Materialism Category



Thou Shalt Covet. After all, conspicuous consumption is what keeps us creative professionals in business. So here’s where we feature gear and goods we crave — but that we can also afford. Let others feature watches that cost as much as cars and cars that cost as much as houses — we prefer material excess within reason.

Mobot Water Bottle & Roller
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Heavy Drinker (of Water)… The Mobot Water Bottle & Roller seems to pack a lot of desirable features: BPA-free Made of recycled stainless steel Built-in massage tool And— OMG EVERYONE, RUN! IT’S A GRENADE!!! Oh, sorry, false alarm. My eyes are getting old, and I should probably get my vision prescription updated. But is it just me, or does that water bottle look like something Rambo would chuck at an enemy tank? Seriously, we live in a time when everyone’s onRead More
Extended Warranties vs Las Vegas
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Warranty Not Included… I’m not much of a gambler, unless you count my dismal dabbling in the stock market. So naturally, I look at any betting offer with skepticism and a deep lack of enthusiasm — even when it comes from my favorite technolust pusher, Apple. Several years ago, Apple offered to extend the warranty on my MacBook Pro for three years for $349. Like most Apple creations, the pitch sounded irresistible, using terms like “peace of mind” (in bright red lettersRead More
Katharina Heuermann at the Chicago Bean
by Katharina Heuermann, Dream Seller + Founder of the travel agency Destination-K!… Hello Jetsetters! Summer is around the corner, and you know what that means for us travelers: full airplanes, jammed roads, packed hotels, and not much fun. The solution is obvious: counter-cyclical travel — that is, traveling out of season. Since you’re a creative professional, you’ve probably done it often. If not, you should! And here’s why… 1. You can save some serious money on vacations. Probably the most important reason to travel against the usual travel calendar isRead More
Creative Jetsetter Off The What Path
by Katharina Heuermann, Traveler + Dream Seller… Hello Jetsetters! I’m the founder of Destination-k!, a German travel agency. (Please forgive the German on my website — I’m working on the English version!) I’m also one of you: a creative professional who loves to travel and, yes, also has a budget. Now I don’t go for what’s cheapest, but what offers the greatest value. Since “value” is defined by each individual, my mission is to explore the world and find unique sites and special hotels and the coolest things to do,Read More
William Bounds Key Mill WB-1 Pepper Grinder
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Spice Lover… Some things are worth spending extra on, even if they’re just everyday objects that spend most of their existence in a cupboard. One of those things, I discovered the annoying way, is a good pepper grinder.Read More
Skagen Holst watch
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Nascent Horologist… I love watches – particularly inexpensive ones that make up in design what they might lack in craftsmanship or materials. I’ll crave a quartz-powered $200 Seiko any day over an automatic Rolex that costs more than my car. (I would argue that the quartz Seiko keeps better time and requires less maintenance, too.) So when I’m relaxing between projects, I browser-window shop for watches. One brand that always catches my eye is Denmark’s Skagen, a mass-market brand owned byRead More
by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista Most of my generation will say that they remember where they were when Obama was elected president. I will remember where I was the first time I saw my CEO wearing jeans… We were at the airport preparing to take an 18+ hour flight to our office in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was wearing a white t-shirt and light denim jeans. I was speechless – until I wasn’t. “What are you wearing?! What’s going on?!” It was unnerving. I’d only ever seen him wearing theRead More
Cobalt Valkyrie Personal Aircraft
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Guy You Really Don’t Want Flying An Airplane… As Americans went full feeding frenzy over Black Friday (run away! run away!), I found my own materialistic lust object. And it’s a bit too big to fit under a tree…Read More
Black Friday
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + No Relation To The Grinch… With Black Friday lurking around the corner, you’ll likely see the term “doorbuster” describing a deal so irresistible that you’ll want to break down the door to get at it. Now, that term might have been cute… slightly… a little… or maybe not… years ago, but since people have actually been killed by Black Friday stampedes, “doorbuster” is in horrific taste today. Any retailer who uses it for brick-and-mortar sales is essentially inviting violence. Plus, ifRead More
Apple iPad Pro + Pencil Review
by XDL, Filmmaker… In filmmaking, we have the deadly production triangle: cheap, fast and good. If you’re lucky, you get two — usually at the sacrifice of the third. You can have cheap and fast, but it won’t be good. You can have good and fast, but it won’t be cheap. You can have cheap and good, but it’ll never be fast. When it comes to drawing computers, a triangle also applies. The ideal digital creative tool would be powerful, portable, and easy to use. I’ve never gotten all three.Read More