Ben Tegel,  Helter Skelter 1, 2008
22″ x 30″,  ink on paper

Welcome to the second week of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s new campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. Our second featured artist is Ben Tegel whose gorgeously rendered drawings have graced the pages of our print publication, apparel, and website dozens of times. Ben’s iconic Helter Skelter drawing which depicts the faces of Charles manson through the ages was one of the most popular  Beautiful/Decay t-shirt graphics ever made. Now you can purchase the original piece and add it to your collection today! See the rest of the available work by Ben Tegel and read more about our Click To Collect project after the jump!

Ben Tegel, Pool, 2009
15″ x 19″, ink & watercolor on watercolor paper



About The Artist:

Ben Tegel is an artist & illustrator from L.A. He draws filthy, moronic pictures he’s too embarrassed to show to his mother. He lives with his girlfriend Laura and his dogs, Niko & Rowdy Roddy Piper. He enjoys self-medicating, avoiding traffic, and judging books by their covers. He is the all-American boy


Ben Tegel, Nouveau Riche 2, 2010
15.5″ x 21.5″, watercolor on paper


Ben Tegel, Hot Dog, 2011
36″ x 46″, watercolor & graphite on watercolor paper

Ben Tegel, Holy Cow (aka A Religious Experience), 2010
10.5″ x 12.75″, ink & watercolor on watercolor paper


Ben Tegel, Curtains, 2010
16″ x 13″, ink on watercolor paper


Ben Tegel, Born Famous, 2009
10″ x 8.5″, ink on bristol


Ben Tegel, Portrait of an American Soldier, 2011
30″ x 42″, watercolor on paper



About Click To Collect:

Eight months ago I bought my first house and renovated it, which meant my art collection was packed up in boxes and bubble wrap not to be seen for another 5 months. In the mean time, staring at the boring white walls in my house was literally driving me up a wall. And the second the dust settled, before even moving in the furniture, I installed every piece of art I owned in the new space. The art transformed the whole house, what felt soulless and sterile before was now filled with the chatter of all the different works of art telling their individual stories.

That got me to thinking about how important art is in making a house a home, and how everyone should be able to collect it. That’s how the the CLICK TO COLLECT project was born. We wanted to give everyone a chance to collect our favorite artists and keep the prices to $500 or less…. Art Within Reach, if you will, ahem. Each week this month we will offer you 5-10 original hand-made works priced $500 or below through our CLICK TO COLLECT project. It’s our hope that by making these original works available at these prices, we’re helping our readers start or grow their very own collection that they will enjoy and treasure for years to come.

– Amir H. Fallah
Editor In Chief


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