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Old skool rave art, flyers and photography February 16, 2018 12:00

Rave Story 2018 by Music Mondays is upon us and well worth a visit. This 3-day extravaganza features rave art, flyers, photography, vinyl store, dj seminars and workshop and of course a rave to finish.

Rave Story flyer

It's held at Club Aquarium London from 21-23 Feb 2018. This was the venue of Maj's hen night (too drunk to make it to the swimming pool in the club but that's another story!). Last year at Rave Story the UV backdrops were amazing and the bedroom art installation looked just like the flyer encrusted brightly coloured room of a teenager in the late 80s.

Flyers with Happy Daze

Sam Williams from Artypix will be there. We love to listen into Sam's old skool radio show RadioActive FM. Sam is also the author of Happy Daze rave photography book. In 2017 we were lucky enough to win a copy on her radio show and came down to Rave Story to say hi and collect our signed book.

Flyers and signed book

Another gem here is the Phatmedia stand. Phatmedia is a massive online database of old skool flyers and the owner Dave will have some absolute gems of original flyers for sale!  Last year we ended up reminiscing with Sam and Dave and wondering where the Naf Naf twins ended up.

It's free entry to the art gallery, flyer and vinyl store from 11-6 every day.
Tickets for workshops and party on sale at:
https://musicmondays.databeats.com/event/4359-the-rave-story-2018


Havering Resident August 2016 article August 03, 2016 12:00

Thanks to Sara Odeen-Isbister, editor of Havering Resident, for this fabulous piece on Brennan & Burch and our New Forest wall painted as part of Colour in Romford project.

Havering Resident August 2016 cover

Havering Resident August 2016 Article


Eley Kishimoto Centrepoint May 27, 2015 12:00

Our design heroes Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto from Eley Kishimoto have surpassed themselves.

Eley Kishimoto Private View / Mono Beehive

Their print, Private View, is being used to wrap the iconic Centrepoint building in London's Tottenham Road. Another print, Mono Beehive, will be used to decorate the affordable housing being created as part of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail redevelopment.

Centrepoint topped with Private View

Centrepoint being wrapped in Eley Kishimoto print

It seems like only yesterday we were queueing up opposite Centrepoint at 14 to go to Mud Club at Busby or a bit later to Sin at the Astoria with infamous raving in the fountains after. Shh don't tell the kids.

It's nice to see Eley Kishimoto's design work come full circle - in 2013 they designed a print and fashion collection inspired by Centrepoint and now they are wrapping the real thing. British design rules!

Eley Kishimoto Centre Point

http://www.centrepointblog.com/blog/all-wrapped-up

http://www.eleykishimoto.com/


Feeling the love for the art around Old Street May 06, 2015 12:00

Saw these lovely examples of street art on my travels. Just as I was taking the pictures, a tour group came up and so I was earwigging all about the art in the area and the interesting history of graff on our streets.
Old Street Charlie Chaplin graffiti
Old Street Rope Lady graffiti
Old Street Hoarding graffiti
Old Street tunnel graffiti

Pick Me Up exhibition Somerset House 23 April - 4 May 2015 April 29, 2015 12:00

We popped over to Pick Me Up graphic arts festival to see what all the fuss was about and liked what we saw. All sorts of art on sale with prices from £2 to £500, well worth a visit. 

Pick Me Up plaques
Pick Me Up London art
Pick Me Up Camera art
Pick Me Up Dunce art
Pick Me Up Obey art
Pick Me Up Hip Hop Don't Stop art
Pick Me Up Pocko stand
Somerset House, London
23 April - 4 May 2015

Pure Evil x Royal Doulton mash up February 04, 2015 12:00

Look at these super duper Pure Evil bunnies and plates limited edition collaborations with Royal Doulton.

Oh yes please I'd love a bit of that Brennan & Burch x Royal Doulton, here I am just waiting for my phone to ring...

Now back to reality - absolutely love this collaboration and have pur-chased some of the fantastic graphic art plates for my wall. Thumbs up to Pure Evil for making pottery street. Wall plates are not an old woman's game any more!

Pure Evil gold bunny

Pure evil red bunny

Pure Evil Audrey plate

Pure Evil Marilyn Dali plate

Pure Evil 4 mini plates

 

http://www.royaldoulton.co.uk/design-partners/pure-evil/

 


Out and about in Shoreditch January 28, 2015 12:00

Running some errands and we couldn't help stopping to take pics of a few of these graffiti pieces in Shoreditch, East London. From old school tagging to new school street art, the area has the lot if you just look around you.

Shoreditch Graffiti Tag Wall

Shoreditch Graffiti Tag Bridge

Shoreditch Graffiti Santa Satan

Shoreditch graffiti Hedgehog


Let's face it January 14, 2015 12:00

I have wanted to take a picture of this derelict pub in Finsbury Park for years now, it has stood there all alone for up to 10 years. I, don't remember when I first noticed the graff faces painted all over the front but it is a good few years. I don't know who painted them but I always find them fascinating and wonder what is the story behind them.

I sometimes think the faces are of the crowds that used to come to the gigs open mouthed and in the moment, or are they the people of Finsbury Park all colours and nationalities, or are they all facing left for a reason maybe waiting for something to happen in that direction or pointing that way and it is code for something.

I found out that it was originally a pub called Sir George Robey and then changed hands a few times before it became a a venue called Club Dog in the 1980s for lots of up and coming artists like Blur, The Pogues and T'Pau and Bad Manners. In the 1990s it was taken over and then called the Powerhaus.

Now it is waiting to be pulled down and made into flats (what a surprise).

Faces Finsbury Park


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