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Full Of Characters Summer is in full swing and now we are in amongst the madness that is set to make 2011 a memorable one. With the sun comes a refreshing feeling that life is to be enjoyed and celebrated, time to get your stomping sandals out and your pimp sunglasses on. Festivals are in full swing throughout Europe and the general chat amongst my fellow party ummer 2011 fiends is that the choice this year has meant some hard decision making; which ones to miss out?! Whether you are a truly dedicated festival fanatic, a maturing connoisseur of the more refined good night out or just a first timer scouting for the preliminary gathering to ease you in slowly, there’s such an array of celebratory events that dozens will surely suit your requirements. We have highlighted a few favourites that we have experienced so far this summer and feature some of the heroes that really have been making the memories for the millions enjoying the season and a little escapism.
dedicated to those characters that we have all encountered, the ones you have a random picture of with your group of friends and the ones you just have to stop and take a snap of, as they struggle to make sense of their altered reality!
Although our FOC crew get to cover all kinds of gigs happening all over, our common thread when stories are being relayed back from the latest jaunt, are of the characters that we encounter and the entertainment that they often provide. This issue is
FOC concurs and summer supports this movement entirely... Enjoy a selection of what has put a smile on our faces...
This issue we bring you FOC’s usual blend of insanely inspiring creatives demonstrating, to the world their talents and there’s a definite sense of humour to this issue. Naturally from our journalists’ ever-witty articles but also from the people we have had the pleasure in interviewing. When you get to interview true pros at the top of their game, enjoying the recognition of their labour, there is often an infectious sense of positivity and enthusiasm for life! The world class Spinelli put it best when we interviewed him, Each of us are very lucky to be alive, so why not celebrate and have as much fun as possible?
10THE EXHIBITIONIST: LJ experiences the infamous Grand Designs and reports back on the latest design innovations, ideas and creations 18 WORTH SELLING YOUR GRANNY FOR!: A cutting edge collection of technological accomplices for your music and entertainment gizmos 22 THE DARK ROOM: Not taking life too seriously with Victor Spinelli 30 INK’D: A showcase of the genius of our hero “Biro Boy” Juan Francisco Casas and the meaning behind his work 36 RISE OF THE VALKYRIES: Kristall collectables from world-renowned Kost Boda 40 BLUEPRINT: Headlining the architectural evolution of the UK’s southern coast 44 FRONT DESK: Reviewing one hot hotel you won’t want to check out of 50 THE VICTIM: The newest urban whispers influencing future fashion 66 THE SWEENEY: Catching up with the Crack and Shine Boys and their latest release 68 ON THE CAIS: Caisie Dilks hooks up with pioneer Stephen Miers about the trip of a lifetime that we will all get to watch 72 GRAFIK: Giving you a taste of a great graphic talent who’s work is inspired by his visual experience growing up in Shanghai 78 FOC IT, LET’S PARTY: Featuring just a taster of events to look out for and what summer has to offer 92 EARGASMS: Giving you a taste of some of the artists who are set to dominate the stereo 98 THROW A SICKIE: FOC’s reasons to forge a sick note foc:| 9
Grand Designs By L-J
Grand Designs Live, the UK’s No.1, award-winning consumer show for design and inspiration for your home, returned to London in May for the seventh year, for a nine day stint at London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Based on the hugely popular and successful Channel 4 TV series – presented by design guru Kevin McCloud – Grand Designs Live brings together over 500 exhibitors. The halls were packed this year with ideas and innovations for your home and garden, including interiors, home improvements, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping; there really was something for everyone.
that is overseen and documented by Kevin McCloud whose vast experience includes the carved and painted rococo-style vegetable ceiling in the food halls at Harrods, an absolute marvel, such a must see! With seven distinctive sections all under one roof, from the spectacular Grand Village, which hosts a number of full scale properties and Philips’ Light My Home showcase, The House of the Future, to the UK’s largest selection of kitchens in Grand Kitchens, visitors were constantly never more than feet away from another inspiring grand design. The attention to detail was extremely impressive; from the red carpet lining the floors to the vast signage directing you to each section with ease. Maps were placed strategically around the ExCeL hall to ensure you could find your way around, along with an interactive online floor plan, detailed itinerary at the rear of the show guide and map on the back of your ticket. So there was no excuse for losing your way!
Grand Designs Live is organised by Media 10 – a young, exciting publishing and events company with the creativity, imagination and flair to take trade and consumer publishing, along with exhibitions, to a new level working with commitment, passion, creativity and pride. Grand Designs Live has been trading and attracting a vast range of visitors and exhibitors for the past four years, and is backed by the ever-popular televised programme Grand Designs. The premise follows a couple designing and building a new project
The House of the Future sponsored by Virgin Media
The Campaign for Wool
Not only does Grand Designs Live exhibit the latest design trends and innovations, it also champions good causes. Making its first appearance at this yearâ€™s Grand Designs, an iconic Choose Wool feature was designed to show the versatility and creativity of wool in a modern and thought provoking way. The 3m high by 10m wide 3D statement piece was designed to be extremely tactile for audiences to touch, see and learn about the power of wool. The Campaign for Wool is a five-year cross industry initiative that was launched and is backed by HRH, the Prince of Wales, with the intention to ensure that wool is understood for all its natural benefits.
Visitors to the 2011 Grand Designs event were treated to six shows for the price of one, with shows on building, interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and designer furnishings. Also present was a House of the Future mini exhibition for visitors interested in the latest in innovation in the home, and the Grand Village section aimed to inspire those with big ideas, help with planning and building a brand new eco house. Visitors were able to extract the latest in style and design for the home, browse the latest and best innovations in design and even take home ideas to start redevelopment on their own house. Meanwhile, the Grand Seminars series included a range of lectures to inspire and educate on subjects ranging from the debate on eco towns, how to generate the best from your architect, and how to renovate a historic building.
From interiors to exteriors, kitchens to bathrooms and everything in between, visitors to the Grand Designs Live show were offered tips on giving their homes a complete makeover. A series of features and demonstrations were displayed across five separate sections. A host of celebrity guests were also on hand during the exhibition, with the likes of Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud hosting proceedings, joined by some of the Channel 4 Grand Designs team.
To keep up to date with the latest design innovations and the newest creations in the pipeline, visit www.granddesignslive.com to sign up to its newsletter or to subscribe to Grand Designs Magazine.
7-9 October 2011, NEC Centre, Birmingham
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT General Enquiries T: +44 (0)121 780 4141 W: thenec.co.uk
Advanced booking £14 / On the door £18
First two days 10am-6pm Last day 10am-5pm
How to get there
By Air Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is located adjacent to the NEC, which is extremely convenient for foreign visitors and those on internal flights; once you’ve grabbed your luggage it will take just minutes to travel to The NEC from the airport. Absolute Maintenance
By Car The NEC is situated 8 miles East of Birmingham city centre; its central location ensures it is at the hub of the UK motorway network. Visitors from any direction can travel to The NEC site directly using the following motorways – M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42. For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode B10 1NT.
Where to stay
The show has an online booking site called My Visit, a planning tool designed to help you find accommodation, restaurants and attractions – creating a personal itinerary as you go.
Show Guide Priced at £5 on the door, the guide is packed with bright ideas for your home, with highlights of the show, a definitive list of all products, materials, advice and ideas from the first to final fix, a run down of the seminars day by day and an essential directory. Cheque Book Given out on entry, the cheque book is loaded with exclusive discounts for visitors to the Grand Designs Show and competitions to win anything from money off kitchen utensils to complete designs.
Children aged 15 and under will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult and in possession of a child ticket obtained from the box office (maximum of two children per paying adult). Children aged 16 or older will be charged the standard adult admission.
If you are interested in bringing a school party along to the show, please contact email@example.com for booking information and authorisation. Please note: any unauthorised student parties may be refused admission on the day.
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call +44 (0)844 412 4650 for more information.
The VIP Experience
Have the ultimate day out at Grand Designs Live with the VIP Experience brought to you by Miele - brand new for the 2011 shows. Numbers are strictly limited, giving you the chance to enjoy the delights of the show in comfort and style. VIP Tickets are really great value, with prices starting from just ÂŁ35, including: * Admission to Grand Designs Live * Fast track entry into the show * Access to the exclusive VIP Lounge brought to you by Miele * Complimentary glass of champagne * Complimentary Miele coffee * Show Guide * VIP Cloakroom * VIP Shopping Drop
Platinum VIP tickets - just ÂŁ70
You can also upgrade to the Platinum VIP package, which also includes a two-course lunch and glass of wine in the signature restaurant hosted by British Michelin starred Chef John Burton-Race. The VIP packages are great as a gift or just a treat for you and your family if you want to spend the day as a VIP!
Green Heroes As the green agenda continues to rightfully muscle its way into mainstream consumer consciousness and tradesmen increasingly continue to champion eco-building practices, British designer Kevin McCloud announces his 2011 “Green Heroes”. Kevin launched this campaign based on his love of truly innovative, green building products and services. With his vast experience of innovative ideas and inventive products, he personally chose products or inventions that he felt deserved wider recognition. Below is a selection of the best eco-innovations as chosen by Kevin. A BIT OF LIGHT READING Every year more and more books are printed, read and discarded. Even though many are taken to charity shops, they mostly go unsold and the charities have to pay for the books to be sent to landfill. For example 10,000 books a week from one charity will go to waste. There is currently no infrastructure set up to recycle the paper from books because the paper is low grade and the glue
on the spine must be removed. That is where Lula Dot by Lucy Norman comes in. Lula Dot is a company, which aims to upcycle London’s
waste into lasting beauty. These wasted books are used to create a beautiful chandelier by folding each page in half,
producing a circular arrangement, which hangs around a ceiling light. www.luladot.com
CLEANING OUR STREETS Gumdrop is a clever little pink bin made with recycled gum. This idea was sparked when creator, Anna Bullus, noticed that, not only was gum treated as waste, but also it was being wasted. After four months in the chemistry lab she created a new plastic polymer from this waste material that could be utilised in commercial moulding practices and produced the
STICK TO THE BASICS
Gumdrop Bin. This bubble gum pink bin can be attached to lamp posts around the world to tidy up and enable us to reuse a global waste product and form a
new habit that could dramatically change our environment – cleaner streets allowing Government “clean-up” budgets to be used
elsewhere, less waste and lovely pink bins to cheer up grey streets around the world. www.gumdropltd. com
UPM ProFi Deck is a new, low-maintenance decking system, which is made predominantly from recycled sticky labels. Its stone like surface is hard wearing and almost maintenance free. Unlike traditional timber and composite decks, it requires no sanding or oiling, is easy to clean and will stay looking good for years. UPM ProFi Deck’s range of six colours allows the creation of a fresh and modern look for outdoor terraces. www.upmprofi.com
Design Concepts Design and innovation has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years. We are now able to explore and expand the boundaries of design thanks to modern technology. We have handpicked a selection of typically British designers that caught our eye at the show.
