“In a world of blogposts, Tweeting and hashtags, sometimes it’s nice to pick something up and read it. And the world of ‘zines has been quietly booming – even with the advent of the internet, self-publishing (in the real, tangible world) has been on the up. One of London’s long-running titles is art-zine Pavement Licker.”
“Pavement Licker is the cult art ‘zine set up by writer Josh Jones (left) and graphic artist James-Lee Duffy (right). Set up to champion creativity they’ve seen contributions from incredible artists including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Shepard Fairey, David Shrigley and more. They’ve decided to create a massive, 518-page hardback book of all their issues in one publication – a unique snapshot of underground art this century – which they’ll be launching at the Pure Evil Gallery next Thursday if you fancy going along.”
"A couple of days ahead of Frieze week in London, our friends from the underground art publication, Pavement Licker, and Helium London art dealer, Jennifer McCormick, will be hosting a charity art exhibition titled Pavement Lickers. Opening on the evening of Thursday, October 4th, in central London, the show will be offering art lovers an opportunity to acquire an original artwork created on paving slabs instead of canvas, with 100% of proceeds from the sales being donated to Rett UK, a registered charity that supports parents of those with Rett.”
“From the political to the surreal, Pavement Licker covered the rise of UK street art from 2003. Now, all 10 issues have been put together in a book.
“It’s about as big as the Bible,” explains Josh Jones, handing over a copy of his and James-Lee Duffy’s first book. Packed with over 500 black and white pages of art, it catalogues the contents of all 10 issues of their zine, Pavement Licker. Its contents start right from the very beginning, in 2003, when the zine was all poorly cut edges and messy scans, all the way to today – documenting its journey as a bible for the DIY and street art scene all over the world.””
“At the beginning of a new millennium DIY zines were still one of the main carriers of underground culture. Long before blogs or social media allowed individuals to show their work to the wide audience, they were pretty much the only way for independent and unknown creatives to both share their work and find their inspiration.”
“The creators of Pavement Licker, a street art zine founded in 2003, have released a mammoth 518-page hardback compendium of all its issues. Featuring work by renowned and unknown artists and writers alike, the zine began as a way to support creatives in publishing work “without pushing a particular agenda or manifesto”. Over the years it has received contributions from David Shrigley, Banksy, Kate Moross, Shepard Fairey, Pure Evil, Paul Insect, Ellannah Sadkin, Jamie Hewlett, Mr Bingo, Andrew Rae, Chrysa Koukoura, Kelsey Brookes and Jon Burgerman.”
“Slightly strange and everso appealing, Pavement Licker brings together loads of good bits and bobs of illustration, text, typography, photography and absent-minded scribblings in one bountiful compilation to be flicked through at leisure whenever you feel like your day might have been a bit too normal for your liking.”