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Parra

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Dutch illustrator/designer Parra has done some seriously cool work. His posters, which he plasters throughout Amsterdam, are apparently highly sought after, as are his limited edition Nikes, shirts, skateboards…you name it, Parra has done an illustration for it. His style is very 1970s, with a hint of sleaze.

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Internet Archaeology

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Founded by artist Ryder Ripps, Internet Archaeology is a project that “seeks to explore, recover, archive and showcase the graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture.” It’s essentially a repository of imagery from old Geocities and Angelfire sites, including a full few mirrors of some old homepages. This is an important service because, as their mission statement points out, Yahoo will be taking down Geocities in October 2009. I miss the pre-Web 2.0 internet!

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Buket

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Yesterday Los Angeles tagger Buket, aka 26-year old SJSU grad Cyrus Yazdani, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of felony vandalism while on probation for 32 prior vandalism charges. Buket is apparently known for daredevil stunts, some of which have popped up in brazen, bravado-filled YouTube clips. One of these clips, which depicts Buket climbing onto a Hollywood Freeway overpass and tagging it in the middle of the day, is embedded in this post after the jump. While this particular stunt is clearly very dangerous to not only Buket but the drivers who were distracted by him, do the severity of his crimes justify the four year sentence?

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Tue Greenfort’s Bio-Works

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Tue Greenfort is a Swedish artist who questions the changing nature of….nature. Sort of the timeless question of the human within this strange biosphere-sphere we call earth. I like the above piece, “enclosed biosphere” for its simplicity- reminds me of the mosquito-attracting never-clean the fishbowl “experiments” I did as a kid, much to the chagrin of my parents. I really love the “bio-morphic sausage” strata encased in glass, after the jump- sort of a delicious Physical ¬†Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living riff? Anyways, be sure to check out the link, many of his works kind of require deeper explanation as far as exactly what’s going on (yellow tape sweetened with sugar water that leads armies of ants through a museum, a Coca-Cola condensation cube, a contraption that uses frozen fruit juice to cool water brought up from the point from the gallery’s infrastructure where it enters…..)

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Beautiful/Decay Book 2 Preview!

Preview of the front cover along with the flap that folds inside designed by master of bits, Julien Ducourthial.

Preview of the Book 2 front cover along with the flap that folds inside. Designed by master of bits, Julien Ducourthial.


The second edition of Beautiful/Decay has just been sent to press last week! The theme is “What A Mess!” and plays with the idea of “messyness” in all sorts of mediums and in my humble opinion, features some of my personal favorite artists to date (pssst, be sure to subscribe and reserve your copy because they’re sure to run out fast). We went back to the basics of art making (highly refined practice of hot glue-gunning pom-poms and popsicle sticks, you know, the stuff you learned in kindergarten) to create some essential elements in the layout design. Then from there we started exploring the faded and slightly warped visual language of scanned print outs to create the feeling of an artist’s studio or workspace. You’ll see a couple different examples as to what that means exactly in the spreads I’m giving you a sneak peak on. See the craziness after the jump!

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B/D Apparel Shirt of the Month

B/D Apparel Shirt of the Month Wizard Tattoo by Kyle Thomas
September’s shirt of the month just head-banged its way into our online shop! This graphic features an ominously mystical magician casting smokey-sorcery of battle axes, panthers, horses of the apocalypse and more. The color way is an off white ink on a black shirt body. Perfect black-metal scheme for shredder shows, Sabbath-listening, and seances alike! Only 30 of these super-soft shirts made! Conjured into being by the one and only Kyle Thomas, who hand-drew each and every cover of Book 1.

Visit the online shop to purchase “Wizard Tattoo.”

About the Shirt of the Month
-Available exclusively on Beautiful/Decay online shop
-Unique color way printed in limited runs
-Available in advance before the season ships to retailers
-33% discount off retail price, at just $19.95 a shirt

Check out more tees that have been featured as Shirt of the Month after the jump!

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Judy Fox’s Tromp L’oeils

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Judy Fox creates these bizarre, and stunning life-like sculptures that re-create figures from ancient world mythology and historical depictions. Isolated from their typically mystical surroundings, they become somehow both more and less magical, if that is possible. What amazes me most about them is that Fox creates these entirely out of terra cotta(!)- sort of a fitting material, used to depict Osiris from Egypt, legions of warriors at Qin Shi Huang, Indian gods and goddesses- you get the idea. There is something universally biblical in their man-fashioned-from-clay likenesses…oh and then they are painted over in oils! Some process shots as well for the sculpture of a Satyr above below the jump- all kind of looking like relics from Indiana Jones.

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Happy Lovers Town

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HAPPY LOVERS TOWN is the portfolio of Italian designer and illustrator Jonathan Calugi. I love his character design and intensely adorable patterns. I profess that Illustrator is not my strong point so I find it especially amazing when people have a special knack at wrangling smooth vectors.

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