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VNA 30 London Launch

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Big ups to all the people that made it down to the VNA Issue 30 Limited Edition London launch at East London’s Great Eastern Bear, featuring original screen-printed box sets from New York’s finest, Futura.

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It was an amazing turnout with lots of love for one of the seminal New York graffiti artists. Supported with beer from Brooklyn-based brewery, Sixpoint, as well as some Soffle’s pitta chips to soak up the sauce, and DJ LOL Cool J providing the tunes.

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Ironlak and local paint supply store, Chrome & Black came through with materials for local legend D*face to put up a billboard overlooking Shoreditch with a positive message to the people, ‘Think Bike’ – a nod to all the bikers in London and one of D*face’s own personal passions.

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Vexta – Flight Cycle – Neon Memento Mori

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Vexta has been working hard in her Brooklyn studio on an amazing new series now available on Stupid Krap. ‘Flight Cycle – Neon Memento Mori’ sees an edition of 9 hand painted and stencilled ostrich eggs in 3 different variations.

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Vexta explains about the artwork: “They explore the duality and essence of life by acknowledging both death and the true freedom life can bring. The neon ‘death bird’ depicted upon the egg is both alive and dead, an affirmation of where she has come from and from where she will return. She flies free.”

Each egg measures approx 5 x 6 inches (13 x 15cm) and comes with an ornamental stand and a sturdy wooden display box with a plexi-glass window.

(no ostriches were harmed in the making of these artworks)

Sweet Toof – Derailed – Pandemic Gallery NYC

SWEET TOOF “DERAILED” – Opening Reception 12.12.14

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Theres no real way to avoid the imagery SWEET TOOF presents to the public. The average citizen stops to observe just as intensely as the dedicated street photographer. His bright, colorful iconography is unmistakable. Strangely seductive, cartoon skulls grin malevolently from ear to ear, while disembodied floating gums appear seemingly in the hundreds all over the urban landscape, everything consistently overflowing with toothy turmoil. From site specific street graffiti and large scale murals to blanketing the abandoned structures of the city, his artistic presence is highly prolific, spanning several countries.

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32°F – 351 Van Brunt

Presenting the work of six accomplished artists, curator Natasha Vo is bringing together talent from around the country to showcase their visions in an exhibition that bridges the gap between fine art and street art. 32°F aims to highlight the awakening of human perceptions in art and beauty – the common traits and universal truths that different cultures, languages and upbringings identify – to create a level of tangibility, linking art to consciousness.

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ELLE x Martha Cooper – Unextinguished – Mecka Gallery

Prolific NY-based street artist ELLE has a joint show with Martha Cooper opening at Mecka Gallery, Brooklyn, on Saturday 26th April. The show is a collaborative effort involving some rare, unusual photos from Martha, combined with some heavyweight, multi-disciplinary artwork from ELLE. Expect fire-extinguisher mayhem, screen-printed paper catwalk dresses and poignant pictures of kids playing in the streets. We caught up with ELLE to chat about her artwork, inspirations and that awkward moment when your arresting officer asks you out on a date.

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Judith Supine – Golden Child – Mecka Gallery

NYC-based artist, Judith Supine’s latest solo show, Golden Child, opens at Mecka Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday 29th March 2014. We caught a few minutes with Judith Supine to talk about Muay Thai, prostitutes and obsessions…

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VNA NYC Launch 2.0

So we had a little party in NYC last Thursday to celebrate the launch of Issue 25, with some limited edition, signed Swoon screen-printed copies of our latest lovely mag, with all profits from the sales going to Swoon’s Braddock Tiles project.

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Our friends at Supra Footwear let us use their awesome NYC store in Manhattan, on Prince and Bowery, just round the corner from Maya Hayuk’s latest New York wall. Big ups to Chris Vidal and the rest of the Supra team for helping make this happen.

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Sixpoint Brewery are bang into everything street-art and kindly gave us a load of their ‘Sweet Action’ Ale and ‘The Crisp’ Lager to keep everyone lubricated. It went down a storm and now we insist on Sixpoint beers wherever we go out drinking in NYC.

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We had Miranda Maxwell on the decks spinning some classic hip hop beats to keep everybody moving too, you can catch her pumping up the jam at heaps of spots all over NYC.

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A bunch of friends and family passed through, with everyone from Daze, Inkie, Expresso Bean Forum, Brooklyn Street Art, Jonathan Levine Gallery, Arrested Motion, Vandalog, Vexta, Icy and Sot and a whole host of fresh faces and fans.

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Picture credit: Leanna Valente of Art & Fashion Salon blog.

Daze – Studio Visit

Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis is something of a legend. Part and parcel of the wave of graffiti that reached out to a million youths all over the world through the medium of graffiti magazines, movies and books, he’s one man that can certainly walk the wall-talk. There’s not many interviews with anyone that’s picked up a spray-can where we don’t talk about Style Wars and Subway Art, so here’s a few words from a true school, humble pioneer.

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