Quote of The Day

“Are you talking to me?” 

“Sorry” 

“Am I a winner?” 

“Er, yeah” 

“Well I feel like one when I read that”. 

 

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* Everyone’s A Winner … (Except you, Knob-Eyes)

Article Magazine

Issue 10 of Article is out now and includes a few pages on the recent text-based murals I’ve been painting around town. There’s 1,000 copies and they’re F.O.C so you don’t even need to shoplift to get yer sen one. 

 

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Silver & Black

Following on from the Halloween shenanigans of blood oaths, skulls and smashing pumpkins (literally of course, we played black metal not Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness) Silver & Black is the third exhibition I’ve curated for Sheffield’s Archipelago Works. 

The show includes exclusive prints by myself / Build / Cat Johnston / The Designers Republic / Dust / Emily Forgot / Ian Stevenson / Kiosk / Martin Bedford / Phlegm / Robin Beck / She One / Susie Wright / Sylvia Ugga / TADO / Tokyo Jo / Tom J. Newell and runs until Jan 10th.

Some artists have used the silver to represent Sheffield’s “knife & fork town” heritage, some have created shiny visions of the future, some more abstract and others are just plain dumb. Whatev’s, they’re all SILVER and BLACK and have been screen-printed in-house by BMX wizard, Josh Bedford. Each print is exclusive to an edition of 20 and they’re all priced at £60. Word. 

Playlist on the night included Black Lace, Silver Apples, Black Sabbath, Silver Machine, Back In Black, the Boon theme tune and Black Betty. Thank you to all the artists for contributing towards this show and thank you to everyone for showing up at the private view. 

Here’s some shots of my print being made. South Yorks represent. 

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Home Grown – The Story of UK Hip-Hop

Earlier this year I was approached by Urbis to help research and curate an exhibition plotting the history of UK Hip-Hop. Despite the infinite scale of this mammoth task and the lack of time and funding, I couldn’t say no! I’ve been a fan of UK Hip-Hop ever since I discovered Son of Noise, Gunshot and Shakka Shazam

 

I worked alongside Andy Brydon, their in-house curator (responsible for previous shows such as Factory Records, UK Punk and The Black Panthers) and James McNally – UK Hip-Hop’s answer to Norris McWhirter, having written for Hip-Hop Connection for many years as well as being the proud owner of both an obscene record collection and a photographic memory. 

 

Basically, they did all the hard work while I rang round everyone I could think of to ask for contributions in between reminiscing about the likes of Bridlington ’89, Bad Meaning Good, Barton Hill, Bushkilla and Barry Blue

 

I missed the opening night due to illness, which is why this post is so overdue. The show runs until March 2010, so if you’re interested in seeing a supermarket sized room full of the contents of nuf B-Boys’ shoe boxes + some incredible photography by the likes of Normski, Al Baker, Beezer and Steve Double, you’re in for a treat. Highlights include: Cookie Crew’s belt buckles, plenty of Dance Energy footage and early Shut Up & Dance flyers from when they were a breakin’ crew… 

 

On top of the official thank you list from Urbis, I’d like to give extra thanks to: Peter & Paul, Jehst, Junior Disprol, EH?, Mikey Don, Benji Reid, James Lebens, Clare Tavernor, Kilo, Aroe, Steam 156, Will Robson Scott, Alex Fakso, Huw 72, Benjamin Hatton, Tek33, Part 2, Damian Harris, Trevor Jackson, Dan Larkin, Son Records, Juice Aleem, Zach Turner, Rob Fever, Ben Harris, Felix Braun, Charlie Dark, Dan Greenpeace and DJ Yess for all their hard work and for really coming through on this one. Thanks Guys! 

 

I’d love to see this show tour the likes of the ICA or Barbican, backed up with a proper publication and documentary. Fingers crossed, it may well happen… 

 

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