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Banksy bails out graffiti artists who tagged a giant penis on a drawbridge (PIC)
Banksy bails out graffiti artists who tagged a giant penis on a drawbridge (PIC)

How far can a graffitied image of a penis get you? In Russia, it can get you an award.The Russian graffiti group named “Voina” (War) received a prize for “innovation” in the visual art category sponsored by the Russian Culture Ministry for painting a penis on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg.Two members of the group–Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov– were arrested for a stunt last September (they overturned several police cars in a protest called Palace Revolution) and have spent four months in prison awaiting trial.

43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds
43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds

I know very little to nothing about skateboarding. But I fully embrace anyone who challenges the status quo.Started by Allen Ying, a skateboard photographer in New York City, 43 will be a magazine featuring high quality skateboard photographs. 43, or the front-side non-comply trick, the skater puts one foot down and turns the board around, while continually moving forward.

Writing and Driving: Notes from 1000 RPMs
Writing and Driving: Notes from 1000 RPMs

Considering the desert (and other things) at under two miles per hour.THE NEEDLE ON THE TEMP GAUGE pushed into the red. And then it kept going, like the needle on an old record player when the song ends. We were at the foot of the wash, just out of cell range, still 3500 vertical feet and ten long miles from the crest of the Inyos.

How being apart can strengthen a relationship
How being apart can strengthen a relationship

Want to test a relationship? Try traveling apart.Two weeks into my four month trip to Australia, I was sitting in Mission Beach with some guys at my hostel talking and playing drinking games.In between rounds were the usual questions about countries of origin and travel plans, where we were from and where we hoped to go.

Chile’s Rigid Importation Laws And Why You Should Be Wary of Them
Chile’s Rigid Importation Laws And Why You Should Be Wary of Them

“Peanuts, almonds, trail mix?” The woman muttering this louder and louder behind me is disturbing me. After an overnight flight from JFK (“home”) to Santiago’s SCL (home base), I’m on autopilot.I walk down a hallway with timeless, placeless airport carpet, ride the escalator down past the reciprocity counter, zip through international police, put blinders on in the duty free shop we have to walk through, pick up a cart and my luggage, and hear it again – “peanuts, almonds trail mix.

Obama’s gift gaffe
Obama’s gift gaffe

Perhaps you missed the story that was a mere footnote to many newscasts the week of March 6.During British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit to the U.S., President Obama presented the PM with a rather untraditional gift: a set of 25 DVDs representing the best of America’s film culture. The set included “The Wizard of Oz,” “Schindler’s List,” “Citizen Kane,” and “Psycho.

Rescuing child soldiers with Project: AK-47
Rescuing child soldiers with Project: AK-47

“WEAR THEIR REALITY.” Project: AK-47’s dog tags for child soldier advocacy from PROJECT: AK-47 on Vimeo.I don’t even remember how I found Project: AK-47 in the first place, but I do remember it kept popping up – on my Twitter feed, then in a random Google search, then I saw a post about its newest campaign, Wear Their Reality.

C’mon & take a free ride… to Indonesia!
C’mon & take a free ride… to Indonesia!

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Matador members are incredible people.They travel not just to see the world, but to take in what they see and then act as agents of positive change.Maybe you’ve already met Misty Tosh.She’s a regular contributor to the Our Site… her most recent article, “The Ultimate Baja Escape,” left me ready to step away from the computer, get behind the wheel, and get on the road.

Protect Your Eyes: Oakley Polarized A-Frames
Protect Your Eyes: Oakley Polarized A-Frames

The three C’s to goggle selection: Clarity, Clean, and Comfortable.There is nothing more important than wearing the correct goggles when you’re on the slope. The Oakley Polarized A Frames is the standard in goggles: Clean, unsurpassed clarity, and lusciously comfortable.Snow glare is harsh.Especially when the sun is reflecting the light directly unto your eyes.

‘Best’ 16 Tweets on Columbus Day in the Last 16 minutes
‘Best’ 16 Tweets on Columbus Day in the Last 16 minutes

Leave it to Twitter to make you feel ‘ambient awareness’ on Columbus Day. I keep thinking of my crew in Colorado. Denver always has a good old fashioned drumbeating protest against Cristóbal Colón. Segundo told me about it one year, said ‘you’re down down there just jamming. Then you look up at a streetcorner and see these cameras filming you.

Ask Adventure Doc: What are Bed Bugs?
Ask Adventure Doc: What are Bed Bugs?

Feature photo by puroticorico / Above photo by stuartpilbrowBed bugs have been causing problems for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Here’s what you can (and can’t) do about it.Bed bugs, or Cimex Lectularius feed on human blood. They can be found virtually everywhere on the planet and do not care how many stars your hotel room is rated.

Dog meat and rooster balls: The 10 most exotic Asian foods
Dog meat and rooster balls: The 10 most exotic Asian foods

Eating in Asia requires a certain degree of guts and a wild sense of adventure.1. Thailand’s deep-fried grasshoppersRight in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district, street vendors peddle a huge array of deep-fried bugs – from ants to hornets, caterpillars to grasshoppers. Anything that hops and bites is fair game for the palate.