Friday, April 25, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Jo Ratcliffe
If you swiped up an issue of SUPER NASTY mag last year, you might remember that we chatted up London-based illustrator/art director/animator Jo Ratcliffe, but so much has happened since then. Admittingly, we’re most excited about her work being featured in Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s new book, #GIRLBOSS. In it, Jo transforms Sophia’s rules of being a #GIRLBOSS into killer pieces of art, which are equally inspirational as they are awe-inspiring. Jo is quite the #GIRLBOSS of her own, though—her clients have included everyone from Louis Vuitton to Kenzo to Katy Perry, just to name (a very select!) few. So, we caught up with Jo to find out what she’s been working on since we last chatted, and get the lowdown on what inspires all her on-point illustrations.
(Photo by Ben Toms)
Monday, April 7, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Yasi Salek’s Take On The ‘Push It’ Exhibition
I know as much about art as my 61-year-old Persian mother knows about Young Thug, which is basically nothing. I took one art history class in college, and I used flash cards with weird acronyms to remember the painters and wrote my entire essay about the way the particular piece of art (I think it was a Degas ballerina or something?) made me feel FEELINGS. That being said, that’s pretty much the way I still look at all art—using an emotional litmus test (with a heavy dose of levity). So, over the weekend I got to see a very awesome group show curated (just so you know “curated” is the worst word in the English language but “put together” didn’t sound ART enough) by Melissa McCaig-Welles that features 21 New York and California-based female artists who focus on confrontational works that mix fine art with a street aesthetic. “Push It” opened on Thursday at ArtNow in New York City, so I went to it and then wrote how I felt about it.
(Photos by Andrew Tyson)
Friday, March 28, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Luca Mainini
It’s impossible not to be mesmerized by Luca Mainini’s artwork. One look at his website, and you’ll understand why some of the biggest fashion industry players (think: Anna Dello Russo, Givenchy, and Moschino) have commissioned him to create one-of-kind collages. We just had to get a piece of the action (literally), so we asked him to create some hypnotic GIFs featuring our Nasty Gal Collection Spring 2014 and, of course, get to know the man behind the killer artwork.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Illustrator Seitaro Ito
Ever since we visited Japan, we’ve been obsessed with all things Tokyo. Thanks to some friends we met along the way (and serious internet stalking), we discovered illustrator Seitaro Ito—who created the iconic ’60s bombshell character Foxy—and knew we had to find out more about him. As it turns out, he’s BFFs with our go-to kawaii artist Esther Kim! The two met through mutual friends, and Seitaro said, “I was so happy when she said she liked my drawings because I also adore and respect her.” So, we thought we’d do the cutest thing possible: let them interview each other. Check out Esther’s Q&A with Seitaro below—and peep his killer Nasty Gal illustrations along the way.
Friday, March 7, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Galore Mag
If you live in New York City, you’ve heard about Galore. The ’90s-inspired quarterly mag, launched in 2012 by Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat, perfectly mixes powerful women and sex appeal for a downtown-girl-meets-vixen-bombshell visual aesthetic that stands out amongst the typical newsstand crowd. But Galore isn’t just a magazine–it’s a media company that hosts events, produces short films and creates daily content for their site. In celebration of our killer Nasty Gal x Galore party last night, we thought it would be the perfect time to hit up these EICs and hear more about our favorite mag of the moment.