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The Taffy – Transient & Mongolia Zine Pack

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The Taffy just dropped a pack with two zines for the price of 1.
Get the pack here: Pavementstudio.bigcartel.com/the-taffy-transient

Transient – Moscow to Hong Kong, via the Trans Siberian railway
68 pages, A5 perfect bound, All photos 35mm, Numbered edition of 100

Mongolia
28 pages, A5 staple bound, Numbered edition of 100

OUT NOW! Flight Mode – Between Anticipation and Documentation

Flight Mode – Between Anticipation and Documentation
Pack your bags and follow the members of team Flight Mode around the globe again. Be part of the journey and behold writers and photographers share their most treasured memories. Flight Mode two only consists of specials and focuses on high quality content – this time 20 pages thicker.

The limited edition, which is exclusively available through Spray Daily, also contains stickers and a tote bag, to protect your personal travel essentials and memorabilia!

BUY IT HERE: Spraydaily.com
Worldwide flat-rate shipping, 7 EUR

Featuring: 1LS, A?S, ALTGR, BEZ, CVA, DFF, DHE, DSF, FAME, FOFS, GBR, HM, IMR, KGS, KHC, LMK, OWZ, QMS, RABS, RCS, TD2F, TGF, TOJ, TRY, UT, VRS, WMD, Y2K, YM, YRP, Edward Nightingale & The Taffy

Flight Mode – Between Anticipation and Documentation, TEASER

Out on friday November 4th, 2016
GET YOUR COPY HERE: Spraydaily.com/shop

FLIGHT MODE – Between Anticipation and Documentation

Pack your bags and follow members of team Flight Mode around the globe again.
Be part of the journey and behold writers and photographers share their most treasured memories. Flight Mode two only consists of specials and focuses on high quality content – this time 20 pages thicker.

The limited edition, which is exclusively available through Spray Daily, also contains stickers and a tote bag, to protect your personal travel essentials and memorabilia!

‘The Taffy’ Prison Drawings

What immediately stands out about The Taffy’s prison drawings is the sheer attention to detail, a sense of total immersion and utter obsessiveness. Created under the most modest of circumstances: a metal desk, ink on paper supplied by Her Majesty’s Prison, music from headphones, and of course time. Lots of time.

That The Taffy used drawing as a distraction from the boredom inherent in prison life is clear. Several works executed on paper bearing the Ministry of Justice livery are essentially abstract typographic pieces. Perhaps not the artist’s preferred choice of canvas, he was after all serving a 22-month prison sentence for painting trains, nevertheless the paper’s insignia complements and actually serves to complete these works.

The map pieces are yet more complex. Geometric forms have replaced any semblance of lettering. Some display an almost overwhelming degree of hatching, others a fascination with minutiae – a myriad of thousands of shapes, reminiscent of circuit boards, or better yet erroneous digital displays. The ones and zeros are not completely aligned it would appear.

There has of course been an interest in outsider art, prison art and the like in recent years. Often there is a strong correlation with the creative process and some form of mental illness. However, these works betray a different sensibility, that of a man who’s trying to escape the drone of incessant prison chatter and who is influenced by the art that got him incarcerated in the first place. I’m certain that there was a yearning to recreate some of these sketches on grander surfaces but in prison, needs must.