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09.27.13 Andy Cush

The Verge’s entire video profile of the maker space i3 Detroit is worth watching, but if you’re in the mood for some spectacle, fast forward to about 6 minutes. That’s when i3 president Matt Oehrlein shows off his mind-controlled flamethrower, which, yes, throws flames and requires only brain waves as input. Watch it in action above. […]

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09.09.13 Kyle Petreycik

Check out that intricate wood and foam maquette for Detroit’s upcoming ten-foot-tall Robocop statue. The project, based on an original design by Fred Barton Productions, was fully funded on Kickstarter earlier in 2011 and is nearing the final steps of its completion. See a glimpse of the large statue arriving in several pieces at Venus Bronze Works, where much of the initial […]

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08.28.13 Andy Cush

Turns out “The Last Donut of the Night” wasn’t the last donut after all. The Detroit News is reporting that Herman Hayes, uncle to the late, impossibly great hip-hop producer J Dilla, will open a donut shop in Dilla’s honor in Detroit’s Harmonie Park. The shop, to be dubbed Dilla’s Delights, will feature all-organic treats with winking names like […]

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04.26.13 Andy Cush

No, not that Death. This Death. The seminal pre-punk punk band from Detroit, formed in 1971, didn’t receive proper recognition until the 2000s, and now, they’re getting a fantastic looking documentary tribute. Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins both show up to pay tribute in the trailer, but the most magical moment comes when the son […]

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01.16.13 Marina Galperina

So, this is a bit conflicting. Here’s a recently released book from photographer Scott Hocking: BAD GRAFFITI.  Ahem ahem. BAD GRAFFITI is a current photography series focusing on the vulgar, juvenile, poorly scrawled, often misspelled, ignorant, ridiculous, hilarious, bad-ass, so-bad-its-good, under-the-radar, and generally dismissed as shitty graffiti that I love throughout Detroit. For one thing, there’s a […]

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01.14.13 Marina Galperina

Juxtapoz magazine recently created a pop-up skatepark and a high-profile collaborative art installation where there were only vacant commercial lots. A few years ago, they fundraised $150,000 and worked in the same foreclosed Detroit neighborhood to refurbish homes with inspired, attention-garnering aid of artists Swoon, Retna, Ben Wolf, Richard Colman, Monica Canilao, and Saelee Oh. This time around, they invited […]

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01.11.13 Bucky Turco

Rapper and 7 Mile resident Soeboy Chaz — who ANIMAL profiled last month — dropped a video featuring two tracks from his latest mixtape collaboration. Watch the resurgence of Detroit right in front of your eyes. […]

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12.12.12 Bucky Turco & Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL visited Detroit last week and for the next few days will be highlighting some stories from Motor City. It’s not just federal bailouts of the automotive industry, development of industrial waterfront areas, and better urban planning decisions that are aiding in what has popularly been coined as the resurgence of Detroit, there’s also art. […]

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08.03.12 David Lumb

Legend tells of Greek and Macedonian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and Coney Island in the 1920s on the way to Detroit, familiarizing themselves with the hot dog as an easy product to make and sell without needing a strong command of English. Two brothers–William “Bill” and Constantine “Gust” Keros–opened American Coney Island in […]

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03.02.11 Marina Galperina

Let’s curb all this “Detroit ruins porn.” It’s not Chernobyl. New trend! Instead of passing the “porn,” pass this on: “Detroiters are living it and they are surviving it.” […]

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