80s boxing star Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was the real-life Rocky. In 1982 he became the lightweight champion & in his first title defense bout he knocked out the Korean Duk Koo Kim but Kim never regained consciousness. A few months later Kim’s grieving mother took her own life. It was a fight that changed Mancini’s championship life & this is the story of where he came from & where he ended up.
Built around China’s only motorcycle that can even loosely be called a classic, the Chang Jiang 750, this chopped up and murdered one-off custom called Nero, from Beijing-based Bandit9 is as mean a CJ750 as you’re likely to ever see. Custom-made tank and tins, seat, exhaust and electrical plus the all-over matte black spray job guaranteed the Nero a spot on all the cool biker blogs. You can see why.
Paranoia is the new black. Is your water pure? Is your sushi tainted? Is global warming happening here? The Lapka system of environmental monitors—which measure things like temp & humidity, nitrates in raw foods, and airborne radiation & electromagnetic feedback is designed to answer all these questions and keep you informed. The Lapka app and social sharing helps you spread the word. Available late 2012.
You bring yourself a waterbottle on the walk but what about the dog? The Ruffbowl is a portable water bowl for your dog that snaps on to your retractable leash. When the dog’s not drinking, Ruffbowl also holds onto that bag of poop you don’t really like carrying.
If you were a fan of the WWF in the heyday of the 80s and 90s, you’re probably still a fan. If so, feast your eyes on this poster series of minimalist masterpieces from New York artist Bernie Gross. Featuring Superfly Snuka, The Macho Man, the Hulkster and the rest of the gang, these 11 X 17 posters are printed on 100lb stock with archival inks.
The iShower is a portable Bluetooth shower speaker that works with all your Apple & Android devices. Take it to the beach or the pool, or if you’re trying to conserve water just blast any song by Skrillex and your next shower will be the shortest one you’ve ever taken.
As a founder and legendary axeman of rock supergroup The Who, Pete Townshend was one of rock-n-roll’s biggest & baddest. But his place in rock history was poisoned by his arrest on child pornography charges. He was later acquitted but the damage was done. In his new memoir, Townshend talks about life from his own childhood through rock’s greatest epoch & all the way up ’til today.
LaCie’s Rugged series hard drives are reliable & built for a beating. Now they’ve shrunken the Rugged down into this little pocket rocket. 16 or 32GB USB 3 models are available featuring construction built to keep your data intact through extreme cold, heat, water, even a 100-meter fall.
Tequila’s cousin Mezcál is the one with the worm, a marketing gimmick devised in 1950 to entice silly gringos into finishing the bottle. It took the Brits 62 years to rip off this idea and drop an English earthworm into a bottle of gin. Gin & Mezcál are equally potent but English Garden Worm Gin may be a bit worse, that worm looks huge!
This oversized, non-stick griddle is so big you can throw the whole meal on there and cook it all in one shot. One pan also means less to clean up when you’re done. Just throw it in the dish washer and head to the couch