Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Tony Viramontes
In the first issue of SUPER NASTY we pronounced our love for fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes, who retrained the audience’s eye to appreciate the things we usually take for granted in design: the line down a back instead of the ruffles on a sleeve, say, or the perfection of light glinting off a curling tendril of hair. In his 33 years before he died in 1988, he never went for the obvious, drawing at drastic angles, and highlighting the strength in women and the sensuousness in men. He noted how couture and pop each influenced the other, and so worked with the best of both worlds in clientele, including the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Paloma Picasso, Duran Duran, Donna Summer, and Janet Jackson. With electric lines and smoldering smudges, his work implied motion, fast-paced and edgy, a sort of high energy meets dark lounge mystery in iconic contrast.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Bella’s Watercolor Wonderland
We first caught a glimpse of Bella Harris‘s illustrations through a prism on Tumblr and immediately reblogged, so you can imagine how stoked we were to find out that it was inspired by Nasty Gal. Until two years ago, the self-taught artist hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since realizing turpentine wasn’t her grandmother’s Chanel N°5 as a kid. Since then, her work has been featured by the likes of Nylon and Elle Spain and is currently working on an amazing series of watercolors inspired by fashion bloggers. Her next goal? “I’m still hoping to have an illustration grace one of Jeffrey Campbell’s coveted shoe boxes.” Jeffrey, are you listening?
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Tauba Auerbach’s Digital World
With paintings of dizzying static, pixels and graphic type, Tauba Auerbach masterfully fuses the analog and digital worlds. The stunning San Francisco artist already has an impressive list of exhibitions under her belt (including a current stint at MoMA), and it’s safe to say that she’s just warming up. While we wait for her next stroke of genius, here are some of Tauba’s works that regularly grace our desktop background.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: GIF Love
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Artsy Fartsy: Take A Spin
Lately we’ve been embracing the hues of the color wheel in more ways than one. Spin art was one of our favorite pastimes as kids, and we’re still pretty obsessed with these crazy paint-splattered masterpieces. Whether hung on the wall or swirled onto a dress, we’re definitely overdue for a spin art sesh.
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Bundy Cutout Dress
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Monterey Tie Dye Tank
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