VANNEN Watches – Tristan Eaton x Breaking Bad

Tristan Eaton‘s “Contaminant” watch – inspired by “Breaking Bad” and in conjunction with the BreakingGifs art project – goes on sale Thursday at midnight EST at Vannen Watches

Designed by Munny & Dunny creator and Thunderdog Studios founder Tristan Eaton, the “Contaminant” watch features artwork inspired by “Fly”, Episode 10 from Season 3. The attention to detail on this watch would make Walt proud… from the perfect measurement markings on the band and the pressure gauge face to the custom Heisenberg skull-and-crossbones engraving on the back to that damn fly printed inside the glass, this watch is a must-have for all fans of this award-winning show.

Limited to only 200 pieces, the “Contaminant” watch is part of the “Breaking Gifs” art project and will retail for only $80 each. Cheaper than Blue Sky and considerably better for you, the “Contaminant” watch will be available starting Thursday, August 2nd at midnight EST, only at VannenWatches.

Video: AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series “It’s Official, Nobody’s Sicker”

Upcoming UK streetwear brand AnyForty has teamed up with T-World and a whole host of amazing designers to produce the “Australian Invasion” t-shirt series!

All of the amazing artists who have contributed have been hand picked from “down under” (Australia!) including Meggs, Numskull, Purdi Petunia, Travis Price, Ken Taylor, Deb, Ben Brown, Dale Bigeni, Ben Bigeni and Beastman.

If you’ve never tried an AnyForty t-shirt before this is a great time to, the quality of the prints, material and packaging are second to none. The ranges that they’ve been releasing have always been excellent but this latest one is extra special with each t-shirt also coming with a 24 page artist specific version of T-world!

Head over to and find out all about the artists and the new range, while you’re there grab one of the sweet new tees too!

“To celebrate the recently released AnyForty & T-world The Australian Invasion Series, we got our mate, and all round director/animation/design genius Broken Antler to cook us up some visual candy to help promote the new drop.

Filmed on location at White Duck Screen Print in Bath and at Broken Antler HQ just outside of London, with some lovely Rick Nunn shot images from our lookbook shoot thrown in the mix, it truly is a family affair!

Seeing as us, a UK brand, hooked up with some great Australian artists to make the range, there was only one choice for the soundtrack, when UK producer Beat Butcha remixed one of our favourite Australian mc’s Brad Strut’s track “Official”, we needed it badly! We got the rights to use it a few months back and the whole promo was built around that head nodder.

Everything about this whole project screams official, we don’t fuck around, we hope you enjoy the promo and more importantly the tees!”

Matt Daniels / Squiddles Interview

Squiddles was founded upon the love and loss of Illustrator Matt Daniels’ girlfriend Emma Wilkinson. After the huge success of the first annual Squiddles Charity event, Matt has launched Squiddles onto a new platform in the form of a clothing brand. The brand itself will host charity shows and various events through out the year as well as the yearly event in memory of Emma.

VA: Last year you held the hugely successful Squiddles Exhibition, can we expect more exhibitions/events in the future?

Matt: Before the Squiddles Exhibition last year, I never thought it’d do as well as it has, raising almost £2,000 for charity in the space of a few months was an incredible achievement and I want to continue this for years to come. With the brand gaining popularity from around the country and even around the world, I’m hoping that with the brands success over the coming months, we can raise a lot more money for charity when we do these events, such as the exhibition in September.

VA: You recently launched the Squiddles brand and have support from some great artists and bands, can you reveal any of the upcoming stuff for us to look forward to?

Matt: I can’t reveal everything planned for the year or that would be telling ;) However, I can tell you that we’re teaming up with a huge brand in the near future to hold a joint charity show which we’re hoping will be off the hook! We’ve got plans and ideas of our own ‘Squiddles Presents’ tour of the bands who we sponsor as well as art shows with some top illustrators and designers the world has to offer.


Johnny Cupcakes Vinyl Toy!

