Hip-Hop’s Cross-Stitch Gawd

From Great Big Story. You know the number three stitched on the back of Chance the Rapper’s denim jacket? How about the bright bomber worn by Lil Yachty? They’re all crafted at the hands of Emma McKee, hip-hop’s first (and only) cross-stitch artist. Armed with a needle and thread, the self-proclaimed “Stitch Gawd” creates custom…

Caring for Yanukovych’s Abandoned Zoo

From Great Big Story. After President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from Ukraine in 2014, he left his luxurious estate behind—including a private zoo. Fearing for the lives of the abandoned animals, zoologist Sergey Grigoryev came to the rescue, visiting the ex-president’s compound with the plan of checking in for a couple of days. Four years…

The Champions of Hollerin’

From Great Big Story. For nearly half a century, Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina has made a name for itself as the epicenter of good ol’ time hollerin’. But what exactly does hollerin’ entail? Well, before cell phones, cats or electricity, farmers had to rely on the strength of their voices to carry messages across the…

Weaving Art Into the Fabric of Cities

From Great Big Story. By integrating data and engineering with craft, Janet Echelman builds large-scale art that changes human interaction with urban landscapes. Made out of high tech fiber originally created for NASA, Echelman’s sculptures use natural elements to create an interactive experience for onlookers. She works with computer scientists, artisans and aeronautical engineers from…

The Amazing Camouflage of the Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko

From Great Big Story. This is Madagascar’s mossy leaf-tailed gecko. With the ability to grow up to six inches in length, these creatures possess an incredible camouflage that allows them to blend right into their forest habitats. They can scatter their shadows, making their outline nearly invisible to predators. Unfortunately, due to deforestation and increasing…

Taking Birdwatching to the Extreme

From Great Big Story. In 2016, Arjan Dwarshuis took his love for birdwatching to extreme lengths. He boarded over 140 flights to 40 different countries, journeying through jungles and forests in search of the birds of the world. During his epic 366-day trip, he smashed the world record, observing 6,856 species of birds—that’s 65% of…

No Age Limit to Achieving Your Dreams

From Great Big Story. In this reel, we meet five individuals proving there are no limits when following your dreams. We visit Nottingham’s Football club where we have a cuppa with an 88-year-old tea boy, travel to Nepal to attend class with a 69-year-old sophomore, and get a taste of true green living with “the…

Dancing With 10-Foot Stilts

From Great Big Story. In Trindad and Tobago, “moko jumbies” soar high during Carnival. The traditional art of stilt dancing is a highlihht of Trinidadian celebrations, but for stilt walker Adrian Young, it’s an everyday practice. For the past 21 years, he has been dancing among the clouds. Now, through his Future Jumbies youth group,…

Capturing Indonesia as an Amputee Photographer

From Great Big Story. Achmad Zulkarnain is a professional photographer telling the story of Indonesia from his own unique perspective. Born without hands and legs, Zulkarnain picked up an interest in photography while taking ID card headshots for his local community. With his specially designed mini go-kart, he travels the country in search of the…

Meet the Gravedigger of the Animal Kingdom

From Great Big Story. Named for its method of burying rotting carcasses to feed its young, the American burying beetle is the gravedigger of the animal kingdom. With powerful wings and chemical receptors in its antennae, finding food is this beetle’s forte. But while once a prolific part of the American landscape, the burying beetle…

Step Inside Iran’s Kaleidoscopic Mosque

From Great Big Story. Iran’s Nasir Al-Mulk, commonly known as the “pink mosque,” is a technicolor daydream. Although the exterior showcases traditional Islamic architecture, hidden inside is an interior covered with intricate stained glass windows, creating a stunning kaleidoscopic effect each time they catch morning sunlight. The unique design and gorgeous color palette create a…