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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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Streetfest returns to Tobacco Dock this Sunday

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Streetfest is back this bank holiday Sunday for it’s 8th year, putting on their biggest & best show to date.

 

The line-up’s chock-full of talent from the worlds of art, music, urban sport, fashion and dance. Over 50 internationally celebrated graffiti & street artists will be representing from all corners of the globe, holding workshops, live wall painting & more.

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Artists include I.D crew members Tizer and Gent 48, Captain Kris, SPzero76, SiMitchell and Squirl of The Lost Soulz crew and talented painters InkFetish, ARTiSTA and Kaes.

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Musically speaking, a slew of live acts and DJS will be performing including grime scene stalwarts and Butterz Records bossmen Elijah & Skilliam, Shamz Le Roc, Isaiah Dreads and the So Fresh, So Clean boys. The Doctor’s Orders perform a full showcase whilst DJ Kutmah holds down the adidas stage with a headline DJ set.

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The 2015 Streetfest Sport programme combines demos, competitions, qualifiers and music for their biggest sports area to date. This includes a mini-ramp pro invitational contest for skateboarders and inline skates, as well as classic games of S.K.A.T.E culminating in an epic final. Pros include skates Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn, and Red Bull BMXer Kyle Forte returning with his jump-box demo team.

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To top it all off they’ve got live tattooing from Paperchase Ink, digital graffiti walls and murals, a pop up nail bar and the Mayamada treasure hunt and funzone for the kids. Food both sweet & savory comes via some of London’s top street food traders, including Mama’s Jerk and Churros R Us.

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Check the StreetFest website for the full itinerary. StreetFest 2015 runs from 13:00 – 23:00 on bank holiday Sunday, 3rd May.

Tobacco Docks
50 Porters Walk,
Wapping,
London E1W 2SF

http://streetfest.net/

XENZ – The Moon On A Stick – Fluorescent Smogg

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Fluorescent Smogg is pleased to announce a site-specific showcase of meditative work by London-based artist Xenz. The Moon On A Stick presents a new series of focused monochromatic illustrations and marks a brief departure from the artist’s vibrant idiosyncratic style.

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Steve Locatelli – SKL15 – Europe Tour

skl15The image of a skull is timeless, a permanent reminder of our own impermanence, and has been covered in art since times began. In the early Renaissance a skull would be kept on the desk as an ornament along with the phrase “Memento Mori” (“Remember you will die.”) and the same obsession has remained until today when we are casting them from platinum and encrusting them with over eight thousand diamonds. One artist, however, has taken it upon himself to undertake a three year long quest to explore our fascination with the humble cranium, everything it is, does and makes us feel.

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Tilt – “Norma Jeane” new limited edition lithograph

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On 28th of April, PrintThemAll studio will be releasing “Norma Jeane”, a new limited edition lithograph by Tilt. Three years since the Marilyn screenprint was released and sold out via PicturesOnWalls, French artist is releasing a reinvented version of the image based on one of the iconic pop art portraits.

Like the screenprint from 2012, the new lithograph is based on the legendary image of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. This time, Tilt’s image is worn out, weathered and aged, giving the raw, street feel to the whole piece. Also, the more authentic feel of the image is further emphasized by the title “Norma Jeane” which is less popular, real name of one of the most popular actress of all time.

This fine art edition is continuing PrintThemAll’s series of exclusive fine art editions releasing for the upcoming “Main Street” exhibition at Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, Morocco. The 5 color lithograph produced @ Idem studio in Paris will be released in an edition of 99 copies measuring 74,5 x 74,5 cm all signed and numbered by the artist, and will be available on 28th of April @ 2pm GMT.

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Preview of Sowat’s “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” solo show in Geneve

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Opening tonight (April 23rd) in Geneva, Sowat will be having a solo show with Richard & Le Feuvre Gallery in Switzerland. For this exhibition French-American graffiti artist prepared new body of work that is based on calligraphy and typography, visual languages he fell in love during his stays in California years ago.

Known as a part of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew, Sowat has exhibited and painted both legal or illegal all around France and Europe, including working at the Palais de Tokyo. For this particular show he created works on canvas an paper, using various techniques from bamboo stick to acrylic and spray can, as well as an exclusive limited edition lithograph release. Whether understandable or abstract, the works are carrying obvious energy that was put into their creation, juxtaposing the rawness and quickness of graffiti tags with the precision and patience of traditional calligraphy techniques, as seen from these studio preview photos we received.

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Faith47 – New Mural – Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem

‘Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem’ is the title of a new Faith47 mural located on the corner of Fox and Rissik street in Johannesburg.

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The phrase is from book 2 of Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, a latin poem written in the Augustan period: ‘the one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety.
surrendering to the knowledge that there is no hope, can bring deep courage.’

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The mural spanning two sides of an old, now-vacant department store,
brings movement to the fast-transforming African city centre troubled with urban decay.

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Images by Brett Rubin, Faith47 and Derek Smith.

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www.faith47.com

Work-Shop’s ‘Adventures with Anthony Lister’ and ‘Day of the Deb’

For those of you who missed it, Anthony Lister recently held a whirlwind class at Work-Shop Sydney, ‘Adventures with Anthony Lister’. The video below gives you a sneak peek at what went down.

Melbourne, now it’s your turn but with a twist. Deb’s ‘Day of the DEB’ on 26 April at Work-Shop Melbourne’s new digs sounds too good to miss. You have been warned….

Anthony Lister x The Workshop Au from Billy Zammit on Vimeo.

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 Video Recap

The hardworking crew behind POW! WOW! Hawaii just wrapped up their official recap video for this years event. Showing on wall and behind the walls action by the participating artists, this video captures the essence of this world wide famous festival and its unique vibe. Shot from the ground, cherry pickers and drones, the flick gives an unique chance to see artists such as Doze Green, Strok, Natalia Rak, Case Maclaim, Hot Tea, Fafi, Kevin Lyons and many more, getting their work done under the tropical sun. With artists like Olek, Maya Hayuk or Tristan Eaton talking about their personal experiences and the distinctive atmosphere they experienced during their stay in the paradise, this video is great way to round up another successful edition and start warming up for the next years event.

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