It was recently pointed out that I had somehow forgotten to mention that you can now buy issue 11 of Very Nearly Almost on their website. The reason it’s odd that I’ve gotten to mention this is that, besides being a great magazine as always, this issue actually has a fair bit to do with Vandalog. There is an interview with Vandalog blogger Gaia and with Case by me. There’s also interviews with people like Mike Giant, Insa and Ruedione (whose book Backflashes is out soon). And at just £4.00 for 100 pages of art goodness, VNA is a fantastic value for an art magazine or book.
Very Nearly Almost‘s 11th issue hits shelves this month, and so next week they’ve got a launch party for the magazine. Should be good fun. This issue’s cover artist is the UK’s INSA, and other artists from around the world are featured inside. In fact, make sure to pick up this issue of magazine because it’s where you can read an interview that I did with Case earlier this year. Plus they’ve got the legendary Mike Giant, the super-cool photographer Ruedione and one of my personal favorite artists, Gaia. Hope to see you at the launch.
VNA strikes that great balance between fan zine and magazine, and with this issue they have upped their game. 200 issues are available with a screenprinted D*face design on the cover. 100 of those are available at the launch party at stolenspace on December 3rd, along with stickers, markers and a tote bag.
A few weeks ago I picked up the latest issue of Very Nearly Almost, and about two weeks ago I promised its editor, George, that I would mention it on Vandalog. So, here’s that long overdue mention.
For those who don’t know, Very Nearly Almost is a London-based street art magazine. I’ve been reading VNA for I guess nearly a year now, and each issue is better than the last.
Issue 9 features all the usual VNA goodness (photos of every good piece of street art and some good graffiti to have popped up in London since the last issue went to print), plus some interviews and artist profiles, photos of other cities, and product reviews.
The interview with Ludo was probably the highlight for me, because I’v never known anything about the guy behind the “Nature’s Revenge” series. There are also interviews with Meggs and Jeff Soto and features on a few other great artists.
VNA has the love and devotion of a ‘zine behind it, without the low Kinko’s production values.
You can by VNA at some stores (such as Concrete Hermit in London) and online. If you live in London, this is a great documentation of street art from this spring, and if you live elsewhere, well London street art is awesome, and VNA proves it.
I read plenty of street art blogs, but only one street art magazine (for now that is, please sugest others). That magazine is Very Nearly Almost or VNA.
Issue 8 of VNA was released a couple weeks ago, but I’ve just bought my copy last weekend. Issue 8 is probably the best one yet. It features interviews and essays from Kid Acne, Adam Neate, Herakut, and more. Of course, VNA also features photos of the best street art that’s been gone up in London since issue 7.
You can pick up VNA online or at Stella Dore for just £3.50. It’s perfect for when you’re on tube and can’t read Vandalog (or you want to read interviews with artists I’ve never interviewed and see work that I hadn’t seen before they were in VNA).
My favorite street art ‘zine, Very Nearly Almost, is releasing issue 8 next week. The launch party is at Stella Dore, and hopefully this time the power won’t go out (bought my last issue by cell-phone light). I’d be there to get a magazine and Kid Acne t-shirt, but I’ll be in Austria snowboarding all week.