Friday, March 27, 2009

Hicks is the new London champion!

Wow - still shocked and hungover from an amazing night...over 1200 came through the door with a one in one out all night!! Thanks for all those who came down and had the patience to chill outside.

This Secret Wars was probably the best so far - everything went perfectly and the venue was a huge step up from Cafe 1001. A very proud moment seeing how far Secret Wars has come in just over 2 years....The USA is next!

With Reeps favourite to win, Hicks came in feeling little pressure - Both guys had a plan and both were well prepared for an intense and exciting SW battle.

The crowd was electric and the atmosphere at times was tense...The battle finally kicked off around 10:30pm and people stood in awe as the guys got to work on the large white walls (12ft wide by 8ft high).

All night DJ Session kept the crowd rocking with a stack of classic tunes, with the crowd screaming with every mix.

When the time came to get the judges on stage, the tension began to mount and I found it hard to get anywhere the stage. First up to judge came Ligaya (Victoria & Albert Museum) who decide to give her vote to Hicks, then Reeps came fighting back with a massive decibel smashing crowd vote 1-1....It came down to the final judge - Brett from MTV / 1/10, after much thought and pacing on stage he finally pulled out his edding board marker and scribbled Hicks on his white board!!

We have a new and very worthy champion....Hicks (54 crew)

Thanks to all those who came down and supported and a huge thanks to the entire team on the night and edding markers for linking us up as usual.


The set up during the day.

Sketch for the outside banner by Jimi Crayon - Oh and who stole it?? please leave a comment to say it is safe and in a good home....

The HUGE queue of people trying to get in from 8pm - Over 1200 people came through the door and it was one in / one out all night..Sorry to those that did not get in!

Hicks getting interviewed by one of many TV channels in attendance.

Some shots of Hicks celebrating with friends

Final wall - Reeps (Left) & Hicks (Right)

photos taken from - Sandy Danbury & Phil Gabriel

Also check out this amazing full length timelapse from Light and Time -

Tailored by England - Commission @ Village Underground, London

Monorex were commissioned to paint the large wall @ Village Underground by Umbro for the new England football kit launch.

It took two 12 hour shifts and four men to get the walls white and completed in time for the official press launch.

Teck and Jimi Crayon had to copy and re create the logo below on a large scale.

With a dodgy scaff tower and freak rain showers hitting us - we battled through the elements but got there in the end!

A fresh panoramic shot by Teck

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Another great feature on Monorex and Secret Wars - Amateur is a Swiss based magazine backed by Carhartt and is full of interesting features / interviews on lifestyle topics....Go cop your copy now!

Thanks to Ian (Cutterskink) for linking this up

To read article please click on image to enlarge

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Just like Willy Wonka did - Monorex is un-bolting the locks and opening its doors in a very rare occasion.

Ok so as you know from our last post we have moved into an amazing new studio or some may say luxury penthouse!

Over the last 2 weeks, all of the Monorex team including the artists have been slugging away painting walls and working their magic all over the new 3 floor studio. The empire is slowly growing and now we need to follow back this up with a bigger team...

Who & what we are looking for:

1 x Creative Intern

We see this person wanting to learn the ins and outs of our business while also being a budding and very talented young artist. Keen to help out on all levels, while having the courage to put new ideas forward to the Monorex team.

Job roles: Getting busy in the workshop, blogging, postal duties and running, shadowing in meetings, weekly reports, set up of Secret Wars....PUSHING TO BE PART OF THE MONOREX FAMILY!

Boxes that need ticking:
  • A good portfolio is a must in art and illustration!

  • Must also be London based and able to travel to East London very easily
  • 2-3 days a week
The above position is unpaid but expenses and bonus extras will be given.

New Artists

Monorex very rarely opens its books to new artists but we now feel it is about time we did...Over the last 5 years we have built a very good reputation within the street art scene, and we also have a great long list of big name clients. But we now want to step it up 2 gears and search for new artistic talent that bring fresh angles and styles to what we already have, allowing Monorex to expand and get involved in new types of creative briefs.

Creative disciplines and styles of interest:
  • Fine art

  • Photography

  • Illustration (Both digital and organic)
  • 3D & Interior design

  • Abstract and contemporary

  • Animation & Video

  • Fashion & Shoe design

If you feel you have what it takes then please read the application steps below:

Please email the following:

  • CV & Covering letter explaining why you would fit in at Monorex and what skills you can bring to the team
  • 10 current examples (JPG) of your portfolio


Goodluck and speak soon


Yo people the mission is on...Monorex has moved into another new London HQ!

We started in a converted train carriage (2007) and then expanded to a disused Victorian warehouse in Commercial Road (2008) - But we have now decided to step it up 2 gears and take over a slick 4 floor building...Its called "The Mission" and it is the perfect new home for the Monorex Family!

Features include:
  • Large busy workshop (where we get messy and creative)
  • Kitchen
  • 2 x bathrooms
  • Creative studio suite - (We call this the brain)
  • Roof terrace with American BBQ
  • HUGE boardroom
  • Interactive lounge / bedroom with Sky and Xbox 360 Elite

A long shot of the whole building - you can't see it but there is an amazing roof terrace as well.

Watch this space as exciting things are bubbling!

Friday, March 13, 2009


The end is really blooming nigh!
Hicks vs Reeps 1, who will win the £1000 and the right to call themselves a champion!
This, the Series 3 Final will be held in the biggest and best venue to date!
click flyer below for details...

Thursday, March 05, 2009


Things got messy last week down at Village Underground! In a Secret Wars special in collaboration with Havana club and edding UK - Monorex took on Intercity collective on the biggest Secret Wars wall ever built (40ft wide by 16ft high)!

The Monorex team was made up of Stika, Teck, Jimi Crayon, Mr K and Alfa - They came with a loose plan in mind, easiest way to explain would be to say they drew a Cuban party in a old skool Cadillac.

Not only was this event the biggest wall on record but the guys at Secret Wars hq also allowed a small amount of colour to help express the Cuban vibes! Probably never to be seen again at any Secret Wars event....

For all those that were lucky enough to get in and sip on free Havana cocktails (big up), and a HUGE sorry to those peeps that did not get in (RSVP AND GET THERE SOONER NEXT TIME).

Thanks to everyone that helped out and a massive thanks to WIGHT PRESERVATION for building the wall.

Big up to Havana for backing this crazy concept and edding uk for supplying us our battle markers!

Photos by Philip Gabriel -