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Second Year of Rebellion

We always knew it would be tough to top last year.

In 2017, we started with a few stickers and a strong message and ended with people getting tattoos of our art, our favourite brewery showing our work and a member of the GLC wearing one of our uniforms whilst performing.

Where to go next?

Easy. Stay true to our message and community. Go beyond rebellion -  inspire individuals and communities to do amazing things, big and small. And that’s how 2018 unfolded. We made some awesome new like minded friends along the way and had a blast. Here’s just a few our favourite RISE moments from the last year…

(January we were exhausted… so lets skip to February)




The RISE wedding



Newport’s Champion



Record making


May and June

Illuminating countdown on Newport landmarks



Rebel Party and lager launch

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Portlife jar ppearance






Overpriced Toast

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Newport Rising



Nirport revisited

Thank you for believing what we believe in. We hope you have had as much fun bending the rules this year as we have.

Together we have raised over £1500 over the last 2 years this year for charities and we will continue to do so with 5% of all our profits going to good causes.

This is a testament, not to RISE Propaganda, but to YOU, the amazing community that supports it every day.

We’ll be back sometime in 2019. In the mean time, keep making a difference and spreading the love,

Yours as always


Incredible value!

Giving our community a good deal.

*i.e. until the end of time.

*i.e. until the end of time.

We believe our community should RISE with us. That’s why, from the start, RISE Propaganda has pledged to give 5% of the total value of its profits to local charities. We have currently given more than that, with over £1500 to good causes. Here’s a list of donations so far:

£300 raised - Shelter Cymru and All Creatures Great and Small - December 2016 (Nirport event) - Secret Garden Cafe (Partners)

£50 raised- Togs Centre New Inn - February 2017 - Dragon Flli (Partners)

£85 raised - Bridge for Social Inclusion/GOL Cymru - June 2017 - Coleg Gwent (Partners)

£50 raised - Riot City Ravens - June 2017 - Riot City Ravens (Partners)

£222 raised - Newport Food Bank - October/December 2017 - Tiny Rebel and Newport Market (Partners)

£800 raised - Newport’s Rocky statue and legacy fund - June 2018 - Newport’s Rocky (Partners)

Current total : £1507

This winter the RISE community have decided to donate to Shelter Cymru. This means that when you buy from the RISE website/workshop this Christmas, not only will you be supporting your local movement but also helping the homeless in our streets at this difficult time of year.

Thank you for making a difference. Together we RISE.

A Year Beyond Rebellion

To say it’s been a crazy year would be an understatement.

It started with a few stickers and a strong message.

It has ended with people getting tattoos of our art, our favourite brewery showing our work and a member of the GLC wearing one of our uniforms whilst performing.


It’s a testament, not to RISE Propaganda, but to you, the amazing community that supports it every day. Thank you to all that have shown love, including those that have put up stickers around the ‘Port and in exotic places like India, Japan, Europe, Australia and erm... on a police car down Barry Island.

And whilst we’ve had great fun bending the rules, it has always been about more than that.

Our message has always been beyond rebellion -  to inspire individuals and communities to do amazing things, big and small.

Whether it’s having pride in your identity and heritage, backing the underdog or a reminder not to give up when the going gets tough. We hear you. We have your back.

Together we have raised over £800 this year for charities and we will continue to do so with 5% of all our profits going to good causes.

Thank you for believing what we believe in. 

We’ll be back sometime in 2018. In the mean time, I leave you with a parting gift. The Rebel Cookbook and three sticker design templates.  

To be the first to know when the next RISE event is and to get the FREE templates, just sign up to our telegrams in the 'join the movement' box at the bottom of the page.

Keep making a difference and spreading the love,

Together we RISE.



P.S. Here’s a few highlights of the year in case you missed them

December - Nirport comes to Newport

January - Crime Seen at BEWT Studios - Check the best photo studio in Cardiff out here

February - Giant Our Might Jar on the Usk - Now Mon Usk Deli .Check out the best kept secret in Newport here

March  - Backing the Riot City Ravens - Check out the most badass team in Newport here

April - Front cover of Voice magazine

May - Doctor Who? The somerton Tardis 

June - Art in the Escape Rooms - Check out the most unique experience in the city here

July - Gallery in Tiny Rebel - Check out the best beers in the world here

August - Black Uniform and tattoos

September - The great Newport Treasure Hunt

October - Dubious Jakes jar shack at the Newport Food Festival

November - Art on the Hill exhibition - Check out Newport's new arts festival here

December - GLC wearing our uniform - the best video we could find! See if you can spot it :)



Guest post: The identity of John Frost revealed!

David Daniel of the Escape Rooms Newport talks of his experience with RISE and reveals the true identity of the mystery person behind RISE Propaganda - John Frost.

