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2019 A’ Design Awards: Early Call for Entries

One of the world’s most influential and prestigious design award and competition is calling for entries. Are you an animator, architect, fashion designer, conceptual artist or software designer with a unique approach to your work? The A’ Design Awards exists to recognise the greatest achievements in design. With 100 main categories, including Architecture, Building and […]

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Event Coverage of the Golden State Tattoo Expo

One thing you can expect in California is a chill environment, that’s the weekend we had in Pasadena at the Golden State Tattoo Expo, organized by Inked magazine and co-hosted by Carlos Torres and Nikko Hurtado. Other headliners were “Ink Master’s” Season 8 winner Ryan Ashley Malarkey and distinguished painter Michael Hussar, the latter instructing […]

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Pizza Pirate’s Classic Cartoons with Modern Sensibilities

Nelson Calderara better known Pizza Pirate is inspired by Western cartoons of the 1930s—his artwork feels like a direct descendant of that of animators like Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, from the trademark white gloves, to the use of skulls and skeletons, to the almost punk rock style of transgression. That transgression typically manifests in […]

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Color and Emotion: Interview with Tattooist Santa Perpetua

Brighton-based artist Santa Perpetua combines a lifetime using a variety of different artistic medium with an abstract, emotional approach to tattooing. The result is tattoos that combine the fluid vitality of nature with the technique of a traditional painter. She brings the same intuitive approach to all aspects of her practice, choosing to work out […]

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The Diverse Illustrative Tattoos of Kuro

From 2008 to 2012 Kuro worked as a designer/art director for the Maco t-shirt-printing company and finalized projects for high-profile customers like L’Oréal, Microsoft and Hella. He also produced editorial illustration (including comics) for magazines and painted murals for restaurants in Athens, Greece. And in that time Kuro studied illustration, graphic novel and design at […]

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Movies Special Feature

Anticipating Asian Cinema in 2019

Anticipation is an expression of bias, which is not to say that the bias is uninformed. I have seen only two of the ten Asian films listed below (“Burning” and “Believer,” both for festivals)—but my piqued interest in the others is not entirely arbitrary. What commends these various titles from Japan, China, Korea and Laos […]

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2019 World Design Rankings + 10 Award-Winning Projects

It is a sparkling new year and the results are in for the World Design Rankings, an A’ Design Awards platform displaying the accumulation of awards (platinum, gold, silver, bronze) received by nations from 2010 to 2018. Artists, designers and other creatives participated with their top works in the A’ Design Awards to contribute to […]

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10 Best Tattoo Artists of 2018—Editor’s Picks

The tattoo industry has grown immensely in the last decade. There is demand and appreciation for both old-school and new-school artists. Nowadays not everyone goes through a grueling apprenticeship (yet there may be a need for it as Ami James states in our interview); the new generation is often coming from universities (from fields like […]

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Horror Movies Special Feature

10 Best Horror Movies of 2018

2018 was the year Michael Myers returned to Haddonfield, Illinois, the “Predator” series received another reboot and Dario Argento’s mighty “Suspiria” got an arthouse remake from auteur de jour, Luca Guadagnino. Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” scored big with audiences, Panos Cosmatos rocked the house with the Nicolas Cage-starring “Mandy” and Jim from “The Office” (John Krasinski) […]

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10 Erotic Animated Films from Around the World

Animation is a medium of fewer restraints than film. While some may primarily associate it with media aimed at children, it is so much more than that. It can take a concept that, if it were attempted using film, would not work. Look at Disney or Warner Bros., two studios filled with anthropomorphic character designs […]

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Movies Special Feature

Ten Best Movies of 2018

2018 has been an incredible for movies. So good in fact, compiling a list of ten films was a tough nut to crack. Plenty of excellent titles were left out. “Roma,” “Sorry To Bother You,” “Loveless,” “Blackkklansman,” “Downsizing,” “Western” and “Climax” all deserve honourable mentions. While summer blockbuster “Mission: Impossible–Fallout” gets a special shout-out for […]

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Clothing Design Fashion Movies Special Feature

Ten of the Best Costume Designs in Recent Films

The costume designer is a key member of the filmmaking team. Their job is deceptively simple (to illustrate through clothing a character’s personality or even their psychology), but the challenge is great. Costumes, too, can tell stories of their own, offering the viewer visual information which complements the story on the screen. Sometimes, a movie […]