THE CREEPY AND FUNKY ILLUSTRATIONS OF Robert Beatty

Kentucky-based Robert Beatty broke out with his cover design, and interior contributions, for the 8th installment of the esteemed Kramers Ergot comics anthology. And this foray was furthered with his recent sequential contribution to Space Face Book’s Rat Hex. His work is surreal. It’s funky. It’s creepy, and strangely erotic at times. It is often rendered with a soft fuzz and a hard edge, which is present in his most distinct work. It fits perfectly into the fields of poster and album design, and looks like a strange relative of the classic Fillmore posters. He also makes music, twittles, and flicks. Watch out.

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Overunder Wheatpastes Graffiti Or Does he Graffiti Wheatpastes?

At first glance I thought these clever byomorphic and hybrid characters by Overunder were painted directly on the wall but upon closer inspection I realized that these pieces were painted in the artists studio with spray paint on paper and then cut out as giant posters. Although this isn’t a completely unique idea Overunder does a great job of creating a Trompe-l’œil effect with this technique giving his pieces a spontaneous feel while still being labored over and well planned in the comfort of his studio. I’ve posted some images of his work in a gallery setting after the jump so you can see how they are cut.

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Travis Stearns

Graphic Designer, Travis Stearn, is sporting a really nice portfolio of poster design work. I’m loving the kind of messed-up, digi-punk, aesthetic to his work. As platforms for creating digital artwork become more and more accessible, it is interesting to see how the aesthetics of “DIY” have potentially evolved from scissors-and-glue to photoshop-and-MSpaint. Check out a compilation of our favorites after the jump! Read More >


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B/D Posters: Six New Artist Prints!

Beautiful/Decay is proud to release 6 brand new prints from our poster series. You have to see these to believe the beautiful printing quality! Every poster is immaculately printed on super thick, heavy weight museum quality paper. The new prints, “Kersplat,” “Meltdown,” “Music in Your Head,” “Chomp,” “Body Parts,” and “Mushroom Cloud,” all feature an eclectic mix of bold graphics inspired by underground comics, skateboarding, and punk aesthetics. Stare at them for too long and your head might explode. Buy them now at the B/D shop!
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Jon Smith’s Poster Filled World

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I love me a well designed show poster or flyers so stumbling onto the Portfolio of Jon Smith was a nice surprise. I first saw Jon’s work at the Renegade Craft Fair in SF and have visited his site several times to check out what he’s been up to. The color’s in these posters are strong and the typography is solid as a rock so check out Jon’s site, read his rant filled blog posts, and pick up a poster or two.

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Jen Mussari

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Jen Mussari is a Pennsylvania native fine artist, illustrator, typographer, and maker of DIY handmade art. She is now at MICA in Baltimore working on her BFA. Check out her new series of hand printed poster series called Very Important Posters, which are a combination of  hand-drawn typography and minimal illustration to communicate varied messages.  These messages range from critical to welcoming, comical to concerned.  You can collect all eight on her ETSY store!

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