Mario Testino has not only created iconic portraits of society’s most well-known figures, but has been a driving force in the creation of the cult of celebrity. Testino acts from a position of being as much a part of the social world he photographs as being its portraitist. Kate Moss continues to be one of Testino’s most frequent and favoured models, in part for her ability to convey something particularly English and for her unaffected beauty. His portrait ‘Kate in Blue Cafe’ (2005) is typical of Testino’s trademark style, being at once both disarmingly nonchalant yet highly posed. This limited edition print was published to coincide with the exhibition ‘Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity’ at Tate Britain. If you managed to get hold of one at the time then you made a sound investment.
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Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton both wearing Cleto Reyes in their fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Cleto Reyes are the gloves of choice for punchers, Mexican boxing legends and pound for pound best fighter in the world Manny Pacquaio. What makes Cleto Reyes so special though and how did the brand that’s delivered knockout blows to thousands become the weapon of choice for fistic legends the world over?
The story starts on April 26th 1920 in Mexico City, where Cleto Reyes Castro was born. Facing extreme poverty the young Cleto started working at the age of 12 in a saddlery that manufactured baseball goods.
In 1936, while he was going to elementary school in premises across from the famed “Peralvillo Cozumel” ring, his love for boxing was born. In 1938, Cleto Reyes took part in his first amateur fight, however his performance was
so poor that the crowd rained down coins on him and he decided from that moment on that his future lay outside of the ring. He chose instead to mend the gloves he had used during the fight and this started his career in glove manufacture.
Subsequently his gloves obtained the approval of the local boxing commission (COMBOX DF), and in 1945 the Cleto Reyes gloves were used in a world championship fight for first time and “La Condesa Arena” was the setting of the fight between the second Mexican Champion Juan Zurita and Ike Williams.
In 1965, he had his first salesman in Los Angeles who began distributing his products in the most important cities of the United States and some other countries, the message spread from there.
In 1970, by which time Don Cleto’s health was ailing, his son Alberto Reyes joined the family company and with his entrepreneurial vision, decided to register the trademark Cleto Reyes in 1975 and to found Industria Reyes S.A. de C.V. in 1979.
What makes a Cleto Reyes glove special? Well that is something hard to define, the brand conjurs up imagines of Mexican warriors of the past – Julio Cesar Chavevz and Erik Morales. Some say they “hit harder” with a Cleto. Prince Naseem Hamed went as far as ordering a custom made pair in goat skin for his fight with Marco Antonio Barrera and having his brother fly on a private jet to collect them! Cleto Reyes boxing gloves seem to say “I am here to fight” and perhaps thats why boxers choose them to this very day.
Congressman and pound for pound best boxer on the planet Manny Pacquiao now has his own YouTube channel.
Check out his LA mansion MTV Cribs:
For this deeply personal foray away from the unreal world of celebrity cover shoots and high-end image manipulation, it is fitting that Rankin chose the decidedly un-glam but universally familiar setting of a battered old sofa upon which to capture a characteristically honest and humorous study of sexual intimacy. Discarding their inhibitions, along with their underwear, some of the sexiest models and glamour girls on the planet willingly melded lips, lashes and cleavage with the seams and folds of the orange mock-leather sofa in Rankin’s old Dazed & Confused offices.
A rare glimpse into the world of one of the most intriguing legends of modern boxing – Bernard Hopkins. In this interview Hopkins shares some insight into whats made him and how he continues to defy the odds and father time:
My latest acqusistion up and looking rather good I think!
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Inside the front over of Terryworld:
Ah, the good old Chapman brothers. If you want to offend look no further.
Exhibited at Charles Saatchi’s now infamous Sensation show with the catchy title ‘Zygotic acceleration, biogenetic, de-sublimated libidinal model’ was summed up in the exhibition catalogue as:
“genderless, self-reproducing manifestations of excess libidinal energy gone awry”.
Who can argue with that?
I love cigars and I love good design too. When the two are fused in perfect
harmony as with the famed cigar maker Cohiba’s new cigar the Behike BHK 52,
something very special happens.
It is no coincidence that this very cigar made it to Cigar Aficionado number one
spot in 2010 – here is what they had to say about it:
“This is a classic cigar. The shortish, fat smoke, made with an artful pigtail and
clad in gorgeous Colorado wrapper of reddish brown, is a phenomenally rich,
delicious smoke that more than lives up to the reputation of cigars with the
name Cohiba. It is the finest cigar to come out of Cuba in a long time, and Cigar
Aficionado’s top cigar of 2010.
A new cigar that was unveiled in February 2010 at the Habanos Festival in Cuba,
the Behike BHK 52 has made its way to markets around the world since its launch in London in May. It is the thinnest in a trio of new sizes, all of which have tidy little pigtail caps and names that include their ring gauges. The Behike
BHK 52 is a petit robusto, a size known as a Laguito No. 4 in Cuban cigar
factories, and it wowed our tasting panel from the get-go. In a vertical brand
tasting in the June 8 Cigar Insider the BHK 52 scored 94 points, the best of a
trio that includes the BHK 54 and the very fat BHK 56. The 52 has remained
delicious ever since, performing admirably in taste test after taste test as
Behikes have sold out in world markets.
Cohiba has long been a marquee name in Cuban cigars. This new smoke has done what no special release Cohiba has done before: win critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The original Cohiba Behike from 2006 was unavailable to nearly all smokers—only 4,000 cigars were released at a price of $400 or more per cigar. The Cohiba Siglo VI Grand Reserva debuted in 2009 at a price of
about £85 ($130), with only 75,000 cigars produced. The Behike BHK 52 combines the excitement of those rare Cohibas with a much larger production goal—150,000 in 2011. The Cuban cigar industry will continue to make batches of it every year in the stately El Laguito factory.
Cohiba Behike BHK cigars are made with a portion of filler tobacco known as medio tiempo, a type of sun-grown tobacco leaf that grows at the top of some,
but not all tobacco plants. The cigars show great balance even in youth, with a
medium to full body, creamy coffee flavors and some earthiness. They show
elements of Cuban cigars of old, and should get even better with age—if you can
Moo is a full scale Norwegian moosehead lamp that can be wall-mounted both indoors and outdoors. The figuratively shaped body is made of a poly-resin material that ensures a smooth and transparent flow of light. Light bulbs fitted inside the horns add an additional glowing feature.
The inspiration behind Moo was found in the breathtaking scenery of Hamarøy (Norway), where both designers (Trond Svendgård & Ove Rogne) have summer houses. Moose (or elk) are frequently seen close by and the designers hope the lamp will stand out as a post-modern trophy that makes people smile. No rifle needed of course.