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Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm

Darude on a plane and beyond: The silly art of Finnish Windows95man DJ Teemu Keisteri

Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm
 

Considered by some as an alternate Finnish national anthem of sorts, producer Darude’s international smash hit Sandstorm has a special place in the Finnish millennial psyche. The song, released back in 2000, connects us back to a time when it could heard as old-school ringtones on Nokia phones or admired as a music video on MTV featuring a chase through a sunny Helsinki.

Having recently returned as something of a retro phenomenon, one person took it upon himself to play the Sandstorm as part of a private DJ set on on airplane, at the request of logistics tech provider Relex.

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Flow Festival sign. Photo by Jussi Hellsten.

18 reasons why you shouldn’t bother going to Helsinki’s Flow Festival

Flow Festival sign. Photo by Jussi Hellsten.
Often described in the international press as one of Europe’s best music festivals, you’d think Helsinki’s Flow would be a no-brainer to add your bucket list. However, before you rush to get your last minute ticket of the partially sold out event (August 12-14 this year), you should consider these 18 very important reasons to think again. Read more

Red Hot Machines by artist James Iles

Red Hot Machines in cool Helsinki: an interview with artist James Iles

Red Hot Machines by artist James Iles

When Welsh artist and illustrator James Iles was little, his teachers were worried about him drawing too many monsters. Even back then, he wanted to draw for a living. Today, based in Helsinki, Finland, he’s worked as a storyboard artist for British TV series like Sherlock and Doctor Who, and he has paintings in private and public collections in the UK, Finland, USA, France and Spain. Iles’s latest exhibition, Red Hot Machines at Helsinki’s Konst Gallery features a robot called Mister Tinny struggling through an industrial landscape. We had a talk with him about his art, his first children’s book and, last but not least, Finland.

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This incredible Finnish app will guarantee you wow your mum on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is all about showing the wonderful, hard-working mothers in your life just how much they mean to you. Naturally, we all want to make an effort to show our love every day of the year, but Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make a statement with the perfect gift.

The best Mother’s Day gifts are meaningful and unique. But let’s be honest – many of us struggle with coming up with a gift idea that is truly original. Happily, Jevelo is here to help. Jevelo is a Finnish company who create personalized, one-of-a-kind jewelry based on your images. All you need is a mobile phone and an idea, and Jevelo does the rest. Dream it up, snap a pic, and with just a few tweaks, you’ll soon have a unique pendant that the mother in your life is sure to love.

The sky’s the limit, so let your imagination run wild. To get the gears turning, we’ve put together a few of our own ideas for thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts. Take a look and get inspired!

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The breathtaking beauty of these lowlight photos will change how you view the world

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We love photography in all its forms at Ink Tank. But what we love even more is sharing the creativity and skill of talented photographers with our readers around the world. Toni Garcia, whose fantastic low light photos are shown here, is one such photographer that we can’t wait for you to meet.

Toni specialises in taking low light silhouette photos. His work is filled with beauty, mystery, and even a bit of spookiness that makes us marvel at how he turns a night time landscape into pure art. If you’re wondering how he does it, read on. We had a few questions for Toni, and he was more than happy to answer them.

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How an American university is showcasing Finnishness through art

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What do you picture when you think of “Finnishness”? If you’re Finnish, you might imagine birch forests, sauna, and the Kalevala—cultural markers that are a vital part of Finnish life. And yet, many Finns are surprised to learn that not only have these markers of Finnishness found their way out of Suomi, but they’re still going strong. Descendants of Finnish immigrants in the United States use many of the same cultural markers to define the Finnish American identity, in both culture and art. Finlandia University’s Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series helps to illustrate what Finnishness in America means through its support of Finnish American artists.

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Discover how one Finnish photographer makes the everyday look out of this world

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Miemo Penttinen is a man of many talents. As a freelance designer and startup entrepreneur, he has plenty of experience in bringing his creative ideas to life. But it’s his photography that initially caught our eye: sharp, symmetrical shots of architecture with clean, modern colors. Penttinen’s latest series Tau Zero [ Supersymmetry ] is sure to satisfy lovers of both symmetry and sci-fi.

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Fictional feasts: 5 tasty books for food-lovers

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When readers think about literary food fiction, the inevitable spectre of Proust and the infamous madeleine is often invoked, or as a male friend of mine, who rarely reads, immediately exclaims, “You mean, Like Water For Chocolate?” Literary food fiction though can be so much more than that — food has and can provide fictional frameworks that enable one to tell a larger-than-life story, and simultaneously introduce you to a whole different world. Here’s a sampling across genres for the food enthusiast.

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10 things you probably didn’t know about the world of illustration

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So, my fifth book, Beautiful Trees, came out a couple of weeks ago and, like all of mine, it’s illustrated (this time by the wonderful Miranda Sofroniou). Which I guess is a little unusual for an author of books for adults. And yes, I say that knowing that writing a picture book for adults might be a little unusual too. Especially when it’s about the trees that are significant to its characters.

So, to help me celebrate, and because I’m generally super-interested in things like this, here are ten surprising and interesting facts about the world of illustration and the brilliant and wondrous people who inhabit it.
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Elsa from Frozen

This Finn brought Disney heroes to life. They’re even more gorgeous than on film.

When graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen from Kuopio, Finland, first started his project on what Disney characters might look like in real life, he didn’t expect anyone to see them.

“One day, back in 2011, I just got this idea to entertain and challenge myself by reimagining Ursula in a more realistic way,” Väätäinen says. “It was fun so I did the same with a few other characters and posted them on the blog that I kept for my university studies.”

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Ursula from The Little Mermaid

The rest is history. Someone stumbled upon his real life Disney characters and shared them, creating an online phenomenon. This year, inundated with requests for more, Väätäinen published a collection of Disney hunks. It has been viewed by literally millions of people.

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