Brücius is with us here at Sang Bleu right now, his incredible talent for light strokes and beautiful draftsmanship has helped him create a huge following and we are incredibly honoured to have him guest with us these past few days. I had a conversation with him yesterday and here is what he had to say about making it and using all your experiences to help create a life you want to live.
So you’re from San Francisco?
No I was born in New York state but I live in San Francisco now
New York, thats cool..
Yeah there’s a lot of trees in New York state, maybe thats why i’m so connected to nature, also because we moved to LA and that’s certainly not full of trees, where I was born was practically forestry.
So you moved to LA with your family?
Correct and from LA I moved to SF and from there I moved to Seattle and went back to school and then moved back to LA to become a CG artist
Yeah so I studied architecture and went back to fine arts and switched my major, I thought maybe i’d be an illustrator, so it was little tricky, like special effects- like what major does that fall under? The school I went to was pretty good, the school of art and design in Pasadena, it was hardcore, I got some good training and created a good portfolio and then I was an artist assistant in Los Angeles for maybe a year doing fine art graphite drawings, I was doing ten feet tall portraits, I didn’t really like the job too much because I was making like three percent of the sale price, I mean thats how it goes, so I told Idexa [...]
Last weekend Printed Matter hosted the 9th annual New York Art Book Fair at MoMAPS1 in Long Island. Sang Bleu’s collaboration with Wet Satin Press, The Fetish Series, was exhibited alongside thousands of publications from 350 booksellers, publishers and artists.
With something to suit all tastes and humours, the scope of publications for sale ranged from subculture to sex to sci-fi to architecture and girl with guns on tinder. In our digital age, one of dot coms and collectivised tastes on tumblr, the popularity and variety of the exhibited works is a testament to the physicalised form of printed matter; ‘print is dead’ is a futile utterance here.
We purveyed the hundreds of stalls, books and zines and from Iggy Pop to Wormy, have collected together our favourites of the fair.
Finger, Vasta Images and Books
Vasta Images and Books specialise in sexpapers and 70s newsstand smut. ‘Finger’ was a periodical near wholly created from reader submissions. Featuring absurd photography like a dog licking a woman’s breast and erotic fiction of questionable desire, Finger is a collated chronicle of perverted pornographic oddities.
Bitch Magnets, Kilroy Savage, Paperwork NYC
A zine featuring a collection of photographs found in a thrift store that documents the backstage happenings of the seediest of American strip clubs. These images of women, guns, hustlers and cocks against barren and out of place backgrounds (purple carpet and Winnie the Pooh) are unknown, raw and grotesque.
Walk This Way, Sophie Bramly
A publication of Sophie Bramly’s unseen photographs of the beginnings of Hip-Hop in the Bronx featuring a foreword by famed New York artist and hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. The photographs chronicle the roots of a now universal and pioneering scene, though [...]
Tattooer Javier Betancourt recently came to Sang Bleu London to do a guest spot and we met up to speak about his work, the evolving state of the tattooer and the new zine that he is creating.
So you come from Miami?
Yeah, born and raised in Miami.
Why are you in London?
Well, I’ve been to London before, but this is my first time actually working in London. I wanted to come to Sang Bleu because I’ve been following them since I started tattooing and had never been to the studio. I’m a fan of a lot of the artists here, so I see it as a good opportunity to work with like-minded people.
What shop do you work at in Miami?
I have my own shop in Miami called Ocho Placas Tattoo Company. We’ve been there since 2001. I took over in 2009 when my mentor passed away and I’ve been running it ever since with my business partner, John Vale.
So why haven’t you left Miami?
I love Miami. Miami’s home. There’s no place quite like it.
Have you ever lived anywhere else in America?
J: No I haven’t but I’ve travelled enough for work that the urge to move away is satisfied by travelling and guesting. I just pick up and go whenever I feel a little cooped up.
Where are some of your favourite places to tattoo?
I love New York.
Where do you work when you’re in New York?
