that electrifyingly extend and wrap around the stone.

Aptly called Tree of Life necklaces, Recycled Beautifully twists and binds the same design over a variety of colors and patterns. Some stones, such as the opal or abalone, have a dazzling, psychedelic feel to them. Other finishes like turquoise or agate are more conventional but equally as stunning, showcasing Earth’s…

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At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 hours to complete—feature a combination of graphite and charcoal that are expertly rendered to form hyperrealistic compositions. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the illuminated figures’ incredible details are brought to life: every stray hair, wrinkle, and fold of fabric is visible.

Although Dascanio’s work is contemporary, it has a classic feel to it. The subjects are often lit with a…

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A love of Disney can last well beyond childhood, and for many, it’s a lifelong adoration that only grows fonder with age. Some people celebrate their devotion to these charming films with costumes, artwork, or even nuptials at the happiest place on Earth. Others prefer an ever-present reminder of the inspiring, magical stories with beautiful body art. Instagram Inked Disney curates these unique tattoos from around the globe, displaying a myriad of styles and moments throughout the company’s rich history.

Each Disney fan has a different approach to their tattoo. Some prefer a literal interpretation and have a scene from a film drawn onto their body. Others abstract their favorite characters and wear a…

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When visiting a monument such as the Taj Mahal, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the microcosm of these iconic sights. Photographer Oliver Curtis is seemingly unfazed by all the action and instead captures scenes that often go unnoticed by tourists—ones that are in the vicinity, but might as well be invisible. In the series Volte-face, he presents images that look opposite to historic sites such as Stonehenge, the Mona Lisa, and Lenin’s Tomb. Often, these views are less than stunning—they’re used for storage, are heavily traveled roads, or are crowded with other people.

The inspiration for Volte-face came in 2012 when Curtis was visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. He looked back at where he had been and was fascinated by what was behind him. “In the mid-distance I saw a…

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Modern camera technology allows us to see the world in ways we have never imagined. Photographer Will Burrad-Lucas pushes this idea to the limits, as seen in some of his recent images of nocturnal African animals. Teaming up with African Parks and Norman Carr Safaris, he traveled twice to Liuwa Plain, a remote national park in the west of Zambia.

Once he arrived, Burrad-Lucas knew exactly what he wanted to photograph. “My first aim was to take images showings animals under the beautiful, starry sky,” he recalled on PetaPixel. “The night sky in Africa is simply spectacular!” This…

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As June comes to a close, we’re delighted to share some of our favorite product finds this month. This smattering—which includes jewelry, kitchen accessories, and handcrafted ceramics—is just some of what we featured on My Modern Met Selects, our site that celebrates creative goods from makers around the world.

The return of warm weather influenced some of our selections. Playful food-inspired beach towels are perfect for the sun (and might even make you hungry), while whimsical bookmarks will help you keep the place of your leisurely beach read. If you prefer the indoors, we’ve got plenty for you, too, including some oven mitts that’ll help you rock on with your bad self.

See some of our favorite Selects below, but be sure to follow My Modern…

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If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a mermaid or a dragon, you can now be a step closer to your wish. Daniel Struzyna of the Tinkercast shop has created handmade tights that feature the scales found on the tail of a mermaid or body of a dragon. Part fantasy and part fashion, these nude nylon leggings have a satisfying, tactile feel with layered silicone scallops scattered atop the stretchy fabric.

Stuzyna’s tights are available in a variety of colors and scale arrangements, which affords the wearer versatility in their use. Some leggings have a bevy of colorful silicone shapes (including fins) and are ideal for cosplay outfits, while other designs feature less scales and could work as a quirky statement piece for everyday attire.

Tinkercast sells their whimsical wares on …

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From June 18 to July 3, conceptual artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff is offering visitors to Italy's Lake Iseo the chance to experience the exhilaration and thrill of walking on water. The Floating Piers, a dream that first began in 1970, came to fruition earlier this month as Christo and his team constructed a temporary walkway of shimmering yellow fabric and high-density polyethylene cubes that stretches almost two miles across the lake.

The carefully selected location at the base of the Italian Alps allows for visitors to walk from the mainland town of Sulzano to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo. The specific materials and construction allows for the path to ebb and move in sync with the waves…

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Many people are searching for ways to preserve their appearance and turn back the clock on aging. One woman has seemed to uncover the secret, and for her, it’s many years of dedicated exercise. At 50 years old, Ye Wen looks decades younger—more like someone in their 20s. Boasting a seemingly flawless complexion with wrinkle-free skin, the Xinyang City, China-based athlete is proud of her physical strength and youthful physique. She has shared fitness selfies that feature her weightlifting, practicing Pilates, and rock climbing, which are all part of her rigorous routine.

