I’ve never been a big coffee drinker (chocolate soy milk is my beverage of choice for me) but Black Gold had me wanting to kick down the doors to my local coffee shop and spray paint “Fair Trade Now” all over the walls. Black Gold documents one mans efforts at bringing fair pricing to the coffee farmers of Ethiopia who make less than a dollar a day growing al that delicious coffee that we pay $5 a cup for. It’s depressing to know that the farmers of one of the worlds most popular drinks are literally starving to death and can’t afford the basic necessities that we take for granted like shelter, water, and education.
Watch this documentary, only buy fair trade, and demand that your local coffee shop only support coffee brands that pay a fair wage.
The twentieth century has provided a plethora of methods to communicate quickly to the masses, and it is becoming increasingly rare to find anyone taking the time to write a handwritten letter, much less create a large-scale public mural to share ideas with the public. However, for almost all of human history, wall paintings have served as one of the most effective ways to chronicle the events and progress of our time. Artist Josef Kristofoletti has tapped back into this method of communication and it has led him to some amazing places. From the gymnasium of his former high-school to a year long road trip around North America with the Transit Antenna artist collective, Josef’s desire to paint in public spaces has kept him moving. Perhaps the most impressive of these large-scale murals took place at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, situated in the Northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border. There, Kristofoletti created a four story mural of the ATLAS particle accelerator, directly on the walls that contain the actual structure. Since the completion of the project just a few months ago, I’ve been dying to talk with the artist about his experience of seeing the world’s most ambitious laboratory, as well as the completion of his most impressive mural to date.
Xavier Antin is a recent grad of Royal College of Art currently based in London. His piece “Just in Time, or A Short History of Production” is a clever recycling of old technologies to make something new. A book printed through a printing chain made of four desktop printers using four different colors and technologies dated from 1880 to 1976. A production process that brings together small scale and large scale production, two sides of the same history. The final piece is a product created from a very strange offset printing process and doesn’t quite look how you would expect it to! Check out more pictures of “Just in Time” and other works by Xavier after the jump.
This Sale Ends Monday so get to it before everything is full price again!
2011 is going to be one hell of a year, so to start things off on the right foot we’re giving you 30% off the entire b/d shop for one week. Get that new b/d shirt, the missing copies of back issues to complete your Beautiful/Decay magazine collection, or perhaps even a grayscale beanie to keep your head warm. Just use discount code: new30year during checkout and you’re all set!
when I was a kid I used to love to collect comic books. I would buy stacks of them and read them obsessively. I always wanted to start a comic book company but B/D was as close as I ever got. The best part about comic books are the covers so we slaved away on creating our own unique cover complete with our very own super hero, the Death Goat. He’s one bad motha who punishes all in his way with one blow to the head with his might crowbar. Get the Death Goat shirt and join the Cult Of Decay. Together we’ll punish all those in our way!