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AnyForty Versus Exhibition 2014: Artist Unveil 1 of 25

So, so, so proud to have 25 incredible artists signed up to take part in our July Versus Exhibition, raising awareness and monies for the UK charity Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Over the next month we’re starting to unveil who’s taking part, as a reminder it’s 20 AnyForty regulars and 5 very special guest artists, and first up  (in no particular order) is…

Super excited to have Mr Brown involved in this, those of you who’ve been a AnyForty head for a few years will remember Ben from his incredible Dead Batman graphic we dropped as part of 2012′s AnyForty & T-world “The Australian Invasion Series” and he’s been solidly building his legacy and crafting his art from his Manly, Sydney studio for longer than most of you guys have been born, proper legendary artist that’s built up a cracking back catalogue of work for legendary surf and skate clothing brands like Mambo, Globe and Rip Curl as well as doing classic gig posters for worldwide megastars like Ice Cube, event posters for Aussie skate/surf competition posters and way too much more sick stuff to mention, check out a couple bits of Ben’s work below and hit up his website for a proper inspirational trawl through his archives. Stay tuned for rtist Unveil 2 of 25 coming up tomorrow…

AnyForty & Tom Mac: Pride, Home, Away & Third Shirts Available Now!

25th April 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

After a few weeks shouting about it, you can now purchase these super limited run Pride garments… We’ll let our longest serving wholesale account Urban Industry explain what they’re all about.

“UK streetwear veterans AnyForty have once again joined forces with acclaimed illustrator Tom Mac to rework their classic Pride artwork for the forthcoming World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The AnyForty & Tom Mac Pride Home, Away and Third pack cleverly uses the patriotic Pride print that first debuted during the London 2012 Olympics and applies it to three t-shirts that mimic the England team’s home, away and third kits.”

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.

AnyForty 2014 Artwork Calendar…

16th December 2013 | Tags: , ,

So there’s 4 postal days left till Christmas, still struggling to find a nice pocket money friendly present for your best mate, your misses or just want to buy something for your self, then you can do no wrong with grabbing a copy of our 2014 artwork calendar. Featuring sick A3 prints from AnyForty artists Sprinkles, Andre Beato, Robin Boyden, Nikki Farquharson, Tom Mac, Vanila BCN, Chris B. Murray, Greg Mike, UltraFry, Ben Bigeni and Iain Macarthur.

Spiral bound and beautifully printed on high-quality 250gsm premium smooth paper with a board-backing. These limited edition, hand numbered calendars are a work of art and the only hanging around they’ll do is on your walls.  Go grab one now for a bargain £19.99, only 30 of the original 100 we’ve produced are left!

AnyForty Vaults… Opening 2014

9th December 2013 | Tags: , ,

Chemical x AnyForty 2014 Wallplanner…

18th November 2013 | Tags: , , ,

Every year, AnyForty stockists Chemical release a free Wall Planner that spotlights all the main music festivals and public holidays with sections to keep notes or right your own dates in that goes out with all orders in December/January. Well we’re extremely proud to announce that for 2014′s wall planner, Chemical have asked us to collaborate with them on it!

So on the flip side of the wall planner we’ve created a giant Chemical Presents AnyForty Family, Stick Em Up poster print, showcasing artwork from our first 5 years of business alongside the AnyForty family branding we’re running with next year.

To see all the huge brands Chemical stock, brands like The Hundreds, Rook, Rebel 8, Huf, Crooks & Castles, Carhartt etc, etc, it’s absolutely incredible for AnyForty and the UK scene that they’ve asked a British brand to collaborate on this project with them!

Much love to Chemical, thankyou for continuing to support one of your own homegrown brands, and here’s to 2014, our 6th year of business, and what’s shaping up to be our best yet!

Wallplanners free with all orders from Chemical, and we’ll have a stash that will go out with orders in December/January too while stocks last.