In South Korea, bread has historically never been a prominent part of the daily diet. As European bakeries expand their businesses into Seoul, however, local's love for the food has grown. The most common types of breads from these bakeries contain sweet fillings such as red bean paste, sweet potato paste or whipped cream. Bakers sometimes also add sweet rice in the flour dough for chewiness, top the bread like pizzas or make animal shapes out of them to add an extra creative twist. Local Instagrammers have picked up on documenting this new wave of bread culture by adding the #빵스타그램 hashtag (pronounced "bbangstagram" and literally translated as "breadstagram") to their photos and videos of bread to share their personal favorites and reviews with the Instagram community.
To see more photos and videos of the variety of breads found in South Korea, browse the #빵스타그램 hashtag.
Hermit crab "breadstagram" photo by @elisaharu
Where some may have seen only an old sign faded after years of sun exposure, Toronto artist Andrew Lamb (@dcmism) saw an opportunity. Since 2012, Andrew has treated his hometown's weathered Neighborhood Watch signs as blank canvases, adorning them with whimsical figures from pop culture. "My work tends to deal with altering urban infrastructure in a playful manner," explains Andrew. In this case, it's about repurposing municipal infrastructure to "invoke nostalgic happy memories" with the help of characters as diverse as Zelda, Bruce Lee and the Planeteers.
What are the keys to success when modifying a sign? "Use a laser printer, not an inkjet," says Andrew, "and don't fall off your ladder." Photo by @dcmism
Paris Instagrammer and illustrator Tiffany Cooper's (@tiffanycooper_) pop-culture comics are always drawn with a gentle wink. "I especially like mocking the fashion industry," she says, "but in a nice way. Making people laugh is the ultimate thing for me." For more of Tiffany's black-felt-pen drawings featuring fashion personalities from Suzy Menkes (@suzymenkesvogue) to Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle), follow @tiffanycooper_.
Photo by @tiffanycooper_