Link List #50: Havana's illegal tattoos, the world's first font shop and finding Europe in the US - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #50: Havana’s illegal tattoos, the world’s first font shop and finding Europe in the US


We’ve surfed the most gnarly of internet waves for you, bringing back some real gems. This 50th edition of the FvF link list encompasses everything from New York’s art scene in the ’60s to an IRL font shop in Copenhagen, with plenty of interesting things to digest, proving that the internet isn’t just for exchanging gifs of cats (though that’s not so bad either).


    • 1 Self-proclaimed “Neo-hippie-communist,” skater and tattoo artist Ché Alejandro dodges an unusual law in the changing economic landscape of Havana, Cuba. There are 201 types of private businesses allowed by the Cuban government—and tattooing is not one of them. The folks from Huck spoke with Ché about his clandestine parlor.
    • 2 Between binge watching television shows, compulsive monitoring of social media accounts and falling into Youtube holes, we’re swimming in stimulation—yet still endlessly bored. This examination of our boredom from The Guardian attempts to locate just where our attention spans went off to.
    • 3 From the Ebola outbreak to the Syrian refugee crisis and police violence in the United States, this stunning gallery of images from the 59th World Press Photo Contest captures some of the most important moments in 2016.
    • 4 Darling of the ’60s New York art scene, sculptor, painter, all-around personality and largely forgotten, Marisol Escobar (known simply as Marisol) is memorialized in this retrospective by Hyperallergic.
    • 5 Photographer Naomi Harris’ photo series “EUSA” follows her travels as she searches for slices of European culture in the USA (and vice versa). This gallery of excerpts from the series at the New York Times blog gives a closer look at the artist and her curious project.
    • 6 Claiming to be the world’s first fontshop, Copenhagen’s Playtype is the brainchild of former fashion designer Rasmus Drucker. Playful and elegant, their typefaces can be purchased at the Playtype store in Copenhagen. Eye on Design takes a good look at the curious brand on their blog.

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TextKevin Chow