Wen began her intense fitness regimen at the age of 30 with daily swimming. Initially interested in keeping healthy, she has continued the sport all these years—including across the straits of Malacca, with hopes of conquering the Han River in South Korea. Although this activity is not a literal fountain of youth,…

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For those who love to pair spectacular views with an adrenaline rush, a ride on the recently opened Skyslide is the perfect combination of both. Visitors can experience Skyslide’s unparalleled, panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles from within an enclosed glass slide that is suspended 1,000 feet above ground. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast, and extends 45 feet down to the 69th floor. The San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Ocean, and even Catalina Island can be observed on clear days.

Skyslide is just one of the Tower’s many new features available at the top floors, known as OUE Skyspace LA. Skyspace includes the tallest open-air…

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On the last day of the school year, this first grade teacher found one final opportunity to educate her students on creativity. Chris-ShaRee Castlebury wore a white dress to work at Pat Henry Elementary in Lawton, Oklahoma, and her kids decorated the fabric using markers, making her ordinary frock into an impressive tableau of youthful art and color.

The pupils from Room 219, aka Castlebury's "precious Picasso's," as she calls them in her Facebook post, illustrated all sorts of inventive doodles on the skirt: rainbows and kites, butterflies and bugs, and even a sock monkey makes an appearance. Though we imagine it was a fun project for the kids, it left Castlebury with a precious…

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You might be stuck at a desk all day, but thanks to MARIAELA jewelry, you can always be close to the outdoors. Ela Rymkowska-Turkoniak is the brainchild behind the online shop that sells stunning terrarium-style jewelry. The striking pendant necklaces feature pieces of dried, hand-picked leaves and flowers that are encased in exquisite magnifying-like glasses, offering fantastical way of seeing the world.

To construct the romantic accessories, MARIAELA uses techniques that have stood the test of time. The metal and glass jewelry are joined with the famous Tiffany (lamp) method and have a vintage aesthetic. This distressed appearance works with any flower—from something as simple as a dandelion seed to a bloom that’s as bright and colorful as a pink daisy.

MARIAELA stocks all of their jewelry through…

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Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issue in the U.S., and for the 50 million Americans affected, coping can be a serious challenge. However, when it comes to destigmatizing these conditions, a little humor can go a long way. By creating satirical covers for the imaginary Anxiety: The Magazine, Twitter user @crayonelyse is sparking both dialogues and giggles about the inner workings of the anxiety-besetted brain, revealing what it's really like to live with the particular tensions and worries that the afflicted know so well.

A graduate student in her mid-twenties who prefers the pseudonym Crayon, the artist gets her ideas from real life, whether based on current events, work, her friends, or her own inner experiences. She writes down each concept as it hits her and then…

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Meet the Pumi—the newest dog breed for us to collectively “awww” over. On June 22, the American Kennel Club announced that this energetic herding dog is the 190th breed to join the ranks of America’s oldest purebred dog registry. The new honor, aside from formal recognition, allows the corkscrew-fur canine to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club contest that happens every February.

Originating from Hungary, Pumi dogs have been in the United States for the past two decades. They’re considered quick learners with a lot of spunk, which makes them perfect for the farm life: specifically, corralling chickens and goats. With this reputation, they are definitely not the type to laze on the couch—experts say they require a lot of exercise and stimulation in order to keep them happy. Get introduced to the adorable pups, below.…

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Though he be but little, he is fierce—this tiny cat recently hitched a ride for a big warrior's journey. He traveled half the length of England, all the way from Birmingham Airport to the Royal Naval Air Station in Culdrose, all while hiding in the rear bumper of a Navy helicopter pilot’s car.

Lieutenant Nick Grimmer heard a quiet meow when he arrived at the end of his 300-mile trip, and he started searching all around the trunk and underneath the vehicle to find the source. But he had to dismantle the BMW with the help of Navy air engineers before finally discovering the concealed kitten, now nicknamed Tigger on account of his tiger stripes. Grimmer nestled the new furry friend into his flying helmet and brought him into work, where he and his team launched “Operation Tiger Kitten” via social…

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Many women dream about the dress they’re going to wear on their wedding day, but far fewer envision designing their gown for the special occasion. “For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of designing my own wedding clothes,” bride and clothing designer Krésha Bajaj Zaveri admitted in a blog post. She finally got her chance this past February when she wed Vanraj Zaveri at The Leela Palace in Udaipur, India. Practicing a traditional Indian ceremony, the celebration featured a lot of wardrobe changes, including one outfit that was the most striking of all: a lehenga—a long skirt—that she embroidered with their love story.

The show-stopping piece reflected both tradition as well as Zaveri’s need to push the proverbial design…

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