16 March 2016
We are moving into ART exhibitions, and presenting a unique collection of illustrations from up and coming artist Ollie Mann, with whom we have worked before on a Men's Health piece, a blog on shaving, and when he drew portraits of us for Creative Head magazine.
The collection, entitled Do’s, showcases alternative male hair icons. It is a pastiche of the 1990s British barber shop tradition that used monochromatic photographs of models and celebrities as hair inspiration, which we see now as tasteless. The objectification of less predictable celebrities, such as Abraham Lincoln, Tom Selleck and Kim Jon Un, adds another dimension of obscurity to the collection.
The finely inked hair details celebrate the styles themselves, as well as the characters to which they are attached, pushing the idea of male grooming in pop culture to humorous limits. As such, the subjects have been taken from all corners of culture: film, TV, history, religion, politics and music, both past and present.
Ollie Mann is a London-based artist and illustrator with a diverse skill set. Favouring watercolours and a dip pen, Ollie is self-taught, taking inspiration from contemporary popular culture. His drawings are humorous, light-hearted and of a varied colour palate. He has been working with Ruffians over the past year, providing illustrations for their online content and projects including a recent article for Men’s Health Online. As a freelance illustrator, he undertakes both personal and commercial illustrations.
Do’s takes the spot of previous Ruffians exhibition which was a selection of photographic prints from Jonathan Daniel Pryce’s 100 Beards, 100 Days collection. The pieces are for sale as prints (£15) and as originals (£85-250, depending on size). Check out his website at OLLIEMANNART.CO.UK and follow him on social media with the handle @OllieMannArt You can come to our Covent Garden branch located at 27 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS, to check out the exhibition during our opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-8pm Saturday: 11am-6pm Sunday: 11am-5pm