“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art” said Andy Warhol. It seems more and more artists are living by this creed. Check out the artists we’ve found who are spreading their creative wings beyond the boundaries of music. Here are our top 3 to watch in 2011.
Not satisfied with being a Hip Hop mogul turned actor, Curtis Jackson is turning his hand to something slightly different. Sleek by 50 Cent uses the Kleer lossless wireless technology for a cleaner sound than the usual Bluetooth wireless devices. Four pairs of these headphones can listen to the same audio source simultaneously. Their battery life is listed at 10 hours, but when you plug them in with conventional audio cable, they don’t require battery power at all.
The Sleek company says these ‘phones are the beginning of a series of audio products. The price is yet to be announced.
The 51 year old Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star Flava Flav opened Flav’s Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, earlier this month with a business partner he met through a connection in Las Vegas. The idea for the venture came after Flav befriended Las Vegas restaurateur Peter Cimino. Flav cooked Cimino some chicken, and Cimino, duly impressed, had Flav sell his chicken wings at Mama Cimino’s Pizza in Las Vegas. Nick Cimino bought a building next to his own restaurant for the recent opening.
This month also saw Polaroid and its Creative Director, Lady Gaga unveil the Polaroid Grey Label, an original line of products co-designed with Lady Gaga. This collaboration between two cultural icons reflects Polaroid’s long standing tradition of innovation and Lady Gaga’s mission to deliver products that enable creativity for all, celebrate artistry and make sharing instantaneous across the physical and digital. The camera glasses are made up of a camera and two 1.5-inch OLED screens that can capture video and images and then display them. The shades have a USB key so footage can be uploaded to the internet after being transferred to a computer. The glasses are a unique new look at how to turn images into a fashion statement.
The glasses will be released later this year, but no price has yet been revealed.