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Will Fussell Of Mood Rings Settled For This Tattoo Instead Of an Iggy Pop One

Welcome to Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Will Fussell's mantra

Will Fussell’s mantra. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

When we last chatted with Will Fussell, the charming frontman of the band Mood Rings, we discovered he lives on a futon in his manager’s apartment and enjoys wearing turtlenecks. What we did not discover is that he has this totally awesome tattoo on his wrist. Yesterday evening, shortly before Will dug into a quinoa bowl at Dimes in LES, we asked our favorite eccentric weirdo, “Why that tat?”
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Starving Artist? NewPatron Will Find You a Medici

Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece

Michael Ellis working on a photorealistic painting. It takes 3-6 months for Ellis to complete a piece. (Photo: Courtesy of NewPatron)

Unless you can survive without sleep or food or your parents have lots and lots of money, it’s tough being an emerging artist in New York these days. Studio spaces are expensive, the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you and neither do their patrons. On the flip side, unless you’re a gazillionare and/or have a formal art education, buying art in New York can be a rather daunting endeavor (the fancy gallerists and dealers don’t give a shit about you either).
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The Mac and Cheese Bagel Is a Thing That Exists

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sometimes you wake up in desperate need of coffee, turn to Seamless to see if Tompkins Square Bagels will deliver a cappuccino, and then you discover: the mac and cheese bagel. It’s a special on the menu today, it looks like the above, it’s $5.95, and it’s pretty much the most carbs you can deliver to your stomach in two minutes time.
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Greenpoint Ferry Update; Rosie Perez Remembers Her Bushwick Days

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(Photo: Dima James/Flickr)

Operators say busted anchor posts were responsible for the Greenpoint ferry ramp collapse, and there’s no telling when service will return. [NY Daily News]

Williamsburg’s latest luxury building features canvas wall coverings hand painted by artist Sebastian Vargas. [Curbed]

Inside William Scott Benoit’s home in a historic East Village synagogue. [Wall Street Journal]
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Skrillex, The Jillionaire of Major Lazer, and Others On the Evolution of Brooklyn Dance

Last week, Skrillex sold out five consecutive shows at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall, SRB, Output, and a warehouse in East Williamsburg. The producer who soundtracked Spring Breakers draws massive crowds, so it’s no wonder he opted for trendy and spacious North Brooklyn over Manhattan. But his “takeover” also points to a shift in the dance scene in general.
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Liza Dye's Fundraiser Has Netted $50K, and There's Another Stand-Up Benefit Tonight

Supporters of the comedian who was hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station a week ago have upped their fundraising goal after bring in over $53,000 — and there’ll be another benefit in the East Village tonight.
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Listen to Two New Nirvana Covers On Kurt Cobain’s Birthday

In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday (and what is Aberdeen, Washington’s first Kurt Cobain Day) Dead Stars, the band that went as Nirvana for Halloween, just released a cover of “Old Age,” a song Nirvana recorded in 1991 that didn’t see the light of day until the box set came out in 2004.
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Build Your Own Bloody Mary! Baby’s All Right Is Doing Brunch

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

There’s never been a better time for the Williamsburg brunch bunch: Egg expands into bigger digs this week, and over at Baby’s All Right, things just got even more all right. The music venue of the moment, which started dinner service last month, is launching brunch this Sunday, and yes, there’ll be a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar featuring 20 different kinds of hot sauce, pickled veggies, cured meats(!), and house mixes made from your choice of tomato or greens.
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Here’s Raekwon Rapping On Bedford Ave. (and Sipping Hennessy From a Mason Jar)

Sweet Chick celebrated a year on Bedford Avenue last night and The Chef showed up. No, not the chef who was sending out “sloppy duck” sliders all night. We’re talking The Chef — Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan. The restaurant that’s taking over the Max Fish space shut down all the haters, as several of the Fish’s regulars rolled through during the course of the evening — and then Raekwon, dropping in at the behest of owner John Seymour, blew up the tiny joint with a performance of Wu Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.” (which, for a moment, stood for Chicken Moves Everything Around Me) and his own “Ice Cream.”
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