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I recently picked up the latest issue of Very Nearly Almost Magazine,
widely known as VNA, it is in my opinion the best London based art and
design managine you can buy!
‘Very Nearly Almost is a UK-based independent magazine printed
quarterly which features interviews with some of the world’s best urban
artists, illustrators and photographers. Launched in 2006, VNA tracks
everything from the wheatpastes, paint and stencils out there on the
streets through to gallery shows and events that bring together artists
from around the world.
Each issue brings you in-depth feature articles and interviews
with the biggest names on the scene, as well as up and coming artists.
Previous cover artists include Shepard Fairey, Retna, Invader, Eine,
Sickboy, ROA, Insa, Anthony Lister, Conor Harrington, The London Police,
D*Face & Kid Acne.
VNA gets up close and personal with the artists we cover – we
document recent work, visit artists’ studios and provide sneak previews
of new work.
Everyone involved in VNA has a shared love of street art and the
culture that’s grown up around it and we hope you enjoy reading it as
much as we enjoy putting it together.
Distributed globally, with a print run of 7,000, you can find VNA at a range of stockists.’ www.verynearlyalmost.com
The latest VNA, issue 27, featured the four man graffiti crew Broken
Fingaz from Israel, I have been aware of thier graffiti for quite a
while after seeing some of thier work around the Brick Lane area. Broken
Fingaz create art work which to say the least, ruffles a few feathers;
VNA explained in their article that TBFC’s work ‘often appears to tell a
story – generally involving naked chicks, skeletons, fat dudes and
other outlandish characters’.
As you will see from the examples of thier work, they have come under
attack for being sexist and sexually objectifying women. Their work
definitely ticks one massive box of what I like art to do, and thats
provoke a reaction. It raises and highlights an issue, which like many
we face in modern society still plays a massive part in our lives and in
my opinion is often overloooked and not taken as seriously as it should
But then on the conitary as highlighted in this
really awesome post on Vandalog, TBFC’s murals don’t exactly depict men
in the best manner either, showing them as skeletons and ultimately
‘brainless’ or as ‘fat dudes’. I’m going to try not and rant too much
about my veiws and opinions, but I do urge you to go and take a look at
some more of The Broken Fingaz Crew’s work and if you like it, and fancy
offending some poeple on the tube, go and grab a super sexy TBFC
T-shirt from Ghostown.
Also heres a little snippet of that Vandalog post,
‘Defacing two walls and writing “Kill all men” over BFC’s work is
not a route I would promote, but the dialogue it provoked is important.
Much like the commenters
on BFC’s Facebook, my knee-jerk reaction was to write this act off as
an overly-aggressive reaction from a radical feminist. In all
likelihood, “Kill all men” is a derivative of the Twitter hashtag
that was turning heads last month, which feminists were using as a
space to vent their experiences with misogyny. Yet in closer
consideration of this particular incident, this person isn’t saying
anything that BFC didn’t say themselves first. Why should we take
offense from the statement “Kill all men” when this was written on top
of a BFC mural that literally depicted a group of dead men having sex with women?‘ www.blog.vandalog.com
Peace and Love,,,,