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One of a kind Looking for that exclusive statement piece of bespoke furniture or work of art to liven up your home? Look no further than the designers of One of One Hundred Ltd. Each design from their collection is created and marketed strictly as a certified limited edition, making it a privilege to have the opportunity to own one. The designers and artists combine the aesthetic beauty of art with functional form, inspired by visually and intellectually challenging work. Their unique designs appeal to individuals and collectors who not only appreciate the aesthetics of the creation, but also have an interest in its evolution. www.oneofone.org.uk
Light up your life Vintage Lights is a creative lighting company, which not only refurbishes unusual vintage lights, but also designs and manufactures bespoke lighting. Gareth Randall and Louise Streek, who set up the company a year ago, have an ethos that couples ethical design with economic design – they believe special lighting should be affordable to everyone – without compromising on style. They are keen up-cyclers of old brass lighting, which they transform into something much more contemporary. They often convert chandeliers with their special low-wattage candlelight lamps, which emit a light characteristic of the glow of candles. www.vintagelights.co.uk
Wall of Fame We jumped at the chance to feature Hollie May’s bespoke wallpaper designs in this issue of FOC. A mixture of handprinted and digital imagery, pulling together drawings and printing helps to produce an exciting balance in the designs. This collection gives the sense of a graphic, illustrated journey –colourful but simplistic; an exciting prospect for feature walls. With a range of designs to choose from, or a tailored bespoke service on offer, these wallpaper designs are the perfect match for our illustration issue. www.holliemay.com
Dare to be different Dare Studio is a dynamic new company, which designs and produces furniture, lighting and lifestyle products. Company founder and director Sean Dare champions the skills of local craftsmen, setting a benchmark for the very best in contemporary British design and manufacture. Dare Studio’s products are a representation of contemporary British values, which do not compromise on function or style with a core focus on sustainability. These high-quality products are made in relatively small quantities, resulting in attention to detail and beautiful bespoke products. www.darestudio.co.uk
Compact furniture Running out of space in the home? This fantastic table and chairs set is perfect for maximising your living area. This particular model ‘TeaNest” provides a space to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a conversation where space is at a premium. Designed by Jody Leach for a friend who had access to limited space in their typically small London kitchen, this birch plywood ‘TeaNest” set has a balanced, clean and simple design aesthetic with character and detail. www.jodyleach.com
Longing for perfection This outstanding piece of furniture is the Longform Library. As you sit within the cradle it rocks gently back and forth, enabling you to shut out the hectic world around you and concentrate on the words of a book. But what exactly is “Longform”? Designer Thomas Mills explains that long form are things such as books or films etc. that take more than a few seconds to access, and short form is internet, magazines and text messages. This project encapsulates the longer, more involved library of items surrounding the person accessing it. It not only looks cool, but is quirky and clever. The cushioned seat is a nod to the futuristic furniture found in typical Stanley Kubrick films, whilst lights are placed around the circumference and act as a clock, with timers changing the brightness to its highest at the height of the day and dimmed to nothing at midnight. www.ifsodoso.com
Worth selling your Granny for!
The iCADE is a flashback to the glory days of gaming – it integrates your iPad into an authentic, arcade-style cabinet complete with joystick and buttons! The specially designed cradle ensures safe loading and unloading of your iPad, while also providing a solid, secure fit even during the most intense game-play sessions. Furthermore, the cradle offers an ideal screen-viewing angle and quickly connects iCADE’s top-quality arcade controls directly to your iPad wirelessly. iCADE is compatible with 100 Atari classics including Asteroids, Centipede and Battlezone. This truly unique arcade cabinet game-controller for iPad will provide hours of action and nostalgic fun for years to come. This is going on FOC’s Christmas list for sure! www.iworldaustralia.com.au
As the digital revolution has made music more widely available, mobile and compact, a good quality dock is essential. The Acoustable Coffee Table Sound System by designers Jérôme Spriet and Wolfgang Bregentzer features a TEAC sound system that provides 360 degrees of audio playback. By either USB or optional WiFi, your laptop, iPhone and more can all connect to this table for an amplified audio experience. There are no visible technical elements, only the player and a remote, which can both be stored in a built-in pocket. The shape and material of this table are designed for acoustics, and the resulting look is both sleek and stylish. www.acoustable.com
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Have you ever heard of a gadget that charges while being used and doesn’t even need to be plugged in? A group of designers from Korea have made this possible. The Ecopad features “nano piezoelectricity film” underneath the display that produces electricity and recharges itself each time the user presses the touch screen. Users normally press their touch screen over 10,000 times a day, and with the Ecopad, this can now be converted into electricity to power this revolutionary device. www.fujitsu.com
Introducing the HiCan bed; the sloth’s paradise. Not only is the slick HiCan bed super cosy and modern, it’s also equipped with everything you need to spend the rest of your life as a media-consuming blob – or at least, be extremely entertained on sick days. This all-in-one bed and entertainment centre has a pull-down projection screen, integrated gaming system, built-in lights and even a control panel that allows you to adjust your home’s window shades and lighting. The price tag of €42,000 puts this amazing piece of furniture firmly in daydream territory. hi-can.com
The BA-205 Audio is a compact MP3 player and active speaker system that is designed to allow you to enjoy your favourite music safely and conveniently whilst on the go. The BA-205’s case, crafted from a single piece of aluminium and finished in vibrant colours, allows adequate weatherproofing and high structural integrity, making the BA-205 a reliable companion for outdoor activities. Available in a rainbow of colours, the BA-205 can be used for exercising, as a desktop speaker system or out and about, whether raving at a festival or enjoying a day on the beach. www.podio.com.tw
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Gallery Houses of Art, works to promote high quality contemporary art. We represent international artists with a solid important background who feature in international collections and museums as well as emerging and mid career international artists. We assist collectors at all levels in the primary and secondary market and provide a detailed provenance of all works of art exhibited. Houses of Art offers a house visiting service, where you get to see the pieces of interest in situ to enable you to decide where you are going to enjoy the masterpieces in the future. Commissioned artists can be arranged for mural and decoration work with art consultants also available to work with you to decorate your home with a bespoke selection of artworks to suit your budget.
Houses of Art Marbella, Spain +34 952 857 196 firstname.lastname@example.org www.housesofartmarbella.com
HELIDON XHIXHA Born in Durazzo in 1970, sculptor Helidon Xhixha has obtained a wealth of experience over the years by attending some of the most prestigious art establishments. The son of an artist, he spent his childhood in his fatherâ€™s workshop, which gave him a strong passion for the Fine Arts, in particular sculpting. Attending the Academy of Fine Arts of Tirana and his three-month stint at Kingston University of London only enhanced his passion for engraving, sculpture and photography techniques. In February 1999, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan, and has since become known in the academic world for his unique style. His experimental work has led him to discover an innovative technique in using Murano glass and stainless steel for his sculptures. His pieces of art are typically associated with energy, force and light. Xhixha works mainly with primary colours; in particular red, yellow, blue, along with black and occasionally white. His works are present in many private and public collections, including in Houses of Art in Marbella until mid-September, and will also be present at the Biennale exhibition in Venice in September. www.xhixha.it
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ZHUANG HONG YI Zhuangâ€™s unique works can be viewed as a journey across the world; wherever Zhuang goes he gains new experiences and images, which are reflected in his paintings. His work is constantly evolving, growing ever richer and, consequently, he never fails to surprise. Zhuangâ€™s style is highly-influenced by the places he has lived: China, where he was born in 1962, and where he discovered his passion and embarked on his education; Groningen, where he pursued his studies and now Amsterdam where he has his studio. Zhuang considers himself to be a multi-cultural and transnational artist. His experience and travels enable him to keep on adding new techniques to his mixed methods that are based on the use of rice paper. Creating associations between disparities is a recurring theme in his portfolio. Zhuang collects these contrasts so that he can then fuse them together in his works. As a kind of materialised Yin and Yang, these fusions result in new and harmonious images. Viewed from a distance the first impression is a strong image â€“ strong in colour, in shape, and in associations; sometimes abstract and sometimes with references to reality. A closer look reveals an image composed of shape elements; a kind of painted collage. Zhuang Hong Yi is a prime example of an artist who draws his inspiration from the environment he originates from and the environment in which he finds himself. www.zhuang-hong-yi.com
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Victor Spinelli By Reedy
Victor Spinelli has travelled and visually documented cultures, religions, landscapes and people in over 60 countries and has photographed some of the most famous faces of the 21st century. His experiences drive and fuel the creative spirit that shines through in his work. Since 2007 Victor has successfully steered his company, Camera VeritĂŠ LLC to a distribution base of over 30 countries with great commercial success in limited prints and publications. In the next few pages we take a journey into his Camera VeritĂŠ collection, exposing photography in a raw, unadulterated and naked form.
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I compose my shots “in camera” and capture the light as I see it. Many photographers rely on other means for end results and this, for me, destroys the essence of the entire experience. In this book everything is also photographed on film, which for me is most natural. Film uses universal light to expose the image as opposed to manmade pixels. It does not matter how good digital cameras get or how many megapixels we have. It is impossible to replicate nature. Images captured on film have an infinite amount of depth, complexity and obscurity that is life. R The book has a fun and sexy edge to it, is this a reflection of your
V.S Simply, I’m a jokester. I like to see the lighter things in life. When
traveling to poorer countries I would never photograph the poverty but the good things everywhere. Each of us, on this planet, is very lucky to be alive. As soon as the sperm and egg connected, we won the most important race in our lives. Life as we live it now is a huge victory lap, until we die, so why not celebrate and have as much fun as possible?
R If you could be king of your country, what law would you change
V.S I would create an economy based on giving (influenced by Burning
Man) where everyone becomes independent yet very happy to help each other out.
R Which of the five senses would you give up, and would you say you
have a sixth sense for anything?
V.S I would give up the Kinesthetic sense that that helps you feel your
surroundings unconsciously. This could be strange but I could never lose the others.
R If you could have your dream dinner party for six people (from
anytime), who would your guests be?
V.S Very tough question, but lets throw this lot together. It could be
R How did you first get into photography?
good fun. I would invite: my grandfather Antonio Spinelli who first immigrated to New York from Italy over 110 years ago. We never met. Then I would invite Augustus, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, Queen Zenobia and Ramesses the Great.
V.S I started shooting when I was given a little 110-film camera, when
I was about 10 years old. I used to document my Boy Scout trips and make albums.
R If you could have any profession, other than your own, what would
R Where do you find your inspiration?
V.S I find my inspiration from documenting the reality of the world. My
first inspiration was through travelling and this led to capturing the reality of being backstage at a theatrical show or behind the scenes of movies.
R Your latest book is called Camera Vertié (Camera Truth), do you
always try to portray the truth through your photography?
V.S I would love to be an astronaut or a professional baseball player. R You are now based in Ibiza, do you still split your time between the
US and the Med?
V.S I try to make it back to NY as much as possible. That’s where most
of my family is. I love it in Ibiza though, the lifestyle and the community but I am lucky that my work sends me around the globe.
V.S Well, here’s the deal. I always try to keep the purity of shooting
for a final immediate result without post-production. Old school.
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always try to keep the “ Ipurity of shooting for a final
immediate result without post-production. Old school. “
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R Do you have a favourite artist/photographer? V.S I really like Helmut Newton’s edge, but I also like Robert Doisneau,
Ellen Von Unwerth and Man Ray.
R Which is your favourite piece of your own work? V.S I love my “Hollywood Dreams” shot, featuring actress Amber
Heard – it’s comical and strong. The canvas version that I was commissioned to do by Ibiza Rocks at Pikes makes me really proud. I painted on it with acrylic paint and every time I see it, wow! It’s for sale but I’m not sure if I even want to sell it.
R I have read about a scenario where you once landed a hot air bal-
loon in a prison - fancy re-living the memory?
V.S It’s a funny story. I had a hot air balloon, bungee jumping and sky
diving business for two years, and on my birthday in 1993, after letting three skydivers jump out at 3,500 metres I let the balloon cool into a terminal velocity decent. After studying the ground below for service winds (through flags, smokestacks etc) I noticed a high school, or so I thought, from 1,500 metres. I radioed to my chase vehicle on the ground and told them this was where I intended to land. When I descended to about 150 meters I noticed the fence and barbed wire and thought “shit this is a prison” and started to fire up the burners to slow my decent. I was literally inside the prison walls with rifles trained on my 15 colour balloon.
The prisoners were yelling, “hey asshole in the balloon, throw down a rope and get us out of here”. Luckily I gave the balloon enough heat to gently float over the walls and into the visitors’ parking lot where I was greeted by the warden and 20 armed guards. It all turned into a joke and the warden was soon having his photograph taken next to my fluttering balloon with a cigar in his mouth, as if he captured it. In ballooning it’s not the journey that counts but the landing. R It’s obvious that you are a really creative, adventurous guy. Having
travelled to 63 countries, which is the most special/artistically influential country to date?
V.S I would have to say India because of all the colours, food, music
and festivals going on. Coming from a broadly monotheistic upbringing in the west and travelling through the sub-continent, where the people believe in thousands of gods and incarnations, it is just incredible and absorbing. The people are great and have a good sense of humour.
