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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…

#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!


#AnyFortyFamily: The MEGAMUNDEN Show

24th February 2014 | Tags: ,

This Friday, the 28th February sees the opening of long time AnyForty collaborator Ollie Munden aka MEGAMUNDEN‘s  ’The MEGAMUNDEN Show’, marking the opening show of the brand spanking new No Walls building in Brighton whilst acting as the perfect follow up to the worldwide success of his ‘The Tattoo Colouring Book‘ – the Brighton based illustrator’s first mainstream book, published in 2013 by Laurence King Publishing, following on from his 2012 AnyForty Presents MEGAMUNDEN book that we self published that was limited to 100 copies and sold out faster than a Beyonce peep show.

The MEGAMUNDEN show is gonna be chocka block full of American and Japanese influenced tattoo styles, a further progression of our mans this signature style, basically if you loved his book, you’ll love this exhibition. Taking the art out of the pages and seamlessly integrating his detailed illustration style onto sculpture,leather products, fabric and even musical instruments.

Included in the exhibition are collaborations with Raw & Auburn, Lazerian, Pedro Oyarbide, Shaun Swainland & Jeff Nichols.

We’re taking the trip down from London to Brighton on t’train to check it out in the flesh, so if you can’t make it, stay tuned for a full round up on this right here blog on the weekend, if you can make it down, keep a eye out and say hello!

Check out some sneak peeks of the night below, looks rad…

#AnyFortyFamily: Mr Penfold, Tom Mac, Robin Boyden, 45RPM and Mr Gauky star in the New Rule Collectives “Come Out To Play” exhibition and book

Whole gang of AnyForty artists including Mr Penfold, Tom Mac, Robin Boyden, 45RPM and Mr Gauky are involved in this exhibition of brand new themed work put together by the New Rule Collective alongside a gang of other superb artists. In total 24 artists and illustrators have come together to create unique one off pieces of work inspired by the cult movie The Warriors. The pieces will be sold as prints at an exhibition that’s taking part at the 5th Base Gallery near Brick Lane in East London from April 11 to 17 2014 and every piece will also appear in an A5 book that’s currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which has already hit and exceeded its target. Well done lads, looks rad! We’ll be there for the opening night on Thursday 10th April, so London heads see you all down there!

#AnyFortyFamily: JamFactory’s “BÖIKZMÖIND – A Fixed Gear Bicycle Documentary”

20th February 2014 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Continuing our new daily blog updates, proud to point you guys in the direction of AnyForty Family Gavin Strange aka JamFactory who in 2011 alongside Makinov and Rex Martin created the brilliant Bristol based Fixed Gear documentary BÖIKZMÖIND which was originally only available as a digital download or physical hard copy DVD.

3 years later Gavin and the lads have kindly put the whole 30 minute film up for free release, you can stream it below, so get the kettle on, or crack a can and put your feet up and enjoy this visual delight. You don’t even have to be into bikes to enjoy it, beautiful looking and well scored documentaaaay.  Keep your eyes peeled for cameo’s from fellow AnyForty collaborators 45RPM and RichT too.

Oh, if you enjoy the movie, and you will, you can still grab a dvd from hurrrrrrrrr. Enjoy!

BÖIKZMÖIND – A Fixed Gear Bicycle Documentary from BÖIKZMÖIND on Vimeo.

#AnyFortyFamily: Robin Boyden’s “A-Z Of Vintage Cars″

19th February 2014 | Tags: , ,

Continuing the AnyForty family blog posts we brought back yesterday, keeping you guys up to date with some inspirational goodness from AnyForty artists, check out this beauty of a personal project from Robin Boyden created of our “Monni Bones” tee (which is currently only a bargain £10), he’s working on a complete A-Z of Vintage Cars. Check out the ones he’ds  one so far below, and keep an eye on his website for more. Really is a incredible illustrator. Get that site bookmarked!

#AnyFortyFamily: André Beato’s Nike “We Own The Night 2014″

18th February 2014 | Tags: , ,

Another blog category we’re reviving for 2014, keeping you up to date with what some of your favourite AnyForty artists are up to, first up check out this brilliant piece of typography by André Beato, man behind our Blood, Sweat & 5 Years typography, and this years new AnyForty Family branding. He’s just completed this lovely bit of work for Nike’s womens night race “We Own The Night”, the sick bit of custom type as seen below has then been turned into a fully working neon sign by Shane Griffin of MoGriph. Any AnyForty loving ladies reading this that are intrigued by the event then click the top image to be taken to the sign up page! Great work as always André. Stay tuned to grab his new AnyForty Family garments from Thursday 27th February, 7pm at