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Our intern Greg found this gem of a hip-hop video on Uproxx.com today. No this isn’t our attempt to expand the Beautiful/Decay audience and no we’re not quitting our day jobs to pursue our hip-hop dreams. After some digging we’ve confirmed that the rapper Skyzoo has in fact heard of our Brand and that the song title is referencing Beautiful/Decay. Thanks for the song Skyzoo! We’ve been waiting for a theme song.

Come to think of it this isn’t the first time a song has been named after Beautiful/Decay. Washington D.C. based metal shredders Darkest Hour also has a song called How The Beautiful/Decay. You may think this is a sheer coincidence but rest assured it’s not. I went to high school with two of the starting members of Darkest Hour and even designed their first EP. The “design” of the EP makes me cringe with embarrassment but hey I made it in our high school computer lab when i was 15!

Now that we’ve concurred the hip-hop and metal worlds I only have one dream… To have The Jonas Brothers sing a lil diddy called “Ode To The Beautiful/Decay!”

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B/D Apparel Shirt of the Month

Beautiful/Decay Apparel August Shirt of the Month: Pharaoh

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!

Visit the online shop to purchase “Pharaoh.”

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

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B/D Apparel Shirt of the Month

Beautiful/Decay Apparel August Shirt of the Month: Pharaoh

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!

Visit the online shop to purchase “Pharaoh.”

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

Past Shirt of The Months after the Jump!

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Hot Rotor Magazine

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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.

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Marilyn Minter

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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.

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Yusaku Kamekura

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.

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BCF No. 6: Mas Entradas!

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Big City Forum and Evil Monito present Mas Entradas, an event featuring Gary GarayShizu Saldamando, and Josh Kun, that plans to focus on cultural identity and cultural crossover. Saldamando’s painting and drawing series and Garay’s mixed media and DJ projects will be featured in this event which will be held at the Evil Monito Headquarters on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 from 8-10PM.  Both Garay and Saldamando had their work included in the 2008 exhibition at LACMA called Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement.

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Giveaway: Trashed Bag = New Bag!

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.

Submit photos to: [email protected]

Title Subject of Email: Trashed Bag= New Bag

Contest Deadline: Friday August 14th, 1pm PST

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