Brittney Scott is Seriously Unserious

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L.A.-based digital artist Brittney Scott’s first show is an invitation onto her laptop desktop—just don’t take it too seriously. “I want to cancel it,” she says, sporting her famous top-bun as she sits on a windowsill in Bold L.A., the downtown gallery that’s housing her work (aptly titled My 1st IRL Art Show). “I think people are gonna think it’s really serious and it’s not that serious.” The simple, tongue-in-cheek, MS Paint-y portraits that Brittney (who goes by B6) has become known for are definitely lighthearted (she makes all of them in a “shitty app called ‘Paint’”), but we think some credit is due—especially when you consider that the girl is only 22 and she’s already gained props from artists like Diplo, A-trak, Major Lazer, and Jerome LOL for the portraits she’s made of them. And to think that it all started when she doodled a purple frownie-faced self-portrait to use as her Twitter avatar…

Before you stop by her show, which opens this Thursday, August 14th at 6 p.m., read the convo we had with her about the intimacy of a computer desktop, her Internet gang, and how sometimes parents just don’t understand.

Fash Gif

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Greta Larkins launched her now cult-beloved website FashGif in 2011 with an image she animated from the Prada Spring ’11 collection, but the very first GIF the Melbourne-based artist created didn’t involve fashion at all. “It was a photo of a friend holding a stick (ha ha I think he was pretending to be Gandalf or something)…I removed the stick from his hand and then had it float into frame.” After becoming enamored with GIFs and teaching herself how to create them via online tutorials, Greta merged her loves of fashion and her love of the moving image and started creating her “fash gifs” for fun. Over the past few years the stylish GIFs have become must-have internet accessories for some of the most stylish folks around, and Greta has been written up by the likes of Dazed Digital, Oyster Magazine, and Bullett Media, and collaborated with some pretty big names, including Calvin Klein, Converse, and Kenzo.

We asked the 29 year old to choose her all time favorite creations, and asked her about her dream FashGif collaborations.

#MEMYSELFIEANDI

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Our pal Esther Kim, the freakishly talented and exceptionally adorable illustrator who has done work for NYLON, Anna Sui, and Nasty Gal, amongst others, is having an art show this Friday and you’re invited! #MEMYSELFIEANDI features work from Kim as well as a bunch of her talented pals, including Yewon Cha, Chocomoo, Foxy Illustrations, Jangkoal, and Junmarie, and opens in Los Angeles at Space 15 Twenty tonight!

To celebrate the launch of the show and accompanying pop-up shop, we asked Esther and a few of the other artists exhibiting to give us their tips on taking the best possible selfies:

Jo Ratcliffe

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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)

Yasi Salek’s Take On The ‘Push It’ Exhibition

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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)

Luca Mainini

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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.

Illustrator Seitaro Ito

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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.

Galore Mag

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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.

I Love You Magazine

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Berlin-based I Love You magazine started life as a fashionable blog, but its print reincarnation has but all the style and substance of the most well-respected glossy. Thematically tackling life’s big topics–diet, ego, motherhood–in a smart, aesthetically pleasing way, I Love You offers a refreshing alternative to the clichéd editorial that still dominates newsstands. Phoebe Lovatt spoke to Editor-in-Chief Christiane Boerdner to find out how she goes about creating “the type of magazine that women love and at the same time a magazine that loves women.”

L.A. Book Fair

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We’re not afraid to admit that we spent most of our weekend nose-deep in books. Like, lots and lots of books. We stopped by the second annual L.A. Book Fair at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary campus to scope out some seriously cool art magazines, photography books and, yes, even take a gander at the killer street style. Get inspired by some of our favorite snaps below.

Doodler Extraordinaire Hattie Stewart

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It’s not often you stumble upon an artist who calls themselves a “professional doodler,” but Hattie Stewart is certainly in a league of her own. The London-based illustrator has T-shirts, shoes, totes, and even dinnerware with her designs on it, but–we have to admit–one of our favorite Hattie creations are her balls-out magazine doodles. Seriously, take a gander at just a few of her trippy cover takeovers, and you’ll never, ever look at Vogue the same again.