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High Gear Media's 2010 Holiday Gift List Page 2

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GIFTS FOR CREATIVE TYPES

Lee Friedlander: America By Car

Lee Friedlander: America By Car

Lee Friedlander: America
Lee Friedlander is one of America's greatest living photographers, and his recent exhibition entitled "America By Car" just wrapped up a three-month run at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. Even if you didn't get the chance to see Friedlander's shots of the American landscape -- shots taken from the front seat of many different cars -- you can order the coffee table book for friends and family. (Or for yourself, natch.) In one fell swoop, it says "class" and "cars", and really, what more could anyone want?

 

Fine art photograph by Bert Teunissen

Fine art photograph by Bert Teunissen

Photos by Bert Teunissen
If you like the Lee Friedlander photos above but want to give something a little more unique to the good boys and girls on your list, we have a perfect solution. Jen Beckman's acclaimed 20x200 online gallery features the work of Bert Teunissen, who's taken several photos of his own travels by car.

We know that artwork is a tricky thing to give -- what you find spectacular others may only find so-so -- but even the most timid gift-givers have to admit that it's hard to go wrong with fine art photographs starting at just $20. Besides, we don't know of anyone on our list who couldn't use a boost in their taste level.

 

Sara Ray's 'The Trouble With Zombies'

Sara Ray's 'The Trouble With Zombies'

Art by Sara Ray
But perhaps classy black-and-white photography isn't your thing. Maybe you want to give the folks on your list something a little...well, trashier. We suggest paying a visit to Sara Ray Studios. Not only does Ms. Ray crank out some badass custom paint jobs for motorcycles and guitars, but she's also fond of canvases. Her self-described "lowbrow" posters are totally affordable and hearken back to the days of 1950s pinups, with a few zombies thrown in amongst the bad girls and hot rods. (Yes, as a matter of fact, she is from Southern California. How'd you guess?)



Nissan Graphics Cube - order printout

Nissan Graphics Cube - order printout

Custom graphics
These days, many automakers are targeting Generation Y, and the one thing that demographic seems to want -- apart from kickin' stereos, telematics systems, and in-car internet -- is custom graphics. Of course, that sort of thing has been available from aftermarket providers for decades, but recently, automakers themselves have joined the fray. Check the offerings from Nissan and Ford for starters, and if you need more ideas, try third parties like DecalDriveway. (Just don't whip out the airbrush and try doing it yourself. Take our word for it.)


 
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