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[Art] Smile For London by wearesme
January 25, 2011, 10:03 am
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Whilst jamming at Camden Town station this morning, SME were pleasantly surprised to look up at the big screen on platform 2 and see a visual that well and truly made us smile. This intrigued us. Who was behind this? Why did they do it? Are we the only ones who noticed it?

Well, it turns out that it is part of a campaign across the capital to cheer up us moody Londoners during the rush hour commute. Fair play.

The campaign named Smile For London has been running since last week and will carry on right through to the end of January. It invites designers and film-makers to send in 20 second clips that will brighten people’s mornings and evenings.

You can catch one of the screenings at the following stations: Camden Town, Euston, Holborn, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Oxford Circus, Paddington, Piccadilly Circus, Victoria and Waterloo. Check below for which platforms to check out.

And remember; smile.



‘Black Shakespeare’, Akala endorses English language exhibition by wearesme
November 28, 2010, 2:30 pm
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Hip hop as an umbrella genre has finally entered the public consciousness as a craft whose works can be placed alongside any books of contemporary poetry and prose.

With Jay-Z breaking down his lyrics in new book ‘Decoded’ and Kanye often stopping gigs to explain the poignancy of his bars, rappers are no longer seen as simple-minded, angry thugs, but are being championed for their command of the English language.

So it’s no surprise to SME that Akala, one of the sharpest tongues in the British urban scene, is promoting a new exhibition which charts the rise of a language that is spoken by 1.8 billion people. The exhibition, Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices, is the first exhibition to explore the English language in all its national and international diversity.

The exhibition is open now at The British Library, London and ends on 3 April 2011…plenty of time to go make yourself clever.


Exit Through The Gift Shop DVD Release by wearesme
November 9, 2010, 1:27 pm
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In celebration to the release of the award-winning Banksy documentary ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ finally being released on DVD at the end of the month (23rd Nov), SME have found this cheeky little video as a bit of a teaser.

It features Invader – a character from the documentary – doing his thing and storming the world-famous Hollywood sign.



[REVIEW] SME meet Roll Deep & Florence Welch @ Streetfest October Jam 23/10/10 by wearesme

A cool venue (Brewery Building 33-35 Commercial Road) with three rooms, great DJ’s and live PA’s, live art taking place in real-time and all sponsored by Adidas; this promised to be an epic night, but sadly it was under-promoted and under-sold.

For once we missed the sweat box that is a warehouse rave!

SME still thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had the pleasure of meeting the adorable Florence Welch (below).

There was also a live PA from grime artists Roll Deep including their new single ‘Team’, which you can check out footage of below:

We’re going to bring the entourage next time to fill it out a bit because this has potential to be one hell of a party.



The November issue of Dazed & Confused is out today and features an almost unrecognisable Daniel Radcliffe on the cover.

Dazed reveals a new side of November cover star Daniel Radcliffe, in a shoot photographed by Serge Leblon and styled by senior menswear editor Robbie Spencer, accompanied by an exclusive interview in which Daniel discusses his post-Potter ambitions.

“Daniel was a dream to work with, a true professional and incredibly down to earth and mature for his age,” says Dazed’s Robbie Spencer. “He totally understood what we were trying to achieve, and was really into being transformed into this alter-ego character. He gave a lot of himself to each shot.”

It also features interviews with Roberto Cavalli and actor Danny Trejo.

Dazed is a brilliant mag, one of our favourites; packed full of beautiful photos and great articles/interviews.



Following the mad hype around his Simpsons opening sequence, a new piece of art has popped up in Southwark by the now world-renowned, Banksy.

Banksy’s newest piece sees a hooded youth with his barking dog; we’ve all seen this stereotype in and around London!

It’s a cheeky take on the Keith Haring dog; Haring was a famous artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s.

SME RELOAD: Banksy does The Simpsons


[SNAPS] Kim Kardashian Poses Nude For W Magazine by wearesme

The Queen of reality T.V; Kim Kardashian has stripped off for a magazine cover once more.
It started with the Playboy payout in 2007 and was followed recently by ‘Harpers Bazaar’; for which the nude pics were printed without any retouching in a campaign to promote natural beauty. See the results HERE.

But this time she poses in silver body paint for W magazine in the name of ‘art’.

If the above picture wasn’t revealing enough for you, check out the uncensored pictures through the links below!


We’re sure that if all ‘art’ were like this, every male would list it as one of their favourite pass times!

WOW. x

[VIDEO] Banksy creates new Simpsons Intro by mozzatron

UK street artist and SME favourite Banksy has created a controversial new title sequence for The Simpsons.

The intro closes with a minute-long sequence showing dozens of sweatshop workers in a warehouse painting the cartoon and making Simpsons merchandise.

The storyboard was apparently inspired by reports the show outsources the majority of their animation to a company in South Korea.

Banksy joins an elite list of Britons who have contributed to the show, which includes Simon Cowell, Tony Blair and Ricky Gervais. However it is the first time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show so he is on an even more elite list on that front.

Banksy is clearly a big fan of The Simpsons, as shown by one of his pieces found in New Orleans (above) clearly inspired by the show.

The episode, called MoneyBart, will be shown in the UK on 21 October on Sky 1.

Check out the intro below:

[NEWS] Jay-Z Decoded Cover revealed by wearesme
September 23, 2010, 9:00 am
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The cover for Jay-Z’s upcoming book ‘Decoded’ was revealed yesterday. Shown above, the image is a 1984 Andy Warhol painting titled ‘Rorschach’.

This however has not deterred the sceptics out there who believe it is an illuminati subliminal message with some saying the image resembles a Sabbatic Goat.

Released on 16 November 2010, Decoded is a fully illustrated book which decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z’s extensive catalog, offering an intimate, first-hand account of the rapper’s most famous raps.

Here’s an extract from the book:

“When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics-not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC-are poetry if you look at them closely enough.
The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history.
And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.”


Filthy Luker by wearesme
September 21, 2010, 1:12 pm
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Filthy Luker is a street artist with a difference, he specialises in inflatables.

That damn Octopus seems to get about a bit…


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