Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Ok people we have printed 100 in each design (below) - over half the stock has already gone to people stateside and we are now for the first time offering them out to people in the UK and Europe.

This is a very limited and special collaboration between Secret Wars and Reebok - The images were all created by Disco Teck and are part of a 3 t shirt collection.

These will not be released again - once they are gone, they are gone forever! Buy a piece of SW history

£20 each

Grab one quickly by emailing shop@monorex.com - with your size and colour preference (s, m, l, xl, xxl)

Monday, 29 June 2009


Bizarre, surreal and true! Secret Wars held a special team battle between two of the biggest illustration agencies in the UK.

It was hosted in the Raphael Cartoon gallery - On the night it looked so crazy as we were doing live art in front of 8 or so priceless paintings from the 1500's and owned by her majesty the Queen.

It took a lot of talks to set this one up but after we told the Royal family we would use spray paint nor drink inside the gallery... They were cool! ;) She even said she was a huge SW fan!

Thanks to all those peeps who came down.

Finished wall - