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Carbon – Sunday Round Up

Sunday was kinda struggle street, hanging out with Days, Steve Cross, Dboe and the Phable jeans guys on Saturday night took it’s toll after we blazed through the Adidas party. There were a bunch of internationals in the house, including the 1xRun guys from the States and the UK’s very own Insa, who seemed pretty happy to scribble in Martha Cooper’s black book…

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Andrew Montell kicked off the days proceedings with an account of his student-style living during the formative years of Acclaim and the subsequent trials and errors in the production process. It was interesting to see how he refined the product and led on well to Jeff Hamada’s speech about appealing to markets. Hamada was funny, inspiring and brilliant, giving a great insight into his creative ideas and personality, which is probably one of the main reasons for www.booooooom.com’s huge success.

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Eddie Huang’s presentation was lively, informed and political. He came through with a few resonating messages about people power and disarming corporations through the removal of support – i.e. voting with your feet. His intelligent voice cut through a lot of the fluff that surrounded some of the other speakers, even if it did get a little Black Panthers at times.

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The final forum of the weekend included two of the most hotly anticipated guests of the weekend, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. The seminal duo were joined by Crack & Shine’s Will Robson-Scott. The photographic trio were a great finale for the event and Robson-Scott really held his own against Martha and Henry.

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His talk was lively, amusing and socially critical – touching on themes of unfair jail time for graffiti writers and an interesting take on film vs. digital photography: “It’s like the vinyl versus cd debate…” he quipped, when Martha tried to put him in his place with her obvious experience and current preference for digital (most notably her recent instagram addiction).

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All in, Andrew and the rest of the Carbon crew did an amazing job pulling in such a great line-up and putting on an awesome event. Massive respect and big ups to Bella, Edwina and the guys for all their hard work. Definitely one for the diary next year.

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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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