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6 Instagrammers You Should Be Following

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With the big news that Instagram is finally available, as of today, for the Android platform, it's time to look at some accounts you want to be following once you get on, or if you're one of the 15 million+ people using the social photo sharing service already. While the big accounts continue to be @zooeydeschanel, @taylorswift, @justinbieber, @ryanseacrest and @npr, these lesser-known IG-ers are my favorites.

1. @kellyoxford

A blogger since the '90s, Kelly is a mother of three from Calgary who became famous for her amazingly funny Tweets and is now penning scripts for Hollywood. As if that weren't enough, she's got a great eye and is always posting fantastic photos on IG.

2. @yoyoha

Josh Hara is a cartoonist who recently landed an Associate Creative Director position at Resource Interactive (a digital marketing firm in Columbus, OH) based on his Tweets, which garnered local and national attention. On IG, he likes to document his kids and has a wonderful eye for it, as you see below.

3. @smethanie

Another mom with serious nerd-creds, Smethanie is a budding IG-er who loves to, er, shoot about her gamer addiction. So follow her for that, and also: she loves Five Guys and that's just reason enough right there.

4. @bexfinch

Bex is an amazing photographer living in the Bay area. Once you start following her, you'll be checking your phone 10 times a day just to see if she's uploaded something new.

5. @lunchyprices

And speaking of gorgeous photos, though she isn't a "pro" like Bex, @lunchyprices is really doing amazing things with the camera. A mom raising kids in the Colorado area, she loves to shoot in the great outdoors, as well as at home. Follower her now or else!

6. @twaggies

I'd be remiss if I didn't plug my own account, Twaggies... because everyone needs a break from all the photos once in a while, right? We take funny tweets that would otherwise disappear into the bleak, black void of the ether and illustrate them for posterity. They fit nicely on IG, too!


Follow an IG account we need to know about? Tell us in the comments below!

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Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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7 Throwback Photos of 1980s NYC Subway Graffiti
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In May 1989, after a 15-year-long campaign of slowly eradicating New York City’s subway graffiti train-by-train, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officially declared the city’s subways graffiti-free. There’s still subway graffiti in New York City today, but now it's confined to rail yards far away from the stations and tunnels. By the time the trains make it back onto the tracks, they’ve been cleaned of any markings.

There was a time, though, when graffiti artists had near-free rein to use the city’s subway trains as their canvases, as much as the transportation agency tried to stop them. A new book of photography, From the Platform 2: More NYC Subway Graffiti, 1983–1989, is an ode to that period.

A photo taken at night shows a subway train tagged

Its authors, Paul and Kenny Cavalieri, are two brothers from the Bronx who began taking photos of subway trains in 1983, during the heyday of New York City's graffiti art era. They themselves were also graffiti artists who went by the names Cav and Key, respectively. (Above is an example of Cav's work from 1988, and below is an example of Key's.) Their book is a visual tribute to their youth, New York's graffiti culture, and their fellow artists.

For anyone who rides the New York City subway today, the images paint a whole different picture of the system. Let yourself be transported back to the '80s in some of these photos: 

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Some of Kenny (Key) Cavalieri's work, circa 1987.

Graffiti on a subway car reads

Blue letters tagged on the exterior of a subway car read “Comet.”

Pink and blue lettering reads “Bio” on the outside of a subway car.

A subway car reads “Pove” in green letters.

The book includes short commentaries and essays from other artists of the period remembering their experiences painting trains. It's a follow-up to Paul Cavalieri’s original 2011 collection From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989. He’s also the author of Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall Of Fame, a history of four decades of graffiti in the Bronx.

From the Platform 2 is $30 on Amazon.

[h/t The Guardian]

All images courtesy Paul and Kenny Cavalieri // Schiffer Publishing

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