Guillaume Kashima’s City Guides

Guillaume Kashima is an uber talented illustrator from berlin, germany. I came across his work recently and was enamoured by his use of bold colours and witty concepts. I checked out his Behance page and came across his continued collaborations with Citix60. Guillaume created illustrated city guides for some of the world’s most noteworthy destinations.


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Pictattoo Transforms Your Instagram Photos into Tattoos

The title is fairly self-explanatory but this new phenomenon is worth expanding on. As we’ve become a generation built on digital media, Instagram is one of the front runners in that department. Boasting over 150 million users, the app is central to a lot of brands, bloggers, and celebrities success. For those who use the app primarily as a way to share loving moments with friends and family, Pictattoo is giving you the opportunity to turn your images into temporary tattoos. The process works like this: you choose 12 of your favourite pictures and upload them to the Pictattoo website, pay the fee of $14.99 (free shipping worldwide!), and wait patiently. What the company does is laser-prints the Instagram uploads of your choice and ships them to you. The tattoos will last up to a week if you’re careful which is plenty of time to think about your next Insta upload.

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Take Off Your Clothes

In 2010, Spanish artist Adara Sánchez Anguiano started the series “Take Off Your Clothes.” Fascinated by a daily occurrence that we all take part in, Anguiano’s interest in undressing lies deeper than what meets the eye. She told iGNANT, “It’s like a romance with the human body, a cupid’s arrow every time I contemplate it.” In her illustrations, Anguiano’s figures are at their most intimate, peeling off one layer of clothing and exposing what lies underneath. She explained further to iGNANT, “The act of undressing is a rebellion, the uprising of the skin over the tyranny of clothes, it’s actually an act of freedom.” If I may elaborate on her point of view, as it’s an interesting one, I never thought about undressing in such a way. Usually I’m half-hazardly trying to put together an outfit (this is one blogger who doesn’t plan ahead, oops!) or tearing it off at the end of the night and throwing on cozy pyjamas. I know a lot of people who feel free when they’re nude, and with campaigns like Free The Nipple taking over, it appears that wearing nothing but your birthday suit brings a new sensation of power into play.

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take off your clothes 7 take off your clothes 8{images via Adara Illustrations}

Sugar Series // Colors Organized Neatly

One of my guilty pleasures is things organized neatly. I don’t know what it is but I love looking at pictures of things in a neat order. Maybe it’s because I’m a firm believer that everything has it’s place, but pictures of things organized neatly gives me an overall calm feeling. When I came across Emily Blincoe’s Sugar Series on Tumblr, it took my interest to a new height. Emily is an artist and a photographer. For this series, she paired sweet treats in an organized manner assorted by their colour. This is a great blend of art, food, and organization, which are three of my favourite things. Check out more of her work on her Facebook page or her Flickr.

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Famous Food Paintings

Russian photographer and food stylist Tatiana Shkondina has merged her two passions together to create brilliant works of art. Paying tribute to some of the greats including Dalí, Van Gogh, and Warhol, she has managed to recreate their famous works by playing with food. I learned about food photography in high school yet this is a completely different interpretation. Starting with a basic outline, she then picks various ingredients to use as the media, and completes masterpieces that look too good to eat.

The Starry Night by Van Gogh{The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Created with wild rice, pasta, and grapes
}

Dollar Sign (Quadrant) by Andy Warhol
{Dollar Sign (Quadrant) by Andy Warhol
Created with cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli
}

The Persistence Of Memory by Salvador Dalí
{The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí
Created with sesame, pasta, cinnamon, and bread}

Composition by Piet Mondrian
{Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue by Piet Mondrian
Created with watermelon, chocolate, yogurt, and cheese
}

Three Sunflowers In A Vase by Vincent Van Gogh
{Three Sunflowers in a Vase by Vincent Van Gogh
Created with lentils and peppers
}

The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt
{The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt
Created with various vegetables and pasta
}

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte
{The Son of Man by René Magritte
Created with various fruits, vegetables, and rice
}

South Wind Clear Sky
{South Wind, Clear Sky by Katsushika Hokusai
Created with rice, raw salmon, and tea leaves}

Henri Rousseau jungle painting
{Inspired by Henry Rousseau’s Jungle paintings
Created with various peppers, greens, and herbs
}

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{Several Circles by Wassily Kandinsky
Created with various berries and citrus fruits
}

{All images via Refinery 29}

Human Anatomy Alphabet

The human body is one of the most fascinating things in my eyes. Like the ocean (weird parallel, I know) there is so much when it comes to the human anatomy that is unknown. One way I never thought about anatomy though was in terms of typography. Caracas based artist and illustrator, Laura Facci, created a detailed anatomical alphabet while studying at the Design Institute of Caracas. My personal favourites are the letter L and T. What are yours?

