Kond Portraits - By Ara the Rat

Kond Portraits - By Ara the Rat

Cut off from the rest of the city, residents still deal with urban issues, including a lack of access to running water, but a walk through Kond means never having to go thirsty - warm invitations for a cup of coffee will meet you in many of its corners.
Ara the Rat X Kond Gallery Tattoo designs EXPLAINED

Ara the Rat X Kond Gallery Tattoo designs EXPLAINED

Wondering what all the designs on the Ara the Rat x Kond Gallery collab mean? Check out the following guide...
Ara The Rat x Kond Gallery Collaborate to Revitalize Yerevan's Oldest Neighborhood

Ara The Rat x Kond Gallery Collaborate to Revitalize Yerevan's Oldest Neighborhood

Ara the Rat has teamed up with Kond Gallery, an initiative to revitalize Kond, the oldest neighborhood in Yerevan, with street art. Our Kond collection includes a t-shirt, tote bag, and enamel pin. The design is an ode to the colorful and warm characters, history and rich dynamics encapsulated in the neighborhood.
How Uncle Fester helped raise more than $1 million for Armenian Genocide Victims

How Uncle Fester helped raise more than $1 million for Armenian Genocide Victims

Uncle Fester helped raise more than $1 million ($15 million in 2019) for Armenian Genocide victims. The actor Jackie Coogan was 10 years old at the time and 3 years earlier had starred in the Charlie Chaplin classic movie, The Kid. 
A history of Armenian Players in the NFL

A history of Armenian Players in the NFL

Over 100 years ago, when Armenians fleeing persecution in Ottoman Turkey arrived on U.S shores, many of their descendents ventured into sports. Whilst many Armenians have found success at college football level, only a handful have made it to the professional league. Here is a selection of Armenians who have played in the NFL.
The Top 12 Most Ridiculous Flavors of Hummus You've Ever Seen

The Top 12 Most Ridiculous Flavors of Hummus You've Ever Seen

Hummus has been misinterpreted as a blank slate in which other, horrifyingly mismatched flavors have made their homes, completely destroying the very essence of hummus: the little legume that could, the garbanzo that has sustained ancient communities for so many centuries.
5 Fantastic Facts About the Van Cat

5 Fantastic Facts About the Van Cat

The Van Cat is one of the most beloved cultural symbols for Armenians. Not only is it mesmerizing to look at, it's also interpreted as a link back to their indigenous homeland in the what is now known as Eastern Turkey.
How an Armenian Monk Brought Gingerbread to the West

How an Armenian Monk Brought Gingerbread to the West

So deeply rooted in Europe, it is perhaps odd, yet also delightful, that it was actually an Armenian monk who introduced gingerbread to the continent over one thousand years ago.
Soviet era football: a brief history of FC Ararat Yerevan

Soviet era football: a brief history of FC Ararat Yerevan

By contrast remote Armenia was a republic of little footballing significance and few expected the Soviet Union’s next major club force to emerge from there. Ararat Yerevan was the only Armenian club with any profile and even they had spent as much time out of the Soviet Top League as in it.
How the first journey to the top of Mount Ararat was made

How the first journey to the top of Mount Ararat was made

In the 13th century, a Flemish explorer named William of Rubruck wrote about Mount Ararat, the rumored resting place of Noah’s Ark, in his travel journal to the “Eastern Parts of the World.” “Many have tried to climb it, but none has been able,” he wrote.
The Letterhead Designs of Armenian Businesses in the Ottoman Empire

The Letterhead Designs of Armenian Businesses in the Ottoman Empire

 A collection of graphics used by Armenian businesses in Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s.                                                                   
I Promised Her Life: Q&A With Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan

I Promised Her Life: Q&A With Filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan

Directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan, “I Promised Her Life” is about how a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks thin line between death and the afterlife.
Exclusive: Jose Mourinho joins Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Armenian Christmas dinner

Exclusive: Jose Mourinho joins Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Armenian Christmas dinner

  ARA THE RAT EXCLUSIVE On the evening of Saturday January 6th, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho joined Henrikh Mkhitaryan for an Armenian Christmas dinner at his Manchester residence. Having not been a regular in the team for most of the season, speculation of a feud between the two has been ongoing, with newspapers predicting that Mkhitaryan will be leaving the club in January.  However in observance of Armenian Christmas, Manchester United’s FA Cup game with Derby County FC had been brought forward to Friday the 5th with Mkhitaryan included in the starting lineup.  Despite performing well, Mkhitaryan was substituted at half time with the score at 0-0, replaced by Romelu Lukaku, a forward with 10 goals already this season. Manchester United went on to win the game 2-0 with Lukaku scoring one of the goals. Sky Sports later reported that Mourinho had sacrificed Mkhitaryan in favor of a more attacking player. Mourinho said: "Mkhi was the one that I sacrificed but it's something that I don't normally do but I did at half-time and apologised to him in front of other people because he didn't deserve it.” As a gesture of goodwill, Mourinho joined Mkhitaryan at his home for an Armenian Christmas meal the following night, bringing with him a bottle of Portuguese wine (Pêra-Manca 2008) Outside, Mourinho admitted to reporters that his knowledge of Armenian culture was quite limited, although he stated he had parked his bus near the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal on numerous occasions. Inside, Mourinho was immediately overwhelmed by the abundance of food.  The meal kicked off at 8pm. Despite some hard-fought defending, Mourinho conceded his first serving of food in the 13th minute and then soon again in the 22nd.  Not recovering from the early onslaught and with no clear game plan, Mourinho conceded food on his plate yet again in the 31st, 34th and 44th minute. In the second half, Mourinho tightened up the defence of his plate, avoiding dried fruit, Ferrero Rocher and more cheese boreg, but left his drinking glass wide open and conceded three alcoholic drinks, on the 67th, 77th, and 85th minute. Just as the evening looked to be wrapping up, with his guard down, Mourinho’s defence was once again penetrated in injury time with a ladle full of Anoush Abour and a cup of Armenian coffee, catching the United manager by surprise. At the final whistle, Mourinho looked depleted. This result marked the heaviest defeat at a dinner table in his entire managerial career. Shortly after, Mourinho was seen leaving the Mkhitaryan residence with three medium sized Tupperware containers and a copy of The Promise movie on Blu-ray.  Mourinho declined a post-dinner interview, but sources close to the Manchester United management staff state that Mourinho is to organize an Armenian Madagh ceremony (a lamb sacrifice ritual) to express his gratitude.   This story will be updated as more information is made available.
The Armenian-American Dracula That Never Was: The Story of Arthur Edmund Carew

The Armenian-American Dracula That Never Was: The Story of Arthur Edmund Carew

Audiences were intrigued by his “dark and mysterious look,” newspapers wrote about his brooding Armenian eyes that helped him play critically acclaimed roles no one else could. He was the first Armenian-American movie star, a pioneer in playing unusual, eccentric characters sometimes using elaborate makeup that took hours to apply.
Ross Bagdasarian & The Chipmunks: The Armenian Story Behind One of America’s Most Iconic TV Dads

Ross Bagdasarian & The Chipmunks: The Armenian Story Behind One of America’s Most Iconic TV Dads

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, Alvin and the Chipmunks was a permanent staple of your TV diet. And if you were an Armenian kid growing up in the diaspora, finding out Ross Bagdasarian created your favorite show as a teenager probably blew your mind.