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Second Year of Rebellion
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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)

 

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FEBRUARY

The RISE wedding

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MARCH

Newport’s Champion

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April

Record making

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May and June

Illuminating countdown on Newport landmarks

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July

Rebel Party and lager launch

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AUGUST

Portlife jar ppearance

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September

#RISEONTOUR

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October

Overpriced Toast

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November

Newport Rising

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December

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

JF

Behind Enemie Lines

RISE has often been described as the ‘Banksy of Newport’  but in truth, Enemie is much more deserved of the title in terms of style, subject and delivery.

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He’s been painting his humourous and anti-establishment messages around the streets in the ‘Port for years, bringing equal parts joy and ire (dependant on your view of street art). 

After doing a google search to find out more about the artist, it’s clear he has had a few brushes with the law in the past - and not all to do with painting related activities. Whilst I don’t condone his non-artistic activities, we think it’s important to find out a bit more on the individual before drawing up any pre conceptions and conclusions.

So I reached out to him for a brief online chat, about as face to face as anonymous street artists go, to better understand the person under the hood and what motivates him. 

 

JF: What is the aim of ‘Enemie’?

Enemie: No aim really. it’s like a hobby, some people play football some people take photos of trains, I paint walls.

 

JF: How did you get into painting on walls?

Enemie: I got bored of paper I like working on a big scale.. so walls seemed the next best thing.

 

JF: Where do you get the inspiration for you images?

Enemie: Where ever, books newspapers, sometimes just things I see everyday, or something someone says mostly I look at other stencil artists work and get ideas from artists like, dolk, banksy , pobel e.t.c.

 

JF: So would you say your painting is art or graffiti? 

Enemie: Artificial graffiti 😏


JF: I’m a massive fan of your poppy soldier piece up by the handpost. Is there a story behind it?

Enemie: I got a lot of respect for the soldiers that served for our country, people forget to realise how lucky they are, thanks to them, I did it for Poppy Day last year sometime a little sign of respect, to show that not all graffiti has to be negative not all graffiti is Sarah loves John scribbled on a wall somewhere, 👌👍

JF: Haha. But I do love John 😉

Enemie: Pmsl 

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JF: You’ve had a few brushes with the law in the past relating to your street art. Being a little older do you regret any of your actions?

Enemie: No, I have never been arrested for graffiti my me and my mate got caught a few years ago. We were painting over by Pill, a police car came round the corner and I got away on a bike. He stayed and took the rap for me, but still I regret nothing.

 

JF: What does Newport mean to you? 

Enemie: Everything, Newport city is my roots it’s everything I know.

 

JF: If you could change one thing in the city, what would it be? 

Enemie:  The weather 😊

JF: Amen

 

JF: Any big plans for 2018?

Enemie: Just working on some new projects, I like to keep busy 👍 

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JF: Do you have any pieces for sale if so where can people get hold of them? 

Enemie: No, I’ve sold bits before, I don’t like selling the work I do. I don’t know why but I hate making money from painting”. Even if I sold my best piece for a tenner that took me 3 days to to I still feel like I’m getting too much, almost like a daylight robbery.

 

JF: Thanks for your time

Enemie: No probs mate, been a pleasure. 👍 

 

I can only speak for the experiences I have had with Enemie. Through our online conversations and he has always been polite and forecoming. Whilst I can’t justify some of his actions, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a person that lives for his art. I for one am looking forward to seeing more of his work in 2018.   

You can see more of his work on the streets of Newport or online at https://www.instagram.com/enemie_npt

 

 

 

A Year Beyond Rebellion
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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.

Mental.

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.

JF

 

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 :)