Give Back Friday: A Wheely Good Idea From Victory Chimp

Victory Chimp is a Northern Irish art & apparel site with designed pedalled from the mind of Ryan O'Reilly. He loves cycling, apes and illustration, and this site is a culmination of all three.

He has come up with a really cool alternative to tomorrow's Black Friday, which I spotted on Facebook so had to share. I'll let him speak for himself- 

  "We want to do something positive this Black Friday, so here's the deal:

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This is our new print. It comes in three colours and 100% of the proceeds will go to three charities, Simon Community, Marie Curie and World Bicycle Relief.

This is a timed edition. It will be on sale until 11.59 GMT Monday 28 November only.

Our goals:
25 prints / £500 welcomes 20 homeless people with warm clothes and essential supplies
25 prints / £500 provides 25 hours of care for the terminally ill in the comfort of their home
25 prints / £500 sends 10 bikes to Africa, empowering people with access to education, health and economic opportunity"

Pretty good, huh? Even if you don't cycle it's a snazzy design to brighten up your hall or kitchen, and it fits the large IKEA box frames. 

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As you can see it's a limited print, so if you are reading this after Black Friday 2016, and you wish you had picked one up for the cycling addict in your family, don't despair. Check out these other art prints on sale all year round on  the Victory Chimp store. I want the travel poster inspired set, so simple & classic.

Good luck, Ryan & co! I hope you make your Give Back Friday target! 

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Come Say Hi To My Favourite NI Artist in Belfast This Friday & Take Advantage of the Under £25 Pop Up Shop To Take Home a Hand Drawn Creative Piece of Your Own

Neal McCullough is probably my favourite Northern Irish illustrator and artist. I'm terribly fond of Sara O'Neill and Stephen Maurice Graham, but Neal from Hand Drawn Creative pips them at the post for two reasons. Firstly he's also from Bangor, and I always bump into him in M&S, so you know he's good people, but secondly and most importantly he is responsible for the The World of Kitsch logo, with its bang on fonts and mid-century plant table splendidness.

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This Friday evening coming is Belfast Culture Night & Neal will be showcasing & selling his work in a pop up shop in Blick Studios on Hill Street- full details here. Neal is one of a collection of local artists who will be offering all work for under £25, so that's a great opportunity to buy some starter pieces if you wish you had a local artist collection but don't have an art lover's budget.

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Here are some of the works on  the Hand Drawn Creative web shop, but I'm not completely sure whether these will be there on Friday, and whether he will be selling brand new never seen before prints too. The online prices start from £20, so if you don't live in NI you can still own one of Neal's designs without busting the bank. The Beastie Boys ones would make brilliant Christmas presents if you have a fan of them in your life.

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Neal's wife Jules with a second Beastie Boys design

Neal's wife Jules with a second Beastie Boys design

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There is also an artists' panel before the pop up, also free & looks very interesting indeed.

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The Gift for Someone who has Everything- Their Own Personalised Cartoon

Cartoon This is an illustration and design company founded in 2012 by Jordan Hodge.

"I strive to give all customers fun and high quality illustrations at great prices.  I will illustrate any person or group of people in my cartoon style. The sky is the limit on what I can illustrate!"

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Want a movie or TV themed portrait? A sports team themed portrait? Funny outfits? Or normal everyday outfits? No problem! Jordan has already done over 300 unique Cartoon Portraits for customers around the world. Star Wars, Walking Dead, Wizard of Oz, themed portraits in whatever style you can dream up. These would make great gifts or nice prints to hang in a home or office.

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Jordan even cartooned us- it's scarily accurate!

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Just When You Thought American Horror Story Couldn't Be Any Cooler...

Check out these prints by the artist Roberto Sanchez. He has a set for each series so far, Murder House, Asylum and Coven.

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Coven

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Someone Has Illustrated Each of Jay Z's 99 Problems & Its Glorious

Limited run of 99 prints of each illustration available here. From the brain of @werdplai

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Hand Drawn Creative's First Ever Gallery Show

Neal McCullough is the Eames' lounge chair owning, typography loving, artistically talented man behind my World of Kitsch banner design. He's having his first gallery show next month, here in our home town, Bangor Northern Ireland.

"After almost five years in business, it's finally time for Hand Drawn Creative to have a nice little summer gallery exhibition. It's being hosted by my good chums at Syncspace in Bangor's Dufferin Avenue (one minute's walk from Bangor Train Station). I'll have new work and old gracing their walls from Wednesday 7 August. The Open House Festival will be in full swing all through August, and this event will be running alongside some great music-themed events in Bangor, so if you're in town, do swing by Syncspace.

If you know me, or want to know more about what Hand Drawn Creative does, I would LOVE to see you on 7 Augustfrom 6.30pm"

 

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