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Secret Walls Sydney launch with our man Dale Bigeni!

One of our good mates, fresh from the AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series, the legend in waiting, Dale Bigeni, just recently took part in the launch of  Secret Walls down under in Sydney, and he smashed it!

Check out the video below, and go follow the Dale Bigeni page on Facebook to keep up with his graftings, you’d be a fool not too, man is very, very talented.

AnyForty & Flyotw present… Numskull

Yes fam! Check out our first promo video in a series of collaborations with the brilliant Flyotw, showcasing AnyForty artists at work!

This first clip is spotlighting Numskull, who was over in London on a 2 week stay from Sydney and one of the stars of the current AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series with a instrumental soundtrack by our mate The Last Skeptik, taken from his upcoming album with Rewd Adams “How Not To Make A Living”

Check the video out below, and if your on Facebook click here to see a gallery of behind the scenes shots from the day!

Behind the scenes of our Australian Invasion Series production.

So a few months back, when the new range was being produced, we headed down to White Duck in our home of 9 years, Bath to film the new range for the Broken Antler promo video, took a load of photographs of the day and thought it kinda rude not to share as we know a lot of you guys like seeing the process behind the production. So below check out the Beastman design from the AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series being printed. Remember the range is available to buy now from the online store or direct from Urban Industry, Focus Scotland, The Chimp Store and our new stockists Mimm.

Big up Joshua, Bex and the whole White Duck team for incredible work as always!

It’s Official, Nobody’s Sicker…

To celebrate the recently released AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series, we got our mate, and all round director/animation/design genius Broken Antler to cook us up some visual candy to help promote the new drop.

Filmed on location at White Duck Screen Print in Bath and at Broken Antler HQ just outside of London, with some lovely Rick Nunn shot images from our lookbook shoot thrown in the mix, it truly is a family affair!

Seeing as us, a UK brand, hooked up with some great Australian artists to make the range, there was only one choice for the soundtrack, when UK producer Beat Butcha remixed one of our favourite Australian mc’s Brad Strut‘s track “Official”, we needed it badly! We got the rights to use it a few months back and the whole promo was built around that head nodder.

Everything about this whole project screams official, we don’t fuck around, we hope you enjoy the promo and more importantly the tees!

On sale now, £30 for a limited run tee with artist specific 24 page mini T-world journal.

Go grab one from before it’s too late!

AnyForty & T-world presents… KEN TAYLOR

To say the devil’s in the details to an illustrator like Ken Taylor is an understatement. We’re proud to announce that Taylor is the very final artist in a line-up unrivalled by any previously released Australian T-shirt series.

Who is Ken Taylor, to those who don’t know you? I’m a designer and illustrator based in Melbourne. I’m well-known for creating screen-printed rock posters, but lately I’ve been doing a bunch of movie related art, as well as painting.

What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? Whilst our ‘scene’ is so much smaller than say the UK or the US, the internet has brought everyone much closer together, and I think the further time rolls on the less important it is where you are based. Most of my favourite artists are still home grown.

How would you describe your style? My style is largely based around intricate linework often backlit with detailed, subtly coloured tonal work. I mostly work with screenprints, so my artwork is usually limited to no more than six colours. I try to always have a little bit of a story with every piece because I think concept is just as important as the execution.

What do you know about the UK in general? My family is all from the UK – I spent two years there growing up, but haven’t been back since I was a teenager. I remember my mind being blown in a big way – so much amazing history in the one place.

Have you ever been to the UK and tell us about a memorable experience you had? I just walked around with my jaw dropped to the floor. I had just started to really learn a lot more about art history and architecture when I was last there. Having parents from both Scotland and England meant we went all over the place and it was a massive culture shock for me.

AnyForty & T-world presents… PURDI PETUNIA

Our next artist in The Australian Invasion Series is a face familiar to AnyForty fans, Purdi Petunia; a Melbourne born artist who now resides in East London, and is the lady behind the brilliant sold out Sailor girl tee from our Versus 3 range. She’s worked with fellow Australian and London based photographer Nick Delaney on her new design.

