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It's Bizarre

Joel, whenever the topic comes up, declares that Bizarre magazine was once good but has denegrated into a poor excuse for porn.

While I can see how this is true, there are many parts of the magazine that I still enjoy - not least the UltraVixens! People sending in their own ideas of what is attractive is always more interesting than a magazine's necessarily rather watered-down and bland concept- necessarily, because they have to aim for the middle of what they believe their readership wants in order to maintain their sales. With the UltraVixens you get to see the taste of a specific individual, which to me is always more engaging.

Which leads me neatly on to the artwork featured in Bizarre, which I'm usually grateful to have seen & read about. This issue they featured Godmachine a.k.a. Bob Self, the chap who does the gloriously complex & twisted artwork for the brand Iron Fist. While I make a point of NEVER wearing clothing with an obviously visible label (if I did, I reckon the label should pay ME for advertising space), I like what Godmachine does & have considered buying some Iron Fist shoes which are especially beautiful - all pop art & grotesque roses. Very Great Gatsby.

The readers' artwork is often amazing too. It's lead me to look up several people to explore their work further. I consider things like that to have enriched my life, so why the hell not?

And, of course, there's the irresistible (to me, anyway) world of tattoos and body mod. I still want some tatts & will get one when I finally grow a pair. Seeing work that I like is inspiring, & seeing work that I definitely don't want is also helpful.

I suppose the lesson to be learned here is that I can like what I want to like... which I knew anyway.

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toxicpixie
Jul. 18th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I have an Iron Fist t-shirt, given to me for x-fest by scarybex - it's really rather striking :D

I don't think they give the label any prominence even if it is splashed through the design - it's worked in as a part of the image, not as the point of the garment :)

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
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