The Brainer columnists unleash their new issue on Thursday
It’s here! The 14th issue from resident Brainer columnists VNA is ready to drop, and the boys are launching it this Thursday at East Gallery on Brick Lane. Expect a good looking, good smelling, good-ass collectible magazine bursting with the dopest graffiti and street art you will set your retinas on today.
In these crazy days of ‘street art’ it’s so easy for us to forget the roots of this culture: graffiti. Pure graffiti… tags, dubs and pieces. Racking, trains and tracksides. Marker pens and spray paint.
Some graffiti writers still don’t like the idea of graffiti exhibited in galleries, it’s wrong. Graffiti belongs on walls and trains. It’s about getting your name up and not selling out. Others think differently and pursue a career in art alongside their night-time job of being a writer. Either way, it’s up to the individual. Sometimes graffiti really works on canvas and other times I feel the work would be best left where it belongs, sometimes I see a writer and wish they did work on canvas and in print form, but I know they never will.
So we booked the cheapest flights and accommodation we could find and went away for the weekend. Sure, we’d just missed the incredible Project ASA show by a week, full of top street artists like Ortica Noodles, Fark, Galo and Pez. And yeah, the weather forecast was as bad as could possibly be for a June weekend in Holland, but hey – this was to be the first international VNA trip ever and we were going to the mythical city of sin that is Amsterdam, so it wasn’t all bad.
Summer is starting to show its face here in the UK and Europe, and to people not obsessed with football (and quite a few people who are) it only means one thing: it’s festival season.
But what if you are tired of Glastonbury (never!), Reading or Lovebox? What if you want something other than the usual rowdy music fix? Well fear not, there are plenty of graffiti and art festivals here in the UK and Europe to satisfy even the most switched on urban art lover.
So I got asked to write this column for Brainer about 10 mins ago, and I really didn’t know what I should write about. I work for VNA so I’m guessing it should be street art related, but seriously how many times do you need to read about pretty pictures on walls? As it happens quite a lot actually, but then I thought dang! I’m actually from the future so I’m going to give you a little insight about how technology changes everything. Everything including street art.
Based in London, Very Nearly Almost (VNA) is one of the world’s premier street art and graffiti magazines. Now in its fourth year, editor George and art director Greg continue to pack each issue with the best in coverage, interviews and features. Beautifully printed on paper that not only feels, but smells good, VNA lovingly documents the globe’s ever-changing street art scene. Brainer caught up with the two 31 year-olds to get some insight.
Opinions are what make this world just about bearable to live in. What I like, others may not and it’s nice that way. My name is George, I edit a street art magazine called VNA, and this is a rant about what’s hot and what’s snot in street art at the moment. Part 1…