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‘Stache & Shades update

We’ve been getting some pretty darn good submissions. SUBMIT!! email contactbd@beautifuldecay! Winners will get fame and a MSTRKRFT CD! More recent submissions after the jump!

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The B/D crew looking amazing with 'staches n shades!

 

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Australia’s Alpine Ready Their US Debut, A Is For Alpine

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As I write this, Alpine just wrote on Facebook that while on tour in the US, their video for Villages went past two million views. With solid reports coming out of SXSW about their many performances and KCRW picking their songs Lovers 1 and 2 as a recent double header Top Tune, it won’t be long before this Aussie six-piece finds their way into your ears.

I was lucky enough to catch them live at both Bardot in Hollywood and at Brooklyn’s Glasslands and both shows had me dancing from the first beat. Filled with energy, singers Phoebe Baker and Lou James get the crowd moving with their catchy tunes and lovely harmonies. I guarantee that once their album is released in the US, you’ll be hearing a lot more of them.

Alpine’s debut album, A is for Alpine will be released in the US on May 21st on Votiv Records. Check out the video for one of my favorites, Gasoline directed by Kris Moyes and be sure to catch them when they’re stateside again.

 

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Classical Sculptures As Hipsters By Leo Caillard And Alex Persani

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The series Hipster in Stone was captured by photographer Léo Caillard and retouched by Alexis Persani.  The series’ premise is simple: classical statues don a hipster wardrobe.  The effect, though, is amusing.  A simple change or addition of clothing seems to transform each figure’s timeless grace to a modern boredom.  Subtle expression becomes cool aloofness.  However, the photographs do draw a strange similarity between ancient figures and modern models.  A preoccupation with appearance and appreciation for (or obsession with) physical beauty seems to never have left us entirely.

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Minimaforms’ Memory Cloud

For three nights the sky above Woodward Avenue in Detroit was filled with bellows of smoke and light as the artist studio Minimaforms transformed the Detroit Institute of Art into a transient light environment. The ephemeral clouds acted as smoke signals, each cloud carrying a unique message and story. Memory Cloud Detroit was a platform that offered the people of Detroit an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the city. This interactive space animated the DIA Woodward entrance with stories collected from the public. During the two weeks leading up to the event, messages consisting of memories, stories and personal aspirations for the city of Detroit were collected and archived on-line at Voice Of Detroit. Each individual expression became a part of a continuous story about the city, a narrative written by participants over the duration of the project transforming the steps of the DIA into a dynamic space for communication. Audience members were also able to contribute messages via text-message during the performance each night. These collected text messages will be added to the Voice of Detroit archive, becoming part of an evolving diary and a voice that will speak of Detroit’s past, Detroit’s present and Detroit’s future. An archive of collected stories and documentation of three day performance will go live at Voice Of Detroit in the coming weeks.

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Last Day Of Our Massive Biannual Subscription Sale!

This is it! It’s the very last day of our Biannual Subscription sale extravaganza.  You have until tonight at midnight to reserve your copy of Beautiful/Decay Book: 7 by subscribing. Not only will you get 3 gorgeously designed books but you’ll get intimate access to hundreds of creatives from around the world via our indepth articles and interviews.

So drop what you’re doing, use discount code discountdecaysub and get a one year subscription for the discounted price of $34.00!

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Javier Perez’s Fun Drawings Incorporate Real Life Into The Mix

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Javier Perez is a commercial artist and designer who has been having a blast on Instagram creating quick and simple sketches that combine the 2D world with our own 3D reality. Perez obviously has a lot of fun playing around with different ways to combine the two visual effects and create a hybrid in the photograph, which makes it equally a joy to view. He uses his fingers, or objects like food, matches, toothpicks, and the like as the props for his drawings.

His bio on his website states:

My work is very simple and minimal. I want that the person can take a break of the saturation of the photos in general. I never imagine that the people of the world will love my illustrations. It’s amazing the thousands of messages and fanarts I receive.
“Create every day. No matter your skills.”

He brings up a really great point about saturation. We truly are bombarded with so much imagery, especially through the Internet, and so a great deal of the appeal of Perez’s work comes from its simplicity. It allows the viewer to breath and rest peacefully on the image. Each one is enjoyable and easily understood; there is no ambiguity or doubt as to what is going on. (Via Faith is Torment)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Xmas Idents

Yup. This animation features Santa sliding down a pole in a strip club while bizarre monsters and vegetables make it rain. That should be enough of a description to make you watch the full video after the jump…

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Goodbye Miss Busenbark!

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Elyse Busenbark, it is with a heavy heart embossed upon antique letterpress stationary set that I bid ye farewell. Where to begin waxing philosophic of your many talents? Your enthusiasm, hard work, tolerance of Ziggy’s tummy-shames and epic masterminding of our new and improved intern binder have all brightened everybody’s days here at the office! Not only have I grown so fond of you that I call you by your spirit name (as opposed to the serial number we assign to all B/D interns), I will actually miss you! All jokes aside, we here at B/D wish to issue you a resounding thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your help during your time here! And…Elyse is a great graphic designer. (That’s why we hired her, duh.) Check out some of her work after the jump…and leave a comment wishing her well! Better yet email her and give her freelance work!

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