With a visual aesthetic ranging from anime and manga, to the French art nouveau movement and traditional Japanese scroll art, Aya Kato transforms a common fairytale or love story into a passionate and vivid art piece.
With the design “Pharaoh,” Kato travels to the sphinx-riddled lands of ancient pyramids to create a royally bearded king transforming in swirling smoke into icons of Egyptian lore, from falcons to jackal heads and beyond. The 200 print run limited edition shirt is on a unique color way that will not be reprinted once sold out- so be sure to order today before it’s gone!
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
Here are some scans from the short lived Hot Rotor Magazine, which as far as I can tell was a promotional item issued by the turbine/rocket engine company Turbonique. The images, helpfully scanned by Jason Torchinsky, convey a playful sense of futurist optimism which was all too common in 1960s America, yet we can still clearly see that Turbonique’s vision of the future is very much steeped in 1960s industrial design and culture.
Born in 1948, New York based artist Marilyn Minter has been creating these sensual, borderline pornographic images since the 80s. Her process involves taking photographs of her subjects and then (usually) painting them on a huge scale using enamel paint on metal. Yet, as Emily Davidow says, “…the paintings feel more real than the gorgeous photographs that inspire them. Illuminating the moments when things fall apart, the paintings get more interesting as your gaze lingers on after that first arresting glance and you discover the imperfections. Hand feathered layers of enamel on metal render sweat, stubble, wrinkles and freckles lush, tactile and luminous.” The paintings are huge. I can only imagine what they look like in person.
Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design who was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture and art, and whose achievements helped to establish the reputation of Japanese graphic design internationally.
The symbol and poster designs for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were Kamekura’s best-known work. The Tokyo Olympic symbol is a powerful, concise design, while the posters capture the dynamism of athletes. The poster design also incorporated photos, marking the first time that a photograph was used in an Olympic poster. Other well-known poster designs include Hiroshima Appeals, a poetic image of falling, burning butterflies.
The submissions for our recent trashed bag = new bag trade out competition have been rolling in! There are some definite janky hole-ridden totes around, ladies. In case you haven’t heard, Beautiful/Decay and Moop are giving away one Market Bag, which features tons of pouches, d-rings for cell phones and keys, zipper pockets and more. All you have to do is send a photo of your wrecked purse (you can get creative and make one as well, like we did). Most horrifically un-stylish bag will get swapped out with a new one in any color of your choice, ’cause, we’ll probably feel sorry for you.
Kyle Thomas is wrapping up the last hundred or so covers. He’s taking his time with the last batch as we’ve had to have our loyal interns massage his hands back into working condition after the hundreds of hours that he’s already spent drawing each and every cover! If you didn’t subscribe make sure to do so as we have some more crazy ideas and schemes for the next issue that will blow you away. If you want one of these personalized copies visit our shop to get a copy before they sell out!
British artist Richard Galpin has developed a very specific method which he uses to create all of his work, going all the way back to 2001. He shoots photographs in cities and then takes a scalpel to them, stripping away pieces of the image until a new kind of image of urban space – a very futuristic urban space – emerges. So while he is imagining the future, we can still see the vestiges of the past.