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Let’s spend a (worthy) word about – H&M+Brick Lane Bikes

Here something juicy for both fashion and bikes lovers.

The Scandinavian Company H&M and the (east) Londoner bicycles brand, Brick Lane Bikes, have put together their strengths with the purpose of creating something special for the today’s man. On 7th March 2013 will be launched a men’s collection inspired by the urban cycling scene.

There could not be a better time for such a wise move: cycling in London is not just a quick way to get around the city,  but has now become a big trend and a lifestyle. So why not to feel completely cool while cycling? H&M has provided to this need creating pieces that can be worn on and of the bicke, using organic and recycled materials, understanding the sustainability and the practicality of cycling.

Here you go…let’s have a ‘cool ride’ !




By Anna D.


Animated by GIFs

Lately we noticed that in the World Wide Web a new fever is spreading. Despite the fact it is been introduced by CompuServe in 1987, in the last year the GIF format, small animations and low-resolution film clips, is more and more used as an alternative way to show images and express concepts, or simply to communicate in a different and, most of the time, in a more ironic way.

Just try yourselves: simply digit the a word, let’s say…the name of a movie, or your favourite tv character, or a cartoon…anything you want, and almost for sure you will find at least a GIF about it.

For most of you it may appear a bit kitch and quite “cheap”, but we see in it something acutely funny, and highly expressive…and yes, it is kitch as well…but we are attracted by kitch things 🙂

We found a website that “talks” through GIFs: London Grumblr talks about London’s everyday life, and its GIFs show exactly how most of us feel when we walk in London’s streets, when we take the tube, even when we go to a Christmas party or what we do (or would like to do, or we do in our minds) on Friday afternoons, waiting for the weekend, using small clips of movies or animated images that we all know. And IT IS funny! And a really nice idea too!

To make a GIF is quite simple, just simply following the instructions from a random video you can easily find in YouTube. I obviously tried to make one myself…Christmas theme, of course!

So..let’s make (animated) images talk!


By Anna D.

Goosebumps Christmas Guide 2012


We must say we apologise: we neglected a bit Goosebumps Mag this week. But we also must say that we did it for a really good reason, and we hope it is worth the effort we have put into this thing.
We had thought a lot about Christmas in London and what this city can offer during this time.
Here the thing: we had so many things we wanted to do, a lot of exhibitions and events we wanted to go to that we decided, once again (as usual for us), to make a quick schedule of everything we wanted to experience in these days. And then the idea: why not to create a guide with all we would like to do in London now until the end of January and make it available to everyone interested?
So here we are, more christmassy than ever, with the Goosebumps Magazine’s Christmas Guide 2012 ready to be used and exploited as much as you like.
We tried not to put all these kind of “informations for tourists” that you can easily find by yourselves, but to choose for you (and ourselves 🙂 ) something a little bit more londoner.
We really hope that you will like it and enjoy it. We put our hearts (and our sleepless nights) into this project, hoping it will be the first of a series.

Version to download: Goosebumps Christmas Guide 2012 London

Version to print:Goosebumps Christmas 2012 Guide for London

The guide is in A4 format in this way you can print and bring with yourself. We would like to hear from you if you enjoy it, what you like and what not. If someone go to some of the events we described and has something to say about it can write to our e-mail address

See you around London!

A “Story Teller” at the Somerset House – Tim Walker

Think about unusual fairytales and put them together with fashion photography and art display. Like the combination? Then pay attention to the “Story Teller” Tim Walker.

To celebrate the last five years work, the “most un-fashion of fashion photographers” is now exhibiting his works at the Somerset House.

In between photography works and art display, Tim Walker’s exhibition, “A Story Teller”, seems to be one of the most interesting art shows of this late 2012 here in London.

Throughout the whole time in which the exhibition will be open, there will be interesting related events. For more informations visit

We will not spend too many other words about it: we warmly suggest to go and see yourselves, we are sure you will not regret it!


“Tim Walker: Story Teller” is at the Somerset House from 18th October 2012 to the 27th January 2013. Supported by Mulberry

By Anna D.

Let’s spend a (worthy) word about – Halloween

This is just to remind everyone what the 31st of October represent for most of us in the world (as if no one knew!).

Originally born as a Celtic pagan celebration of the end of Summer, Halloween is today celebrated all over the world during the night in between the 31st of October and the 1st of November. What fascinates me more is the fact that the Celts believed that only during this night the dead came back into the living world to visit their is something magical and frightful at the same time.