‘WHDTV’ viewable down in our Escape Rooms

‘WHDTV’ viewable down in our Escape Rooms

‘Modern Slavery’ viewable in our Escape Rooms

‘Modern Slavery’ viewable in our Escape Rooms

I remember when I first heard about John Frost and the RISE movement.

My sister Ellie and I were in the process of setting up The Escape Rooms and Ellie sent me a message to say someone had offered to send us an art print. ‘Cool, free stuff’ probably sums up our initial thoughts on the matter, but when we began to dig a little deeper it was clear that this was much more interesting than that.

Here was an anonymous Newport artist using the rebel fist and subverting Newport’s coat of arms with skulls while sharing a message to ‘spread love, break hate’ and ‘Rise and React’ on the side of a Marmite jar…. we were intrigued. When an original print was delivered by a ‘dead cherub’ shortly afterwards, carefully wrapped in brown paper and twine, with a hand printed card and wax seal we couldn’t wait to see what lay beneath. Inside we found the now famous ‘I heart NP’ original artwork, complete with anatomical heart and blood red splatter, and of course we loved it the moment we laid our eyes on it. The work has pride of place in The Escape Rooms where we can both see it and each pretend it is our own, like strange subterranean hobbits. 

A conversation began with John Frost, always via messenger or intermediary as it became clear that our goals complemented each other in many ways. We also love Newport and were keen to work with anyone that had creative drive and I think we saw our own optimism and hope for Newport’s future reflected back at us. Slowly, I’m not sure exactly when, we became part of the RISE movement. The change was gradual at first; we became dead cherubs ourselves, offered our wall space for RISE art and began to spread the word of RISE propaganda.


Visitors to The Escape Rooms were told of the secretive and anonymous John Frost and where they could find his artwork. I would share knowing nods with people I had met through the movement, and the occasional ‘nice tee’ when I crossed paths with a wearer of the coveted black dead cherub t-shirt. It was fun, like being part of a secret society and exclusive club.  

Me as Dubious Jake’s ‘sandwich bored’ man, advertising the 0 rated jar stall at Newport Food Festival, October 2017.

Me as Dubious Jake’s ‘sandwich bored’ man, advertising the 0 rated jar stall at Newport Food Festival, October 2017.

Of course, I wondered who the real John Frost was but equally enjoyed the the mystery and playfulness of it all. Like a magicians trick, the fun is in the not-knowing. But then, strange things began to happen. Without even realizing I had been ensnared, I became more and more tangled in Frost’s web.

I found myself doing things I wouldn’t have considered previously, way outside my comfort zone and being challenged to adapt and respond – to rise and react.

I began to meet others doing the same, individuals that had been brought together under a common banner and had been inspired to create new works, new ways to collaborate and achieve small acts of kindness, distraction, entertainments… people that were open to new ideas and new ways to change minds and attitudes. I was inspired and perhaps, under John Frost’s guidance, I had in some small way inspired others. 

And that’s when it happened. I met John Frost. 

John Frost was me. And you. John Frost was everyone I had spoken to that looked up instead of down. To the future instead of the past.

John Frost was the people that know and love the Newport of now, not pining for a well-worn memory of the way we used to be, but loving Newport as it always has been, as an anchor for family and friends and community.

John Frost is every one of those that looks at Newport and says ‘ This is my city, my home, and I’ll do what I can for it’. A cause beyond the rebellion.

Only in acting in this manner can we RISE together. 

Would the real John Frosts please stand up?

David Daniel and the highly rated Escape Rooms can be found on Griffin Street under the market in the centre of Newport. It’s a completely immersive experience that you and up to five friends have to solve clues and escape in under 60 minutes. For more details see the links below:

Web: www.escaperoomsnewport.co.uk
Phone: 01633 504206
Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/theescaperooms/
Email: theescaperooms@gmail.com

Warning: Counterfeit RISE goods

We have been sent some disturbing images of a factory that has been producing counterfeit RISE Propaganda items.


The anonymous source said the counterfeiters are thought to be operating in the Rogerstone area of Newport.


RISE Propaganda has issued this official statement:

 “We are flattered that someone would want to spend their time copying and producing RISE Propaganda items. We are all about spreading the love and encouraging people to go beyond rebellion.

 “However we are deeply saddened by the actions of this one individual.

“For a start, the standard of the items produced is of higher quality than ours. It’s really showing us up.

“This is probably due the precision of tools used. I mean, those scissors are actually sharp, and there is no way we could afford such a quality ironing board.”  

“Remember. Stay vigilant. Shop local - but not too local.” 

If you wish to make sure your goods are official always shop at www.risepropaganda.com or at The Escape Rooms in Newport or a RISE event coming soon...

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