I have a soft side for artists and designers who emerge from the punk rock/DIY scene. It’s probably because I grew up going to punk shows, making zines, and not fitting in with my own boring suburban surroundings . So when I opened my inbox and saw the work of Wasted Rita I immediately was drawn into her world of teen angst and brutal honesty. It reminded me of the same energy my friends and I had when we first started Beautiful/Decay. Thanks for keeping the dream alive Rita!
Freelance illustrator Sam Brester pulls humor into social commentary, and sometimes criticism with his work, which is cut even more effectively through his odd perspectives and quirky characters. His illustrations can be found accompanying many a newspaper article both in the states and abroad. His personal project Hand of Man Publishing should not be missed… particularly if you’re in the market to purchase, publish, or peruse some zines.
Since we last featured Charles Guthrie, he’s been a busy! He’s posted a slew of new work/explorations on his website, he’s been focused on independent publishings and, of course, pushing creative limits. This Richmond, VA local also has a blog on tubllr that he’d be pleased for you to check out.
Have you checked out this zine by Howie Tsui called “Of Shunga & Monsters” ? It’s a collection of Howie’s mixed media collages that he started working on during his residency at Islands Fold in the summer of 2007. chock full of bizarre, morphing, detailed drawings!
It’s printed in an edition of only 100 so make sure to pick up your own copy now!
Many of you might not know that–in addition to carrying a wide variety of t-shirts, hoodies, and prints–Beautiful/Decay also boasts an equally neat zine library, some of which include ABC Graffiti Zine #2, Hero Land #2, Unlovable #5 (Pick-N-Flick), No Fancy cover, T-REX COLORING BOOK vol. 1, and A Great Big Stillness.
DADDY V, (TEEN DADDY)
Continuing today’s incidental perversion theme: An Art Service is a graphic design and Art Direction Company located in New York City, working mostly with artists (hence the name) in publications, branding and identity, and web design. Their work for Daddy magazine (published by Peres Projects) includes a puzzle on the front cover as well SPECIAL TEEN STICKERS. I really like how it’s photographed on quintessential pedophile plaid. Mmm mm mm.
Flickr is a great home for internet rascals of the creative type. Cody Brant’s wonky but eye-catching collage art definitely fit the bill. The magic randomness of cutting and pasting then committing the arrangement to permanence with a glue stick!
I wanted to issue an apology for committing the ultimate blogging sin: mixing up two artists’ works (!!). So here is my attempt to correct my error.. the HARMLAND/CHARMGLAND post I made was actually composed of two Flickr accounts’ works: Hardland/Heartland and Portrait Painters. This post is about HL/HL, and the next will be Portrait Painters. Damn, the internet is a tricky business.
This description is taken straight from the horse’s mouth:
“Hardland/Heartland is an amorphous cluster of artists working to create an ongoing visual investigation of our own personal histories, cultural interactions and possible futures. Using intuition and collaboration, we have embraced multiple mediums and methods that allow us to present our findings, not as definite statements, but instead as a more pragmatic communication of ideas that can be built upon and developed over time. These results are pieced together to form a lexicon of personal symbolism that serves as an authentic record of our creative endeavors and interaction.”