What better way to spend a sunny Saturday than to stroll down Brick Lane (if somewhat, rather busy!) for a touch of record shopping and other such antics. By pure coincidence it was Independent Record Store day and a planned snoop around Rough Trade was quickly aborted after seeing the huge queue of eagerly awaiting punters trying to get their hands on the limited release Blur single (which is on Ebay for £123 last time I checked, blimey!). However, my friend and I stumbled across a great record stall around the corner and found some treasures. Said friend, who I quickly realised had a nose for spotting the good ones, and to my dismay discovered this gem. Just look at that cover!
Twas such a lovely day, perfect for taking some pictures. There’s nothing like an arrangement of bunting blowing around in the spring breeze (very poetic).
Brick Lane is the centre of the dap phenomenon.
So we came by East Gallery that was showcasing some rather lovely stuff. Lyrics and type is an ‘ongoing international type and illustration initiative founded by Timba Smits, the creator of the award winning arts culture publication Wooden Toy Quarterly.’ A group of artists have been selected by Wooden Toy Quarterly to produce a screenprint based on chosen lyrics using a combination of typography and illustration, which have all been printed using the same palette – red, blue and white.
I particularly liked these two from Allan Sanders and Nick Deakin:
But my favourite was this one by Numskull. I love the typography and bold imagery. I have to say I am rather tempted to buy one!
Lyrics and Type is only on till tomorrow so get on down there if you can!