Yep, I'll have a few of these, please. I'm the type of person who likes their Cypress Hill with a nice pot of tea and maybe some macarons, so these rap lyrics - prettified into tasteful posters - are just my cup of tizzle (did I use it right? Wrong decade?). Canadian (obvs) Etsyers Paperchat make fine use of the typography trend with these ghetto lovelies. Check out their store for more music and movie-inspired art prints.
There's little in the world as wonderful as a compliment. Empty, backhanded or even genuine, they all work for me. Which is why I've bookmarked Emergency Compliment, an ingenious website that spits out some good old fashioned ego-boosting flattery for those moments when everybody sucks. Better yet, you can even buy the one that works for you as an art print. If Google Glasses develop a function that allows me to scroll through compliments from people when I meet them, I'm in. But only then. In the meantime, check out Emergency Compliment's Society6 shop to get your oh-my-I'm-so-flattered on.
Damn Fine Print is a Dublin based community print studio that deliver exactly what their name claims. Acting as a hothouse for designers and illustrators, DFP aims to offer rental space and access to expensive printing equipment for Dublin's up-and-coming print art movement while producing some damn brilliant art in the process. With exciting plans in the pipeline, the fledgling company is currently offering bespoke prints as well as a selection from the country's most promising artists. I'm getting all misty eyed looking through their selection of prints inspired by Dublin, some of which have already sold out. Fair warning.
We mentioned before that the lyrical folks at Paper Jam Press give damn good letterhead. Well, PJP have come up with an ingenious way of allowing all of us to hand out some of their awesomeness to complete strangers; pre-designed business cards. Featuring PJP's musically inclined inspirational quotes on one side and room for your customisable deets on the other, I can't think of anything I'd rather be handed at a business meeting. Besides an overflowing hip flask and a spoon to dig my way out. The best bit is that this is a charitable effort. Moo.com, a rather hip online printing company, launched The Luxe Project last year which sees a different designer every month create a range of stylish business cards with proceeds going to the charity of the designer's choice. PJP have rather aptly chosen VH1 Save the Music Foundation, so good deeds all round.
Hurray, the Leaving Cert is over. Boo, it's time for college. As students the world over brace themselves for for the sweet purgatory that is college, I thought it apt to feature The Carbon Crusader's profanity-riddled pencils. The first day in a new school is the perfect setting for trying out a badass new attitude and these lewd leads will make you look tough as nails even if you spend each night sobbing into your blanky. Sure, pencils are a bit nerdy, and I'm not definite that the iPhone generation even know how to use them, but these sketchers are bound to earn you some kind of scary-cool nickname. Like Snake, yes I rather like Snake. Well, if someone's going to borrow your stuff and never give it back they might as well be reminded just what a bad mo-fo you are. The pencils come in sets of three (€3.10) and six (€6.10) from the Carbon Crusader's store.