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Art – Cash is King book and exhibition

August 22, 2018
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I’ve been super busy with projects left and right and haven’t been able to update the blog as often as I would’ve liked but this is one project I wouldn’t want to leave out.

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Yours truly submitted some artwork for a book and have been accepted! London based artists Carrie Reichardt and Bob Osbourne are the ones responsible for putting together a book called “Cash is King”, featuring defaced bank notes – mainly dollars and pounds but also a few other currencies from around the world.

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I’m super happy to have been accepted and to have not only two bank notes featured in the book but also an extra feature, a bit of one of my street pieces in a photo with one of Bob Osbourne’s paste ups.

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On top of this, the book is going to have a launch party at Saatchi Gallery (yes, that one) and an exhibition with a few of the bank notes featured in the book, curated by Olly Walker. This launch party and private view will be happening on the 30th of August and the show will go on until the 8th of September.

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Come on down to the gallery and see some great art and if you’d like to get the book, you better be quick, as they’re selling quickly and might even be gone by the end of the show.

Lifestyle

Guest post – How to choose the best hair clippers for home use

August 21, 2018
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We all understand the importance of keeping your hair tidy and well kept. It makes you look sharp and feel confident when you are in the crowd. When your hair is not in a good style or shape, people will notice in just seconds upon meeting you, and this can create a bad impression about you. Whether you are preparing for a job interview, a date, event or you just want to stand out, which applies to everyone, it is important to ensure your hair is well cut and styled. Hair grooming mistakes whether small or big can ruin your image. While hair grows back giving you the opportunity to undo the mess, you may never get another chance to change the first impression. Certainly, it is likely you will make such mistakes if you don’t have the right tools in your hands.

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Guest Post: 5 Games That Could Inspire Street Art

August 17, 2018
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Video games are some of the most underrated examples on the planet of terrific art. Perhaps because art isn’t necessarily the primary focus, we tend to let it wash over us and instead focus solely on the process of a game, or its prevailing image or atmosphere. But in everything from individual scenes to cover art, video games can really display some stunning work. So in this post I’ll look at some great examples across various types of games – specifically with an eye toward street art inspiration.

1. Spider-Man

This game has been in the works for quite some time for PlayStation 4, and is now finally on the cusp of release. And the latest gameplay trailer shows that it’s still every bit as gorgeous as it looked when it was first teased. This game presents a realistic enough version of New York that it’s liable to have its own street art. But any creative artist could also use Spider-Man action shots to inspire awesome street murals. Nothing looks quite as cool in a city as a cleverly rendered painting of Spider-Man doing his thing.

2. BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is old news at this point, but it’s still arguably the most visually inventive console game of the last decade. And its steampunk/sci-fi blend of intrigue could turn any average city wall into a wonderland. Frankly, cities would be a lot cooler if street artists were inspired by this game in particular.

3. Jekyll and Hyde Slot

Perhaps a little bit lesser-known, the Jekyll and Hyde slot game actually does an incredible job of portraying Victorian gothic visuals in an interesting and replicable way. Capturing something of mankind’s dark side, the game focuses on the wickedness of Mr. Hyde and adds an almost ghostly element. Tales and games like this call to mind criminals from bygone eras stalking city streets, and bringing them to life in a similar visual style via street art would be a nice project.

4. Limbo

If BioShock Infinite is the most visually significant console game of the decade, Limbo might have the honor in the mobile category. It’s a very dark game, but one that uses shadowy spaces to hint at monsters and danger without always making them explicitly visible – an interesting challenge for a street artist to take on, for sure.

5. Creatures Such As We

Appearing on a list of iOS mobile games that are like interactive art, Creatures Such As We is labeled “a philosophical interactive romance novel.” It’s more specifically a text-based adventure, but the art – concerning people on a moon tourism colony – is beautifully rendered. It’s simple enough that a skilled street artist could accomplish something similar in a matter of hours, yet almost inexplicably deep and moving.

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Travel – 10 days in Sesimbra, Portugal

August 16, 2018
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Last week I got back from a 10 day holiday in Portugal, which is where I am from originally. It was the first time I visited in a year and a half and it was great to go back. We stayed in Sesimbra, a small town by the sea where you can enjoy the beach and the sun all you want.

I stayed mostly in Sesimbra and took little trips in the vicinity to do some sightseeing. There are lots of things to see around there, especially if you fancy exploring historical spots.

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The first spot we explored was the castle, a structure originally from medieval times, is worth visiting not only because it’s fun to climb up on its walls but also because the view from it is stunning, as it is perched on a hill.

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We then proceeded to visit the town centre, where it is somewhat touristic but still pleasant – and not too crowded. It’s also been cool to see that they’ve had a few artists come in and create sea and fishing themed murals, that really fit in with the old construction style.

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The area not only has historical spots but also places of geological interest – especially if you’re interested in palaeontology, as there are several areas where you can go and see dinosaur tracks, such as the ones we saw in Zambujal.

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Further down the same road, you can also visit Cape Espichel, where you can find the old lighthouse (and some abandoned structures that used to support an antenna), as well as the Nossa Senhora do Cabo sanctuary, a pilgrimage spot popular in the 17th century and now virtually abandoned, save for the church.

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While we were there, some days we suffered immensely with the heat, as there was a heat wave coming in from the North of Africa. We stayed cool by going to the pool or the sea and protecting ourselves with plenty of sunscreen, so we were prepared. If you are planning on going away on holiday as well, Groupon has a few discount codes for Argos, where you can stock up on beach appliances such as towels and windbreakers.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared against the sun, especially during a heatwave. Luckily Argos has all the necessary accoutrements necessary to spend our days at the beach as comfortable as possible – which is what we did! The windbreakers were a lifesaver, with the strong winds that occasionally rose up and insisted on throwing the sand at us! Umbrellas are also super useful and when they’re colourful they make for some cool photos of the beach, with all the colourful circles spread around.  

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Apart from the beach in Sesimbra, there are other beaches in the area that are worth visiting, such as Ribeiro do Cavalo. We ended up not descending down to the beach as I didn’t think it was safe to do in flip flops but with appropriate footwear for climbing it should be worth a visit. At least we got to see the nice views of the area!

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It was 10 days of sun, beach and good food – not to mention great company too. So, coming back was a bit sad… but there’s always next year again!

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Art – new mural collaboration with DRT London

August 10, 2018
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A few weeks back (before I went away on holiday) I had the privilege of collaborating with DRT London, a street artist well known for his stained glass-like geometrical murals. A wall opportunity arose in Hackney Wick and we finally got to do a collaboration mural, as we had been discussing for a while.

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The paste-up I used was the first in a series I am inaugurating and that I hope to work on further in the next few months based on relationship breakups. Some of the phrases used will be from situations I lived personally, others have been submitted by friends and other Instagram followers. All in all, I believe a relatable series… who hasn’t been broken up with?

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This was also the first time I have ever tried using spray paint in a mural (I’ve only used it minutely on some small pieces I have created on canvas recently). I found it hard to master, so that means I will have to be practising a bit more! It’s a challenge that I would be interested in trying anyway, so it all good!

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Anyway, enjoy the photos, we had a great time creating this and I’m looking forward to creating some more street art in London soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to join my mailing list – where you’ll be informed of any promotions, exhibitions and new artwork, sign up here.

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