How-to make a Daft Punk helmet in 4 months

How-to make a Daft Punk helmet in 4 months We love how-to guides. They’re probably what the internet is all about (think forums, FAQs, and websites like the brilliant and it’s always great to see people offering their knowledge to the public. Harrison Krix is such a person. In March 2009 the prop designer decided to build an exact copy of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christos golden Daft Punk helmet – and he succeeded.

Last year he published a 3 minute-long video of his crafting efforts, from the early concept stages to the final result in around 17 months – and boy did that helmet look pretty! Now the American graphic designer is back with a second video, but this time with a copy of Thomas Bangaltar’s silver helmet, which he spent 4 months of work on (check out his flickR for more images).

Sadly, these two are unique pieces and he won’t be accepting job offers for further copies. I’d give close to anything in the world to own one of these – together with an exact copy of Hedi Slimane’s leather jumpsuits, of course!

While we’re at it: see below for Daft Punk’s Soma-released ‘Drive’ that we mentioned the other day.

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Mapplethorpe: MX7

Mapplethorpe: MX7 Mapplethorpe X7 presents a new perspective on the American artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe who is best known for his tough and highly eroticised black and white photographs of flowers, Polaroids, porn stars, S&M subcultures and yes Patti Smith.

The book features seven major artists who present their own personal relationship to Mapplethorpe’s work. Over a period of seven years David Hockney, Vik Muniz, Catherine Opie, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Hedi Slimane, and Robert Wilson reviewed Mapplethorpe’s entire body of work, held seven exhibitions and chose the most inspirational and resonate images to be featured in this new book.

© Mapplethorpe – MX7, is published by teNeues, € 59,90, All pictures © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Hedi Slimane visits Phoenix in the studio

Hedi Slimane visits Phoenix in the studio Hedi Slimane, maybe the most ‘rock’ photographer of his generation, introduces us into the recording studio of Phoenix. It was last May in New York that the photographer took pictures of the recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix‘s successor.

Check out all the pictures of this recording session here, and other bands’ pictures here.

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