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Live Fast Mag curates the best of fashion, art, sex, and travel. A vivid and sexy inspiration board for the aesthetically-inclined, Live Fast features in-depth interviews, putting the spotlight on up-and-coming artists, designers and the beautiful minds of our time.

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Interview Series: Chor Boogie

SF-based street-artist Chor Boogie knows his color. AND he is a master with the spray paint can… incorporating symmetrical shapes with surreal portraits to create his signature street style. His work can be seen in city streets all over the world, where he promotes his “Color Therapy” concept and the importance of continually maintaining balance as an artist. We had a moment to chat with the jet-set street artist, and this is what he had to say about his impressive career:

LF: There is quite a spiritual element to your work. Can you talk about why this is so important?
CB: Balance.. I believe Balance is an important part of life especially in my work..

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The French Riviera Is Calling!

Everyone has a different outlook/perspective when they pick up a camera, especially in a place as memorable as the French Riviera. For travel, we scoured Flickr and collected a series of photos from different photographers for a virtual vacation to the South of France. Have a look:

(Photos via Flickr by TheRealJasmina)

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Art Crush: Francoise Gamma

For some reason, we find ourselves in awe of the animated gif, mainly because of the process that goes into making this art form. Also, perhaps it takes us back to some reminiscent time in the 1990′s where gifs were JUST PLAIN COOL!  It’s similar to animation, where each frame is drawn in step to create movement, as seen in these organic sci-fi gifs by Francoise Gamma. Have a look:

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Art Crush: JKB Fletcher’s Sexy Superheroes

Someday, sometime, somewhere you must have fallen in love with a superhero. Even if not intentionally, the human psyche gravitates to the iconic archetype of superheroes such as Spiderman and Wonder Woman. UK-based painter JKB Fletcher‘s expert photo-realism paintings of women as superheroes, mixed with drippy, glistening sensual details ooze sex appeal! Have a look… they are marvelously erotic!

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Interview Series: Free Humanity

Urban street artist extraordinaire Free Humanity is blowing up the streets of Los Angeles and it’s hard not to take notice. And he is proud to be human! He spreads his political commentary – he is known for his radical integration of Che with Obama called Chebama – in an effort to keep people informed about the social manipulation of humanity that occurs on a daily basis. He’s a super spiritual artist, and his messages are meant to spread positivity to the everyday man.

He works largely with stencils and adds hand-finished color, incorporating a distinct pixelated effect, which he then wheat-pastes on the streets at night. If you happen to come across one of his pieces in the streets, stop and take a moment to admire! We had a moment to sit down with Free Humanity to chat with him about his work, his inspiration and his street-wise lifestyle. Here is what he had to say:


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FAST times in Los Angeles

It’s always FAST times in Los Angeles! The city makes for the best photo boards, with a landscape that sometimes feels stuck in the Golden Age, but boasts a motley crew of modern and interesting characters. Eye candy for any photographer, for sure! For me, when I come from San Francisco to get some face time with my lovely editor, the city reveals itself in mysterious ways. It’s not that I try to dig deep into its underbelly, sometimes I feel as if I just touch the surface, but that’s what happens when you’re a visitor. You’ve got to be a Hollywood local to get deep into the nitty gritty. Regardless, I always have a spontaneous, colorful, martini-filled time in the City of Angels, where the energy in the art world drives me. LA, I miss you! See you again soon!

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Interview Series: Swampy

Elusive street artist Swampy shook up San Francisco with his staggering one-night exhibit ‘In My Bedroom’ at the FIFTY24SF gallery in the Lower Haight. It was a mind-boggling event – the front half of the gallery filled with a collection of the freight-hopper’s photographs (yes, you read that right, Swampy spends much of his life traveling the country via train, a highly illegal and dangerous past-time), as well as a few of his original paintings.

But the most brilliant part of the show was the second half. Within the gallery, the artist built a wall, literally – which divided the space in half – and one of the paintings lifted to reveal a large hole. Once on the other side, Swampy’s drawings and random musings covered every aspect of the space, all of the walls and the ceiling. You could buy anything in the room for $60, and he sold EVERY piece. In one corner sat a mattress, one of his traveling coats, a single lamp, a vintage tape player and a handful of mix-tapes. There were also randomly placed relics, such a signed railroad spike, medicine bottles, paint cans – the basic necessities of a drifter. He was at the show, we learned, but chose to remain anonymous due to his illegal activities as a freight-hopper.
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Sensibly Fashionable: Bangkok-based Greyhound

