Last night was the launch of street art magazine Very Nearly Almost’s 7th issue, and it very, nearly, almost went off without a hitch. By the time I arrived, there was a power outage in Shoreditch and I had to purchase my copy of VNA in a room lit by a single disposable lighter. Nevertheless, I did get a copy, and I’m glad to say it was £3.50 very well spent.
For those not already aware, Very Nearly Almost is a magazine that has been around since 2006. It mostly consists of photos of London street art, but also includes interviews with artists and other bits and bobs.
The highlights of VNA are the interviews with C215 and Cept, followed by a few pages of photos for each of them. I’ve been a fan of Cept’s work for a while, but I wasn’t aware of how long he’s been involved in the graffiti scene (since 1986).
The selection of photos is well done as well. I’m not usually one for stickers, but VNA includes about 20 photos of stickers that are of real quality. The same goes for the “tags” section. Walking around London, I mostly ignore tags, but VNA has found a couple of great ones (such as a KGS fire extinguisher tag). A few of their Cans2 photos are too dark to really see the pieces properly, but that’s more a fault of Leake Street’s poor lighting than their photography.
VNA has one of the most diverse collections of street art and graffiti photos that I’ve seen in a while, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading (twice already).
Make sure to pick up a copy of VNA issue 7 at verynearlyalmost.com