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Futility – Back to the Future mixtape project

Futility – Back to the Future mixtape project

Futility (front)

Futility (back)

This is the second instalment of our ‘Back to the Future’ mixtape project which sees us combine our two of our loves – music and street art. Basically our initial plan was to get some new mixes together, burn them on CD and then put them out on the street with some exclusive slate cover art. This is the second id-iom mix called ‘Futility’ and will soon be followed by mixes from a (hopefully) eclectic range of other Djs.

There’s some contact details on the back and we’re hoping that we’ll get a reply/critique/abuse via email from whoever found it and then hopefully they’ll upload it to the web and share it around for further praise/ridicule. So, if you see one of these suckers on the street feel free to take it home and then lambast us via email on our shoddy skills and poor tune selection.

It’s the size of a standard roofing slate and has the CD securely taped to the back so she should last a reasonable amount of time out in the open. It has been completed using the magic of paint pens, spraypaint and stencils. They are signed on reverse with our trademark id-iom stencil and logo.

We are also now open to submissions – so if you dj at all and fancy taking part just get in touch and if we like your mix then you’re in! You can find more information on our facebook page here:

Happy hunting!

Cheers

id-iom

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Back to the Future mixtape project

Here comes the sun… (Mixtape with slate cover art)

Here comes the sun… (Mixtape with slate cover art – front)

Here comes the sun… (Mixtape with slate cover art – back)

Back to the Future – Exclusive id-iom mix tape with original slate cover art! All for the grand price of nothing! You’ve just got to find it…

It’s 2013 and we’re going back to the future with our street art take on the classic mix tape. It’s a combination of that old school hop with that new school hip! Although we have had to move with the times so we’ve gone and burned it on CD.

Both members of id-iom have been djing for more years than we care to remember and rather than go the inevitable route of uploading our mixes to Soundcloud and have no-one listen to it we’ve gone all experimental and attempted to fuse our street art activities and proclivity for making mix tapes. We’ve completed the hour long mix and then done the slate cover art to compliment the tunes. From there it’s just a matter of putting it on the street and seeing what happens.

Only a very small number of copies exist and ideally we’re hoping that we’ll get a reply/critique/abuse via email from whoever found it and then hopefully they’ll upload it to the web and share it around for further praise/ridicule. Really we’re just too lazy to upload it ourselves and are hoping that someone else will do it for us. It looks better that way. So, if you see one of these suckers on the street feel free to take it home and then lambast us via email on our shoddy skills and poor tune selection.

It’s the size of a standard roofing slate and has the CD securely taped to the back so she should last a reasonable amount of time out in the open. It has been completed using the magic of paint pens, spraypaint and stencils. They are signed on reverse with our trademark id-iom stencil and logo.

We are also now open to submissions – so if you dj at all and fancy taking part just get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. You can find more information on our facebook page here.
Happy hunting!

Cheers

Id-iom

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Night Rider

Night Rider

As I live in Brixton I was particularly happy to come across a bus timetable from the 80’s for the Brixton area which I used for the background for this piece.

The ethereal looking lady with music in her eyes just seemed to fit perfectly over the night bus timetable like some half forgotten memory recalled on the bus home. Much like many of my nights out really…

Cheers

id-iom

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The Old Jamm Inn

The Old Jamm Inn

Some people seem to have all the luck don’t they? There we were hard at ‘work’ (a euphemism for sitting at home trying not to distract each other from the tricky task of watching ‘Homes under the Hammer‘ whilst simultaneously ignoring both work deadlines and frigid draughts that seem to beset us from all sides) when my phone chirps to let me know it has received a text. After warming my fingers for a few seconds under a lighter i’m able to move my fingers enough to operate the phone. I somehow manage to press the necessary buttons and wipe the frost from the screen. My phone then reveals that we’ve been commissioned to design a logo for a new bar opening in sunny Barbados. How very fortunate – for the person moving out there and setting up shop that is!

Being the happy little worker bees that we are we then get as much information as we can pertaining to this forthcoming venture and set to work – properly this time but only after Homes under the Hammer has finished, naturally, and after setting a small fire under the computer to get her warmed up. I just know he’s not going to be having the same problems in the ‘Old Jamm Inn‘ when it finally opens in Spring 2013. I think their tagline is ‘Booze, beats and burgers’. Sounds ideal really.

If you’re in the neighbourhood next year I’d suggest you drop by for a warm welcome and a cold drink. Jamie, if you’re reading this and you need the interior painted up just let us know – we’ll happily take a busman’s holiday for flights and board!

Cheers

id-iom

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Iron jelloids, Chisty lips and a raw meat helmet…

With austerity measures in full effect across the length and breadth of Europe here at id-iom we thought we’d do our bit to help out by starting our pieces at 99p. All part of the id-iom Yuletide Demolition sale (check our Ebay page for all that’s on sale).

