You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen These Pictures Of Nature-Loving Artist Brad Pitt

Photo: Ryan McGinley exclusively for GQ Style.
Brad Pitt is tired of being Brad Pitt. I mean, the man has had quite the year — from his very public split from Angelina Jolie, dismantling the power couple Brangelina in a way that totally broke my heart, to child abuse claims after a private plane fiasco, resulting in a now-squashed FBI investigation. It feels like his past six months have been filled with calls from lawyers, law enforcement, and TMZ-like reporters. And while that could be true, his days have also been filled with art, nature, and apparently tattoos. (So. Many. Tattoos.)
In an interview with GQ Style, the 53-year-old finally gives us a glance into his new quiet and introspective life — and it's a fucking wild ride. In a series of 31 (THIRTY ONE) photos, Pitt gives us the longest look into his post-marriage days that we're ever likely to get. And unlike most cover stories, it's not Pitt's responses to questions that reveal his true character, it's the deeply saturated and incredibly moody photos, captured by Ryan McGinley, that tell the real story.
Pitt is an artist now himself (he sculpts, duh), and it appears that he is fully embracing his weird and unfiltered side since broadening his artistic pursuits. In the photos he is literally tumbling down a sand dune, praying into the sunset, and crying into the camera. It's extremely raw and liberating, but also a little surprising, especially since the last time we saw him, he looked rough. But now he looks like a piece of living art, and we need to talk about these photos right this instant. There are a lot of versions of Brad Pitt to behold in these slides, proving that even if he himself is sick of being "fucking Brad" — we aren't.
Click on to the most compelling photos of Pitt from his national park adventure. And yes, you may want to make one of them your background like I did.
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Photographed by Ryan McGinley exclusively for GQStyle.
Soul-Searing Brad

Okay, let's start with the covers.

I mean, the salt-and-pepper facial hair and the sand on the cheek is a trip. It's also a good precursor to the images of him face-planting down the side of a sand dune in a part-yogi, part-break dancer move.
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Photographed by Ryan McGinley exclusively for GQStyle.
Luau Brad

Here's the second cover. The palette is warmer, and the wild hay is a nice touch; as with the sand, it shows he isn't afraid to get down and dirty — and be one with nature. It's fun.
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Photographed by Ryan McGinley exclusively for GQStyle.
Marfa Art Gallery Owner Brad

The shirtless white-linen suit look is a power move for the fiftysomething newly-minted artist.

Now, onto the inside pictures.
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Fear & Loathing Brad

So, apparently Pitt doesn't smoke weed anymore, but I like to imagine him with a spliff in the front pocket of this brightly colored Hunter S. Thompson-y shirt. He was asked by GQ if it was hard to lay off the reefer, to which he replied: "No. Back in my stoner days, I wanted to smoke a joint with Jack and Snoop and Willie. You know, when you're a stoner, you get these really stupid ideas. Well, I don't want to indict the others, but I haven't made it to Willie yet." Which is the best answer, ever.
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Shimmy-Shimmy Brad

He's sitting in the sand, wrapped in his shirt, and doing a little shimmy. I know that is exactly what was going on in this photo.
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Sculptor Brad

These are the two faces that Pitt makes when he is looking at a lump of material before sculpting it into a masterpiece. He is pensive, he is observant, he is open to inspiration. He has the arms and the gaze of seasoned potter. He is also wearing a perfect all-white jumpsuit.
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Special Agent Brad

Excuse me, HBO: Here are the first two stills from season 3 of True Detective. That smoke billow alone could win an Emmy. And don't even get me started on the suspenders!
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"Framing This" Brad

I.. can't.
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Dust Bowl Brad

The Dust Bowl was bad. This giph is not.
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If you still need more Brads, then read the full story on GQStyle, buy the issue, make a collage of his face, and then play this video in the background while you do.

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