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Laser 3.14 – Interview

Our man in Amsterdam, Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, recently caught up with Laser 3.14 for an interview. Remaining anonymous, Laser 3.14 is the pseudonym of a poetic painter, also from Amsterdam. Writing his short socio-critical messages on fences and construction site hoardings all over the world, his pen-name is a reference to his love for Sci-fi. The 3.14 in his name stands for the numerical denomination for Pi, the letters of which also represent an abbreviation for Public Image. As well as working on the streets, he is an exhibiting artist and cartoonist, with a book, ‘Are You Reading Me’, published in 2009.

Here’s Laser’s take on the world…

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Book Review – The Political Set

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‘Tattoo Me’ – Mike Watt

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Last year, we spoke with Sydney based illustrator Mike Watt, who hinted at a project where he would provide an unique character to an artist and they would tattoo it, pretty much doing whatever they wanted to it.

Good news, the time has almost come for this to be release in all its 130 collaboration glory. If you want to get on board, all you need to do is click here.

Featuring:

6SETA, ADAM TOHT/ATOMOL, ADRIAN REPETI, ALEXANDRA LEDERMAN, AMY BEAN, ANDREW MILLIST, ANDRI MONDONG, ANDROS, APE 7, BAFCAT, BEC KILPATRICK, BEN BROWN, BEN OWENS, BEN MARRIOTT, BEN MITCHELL, BILL HOPE, BILLMUND, BIRDHAT, BORJA BONAFUENTE GONZALO, BUNKWAA, BUTTONS, CAM SCALE, CAM WALL, CARLOS BOBI, CARL MORGAN, CHRIS NIXON, CHEHEHE, CHRIS WAHL, CRABLO, CRISIS, CULT DE SAC, DAVID CRAGG, DAVE FOSTER, DEAMZIE, DEANIST, DIGABLE GOODS, DOGFIGHT, EDDY-LOU, ELEVEN, ELSA ISABELLA, FERNANDA PORTO, FIELDEY, GABRIELLE FILTZ, GARETH LLOYD, GEORGE ROSE, GEORGINA ANTON, GEORGIA HILL, GINA KIEL, GLENNO SMITH, GRIZZLE, GRIM FINGA, GWEN WATT, HOUL, HULES, IRENE FELEO, IRESH, ISA FLORY, JAKPOT, JAMES BRISCOE, JACK DOUGLAS, JAK M.C.S, JASON PAULOS, JAYA, JESSE BROCKIS, JIMMY SK, JOE42, JO LEY, JOAO PERES, JON FOYE, JOSH 2000, KALIS, KARL TAGLE, KENTARO YOSHIDA, KEO MATCH, KRISPE, LACHLAN BRUCE, LADY J ADAMS, LEE McCONNELL, LOSOP, LOUIE JOYCE, LUCY IZZARD, LUKE OKAY, LUSCH, MARTIN E WILLS, MATTHEW BOURNE, MATT DAMPNEY, MATT JACKSON, MELLO, MICHAEL LANGENEGGER, MIKE MAKATRON, MITCH WALDER, M-LON, MULGA, MR. EDWARDS, MR.FRENCH, NICO, OHNOES, O’SILVA, PHIBS, PIGEON BOY, PLOY CHEUNPIS, PURE, QUER 162, RILLA, ROBERT BAIRD, ROBBIE ELLIS, ROMERA 762, ROSEVICH, ROTBOTS, SADAO, SAM BRUNWELL, SAM FELIX JOSEPH, SAMMY BATS, SARAH HOWELL, SAXON DUKE, SHU/MONSTERY & ME, SINDY SINN, SKULK, SMALL KID, SMC3, SOFIA FITZPATRICK, SOSIO, SOURS HOS, SWERFK, TERHOR, THE DIRT, TINIES HOS, TRAIT CROSS, TRAVIS PRICE, UD3, VOIR, WARRICK McMILES, Y_T, ZEKE’S LUNCHBOX

Mr Bingo’s retrospective Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection

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Mr Bingo entered the final week of his fundraising campaign for Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection. The book is planned to be the ultimate retrospective of Mr Bingo’s popular Hate Mail project that started back in 2011.

Since the beginning of the project Mr Bingo has sent 928 vintage postcards skillfully emblazoned with offensive messages to (mostly) willing recipients. The book will be showcasing 156 artist’s favorite postcards created over the years on some 300 litho print pages. The book will be printed and bound to the highest standards by a renowned art book printer in Italy. Clothbound, foil stamped and comprised of the finest German book paper, the production and design of the book will be handled by Darren Wall, a London-based art director and publisher with over a decade of experience in design for print.

Although the artist already reached the first and second campaign goal, it’s still possible to support this project and win one of the rewards that range from copies of the book itself, receiving a personal hate mail on the internet, in a book or on a postcard, to getting drunk on a train with the artist himself.

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Risk – Old Habits Die Hard – Monograph

Legendary Graffiti Writer RISK has released a 350-page monograph. Detroit printmakers, 1xRUN & cultural curator Roger Gastman have joined forces to publish the definitive book on one of the pioneering Los Angeles graffiti originators.

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1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. Old Habits Die Hard recounts a career spanning over four decades with RISK detailing his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Old Habits Die Hard is available for purchase online now from – href=”http://www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard”>www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard

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VNA 30 London Launch

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Big ups to all the people that made it down to the VNA Issue 30 Limited Edition London launch at East London’s Great Eastern Bear, featuring original screen-printed box sets from New York’s finest, Futura.

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It was an amazing turnout with lots of love for one of the seminal New York graffiti artists. Supported with beer from Brooklyn-based brewery, Sixpoint, as well as some Soffle’s pitta chips to soak up the sauce, and DJ LOL Cool J providing the tunes.

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Ironlak and local paint supply store, Chrome & Black came through with materials for local legend D*face to put up a billboard overlooking Shoreditch with a positive message to the people, ‘Think Bike’ – a nod to all the bikers in London and one of D*face’s own personal passions.

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VNA 30 – Limited Edition – Futura Box Set

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VNA 30 is here. This is a landmark issue with an extra special artist for the cover – a true godfather of graffiti, Futura, formerly known as Futura2000. He talks candidly about the stratospheric highs and crushing lows of his dramatic life and career to date.

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As always, VNA have produced a Limited Edition run of screen-printed magazines, lovingly prepared by our friends at White Duck Screen Print and this issue is no exception. Each boxset features Futura’s artwork screen-printed on the box and magazine cover and inside you’ll find included a set of four die-cut stickers and and an exclusive wooden model of Futura tag on Brooklyn Bridge.

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The box sets will be available to buy excusively at the London launch this Thursday 4th June from Great Eastern Bear, 8a Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NT. We’ll have some complimentary beers from Brooklyn-based brewmasters, Sixpoint, as well as a few select paintings from some of the artists we know and love and some spicy snacks courtesy of Soffle’s Pitta Chips.

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As if all that wasn’t enough, D*face will be painting a billboard to guide you to the event space, supported by our friends at Ironlak and Chrome & Black, and local dancefloor destroyer, LOL Cool J will be spinning tunes to make you move to.

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VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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SURFACE by Søren Solkær

Danish photographer Søren Solkær has put together one of the finest books of artist portraiture we’ve see in a long time! Featuring over 130 portraits of the worlds leading artists and some of the hottest new talent, this incredible book has everyone from Seen, Dabs Myla, ELLE, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink, Swoon, Invader, London Police, Vexta and more…

Taken over 3 years, in 13 cities, the book will be launched alongside international exhibitions. We’re pretty excited.

www.sorensolkaer.com