R How do you feel photography holds its own against other forms of
V.S Photography is getting stronger all the time. With people´s at-
tention span getting shorter and shorter with the internet and technological influx, the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words” becomes even more relevant.
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R What are your plans for the next 12 months? V.S I am working on a huge portrait project about the dance and music
world, and I am also expanding my hat company, InsomiART Nations, range in Europe. We have a world-wide patent for a hidden pocket in our hats and we are making the hats for a few clubs in Ibiza and other brands around Europe and the USA. I am also planning to tour six European cities with my work. I just need to line up a few more sponsored partners.
For further information about Victor Spinelliâ€™s up and coming tour and to see more of his stunning work visit www.victorspinelli.com
BALLPOINT BRILLIANCE Juan Francisco Casas By Caisie
Every once in a while we stumble across an artist that takes our breath away – this was my exact reaction when I first saw the work of Juan Francisco Casas. At first glance you may think that his images are photographs taken of various stunning ladies, but how differently you feel when you discover all of these images are drawings, created using nothing but a Bic ballpoint pen. Juan creates his artwork by taking a photograph and then recreating it by drawing and shading with a simple Bic ballpoint. I can honestly say the most artistic thing I have ever created with a biro is a doodle of a train on a train ticket. Juan’s incredibly realistic artwork is a million light-years away from doodling! Juan was born in La Carolina, Jaen, Andalucía and received a BA and a MFA from the University of Granada. During his studies he won the National Award of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best graduate qualifications in Spain, an award given by Culture Minister, Pilar del Castillo. He then went on to complete his PhD whilst also teaching drawing and printmaking at the University of Granada. Juan has collaborated with an endless list of museums and exhibitions, including Galeria Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Galeria El Museo (Columbia), Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valenica-Miami) and Ferran Cano Gallery (Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca), to name just a few. It’s easy to see that Juan’s work is appreciated on a hugely large scale, and with such a talent as his, it’s perfectly understandable. If I were to list the numerous awards Juan has won for his artwork, I would need a few more pages, but to highlight just a couple – in 2004, he won the prestigious ABC Prize of Painting, the president of the jury being artist Luis Gordillo. In 2005, he was the only Spanish representative in the 2nd Biennial of Prague, (Prague Biennale 2, Expanded Painting/Direct Action) organised by the major international journal of contemporary art Flash Art Magazine, and
ly a complete es is N E P C I k “AaliBen tool for artists; itfuta l world th u o y e th us back to elongs to. “ my work b was among other relevant international artists such as Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan and Neo Rauch.
C. Us FOC’ers are astounded by your drawings – how long does it
Juan also creates large, size-oil canvases of his artwork and artistic subjects. One of my favourite aspects of Juan’s work is the topics he chooses to portray – nudity, humour and every day subjects are displayed with such an interest that they set Juan Francisco Casas worlds apart from other contemporary artists. I was very grateful to be able to speak to Juan and get some answers on his FOC’ing incredible talent…
J.F. It depends on the work to be honest. It can be from two days to
take to create a piece of artwork using a Bic ballpoint pen?
two weeks for the big pieces, which are about three metres high.
C. Why did you choose this particular tool to draw with? J.F. A Bic pen is a completely alien tool for artists; it takes us back to
the youthful world my work belongs to. A good part of this evocation is down to the fact the ink is blue – and not black as we might expect according to a long-standing graphic tradition. This is the colour we usually associate with writing, and more specifically, with the world of education. This way an implication, a perfect tuning is achieved between the message and the medium, which helps to create a suggestive connotative charge. It is also coherent with the image represented; a ballpen is something common, domestic, and the images I use for my work also represent a common, young life.
C. When did you first realise you had a passion and talent for drawing?
Drawing has always been a part of my life; I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember.
C. When you were a child, what was your favourite thing to draw? J.F.
C. Your artwork is extremely realistic (FOC almost mistook them for
I live in a small village in the south of Spain close to the mountains, and I loved to draw animals and nature. I guess things haven’t changed that much.
photos!), How do you choose which particular images you are going to draw?
J.F. Is difficult to say; it is something in between the aesthetic and the
C. Who has the most influence on your artwork? J.F.
visual power of the image and the biographical content in it.
Thousands of people influence me. Painters and photographers from Frans Hals to Wolfgang Tillmans, Edwin Wurm, Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter.
C. What has been the highlight of your career? J.F. I’ve won some awards and I have had my work exhibited every-
where, from New York to Singapore, but the year I spent in Rome
for the Award of the Royal Academy of Spain really changed my life forever.
C. If you could have any profession other than your own, what would you choose?
Mine is so marvellous and exciting on so many levels that I have no idea!
C. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? J.F.
I hope at least as happy as I am now. Maybe in another city, another country...
C. If you could choose any super power, what would you choose and why?
Invisibility. But only if my camera could be invisible too!
C. When you get to heaven’s gates, what do you hope God will say to you?
“You know how to live! Go back to Earth, you deserve it!”
Rise of the Valkyries
KRISTALL Scandinavian glass design
Photos by Pedro Ferreira
Rise of the Valkyries
In a time where so many things are mass-produced, most of us look for ways to be unique, with fashion and interior design as the prime tools at our disposal. If you are one of these people you will certainly appreciate Kosta Boda, the world-renowned Swedish glassware and art glass design company that is based in the forests of southern Sweden (amongst Swedish elk and an occasional brown bear). Kosta Boda, founded in 1742, is now part of the largest glassware group in northern Europe, and attracts world-famous designers who collaborate with craftsmen at the glassworks to create beautiful pieces, some more expensive than others, but all with the same feeling of quality and uniqueness. The famous phrase ”diamonds are forever” can also be applied to these designer glass items; like jewellery, they tend to stay in your life for a long time. On the next pages I have selected some of my personal favourites.
P.S. This summer, fashionable Stockholm department store NK shows a Kosta Boda/Orrefors exhibition where the individual designers have designed unique pieces based on the theme of ”water”. This collection is showcased together with photographs by Pedro Ferreira, who invites the observer to a visual and artistic under-water experience. The exhibition is open until August 7.
Rise of the Valkyries In keeping with the theme of this issue of FOC, these are our choices. Any of these beautiful glass items will immediately add some fun to your home and impress your dinner guests.
Ernst Billgren Kosta Boda
Kjell Engman Kosta Boda
This ”New Friends” collection of glass tumblers will make any drink more funky and is a must-have for animal lovers everywhere.
For the stylish man who likes designed glassware that is a bit different, how about this twisted caraffe named “Macho”?
Ulrica Hydman-Vallien Kosta Boda Åsa Jungnelius Kosta Boda
Say it with a kiss! The glass lips are part of a make-up collection based on female attributes. Why not give this item to someone you love? Jewellery is so passé.
Åsa Jungnelius Kosta Boda
If you are bored of the “his and hers” towels idea but still like the concept, check these glasses out. Hey, why not throw a dinner party with a whole collection of these glasses? They are guaranteed to be the talk of the party.
This hand-made, handpainted sculpture goes with any interior design style. This is a special edition, which is only available in 2011.
Rise of the Valkyries
Göran Wärff Kosta Boda
This stylish vase is a tad cooler than the average flower holder. The black colour creates a beautiful contrast against the crystal. All that is needed are some equally cool flowers to pop in it.
Ludvig Löfgren Kosta Boda
The items from the tattoo series give you instant cool rocker status. No need to upset your mum by getting a real tattoo. You can just have them on your glass.
Olle Brozén Kosta Boda
There are some beautiful pieces in this range, including this vase. Special air bubbles have been incorporated into the glass creating the impression of swimming fish.
These items from the Catwalk series contain sculptures inspired by fashion. A must-have for any fashionista, male or female.
The “My Wide Life” series is full of animal characters that bring a charming touch to any home, regardless of its interior design style. Jungle chic has just got a new meaning.
Sandbanks By Reedy
Blue Print Sandbanks is now commonly associated with flash cars, expensive jewellery and luxurious living. Having grown up there, I still remember plentiful purple rinses, melting Mr Whippies adorned with a chocolate flake and looking out for Old Harry Rocks on a clear summer’s day. Who would have thought, that this bijou seaside town on the coast of rural Dorset now claims the accolade of being amongst the top 10 most expensive places to reside in the world? Once a place where no-one under the age of 60 would even consider visiting, unless dragged to a beach hut family holiday, this seaside resort on the south coast of England is now a place where fast cars have replaced donkey rides, and musty corner shops selling home-made fudge and sticks of rock have sold out to trendy wine bars and restaurants. As the demographic of the residents has changed so the architecture has evolved to meet the demands of its most successful and the adventurous inhabitants. A place once overgrown with mock-Tudor and mock-Georgian houses has turned a brave new corner, and Eddie Mitchell, director of Seven, is one of the property pioneers that helped sculpt the peninsular of Sandbanks into an impressive catwalk of luxury contemporary residences. Storm, built over a decade ago, was one of the first award-winning developments that started this captivating transition. Today, it still stands proud with its bright, white curves and blue hues stark against the yellow sand it sits upon. This striking building of eight townhouses set a precedent for the area and a decade of architectural evolution followed. While residents and visitors to the peninsular had, by now, become accustomed to the modern architecture first seen in Storm, it was a controversial decision to continue this style into the conservation area of Branksome Park. In 2002, Seven Developments received its first national accolade for the design of Inspiration. It was the first property built that steered away from the traditional and conventional building previously synonymous with the area. Its simple lines, bright, white elevations and green tinted glass heralded a ground-breaking departure from what was previously conceived as “modern” in the locality. However, whilst certainly unusual, the property complemented the sylvan surroundings and local authorities applauded the new addition, further endorsing this architectural movement towards the contemporary. Seven consequently went on to design and build similarly unique properties throughout the area. Seven’s masterpiece Lucy’s Hill caused something of a controversy. Completed at the height of the busy tourism season, and being located in a most prominent position on the Sandbanks peninsular, passers-by, both local and visitors, stopped to gape and gawp at the “monstrosity”. Tasteless? Garish? Daring? Brave? Accomplished? It is for you to choose. Whatever you decide, the sales speak for themselves, with every single apartment sold just a few days after completion. Striving to keep up with demand, Seven built a second block of apartments Daytona. Eddie Mitchell has never shied away from a challenge, without his determination he would never have been able to overcome the hurdles and convince the stubborn local authorities that his designs would work with the bucolic backdrop. The property he planned for a 4,000m² plot in the heart of Branksome Park was to prove a hard slog. The area he planned to develop was known to
locals as “Millionaires’ Row” and was renowned for those mockTudor and mock-Georgian mansions any footballer’s wife would be proud to own. Eddie, however, produced plans for a fantastical, futurist playground of a property with an extraordinary design. After lengthy consultation with the local planning authority, plans were finally approved and the fantasy mansion was completed in August 2005. The property is unusual. It has an unconventional roof that is constructed from green copper and is arched into a huge curve extending the length of the house, making it resemble a bird in flight – hence its name, Thunderbird. The dwelling boasts a decadent interior including glass floors, which are lit from underneath, a fully-fitted gymnasium and a home cinema, as well as fabulously luxurious kitchen and bathroom suites. All the rooms are elegantly furnished with leather and glass furniture, and a silver and glass piano sits in the huge, curved living area. Outside a swimming pool shimmers, reflecting the glass art on the adjacent wall and the landscaped grounds provided for recreation and privacy.
Years later Seven Developments are still leading the field in property development in the area. Seven builds specifically around Sandbanks and is on a mission to bring the local architecture bang up to date. With clean lines, monochromatic finishes and coloured tinted glass, the designs are refreshing and unique. Whether a modern mansion or luxury apartment, every care is taken and the property given the undivided attention it deserves, right down to the choice of name. From Sunset Strip and Bowie to Dreamcatcher and Wavemaker, each has its own very individual character. Every detail is taken care of, from the landscaping to the interior fixtures. Each property is done with LCD TVs, state of the art fitted kitchens, ceramic wall and floor tiles, electrically operated blinds and window louvers, automatic glass sliding doors, custommade glass staircases and floors, his and hers wall mounted televisions above the bed – the list goes on. Seven Developments makes developing luxury, turn-key properties look easy and supersedes many competitors with its attention to detail.
