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Bummed, Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica, Velvet Underground Andy Warhol, Johnny Cash Folsom Prison, David Bowie Low, Mothers of invention Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Aphex Twin Come to Daddy, Beatles Abbey Road, The Clash London Calling, Roxy Music Country Life,  Joy Division Uknown Pleasures, The The Soul Mining, Frank Zappa The Man from Utopia, Scorpions Lovedrive, Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request, Madness One Step Beyond, Led Zeppelin Houses of The Holy, Chemical Brothers Push the Button, Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
We did a collaboration with Cult Classic Prints - makers of fine Canvas Prints. With their co-operation we created three brand new pieces of artwork to release as highly limited edition prints.
Please note the prints are now all
sold out.
From WIWP 'NOW SHOWING' - A collection from a bunch of  creative artists of a re-imagining of film posters.
The Lost Art of the Film Poster.
Featuring their takes of classics and lesser known gems.
Recently updated with new additions. A great collection that hopefully will continue to grown and be an ongoing, growing collection. 


To the right is a slideshow of a selection of the works including new entry's for
The Man With Two Brains and Midnight Cowboy


BELOW - Our own 'quick take' on some classics
Dead Mans Shoes, Meantime, The Firm and Get Carter

Dead Mans Shoes is rather self explanatory, going with a simple image.
The Firm is inspired by a certain cult 'Good Cop' film from the 70s, while we did our own take on Mike Leigh's classic bleak tale Meantime, Ken Loach classic KES, Rita Sue and Bob too and everyone's fave 'kids' film The Goonies, featuring the Oregan (Astoria) coastline as seen in the film.
The Art of the title sequence takes an in depth look at the opening 'credits' to movies. From graphics and illustrations and how on a fair number of occasions -  what follows at times fails to live up to the 'opening sequence'.
Rather than a generic studio photo of Tom Cruise or Seth Rogen with forced, ironic Hollywood smiles like you'd see on a monthly copy of Empire. 
The likes of
Little White Lies do their own thing, with cool, quirky unique covers, backed up by a decent read too with top notch content, a breath of fresh air and in keeping with the whole ethos of art in film and the film poster as an art form itself.
Nearly a decade ago, I bought the then brand new and now what is sadly defunct
HOTDOG magazine, I ended up with every issue which I still have. Their first issue had the Taxi Driver poster as a cover, how cool is that? it leaped out of the shelf in Smiths, stick your boring run of the mill magazines with your airbrushed a-listers.They weren't for me, this was. {continues}
After 83 months of reading the best film magazine, I guess not enough people shared my feelings and they weren't buying it, as a result it came to an untimely and abrupt end without any warning when the final curtain was pulled in Christmas 2006. Luckily a few months earlier a new magazine had arrived. Little White Lies was very similar, even better! This time a fantastic sketch of Bill Murray as Steve Zissou was winking out on the shelves of borders. I'd not heard about it but there it was. The power of ARTWORK on the cover alone made me need to purchase it. Something they've stuck with too, with a range of excellent covers, highlights being the This is England and Let The Right One in ones for me, but all are great.  I hope they do stick with it! It sets them apart from the others, it's like a rebel, non-conformist and inside, the content doesn't let you down either. It's definitely the best film magazine out there. Long may it continue! Lets hope more and more people read it, it deserves it.
Browsing Flickr recently we stumbled across these cracking photo's of Manchester at night.
'Round Our Way' is a great set of some familar locations caught with great panache.
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The posters of the Paris 1968 uprising comprise some of the most brilliant graphic works ever to have been associated with a social movement. Politics aside, from a design standpoint they are second to none. The artworks were not superfluous decorations meant to beautify office walls -instead they took center stage on the streets in provoking awareness and action. Amazingly enough, the posters were all anonymous creations, the result of collaborations between idealistic students and striking workers. To this day not a single artist has been credited for the provocative artworks.
Super Subbuteo Photography
Unique Film Poster Artist.
Joe Magee Artist often seen in media and film
Independent Artist ran facility making Art affordable.
Clever and witty modern art using vintage vinyl
The Little People et al
Excellent Quirky Modern Artist.
Superb individual Artist
Some of the greatest Artwork I've ever seen!
NOT a movie poster shows the posters that the suits decided NOT to choose and (cliche or not) they are often better than the official chosen ones. Enjoy viewing posters that until now you'd never be able to.
Kirk Demarais' crazy Family Portraits. Featuring The Griswold's, the Torrences and Navin Johnson's adopted family!
For less than the price of a pint you can purchase some snazzy casualco art - comes proffesionally made on high quality 200 gsm card.
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A look at some of the coolest film posters ever produced, from the 60's to the present day, as you'll see quirky artwork and clever photography is what we like and it never goes out of style either. Be it striking sixties artwork from 1962's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Point Blank from 1967, to controversial 1970's Britain with Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange. Eye catching simplicity such as An American Werewolf in London and The Godfather, to out and out pain stakingly life like portraits like Indania Jones, Taxi Driver and guilty pleasures of the 80's Vacation and Police Academy. Plus some great European takes - High Plains Drifter and hard hitting French movie Irreversible 2002. Mouse over for more images and bigger versions.
Ben Lamb is a very talented illustrator and designer based in Manchester.
After studying fine art at university, he worked as an editor in animation for 3 years before deciding to pick his pencils back up and start drawing again. He shares very similar tastes to us in films and popular culture in general.
Old, new, modernist, guerilla. To shock, to please. controversial, commercial! Propaganda, used as a voice, used to silence or as a call.
' Art' takes many different forms.
