YCE: Very Nearly Almost

George MacDonald is on a mission to collect every tag, sticker and street stencil in his graffiti fanzine.

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Currently working on issue nine of his street art fanzine Very Nearly Almost, one-man publishing machine George Macdonald is on mission to document as many stickers, tags, stencils and paste-ups as he humanly can. “Books were being printed about ‘street art’ but no-one was documenting what was really going on in the streets. So I decided to get off my arse and make a zine with all my photographs rather than just leave them sitting on Flickr.”
A beautifully printed, historical artefact of London’s ever-changing street scene, each issue of VNA is available in a limited run of 2000 copies. “I want to inspire artists to continue doing work on the streets and to encourage others to start up. Life is too short to not get arrested at least at once.”

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why.
I really admire Nigo (Founder of Japanese clothing brand A Bathing Ape) I love the fact that he started the brand hand screen printing t-shirts for friends and turned it into one of the biggest street wear brands in the world. Limited edition runs of clothing that everyone was desperate to own. Just amazing. A true story of self made success.

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why.
It's a great image and to me it sums up life, death and this two-faced world we live in.


Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
A bit of both really... No one has money to advertise at the present time which is slowing down the process but on the flip side people are looking for reasonably priced entertainment and that's where VNA fits in. Plus its made me more determined than ever to push forward and succeed with the magazine.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
Speak ya clout - Gangstarr. "You cant tell a mother f*cker what to do with his life"

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
The mid 90's I guess... When I first got into graffiti and there was barely any media coverage of the culture at all... The good old days when you felt you could be a part of something unique.

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