June 2006 welcomed the arrival of Bowie; two awesome apartments possessing arguably one of the finest situations in Sandbanks. On a slightly elevated plot, adjacent to the shores of Poole Harbour, each property boasts 180-degree panoramic views over the world’s largest natural harbour. The penthouse in particular benefits from a huge balcony, which takes full advantage of its unique position. This collection of properties literally allows you to feel like you are living on the top of the world!
With Seven´s list of superhomes constantly expanding, each design boasting its individuality, flaunting its eccentricity, and with twenty-one awards to date under their belt for Mr Mitchell’s innovative designs, what does the future hold? Has Sandbanks left behind its past as a ridiculed retirement town to reign as one of the most expensive places to buy property on earth? Eddie believes so, and he plans to keep it that way with his increasingly inventive designs.
SEVEN DEVELOPMENTS Joshuas Vista 202 Sandbanks Road Lilliput, Poole, Dorset BH14 8HA
Emporio, 2a Brudenell Avenue, Sandbanks, Poole BH13 7NW The seventh property to feature in Sevenâ€™s superhome portfolio, Emporio, has everything that you would expect from a Seven home and more. It is an uber-luxurious property with striking architectural prowess, beautifully designed over three floors. This modern mansion occupies a prime position adjacent to the actionpacked shores of Poole Harbour with stunning views of Brownsea Island and beyond.
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THE HEMPEL By L-J
As I step off the platform at Paddington Train Station and follow directions printed from The Hempel’s decadent website, I wonder what may lay in store for my stay. A short walk later, I arrive at what appears to be a magnificent manor house, nestled between boutique buildings in the trendy neighbourhoods of Notting Hill and Bayswater. A stark contrast to traditional English hotels, The Hempel Hotel is both beautiful and minimalistic.
THE HEMPEL HOTEL 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, London W2 3EA +44 20 7298 9000 the-hempel.co.uk
Inaugurated in 1996, The Hempel is comprised of five perfectly restored, stucco-fronted, Georgian buildings and a private “garden square”. The exterior reveals little of the remarkable transformation within. Sleek, stylish and exceptionally original, the hotel is the perfect retreat for a weekend break. Inspired by the essence of modern and ancient travel, the unique atmosphere of The Hempel achieves balance and harmony through the use of warm lighting and natural materials. Whilst uncluttered in its design, the colour palette is dominated by hues of cream, honey, brown and slate. Core materials include hard Portland stones, Belgian Limestone, Birch Wood and silk wallpaper; this premium, designer boutique hotel is both luxurious and organic. Created by renowned British designer, Anouska Hempel, this stunning 5-star luxury boutique hotel combines minimalist design with 21st century technology and comfort. Nothing looked out of place, including the Bose iPod docking station and sleek flat-screen television in each room. With a sister boutique hotel The Dylan in Amsterdam, this celebrated British designer is certainly a very busy lady!
Upon entering the hotel, we were presented with one of the most stunning and unusual lobbies. The creamy Portland stone floor is the base to the atrium, a monumental space that rises to the top of the building providing a source of natural light, and forming the symbolic heart of the hotel. Two sunken seating areas also invitingly entice guests to enter a world away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Front Desk After check in, our luggage was whisked away and swiftly taken to our room. Our breath-taking deluxe room was individually designed (as are all 50 rooms throughout the hotel) with a minimalist and Oriental feel. With plenty of natural daylight, the décor was luxurious with soft furniture and natural fabrics. There was even a little seating area perfect for catching up on emails or tweeting about your day. Each room is unique, and the suites are to die for. I had the pleasure of viewing the Lioness Den and the Beluga Suite. The former famed for its daring design feature, a bed suspended from the ceiling delicately caged with chrome bars, and a light and sunny lounge below. The Beluga Suite is the ultimate in romance, stretching across the first floor of the hotel. The stunning four-poster bed, large spacious living area and master bathroom (split into “his” and “hers”) is accessorised with floor-to-ceiling windows. Our spacious room overlooked the stunning Zen garden, suitable for weddings, business meetings, celebrations or simply zoning out of everyday life with a good book. The garden is an amazing treasure for exclusive use by the hotel’s guests. Its three squares of raked, Italian marble pebbles surround symmetrical, slate-lined ponds, an oasis in the heart of London. The garden is so special infact that Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant were married there in the wedding scene of hit 1999 movie Notting Hill. Opposite the main hotel building and adjacent to the Zen garden is No.17, a beautiful annex that houses a large event area that can be used in conjunction with its private terrace and the magnificent Zen garden it overlooks. Offering a totally private and secluded environment for events, it can be split into two rooms with separate entrances or may be hired as a whole. No.35 Restaurant offers a relaxed but memorable dining experience amid ultra-chic surroundings. A seasonal menu with high pedigree provenance offers the best British and European ingredients – all sourced from hand-picked, independent suppliers. Indulge in an imaginative selection of seasonal cuisine, and discover a destination where every bite is a masterpiece of flavour. Each plate is a work of art, created by Head Chef, Mike Carter. After savouring your exquisite meal, No. 31 Lounge Bar has become a stylish favourite among savvy clientele from all over the world. Relax and unwind with the serene minimalist décor
offset warmly by shimmering candlelight and a glowing fireplace. You really feel like a royal sat on your throne, sipping on an exotic cocktail crafted by imaginative mixologist Joel Miguel. To complete your amazing evening, why not order a bottle of the finest champagne? Request for it to be delivered to your room and you can enjoy it in what can only be described as one of the most comfortable beds that I have ever slept in. Occupying the spectacular lower ground floor at The Hempel is Art Work Space, a new independent gallery. A unique and dynamic art exhibition space with its black floor, high ceilings, hanging walls and state-of-the-art lighting system. It showcases exquisite artwork and designs, and has even spawned a range of six limited edition plates designed by Yasmin Sandytia following the success of her exhibition in 2010. Art Work Space can also be hired for meetings and wedding receptions, with its own Shadow Bar, named after the innovative use of lighting.
A breakdown of the hotel
This hidden gem in the heart of London is the perfect place to relax and contemplate life. Its preferred “Boutique” status, dedicated to exceptional style and service on an intimate scale, makes this tranquil spot a serene escape from your everyday life and ensures a magical experience. With special packages including “Stay Two Dine”, “Lovers Passion” and “Exclusive Shopping” tailored to your every need, visit www.the-hempel.co.uk for excellent competitive rates and deals.
* 50 individually designed guest rooms, suites and apartments each with its own minimalist style * 44 rooms and suites * 6 apartments * No. 31 Lounge Bar * No. 35 Restaurant * Private Zen Garden * Artwork Spare Gallery * Private dining facilities * Conference and events rooms * Concierge Services * Complimentary wireless Internet (always a bonus!)
BOB CARLOS CLARKE
The Victim COLLECTIVE is proud to announce a new line of t-shirts in association with the late Bob Carlos Clarke. This collaboration sees the brand curate eight iconic prints from the Bob Carlos Clarke estate that will feature on their 100 percent organic cotton tees. Bob Carlos Clarke built a reputation as a photographer of striking versatility as well as being one of the finest photographic printmakers that ever lived. These beautiful and slightly controversial prints say so much, at the same time as being fairly understated. But a bit of controversy never hurt anyone. Since his death in March 2006, signed limited edition photographs by the artist have become extremely collectable due to their rare existence, and COLLECTIVE is fortunate enough to have imprinted his artwork on their designs and continue his legacy. COLLECTIVE is also dedicated to fostering enterprise in developing economies in order to promote international development. The
provenance of the garments is just as important to the brand as their carbon footprint. All the clothes are made from 100 percent organic cotton and every aspect of the sourcing and manufacture has been carefully considered in an effort to create a responsible, premium garment. COLLECTIVE is also a proud supporter of the Grameen Foundation and works closely with its microfinance and technology initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. By making very small loans to very determined people, Grameen has seen millions of the worldâ€™s poor pull themselves out of poverty. So not only are the designs stylish and help to continue Bob Carlos Clarkeâ€™s legacy, but with every design you purchase you are singlehandedly caring for the environment and ensuring the welfare of people not as fortunate as you or I. We salute you COLLECTIVE. www.wearcollective.com
Established in 2010 Ultra-cool British fashion designer Thomas Codd London is a fan of subcultures from mods to punks and skinheads, which all have an influence on his work. According to Codd, subcultures had a distinctive style and uniform that didn’t follow trends or conform. It was what it was. “Fashion” then took it, developed it and mainstreamed it but, the confidence and self-assurance of the style never left. Thomas Codd London designs and develops the uniforms and styles for the individual of today who wants to take on this ethos. Not a conformist or just another face in the crowd, but somebody who wants to “be a face”; the looks are not trend-led or fashion conscious. His skinhead adoration comes from the Shane Meadows’ film This is England and its follow up This is England 86’, which added more fuel to the fire around the brand. Thomas Codd has since become a friend with members of the cast and now feels safe in his brand’s bubble. THE VISON To create a subculture and on-going trend. A uniform, a style that is accessible and affordable. WHO IS THOMAS CODD LONDON? It is one man and his dog; it is London; it is he who loves fashion so decided to follow it as a way of affording more clothes. WHAT THOMAS CODD STAND FOR? Love and loyalty to past subcultures, especially mods, skinheads and suedeheads. There was a careful and precise intent with these styles. They took pride in their appearance, the clothes meant something! I want the clothes I create to mean something. I love and adore every design I have ever put out; I wear them myself. I won’t design for the sake of money or sales! WHERE CAN I GET IT? Asos marketplace, Behave Boutique and www.thomascoddlondon.com
WHERE CAN YOU SEE IT? The style is seen a lot in east London, and the House music scene has taken to the “must have” Thomas Codd London “Icon” vests. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I want the brand to get bigger every day, with more people interested in it. I want to add more sales, more stockists, but milestones are to be realistic, so, I want to be named “Thomas Codd London; King of London Fashion Week”. It’s due!
Aqua Rider vs Fire fox
Art director GEORGIA CLARK Photos by RUTH BADGER-JONES Illustration by JASON FINGLAND FROM THE TIN
Clothes by MOTEL ROCKS
Stella playsuit in black and Gina dress in pink with black details
Tara dress in black & coral and Sherry dress in taupe, latte & grey
Lesley dress in peach & black and Lesley dress in Bengal print
Sassy skirt in coral. Abby top in coral lace and Tasha leggings in black & cream
Crack and Shine
By Sweeney Have you ever wondered what exactly the difference is between street art and graffiti? We have! And we know there are lots of other art lovers out there who are as confused by the subtleties between the two as we are. So, I met with Freddie Forsyth in Soho House, London, to discuss Crack and Shine International and to learn more about what separates these subcultures. Publisher Freddie and photographer Will Robson scoured the globe meeting the elite of the graffiti scene to expand upon their first publication, Crack and Shine. In doing so, they have created an authentic picture of the international graffiti subculture. Crack and Shine International artistically documents an underworld that is so often neglected by mass media. The Crack and Shine boys draw a very clear division between what is graffiti and what is street art. Here is an extract from the book: “A wise man once said ‘say no to art-fags’…many peoples’ opinions on graffiti have been widely misconstrued over the past decade by the appearance of ‘street art’ and its gaggle of shoddy illustrators. Street art to me is really bad graffiti with even worse intentions. It’s just fraudulent. It’s like an Icelandic bank or putting your money in penny sweet bonds.” However, Freddie was quick to point out that there are exceptions to the rule. JR (featured in our last issue), is such an anomaly. “JR is an exception to the norm, he puts out interesting, thoughtprovoking, and politically sound work.” Whilst street art is seen as somewhat safe and free of risks, graffiti is a very different act. Graffiti is freehand, illegal and dangerous, yet loaded with integrity.
