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AnyForty at The Be Street Weeknd, Paris, France!

So we’ve just got back to London from a incredible trip to Paris to take part in the very first  Be Street Weeknd event and wanted to fill you guys in on went down while it’s still fresh in our Baccardi soaked minds!

We signed up for the Be Street event in July as soon as we were asked to take part, we’re big fans of Benny and the Be Street guys magazine so it was a easy decision to make! Since that summer day we said yep, we have been patiently waiting then eagerly counting down the days till we packed all our stock up and headed to France. That day came on Friday 14th December, we got up at the crack of dawn and along with Purdi, Alex and Hobbit we jumped in our auld mate Fin (from Rose Bikes UK) sick VW T25 transporter van and set off driving from Hackney to Paris via the EuroTunnel. After negotiating some absolutely madcap Parisian rush hour traffic we headed to the Cité de la Mode et Du Design and set up shop for what we hoped would be a weekend to remember…And we were not to be disappointed!!!!

We had a absolutely amazing yet silly long weekend, lots of stock was snapped up by our French fans old and new, the limited edition Tizieu tee went out like shit off a shovel (So much so we’re thinking of printing up another run so all our UK heads can get hold of one!), we saw many familiar faces but best of all had the chance to meet long time overseas AnyForty fam for the first time, was absolutely incredible to meet Hydro 74 who came all the way from Orlando,  worked with him a lot over the last 4 years, and he is the man behind our AnyForty script logo for those who don’t know so was so sick to finally meet our man! Also sick to meet Mr Meka from IDLEHAND, who you might know as ZombieCorp who’s blessed us with 2 sick collabo’s these last few years, also finally linked up with Tyrsa, was such a pleasure to meet dude after 4 years knowing him online and it’s great to see him really getting some shine lately, especially this handrawn Hypebeast piece. The last artist we’ve know for a while but never met in person was the brilliant McBess, watched dude paint his mural live and were absolutely blown away. Great to see he was just as nice a person in the flesh. Super friendly fella!

Apart from all the familiar faces we met for the first time, the Be Street Weeknd also gave us chance to link up with some artists we’ve a bucket load of respect for but have never met or spoke to before, so cheers to them for giving us the chance to link up and chat with the incredibly brilliant L’amour Supreme meet one of our biggest inspirations, Greg Rivera of Mishka fame and stumble across the sick homegrown talent that is Ian Macarthur!

There was also a cracking turnout from some fellow UK brands who took the trip across the sea, our good mate Paul from AONO came over and killed it with his barbershop set up. Also repping the UK was Aidy and the lads from Hype in Leicester,  Rich and Dunc from Abandon Ship Apparel alongside the lads from Represent all helped to make the weekend one to remember. Mainly for the monster hangover on Sunday after Saturday night turned into a massive piss up. Our area of the show changed from being a respectable retail environment into a council estate piss up, with beer and Baccardi fueled Brits running wild, a lot of great memories were made, main one we’ll always remember is a drunk Hydro 74 invading the Abandon Ship booth to punch them alll in the nuts. Classic night.

So yeah, what a event, and what a long weekend in a city we love. Big ups to Benny and the team for putting on a cracking event, we look forward to seeing you lot again in 2013! Till then, check out our pics from the weekend below, and get ready to see the video of our boy Hobbit destroying the Be Street main stage with his phenomonal beatboxing… that’s coming soon!

AnyForty hits Australia (again)

If you follow us on Instagram you’ll of seen we sneak peaked pics of a event we were invited to be part of in Sydney’s Lane Four exhibition in The Galleries called ‘I love T’s’, curated by founder of T-world journal, and AnyForty “Australian Invasion” collaborator Eddie Zammit and aMBUSH Gallery.  ‘I love T’s’ at Lane Four  features a personal portrait and interview by ten international designers and artists, including Auckland’s Nick Joblin (collective edition), Brisbane’s Jimmy Bligs (Grand Scheme), Chicago’s Ross Zietz (Threadless), London’s Alan Wardle (AnyForty, that’s us!), LA’s Mike Crivello and Brandy Flower (HIT+RUN), Melbourne’s Brendan Elliott (BURN), New York’s Greg Rivera (Mishka), San Francisco’s Joshy D (REBEL8), Sydney’s own Natalie Wood (Something Else) and Umea’s Peter Lundgren (T-post). ‘I love T’s’ will be exhibiting from 20 September – 26 November 2012.

Alongside the exhibition there was a opening night Hit+Run party that we created a brand new AnyForty London one off design for with the brilliant Mr Lister that was hand screened on the night. Stay tuned for a unveil on that soon.

If your in Sydney, take a trip across and see it, there’s even a giant globe made up out of tees hanging in the shopping centre, that the mad professor Eddie Zammit has had constructed. Stay tuned for some better pics coming soon, the below just a compilation of instagram pics we’ve teefed of the event! Much love to everyone in Australia who’s showing love for AnyForty too, there’s some more good news coming for you lot next year!

New York state of mind

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have seen our friends and up-coming collaborators T-world  are currently in New York hosting a series of events to celebrate the launch of their new issue 7, dedicated to the tee brands and artists of NYC.

Currently they’ve had events like the mag launch at Jeremyville‘s studio, a Mr T tastic tee collaboration release party at Mishka, a Claw Money x Deb paint off, and tomorrow night is a rather special one going down at Jeffstaple’s Reed Space with an exclusive T-world signing session by the incredible Grotesk , live screenprinting by BKNY and an exhibition of the photographic work of the brilliant Nicole Reed, who is the photographer of all the portraits in the incredible new issue of T-world.

When Eddie of T-world gave us the opportunity to throw an AnyForty & T-world party over in New York to celebrate the last four months of solid graft on our upcoming ‘The Australian Invasion Series’, we simply couldn’t resist.

We arrive on Friday afternoon and our event is on Thursday 10th May – if you’re in New York you’d be a fool to miss it. Keep your eye on our Facebook page or T-world‘s for a venue announcement real soon, and follow our Instagram for pics on our travels.

Gonna be sick-in-the-face!!!