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To come - did not want to write something glib so I'll sit on this for a bit (not literally).
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I wrote so many tattoo trends I ended up getting one on my birthday in 2008.
How do you define cool?
You can't define cool - that's it's definition.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
Don't be sacred of offending people or that you have to be safe - always look for your own trends and news. Don't always rely on discoveries from other sites but hunt down your own. A great example of this (if I say so myself) is my tattoo or cupcake trends - amongst my most viewed. Find what inspires YOU - be it a piece of street art or amazing bakery - take it as your spring board and go discover. Always think about how you can build on it, or make it that little bit more funny or even more sick and twisted.
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
It is hard proof / fact that every single day creative brilliance is created for the World to share and enjoy. Also a merry band of people from around the World meet in this one place to share ideas and news. People from all background who would never meet in real life. That ROCKS!
What is your favorite trend?
Please don't make me choose - it changes daily as it indeed should!
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Always think about how you can build on it, or make it that little bit more funny or even more sick and twisted. Never be scared of offending people.
How do you reset to be creative?
My best piece of advice is if you can't do it you just can't do it. If you have to step away from yourself for a few days just do it. I know when I am in bad creative zones so do things overtly offline / creative like go horse riding, visiting Dungeness Nuclear Power Station or just walking the dog on the beach. am not a snob - I will do ANYTHING from reading a children's book (Enid Blyton is great for inspiration) to going to an art gallery.
What inspires or excites you?
Heartbreak was particularly inspiring - apparently you can see that dark period in my trends portfolio.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
I think (fear) children will be taught online. Awesome but not great.
Prison Replication Inns
Prison Replication Inns
The Intimidating Hotel Alcatraz Pops Up in London
The doors have opened on an extremely intimdating, yet fascinating experience as 'Hotel Alcatraz' arrives in Kings Cross, London. It's a PR stunt for UKTV’s entertainment channel, Watch -- the opening… MORE
Edible Pop Star Treats
Edible Pop Star Treats
Cakey Perry Serves Up a California Gurls High Tea
Cakey Perry is the next project of Miss Cakehead's, who is infamous for her very interesting cake shop Eat Your Heart Out. Entirely inspired by Katy Perry's California Gurls video, it's set to turn the… MORE
Fishy Fundraising
Fishy Fundraising
Cakes for Japan Includes Pop-Up Shop for the Red Cross
Cakes for Japan is a series of pop-up cake shops all with the aim of raising funds for the Red Cross following the recent series of devastating events in Japan. Masterminded by Miss Cakehead and started… MORE
Anatomical Holiday Cupcakes
Anatomical Holiday Cupcakes
Eat Your Heart Out With Gory Romantic Cakes at the London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is giving out anatomically correct heart cupcakes to all couples visiting on Valentine’s Day. The sweet treats will be offered to everyone from one of the attraction's gruesome attractions,… MORE
Fugitive Holiday Documentaries
Fugitive Holiday Documentaries
An Interesting Set of Wikileaks' Julian Assange Christmas Photos
UK publication Newsweek has published an exclusive set of images featuring Wikileaks founder Julian Assange enjoying Christmas whilst on bail entitled 'Julian at Christmas.' Featuring Julian Assange… MORE
Film-Inspired Paste-Ups
Film-Inspired Paste-Ups
John Wayne's 'True Grit' Street Art Decks the Streets of London
London has been iced over for weeks now, but that has not stopped street artists from going out to play. There have been a rash of new pieces going live despite the fact that less and less people are venturing… MORE
Whistleblowing Elf Tweets
Whistleblowing Elf Tweets
Mother London Leaks Lapland Secrets Via Twitter
