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AnyForty Charity Group Show: Artist Unveil 25

23 days to go till the show kicks off, and still unveiling artists, better get a crack on! So folks get ready for the unveiling of artist number 25 of the incredible lineup of worldwide artists who’ve donated their time and skills for our AnyForty Charity Group show taking place at 5th Base Gallery, London from July 24th until July 27th, and again, in no particular order, proud to announce another artist AnyForty regulars will be more than aware of, ladies and gentleman it’s…

Sprinkles is a incredibly sick artist we first stumbled across in 2012 via his good mate and AnyForty Family Dale Bigeni, and as soon as we saw his work, knew we had to collaborate with him, and collaborate we did, Sprinkles blessing us with a incredible design as part of our Chapter 01 range. Sprinkles is a self taught contemporary artist and tattooer based in Sydney, who’s canvas is skin, paper, walls, basically whatever dude can draw on he will. Deadly with a needle, pen, paint brush or paint can. No stopping our man from creating art! Super stoked to have him on board the good train AnyForty for this Charity Group Show, such a sick trademark style, you’re gonna love what he’s created. Much love fella look forward to making it to Sydney some day and getting a permanent collaboration from you!

AnyForty Charity Group Show: Artist Unveil 15 of 25

Back with the quickness, no time to catch your breath folks following the event location unveil, proud to hit you off with artist unveil number 15 of 25 of the incredible lineup of worldwide artists who’ve donated their time and skills for our AnyForty Charity Group show taking place at 5th Base Gallery, London from July 24th until July 27th, and again, in no particular order, proud to announce another of our brand new guest artists…

Alongside Justin Maller, Luke Choice aka Velvet Spectrum is another Australian artist currently based in New York and a artist we’ve known since… think 2009/2010?! Basically a long ass time, first meeting him through AnyForty collaborators MegaMunden and Another Example on a boozy weekend in Brighton. He’s been a artist we’ve always kept track off, dudes really found his style the last few years and has been crafting it as part of the incredible Vault49 studio in New York during the day and producing some incredible personal work outside of it. His 3D work is really jaw dropping, but so far wasn’t something we thought would translate well to traditional screen printed garments, however with this group show being digital prints, it made sense to get him involved, can be sure whatever he does will absolutely blow your mind. If you haven’t come across Velvet Spectrum’s work yet, feast your eyes on some of the gems below and get inspired. We’re super stoked to have him involved in the show, welcome to the AnyForty Family pal!

AnyForty Versus Exhibition 2014: Artist Unveil 12 of 25

First up, apologies on the delay of these blog posts, if you didn’t see on the social media tip, been up in Aberdeen tearing down the stage of a incredible creative conference called The Meat, alongside the likes of illustration and design legends like JamFactory, Brand Nu, Signalnoise and Aaron Draplin. If you wanna see talks from those fellas, there’s a digital pass being sold here.

Anyway, back to business and proud to hit you square in the face with artist unveil number 12 of 25 of the incredible lineup of worldwide artists who’ve donated their time and skills for our AnyForty Versus Charity Exhibition taking place in London (venue to be announced real soon) in July, and again, in no particular order, proud to announce a previous collaborator to the AnyForty Family first seen in the AnyForty & T-world “The Australian Invasion Series” ladies and gentlefellows, let us reintroduce you to another Australian collaborator…

Repping Sydney town to the fullest and hailing from a sick family of artists, Dale, his brother Benny, and their pops are all incredible pencil man handlers. Dale is hands down one of the hardest working artists we know, balancing a incredible work ethic alongside family life raising 2 little girls, we got nothing but respect for his graft, incredibly humble even though he’s rapidly growing in name, smashing stuff for heavyweight clients like Harley Davidson and Sullen. He’s making a name for himself by being one of the sickest artists to smash up black and white illos since Mr Giant first picked up a pen, no one can flip a skull like our man Dale. His style and the way he tears illustrator up is immense, just look at the shading in the hat and the roses in the Mr Black Owl illo below. Now Mr Bigeni smashes skulls out for fun, but we thought this being a exhibition that’s helping to raise awareness of young male suicide, was probably best to stay away from anything that resembles death, and boy, our pal has come through and blown our minds.  All you fellow 80′s baby’s it’s gonna blow your minds. Much love to Dale for getting involved with the AnyForty cause once again. AnyFortyFamily fo’ life!

