New Hasbro figurines give insight into the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, specifically one alien X-wing pilot named Ello Asty. Complete with “born to ill” written in Aurebesh (Star Wars lingo) on his helmet, the character is believed to be a Beastie Boys tribute by director J.J. Abrams (Abrams previously used “Sabotage” and “Body Movin'” in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) respectively). Although as one Epicstream commenter has noted, the character name could also act as a double reference, spelling out L.O.S.T. (ell o as ty) another infamous Abrams project.
Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn combines images of cats with flowers, cacti, shells and minerals. 200 of his cat collages have been compiled into a new book. See more of Eichhorn’s work below or check out Cats & Plants, available for pre-order via independent publisher Zioxla.
A limited-edition print is also available. For every purchase of either the book or print, a can of cat food will be donated to a non-profit working to rescue cats from shelters and find them loving homes.
International Art Festival POW! WOW! just rolled through Washington, D.C. and 15 artists blanketed the NoMa area with colourful murals. You should peep the @powwowworldwide Instagram as the team is now in the Middle East for the first-ever POW! WOW! Israel. No rest for the wicked! More images from POW! WOW! DC below.