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Cocaine Cowboys & Cocaine Cowboys 2

This is a two part documentary post. If you intrigued by lady gangsters, drugs, and Miami Vice these are the documentaries for you…

The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world’s most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia’s Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami’s tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city “Paradise Lost.” With COCAINE COWBOYS, filmmaker Billy Corben – whose first feature Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent, caused a sensation at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival – paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth, evidenced by the latest manifestation, NBC/Universal’s Miami Vice, opening July 28th. Composer of the original “Miami Vice” theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.

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INSA – Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

Protein presents a major new London installation and exhibition by INSA, in association with IAM1 and Nike Sportswear.

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Chester Gould

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In late 1978, an exhibition of cartoonist Chester Gould‘s (d. 1985) art for his strip, Dick Tracy, was held at the Museum of Cartoon Art (now defunct) in Port Chester, NY. In the catalog published to coincide with the show, there is a massive appendix of 200 characters Gould created for the strip over the years. Now I’ve never read Dick Tracy as it was a bit before my time, but I had absolutely no idea it was so weird. The characters have bizarre appearances and names like Flattop, Nothing, and Vitamin Flintheart. Matt Masterson, the man who put the appendix together, says:

When I asked Chet Gould where he got the names for some of his characters, he told me he used to ride the train from his home in Woodstock, Illinois to his studio in Chicago and sketch various people he observed on the train. He would exaggerate upon certain features or characteristics. The name would follow, with he one exception being Flattop, whose name came from the popular aircraft carrier of World War II.

Some of my favorites are after the jump, but if you want to see the whole collection, click here.

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AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik is the mastermind behind these insanely colorful wood sculptures that seem to be part-alien, part-folk tale monster. For some reason, these creatures remind me of a demented “It’s A Small World”–like some of Seth Adelsberger’s work in 3D form.

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Funk Rumble Block Party–TOMORROW

Beautiful/Decay - Funk Rumble Block Party

Join Beautiful/Decay as we celebrate the 1st Annual Funk Rumble Block Party in LA’s own historic Chinatown. Get ready for THE block party of the summer!

Flock Shop & Spectrumega Media Present…
The Funk Rumble Block Party
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
12 pm – 10 pm
$5 before 4 pm, $8 after
Kids under 10 years old in free
All ages, fenced event
947 N. Broadway, LA 90012
Street & Lot parking available

More details after the jump!

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Funk Rumble Block Party!

Beautiful/Decay - Funk Rumble Block Party

Join Beautiful/Decay as we celebrate the 1st Annual Funk Rumble Block Party in LA’s own historic Chinatown. Get ready for THE block party of the summer!

Flock Shop & Spectrumega Media Present…
The Funk Rumble Block Party
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
12 pm – 10 pm
$5 before 4 pm, $8 after
Kids under 10 years old in free
All ages, fenced event
947 N. Broadway, LA 90012
Street & Lot parking available

More details after the jump!

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Diary Of A Madman…. Kyle Thomas

Three months ago we approached long time B/D contributor Kyle Thomas to hand draw every single copy (1,500 total) of Beautiful/Decay’s Book: 1. Much to our surprise, Kyle quickly agreed and simply said “Bring it on!”

Last night at 6pm, we received the shipment of books and Kyle began the monumental task of creating 1,500 distinct works of art. The video above documents his stream of conscious supernatural drawing style. He’s currently holed up in the Beautiful/Decay offices drawing non stop during the whole work day! Based on his current pace he will complete all the covers by Tuesday July 14th, which is also the cut off date to reserve your copy. So make sure to subscribe today to ensure you get a copy of this one of a kind book.

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The Sensual World & Kate Bush Fest @ Synchronicity Gallery

Synchronicity Space is pleased to present, “The Sensual World”, opening Saturday July 11th (tomorrow!) at 7pm at Synchronicity Gallery: a celebration of the life & work of Kate Bush curated by Joseph Gillette. For decades, Kate Bush has been considered an icon in music and art, constantly pushing boundaries and defying expectations. Unafraid to branch out experimentally, her music can be as grotesque as it is graceful, showing us that beauty is multi-faceted and mysterious. The selection of artists in this exhibition recreate the eclectic feel of her music, and explore the vivid setting she creates, aiming to bring the user into the Sensual World.

Running until July 25th, Saturday’s opening will kick-off the celebration with a reception for the artists at 7pm and a live musical tribute at 10pm. The next day, Sunday at 8pm: we will be screening of a film written, directed by, and starring Kate Bush along with special interviews, videos, and documentary footage.

Artists include:
Greg Carideo, Eric T. Carlson (who has a spread in our next book, preview here!), Ryan S. Carr, Allegra M. Denton, Katelyn Reece Farstad, Isa Newby Gagarin, Joseph Lunders, Nathan Meagher, Raychel Steinbach

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