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CMRTYZ

CMRTYZ makes lo-fi, hand made posters and prints just like the ones to your favorite punk shows from when you were a teenager. It’s refreshing to see that some people are keeping the DIY show posters alive and still having fun with it. Makes me want to start a band, make my own flyers and play in front of 200 of my closest friends in a smelly old basement.

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Danielle DeFoe

Danielle DeFoe
Danielle DeFoe, young photographer based in Los Angeles, adores mask fashion and semi awkward teens. I like the sometimes I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude in her photos. She also wrote us a nice postcard with the printed version of the image above which I scanned and is after the jump. It’s a great idea- the photo kind of says to me “I’m coming to get you, watch out you’re going to enjoy it”.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Mastodon – Deathbound

The talented folks at Adult Swim have teamed up with Mastadon to bring you a cute, cuddly, and sickly twisted music video for their single Deathbound that is chock  full of angry muppets causing chaos and destruction. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Clare Rojas At Gallery Nicolai Wallner

Gallery Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen recently opened a new solo exhibition by SF based Clare Rojas. From the press release: “Known for her illustrative paintings full of folk art imagery and rich storytelling, this latest body of work is contrastingly minimalist, geometric and abstract.” The show is on view through May 18th 2013.(via)

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Miguel Vallinas Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals

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Interested in the idea of anthropomorphism, Madrid-based photographer Miguel Vallinas retouched animal photographs and made it appear as though they were wearing human clothes.  Though an initial reaction may be to dismiss Vallinas’ images as something of a cliché, the richness of the photographs combined with the humor have a charm to them that is alluring and endearing.  Segundas Pieles (Secon Skins), is an ongoing project that explores notions beyond anthropomorphism.  In fact, Vallinas’ photographs seem to accurately investigate concepts such as psychology, stereotyping and personality.  The images of the primly dressed swan, or the melancholy donkey portray emotion and narrative beyond simple humor.

Attempting to depict the way he imagined different animals would dress if they had the ability to, Vallinas plays off our preconceived ideas of what our clothing choices signify and what we may, even subconsciously, believe about certain animals, certain people and ourselves.   (via Colossal and dailymail)

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Palatine- Trippy skulls

I don’t know why but after watching this video by Datdatdat I feel weird inside. There’s something about skulls getting wrapped in fabric that creeps me out.

Speaking of skulls check out our diamond skull shirt and our Skull pendant collaboration with Steven Shein. Somehow it’s all connected… creepy!

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10 Street Art Images You Need To See

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This week’s images bring us surprising works of beauty, detail, and wit.  Sam3 brings a silhouette mural with an innovate use of the fence posts (I’m guessing located in rural Spain) – the piece references the expulsion of the Moors from the Ricote valley in the 16th century.  We also have a giant new mural in Poland from Sainer of the ETAM crew. Alexis Diaz also give a new mural, an elephant/octopus creature a week in the making comprised of thousands of detailed brushstrokes.  Stenciler DS smartly rebuffs the buffer – after one of his stencils was painted over DS replaces it with a portrait of the “remover man”.  David de la Mano‘s is a poetic and carefully detailed mandala-esque piece.  Ludo expounds on his theme of contrasting technology and nature with an impressive tulip-rifle mural.  Nychos new piece in San Francisco finds a tiger literally jumping out of its skin.  Finally, we have an awesome collaboration between artists POSE and Revok that followed their dual exhibit at the Jonathan Levine Gallery.

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Vintage Portraiture Without An App

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Kathryn Mayo and Doug Winter, a husband and wife photography team based in Sacramento, collaborate with their models to create vintage portraits, seemingly of the past, using the traditional wet plate collodion process. This type of photography was born in the 1850s, but soon faded from the foreground, due to the proliferation of more practical, less time consuming processes involving dry gelatin emulsion.

However, in today’s fast-paced iPhone app culture, where formatting is clean, easy, and instantaneous, ironically, the slow painstaking process is exactly what this artistic pair prefer about collodion. Mayo elaborates, “Each image takes about 15-20 minutes to complete from focusing the camera, coating and sensitizing the plate, exposing, and processing. So, models need to have patience as not each image comes out perfect, and it takes a few to get one we like–sometimes, there are times when the chemistry isn’t working up to par and we don’t get anything at all.” Regardless of outcome, their passion is not just about product, but discovery and investigation. Mayo continues, “I love the idea of using a process steeped in history and with the ghosts of photographers who have come before me.  It is a process that is wholly addicting.”

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