J: I was guesting at DareDevil on the Lower East Side and then when my best friend-practically my brother, Jason June- went to Three Kings, I followed him there. He’s at Kings Avenue now, but yeah, that’s how I met some of my favourite tattooers, like Tamara Santibañez and Daniel Albrigo.
So who are your favourite tattooers [...]
Photographer: Etienne Saint-Denis Stylist: Marcus Cuffie Models: Dick Wagner Hair: Sean Bennett
Contemporary art, in its various forms, does not usually need to have a clear meaning or function for us to consider it intelligent, beautiful, informative or challenging. But this is a relatively new development. Historically, in the Western world at least, art has served a clear purpose; as Christianity spread across Europe, throughout the Medieval ages and into the Renaissance, art illustrated its religious teachings. Society, culture, education and social life were framed and dominated by religion during this period; religious art was thus considered the greatest, as not only did it honour God but it also depicted stories from the Bible, helping to spread and sustain the Christian message.
There was a very firm threefold guideline as to the function, and proper visual appearance, of religious paintings, particularly during the Renaissance period. These artworks had to meet institutional needs, and promote both intellectual and spiritual interest.
Religious art had to convert religious stories into a visual language, in order to be understood by the general populous, of which a majority were illiterate. Secondly, these artworks had to be emotionally moving, for viewers to really feel these stories, and respond in an emotional, spiritual manner. Thirdly, they had to be memorable, vivid and clear, so that stories from the Bible would have a lasting impression, and stay in the minds of the viewer.
Yet, during this time, people were encouraged to imagine religious stories on their own terms; they would attach faces and places they knew to religious characters and locations, in order to remember the stories more vividly. No artist can compete with the internal particularity of private visualisation. How many times have books been made into films, for us to watch in dismay as our characters become unrecognisable to us?
Consequently, a [...]
Here at Sang Bleu we are proud and excited to announce The Fetish Series, three zines which explore the depths of online fetishists minds published by Sang Bleu and Reba Maybury’s new publishing company Wet Satin Press
The three zines are:A MAN’S FETISH FOR WOMEN WEARING OFFICE APPROPRIATE HEELS SUBMERGED INTO WATER. A 60 YEAR OLD MAN’S RITUALISTIC FETISH FOR WEARING NYLON ON HIS FACE AT HOME. A MAN’S FETISH FOR THE AIR BUBBLES TRAPPED INSIDE WOMEN’S DRESSES WHILE SWIMMING.
The zines will be presented at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMa PS1 which opens this Thursday until Sunday, where Wet Satin Press will be sharing a table with Tamara Santibanez.
Each zine is an edition of 50.
Interviews by Reba, creative direction by Maxime Buchi.
Make-up was until very recently only ever worn by prostitutes but gained popularity with the advent of Hollywood films in the 1930s and 40s. Cosmetics were worn by actresses for no other reason than to highlight the contours of the face so the low quality black and white film would be able to pick up on them. This anomaly has now created economic and social structures that infiltrates how most women invest their time and money. Its strange to think of make-up being a ritual that less than a century ago was rarely performed and has only now been adopted due to a vague technological fault.
A lot of women in the world wear make up, and there is a specialist for all sorts of the many areas that the profession entails. Whether that is within fashion, bridal, personal make-overs, television or film, there is always a hierarchy of the best professionals in each field.
The make -up artists job is unique to every person they work with. Their job primary deals with transforming women, and now more often men too. Usually is aims to make women look more ‘attractive’, ‘beautiful’ or ‘sexy’ , by enhancing or covering parts of the face. It can be used as an escapist format, it can be playful but it can also be full of self loathing. There is no real right or wrong answer about whether make-up is good or bad or not but purely comes down to a personal choice. Trends are also inherent to the cosmetics industry, we look at what celebrities are wearing, which part of the face is being more exaggerated at the moment? What type of eyebrow is fashion?
Maegan lives in California and is a make up artist. What makes her special is [...]