"December" by Escif

Street Art // Tuesday, December 25, 2012
What an optimistic and uplifting view of an alternative method in decorating your Christmas tree! We would expect nothing different from the political Spanish street artist, Escif. Merry Christmas everyone!

RIP NEKST

Graffiti // Monday, December 24, 2012
Without a doubt, one of the hardest hitting, in-your-face, raw graffiti writers in the game. Here are 100 photos documenting the work of this prolific artist. Our thoughts and condolences to friends, family and crew members. NEKST RIP.

Best of 2012: Underwater Photography by Jacob Sutton

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 24, 2012
What we wrote on April 18, 2012: Nothing much more to say than these are stunning underwater portraits from photographer Jacob Sutton. Working in fashion and other commercial venues, Sutton's personal work is highlighted by this series of 3 underwater shots.

Naughty Holiday Cookies

Erotica // Monday, December 24, 2012
Those Cookies are at it again thanks to the Swedish company Pipparkakan for making some naughty cutters. They say 'How about serving breakfast in bed with hot Kama Sutra toast or why not invite friends over for a lovely brunch with enticing fried eggs? We honor out gingerbread pigs and goats, but now they are finally here, the gingerbread cutters that make the Christmas tree rise and the candles glow.'

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: Grizzly Bear "Yet Again"

Music // Monday, December 24, 2012
In our opinion, the new Grizzly Bear LP, Shields, was one of the best of 2012, and "Yet Again" one of the best tracks on said album. The track just got a wonderful video treatment from director Emily Kai Bock, following an ice skater's serene yet imperfect routine that descends into a bit of chaos and anger. Like the song, well done.

The Grinchiest Time of Year

Illustration // Monday, December 24, 2012
For the season of good will to all men The Mooks started a holiday contest, encouraging all illustrators interested in participating in a #drawGrinch draw fest to get us into that holiday mood (by using the hashtag on twitter). A huge hand full of entries were posted on The Mooks site, from artists across the globe showing their Grinch off. Enjoy!

The Works of Langdon Graves

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 24, 2012
An artist we enjoyed learning about this year was Langdon Graves. Originally from Virginia, Graves is a Brooklyn based artist, who creates beautiful, ethereal illustration work. Her drawings have a minimal stillness about them, and her simple arrangements are approached in a near new surrealist manner.

International Santas

Illustration // Monday, December 24, 2012
A Royal Blind Society Christmas card - ‘International Santas’ from the visual solutions studio, The Peter Baxter. The purpose of this global little illustration was to communicate a Christmas celebration that is felt around the world. Kinda love the American flag Santa suit...

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: Bonne 'Prince' Billy "I See A Darkness"

Music // Sunday, December 23, 2012
It was odd enough to see that Bonnie Prince Billy rework his 1999 masterpiece, I See A Darkness as an upbeat country folk singalong, but it was even more odd to see Billy's eyes go googly in this seemingly simple video. But director Ben Berman turns what appears to be a classic black and white shoot into a bit of mysterious haunted house of fun loving characters.

Best of 2012: Bodybuilder's World by Kurt Stallaert

Juxtapoz // Sunday, December 23, 2012
What we wrote on July 10, 2012: Perhaps we have a weak stomach, but there is something about these photos that makes our belly turn a bit. First, Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert's series, Bodybuilder's World, started innocent enough; a family that looked a little too buff for their own good.

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