As Freddie put it, “There are more values in graffiti. The intentions of the book are to get people to understand the excitement of the naughty, ballsy culture of graffiti. Graffiti is freedom of expression and there is no goal or aim with this freedom. This expression has manifested itself within the writers featured in the book into an addiction, which in its simplest explanation is just writing your
“Street art to me is really bad graffiti
with even worst intentions.
It’s just fraudulent. “
name on a wall. If they transformed the time they put in to graffiti into another career, we would be looking at the next Silicon Valley billionaires.” The book highlights the similarities but also the differences in graffiti culture across the world. According to Freddie, there is a different graffiti philosophy in Berlin, Germany. “It is not as aggressive in Berlin, not as egotistical or single-minded; it’s more enlightening. In Berlin, the artists have a real understanding of their surroundings, the art, the architecture and the history of their city, and this relates back to their graffiti style and ethos.” Roger, a Berlin graffiti artist featured in the book, believes that graffiti, “reflects society in the Western world. It is just as capitalist, competitive and self-indulgent. As China and Russia become more capitalist we are seeing a graffiti rise in these parts of the world as well, the two things go hand in hand.”
they transformed the time “Ifthey put in to graffiti into another career, we would be looking at the next Silicon Valley billionaires. “
The dynamics of graffiti and street art have changed in recent years. It is now a money-making industry; exhibitions and galleries are now a common arena for parading the artists’ endeavours. This is somewhat contradictory to the original motivations for getting involved in this scene, and Crack and Shine gives those who have stayed true to their raw motives a platform to be seen and heard. Crack and Shine works in collaboration with TopSafe and Vans. The book can be purchased online at: www.facebook.com/l/36b64-PBGpj-5FqnEYmQQyLfbQA/ www.topsafe.com
On the Cais
WHEN YOU LEAVE
EVERYTHING YOU KNOW
FOR UNLIMITED ADVENTURE? By Caisie
After a long winter of work and rainy days, I feel confident enough to say there have been times in everyone’s lives when the thought of packing up and disappearing somewhere new for a while seems pretty appealing to say the very least! It doesn’t matter where that daydream takes you, (personally, I’d hit a beach somewhere with a mojito, and possibly some half naked surfers) but it’s the possibility of adventure and the unknown that excites us.
philosophy, he is now working as an actor/model before he begins his once-in-a-lifetime journey. I was more than happy to catch up with him and hear his thoughts about TMD. C Firstly, I’ve got to say how exciting this project is. When did it first
S.M I’ve been developing the show for years now, it all started as a
plan between some close school friends and I – we planned to do a small road trip in America. Unfortunately, as it turned out they were unable to commit to the trip when it came down to action, and so I started developing the idea on my own. I have always loved motorbikes and the idea of a motorcycle trip was always appealing to me. At university I was unhappy with the way my life was going, constantly drinking, always broke and nothing heading in the direction I’d hoped for. I transferred my course so that I could continue studying in Vancouver and that’s when this idea really started to seem possible. I met with the producers in October 2010 and they came on board the month after that.
It just so happens that an old friend of mine is doing exactly what we all dream about – saying “screw it” to all the ifs and buts, and leaving everything he knows behind for a whole year, to go on what will most definitely be the ride of his life. Luckily for us, we can go along with him (kind of). The Motorcycle Discoveries (TMD) is a revolutionary, interactive documentary starting this summer, following five riders through 50 states, 220 cities and over 25,000 miles on their Harley Davidson motorcycles. The series will document the life-altering journey of five riders: Victor, Jocelyn, Stephan, Clare and Tyler, as they travel from Anchorage, Alaska to Ka Lae, Hawaii. 50 weeks of limitless adventure… Epic! Aside from the well-known American cities and landscapes, there are roads that are less travelled and widely unknown. By embracing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, fans and followers will be able to get involved and suggest routes and itineraries for the five riders. Not only this, people can also actively get involved and join the riders through certain parts of their incredible journey. The website will be frequently updated with blogs and ‘’webisodes’’ of the trip and each rider will have an individual blog and personal helmet camera. This way viewers can follow their favourite riders and hear more about their personal experiences and feelings throughout the trip. Between the five riders, three male and two female, there should be enough emotions, characters and adventures to please everybody. I cannot explain how jealous I am of this amazing project (even though I can’t actually ride a motorbike!). However, I was lucky enough to meet up with Stephan Miers, the mastermind and writer of the show, on his recent trip to his hometown Marbella. Stephan is currently living in Vancouver and, after completing a degree in business and economics and a major in
C What was the first step in getting the plan up and running? S.M The first step was to build the idea by doing all the necessary re-
search to show that doing such a project is actually do-able. Also, it was about finding exactly the right idea and direction for it. Doing a show about motorcycles can quickly become too vague, you have to narrow it down, and that was vital.
C I can imagine that casting for this show was quite an interesting expe-
rience; I can only imagine the type of characters you must have seen!
S.M Honestly, we were casting for the show for approximately three
months and I’ve never seen a crazier variety of people. I won’t mention any names but some of the people we saw scared me half to death!
C What have been the highlights of this project for you? S.M I can’t pinpoint one highlight of the project, but it is an amazing
opportunity. It has been great to have the chance to create something and see it come to pass. It’s the chance to live your dreams and do something that everybody imagines!
On the Cais
C I know you’ve always loved biking and started fairly young; what
was the first motorbike you owned?
S.M Ha! It was a Derbi 50cc bike, 7-horse power. It went about as fast
as the person walking next to you, a hairdryer on wheels!
C Have you ever had any bad accidents while biking? Perhaps not on
your speedy Derbi, but otherwise?
S.M On a recent road trip through Spain I was driving back through
C So the trip is going to be heavily influenced by social medias, with
Málaga in terrible weather and I lost control of the bike for a second, there was no accident but for a moment I nearly had a nervous breakdown! We are going to have to be very careful on our trip not to make any careless mistakes; any silly calls in judgment could put an end to our trip immediately. Oh, and once my motorbike fell on top of me and I couldn’t lift it off so I got quite a nasty burn on my upper thigh!
your followers sending in tips, advice and general feedback. What’s the worst thing you can imagine somebody suggesting for you all?
S.M Some sort of tofu/veggie restaurant. No, no, no! C Ok, so I guess “taste” isn’t going to be the answer to the next
question: Of all the five senses, which sense would you give up?
C So, the name of the magazine is FOC – what does your FOC stand for? S.M I really loved the name of the first issue – Freedom of Choice. I love
S.M Never taste! I would say eyesight – too many people judge with
their eyes these days, and to lose your eyesight may make you dig a little deeper and learn a lot more about life.
a magazine that advocates freedom and pushes the boundaries. It was one of my favourite philosophers who said, “The first step to achieve freedom is creativity”.
C Finally, when you get to Heaven’s gates, what do you hope God
says to you?
C Aside from concentrating on TMD, you are currently working as
S.M (Laughs) “What the bloody hell are you doing here? Get down-
an actor/model – but if you could have any other profession, what would you choose?
stairs!” Thinking about it, hell will be warmer and at least people I know will be there.
S.M My job of choice would be a writer! I write for pleasure at the mo-
C As Nietzsche put it, “In Heaven all the interesting people are missing!”
ment, I love to write screenplays.
C If you could have any super power, what would you choose? S.M A super power! There are so many to choose from – in my life I
would love the power to be objective. To me that would be super.
C If you were King of your country, which one law would you make/
S.M I would change all the speed limits from the maximum to mini-
mum. Get the speed up!
C Thank god you’re not King then, if that were the case my next question
would probably be irrelevant… Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
S.M Hopefully prosperous in acting – in life I would love to be married
with kids and living in Spain. The most important factor for me is to be happy.
C Obviously, this is such an exciting trip I’m sure you weren’t short of
people who wanted to get involved, but if you could take one person from any time with you on this journey, who would you take?
S.M That’s a tough one. Evel Knievel would be pretty ideal for this trip
I’d say – what a nutter! But I would also really have to consider a person who can challenge me.
The Motorcycle Discoveries started on May 14 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. You can check out the lead up to the journey and the individual characters’ video diaries at: tmdamerica.com. FOC will most definitely be following this one!
Tinnovation By Sweeney
I had been in touch with the guys at TheTin about meeting up and having a chat about what they do. I received an e-mail from Jamie Simmonds, Managing Director, stating; “We are running a session here at the office tonight – beer and discussion about social media and privacy...” A perfect way to get some real insights, and for a couple of hours I was situated in the entrails of the creative beast that is... TheTin! So this session, a meeting of minds, over beers and snacks, turned out to be one of the most interesting, engaging, and contemporary couple of hours one might enjoy on a humid midweek East London evening. This is Tinnovation. In a relaxed atmosphere, in one of the side rooms of their modern and spacious office, TheTin team and guests hold regular forums or debates or what have you that focus on relevant and topical arguments. There was high energy, enthusiasm, banter and an abundance of knowledge in the room, all the right ingredients for getting stuck into discussion. It is obvious that if the same passion, know-how and creativity goes into their projects, then potential clients are onto a winner. TheTin - men (and women) had a very apparent unity, a creative collective, that I gathered would be able to provide a solution to most questions one would care to pose.
The Stone Roses, The Who etc). We also wanted to emphasise that we would talk straight to our clients; in the time of the dot com crash a lot of people had been burnt and there was a lot of mistrust around concerning web development. So, believe it or not the really annoying Ronseal advert gave us our name; we decided we would do exactly what it says on The Tin!
Where do you see THE TIN in 10 years’ time?
Who would you most like to work with?
I had a chat with Jamie [legend] to find out exactly what TheTin is about...
S How did THE TIN start up? J We started up as two freelancers who had a couple of decent
projects each. We thought that with 40 grand worth of business lined up for six months we had nothing to lose – so we decided to set up a company. We haven’t had the time or inclination to look back!
S Why “THE TIN”? J We’d had quite a few pints and decided the name had to start with
“The” as all the best rock ‘n’ roll bands do (The Stones, The Beatles,
I’d really like to think we can consolidate on where we are and truly build a brand that is recognised for being the place to go if you have a new idea and you need it brought to market. We wouldn’t want to grow to more than 20-25 people – I think it becomes very difficult (if not impossible) to maintain the team ethic if you get too big. As the boss I would always want a strong personal relationship with everyone, you just can’t do that if you get over a certain size.
Well, I think the two jobs we would have always wanted would have been Hunter S. Thompson (for me) and The Rolling Stones (for Tim) – so, having actually worked for Ralph Steadman and Ronnie Wood we haven’t done too badly! In fact my personal highlight of the last 10 years was definitely leaving Ralph’s book launch (for The Joke, his biography of Hunter) which we had created the website for. I got quite drunk with Ralph and left with his arm around me, then he turned to me and said, “Hunter would have loved you...” It doesn’t get any better than that. I’d also really like to work with Virgin Galactic – because I’d love to go into space. The branding is fantastic and space tourism is a new industry that is going to be massive in 30 years’ time. The Tin will bring your ideas to life in a creative and innovative fashion, with all the guts and guile of a revolutionary digital pioneer. The Tin is the future. The Tin recently celebrated its “Tin” [10th] anniversary. Many congratulations! Here’s to 10 more years of Tinnovation! www.thetin.net
Ja mie Tim
As our Managing Director, Jamie’s focus is delivery. “How many times have we heard about an agency winning business with fantastic creative, only for the implementation to fall over. We believe projects should be run by people who’ve done the job themselves, know the technology involved, and learnt any pitfalls the hard way. This expertise, combined with our relentless desire to hit project goals, means we deliver”. Coming from an industrial design background, Jamie honed his digital skills based on age-old principles. He believes the continuous learning brought by Tinnovation gives TheTin a unique spot in the marketplace. “Having our own R&D department really does give us an edge. It keeps the team buzzing and allows us to be on top innovations that we can share with our clients — with beer and pizza thrown in!”
harper Leading the creative teams at TheTin, Tim’s focus is delivering beautifully crafted work that not only looks good but is simple to use.
