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#AnyFortyFamily: New Rule Collectives “Come Out To Play” exhibition…

Last night we left the comfort of working in our home studio in Hackney for the mayhem of Thursday night in Shoreditch, where every gallery seems to have a show launching, the whole area is constantly rammo with people on the hunt for free booze and good art. So much going on last night including the opening of the new Rone show “Wallflower” at Stolen Space Gallery and the private viewing of the latest instalment of the Secret 7″ show at Mother, London.  BUT, with 5 AnyForty artists creating new work for the New Rule Collective‘s Warriors inspired show “Come Out To Play” at 5th Base Gallery, just off the curry mafia end of Brick Lane, there was only one place we were gonna be!

So squeezing into a packed gallery, went in to check out exactly what AnyForty Family, Mr Penfold, Tom Mac, Robin Boyden, 45RPM and Mr Gauky had been up to. All 5 had cooked up some incredible work, Penfold’s was straight up trademark classic Mr P, the depth of Robin Boyden’s Hurricanes piece, you could stand at look at it for hours and 45′s stained glass inspired piece just jumped out from a mile away but extra props go to Gauky and Tom Mac, as a added bonus they both took their work off the canvas and into sculptural form, Gauky’s baseball fury bat weapons painted in livid lime green and lilac with sharp nails and cutting barbed wire pretruding with matching hand painted baseballs looked bloody incredible, and Tom Mac’s hand painted bull skull was surrounded all night long, I know it’s the first time we’ve seen a bull skull like that in the flesh/bone and the detailing on it was superb. Nice to see Tom do something totally unexpected and different from his standard digital stuff he’s becoming well known for. Always good to step out your comfort zone in whatever you do in life!

Check out some of our pics from the event below, show officially opens today (11th April) and runs until 17th April, also features great work from the likes of Shotopop, Tom J Newell, Boneface, and many more! So get your self along and check it out in the flesh (minus all the reflections off the glass frames we managed to catch on camera). Great job to Croz for putting on a sick show. Now to dig out The Warriors DVD and give it a rewatch…

AnyForty Versus Exhibition 2014: Raising Money And Awareness For Calm

8th April 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Way back in July 2010, we took over Bristol’s Start The Bus gallery, to throw our very first charity exhibition, raising money for local Bristol Youth Charity Knowle West Media Centre, raising enough money to fund their entire summer program that gave local kids a 2 week program to take part in a load of media and arts activities.

Now fast forward 4 years to July 2014 and AnyForty is so much bigger than we were back when we called the South West home, and we’ve got the itch to do something to help another worthwhile charity, this time one that’s close to our hearts and being based in London now, got a real opportunity to do something really special, pulling in a lot of people to view and support it and hopefully raising a lot more monies!

It’s no secret than a lot of creative people experience vast highs and lows, especially with modern day pressures to try and keep up with our peers/work colleages/mates, heck even random people you follow on social media.

We’d never heard of Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably) before, was something brought to our attention last year when running our Boxpark pop-up shop, AnyForty Family 45RPM and RichT popped in, freezing cold on a unusually cold and windy March day, covered in paint and shivering and mentioned they were doing this Tom, Dick and Harry campaign for Calm on Old Street.

Spent the last year keeping a eye on what Calm have done and are doing and decided they would be a great charity to (at this moment, unofficially) raise money and awareness for. The subject of young male suicide is something that is close to home for us personally, good friend of ours and old work colleague back in Bath, Dave Williams passed away in April 2011 while we were based briefly in Manchester and it left a hole in our heart, something that’s still empty 3 years later. We’ve wanted to do something in his memory for a long time since, he supported AnyForty from the very start, and know he’d be proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

The scary thing is, out of the 25 artists we hand picked and invited to take part in this new exhibition, at least 1/3rd of them have said they have their own personal experiences of losing young male friends/family/colleagues to suicide.

The facts, and you can read them for yourselves here are Young Male Suicide claims more lives than illness like HIV/AIDS, transport accidents, knife crime and assault.  And in 2011 when our friend Dave passed 76% of all suicides in England and Wales were young males. Truly terrible, but you know what men are like, talking about your feelings is seen as being weak, fuck that, we need to make people aware than talking to people like Calm about your problems is being strong.

So yeah, stay tuned for more info on this event coming up over the next few weeks, including full artist lineup breakdown, venue information, opening night launch party and lots more surprise stuff, you know how we do!

Let’s raise a shit load of money and awareness for Calm and get you some incredible exclusive artwork in exchange for supporting, life is precious, we can’t let the modern day stresses and worries keep on taking young people away from us.

If you wanna whet your whistle, here’s a lil virtual gallery of our last Charity exhibition below and if you wanna make a donation right now to Calm, go here!

Versus Exhibition Virtual Gallery from AnyForty on Vimeo.

Introducing… AnyForty & Tom Mac “Pride” Home, Away and Third T-shirts!

