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RON ENGLISH ‘Death and the Eternal Forever’ book launch

July 29, 2014 – 12:35 in Current Affairs | Robert

RON ENGLISH ‘Death and the Eternal Forever’ book launch

Death and the Eternal Forever is the new book from fine artist and street art legend Ron English. In this collection of visually astonishing and bitingly funny work, English explores his belief that all art is a futile attempt to cheat death, and death is the thing that gives all art meaning. Featuring more than 170 of the artist’s iconic paintings, sculpture, and vinyl figures, Death and the Eternal Forever teems with fantastically twisted creatures, from three-eyed rabbits and his signature udderly delicious cowgirls to grinning skulls. The book is published by independent publishing house Korero Press.

Having been a fan of Ron’s “POPaganda” work for some time now this is the perfect chance to add to my collection of artist’s books. The Atomica Gallery represent a great number of artists including Nick Sheehy (aka Showchicken), Luke Thomas and Tom Bagshaw, and I ashamedly haven’t spent anywhere near enough time there since it’s relocation, so now it’s time to make amends.

The book launch takes place this Thursday 31st July at Atomica Gallery - 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP. There are 50 signed copies of the book as well as free beer (Huber Beer), music plus the promise of some extras. I’m assuming they are not referring to ‘extras’ like the ones offered in the seedy massage parlour your drunk uncle visits.

If you are unable to attend the launch or make an in-store visit, Death and the Eternal Forever is available online via Korero Press here.

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Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History

July 24, 2014 – 20:36 in Fashion | Calum

Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History

Bold graphics and all-over prints has underpinned the output of Billionaire Boys Club for the past decade and now, in association with Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival, some of the brand’s most iconic graphics will be exhibited at Cruise Glasgow. While BBC was the brainchild of Pharrell Williams – and largely executed by NIGO – it was the graphic work of Sk8thing, from the iconic Helmet logo to the all-over waffle print, which translated the former N.E.R.D. frontman’s vision into a visceral reality. So, it is only fitting that such work is properly recognised.

The event will include an Exhibition and Satellite Store within Cruise in Glasgow. There will be some exclusive items available from the Satellite Store. The exhibition will run from 26th – 27th July with Martelo playing a Neptunes mix in store on the opening day (Saturday 26th July).

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EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

July 24, 2014 – 11:35 in Fashion | Robert

EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

A ‘katsina’ is a spirit being in spiritual world of Hopi, the tribe of Native American people. “EOTOTO” the bringer of nature gifts considered as the most important and the father of all katsinas. As we have an aim, wearing EOTOTO leads individuals to feel the roots, wits and ideas of tribes, we adopt “EOTOTO” as the brand name sending out Native Americans and world’s racial cultures and primitive designs through fashion.”

With a mission statement like that, and a tag line of “The Essence of Primitive Sense” it’s no surprise that I’m really excited by what these guys are doing. EOTOTO is the creation of a mysterious pair of Japanese artist/designers known as the Wonder Worker Guerilla Band, who studied architecture and textile design before launching EOTOTO and a sister brand, the more aggressive SASQUATCHfabrix. Offering custom fabrics with roots that branch through European, Asian, American, and African cultures that are repurposed into modern, comfortable garment shapes. For AW14 you can expect plenty of American Southwest patterns, ikat fabric trims and the brand’s signature skull motif. Western Pullover Check Shirts and Mix Knit Hoodies will protect you from the elements in traditional fashion. The pick for me is the Native Pattern Blancket Coat.

But let’s remember it’s Summer and hot as Hades in London, so we need something appropriate for right now. Their SS14 collection was an invitation to Pacific islands, with Hawaiian-influenced fabrics and cuts and abundant aloha patterns evocative of the tropics. The best example being the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt. It’s a bright, bold and hotter’n a stolen tamale take on the classic Hawaiian shirt. Available in Navy or Ivory, there’s also a long sleeve version, shorts and even a bucket hat with this pattern. The SS14 collection is already becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. With the majority of dealers in Japan, your best bet is online through a proxy or in store via one of the few overseas dealers like Opening Ceremony LA/NY.

Take a look at the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt over the page.

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Vans – OG Era LX

July 23, 2014 – 12:57 in Fashion | Calum

Vans – OG Era LX

I’ve been hunting for some vintage Eras recently, essentially engaging in a degree of one-upmanship with every menswear bod rocking First String 70s Covnverse – which are undeniably great. And while these Vans Vault 70s reissues slightly differ in shape to the OGs, they carry all the nostalgic flavour that I was searching for. The subtle repeated vans print, accented by the pinstripe turquoise panels is absolutely perfect. I haven’t wanted a pair of Vans this badly since, well, last week (shouts to Foot Patrol for the Peanuts collab hook-up, they’re so on point). I know it’s that time of year where everything is labelled as “the perfect summer shoe,” but that’s mostly PR bluster. That said, if any shoe is to stake a meaningful claim to being a quintessential warm-weather classic, ideal for being paired with a pair of shorts, it’s the Vans Era.

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