Kiss with Pride


Absolut has always held strong links the the LGBTQ community. (In fact, the first thing that springs to mind for me is their sponsorship of RuPaul’s Drag race but that probably says more about me than anything else). However, the Kiss with Pride campaign has been created not only to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, but also to spread an awareness of the 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal.

Photographer Sam Bradly expressed his interest believing it simply to be ‘pure idea’. Additionally, although it was an advertisement campaign it also felt ‘natural and true’. This was reflected in the aims set out by Absolut to allow people to express their freedom.

The advert itself will be place in news and lifestyle magazines all over the world. However, they have also created the #kisswithpride Snapchat filter which will donate £1 to Stonewall every time it’s used.

This campaign was sparked by their short film ‘Equal Love’. Check it out below…


Transgender rights have been at the forefront of the media of late, with a lot of negative aspects surrounding equal rights. Subsequently, today here at VinylOctopus we thought we’d take a look at barriers concerning the transgender community being broken down [instead of put up].

Washington artist Cass Clemmer identifies as being transgender and non binary and recently posted a photo of ‘free bleeding’ online which sparked controversy. The image, uploaded to Instagram, depicts Cass sat on a bench bleeding through their trousers whilst holding the sign ‘periods are not just for women’ followed by the hashtag #bleedingwhiletrans.


This explores the taboo of transgender individuals menstruating and hits this particular stigma head on. In addition to this, Clemmer had created the Instagram character of ‘Toni the tampon’ which aims to tackle the issues people face understanding their bodies and to avoid the conflicts they at feel with themselves over the issue of gender.

We believe Cass is working towards addressing a really important issue here and really have to commend them. Keep up the good work!

Sex Sells

Fashion has always been at the forefront of pushing boundaries within society. However, some could debate it sometimes goes too far.


Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of fashion brand Eckhaus Latta caused a stir with their 2017 Spring/Summer campaign. This depicted real images of couples having sex with strategically blurred out sections. Eckhaus Latta explains that they wanted to explore the connections between sexuality, relationships and fashion, whilst mirroring the age old notation that ‘sex sells’.

Furthermore, they wanted the images to look as true as possible, explaining that the sweat you see between the participants is exactly that, not oil or a camera trick, but exactly what it appears. They go on to elaborate that the only intervention they had throughout the shoot were small things, such as moving hair or an arm so the ‘sex’ could be seen clearly.

They go in to explain one of the hardest parts was finding people to take part with people struggling to see the relation to clothes.

What do you thing about their advertising campaign?
Did it grab your attention?
Would you buy their clothing?

Let us know…

Abandoned Art

For years it has been known for graffiti artists to take advantage of abandonded places. Their work, often shunned by the mainstream art world, finds solace in a blank canvas left by others. This notion in turn, provided the starting point for Rehab 2 Festival in Paris.

This involved invited 100 graffiti artists to the, then vacant student residence of the International City University in Paris. Once in, the artists then had free reign across the entire interior to produce whatever they wished, to which the results were stunning.

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The building was then opened to the public. However, unfortunately, this visiting period was limited to a single month before the building was commissioned to be demolished. However, the event was well photographed and provided the general public with a chance to truly immerse themselves in a form of art that possibly went against any preconceived ideas they may have had.

We truly think it’s a shame that the work produced here only had a short life span but it’s beautiful all the same.


Tiny Suspended Worlds


Here at VinylOctopus we love an intricate piece of work and there no exception with today’s artist, Dutch born Rosa de Jong. Much like a ship in a bottle she handcrafts beautiful, delicate minute worlds inside long slender glass tubes. These tiny land masses supporting various elements such as tress, buildings and tents, whilst they appear to suspend in mid-air; lending a sense of tranquility to her work.

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Titled ‘Micro Matters’ her pieces actually require zero planning, with De Jong stating that she often wings it and simply places this where they look right. Usually taking on average a day to complete, she uses various elements such as sticks and bark bought into the house by her cat.


Overall her work aims to look at what we call home and how it compares to the entire world, reflecting on how small and comfortable our own tiny world can seem in the grand scheme of things.

If you love her work as much as we do, take a look at her instagram @byrosa we’ve already followed!

Sloppy Joseph

Well aren’t you all lucky buggers, two top artist interviews in two days…we do treat you well!


So today we are really excited to introduce to you Sloppy Joseph! His work is relatively simple but has a real element of thought behind it. Often depicting everyday elements but with a sense of almost hopelessness to them, in fact quite often depicting the same male and his cat. Additionally, his use of dusty pinks and greens only aids to tone of his work.

