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The New Face Of Beautiful/Decay




Sneak peak of a part of the front cover for issue:1



Everyone has been asking us what we’ll do after Issue Z. In our tradition of innovation, Beautiful/Decay will reinvent itself in a brand new, expanded format with Issue 1 in July.


Beginning as a hand-photocopied, black and white ‘zine over ten years ago, Beautiful/Decay has always proudly put artists—and quality content—first. We are re-launching Beautiful/Decay to have all the benefits of traditional magazine subscribership, while taking the form of an expanded, limited edition, more voluminous publication.


In keeping with the spirit of our independent DIY philosophy, we have decided to break the mold of traditional magazines and change the way we do business. In this economy, most publications are either going out of business or watering down their content to appease advertisers. Rather than conform to the publishing industry’s new rules, we’ve decided to create our own business model that allows us to flourish and increase the quality of our content.


One thing we’ve always disliked about the mainstream print industry is that it can be wasteful. Newsstands throw away all unsold magazines, averaging a 40-60% waste rate. In keeping with our commitment to staying green, Beautiful/Decay will instead send issues straight into the hands of subscribers, rather than dumpsters.


Here’s what the new B/D will look like:

• Eliminated ALL traditional advertising


• Made an 50% increase in page count, meaning 164 pages of pure, unfiltered content


• Features now have double the page space, with more full-color images & articles


• Articles now run 16-20 pages, providing some of the most in-depth coverage of emerging artists available today


• Released in limited edition format of only 1,500-2000 copies, each one hand numbered


• Each issue comes with a limited edition collaborative artist projectranging from inserts, stickers, posters, to original artwork


• Presented in new format & size, including French flaps and multiple printing processes within


• Released 3 times a year (once every 4 months)

To celebrate our new expanded format, Issue 1 will feature a hand-drawn, original artwork by previously B/D featured artist Kyle Thomas. These will sell out, as we already have 1000 subscribers on our list so be sure to subscribe in order to reserve your copy. 

I hope that you’re all as excited about this as we are at Beautiful/Decay. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new direction.


Thanks for the support,


Amir H. Fallah





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Manfred Naescher

Manfred Naescher

Incredibly palpitating watercolors coming out of Berlin courtesy of Manfred Naescher. Aside from being loads of fun, watercolor remains one of my favorite mediums because of all the unexpected and recalcitrant twists and turns the pigments usually take. Manfred publishes Screenshots, which as he describes it is “an homage to and an exploration of film in the form of an ongoing series of picture fanzines; a bi-monthly printed publication of recontextualized, reconfigured cinematic imagery—as interpreted through serial drawings and paintings.” He also works as an art director, overseeing the creation of packaging, logos and website design for a growing list of clients. Burgeoning graphic designers take note, this is how it’s done!!

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Fantastical Narratives Examine The Female Condition

Jenny Toth - Drawing

Jenny Toth - DrawingJenny Toth - Drawing

Whether it’s hand painted, collaged, and/or sewn together, Jenny Toth imaginatively entwines colorful drawings of the animal kingdom to meditate on a sometimes humorous, and always surreal study of the female condition.

Of her work, Toth states, “For many years I have been intrigued by the way women artists choose to depict themselves. Like many other artists, my view dramatically differs from a historical approach to the female model. I choose to include elements not traditionally viewed as beautiful—for example, a deformed toe, hairy legs, unkempt hair. However I have no interest in shocking the viewer, but seek to share my honest, uncensored observations. I have always been allergic to pretense and slickness.”

Antony Crossfield’s Intertwined Bodies

Photography by artist Antony Crossfield. I love his manipulation of the form of the body, as well as the feeling that each image is a still from a larger narrative.

Vintage Photography Meets Ethereal Organically-Infused Sculpture



“Found antique objects and miniature tintype photos form the emotional core of several works, juxtaposing the musty aura of a dusty attic with smooth, delicate ethereal forms, computer rendered yet exquisitely hand-crafted.”

Brooklyn via Russia artist Stanislav Ginzburg‘s Curiophyla is a series of staged photographs of original sculpture placed within specific, relevant mise en scène environs. The sculptures, beautiful references to cellular anatomy that incorporate emotionally charged vintage (and faux-vintage) tintype portraiture, take on a unique appeal when positioned amongst their ethereal settings. The overall aesthetic perfectly captures an elemental, organic feel (moss, insects, blood, etc.), while the photographic elements within the works offer a distinctly human connection. By reducing things to their most basic, cellular level, Ginzburg illustrates a deep connection between past and present. So beautiful.

The Graffiti Of War Project

The Graffiti Of War is a project started by Jason Parsons, an Iraq war veteran who was deeply moved by the graffiti done by fellow soldiers in the mideast. When Jason came back stateside he was having bad bouts of PTSD and decided to create a book documenting the graffiti left behind by thousands of soldiers as a form of therapy. This once simple idea has grown into a full time  mission to support the troops and tell their stories one photo at a time.

Marcello Barenghi’s Photorealist Drawing Demonstrations

Marcello Barenghi

Professional illustrator and graphic designer Marcello Barenghi has a long and successful career rendering visual narratives and designs. But recently his drawing demonstrations have given the Milan-based draftsman a new following, as his Youtube video series routinely tops over a million hits per video.

With stop-motion demonstrations showing how Barenghi renders commonly found objects ranging from crumpled snack chip bags, Euro coins and more challenging objects like mirrored silver teapots, viewers can watch how a master draftsman achieves his trademark photorealistic results. Although few students of pencil, graphite and airbrush will ever achieve the results Barenghi does, they can at least see the unlimited potential of the blank page when the artist demonstrates each step by step video. (via gizmodo)

Bye Makena!


Makena recently concluded her 3 month internship here at the headquarters, and during her stay here contributed a number of excellent blog posts. (You can read her epic anthology here.) Makena wowed us with her Feminist-conceptual essay on PJ Harvey during her interview, and amazed us even further by single handedly re-organizing an entire shelf of thousands B/D back issues. To give you an impression of the monumental nature of this feat, when I asked any and all of our former dude interns to reorganize this shelf for us, they would just look at it, then look at me, shuffle their feet, and mumble to themselves about remembering something else they suddenly had to do. (Sorry dude interns, but you know who you are….feel free to check out the pic of the chick who whooped you above.)

Makena has also compiled some of our most viewed posts, such as her collection of artists who use cut paper in their works or recycled materials. Thanks for all your hard work over the past few months Makena and good luck in your second year at college!