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The Thinnest Sheet of Paper in the World

In Japan, one company is taking paper thinner than it's ever been before. Hidaka Washi creates paper as thin as human skin, using methods that date back a thousand years. The paper is then sent to museums and libraries around the world-including the British Museum and the Library of Congress-and is used to restore and protect books and works of art. Check out the incredible process in the video above.

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Earlies


Luke Hawkins’ career started in 1999 as a Graphic Designer before moving on to become an Art Director and these days, a Creative Director. He has worked in both Australia and the UK and has been fortunate enough to work with some great people on some of the world's most iconic brands including Mars, TEDx, Wrigley, Lion Nathan, GE and Toshiba.

This short documentary explores Luke's infatuation with early mornings, the local Bondi creative scene and how that impacts his work. Creating high end skate culture designs with the intention of showing his son work is never hard if it's something you love.

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The New York Public Library Now Lets You Read Classic Novels on Instagram

Insta Novels is a new project from the New York Public Library that brings classic reads to your phone via Instagram Stories. You don’t need a library card to read them; all you have to do is head to @nypl and browse the selection in their saved stories, though you may want to wait because right now it’s only Alice in Wonderland. Still, we’re very excited, as the artwork for the animated covers looks incredible and there are no late fees for us anymore. Yes, there are limitations. As far as we know, there’s no way to save your place and pick it up later, so you’re basically committing yourself to a full book in one sitting—or at least one large chunk of a book, since they broke Alice in Wonderland into two parts. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is on the way along with other works, so give them a follow and let your commutes get a whole lot more imaginative.

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Watch Nike's Latest Campaign, Dream Crazy

Get inspired to follow your dreams with Nike's latest powerful campaign. Narrated by Colin Kaepernick, the ad highlights athletes like Shaquem Griffin, Alphonso Davies, Serena Williams, and LeBron James who beat the odds to not just play their sports, but dominate them.

Nike’s share price has dropped recently. But their stock investment from under-35’s has grown exponentially. Why? Because under-35’s pay attention when brands stand up for a cause. Nike has raised a middle finger to older, conservative Americans. But in doing so, they have repositioned themselves to an entire generation of fans, and rebooted themselves. With this campaign, they are now a challenger brand with a powerful, simple message; dream crazy.

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The Fight to Save Europe’s Remaining Wild Rivers

Patagonia tend to be the ones towing the bandwagon that other companies jump on board, and legendary environmentalist/activist Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia funding of projects that draw attention to the myriad of threats to the natural world is unparalleled in a company of its size. The latest of which, Blue Heart, is a wonderful piece of journalism that documents the struggle to save Europe’s remaining wild rivers from being turned into hydropower plants—a so-called renewable energy source that’s nowhere near as green as it’s been billed.

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Nike Converted This Church into a State-of-the-Art Basketball Facility

The Church of the Epiphany located in Chicago recently underwent a radical makeover at the hands of Nike. Dating back to 1885, the antique structure has been converted into a state-of-the-art basketball facility, complete with custom floor markings, stained glass windows, modernized lockers, as well as an integrated weight room. The brand new Chicago Just Do It Headquarters is open to local hoops teams throughout the week with public admittance scheduled on Saturdays and will be used to help further develop the city’s up-and-coming basketball talent. As reported by ABC7 Chicago, former Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen recently dropped by, sharing tips, tricks and invaluable life lessons. To learn more, be sure to visit Nike.

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Everywhere Unseen

This is the first in an ongoing series where MC sends a group of four photographers out into the world to see what they bring back. The idea is that while they’re all travelling to the same destinations, each photographer will have an individual take on their surroundings, providing four completely different points of view. Check out the first trailer below.

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Tales From King Island

If another wave barrels and spits with no one on it, I’m gonna fucking lose my mind.

To both our left and right, the only bit of life that can be seen are the Wallabies and seabirds. Not a house, person or car anywhere to be seen on the entire strip of beach. Littered for miles is perfect three-to-five-foot wedges piping off their head, and between the five of us all you can hear is, “How’s that one… left… right… fuck me… SPIT!”

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Nick Miles on His Creative Process

Sydney-sider & Freshwater local Nick Miles has been shaping and specialising in progressive board construction for almost a decade. Under the flag of Sculpt Surfboards Nick continues to push board performance and durability.This short explores Nick's passion for creating surf boards and how his dedicated process, attention to detail and the 10,000 hour rule comes into play when working within the creative world of sculpting surfboards.

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The 2018 Splendour in the Grass Lineup is Finally Here

The lineup for this year’s Splendour is officially in (and oh boy is it a doozy). The gigantic three day festival that takes place each July on the outskirts of Byron Bay has finally unveiled its lineup, and they’ve managed to reel in some huge names once again. Hit the link below to see the full lineup.

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Tom Carroll Captured Surfing in the 80s Perfectly

Photography is now so accessible that it’s unavoidable. But if the social media revolution’s proved anything, it’s that the majority of photos aren’t interesting in the slightest. Perfect technical skill is nothing without a compelling subject, and vice versa. Often the ability to wade through the dross and put your faith in finding that one photograph is the most valuable skill of all. Which leads us to Ben Chadbond—someone who lists his occupation as “photography”, but doesn’t take photos (anymore), and Tom Carroll—a 2x World Champion surfer and Australian national treasure, who’s been taking photos for 40 years and storing them in boxes in his garage.

