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Fashion, books, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, culture and myself. In no specific order.

Nails Inspired by Matthew Williamson

Posted 2011-11-27 00:02:36 | Views: 12,633

Beauty and fashion have always gone hand in hand -- you'll rarely find someone impeccably dressed without a great lip or trendy hairstyle to complete the look. This is why we've been keeping our eye on runway-inspired nail art designs as of late. Manicurists and bloggers alike have been pulling inspiration from the gorgeous looks spotted on the runways (everything from Prada to Roberto Cavalli) and are creating nail designs based off of those looks.


We spoke with Miss Ladyfinger herself, Taryn Multack, and she'll be creating nail designs just for us in the coming weeks. Her first, based off of Matthew Williamson's SS 2012 show, blends teals and browns seamlessly together.

Start off by applying a a teal coat of polish to your nails.

Use a thin nail art brush (can be found at your local beauty supply store) to apply a brown-gold polish in a zig zag motion horizontally along the center of the nail. This area does not have to be perfect; the point is for there to be uneven, flowing lines.


Inspired Nail Art to DIY


Yoan Capote Sculpture

Posted 2011-11-26 12:37:28 | Views: 14,911

The artist did molds of real bones with provenance from different dead people and after reproduced in wax each one, adjusting them and creating the representation of a new subject in that sculpture. The weight of the concrete is used like a symbolic element. Equilibrium is as a metaphor of struggle and resistance. Gravity reminds the spiritual weight that everyone supports and talks about fragility of our own life.

Autorretrato, 2008
Concrete and Cast bronze
175 x 50 x 50 cms
Edition : -
Collection : -


Born: Pinar del Rio, Cuba, 1977

Mary Jane Russell + Evelyn Tripp 1953

Posted 2011-11-22 21:05:36 | Views: 14,785

Mary Jane Russell

and Evelyn Tripp

Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, 1953

I just get a thrill from vintage fashion. Love this.

Allison Schulnik Interview on Cats

Posted 2011-11-18 10:29:59 | Views: 12,443

Do you remember the first time you drew or painted a cat?

When I was 13 or so and saw what Picasso had painted when he was my age, I decided I really needed to get good fast. So I started by drawing seven things over and over again: crumpled up hand towels, flowers, myself, my parents, the beach, the alleys around town, and cats. I have pages and pages in notebooks, hundreds of cat drawings. In my later teenage years I moved to mushrooms, dancers, medieval castles, psychedelic abstractions, and sexy superhero cat-women. So I always was working with cats, I guess. And I never stopped drawing and painting cats from life. 


What drew you so strongly to your feline subjects?

I liked that they constantly moved, so it was always a game to get this quick little gesture in the right way. Plus they are so elegant and mysterious, and gracious like dancers. There is always so much twist and bend in their positions. It's like they were made to be placed in an image. My house was a bit of a cat crack house. They moved in and out, usually based on how much bacon and cheese they got, which was a lot. So there were always new ones to draw. They squatted where they pleased, and never really got kicked out. Sometimes their family members would come looking for them there, only to be turned away by the head of the house. They definitely own the house to this day.


The 21st-century belongs to the cat. They already own the Internet and its lolz, an entire subdivision of street art is devoted to their graphic representation (with or without lasers shooting out of their eyes), and now felines seem to be colonizing contemporary art galleries as well. Recently a flurry of New York shows have celebrated the cat, including Urs Fischer andCassandra MacLeod’s familial turn at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Kristen Schiele at Freight + Volume.


And then there is Allison Schulnik’s oil-thick exhibition at ZieherSmith Gallery, which features multiple paintings of felines (and one sculpture.) We spoke with the Los Angeles-based artist about her artistic cat fancy.

"They squatted where they pleased, and never really got kicked out"

Allison Schulnik's Obession with 




Hobo Cat Family (Mother Cat), 
16" x 20", oil on linen, 2011

Cat Head (Miggy Littleton), 24" x 24", oil on linen, 201

I Love Right Now

Posted 2011-11-17 21:36:16 | Views: 13,541

Pow Martinez: Funny Thick Paintings

Posted 2011-11-16 02:56:39 | Views: 14,619

Pow Martinez known for his sound and sculptural installation works has in the last few years taken his eclectic, flamboyant and humorous viewpoints on Pinoy pop-culture into the realm of painting. Pow’s paintings stand strong and inventive as they compete and make fun of the current market driven resurrection in photo-realism painting in the Philippine art scene. Pow’s paintings are thick with paint and humor. Scenes of the apocalypse the inquisition and demonic local icons sprawl across his canvases with harsh ease. Pow has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Manila, Malaysia and Japan. 2010 solo exhibition Hyper blast abomination at Mag:net Gallery, Manila.



Tim Barber's Fashion Photography

Posted 2011-11-16 02:01:02 | Views: 13,793

Tim Barber grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived for a few years in the mountains of Northern Vermont, studied photography in Vancouver B.C. and now lives in New York City. A photographer, curator and designer, Barber runs the online gallery, where visitors are encouraged to submit their photographs and artwork.


























































Check out more of Tim Barber's photos at his site: 

James Hopkins: Vanitas

Posted 2011-11-15 20:29:04 | Views: 13,729

Approaching a work by James Hopkins could induce the kind of contemporary art-related panic we all fear — that moment when an art work seems so alien or impenetrable that we are left dumbfounded and defeated by some hidden meaning we can’t quite perceive.


Yet, all is revealed if you look closely enough at the series of shelving pieces that Hopkins has been making for about a year, including two works commissioned by Wallpaper* (opposite and previous page). ‘Nothing is quite what it seems in my work because I often use perspective and illusions, so depending on which viewpoint you adopt, you see different things,’ he says. For example, amid the mirrors, chopping boards and wastepaper baskets, a ghostly skull slowly appears across the shelves. Hopkins realises that design, like everything else, soon meets its maker. ‘I see these shelves as tombstones to the current, ephemeral era in design because, while they look quite luxurious and modern now, next year they will already begin to look dated’. --- KEEP READING 



Matt Wisniewski: Surreal Digital Collages

Posted 2011-11-13 21:38:59 | Views: 22,750

Matt Wisniewski uses images discovered via Tumblr and other social media outlets to create these surreal digital collages, blending fashion and beauty with the natural world. It's interesting how now with the internet, artist's and designers are appropriating images found through digital media more then ever. In the coming years I wonder if this will create bigger issues with what artist's can use and not use. It's just the beginning of what's to come...whatever it is it is very pleasing to the eye indeed. 



Fashion Street Style Inspiration

Posted 2011-11-13 21:17:06 | Views: 30,735

Street Style: Rubina