“For years, computers have been able to deliver so much - to the few that understand them, of course. But in the last few years, technologies have finally started to converge. From a handheld device you can take a photo, write a post, upload the image, and edit it if required from a desktop in a couple of clicks. Things are finally truly seamless. This is how we design our websites, so you don’t have to think, just do!” Tim’s background is ad agency-based - he understands the creative and production processes from the inside. So he can manage the spectrum of clients, from the biggest shops to start-ups.
Shanghai By Koni
Shan Jiang’s work is as diverse and multi-cultural as the artist himself. It is like putting 17th century Japanese Kayo-e prints, a modern manga illustration and a Durer engraving into a blender. The result? A magnificent fusion of art and culture, which all makes sense when you find out more about Jiang’s background. This talented artist, who now lives and works in the UK, was born and raised in the most populated city of China, the economic, financial and industrial epicentre of the country: Shanghai, where according to Jiang,
“Mixed numerous tower buildings, bungalows, contemporary concepts, traditional superstitions, communistic ideology and flourishing subcultures co-exist.” Unlike traditional Western education, where children receive a wide selection of subjects and, in the case of the US for instance, don’t need to specify their university major until their second year of college, Shan benefited from a Chinese education based on the traditional Russian methods whereby specialisation begins at an early age. Shan started design school at the tender age of 15 where he was drawing replicas of realistic paintings eight to nine hours a day. His impressive ability with the pencil is a reflection of both his talent and his strict artistic education. Computers weren’t permitted until the last years of the course. He was trained as a “craftsman”, and he was destined to work directly after graduating high school. Instead, he opted to go to the Fine Arts College of Shanghai and further his education. “However, I felt I learned much more in the design school than in the university,” he reveals.
Fox Cosmo Magic Illusion images so far and I will keep adding to it,” he says. The idea behind these creations is intriguing. As he puts it, “The most important inspiration comes from the life and visual experience of Shanghai.” He describes his creative process in a very straightforward manner, “I always try to make a clear vision by sketching out ideas and looking for a reference before doing the design. I use all my efforts to try to achieve the vision I set.” Paradoxically, although his methods are rigorously academic in nature, there is a sense of fluidity to his work that is more reminiscent of an unconscious, almost “daydream” state.
Shan’s relationship with academia didn’t end after his degree in Shanghai. He then attended Edinburgh College of Art to complete a second degree. His major, as it had been since he was 15, was graphic design. After his extensive education, he joined the creative team of ILOVEDUST, a young, creative, multi-disciplinary design agency in the UK. “I joined in 2003 when ILD was about two years old. There were two bosses and someone doing a work placement. Three months later when the intern left I became the only one there. ILD introduced me to the industry and I grew up with them.”
Shan’s creativity is never-ending. He is currently working on two projects for Nike and one project for BMW with ILOVEDUST. He is also privately providing his services to the Shanghai World Financial Centre. He has joined ventures with textile designer Ying Wu, creating its clothing label “Pig, Chicken & Cow” and they have just launched their first scarf collection. Moreover, he’s illustrating a poem for Popshot – an inspirational (to say the least) poetry and illustration publication. (www.popshotpopshot.com)
Shan uses perspective, realism, symbolism and an extreme attention to detail to create truly haunting illustrations. His techniques vary depending on the project. For most of his personal work he uses pen or pencil and then implements the colour using a digital platform. He also loves to experiment with different kinds of papers and materials. It is difficult to pick a favourite from his stunning portfolio, but i particularly love the surreal, dreamlike themes on his “Moon Phase” illustrations. “I have been doing Moon Phase since 2005. I describe it as a ‘travel journal of a cat-ear-girl’. I have created nine
Make sure you check out his portfolio at www.everynicething.com as well as the unique aesthetic vision of www. ilovedust.com
Moon Phase 8
Moon Phase 2
Foc it, let’s party
The party will find you… By Caisie Dilks
LoveJuice is a revolutionary way of partying. An event night that travels around bringing the party to a place near you – wherever you are!
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Since 2007, the LoveJuice wave has grown and spread from a small event to a hugely-popular, travelling party. Starting in Sugar Hut, Brentwood, and expanding all over the UK and overseas for night-time blowouts and poolside parties, LoveJuice is an event not to be missed and, considering it’s everywhere, there’s no excuse! Founder of the LoveJuice event George Mensah says, “It all started when I was 16. I started learning how to DJ with equipment I got for Christmas; I locked myself in my room until I mastered the art of mixing!” – whereas most 16 year olds are locked in their rooms masturba – never mind.
Within three months, George began DJing at children’s birthday parties and school discos, but soon decided to step it up to club nights. With the opening of a local club, George began DJing every Friday night. At 18, he went to Luton University to study Advertising & Marketing but carried on DJing in his spare time, and soon got involved in events at university. This was the beginning of the Mensah movement.
earn 50k a year you can still fit in and have a good time. Granted, Marbella like Ibiza and other holiday places isn’t cheap, but I feel it’s less “stuck up” than it was a few years ago. Although a certain element of that needs to remain; to be “exclusive” can sometimes be negative and confused for snobbery, in my opinion it just makes something more sought after which is positive!
“I started becoming ‘more clued up’ about how a club works behind the scenes, and being out so much enabled me to have an understanding of what people like from a night.”
Where is your dream place to throw a LoveJuice event? My dream location for LoveJuice has to be Las Vegas, however Ibiza would also be awesome or somewhere like Cannes or St Tropez. Don’t get me wrong, Marbella ticks the same boxes! I’m still overwhelmed with what we do in Spain!
In 2006, after a few years working in clubs, George decided he was ready to use his knowledge from uni and build a brand. This decision gave birth to George’s first event Fun Love, which is still going strong today. LoveJuice began in 2007, and is now a monthly event that travels to different locations and venues in the UK and around the world. “Turning the brand into a monthly event that moves around and now does pool parties abroad, has been the best decision for LoveJuice, myself and the company,” says George. The company umbrella is love4clubbing.com, and is cleverly branded in strict association with the word love. Every event night incorporates this idea. It is this theme/idea that makes these events nights so instantly recognisable. Luckily for us local Spanish FOC’ers, these nights have found their way to Marbella. Working with Ian Radford from Buddha Beach, LoveJuice and friends have been able to bring the party to the poolside of this amazing venue. The pool party culture allows those all day party animals to start their party as early as 12pm! The next LoveJuice Pool Party is Saturday 27 August Bank Holiday Weekend 2011 at Buddha Beach, Puerto Banús, Marbella. We cannot wait!
What do you think sets Marbella apart from other club cultures? I think Marbella is a special place because of the size of it! Although there are so many venues, it’s a place where the like-minded can literally hear a whisper and instantly everyone is going to the same venue or event on any one night or day. Also, Marbella offers a wide range of entertainment. You can chill, you can take a table and eat or you can just party all night in a place like Linekers, which is less pretentious than some other venues. But no matter what you do, you’re surrounded by good looking people and close to a plush port that oozes class.
If you could have any career other than your own, what would you choose? Ok, I have three loves: music, football and fashion, so if I wasn’t promoting I would either be a footballer or just involved in football in some way. Otherwise, a buyer for a fashion company or I’d be on the radio. Radio is something I need to get back into, I won best urban radio award at university and was pretty happy with myself there! I’ve worked on a lot of naughty pirate stations too. If you could have any super power, what would you choose and why? I’m a massive fan of Superman, so it would have to be the power to fly! I think the laser eyes are pretty cool too, but I’m clumsy so that would be dangerous. Also, anything like reading people’s minds would be too scary, I think that would cause more harm than good! Ha ha. Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? In 10 years! That’s scary! I think I’ll be unhappy if LoveJuice hasn’t progressed both in Marbella but also internationally, my desire is to do a huge event, a festival. Music and marketing are in my genes, they are what I love, so I can’t see me leaving all this anytime soon! Also, I have other Love brands so it would be cool to see a few of them on tour around the UK. The name of the magazine is FOC (this issue is Full of Characters). What does your FOC stand for? Great question. Fun, Originality and Creativity! When you get to Heaven’s gates, what do you hope God says to you? “Hi George, you did me proud in the end, you messed up a few times but in the end you deserve to be here, you’re a good man!” To find out where you can get some LoveJuice in your life, visit www.love4clubbing.com to find out your nearest venue. Party on FOCer’s.
Why has LoveJuice waited until now to party in Marbella? I feel the market is becoming more rounded, that’s to say if you don’t
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A DOUBLE ON THE
Photo by Sandra Almazar
Foc it, letâ€™s party
Photo by Sandra Almazar
Via planes, trains and ferries, amid the uncharacteristic Mediterranean storms, us Focâ€™ers arrived at the opening parties of both Mallorca Rocks (May 31) and Ibiza Rocks (June 1), and it was well worth it. Live music, big bands, and all in the comfort of your hotel. Let the hedonism beginâ€Ś
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ONE GIRL’S IMPRESSIONS By Caisie
When I heard I would be covering the opening parties for Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks Hotels, I was obviously really annoyed, as you can imagine. And when I say annoyed, I mean I was literally giggling with excitement. It’s not every day you need to pack your bikini and your bass face for work! Ibiza Rocks is a summer-long festival of live music that has run annually in San Antonio, Ibiza since 2005. In its current format the events consist of 17 consecutive weekly Wednesday night concerts in the courtyard of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. If that doesn’t sound heavy enough for you, there’s now a sister event Mallorca Rocks, held in the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magaluf. These events kick off at the beginning of summer, and whichever event you decide to attend, you’re set for an absolute killer. In previous years, Ibiza/Mallorca Rocks parties have included headlining acts such as The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, Kaiser Chiefs and the epic list continues. This year’s long line up of events has something for everyone, and no matter whether you’re a rocker or a raver, there’s going to be a week for you. The opening party for Mallorca Rocks took place on the May 30 – Reedy, Sweeney and I were set and ready for whatever scandal was to fall upon us. The 2011 opening party included resident DJs, Doorly and Nicola Bear, and guest acts Plan B and Wretch 32, so we knew straight away we were in for something special. The Mallorca Rocks Hotel is a stunning resort; within walking distance of the infamous strip of bars and clubs where all the scandal happens! The hotel reps were all gorgeous and more than happy to help us settle in, which is exactly what we did. From certain balconies of the resort the guests had perfect views of the stage, and the hundreds of holidaymakers and party people raging in ready for the pending debauchery – some decidedly more excited (that’s to say drunk) than others. Reedy and I spotted one boy whose dance moves put Jedward to shame, and another with cans of beer attached to his helmet (preparation is key!). It’s definitely a younger crowd that reigns in Mallorca, yet the atmosphere was amazing from the beginning. Nicola Bear’s opening set was enough to get everybody pumped and dancing their flip-flops off. It was clear to us that the crowd not only loved the excitement of Mallorca Rocks, but had also been counting down to this night – and it’s this excitement and atmosphere that sets “Rocks” events apart. The night was electric, and Doorly kept the crowd “flailing” (in Sweeney’s words), until finally Wretch 32, aka Jermaine Scott took to the stage and kicked off the night’s guest acts. Wretch 32 delivered top performances of his singles Traktor and Unorthodox – and as you would expect from such a popular act, the crowd went wild. However, the highlight of the night for me personally was the
arrival of Plan B and Co’ to the stage. Plan B was introduced by show-stopping, beat-boxer Faith SFX, who left the crowd reeling with his beat box versions of singles by Swedish House Mafia and Fedde Le Grande. Whilst I was still attempting to beat box (terribly), Plan B took full control of the stage and without sounding like a completely psychotic fan, his stage presence was hypnotic.
