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CRUMPLER x T-WORLD

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Crumpler and T-world are excited to announce their latest collaboration, showcasing some of the brightest and most creative talent on Australian shores. Crumpler know bags, and T-world are obsessed with T-shirt graphics. It made sense for the Melbourne born and bred businesses to curate this ongoing exhibition of products. Crumpler and T-world will be celebrating Series One with a launch party on Thursday 16th February from 6-8pm at their Flagship store, 40-44 Degraves Street, Melbourne.

“It’s a collaboration that was bound to happen. If you’ve ever run into me at an event, exhibition or simply in the street, chances are you will have seen me holding my trusty Crumpler bag. As a Melbourne advocate, I am proud for T-world to be partnering on this project and exposing some of the most innovative artists and designers from this city.” – Eddie Zammit, T-world (and VNA contributor!)

Series One: Tin&Ed

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Tin&Ed are a creative practise, dedicating their lives to blurring the lines between art, design, play and work. Crumpler are absolutely delighted to be working with them once again – having given them some of their rst jobs straight out of university almost a decade ago.
This series is an intergalactic travel-inspired collection featuring three T-shirt graphics and one Squid backpack. Their T-shirt graphics feature ag designs for all beings throughout the universe. In their world, practice makes imperfect.

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CMMNTY: Wearable Art That Helps The Homeless

CMMNTY LAUNCHES ETHICAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BRAND TO CHAMPION ARTISTS WHILE SUPPORTING HOMELESS PEOPLE

A collective of artists have devised a new global platform for contemporary artisanal merchandise, with every sale ensuring a fair deal for artists whilst helping to support homeless communities.

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CMMNTY has been launched to encourage collaboration by bringing a wide variety of artists together to produce limited edition and ethically produced clothing and art together. The new ethical platform is jointly-owned with the artists, meaning that contributors claim a fair share of proceeds each time one of their products is sold. Wear it or hang it, every print is super exclusive and limited. Not only that, but five per cent of profits on each CMMNTY sale will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus, which supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home and meaningful work in a community setting.

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CMMNTY has a rich background and long history. Initiated by established fashion design and art professionals with real streetwear credentials and thousands of hours of experience in the industry, the idea is to do things differently and give something back. David Newman, CMMNTY’s founder, said: “Unlike many brands, artists don’t just license their designs to CMMNTY; they are CMMNTY. Jointly-owned with artists, CMMNTY’s aim is to use products to promote art rather than art to promote products. It’s a model that means a fairer deal for artists, whilst also ensuring we do our bit to address the important issue of homelessness.”

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He also adds: “As well as being an ethical platform, CMMNTY offers products that reflect the attention-to-detail, cut and construction that we pride ourselves on. Each product is strictly limited edition, designed by the artists and made to order by the CMMNTY team. This means that everything we sell is a truly collectible piece-of-art.” The artist roster have all earned their stripes worldwide and include true forefathers of street art such as; David Walker, sheOne, Will Barras & Ornamental Conifer as well as other participating artists; Mr Penfold and Mr Incognito.

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Further underlining the ethical philosophy of CMMNTY, every art print is produced using Vegan-friendly bamboo paper, while t-shirts feature organic, long fibre, triple washed Portwood Cotton™.

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CMMNTY’s official Kickstarter campaign will launch on 8th February with an exclusive film explaining the project in further detail and encouraging people to support the vision. In return supporters will receive a range of product from prints to tees and highly sought after one off pieces from the artists involved. To find out more information ahead of the campaign, please view their preview page here. To view the current collection, artists involved and to see the current range of tees and prints please visit:

www.cmmnty.co

www.kickstarter.com/projects/484131904/cmmnty-art-to-wear-and-hang?token=27277c74

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Ironlak Flagship Store – Sydney

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Seminal Australian art supplies brand, Ironlak, has proudly launched a fresh new retail space in the heart of Sydney. Located on the ground floor of Central Park in Chippendale, the Ironlak Art & Design flagship store aims to create an innovative retail experience for artists and designers.

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With the brand traditionally catering to graffiti writers with spray paint and markers, the Ironlak Art & Design store marks the launch of Ironlak’s vastly extended product range, providing a wider selection of art tools to allow all artists to express their creativity. New additions to the line include acrylic & oil paints, watercolour paint, colour pencils, technical drawing pens, gel pens, canvas, charcoal, pastels, sketchbooks, pads and easels. Apparel needs a mention too. 

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The store was designed and built by Blake Ibbotson and the team at Fat Projects. 

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To kick things off with a bang, Ironlak hosted a private launch party at the store on Thursday night, inviting a handful of Sydney creatives to enjoy a beer (thanks to Vale), wine, food and good times with the Ironlak team. Artist Mik Shida was in the building, blessing the feature wall with a fresh lick of paint, while DJ Harry Hunter filled the air with dope tunes.