Laura-Facci-Human-Body-Alphabet-A-Z{image via Street Anatomy}

Chi Flo Apparel

If there’s one thing that I love about blogging more than anything else, it’s been the opportunity to connect with fellow creatives. Sharing the same ambition and drive for what we do has brought some incredible people into my life and has made me re-evaluate why I do what I do. Christina is the perfect example of that. The owner and founder of Chi Flo Apparel, Christina is an entrepreneur with more passion for what she does than anyone I’ve ever known. After talking to her, you can tell that she fully embraces Chi Flo, which is the balance of art and apparel. I had the chance to pick Christina’s brain and get to know her and the brand a bit more. It was a pleasure and I hope you all feel as empowered after reading this Q&A as I did.

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1) Tell us about yourself.

My name is Christina Auricchio and my friends call me Stina, hence the name ‘Chi Flo Stina’. I love music, shows, art, fashion, film, photography, writing, and DOGS <3. I own the clothing company, Chi Flo, and do a ton of other side work that enhances my brand. This includes blogging, social media for myself and other companies, graphic design, writing, and occasional photo work. I also love to model on the side, style the clothing, and come up with cool photo concepts. This is a hobby that I was lucky enough to experience due to Chi Flo, having met a ton of talented photographers willing to do fun photo shoots. 

2) How did you decide that you wanted to start a clothing company?

I’ve always been into fashion…but more so the entirety of self-expression as a whole. I’ve also always been heavily involved with drawing, painting, and creating stuff. I noticed the rise in popularity of graphic apparel during 2012 after I graduated college. I had a ton of stuff from brands like UNIF, Obey, you name it. I liked how graphic apparel incorporated ironic artwork into the designs and just seemed straight up punk rock. I began to teach myself graphic design programs like Illustrator and Photoshop. My first design, the ‘Street Pigeon’ was created during the summer of 2012, and from there I wanted to keep going and I did. I researched for months on how to get wholesale accounts, e-commerce sites, printers, fabrics, advertising, the works. By February of 2013 I had launched Chi Flo. I haven’t stopped since. It really has become my baby.

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3) On your website you talk about “Qi Flow.” Can you explain this a bit further and what it means to your brand?

Before my brand went fully into action, I had to come up with the perfect name for it. During its beginning stages, I happened to be watching a movie called Kung Fu Hustle, a pretty funny and quirky kung-fu flick. An underlying topic of the film was finding your “chi flow”. One of the main characters had to find his chi flow in order to master his skill and ultimately beat the bad guy. One of the lines that caught my attention was “If your Chi Flow can be channeled, you will be invincible!”. So, the term Chi Flow really stuck in my head. 

I Googled it later on and found out that Chi Flow, spelled also as Qi Flow, is a term used in Chinese culture that refers to natural energy or the life force part of any living thing. ‘Qi’ translates to ‘breath’ or ‘air’ and according to Chinese philosophy, Qi is the force that links everything in our surroundings together. Once a person channels this flow of energy, it is said that they sort of reach this perfect balance within themselves and become capable of greater things. 

That being said, I was sold on the entire idea. I knocked off the “w” at the end of ‘flow’ and that’s how I came up with the name. Ironically, I was finding my Chi Flow while putting together this whole brand. Being that I draw and design all the artwork and take pride that it is in fact “art” and not just stolen .jpegs from the internet,  I tag-lined Chi Flo as ‘The Balance of Art & Apparel’. It really all comes full circle in my opinion.

4) What is your favourite part of the creative process?

One of the main reasons why I enjoy what I do so much is the entire creative process that goes along with it. From drawing designs inspired by life events and converting them to digital images to coming up with concepts and directing, styling, and modeling in the photo shoots, I just feel like I’m doing what I’m best at. I’m no big head though. I learn something new every single day. I am well aware that things can always be better and slowly as my brand grows, I grow with it.

My absolute favorite part is seeing the end product when it all finally comes together. For instance, my most recent line ‘Bad Bones’ was first thought out, then drawn out, then designed, then created. I wanted dark colors, simplistic designs, and a rock & roll vibe. Once everything was done, I got a bunch of models together and got my photo shoot location and photographer. I wanted the theme to be very dark and cool and for my models and I to look like a gang, or in my terms, a Chi Flo Army. We managed just that and then some. Our promo video shot by Sam DeAngelis is absolutely flawless and ahead of its time. When I say that, I mean that my brand’s outreach isn’t even at a percentage of where I know it’ll someday be and I just really wish the whole world could see how cool our videos and shoots are. But it takes time and as of now, Chi Flo’s fans and friends seem continuously pleased. 

