That Looks Awesome

Fashion = Art: Our Interview with Arte-Puro

   Arte-Puro is a fashion house in Brooklyn.  Their striking and unique style mixed with their practical approach to sustainable fashion is exactly the type of independent spirit we like to champion.  Their pieces are beautiful, equal parts applied fashion and high art.  We dig it and think you will too.  Clayton interviewed the Leonor Aispuro half of Arte-Puro.  Find out more about local designers and support independent fashion… you’ll look better.

The Sweet and Macabre Work of Eliza Jane Seastone

Eliza Jane Seastone’s work is odd and wonderful.  She works in wide and varied mediums, from standard acrylics to pillow cover design to fantastic cake decoration. What we love about her work is the common thread and theme that runs through much it, a subtle and tasteful touch of sweetness mixed with the macabre. While many of her animal paintings seem to fit comfortably in the cannon of children’s book art, closer examination revels a deeper narrative in each painting. Look again at the sad, defeated eyes of her elephant riding a ball or her bear on a bicycle, which seems to be not only dissatisfied with his position in life but also painfully aware of how it robs him of his dignity.

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Tom Bellotti: Photographer

Resident Midriff videographer Tom Bellotti takes pretty pictures.  When he’s not snapping candid shots of his local musician and artist buddies in his hometown of Cambridge, MA he’s popping off beautifully skewed still lifes of everyday objects. But what really wreck us are his stunning pictures of nature.  His pics of the West Virginia night sky instill a sense of wonder at the vastness of space while his bird portraits are so well composed that if we didn’t already know, we’d assume were staged.  All of it done with a sharpness and crispness that allow every detail of his subjects to pop with equal clarity.  We’ve picked some of our favorites.  For print pricing and/or to contact Tom, feel free to email him directly.

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Ian Adams: Illustrating Nightmare, Part One

Ian Adams: Illustrator (Video)

Ian Adams (or EEE as he often signs his work) has been a fixture on the Boston music and art scene for twenty years. He first gained recognition with his psycho-surf band 8-Ball Shifter, which he followed by fronting sleaze-rockers Rock City Crime Wave. A few years ago he released a solo effort on Midriff Records titled Stay Up Late  (produced by Eldridge Rodriguez) and today he’s got a new rock project called Zen Lung.

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Ian Adams: Illustrator (Video)

We are huge fans of Ian Adams’ artwork. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be posting galleries of his work in a new blog feature called That Looks Awesome. That Looks Awesome will focus on visual artists that we admire and showcase our favorite pieces. But first, as an introduction, welcome to the dark world of the illist of illustrators, Boston’s own Ian Adams.

Ian Adams: Illustrator was shot, directed and produced by Midriff Records’ in-house team of Cameron Keiber and Tom Bellotti.

Soundtrack – Ian Adams: “Stay Up Late” from the album Stay Up Late.