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BulleticaBulletica (Bullets + Helvetica) is a free download typeface created by Lucid Mind Designs. Basically it’s Helvetica created from illustrated .22 bullets. It will not be an image font right away, currently it is just a set images including A-Z, 0-9, and some punctuation marks. check it out.

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Denis Darzacq, obv. fluent in French.

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Life becomes very difficult for me when I do not understand more than several words in French, and these awesome artists and photographers refuse to give me any information in anything other than French, but what the hell, I’ll try my best to feature them regardless, and their work speaks clearly (yay for VISUALS!). He has a series called “Hyper” that some of you may have seen, with the same content but in grocery stores. These photos here are from a series entitled “La Chute” (not too hard to translate) from Denis Darzacq. I’m suckered into their trickery because they remind me of my lucid dreaming capabilities when I could fly every night… “La Chute” is what a whole episode of Heroes should have looked like when the Petrellis discovered they could fly. Seriously, they didn’t need any practice? Ugh, television.

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Patrick Tsai’s Modern Times In China

Ever see something bizarre during your daily routine? It may make you laugh, cry, or make you scratch your head. Later in the day you try to tell friends about what you saw but somehow something gets lost in the translation.  Patrick Tsai’s Modern Times series manages to capture those very moments for all of us to enjoy.

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A Day In Decay: 1994-1997

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1994-1997 were significant years in my life. I was stuck in the suburbs rotting away at a high school where nothing of interest ever happened. I spent my weekends riding the metro into D.C. to paint graffiti, go to hardcore shows, skateboard and generally cause mischief. (Remember that the internet was in its early stages, so finding a cool magazine that covered my interests was a rare feat.) 12 oz. Prophet was one of my main sources of inspiration. Primarily covering graffiti and what would eventually be called “street art,” 12 oz. was ahead of the curve. 12 oz. is still around, so if you need a graffiti fix check out their site. The issue pictured above featured a great interview with Twist (Barry Mcgee). Only a few of you know about this, but the name “Beautiful/Decay” actually comes from the last question in the interview: “Raven – You’re really into shit that’s all rundown and decaying, huh?” And Twist responded: “I love stuff that’s rundown, rusted, beautiful decay, a state of decay.” I didn’t start B/D immediately after reading the interview, but the phrase “Beautiful Decay” stuck in my head for weeks. Finally, after reading several ‘zines at shows and trying to find something meaningful to do with my time I decided to put the phrase to good use and start our humble lil ‘zine.

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Han Xiao’s Portraits Have Garbled Faces

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Han Xiao‘s portraits show people with garbled faces, expressing themselves with thick swirls of paint instead of a pleading frown. Citing Francis Bacon as a major influence, she channels her inspiration through the tangled emotions and shocks of color in her paintings.
“The major themes I pursue include life, conflict, confrontation of odd shapes in the social environment, and the contradiction behind the reality,” Xiao says. The contradiction she seeks to portray seems to come from within her subjects, their identities marred by some kind of disconnect between their inner and outer selves.
Xiao’s work has been described as having “a kind of loneliness and faint anxiety,” but the sense of violent desperation is offset by the fact that these people seem to want to be heard. The brushstrokes are frenetic and intense, but they are also trying to communicate something — ultimately, they are trying to connect. (via I Need a Guide)

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Shintaro Ohata’s Paintings That Are Also Sculptures

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Shintaro Ohata’s painting slash sculptures are beautifully finished glimpses into another world.  The artist, born in Hiroshima, Japan, creates paintings that are accompanied by three-dimensional sculpture.  Both the painting and the sculpture are so perfectly rendered that they seamlessly intermingle with one another.  Ohanta’s painting abilities incorporate light, mood and subject impeccably.  The effect is a snapshot out of a narrative where each figure is the heroine of her own story.  A girl perched on a ledge blowing bubbles, the girl dancing through a nighttime urban scene, or my favorite, the girl walking amongst puddles that reflect the sky, looking up, which happens to be out at the viewer; each of these scenes has a unique story that feels very sweet, compelling and endearing.

There is a theme of solitude to Ohanta’s work.  His subjects, usually young girls, are generally depicted alone, or in such a way that they seem alone, often in urban environments where there should be other people around.  The paintings, however, are not lonely.  Rather the subjects feel like they are lost in their own world, seeing, thinking and feeling things that we as viewers can only conjecture about.

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The Stairs of the Life of a Woman

Depressing / really hilarious animation by Angelo Plessas. You’re never really exempt from death taking the form of lightning no matter how old you are. So, fellow women, beware. Personally, I don’t even wanted to reach some of these stages. It’s nice to know though, that the highest step and maybe moral achievement is becoming a grandmother (GILF?).

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