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FASHION: American Apparel + Nathalie Du Pasquier = Retro Heaven


American Apparel‘s clothes are a not-so-subtle homage to the retro years, so their collab with artist Nathalie Du Pasquier was a no-brainer.


Pairing graphic patterns and bold color choices reminiscent of African wax prints, she takes relatively common silhouettes (i.e. a classic button up shirt, leggings, a romper) and revitalizes them in a way that screams SUMMER! (or at least respectfully declares it. Loudly.)

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I’m in chromatic love with all of them! However, if I had to pick a favorite, I would veer towards the Winie print. You know, the one that looks like a composition notebook. Not only is it black and white (my usual color combo go-to’s), but it’s a definite nod to grammar school nostalgia. Now you can relive the innocent good ol’ days. But without the braces.

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CREATIVE: Queen Elizabeth II Gets the Royal (Artsy) Treatment

If you were an imaginative individual with a bunch of Aussie bucks to spare, you would naturally use those bills as your canvas, right?

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With the knowledge of pop culture and a great sense of visual humor, WordPress user A Bunch Of 5s produces monetary masterpieces that will make you LOL for real. (Sorry, I couldn’t pick just a handful of my favorites, they’re all too dope!)

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Reportedly after the artist completes his pieces, they are released in the hopes that the lucky recipients will “hang them onto their fridge”. Art next to your grocery list…maybe it would help me remember to buy more milk. Or at the very least, some Sharpies.

ART: Graphic artist AVERY NEJAM spills the tea on why we’re all alot stronger than we think…


The wide world of Instagram has introduced me to so many amazing and talented people. Everyday I’m exposed to a new kind of art form that makes me want to get to know the actual person behind the creative pieces. That couldn’t be more relevant regarding Mississippi-bred graphic artist AVERY NEJAM. Her bright hues will make you smile, her humor and pop art aesthetic will make you laugh, but her story will make you stand up and cheer. I’m on Team Nejam, and after hearing what drives her, you may want to reach for some pom-poms:

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When did you discover your love for creating visual art?

Skateboarding is where it all started. It’s the root of everything I do. I started skateboarding when I was 5 years old, so you can say somewhere between then and now(I’m 22), a spark of creativity was lit.

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What’s your mindset before you start a new piece?

Stay awake. Stay informed. I like to try and keep four eyes open at all times (do my red glasses count as an extra set of eyes?). I never know where that next piece of the inspiration puzzle might come from. Keeping my mindset open to anyone, anything, anywhere is a vital mantra to nurture my creativity.

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The music that you surround yourself with, do you find that it reflects in your work?

Music is the driving force in my workflow; it encompasses the mood and feel of each individual piece I create. It allows me to visually taste colors and shapes through whatever I may be listening to at the time. It’s safe to say my taste in music is wide and far, crossing over many genres, which I think can be picked up on through my body of work as a whole and some of the music artists I’ve created work around. 



Your signature red glasses are prevalent in a few of your pieces, how long have you had them?
I’ve been wearing my red glasses for years now…while in art school in both NYC and Boston(I attended Parsons New School for Design & The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston) I started to notice people recognizing me by my red glasses; that was the revelation that started it all. ‘Iconify Me.’ is my coined ideology that the characteristics that set us apart, often become our trademarks. What we’re remembered by: What makes you, YOU.'(for me, it’s my red glasses!) Since then, my work has always touched on identity in some form or fashion ever since.
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In terms of the art scene and personal style, what decade/era could you see yourself living in?
I’d say I’m an ‘old soul’ in a sense, because I’m always being influenced by culture/art/music that has come before me…but if I were to choose an era, it’d be the one we’re living in right now. The time is now. With the advancements of technology and the internet and mankind alone, we live in a pretty remarkable time. I mean, think about it…the world is at our fingertips at all times. And for the first time ever, we’re all globally available to each other through technology–which has it’s pros and cons–but I like to focus on the pros. (I’ve got many creative friends all over the world that I’ve kept in contact with for years and we’ve never met in person; all because of the internet.) But anyone and anything you’d like to learn or know is right there.
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What motivates you to keep going when you reach bumps in the road?
In 2012 I had a series of pretty severe health problems caused from Crohn’s Disease. While traveling in Shanghai, China, I had a massive flare of Crohn’s, causing me to be hospitalized over there before finally making it back to the U.S. and having 3 major abdominal surgeries including the removal of my entire colon.
 So, to go back to your original question of,”What motivates me to keep going?”…When it’s all taken away, you start to realize that we aren’t here for very long, so whatever it is you want to say or do…say or do it now. Nothing is guaranteed in this life.
In short, my road to recovery has been far from easy and had more bumps and detours than you’re average person would’ve liked to experience, but coming out on the other end, I’ve realized that we’re all a whole hell of a lot stronger than we can begin to imagine: “Tragic events which cause change in our lives are often the root of emerging opportunities.
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Do you have a personal list of favorite artists?
My top two innovators that I feel have changed the game for me would have to be Andy Warhol and George Lois. To cite Warhol as an influence coming from a visual artist and screen printer like myself can be quite cliché, I understand; and although I enjoy the visuals of his work…the genius of Warhol was the way he was able to merge both commercial and fine art, which is a very hard task for any artist, even to this day.
George Lois is the father of ‘The Big Idea’ and the original ‘Mad Man.’ His influence on both my workflow and visual communication skills are endless. Here are two quotes and a book recommendation all creative people should read and live by:
“If you’re a creative in any business, think of yourself as a doctor giving a patient medicine that will save his life. I’m dead serious.”
 “To me, a true creative spirit means to fight the good fight, always rejecting Con…and creating Icon.”
A Must Read: ‘Damn Good Advice (for people with talent)’ all by George Lois
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For people that come in contact with your work, what would you want them to take away from it?