3rd April 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Releasing on Thursday 24th April at 7pm, these AnyForty & Tom Mac “Pride” shirts pictured below mark the first time since the launch of the London Olympics when the AnyForty Family can purchase a original GB colour way of our long gone sold out Pride graphic.

Not one to ever just reprint stuff for the sake of it, we wanted to do something a lil different, so we’re celebrating national Pride going into the Brazilian 2014 World Cup in June, by releasing these football inspired Pride shirts, White home tee, Red away tee and Navy Third tee. Tee’s have AnyForty Hydro Script right chest print, Pride lion chest print on the left and a full back screen printed number with 45RPM refix logo detail inside of them.

All released in limited quantities on Thursday 24th April at 7pm and retailing at a bargain un-nike like £25!

#AnyFortyFamily: 24 Hours in the Life of Rick Nunn

31st March 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

If you’re a AnyForty social media regular you’ll be more than familiar with the name Rick Nunn. Rick handles all our lookbook photography, regularly trundling down from Lincoln to London to create magical images for us. And the day after he shot our Chapter 02 lookbook, he set back off into London from the AnyForty offices in Hackney with fellow AnyForty Family Gavin Strange aka Jam Factory to star in Gather.Ly and Cannon‘s  new project “24 Hours”

Basic brief was Gather.Ly briefed 3 extremely talented young British photographers to spend 24 hours in a different European city and shoot some rad images. Phoebe Cheong got Paris & Lee Kirby got Barcelona.

Rick’s challenge was set on home turf in London and he decided to work with the model agency Mode to shoot a stunning young lady in a beautiful overgrown, derelict London location. Anyway, enough with the words, watch the video below produced by our boy Gav to see Mr Nunn hard at work sporting our new AnyForty x Mr Bowlegs tee, and scroll further down to see the final jaw dropping images.

Incredible work as always from a extremely talented and absolutely lovely fella!

Rick Nunn x Canon x Gatherly from Rick Nunn on Vimeo.

#AnyFortyFamily: Numskull “BUST!”

24th March 2014 | Tags: , , ,

AnyForty collaborator Numskull has taken up a month long residency at Vienna gallery Perfekt World and produced a exhibition of brand new works titled BUST! which see’s Numskull explore his fascination with the human obsession with beauty and appearance. Here’s a few sneak peeks of the show below, if your anywhere near Vienna we strongly suggest you pop along and check it out, or if your missus has been pestering you for a long romantic weekend away in Europe this spring, get on EasyJet and take her to Austraia and conveniently check it out too… Show opened on March 22nd and costs zero, zilch, fuck all!


#AnyFortyFamily: The MEGAMUNDEN Show, Opening Night Viewing

7th March 2014 | Tags: , , ,

So last Friday we jumped on the train from London Bridge and headed down to Brighton with our friends at Galvanize Digital Solutions for the evening to check out the opening night of the incredible new solo show from AnyForty Family Ollie Munden aka MEGAMUNDEN. Don’t want to give away too much about The MEGAMUNDEN Show, so here’s a small selection of pics from the night, the rest you’ll have to see in person!

So great to see Ollie taking his work off the canvas and onto 3d objects, the painted ladies head, the guitar, the laster etched skate deck, the handmade leather collaborations with Raw & Auburn all so rad, but absolutely fell in love with the painted praying hands, if we had a spare few hundred quid would of snapped them up instantly, incredible stuff! The show runs at No Walls Gallery in Brighton until March 22nd, we heavily recommend a visit down to see it in person. Great show, great gallery, go get inspired! Oh and if you can’t make it to Brighton, you can hit up No Walls online store to buy some pieces from the night.

#AnyFortyFamily: Ken Taylor’s “Alice In Wonderland” Poster Print For Mondo’s Disney Exhibition

4th March 2014 | Tags: , , ,

This right here, is one of the occasional times we wish we were based in the States, check out this incredible show Mondo are putting on at there own gallery space to coincide with the start of the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

The “Nothing’s Impossible” show kicks off from March 7 to March 11, a full exhibition of brand new illustrated posters for Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland—as well as lesser-known films like the 1979 sci-fi flick The Black Hole.

Check out AnyForty collaborator Ken Taylor’s incredible Alice In Wonderland piece below alongside a full artist breakdown. Looks like a silly nice show, any US heads you’d be a fool not to check it out!


AnyForty Versus Volumes: Chapter 02 Lookbook By Rick Nunn

28th February 2014 |

Check out the lookbook we shot for our Chapter 02 collection with Rick Nunn less than 36 hours ago, on a secret location rooftop in East London. Remember, the new range is on sale now. Go here to grab it! Much love as always to Rick for venturing down from Lincoln to do another amazing shoot for us, and thanks for everyone who came along to wear the garments on a freezing cold and windy February night, 18 stories up in the London sky pretending it’s a mild Summer evening, ha, AnyForty Family for life!!!

Versus Volumes Chapter 02: On Sale Now!

27th February 2014 |

This Thursday: AnyForty Chapter 02 – Released 8pm GMT!

24th February 2014 | Tags: ,