Some of the bikes in the peloton were a bit odd but it was a peloton nonetheless!
There's not many feelings better than riding a bike. Cranking through gears as you hunger for more speed, fighting up a hill, coasting down the other side, puddles kicking up in your face, the grit on your water bottle's nozzle that you don't care about because your thirsty as fuck, the heat from your legs when you stop and the power you feel in them when you get back on.
And of the four wide prints we’ve released, this one holds a special place in our heart because we screen printed it ourselves. That’s no mean feat when it involves registering six colours across a print over a meter wide. Check out how it all came together, colour by colour, below!
It started as a joke but things quickly escalated and before we knew it, all paint broke lose and people were taking sides, sparring with paint brushes, chasing after each other madly and taking hostages. We never did finish painting that room...
This was our very first screen print release all the way back in 2009 and the start of the series. as far as we’re concerned, if you have one of these, you’re old school!
We were worried about damaging the print by rolling it up too tightly for shipping, so we ordered custom 20cm diameter tubes. Pure overkill. These days we ship in a more reasonably sized tube but the post office wasn’t happy when we rolled up with those first mammoth tubes.
We weren't sure what triggered it all but things suddenly erupted in the streets. We were mad without aim. Mad and bohemian. And loud, everyone was very loud. Some of us were happy about the situation, whilst others were only acting out of fear and some just weren't paying chaos and cacophony any attention.
Not knowing how long this would all last, we just kept shouting and kept pulsing, as if rain was some other minute away.
The second in the series of wide prints, ‘And I’m Not Going To Take This Anymore’ picked up a lot of the riots and protests that had occurred at the time: London to Vancouver to Athens and of course the Arab Spring.
The print edition was preceded by a stencil painting, which we made a nice little process film about, titled ‘The Sound Of Stenciling’.
Our days were a joy and night now closes in on us. There is no birdsong. No sound of traffic. All the warm cars have long gone or crashed cold. In their stead, something else has come, bringing screams and panic with it like a piercing wind. The people it kills get up and kill. Yes, now the night comes but no one will be sleeping tonight... at least I have a chainsaw.
This piece definitely takes the crown for most violent piece. We really enjoy filling these scenes with little details and action so that you can see something new every time you look at it. And as with all these wide pieces, there's a handful of film references to enjoy in amongst all the chaos.
Again, we sprayed a painting of this piece before the print edition was ever made and filmed a suitably themed horror-style film of its making. Cutting by the light of a naked, swinging lightbulb makes for great footage but for very poor visibility!