Anyway, let us leave aside all the history about this day (Wikipedia exists for this reason 🙂 ). What we want to celebrate is what Goosebumps Mag likes more: creativity.

So have a look of our selection of Halloween costumes taken from Pinterest. And, if you want to be more unconventional, then Vice Magazine UK will give you what you are looking for (we love them!).

Happy Halloween!

By Anna D.

One Shot One Ride #015 Barclays Cycle Hire

When you get a problem with your bike and you can’t use it (like me in these days), you still can’t stop to cycle in London; the bike sharing scheme is working well. I used the scheme, regularly, from January to June for going to work and in my spare time. I started paying the fee by Debit Card(you can use all major credit and debit cards except basic account cards) and getting the bike for 1 day, the minimum rent, paying 1£. With this formula you will have access at all the bikes for 24 hours. The only thing you need to remember is to bring back the bike within half an hour otherwise you will get extra charge. For who is not living in London, I can say that in half an hour you can cover your journey from zone 2 to zone 1 quite easy. Indeed I found very funny when I see a Cycle Hire Bike parked in front of a restaurant and maybe the docking station just behind the corner. Doing this thing are tourists, usually, they did not understand how it works or maybe they don’t care about the extra fee (for a day will be always less than rent a bike from a private company).  However, in my opinion, I don’t think the tourist is the main user of the scheme:it could be a pleasure cycling in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and some other peaceable area, but the streets in London are narrow and in rush hours could be dangerous moreover if you don’t know your route and you need to bring back the bike but you can’t find a docking station( that’s a nightmare…). There is another category of casual user: Londoners are using the system in the weekends. In fact it could be pleasant taking a ride by bike despite by car in your city, enjoy a nice weather and discover hidden places of the town (this one is reachable easily).

Ok but, I would like to talk how it is using the system as regular user that is what I have done for six months. After a trial period I decided to take the key and buy the annual membership: 45 £ plus 3 £ for the key that is connected with my bank account that is charged once a month if I got extra fee. With the key catching the bike is ten times faster than doing the process with Cards at the totem: I just need to insert the key in the docking point of the bike I choose, and when the light turn green I can get it. Now a useful tip: it is not necessary pull out the bike with every energy of our body and sometimes be hit from the pedal on our knees, we just need to lift the rear wheel and the bike will pop out from the hook. The difference in the use is notable with the key: I have had a day when I needed to go in different places in short periods of time and I catch 10 different bikes sometimes just for 5 minutes. Doing this as a casual member become a little more tricky because you need to insert your debit card in the totem two times confirming the authorization, getting a sheet with a code (sometimes there are totem out of paper), digiting the code on the docking station of the bike (sometimes the pad is ruined) and finally get the bike.

The important question is: how is it using the scheme as regular for going to work? Well…it’s not the best but it’s better than the other public transport. Obviously I am talking for myself, for my situation and my needs and if you live in another zone or you need to go to work not in zone 1 could be different. Anyway I am living in East  London in zone 2 and I am working in zone 1,exactly 3,7 miles. If I catch the bus that is passing just in front of my house and is stopping very close to my workplace I will put between 35 minutes and 50(from door to door) depends at what time I need to go to work and if I wait for the bus or not. Taking the tube might be faster but not always because the closer station is 8 minutes by walk, the journey is around 15-20 minutes but in the rush hours sometimes the carriages are so crowded that you can not get on and need to wait for another or another one. So it could be 30 minutes. On the bus is easier finding a seat. If you are thinking in that time you can do a lot of thing you can’t do when you are cycling is true but you know how it takes me by bike? Using the cycle hire scheme 25 minutes on average.

Talking about costs:by bike the round trip is 1 £, the weekly cost is 5 £, the annual membership 45 £, by bus is 2.70 £, the weekly is £ 18,80, annual 752 £, by tube 5.40 £, 29.20 £, 1168 £ !!!!!

I think I don’t need to comment the figures as we know time and costs are ones of the most important things nowadays moreover in London. The city is also famous for frequent rains but I must explode the myth: it’s never rain all day, usually it’s just for 10 minutes maybe it happens again after an hour but often is not so heavy to avoid cycling. One of the thing that I appreciate most of the scheme is that I can choose: I can choose to take the bike in the morning but when I am going back I could take bus or tube because is raining heavy, I would like to talk with a friend that I’ve met or I bought a big thing that I can’t bring on the bike. Also in the evening it happens to go out in the West End but on the way back the tube is already close and waiting a bus could be a long waiting, by bike always the same time.

