In 1995, when Larry Clark released his first feature film Kids, he’d set out to “make the great American teenage movie, like the great American novel.” Criticised and revered for its unrestrained and candid portrayal of urban youth doing everything harder – drugs, fucking, masturbating – it captured a whole new side to American adolescence. Written by a then 21-year-old Harmony Korine (who Clark met at a skate park) it featured street cast actors including Leo Fitzpatrick (who played a sex obsessed teen preying on virgins) and Chloë Sevigny. For Clark, it began a cinematic odyssey that completely altered the landscape of American cinema.
Emanuele Taglietti is an Italian designer, illustrator and painter. Born to an artistic father, Emanuele Taglietti graduated from his local art institute, then moved to Rome where he studied set design at the Experimental Center of Cinematography. He worked on the art direction and set decoration for various films, including Federico Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits. In 1973, he returned to live in his home town and came into contact with Renzo Barbieri of Edifumetto, for whom he worked as a cover artist of erotic, crime, fantasy and horror-themed fumetti (Italian comic books). Having been inspired by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Averardo Ciriello, he created artwork for fumetti such as Zora the vampire, Belzeba, Cimiteria, Sukia, Stregoneria (“Witchcraft”), Gli Spettri (“The Spectres”), Il Sanguinari (“The Blood”), Lo Schelectro (“The Skeleton”), Ulula (“Howls”), Vampirissimo and Wallestein. Occasionally, Taglietti reworked images and artwork from horror films such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Night of the Demon (1957) and The Plague of the Zombies, and seems to have had a fixation on actress Ornella Muti (whom he based the image of Sukia on). Featuring the signature nudity of fumetti, his work was sometimes censored when the comic books were publish in other countries, like Spain. During this busy period, which continued until 1988, Taglietti also restored old paintings and occasionally collaborated as an illustrator for magazine publishers such as Mondadori and Rizzoli. He retired in 2000, broadened the scope of his artistic interests, devoting himself to mural decoration and furniture.
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Tom Chantrell was a British illustrator and film poster artist. The son of a trapeze artist, Chantrell was the youngest of nine children. He left Manchester Art College and went into advertising, eventually starting in 1933 at Allardyce Palmer who had accounts with Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox. In 1938 he designed his first film poster The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse. He eventually designed over 7,000 film posters. Chantrell did not see the films he drew for; he would receive a plot line and a handful of stills and use friends and family for poses. Examples of this were taking photographs of himself trying to look like a vampire for Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. Chantrell’s posters were often produced prior to the film being made in order to raise money from investors. Chantrell designed many posters for Hammer Films and the Carry On films. In the 1960s Chantrell was often drawing artwork for 5 different films or double bills at one time. With the move away from illustrated artwork for movies in the 1980s, Chantrell designed covers for videos. Among the more famous films he designed the artwork for were The King and I, Von Ryan’s Express, One Million Years B.C., The Anniversary and Star Wars.
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Crewmember Tetsuo Hayashi airbrushes the final touches to a 6.6 meter replica of the famous Godzilla at Tokyo Midtown on July 15, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The “MIDTOWN Meets GODZILLA" project is in collaboration with the Japan release of the Hollywood film version of "Godzilla" The Godzilla built on the lawns of Tokyo Midtown will host a light show everynight complete with mist, audio and fire rays.
Bill Sienkiewicz 1984: Dazzler #30-34, Marvel Graphic Novel #12 (Dazzler: The Movie) covers
Vexame. Humilhante. Furada historica. Apagão. Even if you don’t speak Portuguese, it’s easy to understand the extremely bleak front pages across Brazil this morning after the national team’s 7-1 humilhação against Germany in the World Cup semifinal. The host nation’s shame is palpable — and also kind of depressing — whether or not you know what the words mean. The visuals make clear it was more than a loss, it was o major fiasco da história.
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Just in time to celebrate Independence Day, Steve Fraschini’s ‘Fractale Reminiscence’ present a 2nd spectral digital art series beyond your wildest dreams and imagination, made with a WebGL process and synthesized pictures. They are an emotional display of fireworks with positive energy and a futuristic representation of human beings, all pushing his powerful artistic vision forward. Some of his portraits represent such greats as Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, James White, Michael Jackson, Zombie Boy, Natalie Portman, Eminem, Kanye West, Angelina Jolie and more.
Apart from being an artist, Pedro Friedeberg has also invented several styles of architecture, one new religion and two salads. He was born in Italy and now lives in Mexico where he works to criticize the absurdity of things through his paintings, sculpture, design, furniture and architectural fantasies.
Based in Portland, Oregon artist Autumn Buck draws inspiration for her works from the recollection of adolescent memories, glaring color and her love for horticulture. This series of images come from Autumn’s “Peeping Tom Project" in which she weaves vintage photographs together which she has added color to. The final product is intended to resemble a naughty Polaroid which ended up tucked away in a drawer. You may find yourself squinting or stepping back in order to figure out exactly what is going on in each Technicolor piece but we believe that the beauty comes from the mystery.
John Poppleton paints fluorescent landscapes onto the backs of nude bodies, resulting in incredible starry night-time visions that double as erotic compositions, decorating the curves of female silhouettes. As a commercial photographer with a passion for fantasy, Poppleton incorporates his masterful painting style into this Black Light Bodyscape series. Many of them are personalized or custom-made for his subject— one includes a teepee to honor its model’s Native American heritage. Thoughtful, sexy and trippy!
Playmate of June 1955 Eve Meyer
Erik Jones’ work investigates form, both abstract and figurative, through a unique combination of hyperrealism and geometric expressionism. Rendering his subjects carefully in a photorealistic manner, each figure is then enveloped within a colorful swell of shapes, color and form.
Cameron Diaz for Esquire August 2014