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Photo by la skimal
Whether you’re a
rocker or a raver,
th e re ’s g o in g to be a week for you
Photo by Sandra Almazar
Foc it, let’s party He performed tracks from his album The Defamation of Strickland Banks, and to say he was incredible doesn’t do him justice. If it’s possible, his performance only improved as Faith SFX rejoined him on stage for their own dubstep remixes of classics such as My Girl, Ain’t No Sunshine and Stand By Me. By this point, everyone was hooked and ready to party on into the night. If I had one criticism, it would be to say that I wish the event had been longer! Ibiza Rocks opening party took place on June 1, so with our bags packed and headache tablets down, we set off for Ibiza. There is a ferry that sails directly from Magaluf to San Antonio (3.5 hours) and we were amazed at how luxurious and comfortable the ferry ride was. Our expectations were high when we arrived at Ibiza Rocks Hotel and while the resort itself was not as impressive as that in Mallorca, it was clear the event was well-organised and extremely well-attended. Ibiza Rocks is infamous for its hectic and wild parties, and with the rumours and talks of ‘’surprise guests’’ floating around, the hotel was alive with excitement. Not that I would ever dream of it, but once inside you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a dedicated raver. A difference I noted between Mallorca and Ibiza events was the instant level of hype in Ibiza – Ibiza attendees wasted no time settling in, but got straight on the rave wagon and danced until some of them literally dropped. Many of the acts were similar if not identical to those in Mallorca; however, there was the small factor of the surprise guests, which effectively changed the whole dynamic of the performances. Wretch 32 was joined on stage by Example to perform their single Unorthodox, which stepped up the following performance in energy and crowd enthusiasm – the duo were exceptional on stage together. Much to my delight, Annie Mac also made an appearance to introduce Plan B, and while the visit may have been short and sweet (10 minutes at the most) it served to increase the energy and keep the spirit up. Faith SFX and Plan B were nothing less than exceptional again in Ibiza, and also delivered a longer, more intimate set, with Plan B also performing songs from his old album, such as the classic Charmaine. One notable comparison between the two events was the feeling of camaraderie in Ibiza; everyone was there for one reason, and the organised after party in Es Paradise made sure all the guests were able to party together in to the AM, something Mallorca Rocks was lacking. For the lucky few with invites, another much more personal after party took place at the legendary rock and roll Pikes Hotel. This was the highlight of my trip without a doubt, the selection of guests were second to none at Pikes Hotel, which took the whole experience to a different level. I would recommend the “Rocks” events to anyone who likes a good party – choosing which location you’re best suited to you is a simple question of age and experience. Both events are top class and no matter where you end up, you’re sure to have a great time. Special thanks to Elena Sanchez, Jill Canney and Ryan Hughes for all their amazing help to us FOC’ers.
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THE BLOKE’S TAKE...
First and foremost, contradicting all weather reports, Zeus was in a foul mood during the course of the opening parties in Mallorca, and made it rain on us foc’ers. I’m not sure why Zeus was so grumpy, Doorly, Nicola Bear, Wretch 32 and Plan B SMASHED it. Perhaps Zeus is an avid and loyal Dizzee Rascal fan, or a die-hard Wombats fan. If so, his glorious rays of sunshine will reign upon the “Rocks” as their summer of acts are sure to please even the grouchiest of mythological Gods. The Mallorca Rocks outdoor venue, as in the swimming pools and the general area, where the “rocks” raucous goes down, is far larger and superior to that of Ibiza Rocks. There is plenty of room to float around, you can find respite away from the madness in one of the many nooks and crannies around the arena, or have the desired space to exhibit your flailing limbs in what is sometimes considered as dancing. There was a slightly gaudy and garish nature to the Mallorca Rocks crowd, but this was more to do with age than agenda, as a far younger crowd attended Mallorca Rocks. The youthful vigour and vitality gave the event a more implicit innocence that was free of inhibitions, albeit an intoxicating innocence. (Picture the cast of Lord of the Flies after 32 Jäger Bombs.) There was certainly energy and enthusiasm echoing from the excess pairs of espadrilles that adorned the feet of the revellers. If you are looking for a week of sun, sea and erm…shenanigans, then Mallorca Rocks is the way to go. The surrounding streets of Magaluf are slightly limited, but the array of bars and shenanigans will envelope you into a cosy week of fun and frivolity that won’t take you too far out of your comfort zone. There is a certain ambience in Ibiza that captivates you more than in Mallorca, attracting the more seasoned traveller. There is a great sense of intrigue and mystery about the kind of folk that are going to grace the event. If the Mallorca Rocks clientele could be seen as a rather uniform, homogenous bunch, then the Ibiza Rocks crowd
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Photo by Sandra Almazar
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Photo by la skimal is certainly more diverse and heterogeneous. I distinctly remember one guy traipsing around with a tattooed head performing some sort of ceremonial neck jerking, spine wrenching, surreal and strange dance, a human embodiment of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” let loose upon the masses of beautiful people. Only in Ibiza. The hotels, both in Mallorca and Ibiza, were perfectly laid out for the event itself. There are great views from certain balconies so that you can see all the action from the comfort of your own pad, giving you the option of going back and forth from the party – can’t do that in a normal club can you? The unique key feature Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks have brought to the party scene is prime entertainment in your holiday abode! Essentially, by having the accommodation in the party, it is like everyone’s massive house party, with gigantic swimming pools, thousands of like-minded peers and no cleaning up to do afterwards! Who could possibly want for more? For more information about events and reservations visit www.ibizarocks.com
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very unwise yet ambitious man once said, “AAFTER THE PARTY
THERE’S THE AFTER PARTY “
so off to the Pikes Hotel we went. The luxury and boutique Pikes Hotel has teamed up with Ibiza Rocks as the official “Ibiza Rocks House”. A very, very good move. Named after its founder the notorious 80s playboy/party boy Tony Pike, this haven was the backdrop for Wham’s Club Tropicana, as well as the party retreat for the likes of Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones. If those walls could talk, they would probably scream, erotically. Being there a mere five minutes I felt the ambience of a place filled with stories, a den of debauchery, a lair of legacy. It’s a 500-year-old Ibizan house in the countryside, a hub of historic hedonism. The reception walls are decorated with photos of the legendary Tony Pikes with a whole host of celebrities and rascals alike, and the rest of the hotel is decadently and tastefully sprinkled with odd bits of furniture, trinkets and rugs. This felt like a kind of opulent opium den where one would not bat an eyelid at witnessing music and poetry being created amidst an orgy of artifacts, artwork, and articulate, arty revellers. Behind every cultural and musical era, there is a home. A place to rest your bones; to let your hair down; to inspire you; to accommodate your appetites; to cater for your creativity; to vindicate your vices. 1970’s L.A had the Hyatt on Sunset Strip; which became known as the “Riot House” due to the hell-raising antics of the likes of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. 1980’s New York had Studio 54; where one could see Debbie Harry gyrating on a bar stool or Andy Warhol musing. 1990’s Manchester, or “Madchester”, had The Haçienda; where the acid house scene came into fruition. The twenty-teens in Ibiza have The Pikes hotel, and that, dear reader, is something to be excited about, something to be a part of, history in the making.
As the Ibiza Rocks website suggests, “Let the good times (rock and) roll. A summer of love and magical memories ensues”.
Trocadero Arena, in the heart of Marbella, on the southern coast
a combination of Mediterranean and International styles, with the kitchen using only the finest ingredients available. All products are sourced locally and are associated with the best-certified farms by the government of Andalucía. Boldly pushing the boundaries, the experimental menu is reflective of the venue’s overall style and flamboyance. The accomplished team of chefs, bravely add to traditional dishes to create unconventional, unique masterpieces.
of Spain, is one of a kind. The restaurant takes its inspiration from the late nineteenth century, when the British Empire expanded into Africa. Not only is this picturesque location stunning, it is steeped in history and based on events from the past. Transporting you to your very own safari paradise, mirroring a typical English house in colonial Africa. The architectural style and decoration is reflected in Trocadero’s unique design. Littered with palm trees, wooden fans and adorned with typical African paintings, the atmosphere is both electric and relaxing. Shaggy rugs and animal print dominate; the contrasting coloured cushions and suspending lanterns exude safari-esque style. The bamboo-covered ceiling and tribal motifs are reminiscent of exotic living, while the comfortable sofas and faux-fur shrugs enhance the laid-back style. This rustic hideaway on the coast is a tropical venture, bursting with personality and charm.
Straight out of a scene from The Wild Thornberrys, the style of Trocadero Arena is paramount. The Victorian furniture, luxury open fireplace and rustic décor allow guests to forget their everyday troubles and enjoy mouth-watering cuisine in this fantastical haven. Open all year round, this unique restaurant is guaranteed to impress and is the perfect way to spend a lazy day in the sun or a social evening with friends. Trocadero Arena Marbella N340-A7, exit Torre Real. Playa Río Real, Málaga, Spain +34 952 865 579 email@example.com - www.trocaderoarena.com
You quickly forget that you’re in southern Spain when you stumble upon Trocadero. Not only is this a wicked location, they also serve up unique and creative dishes. All fresh and organic, the cuisine is
London Elektricity The main man behind the main music
By Caisie Dilks
London Elektricity’s debut album Pull The Plug was released on Hospital in 1999, with the follow up Billion Dollar Gravy in 2003 and the epic Power Ballads in 2005. During this time Tony fronted the live drum & bass act “London Elektricity Live”, which brought together a group of musicians including jazz/soul queen Liane Caroll. The group toured worldwide, bringing their unique mixes of 100 percent live drum & bass to crowds from Birmingham to Brazil, releasing two DVDs along the way – Live Gravy (2005) and Live at the Scala (2007).
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of drum & bass, and I’m always over the moon to have the opportunity to interview any artist who can stand their ground on the music scene. However, this artist holds a particular place in my musical heart – the co-founder of Hospital Records (yes!) and my original introduction to drum & bass – London Elektricity, A.K.A Tony Colman! Having been involved in the D&B scene since the mid-90s Tony has been instrumental in the development of the genre as we know it today. Hospital Records is home to some of the most highlyrespected artists in the game, so it’s no surprise that, as co-founder of the label, Tony Colman is responsible for some of Hospital’s heaviest anthems (Just One Second, Different Drum, Remember the Future). Since his arrival on the music scene, Tony has cultivated a first-class reputation as both a producer and a DJ, and with his back catalogue of singles, EPs and remixes, it’s no wonder his name holds no limits in this ever-growing D&B community. With no less than five albums under his belt, London Elektricity is set to carry on his stampede of success in to 2011 with the release of his latest studio album Yikes! (And it doesn’t disappoint.)
The next ground-breaking album from London Elektricity saw Tony return to his solo production with Syncopated City, which was released in 2008. Here Tony showed his true raw talent, and this remains one of the most influential frames of work in his collection, featuring the radio and MTV killer, All Hell is Breaking Loose and vocal anthem Just One Second. In 2011, London Elektricity released his fifth studio album – Yikes! – which features the talents of Swedish vocalist Elsa Esmeralda (who also featured on Just One Second). The album was launched at the iconic Hospitality Brixton event (mash-up) in April 2011.
So as well as producing, DJing, touring the world, Tweeting @ LondonElek, and co-running the Hospital label (alongside Chris Goss and Tom Kelsey), London Elektricity also presents the multi award-winning, fortnightly Hospital podcast, which can be found at londonelektricity.com.
C Do you have any advice to give aspiring musicians who want to follow in your footsteps?
T Do it because you have no choice, be hungry, and never, ever, do it
for the money. If you work hard enough and you have a bit of luck, you will earn a living eventually. It took me a while – I’m 50!
C In that case, where do you see yourself in 10 years? T Hopefully not in a wheelchair! (Ha ha!) C If you were king of your country, which one law would you change or make?
T The law that says all motorway services have to be MOTO or Welcome break!
How does he keep up this continuous stream of epic-ness? Thankfully he let me ask him a few FOC’ing questions so that maybe we can soak up some of his sickness…
C Why did you choose your artist name, London Elektricity? T
It seemed a good idea back in 1996 – not so sure now, but I’ve had it so long I don’t even think about it these days!
C The name of the magazine is FOC – what does your F.O.C stand for?
T Failure of Cabbage? C If you could work with one artist from any time, who would you choose and why?
T JS Bach, so he could teach me counterpoint in person.
C When you were growing up who was your biggest musical
C If you could have any other profession other than your own, what
T Quincy Jones. He is particularly recognised as the producer of the
T I’d like to be the man in charge of my local rubbish dump. I reckon
C Who is your favourite artist at this moment in time?
