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D*Face: One Man and his Dog – LA Launch

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This is a guest post by Birdman Photos and Keisha Raines

The ever busy D*Face graced the States with his presence to celebrate the US launch of his limited edition box, The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog and release of pendants with fine jeweler Stephen Webster.

Celebrations began with a private cocktail reception at Stephen Webster’s flagship store in posh Beverly Hills which included a panel discussion with Shepard Fairey, moderated by Stephen Webster. The two legendary artists regaled the crowd with tales from their days adorning the streets. The duo also released a special collaboration print,”FACE TO *FACE”, in an edition of 200.

For the limited edition pendants, Webster translated D*Face’s iconic wing motif into expertly crafted dog tags. While the pieces were innovative and shared D*Face’s signature charm, the must-see work was the painted military helmets displayed throughout the shop. D*Face painted, welded and added intricate touches to the authentic relics, found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Also on display, were D*Face’s latest paintings. If you are in the area, check out the exhibition which will run through March 4th.

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VNA issue 25 launch party! This Thursday 13/2/14

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This Thursday see’s the launch of our 25th issue! We are having a little shindig at Far Rockaway Bar in London’s Shoreditch…

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As well as free beer and the chance to purchase our 25th issue we will also be selling a Limited edition VNA 25, with screen print artwork by Swoon, postcards and a screen printed envelope. These will be available from 6-9pm at the launch party. If you cannot make the launch party, enter the online lottery. Please email LTD@verynearlyalmost.com before 6pm on the 13th of February to register your interest.

 

VNA – Issue 25!

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So, we’ve hit the quarter century! The UK’s premier international street art and graffiti culture magazine, has hit a landmark 25 issues and we’re asking you to join us in celebrating how far we’ve come as an independent documentary of the scene.

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Starting in 2006 as an independent black & white zine, VNA has grown to a full-colour institution. Receiving love and support the world over from artists, galleries and fans alike, this is our biggest, most jam-packed issue to date.

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Mulga the Artist – Interview

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We caught up with Aussie artist, Mulga, in the spare time he had between painting walls and filming for MTV, to talk about Gorillas, magic beards and poetry. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about:

VNA: Explain what Mulga is about and tell us a bit about your clothing label…

Mulga: Well Mulga is me, so I am my own brand, you could say. I am an artist from the south of Sydney who likes to paint bearded characters and brightly coloured animals.

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VNA issue 24…

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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.

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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

Lazarides present… BRUTAL

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Lazarides and The Vinyl Factory Present the annual off-site Laz exhibition: BRUTAL

Featuring work from: Antony Micallef, Ben Woodeson, Brad Downey, Bill McRight, Cleon Peterson, Conor Harrington, DALeast, Doug Foster, Estevan Oriol, James Lavelle, Katrin Fridriks, Karim Zeriahen, Know Hope, Lucy McLauchlan, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Pose, Robert Hylton, Sebastian Horsley, Todd James.

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