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Attention UK Artists & Designers- Fresh Blood Hunt Art Competition

Calling all UK based designers, illustrators, and creative minds: Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to bring you the bloodiest, goriest, most epic art competition, Fresh Blood Hunt. Fresh Blood Hunt is a rare opportunity for UK-based creatives- lend your skills to design an art piece inspired by the upcoming Tim Burton film Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter!

The contest winner will have their artwork turned into a mural, painted by the talented Jim Rockwell AND win a BRAND NEW 17″ MACBOOK PRO and ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 6! That’s one  “suite” prize! The chosen artist can join Jim Rockwell in London while he’s painting the mural and the whole event will be captured in a time-lapse video.

So get to it, Cult members across the pond, enter the Fresh Blood Hunt Art Competition and show the world that Britain’s got horror movie illustration skills!

 

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Director Liza Mandelup’s Video Series Questions Perceptions Of Singular Beauty

 

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In her series, Real American Beauty, photographer and filmmaker Liza Mandelup invites us to follow her on a challenge to define the word Beauty. Throughout the series, we travel with Mandelup to different regions of the country where she exposes each place for its own unique glamor.

The first episode takes us to Mr @ Ms Hair Studio in South Central, LA. Here we meet a group of women who speak about their time spent getting dolled up as therapeutic revival. The second episode brings us to a prom focused suburb in Long Island, New York. There we meet a town of mothers obsessed with their daughters’ ability to fit in.  In the third, most recent episode, we are introduced to a boxing community of young Cuban men in Miami, FL. The members yearn to look tough and to stand out (and believe they can do so with the perfect hair cut).

Through her short documentary series, Mandelup stimulates us to question if there is such thing as a singular beauty. Her work hints that the notion of beauty is in no way universal. Her series conveys to us that, possibly, our perceptions of beauty are ingrained in us no differently than our senses of right and wrong. Maybe our aesthetic prerogatives are just as complicated as any other set of ideologies. Here we see that the concept of style is just as vastly extensive as identity itself. Perhaps Liza Mandelup is showing us that the word “beauty” has itself become obsolete.

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Calcuator collector

657_1229729768 is a Japanese website that collects an assortment of random stuff. Like this adorable 1976 Texas Instrument one called ‘Little Professor’. It makes me want to think numbers are cute.

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Jules Julien

Jules Julien’s portfolio is full of beautifully rendered digital illustrations, playful typography, and a couple mural and poster campaigns for good measure.

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Julian Goldstein

Gorgeous gorgeous photography by Julian Goldstein that makes my feet itch for travel. Julian emphasizes the mystique of “unaltered subjects and settings while embracing their natural appeal” with these tiny glimpses of eastcoast idioms.

 

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Become A Beautiful/Decay Contributor!

Attention Cult Of Decay! Do you know thousands of artists and designers who need to get some well deserve exposure? Do love writing about art and want an outlet? Do you want over a million monthly readers from around the world  reading and hanging on your every word? Do you want to join Beautiful/Decay in our quest for all things groundbreaking and creative? If so then send a few short writing samples or links as well as a cover letter about why you want to join the Beautiful/Decay blog contributor team to contactbd(at)beautifuldecay.com.

We are looking for smart writers and contributors in all corners of the globe who have their hands on the pulse of the contemporary art world and want to join our independent group of writers, critics, and art enthusiasts. Writers must be able to commit to a minimum of two or more articles per week. These positions are unfortunately unpaid but hey who needs money when you have the power of influence and press?

 

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Bushwick Schlacht

Picture 002If painting is your thing, there’s a very good pop-up group show up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  It’s only up for two days.  Hung from floor-to-ceiling, the paintings disperse across the space in the configuration of an explosion.  A bunch of artists who’ve been featured on B/D are in it: Tom Sanford, Jeremy Willis, Eddie Martinez, Aaron Johnson, and Eric Yahnker.  There’s a huge list of people in the show.

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Cats Posing Like Pin-Up Girls

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If you feature cats, they will come. That’s what Australian marketing executive, Rach Aslett discovered when she created the Tumblr titled Cats That Look Like Pin Up Girls. The original intention was to promote a Hurly Burly, a new rockabilly fashion shop, but transcended into viral popularity because of the amusing fact that cuddly cats were paired alongside busty vintage pinups.

Based on the signature on the works, some of the illustrations seen here by the legendary artist Gil Elvgren, who produced these iconic works between the 1930’s and early 1970’s. They represent a facet commercial art that was popular during this time, and one that set a standard for pin up girl illustrations today.Of course, when combined with the pictures of cats, it takes them from serious-yet-cheeky art to something that’s just silly. The ridiculous poses of a kitten or hairless feline undermine the sexiness that these would have been otherwise. While this Tumblr is not fine art, it’s no doubt amusing to look at.(Via Spiceytec)

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