Again, the brand is small and run solely by me, so it takes a bit longer for me to constantly come out with new things but I’ve manage to drop a Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer line both years it has been around. 

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5) If you could collaborate with one person or brand, who would that be, and why?

There are so many brands and people I’d love to collaborate with but off the top of my head and in my wildest dreams, I’ve always wished I could collab with Betsey Johnson. I’ve always adored her wild style and colorful designs. I love how she puts together fashion shows too. She was a big inspiration when I was growing up. Always had a Betsey bag over my shoulder. It would be so cool to collab with her. Patricia Field too. Her styling is impeccable and I’ve always wanted to get Chi Flo in her store. 

I also would love to collab with Rebel 8. They’re a huge inspiration to me as well. I love the art by Mike Giant and I love their rock & roll/tattoo inspired designs. I think they seem really down to earth and I’d love a brand mentor like that.

6) What’s in store for Chi Flo in 2015?

2015 I hope is a big year for Chi Flo. I plan to expand more, collaborate more, pump out more designs, come out with an awesome Spring line, throw more events, and design more intricate, one of a kind pieces as well. I dabble with studding and sewing but I never went into anything full throttle due to lack of certain production capabilities. However, the people I’ve met this year are so willing to house Chi Flo’s creative works and help me with things I need guidance in have me anxious to come out with new innovative creations. I’m happy to be able to tell people to be on the lookout for that new Chi Flo. There’s a whole lot in store, but I’ll leave it at that!

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7) Do you have any advice for aspiring creative people?

If I had to give any advice to aspiring creative people, it’d be to work hard consistently and DO NOT STOP. Just keep getting better.  I know that sounds cliché, but a downfall of being a creative type is letting other people’s criticism dictate how good they are at what they do. What we forget to see is that it doesn’t matter what the critics think. What matters is that you are using your skills and knowledge to express yourself in a way no one else can, because no one else is you. 

If you keep working at something and continuously push yourself to learn the ins and outs of your craft, you will reach your goal someday without even realizing that it was definitely going to happen the first day you started. Waste little time doubting your capabilities and do not be afraid to put yourself out there. People that don’t understand your artistic growth will weed themselves out, and who cares? That means they were never part of your army anyway. You’ll find that as you grow, your people will come and stand by you and appreciate all of the creativity encased in that talented soul of yours. So, yeah…find your Chi Flo! 

Isn’t Christina amazing? I’m so proud of her and everything she’s accomplished and make sure you keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for the new Chi Flo apparel that will be out. Thanks again Christina for answering my questions and I hope you all join the Chi Flo Army. You can shop the brand here.

 

The Beauty of Spines

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Mark Vessey is our generation’s Andy Warhol. Inspired by creating works of art from everyday objects, Vessey is a new breed of artist as he is constantly searching for a book to make his collection complete. His ongoing body of work is called Collections and it is a series of photographs of the spines of an array of publications, like Playboy and Penguin. He has paid tribute to icons like Kate Moss in the past and just unveiled a photographic representation of Shakespeare’s plays, completed before the 400th-anniversary of his passing in 2016. Inspired by artists like Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin, and Keith Haring; Vessey has created a new way to look at art.

My love for magazines led to my addiction to collecting them. Placing them in order creates a graphic timeline allowing me to make portraits of the publications I love,” Vessey told AnOther Magazine. December 1 marked the opening of his pop-up exhibition at Covent Garden in London, England. It will be held at 9 Earlham St. Covent Garden until January 12. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out.

AnOther Magazine Mark Vessey
{AnOther Magazine}

BUTT Magazine Mark Vessey
{Butt Book}

Dazed and Confused Mark Vessey
{Dazed & Confused}

Keith Haring Mark Vessey

{Keith Haring}

Playboy Mark Vessey
{Playboy}

Shakespeare Mark Vessey

{Shakespeare}

 

The Invisible Man

When you were younger, did you ever have a “Where’s Waldo” book? The concept is to search for Waldo, who wears glasses, a red and white shirt, and red pants with a matching striped cap. Looking through two pages filled with hundreds of other character drawings, objects, and a scenery where he blends in, it was an increasingly difficult yet entertaining game. Artist Liu Bolin has taken the game of hide and seek to a whole other level. Liu paints himself to match his surroundings and it makes you wonder how someone could be so accurate. It’s camouflage in every day life and it’s astounding how he blends in perfectly.

liu bolin liu bolin2 liu bolin3 liu bolin4 liu bolin5{images via Another Magazine}

All I know now is that I’d love to call Liu to be on my team next time my friends get together for a game of man hunt. What do you think of his illusion art? Let me know in the comments!