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Dean Sunshine’s ‘Street Art Now’

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Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.

‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.

All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.

www.deansunshine.com

VNA 28 LTD EDITION LAUNCH

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Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant.

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The issue drops at Nelly Duff Gallery on Columbia Rd, East London, from 6-9pm, with free beers from Sixpoint Brewery, clothing giveaways from REBEL8 / Out Of Step and prints from 1XRUN.

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A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag – David Walker

As we draw into a grey, monochrome winter a splash of colour feels much needed. That splash of colour comes to us in London next week in the form of David Walker’s upcoming solo show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, “A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”. The show is heralded not only to be an all new collection of Walker’s trademark expressive portraiture but also groundbreaking for David as an artist as he explores new techniques and styles alongside collaborations with other amazing artists such as Ryan Callanan and Schoony. Ahead of this new development we sent Jodie to interview Walker for the lowdown on what to expect and where these new territories will lead him.

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Meggs – Rise Up – Detroit

‘Rise Up’ is Dave ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth.

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“I hoped to convey the energy and momentum of self-empowerment and moving forward,” MEGGS explains regarding this milestone in his mural career. “The tiger is a symbol that all Detroiters relate to and feel proud ownership of – it’s a symbol that’s born from Detroit’s glory days and one that survived its unfortunate downfall.” MEGGS also expresses his respect for Detroit graffiti, “It was great to be able to share this wall with three local Detroit heavy hitters – props to Tead, Elmer, and Rawr.”

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The ‘Rise Up’ mural, which concludes MEGGS’ five-week residency and solo gallery exhibition with Inner State Gallery and 1XRUN, was created as his homage to the city of Detroit. “It was my way of giving back to a city that had welcomed me, inspired me, and allowed me to take from it to create my own artwork and experience,” he says. Aside from being his largest public piece of artwork, MEGGS’ eclipses his previous works with new textural techniques and intricate details to reference the multi-faceted landscape of Detroit.

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Ironically, the mural commenced a week after Mayor Mike Duggan announced a controversial crackdown on graffiti, forcing the city to fine numerous business owners who had actually commissioned artists to paint murals on their buildings. MEGGS faced logistical hurdles and numerous encounters with police and city workers, but the response was overwhelmingly positive and he was allowed to proceed and complete the largest wall in his street art career.

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Photo’s courtesy Mike Popso, Miya Tsukazaki & Sal Rodriguez

VNA 28 – Mike Giant

It was hard to choose just one standout artist from the people we’ve covered in this issue, but Mike Giant ultimately took the vote with his monochrome illustrations and tattoo-inspired scribblings. With his much-imitated, but never-bettered style, it’s an honour to have the iconic REBEL8 designer on our cover.

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We’ve also taken a look at INSA’s career to date, from his childhood bedroom posters to his very latest app release – a neat little piece of tricknology by the name of ‘GIF-ITI’…

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Alongside this welcome blast from the past, we bring you a world first: an interview with the entire Da Mental Vaporz crew. We gathered the talented crew members to discuss their intricate and entertaining patchworks, what’s kept them going for over a decade and who among them is best equipped to survive the inevitable zombie uprising.

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Also featuring exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…

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And for those of you who skip straight to the pics of cool stuff on walls without words in the way, this issue’s worldwide photo coverage stretches from London to Taiwan via Sydney.

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To order your copy online, go to our webstore:

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JustKids x Life Is Beautiful Festival

Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.

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Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.

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After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.

Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.

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Jednakowo/Różni – Polish Urban Artist Group Show @ The Outsiders

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The Outsiders gallery in Newcastle recently opened a group show following the global recognition and success of young Polish artists and muralists. Lead by the Etam Cru’s Sainer and Bezt, Polish street art scene bloomed in the recent years, bringing us couple of big events as well as recognizable new styles and names. Jednakowo/Różni (Equally/Various or Same/Different) is featuring original works by Robert Proch, Chazme, Sepe, Nawer, Pener, M-City and Otecki.

Mostly presenting abstract works, the exhibition is showcasing the best new contemporary urban talent from the country. From Robert Proch, Sepe, or Otecki’s more figurative works that are bordering with abstraction, Chazme’s architecture influenced creations, Pener and Nawer’s futuristic dynamic, geo based, bright colored abstract paintings, all the way to M-City’s bold stencils. With most of the artists coming from a graffiti background, having some impressive, often collaborative murals behind them, the step into gallery works was a logical and natural way of progressing. What is pretty impressive is the ease that these young talents transferred their work on a new medium, and the quality of the works created for this show.

The show opened on 31st of October 2014 and will stay on view until 29th of November 2014 @ The Outsiders in Newcastle. (Photos by Pener)

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Robert Proch // Chazme // Sepe // Nawer // M-city // Pener // Otecki

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The Extinction Project – Walden

In an artistic world where bigger is better, it can be easy to overlook street art’s subtler areas. From an 8-inch, 8-bit invader to a psychedelically coloured rough-and-ready Pidgeon statue brightening up your morning commute, it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big impact. Walden, or Indiana as she is casually known is prolific within the Shoreditch area of London, the local geography saturated with the quiet presence of her eulogy-style pieces, highlighting the extinction of iconic animals in the not so distant past.

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