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Quiksilver's Mad Wax Capsule Brings Surfing's Heyday to the Masses

In 1987, iconic Aussie surf brand Quiksilver released a film that would capture the zeitgeist of an entire generation of boardriders. Titled Mad Wax, the style of the era was unique, as boards got shorter and tricks got more and more complex, surf culture became ingrained in parts of the world that hadn’t before seen such laidback vibes, and the scene surrounding beaches where the swell was big started to burgeon. Premiering at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, champion surfer Ross Clarke Jones starred in the lead role, alongside Tom Carroll and Gary Elkerton, while the whole production was directed by Michael Hohensee. With a soundtrack from GANGgajang, the short film epitomised an entire era of surfing life, which Australia largely helped to create. It was also the first time surf started to become as much a fashion statement as it was a sport, or hobby.

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Copenhagen is Building Floating Parks

Copenhagen is already on our list of places to visit, but these innovative island parks just make us love the Danish capital that much more. Each handmade wooden platform will serve as a public space you can paddle out to. The first, CPH-Ø1, is a wooden structure with a single linden tree at its center. We imagine scoring many date points with a picnic on it. Dubbed a “Parkipelago,” the island serves as a place to chill in a city filled with hustle and bustle. There are more coming, however, and each will have something unique. A floating sauna is on the way. A swimming platform is on the docket. Even a fishing platform is set to be built. The floating islands can come together when weather is less than ideal so traveling between them isn’t much work. Put them on your “To Do” list the next time you’re in Denmark.

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Mitch King and Penny Collaboration Keeps Psychedelia Alive

Psychedelia and all its associations have been an ingrained part of Southern Californian surf and skate culture since the 60s.

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love being it’s most famous Californian export. If you’re unfamiliar with the BOEL then you need to watch Orange Sunshine. Long story short, the near-mythical gang was an integral part of the Summer of Love and aimed to “turn on the world” through exposing it to LSD. The means to this end was to become the largest network of smugglers, buyers and distributors of acid the world had ever seen. Eventually, it all went predictably pear-shaped, but it’s a radical story in every sense of the word. 

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Little Rats, a Short Film About Graffiti is a Tense 5 Minute Ride

There’s a few hobbies in this world that just aren’t for the faint-hearted.Spraying graffiti onto trains in foreign countries firmly falls into this category. In short film LITTLE RATS, directors Jesse Heath and Theodor Guelat went along for the ride as ‘XXXX’, a 21-year-old South American graffiti writer, travels and escapes the grips of authority (until eventually being arrested and deported to his home country) across Europe.

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Japan's Dekotora Movement is Fading

If you find yourself driving down a highway in Japan, you might pass what looks like an actual Transformer. No, you're not crazy. These tricked-out transports belong to a niche DIY semi truck culture called dekotora, in which long-haul drivers add custom graphics, lights and swag to their vehicles on a level that goes way beyond a couple decals. With some dekotora customizations costing up to $100,000, many of these dedicated DIY designers see their vehicles as spiritual extensions of their identity. Photographer Todd Antony is giving you a better look at these mobile light shows through a series of photographs that capture both the trucks and their owners. The trend began back in the ’70s after a movie franchise showcased elaborate trucks. Aspiring stars began decorating their big rigs in hopes that they might get cast. It snowballed into a movement that has only recently begun to fade. Have a look at Antony’s shots here.

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Sailor Jerry and the Infinite Wisdom of Tattooing

Once synonymous with outlaws and misfits, servicemen and the occasional murderous preacher, tattoos are now so mainstream that every second supermodel has one. Makes you wonder what Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins would think of it all. A tough-talkin’ former itinerant and naval seaman, Sailor Jerry reimagined twentieth-century tattoo art from his shop in Honolulu’s rowdy red-light district during World War II. In the name of happy, regret-free tattooing for both artist and client, Here is some pearls of wisdom from the man who started it all. (Even the cleanskins among us could follow worse advice.)

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Fear And Frothing (or Xhosa, a South African Surf Trip)

"We spent 7 days on The Point. The Point is a different world from The City. Every day's the same: good waves, good vibes, morning Coffee and Cigarettes an evening Black Label and Braai. Asleep by 9pm, awake by 5. Some days we forage mushrooms. We eat the biggest crayfish I’ve ever seen. The Point becomes home and the biggest worry we have was Sharks and rolling the land rover on the track to the point."

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These Documentary Features Are Worth Your Couch Time

The Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature are in, and in the mix are doping scandals, a road trip across France with art icons, a murder victim turned suspect, New York’s smallest bank under threat, and The White Helmets of war-torn Syria. Is it surprising that Netflix-produced documentaries account for two of the five nominees? Given their colossal output and cash dollars to back such productions, probably not at all. While you never want to monopolise the market, Netflix spending in the general area of $7 billion on content last year’s nothing to heap shit on. So without further ado, here’s five films...

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