Johnny Cupcakes just dropped the news about the new vinyl toy that will be produced based on the character from one of his tee-shirt designs! Really looking forward to see what’s in store for the future of this toy!

“This is Big Kid, one of our Mascots. Coming in at nearly 6 inches, he will be available in all sorts of fancy colors and editions. When? I’m just as curious as you… so far, it’s looking like early 2012.”

Squiddles Art Exhibition / Charity Event at Walrus Bar Manchester – September 18th 2010

We recently heard the sad news that Emma Wilkinson had passed away at the young age of 19 from a rare reaction to the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Emma was the loving girlfriend of up and coming Manchester based illustrator Stickypop aka Matt Daniels.

Taken from Manchester Evening News website:

“Emma Wilkinson, 19, died less than two weeks after falling sick with the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), which lies dormant in most people.

The bug can cause glandular fever in patients, or mild flu-like symptoms.

But Emma’s mum has told how the bug triggered multiple organ failure in her daughter just 13 days after she was admitted to Tameside Hospital.”

The full article can be found here.

Vinyl Abuse heard that Matt was going to hold an exhibition in memory of Emma and we wanted to help him out by promoting the event on our site!  We’re really glad to see so many people are helping him out and taking part.

We got in touch with Matt to find out more!

The theme of the pieces is “Cats and Sailors” it’s something that Matt holds close to Emma as her favourite animals were cats which she adored and the sailors part came from her love for Swallows, Anchors and all things “sailorish”. The designers were also given a colour palette to stick to.

The reason behind the exhibit:

I’ve always said I want to do with something for charity, such as an exhibition show but I’ve never had any real reason for doing it, but with my girlfriend Emma recently passing away, I wanted to hold a night in memory of her to show everybody how much she meant to me and to have a really good night raising money for Francis House Hospice.

What made you come up with the idea for an exhibition?

At the end of June my girlfriend Emma was taken into hospital with the flu, but within hours of blood tests, drips and waiting she was rushing into intensive care. It actually turned out to be a virus called Epstein-Barr virus which is glandular fever, but a higher risk version of it. Sadly 2 weeks in intensive care she passed away through her organs shutting down from this virus which is a very rare reaction.

I wanted to do something special in memory of her as 3 months ago, I was packing in illustration, I didn’t feel I was getting anywhere, I just felt like nobody took me seriously, but Emma told me to carry on with it as it’s how she remembered me, what she loved about me, so I decided to show how I stuck with it through everything, I’m holding this exhibition in memory of her. The exhibition is called Squiddles as it was the nickname I gave to Emma which she loved.

How did you go about getting people to take part?

I had a few people in mind already so it was a case of emailing them to see if they’d be up for creating a piece but I had the feeling a lot of people would be too busy to take part as it’s something they’re doing for free to help raise money but as soon as they heard the news, I had a huge stack of people wanting to be involved! Originally I planned 10 pieces to be created but I’ve had to stretch it to 15 and other illustrations have donated pieces to the show to auction/raffle off.

Squiddles Charity Event from Broken Antler on Vimeo.

Place, date and time for the event:

The exhibition will be on the 18th September at the Walrus Bar in Manchester (Northern Quarter) between 3:00pm – 9:30pm.

Walrus Bar
78-88 High Street
M4 1ES

Who is taking part / shout outs?

There are so many talented people involved but a few illustrations include Aaron Miller, Superfex, Jam Factory, TADO, Matt Taylor, Katari plus many more fantastic people! I’d like to thank Aaron Miller a lot for taking the time out of his busy life to keep checking up on Emma’s progress and to see how I’m going on, he’s been a massive help! Big thanks to him! As well Jake Ivill for meeting up in Manchester with me, checking up to see how Emma was going on, again thanks to him!

Manchester based cupcake company Oh Crumbs! Cupcakes will be donating some of their delicious treats for the exhibition and will be staying with the theme of the event!

How many of each piece will be available?