C What really grinds your gears; what’s the one thing that really gets
T Punctuation. I’m nowhere near perfect, but when I see my son’s
album Thriller by pop icon Michael Jackson, which has sold more than 110 million copies worldwide – not a bad idol I’d say.
Claire Maguire – not her new album (which doesn’t represent her well at all), it’s all about her next album…
would it be?
it would be great to see what people throw away and help myself to the best bits…then open a museum.
on your nerves?
report from school and the teacher can’t use an apostrophe, I want to go on a killing spree!
C You’ve been involved in the D&B scene for many years, and as co-
founder of Hospital Records – how do you feel the label influences the D&B community?
T I really don’t know – you’d have to ask others about that! I never
look around and check if anyone’s copying us or actively rebelling against what we do, I’m too busy looking forward to the next gig, release etc.
C So what has been a true highlight for you in your time at Hospital Records?
T Buying our own premises, building up a family of 10 artists and
C If you could have any super power there ever was, what would it be?
T X-ray vision would of course be nice when you’re in an airport bored waiting for a delayed flight.
C When you get to Heaven’s gates, what do you hope God says to you?
T Has God learned to talk finally then?!
11 full time staff members, all of whom are lovely and dedicated people. That’s gold.
Dj Doorly By Caisie Dilks
As soon as we got to Doorly’s backstage room, we prioritised and sorted out the JD and cokes before getting down to, what turned out to be, a very amusing interview…
C If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
D I’d be invisible, for perverted reasons obviously! No, only joking…
sort of. I think teleporting or some sort of fast flying maneuver so I could travel easier and faster. Travelling is the only hard part of my job!
C If you could have any career other than your own, what would you choose?
D Definitely still something music related… Producer maybe? I
wanted to be an architect when I was younger, but I was a bit crap at everything you need for that…
C How old were you when you realised you wanted to be a DJ? D I was about 18 years old. I worked in a bar when I was 16, which made me completely cool at school, and I decided I wanted to DJ after that.
C From your experience, what are the big differenced between Mallorca Rocks and Ibiza Rocks events?
D Ibiza is a very cool place, the people who go there go to so many
music festivals, they are a lot more experienced. It can sometimes be taken as a positive or a negative. In Mallorca, the people are often more excited to be there, as they are either younger or less experienced, and they appreciate absolutely everything. That’s the great thing about these events, there’s something for everyone.
C You have been a resident DJ at Mallorca Rocks for a few years now; does it feel like home?
D Yes! It’s so good to be back, it’s such a homely environment. It’s
easy to work here and be on stage and do my thing! I’m so happy to be back in Mallorca.
C So the name of the magazine is FOC, what does your FOC stand for?
D Foreign… Ostrich… Charity?! Oh, that’s a bit shit isn’t it? (We happen to love it!!!!)
C Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? D I consider myself a bit of an international gypsy, I don’t need to be
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anywhere, I’ll go with the flow.
C What’s the most played on your iTunes at this very moment? D The XX! Over and over again! C …And your guilty iTunes pleasure? D Uh oh, Piña Colada – Jimmy Buffett. It’s actually in my sex playlist…
C WOW! Ok, so give us the low down on your sex playlist? D Ok, so the XX, Marvin Gaye, Jurassic 5…. And gotta be honest, probably Jimmy Buffett. I could really put my foot in it here!!!
C Hahah, for the sake of your romantic life, we’ll move on!
What do you hope God says to you when you get to Heaven’s Gates?
D I hate religion… it’s responsible for much wrong. But I guess I’d say… ‘’Oh it actually exists!’’ and God would say, ‘’Welcome!’’
It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Doorly and FOC are 100% hooked on his charming personality! Get yourselves over to Mallorca/Ibiza and show some love. www.twitter.com/doorlydj www.myspace.com/doorlyuk
You might be forgiven for thinking BUG BUG are new kids on the block, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a wealth of musical talent and experience. The BUG BUG sound is rather special too, blending slick electronic pop with catchy hooks and melodies, and body-rocking beats.
Based in London, BUG BUG comprises three protagonists: Chilli (vocals), Nick McCall (synths, machines and guitars) and Dave Robinson (synths and machines.) Each brings their own individual flair and song writing abilities to the equation. Chilli has the sweet but strong, soulful voice; Nick has the guitar skills and an unhealthy obsession with vintage Roland synthesisers; Dave has the ears and DJ know-how to bring it all together and make it happen in the studio.
while The Insignificant Others also brought their DJ skills to major clubs like Turnmills, The End, the Ministry of Sound and Sankeys, as well as European tour dates for MTV and Motorola. Chilli, meanwhile, began her musical career on the drum & bass scene as a singer and MC with leading names like Aquasky, LTJ Bukem and other artists on Good Looking Records. Particular highlights include vocals on Aquasky’s Cosmic Glue on Moving Shadow and Enclosed Spaces by Skin Divers. After moving to London, she continued to write music and developed a more distinctive style to her voice and lyrics that was soulful and deep, but also with a pop sensibility. Collaborations with Tom Neville and Tom Middleton soon followed alongside auditions with Shanks & Bigfoot and Zero 7, while she continued to perform live across the UK. Fast forward to the summer of 2008 and after an initial meeting all three quickly realised they clicked musically. Perhaps a little ahead of their time with The Insignificant Others, Nick and Dave had
The origins of the band began when Nick and Dave first met 15 years ago. They started working together in 2002 as the DJ/production outfit Insignificant Others and quickly developed a unique electronic style. With singles like It’s Me, Use My X, Collagen, Me and Silver T and the Milk EP, and some killer remixes, they earned substantial praise from the dance music press and support from Pete Tong, Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada and more. Groove Armada even invited them to play at the Lovebox festival in 2005,
They write songs and play like a band
but work in the studio with the flexibility of a taken a sabbatical to get back to basics and perfect their song writing and musicianship. Both are also accomplished studio technicians. Chilli too was looking for the right partners after a couple of near misses and saw the missing ingredient in the guys straight away. So BUG BUG was born.
“We always wanted to write more structured pop songs,” explains Nick, “and become more of a band rather than just two producers and a vocalist.” Herein lies the essence of BUG BUG. They write songs and play like a band but work in the studio with the flexibility of a dance producer. This translates to the live arena where BUG BUG can perform everything from a full live show with vocals, guitar and keyboards to a scaled down club set with Chilli singing live and the guys twisting and tweaking the music on Ableton. Dave also brings the BUG BUG vibe to his DJ sets and the band’s whole ethos is about blurring the boundaries of playing live, DJing and electronic production. After an intense period of song writing and rehearsing their live show, BUG BUG are all set with an album’s worth of material under their belts. Always keen to make things happen for themselves, they’ve also set up their own label Wireboy Records which has released the electro pop masterpiece ‘Juggernaut’ and the ‘Gone Missing E.P’ – both releases came with an insignificant Others remix reflecting the duo’s continuing love affair with the dancefloor. BUG BUG and Wireboy Records also come with a strong visual identity and graphic style reflecting the care and attention the band bring to everything they do. With influences as diverse as Prince, Bjork, Ultravox, Neneh Cherry, Jill Scott and Nine Inch Nails, the BUG BUG sound is born from a collective love of different music to which they bring their own twist and originality. Audience reactions to their live shows have proved they’re on the right track too. This is just the beginning… and we already have the BUG! www.bugbug.tv hello@ bugbug.tv www.facebook.com/wearebugbug www.twitter.com/wearebugbug
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SICK NOTE V FESTIVAL Weston Park, South Staffordshire and Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK August 20-21 2011
Earls Court, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, UK September 22-25 2011
The V Festival is an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend of August. The event is held at two parks simultaneously, which share the same bill; artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. Although predominantly a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres are accepted; in recent years pop acts have become ever more common. www.vfestival.com
For exciting and cutting-edge contemporary interior design, look no further than the event that started it all, 100% Design. The UKâ€™s first and leading contemporary design show is a hub of creative talent from the UK and around the world as well as a key event in the international design calendar. It brings together three inspiring exhibitions under one roof: world-class interiors show 100% Design, innovative surfaces at 100% Materials plus a showcase of emerging talent at 100% Futures. www.100percentdesign.co.uk
Dirt The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK March 24 2012 -August 31 2011
110 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA, USA Ongoing
Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life is a fascinating new exhibition at the Welcome Collection uncovering attitudes towards dirt throughout the ages. Dirt investigates the curious relationship with the substance that is a serious health risk but also vital for our existence, Dirt showcases over 200 items of art, documentary photography, film, literature and scientific artifacts. The exhibition is divided in to six key sections, travelling from 17th century Holland to 21st century America, including the slums of Soho in Victorian London, A Glasgow hospital in the 1860s and A New York landfill site set to become a public park by 2030. www.wellcomecollection.org
Crewest represents only the most talented underground artists, known and unknown, from the west coast of the USA and beyond. An ongoing site for exhibitions of graffiti to digital art, from paint to sculpture, the artists and exhibits are focused on whatâ€™s current, relevant, and happening now. Their purpose is to promote gifted artists whose work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other elitist venues, catering to art that speaks to the heart and soul as well as the mind. Crewest believes in bringing raw and powerful artwork to the people of Los Angeles. www.crewest.com
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Milan Fashion Week Milano Fashion Centre, Milan, Italy September 21-27 2011 The Milan Fashion Week is owned by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion), a nonprofit association which disciplines, co-ordinates and promotes the development of Italian Fashion and is responsible for hosting the fashion events and shows in Milan. Established in 1958, Milan Fashion Week is one of the big four fashion weeks also held in Paris, London and New York. www.cameramoda.it
The Big Chill Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire, UK 4 - 7 August 2011 Headliners Kanye West and Rodrigo y Gabriela, both UK festival exclusives, and The Chemical Brothers not to mention Jessie J and Calvin Harris, means this long weekend looks set to be a winner. The Big Chill showcases a variety of different music, uptempo as well as ambient. Although there is a great dance music line-up, the festival also provides a diverse range of music from folk and jazz to African and dub. This family friendly festival, in addition to a widely varied musical line-up brings a focus upon art, films, poetry, circus, cabaret, comedy and gourmet food. There is a dedicated Therapy and Chill field where practitioners offer indulging experiences ranging from reflexology, aromatherapy and Reiki to facials, foot-soaks and even hair-styling. All of these elements play a key part in setting The Big Chill apart from the competition. The 2011 Big Chill also promises to be more family-friendly than ever, with the first appearance of a new “festival within a festival” dubbed The Little Chill. Combining a kids’ area, family camping, activities and child-friendly midnight movies, this new addition should ensure that festival-goers of all ages are catered for. The Big Chill provides something for everyone!! www.bigchill.net
bestival Robin Hill country park, Isle of White, UK September 8-11 2011 Voted the best major UK festival in the UK festival awards 2010, it is easy to see why this is the one not to miss this summer!! It’s impossible even to get half way through reading the line up before you’ll be checking who of your mates have got tickets and how much you’ll be coughing up to get your hands on one. Held at the Robin Hill country park in the heart of the Isle of White, the three day affair is truly an experience and seems set not to disappoint this year with such headlining acts as The Cure, Bjork, Pendulum and Primal Scream and a heavy amount of the legendary festival pros such as Fat Boy Slim, DJ Hype and the Chemical Brothers. Bestival is so much more than just a festival due to the organiser’s vision, the Rob DaBank crew really step it up a notch with their creative talents. From the most original boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, fancy dress en mass and even a Hidden Disco, it’s this uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and a lot of dancing this September. If you haven’t got your ticket by now, start scouting! www.bestival.net
London Fashion Week Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK September 16-21 2011
London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the most high profile fashion events in the world and one of the “big four” international catwalk influencers. LFW puts London and British Fashion firmly on the global stage, generating orders in the region of £100m; the event itself contributes £20 million to the London economy in terms of direct spend and attracts visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, the Middle East and China. Over 150 designer brands will showcase their spring/summer 2012 collections at the exhibition during London Fashion Week. The exhibition is housed under one roof in the neo-classical surroundings of Somerset House. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk