Do you have a hard time expressing yourself — especially when it comes to anything that’s romance-related? Boston-based art director and graphic designer Nicole Martinez has created a series of what she calls “love illustrations for the geek in all of us,” that will do the talking for you. Even better, each of her minimalist, vintage-inspired designs is also available as a limited-edition print in her Etsy shop, allowing you to proudly display your feelings for all the world to see.
“My boyfriend and I came up with the phrase ‘nerdy dirty’ a while ago because we would say such nerdy things when we were trying to be romantic,” Martinez recently explained. “So when I got the urge to design something sweet, I could only think of things like ‘Aorta tell you how much I love you.’ Hence, the Nerdy Dirty poster series was born.” Click through to check it out now.
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A new semester has begun for college kids throughout the States, and now that they’ve settled into new living quarters, bought loads of clunky textbooks, and have their routines down, it’s time to talk wall decor! If you’re as tired as we are of bland walls and once-classic, now-tired posters and art prints, then fear not, dear reader! You can decorate your digs — whether it’s a dorm room or a new apartment — with this killer collection of posters that replace old standbys with fun, original, and inspiring pieces. So say goodbye to Einstein, sayonara to Animal House, and au revoir to Keep Calm and Carry On and prepare to fall in love with a brand-new collection of wall decor, after the jump.
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Home Truths is a series of 12 prints on handmade sheets made of collaged vintage paper that were inspired by common sayings and idioms. As North London-based artist Sam Bevington explains it, “I liked the way the meaning of these sayings can be interpreted totally differently depending on both who says them and the context in which they are said.” Check out his cheeky posters after the jump, and visit Bevington’s online store if you’re interested in purchasing one.
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For our latest entry into the canon of affordable art, we’re looking to New York’s venerable Housing Works, a chain of thrift shops with notably high-end secondhand merchandise. The charitable organization recently received a thirteen painting stash from the estate of local painter Geri Taper, who died in 2004. She may or may not be collected by MoMA (the estate says yes, but MoMA’s online database has no record of Taper), but it matters not, as the auction — which started yesterday and runs through April 28 — is chock full of reasonably priced, boldly graphic modern paintings. Check out our picks after the jump and learn a bit more about Taper and Housing Works.… Read More
Photographer Kent Rogowski explores the inner psychology of stuffed animals by shooting plush teddy bears turned inside out and restuffed. As “their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places,” the creatures exhibit an inner core that’s at once hideous and fascinating, and still — oddly — cute. Click through for more reversible teddy bears and find out how you can score a heftily-discounted print through 2 p.m. today.
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In case you’re still in search of the perfectly insouciant yet tasteful holiday gift (and our first 100 picks didn’t satiate), we had the pleasure of curating a selection of art prints for 20×200 this week. Jen Bekman’s affordable online art project has rolled out a bevy of photographic and art prints in the past few months; each selection sells in limited editions priced according to size. Click through for our favorites among the favorites.… Read More
Cutting out the middleman, Society6 offers a creator-driven online marketplace for affordable art.
Operating on the premise that community aids commerce, Society6 is social networking at its targeted best: artists and designers can connect with other studios, sell their work directly, and even hook up with potential grant providers. Wannabe curators can even put together a gallery of shoppable artwork from the featured selections. Think Etsy with less arts-n-crafts and 20×200 with more crowd autonomy.… Read More
You know what your apartment needs? Some Dodo Birds, Great Auk’s, Saber-Tooth Tigers, and Woolly Mammoths on its walls. Each of the limited-edition, signed Giclée prints in Josh Brill’s new Extinct Editions sells for $20, and 5 percent of the profits go to Animal and Environmental charities. If extinct species aren’t really your thing, he also has a plethora of living birds you can choose from.… Read More
Capitalizing on a demand for street culture and affordable art, Poster Child Prints is a one-of-a-kind online vendor selling fresh prints from artists like Mark Mothersbaugh, Saber, and Dalek.
Launched just last week, the interactive gallery sells limited-edition screenprints made exclusively for PCP. The current roster includes sixteen artists ranging from David Weidman, the octogenarian illustrator who created Rocky & Bullwinkle in the 1950s, to Taki 183, the kid from Washington Heights who became famous for graffiti after being outed by the New York Times in 1971.… Read More