Counting down the days until the Mad Men season four premiere? Pass the time by perusing the 250+ pages of Mad Men Unbuttoned ($12). Penned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper of Public School Intelligentsia fame, this unique quasi-history book looks at both the show and the era in which it's set, covering advertising, sex, politics, design, and pop culture with interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout. Don Draper wannabes should beware its tricky name, however — Unbuttoned is more or less devoid of fashion tips.
How can you tell a real astronaut apart from a deranged, Sigourney Weaver in Alien-obsessed wannabe? The suit, of course. Spacesuits ($20) is a short but art-worthy look at the history of the spacesuit, featuring interesting history mixed in with professional photos of spacesuits ranging from the earliest manned space flights to the latest and greatest shuttle missions, courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum.
Hailing from Bondi Beach in Australia, Patrick's line of haircare products got us hooked as one of the best men's grooming brands out there. Now, they've introduced their line of skincare products with the same level of attention to detail to both the ingredients and packaging as found in their haircare line. In this exclusive North American release with Uncrate and Patrick's you'll find the FS1 Face Scrub and FW1 Face Wash. The scrub is comprised of volcanic sand and crushed diamonds, while the foaming wash contains Green Tea, White Tea, Lemon Myrtle, Vitamin C and other ingredients to ward off signs of premature aging. Each are produced in the USA, are free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates, are cruelty free, and 100% vegan.
Precision and polish collide with Gerber's latest EDC knife. The Fastball is made in Portland, Oregon with a utiliarian Warncliffe steel blade with a light, stone-washed finish and an aircraft-grade aluminum handle. Each knife employs Gerber's B.O.S.S. Tech, where balls of stainless steel leverage a ball-bearing system, for smooth, consistent deployment ever time. The folding knife also has an easy-off liner lock, three-position pocket clip, and the blade measures 3 inches with an overall length of 7.1".
Presented by Gerber.
Believe it or not, there really is a manual. How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails & Unsound Advice ($10) is a two hundred-plus page guide to choosing the right drink at the right moment, written by two long-time NYC bartenders who offer up expert-level information on each drink and its characteristics, while doling out equal services of the kind of life advice that comes from years of listening to people bare their souls and chests at the bar.
Like to brew your own beer, but long for the taste of Saison Dupont, Sierra Nevada, or even that most interesting of Mexican brews, Dos Equis? Pick up a copy of Clone Brews ($12). This commercial beer-obsessed home brewer's bible contains 200 recipes for beers around the world, so you can whip-up your own batch of Guinness for St. Paddy's Day, Sam Adams for July 4th, or Paulaner Hefeweizen for... Wheat Day without the need for weeks of tweaking your recipe — also known as "getting drunk."
In 2016, the Tactica Talon became the highest funded multitool in crowdfunding history. Using the feedback from thousands of backers, it's since been improved and rechristened the Tactica Original. Packed into its 3.1-inch case that can be attached to a key ring are a multitude of tools, including more than a dozen wrenches (imperial and metric), a bottle opener, a package opener, a ruler, hex sockets, and both Phillips and flathead bits. It's TSA compliant, so you can leave it in your pocket while flying, and its hardened steel core is wrapped in a lightweight composite that won't scratch your phone's screen.
As seen in Uncrate Issue 04.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, graphic designer Scott Reinhard combines vintage maps with elevation data to create stunning pieces of art. Reinhard uses a chromogenic process to create each print, which takes traditional color photography development and integrates 3-dimensional data with paper maps for a result that is so visually appealing, you'll be tempted to reach out and feel what looks like 3D texture. The process brings the maps to life, creating a 2D print that is vibrant and detailed giving you a unique work of art that blends history and modern technology. In addition to the topographic maps, Reinhard creates compelling digitally rendered maps and has even adopted his technique to the surface of the moon.
You can put as many solar panels on your roof or hoist as many windmills as you want, but one of the most affordable, most green changes you can make to your home is utilizing your yard for food production. While it's not exactly a how-to book, Edible Estates ($17) does give you an intimate look at eight prototype gardens installed across the country, as well as insight and personal accounts from folks who have already made the leap themselves. Sure, it might be against your HOA guidelines, but when has that stopped you before?
Seeking sensei-like advice on how to maximize your grilling season? Who better to ask than the minds behind the awe-inspiring Bacon Explosion? BBQ Makes Everything Better ($20) covers equipment, cooking techniques, and, of course, recipes for foods from the standard ribs and brisket to international barbecue and desserts. Grill, baby, grill.