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Beautiful Losers

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Beautiful Losers is a film about a group of semi-unrecognized, yet ridiculously influential collective group of artists. The sort of losers who cherished their outsider status. The sort of creatures who’ve held tight to their respective Crayolas & paintbrushes, their skateboards & video cameras, their spray cans & Sharpies, the very badges of their inner nerd, and are now recognized and celebrated. It’s the classic story. That weird punk skateboarder, the one they’d gun for in PE, now being paid millions for his bad-ass drawings to grace Pepsi campaigns. They came together in the old Alleged Gallery in the Lower East Side, started by the film’s director Aaron Rose over ten years ago and now their work can be seen worldwide, and has been described as a “movement”. The artists in the collective include: Barry McGee, Chris Johansen, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Stephen Powers, Harmony Korine, Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills, Thomas Campbell and Margaret Kilgallen. These artists are self-taught, employing the unrestrained Do-It-Yourself technique, their work not limited to one medium, but many. It’s not about the money or even so much the message as just creating. Being creative and inspiring those around you to do the same. This quote by Geoff McFetridge summed it up for me: “The sun doesn’t know its a star.”

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3 Responses to “Beautiful Losers”

  1. Nina Parks says:

    Yeah Man! It’s true, as we progress in age it seems like many people lose their wonderment for life, the kid eyes turn into bitter adult eyes; our imagination and creative side of our brain is clouded by reality and we forget what it means to dream. Nas said it too “You have to dream to succeed.” And these artist definitely dreamers.

  2. bayside says:

    I heard that they just opened up the beautiful losers online store. Its gonna have some awesome merch. when it gets closer to the release of the film, i can’t wait to get my hands on some! go and check it out:

  3. Gabriella GDK says:

    hey bayside, thanks for the tip! we’ll post about the store too.


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