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.

Oaksterdam Mural Painted Over

Street Art // Sunday, December 23, 2012
Last week, a mural that pot smokers and even non-tokers appreciated was buffed back to beige. The building, which once housed the Oaklandish University, was recently sold and the new owner decided he did not want to be associated with the Pot College. Recent vandalism to the mural also may have effected the decision, but many people in the community were sad to see it go. It definitely added color and life to the rather colorless downtown area of Oakland.

L'Homme Grotesque from Klesha Productions

Erotica // Sunday, December 23, 2012
'One day I dreamed a mouth that spoke to me from the heart of the galaxy. The geometric lines that composed it were fractals that intersected with a regular intervals. This voice was singing a Mantra in an unknown language: i did not understand the meaning of his words but I could snatch the essence of his voice.Informed me that the human was lifeform most anomalous of all the Cosmos: the perfection of the body, the mind irrationality and our false perception of time...

The Illustrations of Grace Molteni

Illustration // Sunday, December 23, 2012
Grace Molteni defines her illustration work as 'where pretty gets gritty,' and it couldn't hold more true. In her illustrations, emotional excerpts of text are mixed and matched with graphically designed portraits of youth. There is a certain angst that is apparent in her work, scratching it's way out through her traditional and digital media.

Sento in 1993

Graffiti // Sunday, December 23, 2012
In 1993, if you saw this in person (which was the only way to see graffiti then) your jaw would have dropped to the floor. This was a very progressive style for that time period from Sento Tfp.

Christopher Ulrich @ La Luz de Jesus, LA

Juxtapoz // Sunday, December 23, 2012
Christopher Ulrich is a painter of surreal, iconographic images. He is influenced by the richness of ancient mythology, the mystery of alchemy, and the vastness of cosmic reality. Illuminating this dark journey with insight, heart and determination he strives to understand the unraveling revelation that reveals itself in the work. The iconic baroque resin paintings of Ulrich are now showing at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA.

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