I feel artists in any field “create to relate” most prominently through music, but if I can create that experience visually…I’ve done my job.


Check out more awesomeness (her red glasses included!) from AVERY NEJAM:

ART: Daigo Fukawa // “Rough Sketch Products”

Talk about bringing your imagination to life!


At first glance this seems like your typical, quickly-executed illustration, but don’t be fooled; these aren’t your average doodles, people.

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The basic white backdrop coupled with the ingenious maneuvering of colored wires takes your brain on a wild ride of perception. The functional furnishings were conjured up by Japanese student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University for the Arts.








This definitely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (if you’re too young to know who that is, Google is your friend.)

If you’re looking for a more aggressive style of sketch furniture ideas, then South Korean designer Jinil Park has you covered:



On the opposite side of the 3D spectrum is Maya Selway, a British jewelry designer and contemporary artist that’s known for her elegant and more minimalist conceptions.


So the next time you decide to doodle on a sketch pad, just remember… it doesn’t always have to stay there!

CREATIVE: Viviana Belle // Makeup Artist


There’s nothing I love more than an innovative individual, and Viviana Belle is no exception!

Owner of  Philly’s Bitten Beauty Bar, this talented MUA (MakeUp Artist) not only gives her clients great face, but she really shines when her creative juices start flowing.  This photo was my first introduction to her gifted artistry:

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I love her use of different color combos and applications; she changes the whole mood of each look! Compare the light and sweet lily to this next dark and mysterious flower:

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She also likes to showcase her love for sweets in a unique way!

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She even finds inspiration in the wildest places…

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…and from decadent accessories!

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Viviana is also a pro at Halloween! Here she is as a Geisha, but don’t think she’s afraid to get down and dirty with special effects:

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ART: The Works of Patrick Eugene


While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:

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THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?

PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”,  because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out!  (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.


TJ: What are some of your influences?

PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20’s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so. 

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TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?

PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces. 

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TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?

PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.

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// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\

ART X FASHION JUNQUI: Kidult Presents The “Your Luxury Is Our Misery” T-Shirts

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Yesterday morning Kidult was at it again with his latest victim of graffiti art on the Maison Martin Margiela flagship store in Brussels. Continuing to spread his message against the luxury brands of this world, he presents his new “Your Luxury Is Our Misery” t-shirt. The t-shirt comes in black and in white, featuring a version of the Chanel logo around the neck and the message at the bottom, signed with the artist’s name.

The new Kidult “Your Luxury Is Our Misery” T-Shirts release today on his website, each limited to 50 pieces, at 12:00PM noon EST.

ART JUNQUI: Caricatures by Dyshawn

Having delivered various art forms, Dyshawn Lamar, better known as Done by Dyshawn Designs, has been showcased in numerous Art JUNQUI post for his progressive styles in urban art and design. The influential artist offers a look into his personal sketchbook full with abstract characters featuring Rick”Rozay” Ross, Day Day (Mike Epps) from Next Friday and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) from Coming to America.


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Two artist that I love…the late Andy Warhol and now Terry Richardson.

 Andy  Warhol was dazzled by celebrity and found much of his inspiration in the photographic image. Warhol shot Polaroids of over thirty of subjects ranging from Debbie Harry to Yves St. Laurent.

Now, Terry Richardson, who looks like the guy that approaches you during a fill-up with a gas can and a story, is actually one of the world’s most successful shutterbugs, having shot dozens of A-list celebrities — even President Barack Obama — for the ritziest publications and fashion houses.

Warhol is known for saying, “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.” As far as we’re concerned, Terry Richardson has that going for him!  

FASHION JUNQUI: Prada X Vahram Muratyan ‘Parellell Universes’ Tees

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Prada steps into the designer t-shirt category in a collaboration with artist Vahram Muraytan. Bright and whimsical, the tees illustrate a certain artsy intellectual chic that has become the Prada look. See the tees on the flip courtesy of Prada. (more…)


Quiana sits down with New Jersey-based artist Talent, where he speaks candidly about his art, family and more. In this video,Talent discusses moving from the West to the East Coast as a child, his upbringing, family life and recent work. Check out “Nature” the Summer 12′ collection from Talent’s line Famous iink.

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ART X FASHION JUNQUI: Shantell Martin Limited Edition Hand Drawn Sweaters

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Artist Shantell Martin released a capsule collection of hand drawn sweat shirts adorned with her whimsical and quirky one of a kind line drawings.Available in small quantities, we love the idea of wearing   a unique piece. See more on the next page . Some are still available here. (more…)