Though museums are inspiring, prolonging contact with your favorite work inevitably leads to a Picasso under your mattress and INTERPOL at your door, refusing to play songs from Our Love to Admire. Extend your artistic relationship legally, with Beautiful/Decay.
Started as a fringe art magazine, B/D now issues t-shirt collabs with the artists featured in its pages -- so instead of just drinking them in at the alt bookstore, you can now wear them to the alt bookstore while drinking. Among the new line's contributors:
Aya Kato: Inspired by Manga and Anime, this Japanese artist's designs (e.g., a warrior surrounded by surrealist flowers) have led to collaborations with Tori Amos -- herself inspired by Manga and Insane.
Apirat Infahsaeng: Repetitive patterns described by the artist as "organic digital images", a phrase schoolchildren of the future will consider their go-to oxymoron, because "jumbo shrimp" went extinct in the 25th Century.
Sentimental Soy Cheese: This mysterious duo claims a "lost-in-the-wilderness" experience turned them to art; the result's a series of '80s day-glo designs, plus an intricate drawing of an owl surrounded by foliage -- check it out on drugs, and it looks just like Jim Croce.
Thankfully, B/D introduces new shirts regularly, for that day when the value of the masterpiece you thought was yours forever suddenly depreciates due to pit holes.