Mother London is blowing apart the secretive goings on at Santa’s Workshop, making public the details of who has been naughty and nice in 2010, having accessed a series of anonymous leaks from a Lapland-based… MORE
Metal Band Mixing Apps
Metal Band Mixing Apps
The Remixing Motorhead website Lets You Amp Up Your Hardcore Tunes
Motörhead devotees can now create their own mixes of their favorite bands tracks thanks to a new remix app from Fireplayer. The application allows you to create your own mixes of their classic songs on… MORE
Album-Inspired Art
Album-Inspired Art
Iconic British Artists Respond to The Futureheads
This music and art project is right on time for the holiday gift-giving season. Artists David Shrigley, Stuart Semple, Lyndsay Jameson and Pete Fowler were sent an album by The Futureheads and asked to… MORE
Subversive Cake Snapshots
Subversive Cake Snapshots
Nathan Pask's Darkly Delicious Cake Photography
London-based photographer Nathan Pask has pushed subversive cake photography to the extreme. His series of images with the artists and creatives taking part in the Halloween event ‘Eat… MORE
Crowdsourced Art Shows
Crowdsourced Art Shows
The Wellcome Exhibition Collects Things from the Public
The Wellcome Collection's new show is called ‘Things’ and serves as a call to update Henry Wellcome’s curious collection. Members of the public are invited to donate objects no bigger than their head to… MORE
Edible Horror Movies
Edible Horror Movies
These Human Centipede Cookies are Sure to Freak You Out
The Human Centipede already has a place in the horror movie hall of fame. As a result, one of the most iconic -- but safe for work -- images from the movie has been seeping into popular culture. I am talking… MORE
Cake Harvests
Cake Harvests
The Cupcake Tree for Tate + Lyle Encourages Kids to Bake
Leading up to the Mad Artists Tea Party event, Cakehead Loves Evil (AKA me, Cowbag!) was asked by Tate + Lyle to devise a creative consumer sampling experience that would encourage children and parents… MORE
Album Art Shows
Album Art Shows
The 'Ray Lowry: London Calling' Exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery
The 'Ray Lowry: London Calling' exhibition is well underway at the Idea Generation Gallery. Thirty renowned artists have reinterpreted the Clash album cover 'London Calling' by Ray Lowry, including Billy… MORE
Musical Art Shows
Musical Art Shows
STORM Thorgerson Presents Live Art Design Experience to Music
Head to Idea Generation Gallery to witness a world first from famous album artworker Storm Thorgerson. As part of a program of special events running alongside Thorgerson’s hugely successful exhibition… MORE
Limited Edition Art Stores
Limited Edition Art Stores
14OZ Berlin Concept Features Nat Finkelstein Warhol Images
A whole section of concept store 14OZ, located in the heart of Berlin, has been given over to the sale of Nat Finkelstein related produce – loads of pictures featuring Edie, Velvet Underground, Andy… MORE
Literal Flash Mobs
Literal Flash Mobs
Naked Models With Painted on Clothing Strut Through Oxford Circus
Painted on clothing is certainly a unique way to advertise an online fashion store -- especially since no clothes are featured! A mini flash mob of both male and female body painted models invaded Oxford… MORE
Artistic Film Competitions
Artistic Film Competitions
Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize Premiers Movies in NYC's Times Square
The Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize is an artistic film competition which artists enter by submitting videos of their work. Entries include performance art, painting, photography, sculpture, installation… MORE
Subtlemobing
Subtlemobing
Subtlemob Flash Mobbing Gives a Deeper Feeling of Participation
Flashmobs have had their day so what is next? Well, the next big thing is a polar opposite of that trend, and it is called a 'Subtlemob' flash mobbing. The experience of which has been likened to walking… MORE
Bad Contestant Haircuts
Bad Contestant Haircuts
The 'Jedward' Hairstyle Takes the (Hair)Net by Storm
Some trends you see coming, others sneak up and take you by total surprise. I would say the frenzy over having a 'Jedward' hairstyle is very much in the latter category. For those not UK-based, 'Jedward'… MORE
Online Pantomime Planning
Online Pantomime Planning
'Plan a Panto' Website Turns Children into Panto Directors
Panto time is here again and I really like this site from Robinsons--it allows children to ‘Plan a Panto’ online, which can then be acted out offline for their parents and any other friends and family.… MORE
