Never Knowingly UnderstoodThe Art of the Shoreditch Twat

For a period in the early 1990s when the dotcom boom was still a boom, Shoreditch was the epicenter of all things hip in the United Kingdom. Media luvvies thronged the area dreaming up guerilla marketing campaigns and drinking coffee. Essential reading, for finding out what was going on, as well as lampooning the new local residents was The Shoreditch Twat magazine.

Conceived in 1999 as a a listings magazine for Shoreditch nightclub 333, it quickly grew to become an irreverent, satirical fanzine. By 2002 it had grown so famous that Channel 4 Television and Talkback commissioned a one-off comedy show based on the magazine, which went on to win special mention at the 2003 Montreaux Comedy Award. The magazine survived for four years and thirty-one issues, during which time it survived three libel threats, sixteen defamation of character charges and seven fist fights.

Never Knowingly Understood presents an overview of the artwork of the magazine in all its low-quality glory. Jon and Mike are: Self-described as creative terrorists. they are reputed for their uncompromising style and savage humour.They exhibited in Stealing Beauty at the ICA, Jam II at The Barbican and were regulars at the V&A’s Village Fete.

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