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Kingbrown x Hours / Issue 9

30.07.13

Art, Design, Illustration, Print, Publications

Recently we caught up with the Ian and Yok from Kingbrown and to discuss the collaboration with The Hours on Kingbrown Issue 9.

INFRONT:
Hey guys, for those who haven't heard of Kingbrown give us a short history.

IAN:
Art, university, friends, skating, party, pissed, idea, issue 1. From there we've weaved and dodged through the publishing game, learning about things like distro, printers, and holding crazy launch events.

YOK:
The idea was to put emerging artists along side the big guys to give the young guys a boost.
All neatly packaged in a brown paper bag like a good Kingbrown should be.
For people that aren't aware in W.A. we call a longneck a Kingbrown.

INFRONT:
Who have you got for us is in Issue 9?

IAN:
We teamed up with our mates from Sydney, The Hours who helped curate this issue. These guys collected some rad features. Artists like Ghostpatrol, Vans, Huskmitnavn, Trent Whitehead, Shida, Drypnz, Ozzie Wright and Unga (Broken Fingaz), plus interviews with Numskull and Roach, from The Hours themselves. Added to this list of talent, we're also featuring Ed Templeton, Dabs Myla and Nychos.
I'm loving the new mag wrap around cover - a cool neon printed gronk-design by Roach. And for issue 9 inserts we've thrown in a sticker by Dabs Myla and a stubby holder collab with Ironlak.
What was it like working with The Hours?
Ian: The Hours guys were committed. They're cruisy and easy going but know when job needs doing. Beastman, Numskull and Marty put in a lot of hard yards to help issue 9 be a great issue. Thanks lads!

YOK:
They bought some new people to the table, and Roachi made us a beautiful highlighter cover.

INFRONT:
How did the process differ from your regular approach to constructing the mag?

IAN:
Having more people on board made things easier, like everyone had their different tasks for contacting certain artists, collecting studio pics, artworks and creating titles.
The process for a Kingbrown x Hours issue began towards the end of last year. There were hundreds of cc emails and some skype sessions to keep the ball rolling, since we all live in different parts of the world. Thank you internet for making it easier.

YOK:
We took a back seat for a change and let the Hours crew go for it.

INFRONT:
Was it hard to hand over some creative control of your own product?

IAN:
We've had a couple issues co-curated now. It's great because it helps to mix it up and keep things fresh, like the approach to interviews, title designs and layouts. At the end of the day we control what goes to print. Along the way everyone involved should have a say creatively. We have Kingbrown style in place but like to keep things flexible for all the guys helping us out. It's taken a while, but then again we always take our time to deliver the next issue - we just want to make sure we're happy with it and that all the crew involved are proud to be a part of it.

YOK:
I love to see what other people bring to the table, and keeps the mag fresh.

INFRONT:
Issue 9 has a double sided Brown paper bag design, tell us how this came about?

IAN:
Funny, this really came about from the fact this issue was co-curated. The Hours asked Unga if he was down for doing the issue 9 brown bag artwork, while in the same week we had Ed Templeton do a brown bag design, not actually realising until both we're submitted. The best solution - print a double sided brown bag with two awesome designs. Our readers get to choose.

INFRONT:
You are about to hit double figures, are you planing anything special for this milestone?

IAN:
Yeah, we've been brainstorming a few things over a couple of cold longnecks.

YOK:
Queenbrown?

INFRONT:
Dish us the dirt on the NY launch, that must be pretty exciting.

IAN:
The issue 9 launch will be at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Bushwick on Aug 10th. Featuring the artists from issue 9 plus a range of other awesome artists. All submitting works on brown paper, neatly framed to feast your eyes on whilst you down some free brews.  NY is a great place for a launch. The city has so much buzz and energy. Nychos will also be in town which is great timing - he'll be throwing down some live painting alongside Yok and Sheryo.

Speaking of launches, we've got one scheduled for Sydney too. It's gonna be awesome, co-curated by The Hours of course! At The Tate gallery on August 16th.
A Singapore launch is also in the pipes. Stay tuned to kingbrownmag.com cheers!

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  • auxiliarydesign 30th July 2013 @ 11.19 AM

    that snake-eye beardy-man outer cover looks so cool!

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