December 12th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

From dumpster murals to designer toys

By Tristan Eaton, Special to CNN

Editor's Note: Tristan Eaton, former street-tagging juvenile delinquent, is now one of the leading contemporary artists in the country.  He designs toys, has a permanent collection at the MOMA in New York and is developing art for the masses. Tristan is currently president and creative director of THUNDERDOG STUDIOS, INC, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Eaton was profiled on CNN's new show, "The Next List," which airs Sundays at 2 p.m. ET. He sat down with us for this chat:

What are your current projects??

Currently, I'm working on a new book of my art. I'm hoping to put all my worlds of toys, digital design and painting into one big book. Outside of that, I have a new series of paintings planned and an animated project with Disney in the works. Very exciting stuff!

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New video gamer: Africa needs more technology
December 12th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

New video gamer: Africa needs more technology

By John D. Sutter, CNN

Busan, South Korea (CNN) - Cwi Nqani doesn’t drive. He doesn’t have a phone. And even if he did, the nearest place he could charge it would be a 10-mile walk from the thatched hut where he lives in southern Namibia.

But against all these odds, the 32-year-old who wears bracelets made of ostrich eggs and a loincloth competed last week in a car-racing video game - played on mobile phones - at the World Cyber Games here in South Korea.

Nqani didn’t win a single match in the game, "Asphalt 6." But the experience of attending the Olympics of video games, along with 600 of the best video gamers on the planet, was eye-opening and humbling, he said.

“I will take the experience and maybe next time I will be the winner,” he said, “because I will learn from others.”

Nqani’s journey to this video-gaming tournament is nothing short of incredible. FULL POST

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