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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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Wanderlust: Dream Picnic In Pahang, Malaysia

There’s nothing more romantic than going on a picnic with your main squeeze, finding that perfect spot to cuddle and drink wine. The thought of it seems almost like a dream sometimes in our fast-paced lifestyles, but it really is important for a relationship to unplug, tune-out and smell the flowers.

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Kickstarter Watch: Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Remember all of the negatives you had back in the day? Digital cameras only took over the photo industry in the last ten years or so, but it seems like eons, right? If you haven’t archived your old film (which most people haven’t), here’s a reason to revisit the best of your negatives, and probably a few long-lost memories… The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner was created to instantly and easily scan, edit and share 35mm film.

It scans directly to your Smartphone with a direct light panel that illuminates your developed film, and works with most color, slide or black & white 35mm film. It’s an analog photographers dream – no wonder the Kickstarter Project is more than 200% funded! I want one!

Art Crush: Zéh Palito

I’ve been kind of obsessed with animals in art, especially street art, and when I found São Paulo street artist Zéh Palito, a.k.a. Danilo Omwisye, it was the perfect match for my curatorial mind. The wildly creative and colorful representations of animals, paired with various shapes and forms radiate a spiritual energy, bringing nature’s finest to neighborhoods all over the world. Have a look:

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Art Crush: 3D Fashion Photography By Matjaž Tančič

The anaglyph – or 3D image in photography – is not something new. In fact, the method has been in existence since the 1850s (though it’s a little easier to execute these days with Photoshop.) In a series titled “Mimicry,” Slovenian artist Matjaž Tančič has added a fun twist to fashion photography with this eye-catching effect, which cleverly accentuates the stark contrast of the city and the country, both with the style and poses of the models.

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Art Crush: Kostis Fokas (NSFW)

Helmut Newton crossed my mind when I first saw Kostis Fokas‘ editorial work, from the focus on the female form to the “shock” factor that he works into his captures. The exclusion of the face and on-camera flash also makes the work a bit jarring, but I’m loving the edgy, sexually charged statement he’s making. Have a look:

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Art Crush: Christmas Gif(t)s

Just in time for the holidaze, London-based artist and designer Ryan Todd has created a platform for designers to showcase festive animated gifs, aptly titled Christmas Gif(t)s, though on the site, the “t” is crossed out. Some of the world’s best designers, illustrators and directors have jumped on board, culminating into a growing online gallery of thought-provoking, comical holiday animated gifs. We just can’t get enough. Think you can make the cut? There’s a link on the site to submit your own design, so get crackin’ because Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Lookbook Lust: Solestruck’s “Love On The Run”

We recently posted a sexy summer exclusive by photographer Magdalena Wosinska about Swedish band Graveyard, and now she’s back with another sultry rock n’roll lookbook for Solestruck. We’re loving the free spirited take on the brand, from her desert-romping, gun-shooting shots to the life in the fast lane on a motorcycle. It’s the look of love, right? Oh and – rad shoes!

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Art Crush: Bela Borsodi’s “Skin Flicker”

Bela Borsodi is well known for his creative editorial and advertising work, with a focus mainly on telling stories with still life photography. So this series, titled “Skin Flicker,”  feels a bit out of his comfort zone – but we love it just the same. He’s painted nude females in heels with light in various erotic positions, creating dramatic images that look almost like paintings.

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Interview Series: Adam Caldwell

Artist Adam Caldwell leaned heavily on his passion for philosophy when storyboarding his latest body of work “Empty Room” for Shooting Gallery. The paintings address the concept of  “Cartesian Dualism” and its impact on Western society. What the hell is that, you ask? Yeah me too. But a studio visit and conversation with the über intelligent artist helped me to understand the visual decisions in his work, as well as how philosophy has shaped him as a creator.

