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Photographer of the week: Birdman

Contributing to VNA issue 20 with his beautiful shots of Greg Simkins work, Birdman is a photographer based in Hollywood who works tirelessly to capture the best in street art, graffiti and illustration – from images of Lister and Dabs & Myla’s work on the streets to studio shots with Risk, Birdman’s flickr is a go-to destination for exclusive, well shot photographs of the art you want to see.

Here are just a few examples – more can be found HERE.

How & Nosm

Anthony Lister

Greg Simkins

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VNA Issue 20 – Everything you need to know..

Very Nearly Almost is proud to release its twentieth issue. After six years and hundreds of artists featured, issue 20 is brought to you with an extra 32 pages, bigger and better than ever. This 164-page beast is brimming with features and beautiful images from some of the most talented artists in the world and the cover is graced by a living legend; the one and only Retna.

Producing some of the most visually stunning street art in recent history, Retna explains his signature style and the intricate processes behind his work. Not content with featuring one of the most exciting artists from across the pond we’ve also got interviews with the USA’s master of eco-surrealism painting Josh Keyes, the infamous skateboarding graffiti artist Neckface and the master of mystical worlds Greg Simkins.

No issue would be complete without an Australian artist and this time round we caught up with the man behind some of the most controversial pop-art and mash-up paintings, Ben Frost. But as usual we’ve also packed in some talented Brits in the forms of Guy Mckinley, with his anime-inspired characters and photographer Will Robson-Scott. Alongside them are chats with graffiti king Smash137 of Switzerland, street artists Ozmo and Above and German newcomer DeeDeeKid.

Alternative Covers & Limited Editions

To celebrate the release of this milestone issue, VNA 20 will be available with two alternative covers; one, gold, is exclusive to our web store and subscribers, while the other, black and white, will be available through our network of stockists. Pre-orders of the online copy will be available to buy from 11th October and will be sent out on 12th October.

As always there is a screen-printed edition of the magazine, with artwork designed by Retna, 100 of which will be available at our London launch party alongside a screen-printed envelope and limited edition postcards. 20 of these limited packs will be up for grabs through an online lottery, and 30 screen printed magazines will be sent out at random to those purchasing copies of VNA 20 through our website.

To register your interest in the online lottery please send an email to LTD@verynearlyalmost.com – images of the limited edition coming soon.

Please join us at Moniker Art Fair at Village Underground on Friday 12th to celebrate the release of this issue.

Check out some of what VNA 20 has to offer..

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Greg "Craola" Simkins for Hope Gallery Tattoo

I hate Greg Simkins. Not in any personal way, it’s just the guy is so sickeningly talented. From his stunning, super detailed oil pieces and pencil sketches through to his freehand graff skills, he kills it every single time.

Over the last weekend, in collaboration with Serk, he painted a wall at New Haven’s Hope Gallery Tattoo home to tattoo artists including Joe Capobianco and Eric Merrill. As is to be expected the finished piece looked stunning. It would be good to see Greg do a bit more street work IMO as the guy holds his own with a can in his hands.