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Kerry D’Noit’s Bizarre Airbrush World

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I’m the last person to be a huge fan of airbrushed shirts, but Kerry D’Noit’s shirts have something to them. I’d gladly rock a cyclops pizza shirt any day!

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Colorful 3D Printed Nail Art Is Turned Into Adorable Animations

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Nail artist Hatsuki Furutani has combined the love of designing incredible patterns for nails with her interest in cute narratives and scenarios. She has applied her active imagination in this new project to take her nail art designs next level. The Japanese manicurist has teamed up with a talented group of animators and software engineers to produce a few short animations telling beautiful little stories. After designing the nails on computers planning out exactly what parts of the nail would move, and in what way, the team processed the designs through a 3D printer. Over 500 nails were then printed out and applied to human hands. The fingernail creations were shot frame by frame and edited together.

Furutani likes to show the beauty and attraction in the things around us. She says there is mystery and charm in everything, in all

Living things, dead things, objects, phenomena, men’s mind, soul and imagination… Inorganic and organic matters, works of art… (Source)

Her animations see origami birds coming to life, colorful fish flapping around, wheels spinning, balls and blobs bouncing from nail to nail. Her video is full of life, joy and positivity. For more of her uplifting designs, be sure to check out her website, and maybe go and get a manicure afterwards – it will surely raise your spirit. (Via Design Boom)

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Zbigniew Libera

594a_1228158430-copy594b_1228158430Polish artist most well known for his Lego Concentration Camp piece. Apparently Lego gave him the pieces without knowing too much about his true intentions and alas, refused to have anything to do with him when they realized it. There’s a whole bunch of other amazing work on his site, like this little hairy baby that you can shave. By the way, we at Beautiful/Decay in no way shape or form, support Facism or baby-shaving..

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Peter Ryan’s Vintage Illustrations

Peter Ryan’s hand painted illustrations have a vintage hand painted quality to them. They look like a sophisticated version of hand painted signs that you see outside of bodega’s and liquor stores.

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Happy America Day!

We’re taking the day off from blogging today to celebrate a lil place on earth called America. Sure we have some problems and our government is far from perfect but after living around the world I can honestly say that I’m proud to be part of our great nation. Having the freedom to say and do whatever we want is priceless so let us all take this day and appreciate our our home and make a commitment to make it even better. We’ll be hitting up the beach and eating way too much food (like any patriot) all day long but we’ll be back tomorrow with loads of posts and other goodies to keep you inspired and entertained!

 

 

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Maggie West Captures The Tenderness And Eroticism Of Kissing

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Kissing is an act of intimacy that has been iconically portrayed throughout art history — take the sculptural power of Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, for example, or Gustav Klimt’s own interpretation of the erotic gesture at the dawn of modernism. Fast forward over a century later, and photographer Maggie West has revisited this tradition with her own contemporary style. Described as “dreamy” and “hallucinatory,” West’s debut book KISS is a sensual photo diary of LA-based artists. Dripping in a haze of neon eroticism, the gentle lovers in West’s photos embrace and engage each other with intense intimacy. In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, West explains the concept and creation of KISS:

By placing a common activity in such a dreamlike setting, I wanted the readers to reexamine the energy and intimacy taking place each time a couple embraces each other. Through the color choices and extreme close up angles, I hope that the viewer can appreciate specific aspects of a kiss that they may not have otherwise noticed.

[…]  One of the objectives of the book was to examine the dynamic between a variety of relationships — not just established couples.  Some couples had been dating for years, some were just friends, some barely knew each other, etc.

Initially everyone, no matter their relationship, was a little nervous.  However, kissing is such a physical act that within a few minutes the models were so engrossed in each other that they seemed to forget they were being photographed.

Most of the models were chosen from among West’s friends who she knew in the LA community — “models, musicians, artists, porn stars, dancers” and more make up the group. Portraying the kiss as an act that knows no distinctions of identity or lifestyle preferences, KISS features a variety of ethnicities and sexualities, celebrating diversity and the fluid nature of attraction, desire, and love. “The kiss is a beautiful exchange regardless of the relationship,” West writes. And this is what KISS allows us to focus on: the gentleness of the moment, the tantalizing hesitation, and the oscillation of desiring energy and tenderness that makes kissing one of the most powerful ways to connect both flesh and heart.

KISS features a foreward by artist and journalist Hannah Stouffer. The launch party for the book is taking place on the rooftop of The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on June 14th at 8pm. Visit West’s website, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to view more of her work. (Via Juxtapoz)

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PATRICK KRZYZANOWSKI Body Slamming Watercolor

Patrick Krzyzanowski’s watercolors are action packed not just with intricate detail but also with face ripping, body slamming, choke holding, wrestlemania extravaganza.

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Zlatan Vehabovic

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What do river raft tents, taxidermy Paul Frank characters, and crumbling cubeoids have in common? Zlatan Vehabovic! This Croatian painter has some interesting subject matter. I’m not entirely sure what it all means but it looks right pretty.

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