Whoever said that Sunday’s were for lazing around, obviously haven’t been to Eye Like Gallery! A couple of months ago during a spell of dreadful weather, we rocked up to the gallery and hoped it wouldn’t be another sleepy Sunday morning in Beaconsfield. Our prayers were answered when we heard from a certain Simon Staines from 67 Inc, a ‘print emporium’ that stems from him passion for music and collecting.
67 Inc is a relatively new venture for Simon, despite his experience in printmaking after gaining a degree at ‘The London College of Printing’. Before the newfound success of 67 Inc, Simon worked as a graphic designer at Arena and The Face Magazines, before going on to work with Neville Brody collaborating on a variety of projects. Most recently however, I say with baited breath, Simon has been doing motion graphics for the film industry. He’s worked on some seriously cool films such as Captain Philips, The Bourne Trilogy, and Terminator 3, and with a background as exciting as this, you know that his artwork will no doubt be a talking point too!
Simon’s love of music started back when he was a youngster still at school, and so when he wasn’t studying, he was eagerly photographing various bands at their concerts. Always planning ahead, he then started to sell these photos outside of their next gig, so that he could fund his trips to see dates on their tours – now that’s what I call a born entrepreneur! This passion for music is very much still alive, and Simon’s enthusiasm helped to fuel the creation of 67 Inc (many of his prints are music related, for instance ‘Punk Pin Print’, and ‘Music Legends A to Z’). And for all you Eye Likers that want to know a cheeky fact, the badges used in ‘Punk Pin Print’ come from Simon’s own personal collection! One of them is even worth quite a lot of dollar, but we have to keep some secrets to ourselves now don’t we….
Simon’s other passion is collecting, and alongside the music theme, various 67 Inc prints are based upon the 1960’s collector cards that you used to get with packs of bubble gum – oh how I wish this still existed! The simple colours and bold style of the period influence the illustrations of these A to Z prints, and I have to say that they really do stand out on the wall because of this!
What I really love though is the original ethos behind 67 Inc… Simon has created the prints with the simple aim of producing things that he’d like to have on his walls at home, and he’s always hoped that others would find his artwork as interesting as he does. This philosophy is not at all unlike Eye Like’s motto (shameless plug)– ‘if we don’t love it, we don’t sell it!’
And clearly it’s not only the Eye Like team that are dotty about these prints… They’ve really gone down a storm in the gallery and are loved by adults and children alike. Forget PlayStations or the television to entertain your kids, I had a brother and sister come in with their mum and they were mesmerised by ‘Football Legends’ for a good ten minutes... They were excitedly pointing out all the icons that they recognised - so if you're stuck on games for your child's next birthday party, 'spot the icon' sounds like it would be a great hit!
Simon has described how the designers Peter Saville and Vaughn Oliver are for him the ‘complete package’ - as well as loving their work he also admires the bands they designed artwork for. Well, in my opinion, 67 Inc too has the whole shebang! Not only has Simon produced exciting prints, but it’s a double whammy knowing that he loves them just as much as we do! Simon takes it as a ‘huge compliment’ when people want to display them in their home sweet home, and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?
The downside to 67 Inc? Erm, I don’t know about you, but we may just run out of wall space trying to display them all for you to admire!
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