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Mayonaize T-Shirts now available!

Our friend Mayo has just released his new limited run of t-shirts just in time for the holiday and gift giving season! These tees are screen-printed front and back and available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Email info@mayonaize.com to purchase while they last. First in best dressed (literally!). AU$60 + $10 shipping within Australia. Add an international address to your email for a shipping quote. Don’t sleep fam.

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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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‘Visual Disobedience’ – a Q&A with Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s most recent career survey, ‘Visual Disobedience’, is currently on show in Hong Kong thanks to the HOCA Foundation. Our man in Australia, Damo, went to Hong Kong to check out the show and had a one on one with the man himself.

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Shepard Fairey “Peace Dove (Red)” 2012. Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas. Copyright Shepard Fairey / OBEY GIANT ART. Courtesy of HOCA Foundation. 

Damo: This is your first career survey being held in Hong Kong. Why Hong Kong and can you explain the concept of the show a little bit?

Shepard: It’s my first career survey in Hong Kong; this will be my 5th museum show. The reason this is happening here in Hong Kong is because the people behind the HOCA Foundation are fans of my work and have collected my work. They asked me over a year ago if I would be willing to put together a career survey and come over here and do some mural projects because they understood that outdoor art is really is important to me. We discussed my schedule and what art I would need to borrow from collectors versus what they had and things that I would have to provide for my own archive. There are 290 pieces of work in the show. So it’s a lot of work.

What’s exciting to me is I think Hong Kong is a really fascinating place in that it’s this hybrid of Asian and Western cultures, and this is my third trip here. I was here in 2000 and did a lot of street art here and worked with some guys who had a gallery and a magazine and did some streetwear. I was back in 2006 for some more street art and clothing projects. This trip I’m getting to do clothing projects, public artworks that are more permanent, this museum show and my usual street art. So in a way this is I think is the trip that embodies every aspect of my practice and philosophy. So that’s why I’m excited about here.

I think it’s important for people to understand both the evolution and the consistency of my work. A big concept of my work is repetition of certain motifs so there is accumulative effect but also that I address things that are happening in the world; current events and my style evolves. So what I like with this show is that you can see from the very beginning to the present through the different pieces that are here. That is a real privilege to get to share with an audience because most people experience my work in a very fragmented way.

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Installation View, Visual Disobedience at the Pulse, Hong Kong. Presented by HOCA Foundation. Copyright Shepard Fairey / OBEY GIANT ART. Courtesy of HOCA Foundation. 

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‘SOFT’ – Curated by Sean Morris and Michael C Hsiung

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Curated by Sean Morris and Michael C Hsiung, “SOFT” is a 100% woven group show featuring Skinner, Mike Giant, Essy May, Lauren YS, Tina Lugo, Broken Fingaz, Alexander Heir, Travis Millard, Georgia Hill, Kristina Collantes, Hannah Stouffer, David Cook, Heather Benjamin, Luke Pelletier, Nathan Alexis Brown, Maddy Young, Austin England, Dale Dreiling, Sean Morris, Sheryo & The Yok, Marigold Santos, James Jirat Patradoon, We Buy Your Kids, Bene Rohlmann, Michelle Blade, Chris Yee and French.

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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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Photo: Nicole Reed

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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Photo: Nicole Reed

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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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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Photo: Nicole Reed

‘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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123Klan x DC Shoe Co – Competition!

VNA and Fifth Wall TV took a little jaunt over to see 123Klan in Paris for their exhibition and latest capsule collab with DC at DC’s Hub – check out the exhibition there if you’re in town at 15 Rue Montorgueil 75001 Paris.

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DC and 123Klan have kindly given us a signed t-shirt and snapback for one lucky fan to take home. Simple head over to our instagram to check out the competition! @vnamagazine

Here’s some snaps by Sofia Nebiolo & Christophe Victoor of the how the night went down (at least, the bits we’re allowed to share anyway…) Watch out for interview and videos coming from Fifth Wall soon…

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VNA Christmas Gift Guide Part 4

Part 4 of our amazing Christmas gift guides is here like a much skinnier, better version of Santa. Loads of great bits to buy for your loved ones, or get them something rubbish and treat yourself…

We won’t tell, but in your heart you’ll know you deserved it more than they did.

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1 – Stance – Blue Dasher Sock – stance.com
2 – Quiksilver – Blue Striped Beanie – quiksilver.co.uk
3 – Uri Minkoff – Leather Jerry Pouch – uriminkoff.com
4 – Brooks England – Femto Bike Lights – brooksengland.com
5 – Brooks England – MT10 Bike Multi Tool – brooksengland.com
6 – Brooks England – Femto Bike Lights – brooksengland.com
7 – Ella & Pitr – Baiser D’Encre Book – superbalais.bigcartel.com
8 – Happy Plugs – In-ear Camo Headphones – happyplugs.com
9 – DC x Kevin Lyons – Kids Snowboard Gloves – dcshoes.com
10 – VNA x CYRCLE – VNA 32 Ltd Edition – verynearlyalmost.com

Also, keep an eye out for our latest Limited Edition, featuring Audrey Kawasaki, dropping soon…

VNA Christmas Gift Guide Part 3

The best things come in threes and also under trees and other half-arsed rhyming stuff because we like the bees. Our poetry sucks. Don’t let your presents suck, give someone something cool this Christmas, like these things!

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1 – Dickies – Sacramento Red Check Shirt – urbanoutfitters.com
2 – KR3W – Gunner Beanie Twin Pack – kr3wdenim.com
3 – Tsovet – SVT-S38 Watch – tsovet.com
4 – Leon Flam – Envelope Card Holder – leonflam.com
5 – El Ganso – striped knee-high socks – elganso.com
6 – Cheap Monday x Teenage Engineering – ‘Rhythm’ Pocket Operator – cheapmonday.com
7 – Penfield – Fairton Beanie – penfield.com
8 – VNA – Issue 32 – verynearlyalmost.com