If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Beautiful/Decay, then this is for you! A Day In Decay is a new ongoing column that will be appearing on the site penned by yours truly. I’ll be documenting our day to day shenanigans, daily life in the arts district of downtown LA, the ups and downs of running an indie publishing and apparel line and other things of interest both in and out of our office. Some posts will be related directly to what we do ( like photos of our office/neighborhood) and some posts will have nothing to do with art or design (like photos of my scuba diving instructor after the jump). ADID will answer all your long time questions about the who, whats, whys, and hows of living, breathing, eating, and sleeping B/D 24-7. So without further ado i give you A Day In Decay……
Having moved to Downtown LA in Novermber, we’re still getting used to our surroundings. Before we moved here, walking to get coffee or lunch was unheard of, but with the rapidly growing number of shops and restaurants popping up near the Little Tokyo/Arts District neighborhoods there is always a reason to use those two things called legs and hoof it over to the corner store. This is the view from my favorite spot in our building. From this small stairway you can see a great view of LA’s skyline and most importantly my prized cacti collection. You might not know this but Cacti will be huge in the art world in 2011. That’s right folks, you heard it here first.
Some newly decorated walls by our friendly neighborhood graffiti writers.
Wurstkuche is down the street from us and by now is old news to locals, but if you’re visiting LA this is the ultimate sausage, beer, and fry spot in LA. Happen to be vegan or vegetarian? No problem, they have 4 different veggie friendly sausages for those of us who are animal lovers. I’ve heard rumors that Wurstkuche sells over 1,600 sausages everyday. I’m not math wiz but even I know that adds up to a pile of cash so high you could swim through it like Scrooge McDuck.
Most people swallow their sausage like a pack of wolves who haven’t eaten in days. There’s even a tutorial painted outside for you to study while you wait in line.
I know graffiti is eternally cool but you would not believe how many photoshoots happen in front of this wall every week. There is always a rapper, actress, model, or breakdancer busting a move in front of this wall. I’ve given some thought to starting a new blog devoted to photos of people taking photos in front of this wall but since we’re kicking off A Day In Decay I’ll be posting photos here instead…
like this one.
Street art has gotten so popular that even kittens are bombing.
People in our building are not messing around when it comes to the freight elevator. As if the first sign with the skull and crossbones wasn’t enough a mysterious second note appeared a few days later complete with scary red ink and death threats.
….If you’ve ever wondered where hangtags go on shirts with pizza slices on them.
Shirt designs, pencil drawings of Immortal, and a killer Tom Wesselman show invite featuring a hot lady can all be found on our bulletin board.
Sometimes I need to take a break from all this art and design stuff and do something relaxing like breathing underwater for longer than you can hold your breath (a.k.a) Scuba diving.
If you’ve ever tried diving, you know that one of the unfortunate aspects of the training is waking up at the crack of dawn. Being at a pool at 5am in not exactly my cup of tea. My brain is barely awake and everything is foggy. When I first saw this sign at the local high school swimming pool I thought: “what the hell does the school have against braces?” Then after a few minutes, the motor in my brain started working and I had that “ohhh I get it” moment.
This is Dr. Scuba our instructor. Not only is he an avid scuba diver and doctor but apparently he is a big fan of Jessica Alba.
When I say he’s a big Jessica Alba fan I mean a VERY BIG JESSICA ALBA FAN. Notice Doc Scuba’s masterful photoshop photo of him kissing Alba on Scuba Diving quarterly. If the whole doctor thing doesn’t work out give me a ring. We can always use new designers at B/D.