Cycling in London is a sort of feeling freedom, a way for feeling the city on our side and discovering what we like in it.

The bike Sharing is a very nice idea and the one we have in London is one of the most efficient with more than 10 thousands bikes and a capillarity of stations that allows to walk from one to another in 5 minutes by walk. that is very important because in the rush hour it happens that is difficult to find a bike or is easy to find the docking station full. There are two trends: the one in the morning is to find empty docking station in zone 2 and full in Central London because people going to work from zone 2 to the centre; in the evening the situation is reversed. There are some tools available online (on the website a map with all the stations and the situation of free spaces for parking and availability of bikes), in loco on the totem with the situation of the nearby stations and an allowance of 15 minutes if the stations is full. This is could be not enough when I can’t go on internet and all stations displayed on the totem have the same situation. There are trucks that are travelling around the city getting on or back bikes but is not the most efficient way.

I think the best solution could be to build 5 big stations(such as deposits) in strategic place of the city where a costumer service allows to take or get back a bike to everyone.

The website of Barclays Cicle Hire


Mr Brainwash goes to London – Life Is Beautiful – part II

“Hello Mr Brainwash, you are amazing…..”. “Oh thank you! Thank you very much!”.

Wait wait….WHAT?? Let’s have a step backward.

We were there, some days ago, at The Sorting Office in New Oxford Street in London, having a really amazed look around the place, enjoying every single piece of art that came from the unique mind of Mr Brainwash. Now, we must say that: usually when we go to an art exhibition that we particularly care of, and we see that the exhibition is way better than we expected we feel already satisfied of what we are looking at, but we never expect that at some point we could accidentally bump into the artist! But that is what actually happened that day, at 5(ish)pm of a normal Friday afternoon, after work. He was there, Mr Brainwash, sitting on his armchair/throne with paint stains, signing his own (free) Prints in a totally relaxed and unexpected way.

So we found ourselves in the queue, waiting for our chance to have a little talk with Thierry Guetta aka Mr Brainwash. And then this is what happened once I stopped in front of him: shy smile on my face, trembling voice, the same attitude I had when I was five and everything embarassed me. “You are amazing.” PERIOD! Not even a short comment about the weather or something like “How’s your friend Banksy?”, or at least something slightly smart or funny…total blackout instead. Well, at least he was totally easygoing and his “Thank you very much” seemed really honest.

And speaking about easygoing situations: that exhibition is been the perfect example of who Mr Bainwash is and how actually more art exibitions should be. Big and colourful works, an intense mix between Pop Art and Street Art, ironic and satirical, totally uderstandable and “popular”. His art is honest and involving, his way to show his works, the subjects he uses, the colours and the technique create a connection with all of us, the people. He seems to tell you “Mate, let’s have fun together!”. And, most important thing, he was there, phisically there, walking around his own space, near his own works, talking with people, without special announcements to tell us he was there, honoring us with his presence, but just being there.

And then how the exhibition was organized: do you want to come and have a look of my works? Fine! The entry is totally free! Do you want to take some pictures of the pieces you like more? No problem, no one will prevent you from doing it! Oh and by the way, on your way out just take a couple of Prints of my most popular work, will you? They are for free.

Well…what can we add? We officially like Mr Brainwash. Now we can also enjoy everyday our Prints with his signature on the wall of our place. Thank you very much to you, Thierry!

“Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation”

Come on, Damien Hirst, it’s only a joke!

By Anna D.

Mr Brainwash goes to London – Life Is Beautiful.

Life is beautiful the solo showcase of  Thierry Guetta aka Mr Brainwash opens today in London. The name Life is beautiful is been also used for the massive exhibition launched in Los Angeles in June 2008 as a debut of this talented artist. After that show the success has been quick and continuous.

As the documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, the Parisian artist was living in LA, owning a vintage clothing shop and spending his time with a video camera, filming much of his days, almost as a perverse obsession. His passion in filming became particularly useful when his cousin, the French street artist Invader, moved to LA to work in there, so Thierry, video camera in hand, follewed him during the nights, filming his works on the walls. After that first experience Guetta filmed many other important street artists, and he has been involved so much in it that he realized blowups that we glued on the walls of the city, becoming a street artist himself.

