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Illustator Spotlight: Vertico’s Puppets

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Beautiful/Decay Spring 2010 Line Available Now!

Beautiful/Decay Apparel Spring 2010

Beautiful/Decay is ringing in spring with our latest selection of art-based T-shirts. This season’s roster of artists include Ben Tegel, Jiro Bevis, YAIAGIFT, Steve Bonner & Ryan Riss. Playful re-works of iconic pop cultural references, sleek design, and humorous, hand-drawn graphics all collide within our latest collection.

The Spring 2010 Lookbook was shot on the Beautiful/Decay headquarters’ very own rooftop, and in the surrounding Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood.

Pick up your T-Shirts on the Beautiful/Decay online shop today, as these limited edition shirts sell out quick!

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Keiichi Tanaami

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Lines from Keiichi Tanaami’s bio include: “experimenting with LSD,” “working in Andy Warhol’s factory,” “art directing Playboy,” and “depicting motifs from dreams and memories, such as an oversized goldfish, referring to his grandfather, who would kill them by squeezing them.”

How could I possibly say it better?

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Psycho or Sweet Boyfriend?

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I’m not sure whether  Brusse’s love based mini-installations make me embarrassed that my boyfriend doesn’t care enough to carve leftover watermelons or mush raw meat patties for a surprise love note, or extremely glad I’m not dating a psychopath who messes with my groceries. I’m sorry, but I almost feel like his work is just  one, tiny non-returned phone call step away from a nasty note keyed into my car and a court-issued restraining order. Am I really that cynical? What’s wrong with some roses and a post-it note on the door? Is re-tiling your entire bathroom ceiling in red and white squares that say “I love you” design faux-pas or grand beaux-arts? What do you think….sweet or sour?

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Turn Yourself into a Na’Vi Avatar!

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Nerd Alert! Were you one of the many Avatar fans that found themselves depressed, even suicidal when you found yourself unable to visit the utopian alien Planet Pandora? Well, now you can become one of the Na’Vi thanks to The Photo Lab, an Australian graphic designer offering fantasy photoshop services. For a mere $18 bucks, you can become a toruk makto and zip around the planet bonded to the back of the Great Leonopteryx yourself!

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Elisa Johns

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Elisa Johns has a new selection of oil paintings up at Mike Weiss Gallery. Within the exhibition, entitled “Huntress,” Johns draws from mythology, in particular the female goddess/heroine, for her subject matter. Her fragile, waifish women reference today’s “revered” paradigm of female beauty, the high fashion model, while her delicately dripping washes set within soft, sparse canvases call to mind the minimal compositions of Japanese scroll art. The exhibition will be on view until May 9th.

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Kooky Cacti- New Works by Brian Willmont

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Brian Willmont (who we featured in Book 3) recently added a new selection of works to his portfolio. His wacky wild west cast of cacti include Clint Eastwood style brambly bandoleers and prickly pistol-iers. The spook of the frontier’s ghost towns, outlaws and mining carts are infused with Brian’s unique sense of humor. I mean really, what’s better than a desert plant sporting oversized cowboy hats and shades?

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Bad At Sports Presents: Jeffrey Deitch interviewed by Carlo McCormick

Jeffrey Deitch interviewed by Carlo McCormick

An in-depth and deeply interesting interview with Jeffrey Deitch conducted by writer & critic Carlo McCormick about Jeffrey’s NYC legacy and plans for his big move to Los Angeles as the Director of The MOCA. Presented by our Chicago art audio blog Bad At Sports.

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