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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: Shane Small

I can’t recall when I first stumbled onto Shane Small‘s work, but I remember instantly falling in love with his clean, sexy style. I follow a lot of illustrators online: I am amazed by the raw talent constantly flooding the interwebs, but coincidentally, Shane’s graphic illustrations stuck with me. Perhaps it’s because he photographs most of his subjects himself, which I appreciate (I think it’s the photographer in me), or perhaps it’s his thought process all the way through the illustration to the end. Regardless, his work speaks for itself. Have a read of the interview:

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Studio Visit: Meryl Pataky

Meryl Pataky is one of those artists that you just want to hang out with. Her studio, which she shares with a handful of other artists, was once the Hamms Brewery storehouse, with a storybook tower that held the brewery’s malt and barley. I first met Meryl at the Mark Warren Jacques White Walls show about a month ago – she had collaborated with him on a piece, adding one of her neon creations to one of his paintings. We hit it off, and as I’m super fascinated with the process of making neon art, we agreed on a studio visit.

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Kickstarter Watch: SuRu Clothing

Oakland-based apparel company SuRu has a cool mantra. Baba Afolabi, Nigerian born but Oakland raised, wants the world to know that SuRu is about diversity and multiculturalism, and he’s designed his brand to represent this. SuRu in Yoruba, his native language, means “Patience” and in the Japanese language means “To do.” Despite the geographic distance between the two cultures, the words come together to mean “To Do Patience.” This is a quality that speaks to the core of the SuRu brand, representing all of the colors of the world. Also, Baba has an affinity for the number five, a lot of his designs incorporate cities spelled with five letters.

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Interview Series: Mark Warren Jacques

Mark Warren Jacques was born and raised in Colombus, Ohio, but he screams West Coast. He credits the mystic, more spiritual aspect of his work to his Midwest upbringing, but his time spent on the West Coast, mainly Portland, has certainly shaped him as an artist. This body, titled “Small in a Big Way” opened on Friday in the White Walls Project Space, and the small pieces pointedly hung together formed a larger entity that really worked for his audience. In fact, he sold a good amount of his psychedelic pieces, while touring the gallery, skateboard in hand.

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Photo Board: The Real Tahoe

On a steamy spring bluebird snowmobiling day in the back country of the Sierras, specifically North Lake Tahoe, Xena totally stole the show. Xena’s the dog, half husky and half malamute, but totally a baby. There’s something about hanging in the snow way up in the mountains, dog in tow, with her running wildly beside the snowmobile but never losing the scent or the crew.

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Art Crush: New Prints From Occupy

We can always expect great things from British indie arts project “Occupy” when they do new print releases. They’ve got a stellar roster of artists with diverse and marked styles, and who doesn’t love a new limited edition art print on the wall? I know I do. What’s your fave?

Interview Series: Joseph Loughborough

When I first came across Joseph Loughborough‘s work, I spent quite a bit of time looking at his portfolio. At first, I was a little jarred by the eerie nature of his vision, depicting lonely characters in black & white, often emaciated macabre figures with a look of near death in their eyes. Or maybe they had no eyes at all, like ghosts in the night. But I kept going back to it, more intrigued, and what was once a sense of discomfort for me turned into a kind of raw beauty, and I appreciate his work more every time I look at it. So much so that I had to learn more about what makes the man tick.

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In Focus: White Walls SF 10 Year Anniversary

Always inspiring, White Walls SF Gallery threw a hell-of-a-party on Friday to celebrate its ten years in existence. The party also marked the opening of a new, grandiose space at 886 Geary in San Francisco, where curator and owner Justin Gairla pulled out the big guns with works by artists such as Shepard Fairey, ROA, Russell Young, Miss Bugs and Casey Gray, to name a few.

Artist: Casey Gray

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Exclusive Editorial: “The Other Path” by Villanueva and Stone

We’re digging this free-spirited editorial by LA-based photography duo Villanueva and Stone. Featuring Next LA model Chaun, ”The Other Path” does a kind whirlwind day-in-the-life tour of Hollywoodland, but in a more subtle sort of way, like it could take place in any city in America. Have a look:

Makeup by Ash Mathews. Villanueva and Stone have also done some cool photo work for our good friends over at Ben Trovato. Check out their story Cabin Fever.