There are 15 artists involved with a limited print run of 15 for each piece. Although I have very exclusive prints send by the wonderful TADO, which are a limited run of 30, hand printed Gocco prints!

How much will the prints and t-shirts be on sale for?

The prints will be on a minimum donation of £10 each, if someone would like to donate more to the charity then they can do! The TADO prints will be a minimum donation of £5 each.

Manchester screen printers One69A have kindly donated some Squiddles T-Shirts for the event which will be £15 each with a limited run of 20 T-Shirts!

Where will the money made from the exhibition go to?

I originally wanted the money to go to something related to Emma’s illness but because of how rare the virus was, there wasn’t anything around to donate to. The money will be going to Francis House Hospice who are a great children’s hospice, I chose Francis House due to Emma adoring young children and helping out children has always been something I’d like to do.

A short background about yourself:

I’m a 19 year old freelance Illustrator from Manchester. I’ve studied Graphic Illustration, Applied Art & Design as well as a pre-degree foundation Art Course. I’m planning to hopefully become full time freelance with my own brand as a side project called Squiddles which is in memory of Emma as it was her nickname from me.

Vinyl Abuse will be attending to support this great cause and we look forward to meeting those involved and all the people who will be there showing their support!

Check out the Squiddles Facebook Page here and follow Stickypop on Twitter here for updates on the exhibition!

New funkrush flash intro animation

Funkrush has a brand spanking new flash intro animation, go check it out!

SDCC Special Signing – Vannen Watches Sunday 29th Booth #4539 (Munky King)

Vannen Watches will be at this years SDCC with a special signing session from some awesome artists including Alex Pardee, Brian Ewing, Chris Ryniak, Mike Mitchell and Travis Lampe!

Head on over to booth #4539 (Munky King) on Sunday between 11am – 12:30pm to meet the artists and get your gear signed!


You want some free stuff?! DAMN RIGHT!

From Mike Mitchell:
First 20 people to find me at this signing get a free King Skully mini print courtesy of

New Release: LTD Tee x Deane Yeagle – “Mandy” Limited Edition T-shirt and Print Set

Back in January we featured Suzette – a pin-up by Dean Yeagle. Now Dean Yeagle has teamed up with LTD Tee to produce a limited edition tee-shirt featuring his well known character “Mandy”!

“Every design we sell is available for only one week. This business model allows us to price our packages affordably and ensures the exclusivity of your purchase. After that week is up, the design is no longer available for sale. Make sure to get yours before it’s gone!”

You don’t just get the awesome t-shirt when you order though. Accompanying the tee will be a 8″ x 10″ print and it will all arrive in a custom box with the artists bio inside!

Price: $24.99 and use this code (save20) to get 20% off ;) Available exclusively from LTDTEE’s website, be quick though it’s only available for a few more days!

Qee x Fifth Sun: Apparel Launch

Here (there?) is a teaser for the upcoming Qee Apparel launch for 2010!  Not much is teased though other than it’s in collab with Fifth Sun, Qee clothing, clothing with Qee on (or included?).  Hopefully it’ll be some interesting artists collaborations and crossovers from toys to apparel and not just Qee silhouettes slapped on clothes :]

Poli-Tricks by How Alive

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Poli-tricks T-Shirts Poke Fun at the American Way

New line from How Alive Clothing wears its satire on its sleeve, and its chest, and its back . . .

Scottsdale, AZ, July 23, 2009 – In tough times, humor and satire can strike an even deeper resonance with the public. They help us question conventions and challenge the status quo that suddenly doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. That’s exactly the thinking behind the new satiric T-Shirt line, Poli-Tricks, from How Alive Clothing.


MEKAZOO – Mechabunny tee

Mechabunny tee by MEKAZOO (aka the creator of the awesome, Robolucha toy produced by PatchTogether)will be available for sale on Thursday 30 july at RIPT Apparel . Don’t forget, it will be only available for one day and it’s for only 10 dollars. Don’t miss it and please spread the word :]

Arab Limo

The newest release at Funkrush!

Arab Limo by Maki