Elderly Yoga Masters
Elderly Yoga Masters
Bette Calman is an Inspirational 83-Year-Old Yoga Instructor
They say that yoga can be inspirational and change your life, but when it comes to Bette Calman it is massively inspiring for a whole new reason. Bette Calman is an yoga teacher. Now at the age of 83,… MORE
Amphibian Taxidermy
Amphibian Taxidermy
Switzerland's Museum of Stuffed Frogs Creates Tableaus
I love the concept of this Frog museum located in Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland. The museum is brilliantly random and very strange, but that is what makes is so appealing. With 150-year-old satirical tableaus… MORE
Movie Monster Costumes
Movie Monster Costumes
Super Cute 'Where the Wild Things Are' Outfits for Halloween
The iconic book 'Where the Wild Things Are' is one of the most celebrated novels for children and it is no surprise that they have created costumes inspired by the book (and upcoming blockbuster). Both… MORE
Noseless Celebrities
Noseless Celebrities
Photoshop Contest Turns Famous Faces Into Reptiles
Who would have thought the removal of a nose and eyebrows could have such a freaky effect on someone’s appearance? Does that sound strange? Let me explain. Freaking News is a site that operates much like… MORE
Ancient Automobile Photographs
Ancient Automobile Photographs
Some of the World's Smallest & Oldest Cars
There is argument that smaller vehicles are more environmentally friendly, so imagine how green these vintage cars must be! In the ‘In another Life’ gallery, there is a remarkable collection of images… MORE
Full-Face Tattoos
Full-Face Tattoos
Unusual, In-Your-Face Tattoo Designs That Cover Daring Heads
This is a collection of a most extreme form of tattooing which involves total face and neck designs. While I have touched on this in a previous article, it was not on such a hardcore level. These people… MORE
Unisex Body Painting
Unisex Body Painting
World Body Painting Championship 2009 Included More Men
The World Body Painting Championship 2009 in Austria just finished and the images resulting from the event are just stunning. The body paint canvases look glorious, almost as if a rainbow threw up over… MORE
Explosive Body Art
Explosive Body Art
Tattoos Inked With A Bang
This set of tattoos certainly makes a noise and includes the worst I have ever seen - the suicide bomber tattoo of course. I am not sure what drives people to have images of violence or explosions inked… MORE
Macho Olympics
Macho Olympics
Russian President Vladimir's Neverending Quest to Assert His Manhood
Vladimir Putin has been in power in Russia for over nine years, and is known for being a bit nuts. He has released a video on Judo and seems to be permanently taking part in what I’m calling the Macho… MORE
Cutevertising for Conservation
Cutevertising for Conservation
Life Magazine Shows Baby Animals to Stir Our Emotions
This gallery from Life Magazine captures together some of the ugliest baby animals in a remarkable series of photographs that would melt even those with stony hearts. Animals featured in the Life Magazine… MORE
Knitted Cigarette Packs
Knitted Cigarette Packs
Kate Jenkins' Crafty Smoking Souvenirs Swap Nicotine for Wool
Textile artist Kate Jenkins is best known for her knitted food, but she also has a range of items she calls ‘Soft Smokes.’ Sold online through her website, these knitted goods cost £600 each, which is… MORE
Cheerleader Photodocumentaries
Cheerleader Photodocumentaries
Life Magazine Photographer Studies Cutest Cheerleaders
This gallery from Ronald Martinez over at Life Magazine is all about cheerleaders. The result, as you might expect, is a large gallery of mainly blonde female cheerleaders. This awesomely sexist approach… MORE
'Tomb Raider' Gardens
'Tomb Raider' Gardens
Surreal Landscape Gardening Brings Fantasy to Life
These gardens are amazing--at first glance they are so perfect for a set of 'Tomb Raider' that you have to remind yourself these are real. The gardens in Las Pozas were built by eccentric Englishman Edward… MORE
Grilliant Ink Designs
Grilliant Ink Designs
Burger Tattoos for Permanent Fast Food Enjoyment
Burger me, these set of burger tattoos are just grilliant—‘owners’ can enjoy fast food all year round, 24/7. These burger tattoos are also very strange; the concept of a burger with legs and a singing… MORE
