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Naked People

Nudity! Yay! Old men! Boo. Germans! What? Here’s a provocative little site where you can click on 24 Naked People from all walks of life (and we mean all walks — in case you were wondering what that middle-aged accountant looks like under his shirt and tie, wonder no more.) Also keep in mind that this site is very NSFW. Unless you work in a nudist colony. And if you do, we have a question … what do you do with your wallet?

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Urban Camouflage

Chameleons, commandos, Transformers, and high school freshmen all blend in with their surroundings for survival. In Germany the idea of Urban Camouflage deals with our relationship to urban space. Inspired by the ghillie suit — the military camouflage that makes you look like Swamp Thing — the artist stalked a local Ikea in suits made from paper, cardboard boxes, and those crappy yellow bags that you have no option but to buy, even though your home closet is full of them. Check out the video to see what it looks like when hidden camera prank show meets performance art meets low, low prices.

Global Shortlist Giveaway

It’s Valentine’s Day! You’re so f-ing sick of hearing that! But, it does give us a good segue (it’s sexy!) and nominal excuse (a gift for your Valentine!) to give away three copies of the Mr. and Mrs. Smith: The Global Shortlist that we featured last week. Of course you won’t actually get the copy by tomorrow, but like we’ve said before, what sweetheart doesn’t love the promise of a chance to get something at a later date? Comment below to enter, winners will be selected on Tuesday.

Alternative Superbowl Logos

If we could change one thing about this Superbowl, it wouldn’t be the logo (how do you go 11-5 with a backup QB and not make the playoffs? How!?). But, we recognize there are creative people out there who just love rebranding tired American institutions. Ranging from the humorous to the minimalist, The New York Times put a few new graphic takes on Superbowl XLL: The Quest for an Audience on their site today. Some of the ideas clearly demonstrate the artists lack of football knowledge, others display time honored traditions like chicken wings. And one has The Simpsons‘ Professor Frink in it.

Municipal Winemakers

We love bringing people together. Employees and employers, husbands and wives, and graphic artists and small wineries… We recently got an e-mail from Dave Potter at Municipal Winemakers thanking us for cluing him in to Brooklyn artist Jon Stetzen, who went on to design labels for Potter’s 2007 vintage. In Santa Barbara county you can’t chuck a Pinot grape without hitting a big, industrial vineyard, so it’s nice to see a small winery dedicated to putting out a personal product. That being said, we actually haven’t tasted any of the wine yet (more details to come), but while the review is pending, we’re proud be a minuscule part of his entrepreneurial story.

Chrismukkah Bonus Day 2: ISO

The Prize: Multimedialist (tis the season to invent labels) Scott Hanson wants to hook you up with an Iso50 Gift Pack that includes a poster and T-shirt from his formidable collection of graphic design work. And while we’re on the subject of Scott, check out his holiday sale, going on as I type.

The Rules: Everyone knows the 12 Days of Christmas song — partridge in a pear tree and whatnot. Well, what about the 12 Days of Chrismukkah? At we’re a non-denominational holiday shrub kind of group, and we’d like you to give us an example of what you’d give us for one of the days of Chrismukkah. Nine trends a spotting? Seven Macbooks booting? Three golden iPods? One entry per reader. Duplicates will be discarded.

The Deadline: Contest runs now through noon on 12/22.

Chrismukkah Bonus Day: Timbuk2

The Prize: More? You want more? Well, you deserve more. If you still haven’t had any luck with the holiday freebies, we’re giving away travel bags (one Checkpoint, and one Suitcase) from Timbuk2 to two winners, as well as one of the new accessories that go with them (Inflight Case, Travel Wallet, or Clear Zip Pouch).

The Rules: We’ve already gotten into the eggnog — and you probably have too. If you can still fill out the name and e-mail fields in the COMMENTS section, then you’re probably sober enough to receive a beautiful new Timbuk2 bag. One entry per reader. Duplicate entries will be discarded.

The Deadline: Contest runs now through midnight on December 18.

14 Days of Chrismukkah: Chikabird

The Gift: A Chikabird gift pack (makers of these fine wallets) containing a notebook in your choice of available colors, a Slow Loris pocket notebook and motorcycle tee.

The Rules: We’re using complicated chaos models to determine the winner. Just fill out the name and e-mail fields in the COMMENTS section and we’ll run it through the supercomputer in Bern, Switzerland.

The Deadline: Contest runs now through midnight on 12/17.

14 Days of Chrismukkah: Jack Threads

The Gift: As we mentioned yesterday, nekkid jobless people are overrunning the country. And while we can’t do anything about the unemployment rate, we can give away virtual gift certificates from JackThreads to hide your shame. The affordable online urban outfitters have two GCs to give away, worth $100 each.

The Rules: We’re not saying that any of our readers are fashion victims, but if you can prove that you’re in dire need of a makeover, we may just oblige. Post a short link in the COMMENTS section of your worst fashion faux pas, and JackThreads will try and make it right. One entry per reader. Duplicate entries will be discarded.

The Deadline: Contest starts now and run through midnight on 12/16.

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