Iron Jelloids

I’m becoming something of an authority on strange vintage artefacts these days. Take this British advert, purportedly from 1897, which I recently acquired for resale for ‘Iron Jelloids’ which are ‘dainty, palatable, non-constipating and non-injurious to the teeth’. They even contained a little banjo salve and, as the advert claims, were widely acknowledged by discerning men as the best in the business. I’m sure they made a fantastic addition to the Prophylactic family of goods – which in 1897 was becoming something of a runaway success with their iconic cock logo being used even in this very early advert. I can only guess why they aren’t still available today…

It’s a two layer A3 screen print on specially aged looking paper with stencils, spraypaint and unique hand finishing. Here’s the Ebay link.

Raw meat helmet

So, supposedly once Marilyn Manson once got a fan to put on a helmet made of raw meat. That surely is inspiration enough, no? It’s a single layer stencil with unique hand finishing using watercolour paint and is a majestic A2 in size. Here’s the Ebay link.

Chisty lips!

Now this picture was inspired by a friend who whilst drunk ended up with eyes the colour of red wine. And I don’t like red wine, it’s scary!! It’s made using watercolours, ink and pen on A3 paper. Signed on reverse. Here’s the Ebay link.

Cheers

id-iom

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Those were the days

Those were the days

Those were the days (QR codes)

We were recently commissioned to do a big canvas to celebrate someone’s clubbing history. An interesting commission and no doubt about it. Our in-depth quizzing of them revealed that they felt they were getting a little long in the tooth for the kind of shenanigans they used to regularly engage in when they were younger and wanted a little something to commemorate the fact that all those weekends spent wasted weren’t in fact wasted weekends.

Considering what we were trying to convey there were plenty of false starts and aborted designs and I feared this one would languish in development hell until we could come up with something suitable. After percolating in my brain for long enough a quote from comedian Marcus Brigstocke came to mind that would lay the foundations for the design: “If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”  We were finally off and running.

We then had to come up with some way of celebrating the specific clubs that our commissioner used to frequent. We’ve used QR codes before and with the proliferation of smartphones we thought they’d be perfect for our needs. The codes link to classic mixes from the clubs involved and I had to go to a great deal of trouble to find a cassette to digitise from his earliest clubbing days way back in 92. Go ahead and test them (although you may have to click on the pics to bring up versions that are big enough to read). Eagle eyed readers will notice the small Mitsubishi logo concealed in the centre of the QR codes. How delightfully subversive…

Cheers

id-iom

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The Message

The Message

So, it’s Friday again. Three cheers for Friday! In celebration of the fact that the weekend is once more almost upon us and I haven’t done one in a while I have decided to gift you with another earworm. The gift that keeps on giving. If on viewing the above image Grandmaster Flash‘s ‘The Message‘ doesn’t automatically start playing in your head then please check here for more information. Your brain may be broken.

Living in the urban jungle that is London it’s hard not to sympathise with Grandmaster Flash and his notion that the relentless pace of city life can sometimes be overwhelming. Or as the man so deftly puts it – ‘it’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how i keep from going under’.

Cheers

id-iom

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The Black Rosette

The Black Rosette

We were asked to produce something for a teenage girl which, it turns out, was something of a tough commission for us. Now I’m neither teenaged nor female so trying to get in touch with my inner little girl in order to come up with something suitable proved pretty difficult. We did our best though and despite the fact that there were many different avenues which proved to be design dead-ends we finally managed to decide on something which wasn’t that girly or childish (so hopefully she’d still like it in a few years) but featured a few of her favourite things – horses, music and sport.

I got to present it personally (which is always a nerve racking experience) but she seemed to genuinely like it and immediately took a picture to post on Facebook so I suppose that’s commendation enough.

Cheers

id-iom

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

We don’t usually put out spoiler shots or the like but i’ve made an exception for this little QR code as it’s taken up a load of my time and i’ve been working on this canvas for some time now and thought she deserved a little build up before I get her finished.

Once we’d managed to come up with the initial idea for this commission (which in itself took a fair bit of time) the main bulk of the canvas was fairly easy to complete but then I was left with my final conundrum. How was I meant to get six QR codes on there so that they were readable, working and looking good? I considered just about all the options I could think of – by hand, stencilled, gel medium transfer, wheatpaste, etc but i was concerned that; a) they wouldn’t be readable (and therefore wouldn’t take you to my carefully selected links) or b) they just wouldn’t look right considering most of the rest of the picture is stencilled. So I finally settled on screen printing in the hope the codes would be easily legible and look sweet.

After a bit of trial and error it was time to move to the canvas – which itself proved problematic as it’s not flat or straight. So, after moving my entire printing set up and setting it up raised off the ground (to accommodate the fact that the canvas has 4cm deep box sides) I then had to put something behind the canvas to ensure a flat edge to print against. Anyway, enough of my problems. Suffice it to say I finally managed to get it nailed and this is the product of my endeavours…

Cheers

id-iom

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