THE CITY ➡️ NEW YORK ➡️ Inbox: Steve McQueen

The Museum of Modern Art will display Static (2009), a recently acquired digital projection of a 35mm film by the artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen (British, born 1969), in The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium from May 6 through summer 2017. The installation is part of MoMA’s ongoing Inbox series, which highlights new acquisitions to the Museum’s collection. Shot from a helicopter circling the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, in New York Harbor, the film captures Lady Liberty both in furtive, detailed close-ups and from a greater remove. As suggested by the work’s title, the statue remains fixed, intended to be gazed at from afar, even as the many perspectives from which it is encountered are subject to change. Accompanied by the roaring sound of the helicopter blades, the piece is marked by unease and uncertainty, showcasing and scrutinizing one of the most iconic symbols of the US within the urban surroundings of New York City and New Jersey. This is the first time Static will be shown on the scale of a major civic space. The film was made in 2009 to coincide with President Barack Obama’s motion to reopen the Statue of Liberty to the public on July 4th as a special gift to the US after the monument’s eight-year closure following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Inbox is an ongoing series of installations that began in 2014 to showcase new additions to MoMA’s collection. The Museum’s first brochure in 1929 outlined its “ultimate purpose” as “to acquire, from time to time, (either by gift of by purchase) a collection of the best modern works of art.” This process remains central to the Museum’s mission and, as such, MoMA acquires a diverse selection of modern and contemporary artworks every year. 



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FROM ONE DUDE TO ANOTHER ➡️ Why you shouldn’t go COMMANDO!

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I do understand the awesome feeling of being free. But I’m also going to be upfront: Going commando is one of those daring ideas that sound good only in theory. In fact, it’s a recipe for ruining your clothes, burdening you with excess perspiration, and causing you embarrassment.

Before going commando, i urge you to give it some serious thought – in fact, I’ve given it some thought for you.

Heed my warnings. I can tell you that this is not going to end well.

These are just some conditions brought on by going commando:

Chaffing. Your pants or trousers are not going to be kind to your skin – they’re not designed to be kind. That means chaffing, which is painful skin irritation. Chaffing is a tough mother which makes its presence known long after you stop moving your legs.

Sweat stains. Especially if you’re wearing lighter fabrics and colors (think khakis), going commando will increase the likelihood of sweat stains. There won’t be any underwear to absorb that funk. And it’s just going to look awful.

Bacteria. I hate to tell you that your privates are teeming with bacteria, which will transfer to your pants. And if you’re trying on new pants in a retail dressing room, we hope you’re not going commando and leaving those germs for the next customer.

Humidity. If you’re living or playing in a land of summer, the humidity is going to go straight to your crotch, bringing with it all of the above (chaffing, sweat stains and bacteria). All of that evil will transfer to your pants without a middleman (underwear) to absorb them.

Increased laundry. Most guys wear their pants a few times before finally throwing them into the washer. If you’re going commando, you’re going to have to reconfigure that schedule. Fabric that directly rubs up against your skin is going to get dirty and smelly. And if you’re going commando on pants that require dry cleaning, get ready to increase that monthly dry cleaning budget.

Cultural and societal rejection. The world sees going commando as one big nope.

Ditch the tight pants. If you like skinny jeans and you also like going commando, you’re going to risk getting that zipper stuck in your crotch, especially when attempting to sit down.

Don’t play sports. Think of your game without a jock or supportive underwear to keep your boys in place. It’s not going to tickle.

Examine your zipper. We all occasionally forget to close the ol’ porthole. If this happens to you while you’re going commando, we hope it’s seen by the right people and not the wrong people (your teacher, your boss, your minister).

Pee drops. You know from years after your toilet-training experience that when you finish urinating, you’re never really completely finished. A drop or two usually presents itself, post-event. Those little droplets will make themselves known in the crotch area of your pants, for a judging world to see (and judge).

Bowel leakage. Have we changed your mind on going commando yet? How about now? We hope it never happens to you, but sometimes shit happens.

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SUMMER PROOF SKIN™ TOP THREE (3) ➡️ BRONZERS 

It’s hard.. to hard when your life is so public, no matter what I say or do people find one way or another to twist my words and it’s not nice. I’m still, here – better off then I ever have been and not allowing myself to be brought down by myself or that unforgiving feeling of knowing that I couldn’t do anything to stop the train wreck. 

