Frankie’s Garage: Renault Alpine Vision Concept

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Renault’s new concept to road car with heritage from the A110 sports car.  EVO takes a first look at French automaker Renault’s Alpine Vision concept.

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Miyazaki Tattoo Tribute

miyazitatootributeWow.  Just wow.  Give this tattoo artist a raise or something.  Jean-Pierre Saint-Tran wanted make a tribute to his favorite Studio Ghibli films and that’s what he did.  He gave up his whole arm to be tattooed with Miyazaki art from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.

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Food: Making Pork Buns

heroinparisporkbunsWhenever I have business meetings or work in downtown SF, I always make sure I stop by Chinatown and hit one of those Mom & Pop pastry shops for some BBQ Pork Buns aka Char Siu Baos.  Great for snacking or meal on the run while trying to catch the MUNI.  Anyways, here’s a Munchies DIY episode on making Pork Buns with chef Hann Palcu-Chang of Hero in Paris restaurant.

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Frankie’s Garage: Concepts & Hot Rides at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

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The 2014 Paris Motor Show kicks-off October 4 thru the 19th, and there will be plenty of hot rides and concepts cars.  But knowing me, if I was in Europe right now, I would be up in a little town called Munich for Oktoberfest drinking beer and eating all kinds of meats.  Now back to the topic at hand, the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris will showcase concepts and future offerings to the car buying public.  One wish, please bring the UK-spec Honda Civic Type R hatchback to the U.S.

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Japan Expo: 2nd Impact 2014 @ San Mateo Event Center

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The Ramen crew attended the anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo at this past weekend’s San Mateo Event Center.  The Ramen team of Eddie, Ramon and Jonelle roam the floors and stages to soak-in the event.

Brainquake by Samuel Fuller

brainquakecoverA-List directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have been inspired by the works of Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One).  The World War II veteran, was both a director and author.  He wrote “Brainquake” in 1993 while living in France, and now fans can re-discover Fuller’s last novel published and translated into English by Titan Books and Hard Case Crime.

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Cool Street Art by Benedetto Bufalino

street 00Artist Benedetto Bufalino does art in away that says something about our world and a touch of humor.  And this is what we need as this crazy Holiday shopping stress, family madness and all out craziness, we all need a dose of Bufalino street art.

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Movie Hipster Kit Prints by Alizée Lafon

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If you are into minimalist art form, then take a look at these movie prints by Alizée Lafon.  It’s her minimalist illustration tribute to Seventh Art.  Depending on the size of the prints, the prices run anywhere from $29.00USD to $360.00USD.

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Geometry Artwork by Felice Varini

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Artist Felice Varini likes to do big 3D-like geometric murals on buildings.  The art project was unleashed last month in Paris, France at the Grand Palais.

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Geek Out: Sega Master System Sofa

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The Sega Master System (SMS) didn’t get the props or sales numbers like it’s rival Nintendo Entertainment System during the 1980s, but I thought it had great games and graphics.  And I still have the system and it still works!!!  Here’s a one-off tribute by French video game blogger Subby-kun and his wife Subbinette.  The sofa is the main unit while the pillows make the two joysticks.

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Space Commander Sneakers

This video is pimping French sneaker label Feiyue’s new line of kicks.  The stop-motion video was done by Julien Vray.

Patrick Jouin’s Bloom Table Lamp

This is why we all need a 3D printer:

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Designer Patrick Jouin created this Bloom Table Lamp from a 3D printer.  What’s cool is that the lamp can “bloom” like flowers which act like a dimmer switch so you can control much light you want.

For more info and images, go to:  Inhabitat – Bloom Table Lamp.

For more of his works, check out his site:  Patrick Jouin.

No Spray Paint Need Apply for This Graffiti Art

graffitinospraypaintWater – Light – Graffiti by French artist Antonin Fourneau:

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French Video Game Collector Nets €1 Million Euros

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Andre is a video game collector from France and he was able to sell his video game collection for about $1.23 million USD on eBay.  This huge collection consists of over 7,000 games and 22 game consoles.  Not only did it take him 15 years to finish this collection but he challenged himself to find and buy factory sealed video games.  Now that’s hardcore.

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Nintendo 3DS & Louvre

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The Nintendo 3DS and the famous Paris museum, the Louvre, teamed up on a really cool project.  Now you have can have your own guided audio/visual tour of the Louvre on the 3DS.  If you haven’t been to Paris I suggest if you had time to check this magical city out.  I spent around 2 weeks in Paris and let me tell you, it was not enough time (also a really good INXS song).  I also spent like 3 days in the Louvre which is truly not much time.  The Louvre is so big and has so much art and history.  It can be overwhelming.

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Diet Coke + Paul Gaultier = Fashion Soda Bottle

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Diet Coke collab on a bottle.  It will not be sold in the US so get it on eBay.

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