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Exhibition: Where Have All the Bootboys Gone?

The London College of Communication is proud to present a new exhibition called: Where Have All the Bootboys Gone? Skinhead Style and Graphic Subcultures. Running from Wednesday 23rd October to Saturday 2nd November, the exhibition explores the skinhead movement from it's 1960s British roots to contemporary global interpretations of the lifestyle.

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The show focuses on visual manifestations of skinhead style, with items including clothing, graphic design, photography and publishing on display. Evolving from the 'hard mods' of the 1960s, original British skinheads were influenced by Ska, Rocksteady and Bluebeat music. The exhibition features covers from many of the D-I-Y fanzines developed by skins to share music and styles tips amongst their groups, which remained largely underground.

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Where Have All the Bootboys Gone? makes links to the cultural elements that surround the moment, exploring music genres, football, politics and class. By covering the full history of the subculture, the exhibition addresses the darker interpretations associated with the style, as well as 'Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice' or S.H.A.R.Ps. Speaking of the exhibition, Creative Director Russell Bestley says: "the (skinhead) subculture retains a strongly close-knit and largely underground identity, away from the cultural mainstream. This exhibition looks at the graphic language and visual communication of Skinhead identity, from its roots in the late 1960s to today”.

 To find out more, visit the LCC events page here.

Pop Art Design exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery

From Tuesday 22nd October, the Barbican Art Gallery will open with one of the first comprehensive exhibitions to explore the origins, motives and methods of Pop Art Design. Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in the postwar period. The movement shaped a new sense of cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and the expanding industries of advertising, television, radio and print media.

George Nelson Associates, Inc. (Irving Harper) Marshmallow, sofa, 1956 Herman Miller Furniture Company Collection Vitra Design Museum.

Pop Art Design brings together nearly 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, including iconic pieces by the likes of Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition also features objects from Charles and Ray Eames, Allen Jones and Ettore Sottsass, interspersed with posters, magazines, album sleeves and film clips.

Tom Wesselmann Smoker Banner, 1971 Private Collection, Siegen © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/DACS, London/VAGA, NY, 2013

Speaking of the exhibition, the gallery's Senior Curator Jane Alison says: "featuring key Pop artists and groundbreaking designers, it's a must see for anyone fascinated by this iconic period and its enduring legacy". Pop Art Design will run from Tuesday 22nd October 2013 - Sunday 9th February 2014.

For more information, please visit: www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery

Bradley Wiggins Visits Seven Dials

Our Seven Dials shop had a visit from Bradley Wiggins this week, as the cycling champion arrived to collect his personally customised scooter.

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Bradley was joined by several other local scooterists, as well as the team from Gran Sport Scooters who had refurbished the vintage SX200 to his spec. Find out more about the scooter and see the Bradley's latest Collection here.