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INSA x EVISU

The kings of Japanese denim EVISU.

Yes old garage raves Evisu, yes Beyonce in ‘Lose My Breath’ Evisu, yes the Beckham kids Evisu.  Well they are celebrating there 20 year anniversary! And as part of there celebrations they asked me to produce a piece of art.

I produced this piece entitled the ‘Button Down, Back Up’:

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This fully custom made denim playsuit is crafted from authentic Evisu selvedge Japanese denim.

Hand bleach printed with my classic ‘Graffiti Fetish’ pattern.

Double stitched, double layered denim construction, steel buttons and whale boning give this delicate feminine form the strength, toughness and durability of any serious piece of workwear.

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I worked with the amazing garment specialist Miss Melody MaKer to produce this one off.

Even though this is a piece of art to be admired in its own right, a piece of denim desire that does not need to be worn, it has been tailor made to fit one person and one person only, rapper and role model Miss Nicki Minaj with the slightly unbelievable measurements of 36-24-45.

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This piece was displayed at Evisu’s London ‘Make The Rules’ exhibition/party last week and is now going off on tour around the far east to be displayed at parties in all the major cities!

Even thought it is unseen when displayed i designed this pretty special, custom display stand.

Well its kinda hard to find a mannequins in Nicki Minaj sizes.

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I worked closely with my good friends at JAIL MAKE Studios who hand forged and welded this rigid steel framework, that is then mounted on steel rods that are sunk deep into a thick oak heart shaped base.

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All about the lines….

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(photography by Bernard Miller)

Sneak preview…..

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Hong Kong Penthouse

While in HK i was privately commissioned to paint this awesome penthouse apartment roof terrace.

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The view over HK harbour was pretty pretty good.

DISCLAIMER

Perhaps one of the most important parts of the exhibition to me were these notes i made as an aid to understand the moral contradictions and issues considered producing and displaying this work….

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- Do not buy a bike just as an accessory.

- Do not expect that women have to dress like this in daily life.

- Do take ownership of public space.

- Do not think owning things makes you better than any other person.

- Do colour coordinate your trainers with your bike or daily attire.

- Do paint graffiti.

- Do not think of ‘Girls’ (as in the title of this project) as a term for women in general.

- Do think of ‘Girls’ (as in the title of this project) as a term for a constructed pansexual media fantasy.

- Do understand the difference between fantasy and reality and gauge the expectations of yourself and those around you accordingly.

- Irony does not justify anything but it is a good way of expressing one’s own contradictions.

- Irony does not justify anything but it is a good excuse.

Opening Night

So another show successfully opened:

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Luardos Crew worked hard serving up fish tacos all night! Over 2000 bottles of beer were drank…

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And the crowds came out in force! The evening was rammed from start to finish- thanks to all those that made it along….

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Seen amongst the crowd was Arabella sporting a very special unreleased INSA x Milltag cycle jersey!! The full set are now available online see here!

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Thanks to Teddy@Protein for the pictures.

Postcard Books

The ‘Girls on Bikes’ postcard books are now in the shop!
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12 premium quality postcards bound into a booklet with front and back cover.

Featuring all the images from the project.

Only £10 per book.


GET THEM HERE!!!

INSA x MILLTAG Jerseys

To celebrate the London exhibition of ‘GIRLS ON BIKES’,  MILLTAG have produced this set of super limited edition cycle jerseys:

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A set of 12 colours to match all the walls in the original photo series and ONLY 3 of each available!

They will be available on Thursday 10th at the exhibition and on MILLTAG website after that!

For more info see MILLTAG’s site HERE

Act fast!

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Thanks to Tom and Daniel for sporting the tops and to Bernard Miller for photos!

LONDON SHOWING OF GIRLS ON BIKES!!

Be excited! I’m showing the project in London! Not only that i have collaborated with MILLTAG to produce a SUPER limited edition set of bike jerseys (we are talking only 3 of each colourway) to go with the photos. They will be made available at the show!!

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So if you’re in London on the 10th November come down to 18 hewett st- show some love, have a beer and grab a fish taco!
I have also produce a beautiful postcard book of all the 12 images from the project that will be available at the show and on this site from the 10th!

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Recent Canvas Painting

As my current exhibition is coming to an end i thought i’d show you a closer look at some of the paintings in the show.

I have been exploring transparency…….

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‘Discord’

Spray paint on perspex- 100cm x 75cm

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“Exploring Heel Fetishism in Multiples on a Diagonal”

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“Transparency>Gloss>Matt”

Spray paint on perspex- 100cm x 75cm

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‘Gazing into the Golden Sphincter.’

Spray paint and Gold foil on perspex- 100cm x 75cm

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‘Bound’

Spray paint on perspex- 100cm x 75cm

‘Multiplication Isn’t Adding Up’

Spray paint on perspex- 100cm x 75cm