Beautiful Decay has a crazy new redesign up, which definitely bucks the current trend of simple is best. Probably inspired by the cover of their current issue, entitled ‘The Hyper Spectrum’, the site uses the brightest of colors and an intense patterned background as well. It reminds me a little of Paper Rad’s style, who most people would know from the artwork on the new M.I.A. album.
All in all though it’s a nice change of pace from a lot of other things on the web, and they still have a great daily feed of stuff to check out, and probably the best online t-shirt shop around.
Starting this coming Friday, September 28th, Coudal Partners will be proudly presenting the return of Layer Tennis! For those who aren’t sure, Layer Tennis is similar to tennis, but instead of rackets and balls you get Photoshop, Flash and any other creative medium of your choice. Given 15 minutes to complete a “volley”, you add to, twist, warp, and completely change an image in any way you want. That image is then passed to the other player who does the very same, but tries to one up you as well. Each round lasts for ten volleys, and when it’s all done, the site visitors get to vote on who won.
I’m really excited for this to start up again, these can be so much fun. I’m most looking forward to the third week of competitions, which take place on October 12th. The match features Chuck Anderson of No Pattem versus Steven Harrington, with commentary by the great Jason Kottke. This should be really interesting because of how different their respective styles are. Chuck Anderson is all about the multi-colored gradients and light trails, while Steven Harrington likes line drawings and half-tones.
I’m really biting my tongue a lot on this match-up, so I’m just going to say that I hope that Steven Harrington knocks the lens flares outta’ Chuck Anderson. But I’m also really hoping that they create something really bad ass together.
I believe that if you live in Los Angeles, you have to be pretty damn crazy to ride your bike around town. Most of the time there are no bike lanes at all, and the idea of riding between parked and moving cars doesn’t sound appealing to me in the slightest. But I do like the idea of an art show featuring bicycles with a retro feel, and graced with artwork and designs by some of the best artists around.
The Bike Show is taking place at the HVW8 Gallery on September 29th, from 7-10PM. The bikes themselves were designed by Tobias Adolfsson, who is a Swedish designer who wanted to create something that was well-designed, but still affordable and relatively low maintenance. The artists chosen to design the bikes are Swedish designer Parra, Ego Trip collective member Brent Rollins, my favorite designer in the world, Geoff McFetridge, jack-of-all-trades Willo Perron, HVW8 founder Tyler Gibney, photographer Adrian Nyman, and awesome illustrator, Grotesk. This should be a lot of fun! I’m definitely going and bringing my camera!
He also has a bunch of random photos of patterns, photos of new work, and other random items. Definitely something to check out. Also be sure to check out some of the other bloggers at 12oz as well, such as Cody Hudson, Grotesk, Todd James, and Krink.
Earlier today, photos were released of KAWS newest vinyl figure, a mash up between his classic Companion figure, and the most bad ass villain ever, Darth Vader. As is usually how it goes, the figure is being released in super limited numbers. Except that this time around you have to be entered into a lottery, and you can only purchase one of these if you are picked. So basically, don’t expect this to show up in your favorite online vinyl store.
The toy is going to be released on September 29th, and you can only get it at the Original Fake store in Japan.
Geoff McFetridge has created an animated commercial for their Intel’s new ‘Smaller is a Big Thing’ campaign, and it’s pretty damn cute. The commercial talks about how transistors and processors work, and because they’re getting smaller, it’s a good thing for everyone. Geoff’s art looks pretty good as well, though I’m not sure about those animals, they’re kinda’ weird looking. But the scientist/professor is definitely cool looking.
Geoff McFetridge needs his own cartoon on Nickelodeon! You could have Yo Gabba Gabba! and then Geoff’s awesome looking cartoon that would have yetis and teddy bears and a lot of repeating patterns!
I know for a fact, the next time I’m in New York, I’m going to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. They sell all sorts of awesome (read: fake) superhero related things like invisibility dust, and capes, and all sorts of great things for your inner child (read: nerd). It’s really too bad they don’t have more pictures of the things they sell and their signage.
I have friend who has a slight obsession with trompe-l’Å“il, so I immediately thought of him when I saw this. The Sartorialist took this picture in Manhattan while he was shooting for Vogue Homme International. I think the photo is hysterical, and his framing of it is so great because it almost looks real!
Turns out the t-shirt is made by Paul Frank, which is called the Baby On Board Tee, haha. It’s only $24 over at Fred Flare!