O Clock timepieces out of Milan, Italy are just about to hit the market with a series of vibrant silicon watches. Available in three sizes and 15 eye catching colors, these highly durable, water-resistant timepieces retail for just £23 and come packaged in a sealed pop top can. Look for O Clock to hit retail later this month.

The much anticipated exhibition of Takashi Murakami opens its doors at the famous Chateau de Versailles outside of Paris on September 14th. Today I can give you an early look at the fantastic exhbition, which mostly showcases sculptural work of the Japanese artist, including some old goodies and some all new pieces as well.

With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League started the way all great ideas do: alcohol and lethargy. A few guys that got a little too sauced in the woods, and serendipitously invented a sport by throwing axes at trees and then making up a point system and bunch of rules. Four years old now, the league has boasted hundreds of members, astonishingly no injuries, and free kegs every week. Take that, Curling!

After several previews, announcements and teaser images I can finally show you a full clean image of the much anticipated Kaws designed Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket toys. The set will release tomorrow at Original Fake Tokyo and will later on be available through other Original Fake retailers.

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Jason Clay Lewis, an Oklahoma-born, New York-based artist, has generated considerable attention for his most recent sculpture, “Drill Baby.” Politically driven, the sculpture finds a baby tattooed with a fierce narrative inspired by the BP oil spills. The connections are thinly veiled… ships dripping black and religious iconography flipped into odes to big oil commerce.

The use of the baby as base provides initial shock, and ties to Sarah Palin’s statement “Drill baby, drill.”

Lewis has exhibited throughout the United States, most recently at 31Grand in Brooklyn, NY.