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04.04.14 Andy Cush

This series of illustrations from Kurt McRobert catalogs the archetypal bike riders of NYC: there’s the Messenger, the Citibike, the Fixie Kid, and a slew of others. My favorite stereotype is the Journeyman, a “middle-aged cyclist with something to prove,” in spandex that’s color-coordinated with his $5,000 race road bike — aka the guy who’s […]

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Karen Peltier & Brandon Soderberg

The artist Edie Fake is, in his own words, a “buildings nerd.” His latest book, Memory Palaces, which collects 16 vibrantly patterned drawings that reimagine lost queer spaces in Chicago, debuts at this weekend’s MoCCA Arts Fest at the 69th Regiment Armory. “When I first moved back to Chicago a few years ago,” Fake recalls, […]

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04.02.14 Andy Cush

Federico Babina’s “Archiportraits” series imagines what iconic architects might look like if they had a hand in desiginging their own physical features. Le Corbusier becomes abstractly disjointed; Antoni Gaudi’s beard evokes the spires of the Sagrada Familia; Frank Gehry is all curved surfaces and unaligned windows. “A portrait is like the mirror of the soul,” Babina […]

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03.05.14 Andy Cush

The Italian architect and illustrator Frederico Babina created Archist, a series of playful images depicting imaginary buildings in the style of well-known artists. Each of the 27 pieces pays homage to a heavyweight of 20th-Century art — Warhol, Picasso, Duchamp, Dalí, Haring, and Miró all make appearances. “There is a symbiotic relationship and implicit partnership […]

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01.27.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, Brooklyn-based artist Yao Xiao talks about making the official cover art for Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” single. Initially, the very first line about the piece was in an email I received one evening last month — just a simple […]

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07.12.13 Andy Cush

The internet’s got Jay-Z on the mind lately, so here’s a little more to get you through the weekend: illustrations for each of Jigga’s 99 problems, brought to you by artist Ali Graham, who posts a new problem to Tumblr every day. See a few of our favorites in the gallery. […]

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04.10.13 Kyle Petreycik

Superchief Gallery at Culturefix is currently featuring the work of three artists dealing with blackness in the appropriately titled exhibition “BLACK POWER” — an eclectic mix of illustration, graphic design and sculture. They also have guns. As I walked into the Lower East Side space, it seemed quite casual — people hanging out in the […]

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Marina Galperina

You know what this is. You know. Here’s a beautiful little Tumblr tribute to that special social network that makes some of your friends say “BRB!” and return 30 minutes later because he found a friend in the building. (True story.) Behold: Grindr Illustrated. Self-explanatory. Hello, boys. […]

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02.22.13 Andy Cush

Design firm MGMT created this illustrated guide to NYC’s wildest wildlife. There’s the infamous @bronxzooscobra, Ming the Harlem tiger, and Sludgie, a depressingly named whale who got caught in the Gowanus in 2007 (this guy wasn’t the first, it turns out). Each entry done in an attractive, geometric minimalism, and includes the relevant facts about […]

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02.19.13 Andy Cush

Brazilian illustrator and designer Butcher Billy created the above series of pieces in which he recasts real-life “bad guys” in the shoes of comic book supervillains. Osama bin Laden becomes the Green Goblin, Charles Manson is the Joker, Hitler is Galactus, and Mark David Chapman is Doc Oc. But not all are such widely recognized […]

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