Art Crush: Jenn Porreca “Love in Absentia”

I first met Jenn Porecca when we teamed up for the Live Fast Mag group show, “Untamed.” I had the precarious job of transporting her painting in my Eurovan from San Francisco to Los Angeles for install, and despite harried traffic conditions, I made it there in one piece. Jenn arrived the following day for the show, and we all took in some art, imbibed on champagne and networked with the pretty fantastic people who came out for the event.

Portrait by John Coyne

I have since been keeping an eye on Jenn’s dreamy portraits of women, which she claims to take marked influences from surrealist art and film, vintage fabric patterns, comics, religious iconography and silhouette animation. Luckily for the folks in San Francisco, her solo show “Love in Absentia” opens this Saturday at the Luna Rienne Gallery in the Mission.

With Love In Absentia, Porreca explores the challenge of doing something as simple as loving each other in the chaotic and complex modern world. With everyone’s reality becoming increasingly fragmented, she attempts to connect the viewer with the universal stream of consciousness through the line in her work. The tension and release of painterly expressionism juxtaposed with the sharp, controlled line represent her search for balance in the duality of life and death. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the work from the show, as well as images of Jenn in her Los Angeles studio.

Love in Absentia, Jenn Porreca from Jenn Porreca on Vimeo.

Portrait by John Coyne

Portrait by John Coyne

Stop by Luna Rienne Gallery at 3318 22nd Street @ Valencia this Saturday (3/2/12) from 6 to 9 p.m. for the opening of Jenn’s show “Love in Absentia”. You’ll get a chance to meet the lovely artist and maybe get inspired by her love-fueled works.

Art Crush: Ben Franke

Lately, reader submissions have been flooding in, and it’s an exciting way for us to discover new artists. This was one of them, and we jumped at the chance to publish this incredible series “Parkour Motion” by NYC-based photographer Ben Franke.

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Lingerie Guide: Ari Dein SS13

It’s a fresh year, it’s time for some fresh lingerie, and we can’t help but crush on the soft, silky look of Ari Dein‘s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. There’s definitely a place in every girl’s closet for more feminine, not so tight and busty intimates, though don’t be fooled. The pieces are masterfully tailored (and hand-crafted in Manhattan) with hand-sewn ribbon detailing, and they feel oh-so glamorous on.

Art Crush: Bela Borsodi

New York City based editorial and advertising photographer Bela Borsodi never ceases to amaze with his brilliant and often sexually driven images. This series titled “Unconscious Affair” fuses real-life models with hand-illustrated fashion statements, kind of making you wonder what’s going on in his head. It’s the stuff of dreams, right?

Studio Visit: Chad Hasegawa

We’ve been working collaboratively a lot with White Walls SF, because the gallery focuses heavily on street artists, and as you probably already know, we love ourselves some street art. Artist Chad Hasegawa is no exception. I noticed his work about a year ago when I first saw his piece “Mother Market” on 6th & Market, painted on the roll-down of the Luggage Store Gallery. I literally stared at the bear from across the street – with his jaws wide and teeth rearing – and it appeared almost as if passers-by got swallowed from the sidewalk to forever disappear into the abyss of the bear, literally.

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Studio Visit: Erik Otto

San Francisco-based artist Erik Otto has been at it for a while, and it seems with a lot of hard work, the stars have aligned for him and his career this year. Otto works with all kinds of materials, his style is quite versatile, and he feeds heavily on his creative juices and drive to guide him as an artist. He’s been hired for private commissions as well as big city public projects, and he soon jets off for Pow Wow Hawaii 2013 to hang and paint with some of the worlds’ biggest muralists.

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Cool Find: Great State Strap Co.

Unfortunately for the modern Boho shutterbug, most camera accessories feel devastatingly boring… Until now! Introducing Great State Strap Co., a new company you’ll love for their rugged leather camera straps designed by photographers and handmade by leather workers in Portland, with a look reminiscent of the 1960′s saddle bags. You can be sure to amp up your style!

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