Street art and campaigning are age-old buddies; having gone hand in hand since their gestation and covering a range of topics, from political propaganda to raising awareness against media takeover. However one artist is bringing things a great deal closer to home alongside a slightly offbeat subject. For the past year London-based ATM has been re-inhabiting rundown areas of the capital with the ghosts of times gone by in the form of its forgotten bird species. Having recently featured in some of the big dogs of mainstream media, we put Jodie on the case to see what all the flapping was about. Excuse the pun.
To coincide with Sickboy’s technicolour transformation of The Outsiders London, the multi-disciplinary street artist has planned an extra curricular summer activity in the form of an exclusive Sickboy Treasure Hunt.
The weekend hunt will kick off this Friday 18th July with five laser-etched Sickboy coffins up for grabs, packed with artist ephemera, original sketches, exclusive Sickboy sticker packs and cosmic curio. The bespoke coffins, which are signed and numbered by the artist, will be buried in multiple locations around the capital marked with a Sickboy temple flag.
Secret location maps and further information regarding how to claim your treasure will be released Friday morning … watch this space and get those shovels ready!
Make It Last Forever runs from Friday 25th July until 30th August at The Outsiders London.
Film courtesy of Sickboy and Mark Warrington.
Opening in August, the House of Vans in London will be the physical manifestation of the culture and creativity that have defined the Vans brand since 1966. Always embracing and fuelling creative expression through art, music, skateboarding, BMX, street culture and fashion; the space offers a solid platform for the local communities to experience and engage with Vans’ ‘Off The Wall’ spirit. With creative expression at the forefront; The House of Vans London will showcase an art gallery, a VansLab artist incubator space, cinema, live music venue, premium café and bars, gifting suite and skater built and designed concrete bowl, mini ramp and street course.
Mere hours after hopping off a London-bound flight from Montreal, Puerto Rican animal-splicing artist Alexis Diaz got talking to VNA’s Jodie about how things are looking for his rapidly expanding career. Having made a splash in London’s Shoreditch area last year with his iconic Octophant, Alexis let us in on his upcoming plans for his current return visit and gave us an update on how things are shaping up in the street art scene of his home country.
Our favourite reptilian representer, Rowdy, has been at it again, making this awesome new animated vid of his crocodilian creations with the guys from Treatment Worx.
The Urban Nation guys have just dropped this killer video round up of the latest installment of Project M, part 4, curated by ThinkSpace’s Andrew Hosner.
Our man Henrik Haven has been documenting all the new window installations at Europe’s awesome upcoming urban art museum, Urban Nation by Curiot, Nosego, Alexis Dias, Andrew Schoultz, Word To Mother, C215, Low Bros, Glenn Barr, Joao Ruas, Fernando Chamarelli.
Big ups to everyone that came down to our Bristol and London launches, apologies to those of you who couldn’t make the UK launches, hopefully we’ll be bringing a launch to somewhere near you in the not too distant future…
Massive thanks to all of our partners and friends that made this happen, special thanks to Aaron and the Sixpoint crew, Alex and Ian at Laz, and Cheba and the Weapon Of Choice boys for being most excellent hosts.
Britain’s beloved stencil duo Snik struck Brick Lane last month with a triptych of stencils from Marc Laroche’s haunting photo-series, “hair”. The copper clad portraits can be caught on Hanbury Street in the beating heart of the London Shoreditch area.
So VNA’s Jodie got chatting with Nik, one half of the prolific double act, during a rare quiet moment nestled in a packed schedule of exhibitions, printmaking and painting, to try to find out a bit about what the past, present and future holds for the hardworking pair.
VNA 26 is in stores and online now… www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-26-new
For the cover of VNA 26, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D. Featuring our first ever glitter screenprint, this is a milestone in VNA history and we’re pretty stoked with this collaboration with the Bristolian artist.