Art is the biggest tool in advertising or promoting something from every side of the fence, an illustration, graphic or even a piece of text is used to get a point across.
Here we appreciate all forms and attempt to pay a nod and a wink to a selection of people we feel are doing it well.
Some of the best independent film poster sites :
OLD SKOOL COOL TATTOOS
Film posters, Video boxes - the old way, the way they should be!
The greatest showdowns in film history - amazing stuff from Scott Campbell
The Dude Designs aka Tom Hodge, is a poster designer and illustrator who's aim is to bring back the artwork from the film poster and video covers of yesteryear. Recently he did the splendid job of the Hobo with a Shotgun poster and his style is excellently retro reminding a lot of us of our youth, trying to rent Commando or Dawn of The Dead from the local video shop cum off licence aged 10!
Peter O'Toole (no not that one, this one) is a freelance  Yorkshire based illustrator. We first commissioned some artwork as a collaboration but were so happy we had some more done and then some more again! Well it's easier to say we love his style and collage work that he's now on board as our regular Connoisseur collaborator.
A co editor of
Dirtcheap magazine, you may have also seen his work for NME, Addict, Activision, Microsoft and The Rig Out.
Graphic Desginer Section 76 has been onboard for some years now as a regular collaborator with our tee designs and also lots of other artwork and graphics, including the excellent clothes tags,  His smooth graphics have been superb in bringing us the likes of Connoisseur Man, The famous Subb Dresser and of course a fantastic take on both cult filmsThe Wanderers and The Warriors logos.
Minty is the latest on board. His joining the good ship connoisseur came about in a different way - our first creative competition whereby we offered a chance to design a tee. Minty's won. His Serpico themed design hit the right notes with the added quirk. Minty's style is different, in this modern computer age, he's happy at home using the very original way of creating art with paint and a brush!
Artyom Chernov and Mila Mijanovich of  Moscow first joined the connoisseur brigade with a splendid design based around the famous image of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road. Featuring a mountaineer, a beatle, a dresser, Bjorn Borg and Alex Delarge as their droog and leader (which is re-released in 2012)
Our Russian comrades have done us tee no.2 with a fantastic revolutionary themed tee.
As we progress as a brand, collaborations is an area we have moved into. For a while we've enlisted the help of regular cohort Section76. He has brought us some great tees already over the years as well as producing artwork for our merchandise. We have also brought on board as a regular collaborator, the highly talented illustrator Peter O'Toole, who we have secured an ongoing working relationship with! We aim to work with established folk and up and comers too, with each illustrator's own style as different as the next one. We've commissioned a rather cool tee of Mr Osti himself, not to mention a great print from the in demand Ben Lamb, we've recently had our second tee by talented Russian duo Artyom Chernov and Mila Mijanovic. Matt Craven came on baord to being us the fabulous Bexy V Yeti and we regularly work with our Swedish brothers Our Culture who we have thus far done a tee and a sterling bucket hat with. We've progressed further too as we seek to cement more collaborations with some of our fave brands, in order to realise and release more items of clothing, teaming up with tuktuk to release a range of limited produced shirts, we've got a colloboration booked in with a famous worldwide brand and continue to look at new and exciting options as we go....
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Illustrator and sculptor Matt Craven joined us to bring us the sublime Bexy V Yeti tee in 2012. He's working on something else for us too and who knows maybe even a sculpture/figure down the line...
Our Culture  What is a continuous friendship with our Scandinavian brethren, we have so far colloborated with the Protectors of the North tee, the superb Naess hunting hat and most recently a stirling set of pins.
Our Culture are a fine set of lads who since first meeting several years ago we have become great friends with the same styles and tastes a solid bond is formed from one north to the next!
Whilst doing our 'chicks in kicks' stuff we decided it would only be right and proper to bring on board a female illustrator and so we did, we've been a fan of Jennifer Saul's stuff for a while and were thrilled when she wanted to be a part of it too.
Working with our pal Peter O'Toole the original conception was to illustrate a handful of different people from the same background in their 'Saturday best' if you like, giving us indivdual portraits that go towards a big collection under the banner "This Thing Of Ours". People loved it and the requests just kept on coming, thus far there's probably upwards of 40 commissions, there's a print available as well as a series of t-shirts on the way. The works were recently showcased in a special gallery all the way over in Moscow, Russia via Les Coffe Shop with the help of Faces & Laces, Freizeit, Furfur, Sneakerhead and Adidas Originals! A continual work in progress...
Andy Watt is another on board as a Connoisseur collaborator. His unique and distorted caricatures offer a very different kind of illustration. His work is regularly seen in the likes of The Guardian and The Observer.
We've always had a loyal following in Russia and the love is very much mutual! As well as working with Artyom above we've stepped it up somewhat recently with the coming together with the latest member of team Connoisseur. Danja, an avid collector and all round cool cat whom we met on the internet and then shortly after in person is our international connection. As well as working with us on photo shoots and tee designs done with Peter, she has co-designed new pins and helps make connections in Russia smoother,  to create genuine Russian illustrations, two of which we've sorted with the Outskirts and Drei Streifen Madness movements for new tees. Along with new friends and Danja it's hopefully a long term work in progress. ?? ????? ?????? )))
As touched on above, the internet does make the world a smaller and more accessible place. And with that we met the Berlin Groundet. Some guys who like a beer as much as us, in fact more!!
After a trip over there it was decided we need to work together and as well as a release of some fucking cool shoppers the CC x BG tee is landing. This friendship also sees the advantage of hot German girls in our gear and as much pfefi as you can stomach! Happy Days and there's more to come!