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The store is open 363 days a year, 10am–8pm. You can find it on the ground floor of Central Park – 28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW, 2008, Australia. Get in today and check out the new digs and extended range of quality art supplies and apparel.

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Visit the new look ironlak.com for more information about Ironlak. Mik Shida is over here: 

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Photography: Luke Shirlaw

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Johnny Cupcakes baking in Melbourne! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

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Why have thousands of customers from around the world chosen to get the Johnny Cupcakes’ logos tattooed on themselves? And how does Johnny get hundreds of people to camp outside his fake bakeries?

Over the past decade Johnny Cupcakes, founded by speaker Johnny Earle (who started 16 businesses before he was 16 years old), has grown from a “joke” to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of world-wide collectors. Johnny is visiting Melbourne to tell the story of how he took his t-shirt brand from his rusty car at age 19, with learning difficulties and little resources, to some of the world’s most sought after retail locations.

Johnny frequently speaks at businesses and universities worldwide. He has been named Americas #1 Young Entrepreneur by BusinessWeek, one of the top innovative people in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, he has been recognised four years in a row for making it into the INC 500/5000 fastest growing independent companies in America, and has been featured on MTV, NPR, FORBES, WIRED, and as a case study in several branding and business books. Johnny’s known for helping other people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.

Johnny hits Melbourne on 30 August 2016 for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Tickets are selling like freshly baked cupcakes so best get in here, before it’s all sold out!

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RAW INC.

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We took 5 with Raw Inc bossman and all round nice guy Kalis recently to talk all things Inc! Check it out below!

What is Raw Inc and how did it come to be?
It started back in 1987, by myself (KALIS) messing around with a few crew name ideas, while hanging with friends getting up to no good late at night walking the streets on the outer Western Line as you do. Raw originally stood for Real.Aussie.Writers or Read.And.Weep among a few others…

Raw is a collective of artists starting from Australia, England, Germany, France and America. The guys support and rep us all the time and we try to support them in anyway we can as well. We’re all on the same path.

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Boywolf x T-world – ‘Film the Police’

In 1991, Rodney King became victim to police brutality. Wrong place, wrong time. NWA’s “F#ck the Police” became the anthem to bring attention to such outrage. In 2016 – not a lot has changed except to catch the guilty now you need to “Film the Police”. This tee produced by Boywold and T-world, with type styles by the talented Ohnoes, is dedicated to keeping the law accountable, 25 years later.

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The minds behind the tee have a word of warning though: ‘We advise that you don’t go getting arrested at night wearing this tee. As night prevails, the key message pays homage to a song lyric by NWA that changed a generation.’

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Available in 3 colours. Hit up www.boywolf.com for pre-sales, the tee is only available in limited numbers so best not sleep on this one.

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Michael De Feo “The Fashion Pages” @ The Garage, Amsterdam

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NYC-based artist Michael De Feo also known as ‘The Flower Guy” has gained world recognition with his iconic flower symbols painted on the streets of more than 60 cities worldwide in the last 25 years. “The Fashion Pages” sprouted from a series of ad space and bus shelter takeovers on the streets of NYC and grew into a complete body of work created on magazine pages inside his NYC studio.
The new pieces created on editorials and advertisements are result of De Feo’s interest in the world of fashion. Through his new floral interventions the artist transforms the original images and the models within, turning these icons of our time into ethereal creatures and blurring the line between unsanctioned & authorized works. These unlawful ‘collaborations’ ended up getting positive feedback from the photographers, models and brands involved, which lead to sponsored partnerships like recently designed line of women’s accessories for Echo, takeover of Neiman Marcus’ April catalog, and a campaign for Christian Louboutin. On April 8th he will be introducing this new body of work @ The Garage, a 17th century carriage house in the canals of Amsterdam, as well as with series of bus stop fashion takeovers around the city.

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LIMITED EDITION MTN AUSTRALIA CREW TEE

MTN are extremely excited to release a new limited edition MTN Australia T-shirt in collaboration with T-world.

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T-world is the only T-shirt journal in existence and this year marks their 10-year anniversary. They’ve recruited Travis Price, a local illustrator, known for his T-shirt design work worldwide. It’s not the first time Mr. Price has collaborated with T-world, having also created art for Johnny Cupcakes, REBEL8 and Santa Cruz, just to name a few. MTN now joins that list and they are beyond rapt.

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‘Buying this tee means you’re part of the CREW. We have your back and you have ours. Loyalty in the graffiti game is more important than ever and we want you to paint the town red – or whatever MTN Australia colours you choose!’ MTN AUSTRALIA

The black tee is available with a white or blue back print and a front pocket print. These T-shirts are extremely limited, so be sure to get yours while they’re hot. Run, don’t walk!

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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