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Tomoo Gotika’s Abstracted Playboy Girls

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Tomoo Gokita’s abstracted erotic paintings have a very nostalgic feel. As a child, Gokita snuck to read his father’s playboys, which he says are still a big influence on him now. His father created the images for advertisements in Playboy for its launch in Japan in 1975. Gokita now keeps the entire collection in his studio, and this influence shows heavily in his work. The curves and teasing stances of his characters are obvious references to such imagery. The forms and colouring make for a very retro feel, but the strange dot-eyes or the patterned zigzag head of the tuxedoed man have more of an Internet age vibe.

Gokita never reveals faces, except for the subtle suggestions in the dots.  Often he flattens them completely or creates intestinal-looking deformities oozing from their head. Gokita says that he doesn’t depict faces because he became tired of them, and now he is instead interested in masks: “to hide a face and to become a different character.” This too seems to relate to his fascination with the women in Playboy. Although the images are extremely revealing, they’re also highly composed, and act almost like a mask of sexuality. Both the paintings and the images they are inspired from are a fantasy or a caricature of a woman’s true and much more deeply complex sexuality. Gokita’s paintings reduce them to be even more elemental, and also reveal their oddity. This is done very acutely due to his respect and love for the imagery. It’s a fascinating way to examine the inner workings of commercial erotic images. (Via Hunted Projects)

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Plywerk Your Work

B/D Contest: Plywerk Your Work
Beautiful/Decay is calling all artist and designers! We are teaming up with Plywerk to offer one talented person the opportunity to get their own artwork printed and mounted on a 12″ X 12″ environmentally friendly bamboo Plywerk panel worth $63.

Submit your artwork to our B/D Flickr Pic Pool (become a member first) and after all the artwork as been submitted, we will choose the most interesting piece as the winner. Artwork may be submitted in any medium, so long as it is scanned or in some digital format.

Deadline: August 25th, 2009 @ 6:00pm PST

Guidelines:

  • Join the B/D Flickr group if you haven’t already and submit to our Flickr group pool
  • Title your work with “Plywerk Contest Art” after uploading it so we will know to count it for the contest
  • Any genre of artwork is acceptable but it must be in some digital format (scanned or photographed)

Good luck to all! We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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Dr. Lakra

DL_PorPayasa Dr. Lakra is a Mexico-based  world renowned tattoo artist whose work has been seen on vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers.

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Vinicio Jimenez’s Candy Striped Mess

Costa Rican illustrator Vinicio Jimenez has some nutty illustrations full of piles of color, messy coloring, and bizarre figures.

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Miru Kim’s Naked Cities

I’m loving this series of photographs by Miru Kim wandering various cities naked. I especially like the photos after the jump where she’s in various train tunnels and abandoned buildings. Talk about Beautiful Decay!

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Christian Stearry

Christian Stearry is great example of what happens when one spends their entire youth skateboarding- it begins to permeate every aspect of your life.  His illustrations are focused on the tongue-in-cheek jokes found in growing up “bad,” whether it’s through graffiti, drinking, or being that guy that brings his bong everywhere. Lucky for us, it works.

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Jessica Hische font release!

Announcement! Beautiful/Decay friend Jessica Hische‘s first font, entitled Buttermilk, is now on sale at myfonts.com. The font is good for “magazine headlines, book title type, initial caps, holiday cards, wedding invitations, you name it.” In related news, a shirt Jessica designed for B/D Apparel will be coming out soon!

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Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design who was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture and art, and whose achievements helped to establish the reputation of Japanese graphic design internationally.

The symbol and poster designs for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were Kamekura’s best-known work. The Tokyo Olympic symbol is a powerful, concise design, while the posters capture the dynamism of athletes. The poster design also incorporated photos, marking the first time that a photograph was used in an Olympic poster. Other well-known poster designs include Hiroshima Appeals, a poetic image of falling, burning butterflies.

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