He achieved his most important goal filming the unreachable Banksy and his works and, thanks to him, Guetta decided to dedicate himself to art in a more serious and complete way, creating in a short period of time a huge amount of artworks which, at the end, became part of the first real exhibition of the new artist Mr Brainwash.

Despite the will of Guetta to create around himself a certain air of mystery, as every street artist has, he creates in 2009 the cover of Madonna’s album, Celebration, while there is also the whisper of a “guerrilla performance” for the launch of the new album of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ever more often his creations are sold out after few days after the openings of his shows.

Thierry Guetta’s story, as we know it and taking it as the true story, represents a lot of the current reality: an aggressive ambition and excellent business skills, plus the ability to find the right contacts have allowed this genious creature with no formal qualifications nor apprenticeship, coming from a lower-class environment to establishing himself in a field that not many of us have the chance to join.

Himself says that his ideas are realized by his staff of employees and interns. From the same video Exit Through The Giftshop some street arts are wondering if we can consider as an artist someone who took his inspiration from something he saw doing from others. But what is for sure is that the audience, potential customers, fans, have elected him as an artist.

Today, for the opening of his show at the Old Sorting Office (London, New Oxford Street WC1), starting at 2pm, we are sure that the queue will be long, also for the chance to get for free a limited edition art print (for the first 250 lucky ones). An how about the party, #GUETTAMRBRAINWASH, that took place in the same location on Wednesday the 1st of August? Another brilliant guerrilla performance to make more special the exhibition…even more unique since the homonymous David Guetta was the official dj of the evening.

The ability of this artist to make himself a unique character is comparable with bright famous people suck as Andy Warhol, from the works of whom many creations are inspired. Creations always ironic, a wise mix of Pop Art and Banksy’s style.

At this stage we don’t care so much if all the story about Thierry Guetta who became Mr Brainwash is completely true, when we clearly see a man who became someone thanks to his passions and who represents the strong will to make it happen. Those are the stories that GOOSEBUMPS loves!
Life is beautiful The Sorting Office, London New Oxford Street WC1 1BH 21-31. The show will go through the 5th to the 31st of August, starts at 2pm today. DO NOT MISS IT!


By Filippo B.

From pure colour to the journey called life – Damien Hirst

“I wanted to ba a painter, but it didn’t really come naturally to me. It was like a void. The infinite possibilities of what I could paint used to do my head in. I want a figure here or I want a car here I want some trees in, and then the infinite possibilities of which car, which trees, which person, how big they should be – I just used to get lost so I spent a lot of time in front of a blank canvas, not doing anything.” (Damien Hirst)

He talks about life, he talks about death and about what happen between life and death. He tells it to us (and I think more to himself) through his incredible and sometimes, for someone, outrageous way to do art.

This is Damien Hirst, and this his brand new performance, right here, in London. So if you have the chance to go to the Tate Modern in these days do not miss his exhibition. If you are not particularly interested in art but you are an obsessive-compulsive and a maniac of collecting things in series, or you are passionate of weird things, go there just to have a look of Lullaby, the Seasons or to find yourself in front of real cow’s bleeding head full of flies, where the only thing that divides you and that show is a glass box, in A Thousand Years. But I suggest you to go beyond the simple “go to see something strange” thing and think about what you are looking at, because with Damien Hirst’s art all the time you will spend around his art works will worth. You will find out that Lullaby, the Seasons and all the other “collections” of things in series are all about the passing of time, the transient nature of life, the human nature, the changes of the human body and how we “operate” on our body during our entire life. And you will discover that A Thousand Years is not only a weird show of blood and dead flies, but that it is in fact the description of life cyrcle: birth, life, survival and death.

“I think inherently in every artwork or anything you do there’s a reason, there’s something that makes sense. It all comes out of the idea of what the idea is, What does it mean? You know, how do you say, ‘I love you’ with objects istead of words, or actions? I think that’s what art is.” (Damien Hirst)

Have you ever found yourself in front of  a real shark that is trying to bite you? Well, in there you will (The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living)…the shark, poor thing, is dead but still absolutely real, as the “primal fear” you will feel (and, believe me, you will feel it!) once in front of his big mouth opened. And the intent of Hirst is actually this one: get scared facing something so real but dead, even if we know that it is dead, because of “the physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living”, in fact.

