In the southeastern corner of Europe, the small country of Albania is covered by more than 700,000 bunkers—that’s 1 bunker for every 4 Albanians. The bunkers were built at enormous cost between 1967 and 1985 as part of the paranoid national defense strategy of the country’s longtime communist dictator, Enver Hoxha.
Though the bunkers saturate the country from its beaches to its city
streets, they were of little military value and were never used during
Hoxha’s 40 year rule. Due to the cost and difficulty of removing the
bunkers they still remain. They now serve as tourist attractions, homes,
make-out spots, but mostly, they’re eyesores.
The photos seen here are by Dutch photographer David Galjaard, who began documenting the bunkers back in 2008. He has assembled his photographs in Concresco, a 2012 photo book.
"Toren was a fascinating guy, the founder of Studio Proteus and arguably one of the most important figures in the entire history of the English-language manga industry. Please take a few minutes to read this personal tribute
from his friend Jonathen Clements - it paints a picture of a unique and
exciting life, and fills in details about the earliest days of manga
and anime fandom in America. The instrumental role Toren had in American
comics history (alongside folks like Same Hat heroes Fred Schodt, Fred
Patton, and others) can't be overstated.
If you were a manga/anime nerd in the '90s like me, and enjoyed any of
the following Studio Proteus-powered titles, please remember Toren Smith
today and keep his family and friends in your thoughts:
It is not a folding bike, nor is it an electric- or battery-powered
bike. It is not iOS-ready. You can't plug your music/phone/camera into
This is the XXXVI DG - quite simply, this is a bicycle. Two wheels. Two
pedals. One Seat. Inspired by bicycles for bicycle lovers, combining
traditional elements and components in an unconventional yet innovative
The frame takes its shape from a simple desire for asymmetric
aesthetics, while at the same time providing a stable cave-like covering
for the wheels and preserving the bicycle's ergonomic features. The 36"
wheels are, themselves, blasts from the past, having been commonplace
many years ago for their uniquely smooth, relaxed and sturdy rolling,
perfect for the everyday cruiser.
I’ve been hearing that from people since I
was a little kid. Rather than try to fight it, I embrace it, and work as
hard as possible to show the world what that intensity can produce when
fostered and developed. The work I make is the result of my desire to
be the best at what I do. I observe the world around me, immerse myself
in culture, and adapt to the challenges life presents to me. Lately, I
have been inspired by cityscapes and what the city represents to me. I
am exploring my own way of representing the urban landscape using the
skills and techniques I have developed during my training as a
woodworker and furniture maker. To me, the city represents the land of
endless possibilities, a place where people go to make something out of
nothing in search of fortune and fame. I aim to reflect those feelings
when I put my headphones on, turn on the band saw, and make these
objects. I get into my zone and all the stresses of the world go away.
It’s meditative and therapeutic, a way to express my intensity through
the act of making. The result is a composition of abstract architectural
forms, no two alike, all from discarded scrap wood. It’s the epitomy of
making something out of nothing. They are my wooden cityscapes and my
land of endless possibilities.
Chocolate Skateboards is releasing four new decks called the Highway Men
series. Consisting of four decks / t-shirts. Honoring legends (left to right) Willy Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings
and Kris Kristofferson.