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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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Ela Zubrowska

Ela Zubrowska, a freelance graphic designer and photographer, brings us a powerful series of work inspired by the relationship between water and humans.

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A New Years Gift To All Our Readers!

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Happy New Year to all our readers! To make sure we all start the new year full of inspiration and creativity we are extending our holiday 50% off sale until January 10th! Get 50% off all books, magazines, and artist shirts and get inspired by the thousands of artists and designers that we feature in our pages.

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Alvaro Laiz Captures the Secret Lives of Transgender Mongolians

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In Mongolia, where the weight of tradition and Soviet rule still hang heavy, it is considered dangerously taboo to be a homosexual. Gays, lesbians, and transsexuals must keep their identities secret, often secluding themselves or participating in prostitution, in an attempt to safeguard their lives against violence and discrimination. In 2011, photographer Álvaro Laiz decided to capture the secret lives of these Mongolians in his series “Transmongolian.” Laiz initially traveled to Mongolia because he was interested in how the country’s newly opened borders affected the population, with the tradition of Mongolian culture meeting with Western influences from the outside. His research led him to connections with transgender individuals whose stories he decided to document with his photography.

They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places,” Laiz explained to Slate. “Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane.”

Laiz captures these ostracized Monogolians conducting their day-today lives alongside images of them in traditional Mongolian queen costumes. Laiz’s Mongolian series is the first of a larger project exploring transgender people in societies across the world. (via huffington post)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: The Girl On The Wall

THE GIRL ON THE WALL from Gabrielpsa on Vimeo.

A very short comedy about a bored man, graffiti, and falling in love. Created by Greek artist Gabriel Psaltakis.

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Scott Hazard’s Torn Paper Garden Installation Is A New Spin On Nature

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Scott Hazard ( featured here previously) is a North Carolina-based artist whose torn-paper landscapes engulf an entire gallery space. Titled Silent Geography, it’s currently site-specific installation at Mixed Greens gallery (in collaboration with Projective City) in New York that covers the floor with paper structures and punctuated with masses of text. These areas of words are meant to turn the space into a garden, meaning that it’s a cultivated and enclosed area that’s set apart (but close to) the wilderness.

From a distance, it’s not clear what Hazard’s soft, inviting installation is made from. It’s only upon closer inspection that you see incredible, carefully-torn sheets of paper and small details like block-printed letters. Silent Geography is meant to evoke the feel of nature but speak to those that live in cities. Mixed Greens writes:

Yet here the wilderness is not exactly that of nature but rather the din of flowing information, language, and symbol that surrounds most urban-dwellers on a daily basis. Into this flow Hazard creates a momentary pause, an immersive space of rest in which language is once again ordered and reduced to its simplest designative function.

Silent Georgraphy is on view until January 10, 2015.

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Lauren Gibbes’ Dominating Opulence & Feminine Vice

With a display of dominating opulence, feminine vice, and diamond dust, Lauren Gibbes’s paintings masterfully deconstruct traditional romantic narratives and flourish as examples of modern Rococo. Born in the south and currently working out of Ashville, NC, Gibbes draws influence from beauty pageants, magazine ads, exhibitions of decadence, and the legacy of southern charm and chivalry. Her work is both beautiful and confrontational. Lauren Gibbes is represented by Galeria Bickar

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Carlo Van De Roer

These images are so damn soothing. Carlo Van De Roer’s uncomplicated yet sophisticated compositions calm my soul, in a contemporary-non-smooth-jazz Múm kinda way.

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