15 Emoji-Themed Products to Text Your Friends About


What better way to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the taco emoji than with some emoji-themed clothing and accessories? Here are 15 emoji products you can actually buy—and then brag to your friends about (over text, of course, while using your favorite characters).

1. A bottle opener

This cool metal bottle opener features everyone’s favorite smiling pile of poop (sorry, Mr. Hankey). The piece is 3D printed just for you, and you can even order a 14k gold version—although you really shouldn’t.

2. Balloons

It’s not a true party without these sweet mylar balloons. You’ll need to fill them yourself, but it'll be worth it once you see all those happy faces (on the balloons and your guests!)

3. Loafers

Eddie Parker and Del Toro have rolled out a line of swanky accessories called M'Oticons. These loafers boast a variety of different emojis, strategically paired to convey cheeky messages—a flame on one shoe and a chick on the other, for example, means “hot chick.” (For people who aren’t very good at rebuses, the shoes have a corresponding clutch that says “#hotchick” in glittery text.)

4. Pins

Pintrill offers—you guessed it—awesome pins, including a whole slew of emoji-themed options. Some notable examples include the “100” and the Sassy Hand Girl.

5. An emotional mug

Artist Jason Travis chose to put his own spin on the familiar emoji set. The piece looks great on a mug, but also comes as a tote bag, throw pillow, or rug.

6. An entire book

Emoji Dick is the first book to be completely translated into emojis. It’s entirely unintelligible, but still a must-have for any avid texter.

7. A stylish shirt

You don’t have to sacrifice style when you make the commitment to wearing emojis. This button-down shirt features an elegant Smiling Poop pattern so subtle, your friends might not even notice it's there. Don’t wear shirts? The pattern also comes on sneakers.

8. Nail art

Now you can live the dream of looking at emojis on your fingers while those fingers type emojis on your screen (hopefully said screen will be wrapped in an emoji phone case). The cool nail decals can be applied to light nail polishes for a strong statement that doesn’t require words.

9. Beanies

The best way to keep your ears warm and head stylish is with an emoji-branded hat. Other options include the sassy help desk woman, heart eyes, and of course, the beloved Smiling Poop.

9. Pillows

Frankly, it’s hard to believe anyone can sleep soundly without one of these adorable pillows nearby. Throwboy makes this, and all the other Internet-themed pillows you could dream of (or with).

10. Stickers

Free the emojis from the confines of your phone with stickers. The jumbo pack offers 960 stickers for you to stick on whatever—or whomever—you want.

11. Socks

Let your feet do the talking with socks covered in your favorite emojis. The fabric is handprinted and comes in two sizes, so your whole family can match.

13. Masks

Good news: We found your Halloween costume. These fun, slightly unnerving disguises help you wear your emotions on your face—something you clearly have never been able to do until now.

14. A keyboard

We’re getting closer and closer to completely abandoning the written language, and this keyboard cover may end up being the final push. Using a special software, Mac users can type exclusively in emojis, meaning you'll soon be able to hammer out your own emoji masterpiece (à la Emoji Dick) right on your laptop.

15. Stamps

Birthday cards, backs of hands, business memos, and sleeping friends can all be jazzed up with these fun emoji stamps. You can also use them to send your friends faces via snail mail when your phone’s on the fritz. And they say print is dead!

Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone

Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.

New Apple emojis.

New Apple emojis.

New Apple emojis.

[h/t CNN]


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