A DECADE OF DON'T PANIC POSTERS

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Don't Panic packs are one of the few things I can remember with any clarity from my rowdy teenage years. As I emerged bleary eyed from a night's raving at drum and bass institution the End, I would inevitably find myself clutching a Don't Panic pack containing a wad of flyers, the odd chocolate bar and, best of all, a poster. Each month the pack featured a new poster designed by a hot young illustrator, graphic designer or street artist. Many of them went on to make it pretty big. (Ever heard of Banksy?)




Fast forward a decade: Don't Panic are still going strong and I write for their online magazine. To celebrate their ten year anniversary, Don't Panic are holding an exhibition called Wild Fantasies. It will include 50 classic posters from over the years as well as ten new screen prints from: 


D*Face
Mr Jago
Word to Mother
C215
Holly Wales
Cyclops
Mudwig
Pure Evil
James Joyce 
Shepard Fairey


The exhibition runs from 24th September - 3rd October at StolenSpace Gallery on Brick Lane. In the run up to Wild Fantasies, Don't Panic commissioned an interview with each participating artist. I had the pleasure of interviewing two brilliant street artists: Parisian stencil master C215 and doodler extraordinaire Mr Jago.  Just click on their names to read my interviews with them on the Don't Panic website.

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