Who is Purdi Petunia, to those who don’t know you? I’m a designer by day, and an illustrator by night. I’m a Melburnian living in London who has to have a coffee in the morning before I can talk to anyone – probably the typical brooding artist with a commercial edge.

What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? What happens in Australia seems foreign to me now. When I lived there I felt quite restricted, hence the move. Now I have the best of both worlds, as I can share my own Australian-ism with the rest of the world.

How would you describe your style? Eclectic and quirky, but sometimes simple and sophisticated. Luckily, being creative runs in the family, and after all my schooling and subsequent work, I’ve got loads of skills that I can use across whatever style I feel like doing. I’m always told I should have one style, but that would make me feel like I’ve got my hands tied behind my back.

What do you know about the UK in general? I’m pretty well versed with what goes on in the UK, since I’ve lived here for 7 years. I literally threw myself in at the deep end over here, but luckily the British love the work ethic of Aussies, so I’ve had no trouble getting known. The Brits are also very up for networking online and with the popularity of Facebook , Twitter etc. over the last couple of years, finding out what’s happening in the art world is super easy here.

Tell us about your time in the UK and a memorable experience you have had? Living over here has been full of amazing opportunities, ups and downs, and has allowed me to make myself a better creative, and my own person! I’ve been able to work in studios, on projects and with people that would never have been possible if I’d stayed at home. The best experience for me is being able to visit people who’ve always inspired me. Last year, at the kid robot store in Covent Garden I got to meet Gary Basemen. He’s one of my favourite illustrators. I’ve always loved his work and style.

The Australian Invasion Series, released Monday 14 May!

The eagle-eyed amongst you would have noticed we didn’t hit the mid-April release date we’d planned for this new AnyForty & T-world ‘The Australian Invasion Series’ of tees.

We only have one excuse – simply, we didn’t want to rush this release.

Whilst the tees are all printed and ready to go, we’ve been working round the clock designing up 10 artist-specific 24 page editions of T-world that will come with each tee. It is sure to be a product that you guys will be glad you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on.

We’re sure you’ll understand, after all we appreciate your custom so much, we want to give you an absolutely flawless product, so mark a new date in your diaries peoples. May 14 at 7pm (GMT) we’re going live.

We are hitting that one. It’s concrete. And in more exciting news, it’s going to be officially launched in the ultimate concrete jungle. Stay tuned.

AnyForty & T-world presents… NUMSKULL

Fresh from a recent trip to the UK, we’re proud to introduce artist number 7 for ‘The Australian Invasion Series’, Numskull.

Who is Numskull, to those who don’t know you? I am an Australian-based artist working both indoors and outdoors.

What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? Australia has a thriving and super talented art scene, especially Melbourne. In terms of illegal art, it’s a lot stricter. In terms of worldwide recognition, it’s even harder because we are so isolated from the rest of the overall scene. The internet helps.

How would you describe your style? Constantly changing. I have a passion for exploring and creating weird figurative, collage-style paintings and font-based work. Outside, my paintings are big and bold with less detail.

What do you know about the UK in general? I’ve spent a lot of time travelling to and from the UK when I was younger because part of my family lives there. From my experience, the UK is; subcultures, grime, crime, creativity, graffiti, funny accents, CCTV, a Queen and one of the countries at the forefront of what I’m interested in.

Have you ever been to the UK and tell us about a memorable experience you had? I recently travelled around parts of Europe and the UK where I met up with Mr. Penfold and Sweet Toof along the way. We wandered the streets of East London and painted two spots in the same day – a shop on Hackney Road, and a train front on top of the Village Underground. That was a rad day.

Sweat, blood and ink

We’ve been chatting for the last month about this new AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series, and slowly leaking artist information to you. Well it’s not all just chat – products are being made as we speak, and on Monday we headed across to press pass and film the Beastman design being printed. The very first tee from the range to be made!

We can’t actually unveil the finished designs yet – still keeping that shit a surprise, but check out some sneak peeks from the printing process. Each design’s colours are mixed from scratch and the designs are all pulled by hand. Big ups to Dunc for doing an immense job on the first two designs – hope those blisters on his hands heal up quickly. It’s skilled, hard graft this, kids!

The range is coming sooner than you know. Thanks for your patience, it will be worth the wait! Trust!