Celebrating Bad Hair
Celebrating Bad Hair
Horrible Haircuts To Judge Online
I love this new bad hair website, Don’t Judge My Hair! Of course we are going to judge it, that is why we are here. The concept for the bad hair website comes from the people behind, Look I Fixed It.… MORE

Featured Ideas

GPS Lingerie
GPS Lingerie
‘Find Me If You Can' Underwear
GPS underwear is a most random and very concerning product from Brazil. Aimed at techno-savvy woman it is created by lingerie maker Lucia Iorio and means every movement a woman makes can be tracked. The… MORE
Iconic Lambskin Man Shoes
Iconic Lambskin Man Shoes
The Ugg Colum Oxford
Winter is coming and our thoughts are turning to cold weather apparel, and more specifically, how to keep warm and cosy. Normally this is an excuse to buy a ‘must’ have pair of Ugg boots, but then I found… MORE
Mathematical Tattoos
Mathematical Tattoos
Formulaic Body Art
This pi tattoo was simply so stunning it set me off on a whole math vibe. Apparently people now get really complex, like e to the i pi plus 1. Or something like that. The formula on the girl’s arm belongs… MORE
Seeking Natural Symbols of Love
Seeking Natural Symbols of Love
Mother Nature Sends Her Love Through Heart Shapes
This photo gallery will surely warm the cockles of your heart; they are visual examples of Mother Nature showing the world some of her love. It totally beats the heck out of man made hearts any day as… MORE
Ornate Construction Vehicles
Ornate Construction Vehicles
Laser Cut Art by Wim Delvoye
These pieces by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye are mind blowing. He takes laser-cutting to a whole new level with his collection of laser cut construction vehicles. Each sculpture is decorated in highly… MORE
Floating Faces
Floating Faces
Vlad Nanca Makes Terrifying Black Terrorist Balloons
Normally if you mention balloons, happy images of children’s parties, clowns, and the circus may drift into my mind. Russian artist Vlad Nanca has changed all that for me with the Terrorist Balloons.… MORE
Imposter Animal Fur Decor
Imposter Animal Fur Decor
Sheepskin Polar Bear Rug
This rug only looks like it's made from a polar bear hide -- it's actually a creation out of animal-friendly sheered sheepskin. This is one really cool rug, which is not surprising as it was commissioned… MORE
Woven 3D Animals
Woven 3D Animals
Louise Weaver's Needlepoint Take on Taxidermy
I adore the work of Australian Louise Weaver, and in particular, the all-red piece entitled ‘Taking a Chance on Love’. Her radical animal crochet sculptures even won her the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary… MORE
Big Brother For Zombies
Big Brother For Zombies
'Dead Set' in the UK
A five part Big Brother for Zombies (yes, really) began this week in the UK on channel E4. Called Dead Set, it is an original, five-part drama written by Charlie Brooker. It is set in a fictional Big… MORE
Old Age Rock Bands
Old Age Rock Bands
The Zimmers Become Hit with 100 Year Old Rockers
With a combined age of more than 3,000 years, they are not the most obvious band to cover a Who classic. But these pensioners are causing a big sensation. The oldest member is 100 year old Buster... MORE
Top 10 Quirky Necklaces + The Moustache Necklace
Top 10 Quirky Necklaces + The Moustache Necklace
Who says necklaces have to be DULL. Not me... Now I love a bit of moustache action (that is no a euphanism) on Trend Hunter and in life in general - and I was most excited when I saw this necklace. It… MORE
Survive The Titanic Adventure Slide
Survive The Titanic Adventure Slide
Bad Taste Inflatable Fun
"Can you survive the slide down the 25' high Titanic Adventure slide? Truly a memory to write home about. The dual ramp Titanic slide is a real thrill for both children and adults!" Whilst this is in… MORE
Viral Shock Arousal
Viral Shock Arousal
Andy Samberg's J*zz In My Pants
This is a very random video called “J1zz In My Pants” that is spreading the internet like wildfire. It has had 2 million views in as many days, so is going to be huge. The video above shows the strange… MORE
Toyota Unveil Latest Concept Car
Toyota Unveil Latest Concept Car
Hi CT Hybrid Urban Truck
Japanese car maker Toyota has been showing off some of its new concepts at the Tokyo motor show, including the Hi-CT hybrid "urban truck" was the star attraction. The "Hi-CT" runs partly on fuel and partly… MORE