When artist David Jablow found a vintage 60’s notepad called Do It Yourself Doodler, complete with what appeared to be the unfinished drawing of a nude woman on each page, he couldn’t help but dive in and complete each one with hilarious results. Like a fantastic Mad Libs for artists, the suggestively drawn woman, missing her breasts and butt, was obviously intended for more naughty vintage purposes… but Jablow had a better idea. He completed each page of the book with scenes straight out of the pulp fiction pages of the past, including bar room brawls, fist fighting sea divers and Hollywood starlets. He’s also done some which look more modern, creating one piece in a decidedly Japanese manga style; another with a sweet ninja theme. [Read more…]
A year after moving to New York City, photographer Paul McDonough started documenting its bustling street life. From the dog park to Wall Street, his photographs captured a vibrant city in the throws of the progressive 60s and 70s, each of his captivating images holding small gems, hidden for the viewer to discover. McDonough has lived in New York ever since, and his love of the city shows through in the tender treatment of his subjects. Find out more, in the artists own words, at The Paris Review [Read more…]
Like early experiments with LSD in the 1950’s, these colorful illustrations combine scientific pursuits with mind altering states of mind. “Science vs. Delirium” a series of illustrations by graphic designer Simon Bent, was created to re-popularize some of the greatest scientific figures from history, ranging from Marie Curie to Sigmund Freud. The designs focus heavily on the hair and grooming of each individual, playfully mixing in psychedelic patterns reminiscent of the 60’s. See more trippy scientists at volume2a.com. [Read more…]
Scotty Reifsnyder is a powerhouse of a young designer. His mid-century themed creations have a level of well thought out detail not often seen in this time of trending minimalism. His pieces rework old themes and add modern subjects while retaining a welcome familiarity. The world has taken notice and as Scotty has spent 3 years working for Headcase Design he has produced pieces for the likes of GQ, Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Wired. See his impressive portfolio at seescotty.com
Recalling the sunny, fun filled counter culture days of the early 70’s, these inspired photographs by Neil Krug look like they could have been taken in Laurel Canyon while playing dress up with Joni Mitchell. Part of Krug’s recently released Pulp Art Book Volume One, the retro images featuring model Joni Harbeck (recently married to Krug) were made using Polaroid film far past it’s expiration date. The old film lends a washed out, grainy effect reminiscent of those nostalgic vinyl album covers begging for a new listen. The book is split up into 12 vignettes, highlighting subjects from the struggles of a housewife to spaghetti western flashbacks and a Bonny and Clyde revival.
Next up from Krug? He will soon be releasing a music video for artist White Heat’s track Children of the Light, featuring his oh so tasty style. Find the trailer for the video at the bottom of this post.
Born in 1919, Swiss designer Max Huber took to graphic design early in life, studying under such notables as Walter Roshardt and Alfred Willimann when he was just 17. He received his first job in Milan when he was 21, getting the attention of his future boss, Antonio Boggeri with his precicely hand-drawn calling card. Working frequently as a freelance designer, Huber enjoyed experimentation and would often do so even on client work. Much of his work combined un-framed photographic elements with exploritory typographical details, using bold linear splashes of color to give his images a sense of speed.
“He was a splendid mix; he had irrepressible natural talent and a faultless drawing hand; he possessed the lively candour of the eternal child; he was a true product of the Swiss School; he loved innovatory research; he boasted a lively curiosity, being quick to latch on – not without irony – to the most unpredictable ideas, and he worked with the serious precision of the first-rate professional.”
– Giampiero Bosoni