We managed to catch up with Sloppy Joe for a quick chat…

So Joe, tell us a bit about you growing up, was art always such a such a big factor in your life?

Growing up, art was something that I’ve always enjoyed. Drawing in particular, was a huge part of my childhood.


So when did you decide to make a career out of it?
I’m actually still not quite a professional artist yet but one day I hope to be! I’m studying Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati at the moment and working at a restaurant part-time.

So, where do you get your initial ideas and inspiration from? Are you influenced by anything or anyone in particular?

My initial inspiration typically comes just from sitting and thinking listening to rap music. Most of my ideas are rather sporadic if I’m being honest.


How do you get from your beginning idea to your final result?

Typically I get to my end result by drawing my illustration in pencil first, then inking it with a sharpie. I then either scan or photograph the drawing and bring it into photoshop where I can edit and add color. It’s a bit more of a design oriented process.

What’re you currently working on that excites you?

Right now the thing that I’m working on that excites me the most is getting some clothing printed! I’ve always wanted to be able to produce t shirts as a way to market my art and I’m excited to get that up and going soon.


Ah cool, we look forward to seeing/wearing them. Finally, what does the future hold for you and your art?

I’m not really sure what the future will hold for me and my art, but right now I’m trying to take things one day at a time.


We just like to take this time to say thanks to Sloppy Joseph a great guy and an amazing artist. Take a look at more of his work by giving him a follow on Instagram @sloppy_joseph_ you won’t be disappointed!

The incredible Monsters, Skulls and Demons of Matt Reid

It’s easy to see what caught our attention to Australian born Matt Reid’s work. His crisp and clean, striking black and white  truly take us on a trip of all thing grim. We caught up with Sydney based Matt to find out more about him and his work.


Hey Matt, so tell us a bit about you growing up, was art always a key factor in your life?

Growing up, the extent of my art was early morning cartoons or reading comics. It wasn’t  until I was older that I began to appreciate art for art sake.
Even from a young age though I loved line doodling monsters and such. I’ve always had a love for the macabre though, if you look through my old sketch books  it is nothing but
a child’s rendition of skulls and demons.

So when did you transition from being a child doodling to becoming a professional artist as a full time career?

It was only recently actually (6 months to a year ago) that my art career took off and  its been a bit of a roller coaster ever since. In the last 6 months my social media has sort of boomed and I’ve had an influx of work.

Where do you get your initial ideas and inspiration from? Are you influenced by anything or anyone in particular?

My idea’s are usually derived from either a  phrase or sentence that resonates enough with me to create some sort of mental image. I’ve always enjoyed Gothic fiction novels and darker imagery. Style wise I love traditional line work like the works of Gustave Dore or M C Escher, so stylistically they were big influences.  I have a few modern day influences as well; the works of The Godmachine, Dan Mumford and Richey Beckett have been huge impacts on my illustration career as a whole. They were the artists who inspired me to even try to get into the industry so without them I wouldn’t be doing this.

So tell us, how do you then get from this inspiration or initial idea to your final result?

Usually I’ll sketch up an image on paper, with little to no detail. Once i’m happy with the general layout and composition of the artwork I will begin to add detail in pencil. It hits a certain point where I just switch to pens, inking in my line work first, followed by line work shading / cross hatching and at the end I fill in the voids with a marker. When that is finished I scan the artwork into Photoshop and using the contrast and brightness tool I
solidify my blacks and add in back ground details (such as the moon and stars) as it contrasts the foreground better and appears cleaner. In Photoshop I will also remove any blemishes or smudges that are visible. Giving the final artwork a rather crisp, clean feeling.

5. What’re you currently working on that excites you?
I am currently working on a few projects but I am very excited to be working on an artwork for a Australian band called Amber Architect.  The artwork is something completely out of my element and composition wise is very different from alot of my other pieces as well.

That sounds really cool, so then  what does the future hold for you and your art?

All I can hope for with my art is to grow, to progress in both dedication and skill to the craft. I love what I do but I’m always trying to improve my style and try out new mediums and such. If I could do this for the rest of my life, I will be a very happy man.

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Matt truly is a skilled artist, that cant be disputed. If you want to check out his large body of work take a look at his Instagram @m_r92

You wont be disappointed! We cant wait to order one of his prints and get it up on the wall!