Amit Shimoni has created a series of images reimagining famous world leaders as hipsters. The “Hipstory Collection”, curates a selection of famous politicians and revolutionaries viewed through the lens of hipster hair styles, fashion, and trends. The funny thing is, Abe Lincoln already looks like a hipster in most of the photos of him.
In addition to Lincoln, Shimoni gives us Nelson Mandela with a Hawaiian print shirt and a retro fade haircut, Winston Churchill in suspenders, a striped shirt and hipster hat, Mahatma Gandhi in tie-dye with some John Lennon-style shades, Che Guevara with an Adidas beanie, JFK with a pencil mustache and signature hipster hair cut, Margaret Thatcher and more.
My iPhone runs naked with no case at all. When I picked up my 5s last year I did buy a case that was probably the thinnest I had ever seen. The thing was about as thick as a fingernail, and because of this didn’t offer any real protection against dropping it. I got it because it was nearly invisible and didn’t take away from the design aesthetic of the phone itself. I stopped using it because it was so thin it tended to flex and allow dirt and other pocket funk to get between it and the phone. I would have probably picked up another case, but the problem is, most are either butt ugly or so big they make the phone hard to fit in a pocket. So my phone has been naked for the last 9 months.
Today when I was out on Kickstarter looking around I came across MRD and the iPhone case they are milling out of a solid block of aluminum and I thought, “this I could do”. The Aegis iPhone case and wallet are CNC machined and processed to the same exacting standards as Apple products with a measurement accuracy level of .0005 inches. Thats less than the diameter of a human hair.
Designed by Michael Rahban, the sleek case and wallet are produced from a solid block of 6061 aluminum, glass bead blasted, and anodized in the very same process that Apple currently uses. This allows the case to be aesthetically pleasing, and extremely durable. The design mirrors the design integrity of the iPhone itself down to the chamfered edges on the case. Inside there is a nanofoam suction pad securely holds the phone in place ensuring that your case and phone do not separate when an impact occurs.
The wallet has some unique features as well. The materials provide a blocking mechanism against having your credit cards scanned by nefarious criminal types. It looks as though it will hold quite a bit, and it can be combined with the phone case to create one complete package. To really get an idea of how it works, click through one of the links above and watch the video.
At $89.00 these iPhone cases aren’t cheap, but when you take a look at what the folks over at Oregon based Grove are doing you’ll understand why they cost what they do. These are seriously some of the best iPhone cases I have seen. Laser etched bamboo in three colors that if you can customize with your own artwork if you want. I love it.
The cases slip right over your iPhone and give you full access to all of the controls and ports. And the cases are deceptively thin. They add a mere 0.075″ inches to the size of your phone overall. The cases are made from 100% natural bamboo which is environmentally sustainable, and quite durable as well In a very clever design twist with the packaging, the exterior bamboo box can be used as a frame to hold your own images, or if you purchase one of the “Artist Series” cases, it comes with an artist print that slips inside the box. Nice huh?
What’s tough for me is, I am holding out right now for the new iPhone that is due to be released hopefully in July. So until they update the case to work with the new iPhone form factor, I won’t be purchasing one of these for me. Although I’ll still have my iPhone 3GS for awhile…
I wish I spoke Japanese. If I did, then I could read all the details on these wonderful hand crafted iPhone cases from Softbank.
What I have been able to figure out is this, The Samurai motif cases are all hand crafted from exclusive materials, and come in a special box with a soft case to place your hand crafted art case in. Oh and the really fancy Samurai cases will set you back a cool $1200.00 bucks.
Now if you are on a tighter budget, for just $420.00 you can get one of the traditional Japanese animals and plants motif. These do not come in a fancy box, are made with lower grade materials, and do not have the soft case.