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 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!


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So you’ve seen a few blog posts below about this NEXT exhibition we’ve taken place in over at Sydney, Australia as part of the huge Outpost Project, well thanks to Eddie from T-world magazine who’s running the show and the brilliant photographer Nicole Reed we can now show you the event with some slick atmospheric photography taken over the weekend when it first opened to the Australian public, this event is huge, trust us. 10,000 people passed through in the first weekend alone. Open for about 6 full weeks too. Epic!

The NEXT exhibition is basically 3 exhibitions in one, a huge showcase of thousands of hanging tee’s painfully displayed in gradiated rows of colour, including some of our finest designs from the first few years hanging alongside legends like Rebel 8, The Hundreds, our homey Benny Gold, SSUR, Mishka. There’s also a exhibition of Nicole Reed’s portrait photography featuring exclusive quotes from world famous artists and brands on what the Future holds for T-shirt art alongside photography shot over the years for T-world mag, and finally a Future tee’s exhibition that showcases 20 exclusive new designs from brands and artists around the world. More on that later…

The exhibition also had a world exclusive viewing of a new french made T-shirt documentary called T-Stories, click the pic below to check out the trailer!

Back onto this Future tee’s exhibition, basically, I think 20 brands and artists from around the world were asked to produce a exclusive design for the show, with a T-shirt graphic on how they saw tee shirt art in the future, 2015 to be precise. These included guys like Alex Trochut, 123Klan, Mambo, Sixpack, Volcom, JeffStaple, Jeremyville, Threadless, loads of big fucking dogs, and um little old us repping the UK alongside our family Waste!

Our idea for the future of T-shirt art was basically that at the current moment in time, 2011 creeping into 2012, brands such as Only, Carhartt, Alife etc are smashing the market with such simplistic vector design work, nothing wrong with their art, in fact it’s pretty fucking sick, but being a brand that thrives on great illustration, we want to see more detailed artwork coming to the forefront, artwork that really let’s the artist show off what they can do, not just knowing how to trace things in illustrator, but really fucking knowing how illustrator works and creating artwork that makes the punters eye balls explode in their head, unable to take in all that detail. Artwork that really tests the screen printers by reproducing what looks amazing on screen onto a cotton canvas.
So to demonstrate that we linked up with up coming talent Tom Mac, who spent a silly amount of time on a absolutely bananas 8 colour drippy Panther. Check it out in the event below and to see it more in detail, minus reflections etc we’ve stuck up a exclusive desktop image of the design you can grab and stick on your computers, print out and stick on the wall, do whatever you want, just witness the sickness! Just click the image to open up a download link for it!
If you’re in Australia there’s really no excuse not to go see this event. It’s a honour to be involved and we salute all our new Australian mates, Eddie Zammit, Nicole Reed, Sarah Halfpenny, Ben and Dale Bigeni, Alex Lehours, keep your eyes peeled for more AnyForty Australian love in early 2012.

Proud to have our design sitting right next to the legends 123Klan and their Bandit-1$M range. Stoked!

And here’s that desktop you can download, click to open the download link!

NEXT full coverage is nearly here…

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Pics are starting to pop up on Australian blogs from last nights private opening of the NEXT exhibition on Cockatoo Island, Sydney. Looking forward to seeing more and as soon as we do we’ll show you em all!  We’ve some designs in the absolutely ridiculously huge T-shirt display that you can see hanging from the ceiling amongst brands like Benny Gold, Zoo York, Mishka and Rebel 8, but we’re especially excited to see how our contribution to the Future tee’s exhibition measures up against the big boys. Exclusive new artwork in display cases from world famous brands and artists including Alex Trochut, Sixpack France, Bandit-1$M, Taken, Mambo and lot’s more. We’re the only UK brand involved and the only other UK artist is our family Waste… BIG IN THE GAME!!!