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Art Crush: Sainer

Polish artist Przemek Blejzyk – a.k.a. Sainer – amazes with his colorful, whimsical figures, which he paints both on canvasses and the streets. There’s a darker edge to his style – you’ll notice that none of his characters look at you – or their faces are hidden in some way, almost as if they are masking their sadness…

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Art Crush: Julia Comita’s “Metamorphosis”

We’re really feeling this editorial on Twisted Lamb – an intense photo series by Julia Comita called “Metamorphosis” depicting ‘unknown creatures living inside their domain.’ The metamorphosis comes to life with Comita’s surreal juxtaposition of S&M costuming with provocative ballet contortions against a stark industrial background. You kind of get an eerie feeling when viewing this series, but it is almost the Day of the Dead, right? Have a look.

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Inspiration Board: Tucked Style x 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012

Justin Bridges, the creative mind behind Tucked Style, worked with model Anica Myburgh in crafting this deeply urban, mildly dark  Phillip Lim Fall 2012 inspiration board – loosely based around the 3.1 Phillip Lim comic book “Kill The Night.” The story is meant to exude a neo-noir flare, and the images definitely fit this dramatic cinematic style. We’re loving the suit-style feel of the pieces, fitted around the waist giving them a professional-chic look. Nothing like a city girl!

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Fashion Radar: Q&A With Courtney Capretto

Courtney Capretto – one half of the fashion mavens behind the wildly successful line 10 Corso – couldn’t be happier right now. A designer from a young age (she started designing and sewing at age nine), she’s made a name for herself in LA for her elegant but clean style. She first perfected “the little black dress” with her brand Capretta, and now her most recent label, 10 Corso, defines “model off duty street wear.”

Don’t be surprised to see 10 Corso’s designs on your fave celebs, because word is spreading fast! Lucky for us, Courtney took a moment out of her hectic schedule to chat about the future of her hip line. Check out the interview:

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Editorial: Eddie Chacon’s “Cherry Bomb”

Since Dakota Fanning’s portrayal of Cherie Currie in The Runaways we just can’t get enough of ”Che-che-che-che-cherry Bomb!” Introducing model Volha and her sultry red locks, photographed exclusively for Live Fast Mag by Eddie Chacon. You’ll notice an intentional touch of cherry in every image – from the model’s clothes to her lipstick to the red door in the background. It’s a subtle but genius way to pull it all together. Let’s get sassy!

Photographer: Eddie Chacon

Model: Volha (Photogenics)

Make up: Traci Barrett (The Rex Agency)

Hair: Veronica Valdivia

Styling: Sissy Sainte- Marie

All clothing provided by Sainte-Marie Vintage

 

Studio Visit: Casey Gray

Artist Casey Gray has been repping the art world for a while now with his ornately detailed work using stencils and spray paint, and his upcoming show “Garden Party” at White Walls is no exception. I spent some time this week with him in his studio space – a giant converted warehouse he shares with ten other people – fully equipped with a skate ramp, art studios and a recording studio. Though Casey has been pretty elusive about his signature style, you really do wonder how he produces such detailed work using spray paint – he let me get an inside look at his process. Read his interview below:

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Art Crush: ROA “Dominant Species”

I recently attended the opening of Belgian-born artist ROA‘s solo show “Dominant Species” at 941 Geary gallery in SF. I’ve been following his work for a long time, watching in awe each massive piece that he erects on the streets of the world, depicting the prominent animal species of that area. The work through the keen eye of a naturalist – contrasted with the chaos of human existence and waste – has propelled ROA to prolific ranks in the world of street art.

“‘Dominant Species’ refers to humanity aside the history of the States, from the Spanish conquest that consequentially, and brutally, changed the native life up to the contemporary human invasion of the landscape.”

His installation at 941 Geary was jawdropping. Upon entrance, he confronted you with large piles of found objects and salvaged materials depicting a dystopian narrative of how civilization can run down the land it grew from. This included small enclosed spaces and video collaborations with Spencer Keeton Cunningham and Colin M. Day.

Above you see someone manipulating one of his pieces, which often show multiple anatomical layers of the same animal. Below I have mixed in a few of his street art pieces so you get an idea of the scale of his street work vs. his gallery work.

(All street art photos via ROA’s Flickr stream. All other photos and animations by Abby Wilcox)

If in SF, and you’re a dedicated street art lover, or just art lover in general, go check out this installation at 941 Geary. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing through November 3rd, 2012.

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