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Friday, October 16, 2009

Beautiful/Decay Magazine - Amir Fallah

Today we have a really awesome feature with Amir Fallah from the magazine BEAUTIFUL/DECAY. Check out the interview, the art lib, some of Amir's own work, art featured in the magazine as well as the cover of the current issue. The link to the magazines web site is below as well if you'd like to check it out or if you're interested in a subscription.

Amir Fallah is known for his work with cookies. Amir first started drawing when he was only 53 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the anal pressure of being a child prodigy meticulously got to him and he had a small breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own eyes! Amir found small inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his room with a view for all the cakes to see! Amir eventually got married to Jessica Lopez and they remain together meticulously in their house with their 13 children. Amir would like to thank George Washington, Barack Obama and Chris Ofili for their constant support and inspiration.

As a popular magazine, you must get a lot of people wanting to have their art featured, how do you choose what art gets featured and what art doesn't?
We get hundreds of requests every week. I look at every single email but unfortunately we can't feature every submission. I try to keep the selection process simple. If the work is good and fits in with what we are doing we feature it. We've been blogging a lot more lately so now I try to feature as many submissions as I can on our blog.

What do you think draws so many people to the magazine?
Our readers and fans understand that we are a company that is built by artists for artists. I didn't start this to get rich. It has always been my goal to create a community that supports and empowers artists and designers. As a result our readers are extremely loyal and passionate. They see that we have the same vision as they do so they support us by sharing their work, subscribing to the magazine, and purchasing our limited edition apparel. By doing this they enable us to keep Beautiful/Decay growing.

How has the readership for your magazine changed over the years from when you first initially started?
To be successful in anything you have to constantly grow and evolve. Hopefully our readers have grown with the magazine as our tastes have refined.

As someone who has seen a lot of art over the years, what art stands out to you after everything you've seen?
The short answer is everything in the magazine! I only feature art that I'm passionate about. I usually take notes on artists that I like. Sometimes these artists will stay on the list for a year or two before we ever feature them. I figure if after 2 years I still am excited by someone's work our readers will be too.

What kind of advice can you offer to artists trying to get their work out there?
Constantly look at & read about art, make lots of work, create a website, and create your own opportunities. They don't always fall in your lap.

Please make sure to check out the magazine itself... the art is amazing and unique! And to get an idea of what the magazine is like or to check out some of the cool artists and such, go to the BEAUTIFUL/DECAY web site! And as always, remember to respect the art and the artists! The art on this blog is here because we were given permission to put it on here. If you like the art and would like to use it for your own blog or web site, you must ask permission from the artist first and none of the art is to be taken, stolen or reproduced! Respect the art!

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