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Thomas Pitilli’s re-interpretation of a famous sculpture

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Art on Saturday 22 December 2012

Here’s a recent illustration I made based on the tale of Pygmalion and Galatea. As the tale goes, Pygmalion falls deeply in love with the sculpture he created, wishing that he could find a wife as beautiful as she. The goddess Venus then grants him this wish by bringing the sculpture to life. The first time I became familiar with this tale was when I saw a painting inspired by it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art years ago. Ever since, it has been my favorite painting in the museum. Many artists have tackled this particular story over the years, but Jean-Léon Gérôme’s is by far my favorite.

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Brooklyn Circus: contemporary urban street wear

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Fashion on Thursday 15 March 2012

I’m a big fan of clothing line, The Brooklyn Circus. They seamlessly blend a mix of retro American classic with contemporary urban street wear, making them a unique force in the fashion world. Their creative director and co-founder, Ouigi Theodore, aka The Bearded Man, has recently teamed up with PF Flyers for a the Archival Reissue Collection campaign. My favorite quote from the spot is: ‘If I wasn’t different, I felt odd’.

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Honey Bee: new music from Brian Bonz

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Music on Thursday 15 March 2012

Brian Bonz is a Brooklyn-based musician and a good friend. His latest release, The Triborough Odyssey, is a tribute to the city he’s from and a recollection of experiences past and present. Produced by John McEntire (Broken Social Scene), the album is a solid piece of music and storytelling. Check out the video for their song, Honey Bee.

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Illo Confidential: an illustration collective

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Illustration on Thursday 15 March 2012

Illo Confidential is an illustration collective featuring a group of incredibly talented illustrators. I am very honored to be a part of such an amazing group. We post our most up-to-date projects and processes on our site.

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Mos Def and Chris Gibbs talk culture on the streets of France

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By Thomas Pitilli in Video on Thursday 15 March 2012

This is an awesome video of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Chris Gibbs, owner of Union LA, on the streets of France talking about culture, fashion and America. There’s such a wonderful vibe to this piece, it makes me want to walk the streets of a European city in the springtime.

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New work from Brooklyn illustrator Thomas Pitilli

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Illustration on Wednesday 14 March 2012

I consider myself a very lucky person to get to draw pictures for a living. I find inspiration in many things, including the culture that I live in, the art I look at, the food I eat, the people I interact with, and the music I listen to.

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RJ-K5 Astrofresh Basketball Droyds

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Products on Wednesday 14 March 2012

My tattoo artist and fellow art buddy, JK5, is blending his love for hoops and a certain George Lucas series to create the RJ-K5 Astrofresh Basketball Droyds. This looks super dope.

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Artist Edel Rodriguez’s travel sketch book

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By Thomas Pitilli in New Illustration on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Edel Rodriguez is one of my favorite working illustrators. With such a strong body of work and a variety of approaches to the craft, his art is always exciting and original. Check this blog post he made about his recent trip to Bali. His sketch book entries are beautiful and so full of life. They tell the story better than the photographs.

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