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Bart Kuykens | A Flat 6 Love Affair

Photographer and Porsche enthusiast Bart Kuykens, combines his passion for black and white photography with Porsche in his table book “A Flat 6 Love Affair”.

“If you have a passion or a desire or a motivation to do something you just have to go. If you go of course there’s risk you fail but you learn from it and you try something else. Never give up on your dreams, go for it, if you believe in it, it will work out fine. People are willing to help you out along the way. If you talk to the right people and keep out the negative ones everything will be fine.”

– Bart Kuykens

I love that Bart has found a way to truly follow his dreams and fuel the passion that gets him out of bed in the morning. “Do what you love, love what you do, anything else is a waste of your fucking time.”

– Chris Scott Thornton

Nychos – Street Artist Talking About His Work

Drawing from his art, what goes on inside the racing mind of NYCHOS belies any serenity his peaceful exterior may convey. The Austrian artist specializes in painting and illustration, using highly colorful, often dissected figures as expressions of his imagination. NYCHOS points this motif to his family background in hunting, an early childhood experience that has since grown into one of the more graphic styles today. Hypebeast got the opportunity to sit down with the artist to discuss early influences, evolving away from working with acrylic to work with spray paint, and more. Viewers will even get a look at a custom illustration made for Hypebeast in this installment of Pen & Paper.

Photographer Joey L – Holy Men Documentary

Photographer, director and novelist, Joey L. continues his photo-journalistic “Holy Men” series in Varanasi, India, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. His latest installment, which explores the lifestyle and culture of the sadhus, is a profound reflection on the practices of asceticism, self-denial, and spiritual liberation. Observing everything from the sadhus performing morning rituals in the Ganges River to holding human skulls in reflection of life’s impermanence, his work is a brilliant amalgam of commercial appeal and aesthetic integrity.

Photography Joey L. on Juxtapoz website.

Lucky Duck Press – A Letterpress Legacy Video

As I mentioned before, I’ve been focusing my attention to an analog state of mind. Less time in front of the computer and more focus on a hands-on approach. So I’ve been researching and studying letterpress techniques – the old school tools that were used to create incredible pieces of work. Here’s a quick video I ran across on PRESSING LETTERS.com,  on the letterpress technique and why it’s so important to get your hands dirty.

New letterpress video on the story of Patrick Barrett of LUCKY DUCK PRESS in Brooklyn, New York and his antique foot-powered letterpress passed down from the family business, The Sterling Press. Video by ETSY.

Art, Design and Computers – What a Drag!

I absolutely love art. I absolutely love design. And I absolutely love combining the two. I think it’s the perfectionist in me that likes applying a grid system to art. What I don’t love though, is sitting in front of my Macintosh for hours on end everyday. I recently noticed that I’ve been spending way too much time designing graphics in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and not enough hands on work. Catch my drift? I find myself now and again thinking “CONTROL – Z” when I goof up something in the real world. Gotta get away from this freag’n brain washing instrument and back to the real thing.

My goal is to get more into an analog state of mind. I sort of get the impression that this whole digital era completely detaches us from what it means to be human. I’m hoping that in the next few months I’ll get away from so much digital design and more involved with physical hands-on design such as letter press or screen printing. I find that when I’m able to work with my hands (verses a keyboard or mouse), I find a stronger sense of reward for accomplishing a creative design. With that said – this whole computer information age sucks you into an alternate reality, giving you the misconception that all this online nonsense is real. What a joke!

Turn on, tune in and drop out – Timothy Leary

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