Simply amazing the complex patterns reminiscent of medieval stained glass church windows, made with butterflies wings (ok, maybe if you are fighting for the animal rights, it is better if you avoid this exhibition), symbol of beauty and also fragility of life. Fascinating all that creepy animals in formaldehyde.

I find myself in his obsession in collecting an endless serie of objects, as shells, glasses, surgical instruments, cigarettes (!!), medicines, colourful pills that look like sweets or the toy pearls that I used to play with to make extravagant neckelces when I was I child. He put them all in separated cabinets and displayed them as museological speciments. Ok…maybe I am not so meticulous in collecting things, and I would never collect cigarettes, but the point is that to me this way to act is extremely fascinating, and the meaning of this work is incredibly guessed.

He also developed a really personal vision of death. He sees the death in a “mexican way”, in line with the Mexican culture of celebrating death as something almost joyful and positive, and not something to be frightened of, because art allows it to you: “that’s the difference between art and life, art is always optimistic even if it’s about very dark things, and what’s not optimistic is not art.” And we can say that, in a certain way it ends up with Hirst’s most discussed (and expensive, even if “it’s not about money”, as he said) work, For the Love of God, the diamond skull: decorating death is a way to go beyond the mere concept of death as a sad and bad thing to show it as something positive and powerful.

GoosebumpsMag’s team enjoyed the exibition, and this is our personal way say “well done, again!” to Damien Hirst.

“Minimalism is like science, you know, you’ve got order and disorder so disorder was the kind of abstract expressionism stuff and minimalism was like the order. It’s just this sort of perfect thing, you know.”

A Thousand of Years, 1990


“That’s the difference between art and life, art is always optimistic even if it’s about very dark things, and what’s not optimistic is not art.”

Doorway to the Kingdom of Heaven, 2007

“At the time I was getting into the idea of the endless theories, this strand of conceptual art. I just love the idea of artists who set out to just do endless variations of one thing […]. With the dot paintings I just thought it was about repetition, it’s about endlessness and it’s about immortality.”

Spot Paintings

“My problems was in the painting was that I love colour, I get totally seduced. I could play with colour all day long.”       

Loving in a World of Desire,

Lullaby, the Seasons, 2002 (detail)

“I feel happy that the diamond skull exists in the world. Totally, whenever I see it, it just fills me, even as somebody that’s made it, with awe and wonder. There’s some crazy shit in the world, and that’s one of those things.”

For the Love of God, 2007

Damien Hirst’s exhibition at the Tate Modern, London, from 4 April to 9 September 2012.

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By Anna D.

Streets as a big art gallery #001# – Hin

The first time is went in Brick Lane, almost two years ago, street art was all over the walls, I kept taking pictures for my degree thesis to every draw and colour sign that caught my attention and personal taste. But what I didn’t completely realized in that moment was something that only now, that I live in this area and I have the time to look at these walls with eyes finally opened, I can see: Brick Lane is in fact an “open air art gallery” where you can find real pieces of art, through it a lot of artists (too much less known for their talent) tell stories or simply leave their unique and unmistakeable sign.

And because of this particular way to do and offer art to everyone walk in these streets, I want to give it some special space in this Magazine, because I think that the “well done” street art  has to have recognised and valued more than simple “paint that riuns walls” (as they say in Italy).

I want to start this chapter with my last discover, and my new obsession: Hin.

Born in Hong Kong in 1981, Hin now is established in London. His art, a mix of something more likely to photo images than hand made drawing and childish drawings, comes from Japanese Manga characters, Chinese watercolour painting and personal vision of reality that gives to every image more structure. It is a dream in which the scary reality of life is minimized by the childish sign: it is like when you are scared about something and the only way to face this scary thing is to imagine it in a funny way.

Hin and Pablo Delgado on Vinatge with Love’s grate – Brick Lane

Personally I always loved this type of draw, the combination of picture (or similar) and hand made line, it fascinates me and it is difficult not to stop in front of a similar way to do art.

If you are curious, the best time to go and have a look of Hin’s art, but also the street art in general in Brick Lane, is during the week, in the morning, when shops are still closed: it is surprising of how many good draws are hidden behind the grates of closed shops.


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By Anna De Agnoi