When we moved out of our old studio we found a hidden stash of various hand painted and/or screen printed posters we’d done over the years and thought we may as well make use of them so decided to paste them all rather haphazardly onto a table top we had lying around. And that was all that happened to the piece for the first few months of it’s creation. Then I was hit with a bolt of inspiration and decided to make the piece something of a retrospective given that it features about 30 old paste ups designs that would never have seen the light of day otherwise. With the addition of a bit of background work, the mini-me version of us balancing precariously whilst spraying our ‘Take it from the champs, graffiti is for chumps’ stencil (which was swiped from a 1980′s New York anti-graffiti slogan) and the ’Meanwhile, in Brixton’ stencil and, hey presto, there you have it.
Why am I always the last to know? (Yellow)
Why am I always the last to know? (Blue)
Only after making these pieces did I realise how much like 80′s movie poster’s they are. They remind me of ‘Weekend at Bernie’s‘ or ‘Better Off Dead‘ or some other long forgotten 80′s gem. I could probably write the plot summary to go with them but unfortunately I have better things to do today.
Oh, go on then: “Sometimes. Just sometimes, you feel like everyone else knows something you don’t. And when you find out what it is you realise how far down the grapevine you really are. Take Chet Barker, he’s a jobbing actor working in the seedier side of Hollywood who takes every underpaid and dermoralising job his ‘agent’ can find for him and he attacks them with the all the gusto of a farmboy fresh from the country. He’s about to realise what a dog eat dog world the Hollywood acting industry really is… Featuring Judge Reinhold as Chet, Eddy Murphy as his agent (and pimp-at-large)and with some truly remarkable cameos this is hilarious fun for all the family.”
Well i’d probably watch it at least. It couldn’t be any worse than Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow…
There’s a certain thrill to sending off a tube of paste up’s‘s to Street Art Without Borders. Once dispatched you then wait patiently for a while whilst the intrepid paster gets out and about around Europe (and beyond) and finally – hey presto! – you get some pictures back of your work adorning walls at various international locations. What could be easier? This time we’ve got work up in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The one in Berlin is even on a 2km section of the Berlin Wall that is called the East Side Gallery. All this from the comfort of our own front room…
Many thanks to Urbanhearts for the photo’s!
Since moving to London many moons ago we seem to accumulated a disproportionately large stable of PR friends. Now i’m not certainly not knocking them as I love them all and they have come in handy on more than one occasion but i’m just not entirely sure why this has come to pass or what it says about us ! Anyway, i digress…
We were commissioned by one of our friends who works for Six PR to create an image that was to be printed as an A1 poster for her office wall. It was to be PR related and had to feature the Six PR logo. That was pretty much as far as the design brief went. From there on in we just did as we wanted…
The background features the CV of the person who commissioned it turned into binary code and the Old Man has the Six PR logo for his shining left PR powerblast eye. There are also 6 sixes in different colours in the background to really drive home the Six PR point and that’s pretty much job done. I’m sure that makes it sound like it was less work than it was but coming up with the plan is always the toughest part.
The most annoying thing with this project was trying to remember throughout that the poster was going to be printed up at A1 and so the file had to fairly massive to ensure the image didn’t pixellate at all. At least we got there in the end.
Go to our flickr page here for a larger version of the image.