I was out of my body, I was standing looking at myself and just watching it happen. My life, my life has always been what it is – if I can make one person smile. If I can take the weight off your back and and help you even for a day then to me, it’s worth it. 

In some way or another I have made up for the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve cut myself deep and I’ll bleed for my sins – can you say the same. 

Ok ok ok let’s move on too some makeup talk and the best and maybe one or two of the worst bronzers for summer. 

NUMBER ONE (1) would have to be AMAZONE BRONZING POWDER by MAKE UP STORE – and I will say you guys know that I’m a sucker for packaging and the packaging that the make up store comes out with is breathtaking, for some of you rushing to google to know who the make up store is, they are a unique brand of complex pro products and whimsical products. Make Up Store has an extensive range of innovative beauty products and more shade choices and finishes than we thought was possible! 

Exclusively selected ingredients to provide a high-quality formula. To accent an ultra-natural looking tan or for enhancing a skin tone. 

The bronzer is enriched with Lanolin Oil which hydrates the skin, Bronzing Powder offers stylish colour payoff and is the perfect way to achieve a sun kissed tan without the harmful UV rays. 

Suitable for all skin types, Bronzing Powder can be used on the face or decolletage and is ideal for adding a touch of sun without the fuss – never tested on animals. Paraben free.

PRICE ➡️ $39.00US for 0.35 oz 

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PRO TIP ➡️ Bronzers have a buildable formula which can be layered to create your desired colour intensity. Start with a little and build it up! 

NUMBER TWO (2) would have to be NARS, they just repackaged which is really nice. The components are more square and don’t leave..as much finger prints. Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in shade Laguna. 

I love the fact that it’s a matte bronzer that takes on a new dimension and is enhanced by the warmth of natural light. Designed with soft blurring technology, this innovative powder captures the light and diffuses imperfections for soft-focus bronzing that enhances and entrances. 

The new formula is supposed to have a matte finish with a ‘sheer pigments’ that look like second-skin warmth. There are four shades, and going from light to dark they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula feels smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo – which I actually didn’t mine using a heavier hand because as we all know that it’s so easy to go from a little tan to Donald Trump… 

PRO TIP ➡️ Apply bronzer to the areas of the face the sun would naturally hit. Using very light strokes, first apply the bronzer to the top of the forehead, the cheekbones, and down along your jawline. Done correctly, your bronzer application will be in a three shape on either side of your face.

PRICE ➡️ $40.00US for 0.28 oz

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Next is bronzer number three (3) and it’s actually a bronzer that I’m sure you’ve all seen and thought is it worth it? It’s Rimmel natural bronzer which you can find at SHOPPERS, Ulta, any drugstore type store or online. I used to use this before but the only thing I will say is it can become very muddy very, very fast. 

I love that it is waterproof and when you apply it, it stays put! Which is really refreshing. I wish I could say wow drugstore makeup is really stepping up their formulas but Rimmel has had this bronzer in there planogram for quite some time! 

It’s very light, natural looking bronzer and when applied with out a heavy hand gives you the sunless tan you want, any time of the year at a affordable price! You can give yourself a radiant new glow or perk up an existing tan. The powder is soft, silky and easy to apply. The look is natural overall. 

PRICE ➡️ $4.99 for 0.49 oz

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Remember your skin tone when it comes to picking the bronzer for you, every bronzer listed above comes in different shades for different skin tones, it’s not just lighter or darker if you want a seamless bronzer application then make sure you get a bronzer that’s right for you. 

When choosing a bronzer for fair skin, there can be a fine line between a warm sculpt and a Cheeto-dusted visage. The key is to go no more than one or two shades darker than your natural complexion and choose a formula with peachy, pink, or golden undertones

Men and women with medium skin tones, you’ve got it made in the bronzer department as it inherently complements your natural tan. You don’t want to overdo it whether it’s a formula that’s too glittery or a shade that makes you look washed out. If you’ve got olive undertones, opt for copper shades. If you’ve got yellow undertones, go with more golden and peachy options.

While neutral bronzers can mess things, warm color pops beautifully on deeper skin tones. Look to reddish coppers and gold-flecked brown formulas to illuminate the skin while delivering a subtle sculpt. As far as application, you can’t wrong using it as you would a blush. Your cheekbones will thank you.

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