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Vicente García Morillo

Vicente García Morillo

Spanish illustrator/designer Vicente García Morillo’s Behance portfolio is chock full of clean vectors and antiquated fades.

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A Day In Decay: Italian Train Graffiti

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Sorry I’ve been lagging on posting the rest of my photos from the recent Italian excursion but better late than never!

One of the perks of going to Europe is seeing graffiti on trains. Since I missed the golden days of NYC subway graffiti, seeing painted trains is the next best thing. People always come back from Europe telling me how all the trains are covered with graffiti from end to end. I was ready to document millions of trains with many gigs on my camera, but the reality was that for every ten trains I saw I was lucky to find one piece. I’m not sure how it is in other countries but it looks like the the buff is catching up with the Italian nighttime beautification squads. Since we had such a hectic time traveling from town to town I didn’t have too much time on my hands to hunt down trains but here’s what went by me  while hanging at the station.

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Diary Of A Madman…. Kyle Thomas

Three months ago we approached long time B/D contributor Kyle Thomas to hand draw every single copy (1,500 total) of Beautiful/Decay’s Book: 1. Much to our surprise, Kyle quickly agreed and simply said “Bring it on!”

Last night at 6pm, we received the shipment of books and Kyle began the monumental task of creating 1,500 distinct works of art. The video above documents his stream of conscious supernatural drawing style. He’s currently holed up in the Beautiful/Decay offices drawing non stop during the whole work day! Based on his current pace he will complete all the covers by Tuesday July 14th, which is also the cut off date to reserve your copy. So make sure to subscribe today to ensure you get a copy of this one of a kind book.

Sandro Giodarno’s Photos Of Comedic Existential Angst

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Sandro Giodarno‘s photographs are like Saturday morning crime scenes. The victim? Dignity, mostly. His carefully choreographed pictures show a snapshot of cartoonish tragedy.

According to Designboom, Giodarno says of his photos, “The instinctive reaction is bewilderment and awkwardness towards the unlucky fate of the character, but then that same awkwardness breaks into a liberating laugh. This is the effect I want to recreate through my photographs: tell tragedy through irony.”

While the photos are at times baffling, they’re also increasingly absurd and comedic. One woman’s grocery trip ended in a gruesome mishap with a tomato sauce blood splatter. Another is wearing a halo of pottery shards instead of flowers. The body count reads five in one photo of a dinner party that went down like the TItanic. Truly, Giodarno’s characters are a series of unfortunate people.

“My photographs are short stories about a falling-down world,” Giodarno says, describing each scene as a “black-out” moment where each character simply gives into an existential malaise and flops down, unable or maybe unwilling to go on. They just lie there, clutching whatever material possessions they happen to have with them, that happens to define them whether deliberately or through happenstance.

On first glance, it might seem a little sad. But the name of the collection, “In Extremis (Bodies with No Regret),” is reassuring, like maybe they’ll get up again — or maybe they are fine just where they are. (h/t Designboom)

Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone Revolution In Libya

It’s amazing how technology changes the way we view and document the world. Case in point, Professional photojournalist Benjamin Lowy’s blog of  iPhone photos.  Benjamin’s photos of the revolution in Libya give us an intimate look into the peoples struggles to gain their freedom and break away from the regime of Gaddafi. Here is what Benjamin had to say about his blog: ” This blog is part of a project borne during my travels as a professional photojournalist. For years, I have worked with bulky digital cameras, always mindful of the technical maneuvers from setting the shutter speed and aperture to editing and toning on a computer screen. In the last two years I have discovered that my iPhone has allowed me to capture scenes without feeling that I am once again on the job. To “point and shoot” has been a liberating experience. It has allowed me to rediscover the excitement of seeing imperfections and happy accidents rendered through the lens of my handheld device. I am able to create imagery, edit, and transmit all the images straight to this blog, creating a modern and efficient workflow for the most inefficient of pursuits – self expression.


Brand New Car Is Wrapped In Customized Vinyl To Look Like A Rust Bucket

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Have you ever had anything stolen? Perhaps a cellphone, or bag, or bike, or even a car? Well if you have been the victim of someone’s swift fingers, then you will really like this project. Some clever individual has decided to be pro-active and beat the thieves at their own game. After purchasing a brand new VW van, they have enlisted the help of UK based vinyl wrap company Clyde Wraps to avoid being the target of any crime.

With some clever coloring and detailing, they have made their 2014 Volkswagen T5 Sportline look like a rusty old van that shouldn’t be fit to drive around the city. Big rust stains drip down from the handles, the side panels look like they are disintegrating in front of your eyes, and the wing mirrors look like they have seen better days. Of course the actual body of the car is fine – the tires, the lights, and the windows all seem brand new and dent free.

But for someone looking quickly to see whether it is worth the trouble to steal this van, they will look twice. And who knows? Maybe the owner will even be able to leave their vehicle, walk around town and get away with not locking their doors! (Via Lost At E Minor)

Landscapes Made Of Human Bodies

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We often think of bodies as opposed to landscapes.  The figure belongs to the portrait and natural scenery to the landscape – bodies inhabit the landscape.  For Carl Warner‘s series of photographs, though, the bodies make the landscape.  Twisting torsos, bent limbs, crevices, and folds are given finer than the typical attention.  Layering of bodies and parts with such focus on detail create landscape like images.  Mountains, caverns, and valleys seem to rise out of the figures and become a land of skin.  [via]