VNA issue 24 is here with London’s secretive living legend, Paul Insect, gracing our front cover. Paul, who remains something of an enigma in the street art scene, discusses everything from his bronze Playboy Bunny skeleton creations to his predilection for pottery.
This in-depth interview is nestled amongst the usual eclectic mix of street arty goodness, from exciting newcomers to seasoned award-winners, from American cartoonists to Iranian muralists. All of this is, of course, accompanied by the inimitable array of snaps from city streets around the world – we take you on a photographic tour across London, Dublin and Toronto.
Other artists featured in this issue include sometimes controversial, urban artist Matt Small, who’s received some stick in the past for his renditions of what people would call ‘chavs’ in a high-art style, plus Irish ex-pat illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who now lives and creates unique picture books and fine art with a twist across the pond. We also take a look at the Graffuturist art movement from the perspective of the artists that live and breathe it, including an in-depth visit to the annals of Jaybo Monk’s brain. Low-brow urban vinyl maestro Tim Biskup talks punk rock, Disneyland, and gig poster art. We also caught up with Dutch fine artist Joram Roukes, saucy skateboard deck artist Jacob Ovgren, and took a trip to the desert to bring you photos from an exclusive shoot with graffers including previous cover artist Insa.
VNA 24 is available with two alternative covers; one is exclusive to our web store and subscribers, while the other is available through our network of stockists. You can purchase the web exclusive cover here NOW!
We will be celebrating the release of this issue THIS THURSDAY ( The 7th of November) at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes Bar in Shoreditch, London. Beers will be provided by Desperados. Screen-printed copies of the magazine with artwork designed by Paul Insect will be available to buy in limited edition packs on the night, these will come with a signed screen printed envelope and an exclusive Paul Insect sticker sheet. You will also be able to purchase both covers of the magazine and any back issues we have lying around. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Another 50 of these will be available through our online lottery for those unable to make the launch, please email LTD@verynearlyalmost.com before 6pm on the 8th of November to register your interest.
There will also be a limited amount of one off hand screen printed prints by Paul Insect available for sale on the night. These prints will be sold with all proceeds going to a charity that Paul has selected, namely Shelter From The Storm based in Kings Cross, London. More details on their work can be found at: www.sfts.org.uk