Alison Nastasi

Weekend Editor

Alison Nastasi is the weekend editor of Flavorwire, a freelance film writer, and artist. Her work has appeared on Cinematical, Fandango, Moviefone, MTV, and more. Alison is publishing a book about artists with Chronicle in spring 2015.

Features

More Ridiculous Pop Culture-Inspired Merch

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Ever the fans of absurd pop culture-inspired merch, the bizarre Kim Kardashian Human Centipede tee got our attention earlier this week. Clearly, it’s time to round up more of the ridiculous merch that we’ve crossed paths with, including clothes we would never wear. …Read More

The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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Eye-Catching Art Installations That Incorporate LEGOs

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This weekend, Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge’s A LEGO Brickumentary opened in theaters — an ode to the colorful building blocks of our childhood that seem more popular than ever, today. While some are criticizing the film for basically being a 92-minute commercial for the toy company, it’s clear that a love for LEGOs persists regardless and has expanded beyond the nine to eleven age range. Artists are using LEGOs as architectural structures and more in their installations — especially public artworks that call to the crowds with their colorful design and nostalgia factor.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About MTV’s First Broadcast

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The MTV of today is packed with more reality television than music videos. But the groundbreaking network used to air music videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and promised that we’d “never look at music the same way again.” And we haven’t, after the channel’s maiden broadcast back in 1981. Today is the 34th anniversary of that first year on air. Here are some fun facts about the very first music videos played on MTV and the network itself that reveal the channel’s widespread cultural influence.
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