Chad Kouri always dreamed of being a designer, and he took the first major step towards making that dream a reality with a freelance gig at the age of sixteen. Ten years later, he has become what some refer to as a cultural engineer. A founding member of the Chicago-based art and design incubator, The Post Family, previous Art Director of Proximity Magazine and recognition as one of Chicago’s Newcity Breakout Artists of 2010 are only a few of his numerous accomplishments. Kouri has been involved with more than thirty different projects over the last two years, and shows no signs of slowing down. For many, there is still a huge chasm between the worlds of design and fine arts, but this distinction is of no interest to Chad Kouri. Un-phased, he continues to breakdown the walls attempting to separate the two industries. A recent collaboration with artists Stephen Eichhorn and Cody Hudson at the Patty and Rusty Rueff Gallery marks his first foray into exhibiting at an institutional level, but with an upcoming solo show at the Rochester Museum of Fine Art slated for the winter of 2012 it will obviously not be his last. Kouri describes his practice as having, “equal interests in conceptual art, consumer culture, typography, design, jazz and the gray areas between these fields, my body of work is more a collection of various ongoing projects, thoughts and experiments tied together by a strong sense of composition, concise documentation and an overall vibe of optimism than a seamless display of a style or genre.” I am excited to watch this process evolve, and I wish him good luck for the future – but somehow I don’t think he’ll need it.
Whoever said that the early bird gets the worm clearly did not know about the Beautiful/Decay online shop. So here we are, in the last fleeting days of 2010, announcing our newly released apparel for all you holiday procrastinators out there! What better way to bring in the new year than by joining the infamous cult of decay. We all know that fashion is a game of staying ahead, so why not update that decrepit looking closet of yours with a little bit of excitement.
And just to further reward all you late birds out there, we are now, through January 5th, 2011,offering free standard ground shipping on all orders to the Beautiful/Decay shop! Just use the discount code SECRETSHIP during checkout to save yourself some cash and worms for the holidays.
Pictures and descriptions of all the new styles after the jump!
Woohoo! The press keeps rolling in for our Spring 2010 line! This week has seen a number of other excellent reviews, including a mention by TWBE that Ben Tegel’s t-shirt, “Greetings from LA” above, looked as “if Paris Hilton turned into Heidi Montag.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate. Other great reviews from Spanky Stokes & Addicteed. Thanks guys, for the blog love!
Beautiful/Decay is ringing in spring with our latest selection of art-based T-shirts. This season’s roster of artists include Ben Tegel, Jiro Bevis, YAIAGIFT, Steve Bonner & Ryan Riss. Playful re-works of iconic pop cultural references, sleek design, and humorous, hand-drawn graphics all collide within our latest collection.
The Spring 2010 Lookbook was shot on the Beautiful/Decay headquarters’ very own rooftop, and in the surrounding Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sleigh-bells ringing, snow falling softly….and a brand new season of Holiday Apparel from Beautiful/Decay! We are proud to unleash a brand new collection of 11 designs just in time for the holidays, including stand-out graphics by artists Rob Shields, Sentimental Soycheese, Kyle Thomas, Pablo Alfieri, Vladimir Sengotskiy, Sylvain Bousseton and Ben Thomas.
Get a head-start on your holiday shopping- buy Beautiful/Decay designs at the online shop and the designs after the jump!
Beautiful/Decay just released seven new designs just in time for Fall! Artists Colin Strandberg, The SickSystems, Ben Tegel, Jessica Hische and Official Classic created some stand-out graphics you have to see to believe!
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.
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!
Another day spent working on the next season of the B/D Apparel Line. We’ll be releasing our fall line in less than two weeks and will follow up in November with our Holiday line. As you can see we make a list and check it twice. Here are some highlights from today…