Bangkok-based fashion house Greyhound makes it quite clear who their core target consumers are. With a style that’s simple + chic + luxury + sophisticated, the innovative clothing line looks to dress the finest in art-related fields like advertising, music, entertainment and design. Since we are so heavily invested in all of these areas, it’s a perfect match for the LF style. Have a look at the SS11 collection:

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Secret Spot: North Korea

UK-based photographer Charlie Crane has done the close-to-impossible. In this series called Welcome to Pyongyang, he focused his camera on the sterile landscape of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. This may be one of those decisive moments – a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the super secretive country – and the images speak loudly about the North Korean culture. This is what Crane had to say about his admission into North Korea, which he considers his strongest work to date:

“For me the answer was simple, photograph what they want you to see. If there is no possibility of getting underneath the surface then the answer was to photograph the surface itself. This series is taken from a larger body of work in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea.

Although not commonly thought of as a holiday destination all these photographs have been taken at tourist sites throughout the city.

It took over a year to get permission to go in with my camera and nothing quite prepares you for what awaits. I was not allowed to take my mobile phone past customs and was met by two guides who were to accompany me at all times throughout my trip. At first they appeared robotic in conversation as if reading from a script, telling of their country’s great achievements. After a few days and many polaroids the guides became more relaxed and personable.”


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VPL NYC: Sporty Meets Chic

Why not merge the comfort of athletic apparel with lingerie? Uber comfortable, sexy chic boutique VPL NYC (Visible Panty Line), the brainchild of designer Victoria Bartlett, has done just that, and the retro styles make uncomfortable undergarments a thing of the past. They have since gone further with the concept, creating edgy geometric swimwear, chunky shoes, lots of leggings and creative tops. VPL has also crafted a hot new T to raise money for Japan earthquake relief. Have a look at these sexy summer styles:

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The Sensual Tableau Vivant

Tableau vivant is French for “living picture.” The term describes a striking group of suitably costumed actors or artist’s models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit. Quite an accurate definition (though the costuming is more nude-centric) for the Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions, out of Brooklyn, where upwards of one hundred models assembled and were then photographed, depicting unlikely characters in improbable scenarios. New York based photographer Sarah Small and other collaborators bring to life this Renaissance performance, one worth a visit to add a spark of erotic flavor to your life. Enjoy these pics by Abigail Ekue:

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Time Travel: Vintage America Photographs circa 1930s

The photographers for the FSA (Farm Security Administration) had an interesting job. They were assigned to capture the lives and document the plight of poor farmers in America. The photography program lasted from 1935-1944, and the resulting images have become some of the most influential in history, bringing to light the challenges of rural poverty as a result of the Great Depression. Dorothea Lange – one of the most famous of the FSA photographers – was told to focus on cooking, sleeping, praying and socializing. How different the images would look today with such guidelines. The following color images take us back to the rural ’30s, to reveal the day-to-day lives of migrant workers in a raw and telling fashion. Have a look:

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Fashion Editorial: Skye Parrott

We love the soft summery style of this fashion editorial for the Spring 2011 issue of Dossier magazine. Though the concept is quite simple, ingenue models bring sizzle and sass to this series, photographed by Skye Parrot and styled by Heidi Bivens. We’re digging the color palette! Have a look:

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Hotel Saint-Barth

This one’s a little bit of a splurge on the pocketbook, but how could we not share the jaw-dropping Hotel Saint-Barth in Flamands Bay, nestled on the Saint Barthélemy Isle de France in the Bahamas? The aqua waters, white sandy beaches and spectacularly designed bungalows with infinite pools could easily make you feel like gold. Not to mention, the Hotel restaurant serves up mouth-watering French cuisine for your culinary delight. Have a look at the glorious photos:

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Lookbook Lust: Pamela Love SS11 Jewelry

Taking inspiration from nature, science, astronomy, astrology, religion and magic, NYC-based jewelry designer Pamela Love has wowed us with her exotic, raw, chunky designs. She even produced a custom line for the HBO show True Blood -  her designs totally fit the blood-sucking vampire style, right? Have a look. We particularly love the three finger spike ring, it’s so badass!

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Art Crush: Ellen van Deelen

These images by photographer Ellen van Deelen of rats playing instruments put music in our ears. We envision them in a miniature rodent-band, possibly jazz or funk – and in some weird hilarious way – it almost seems true. Perhaps it is the concise manner that the rats hold the instruments that makes us believe? Not sure, but we have added a few songs to the post for your listening pleasure to add to this fun little break from reality.

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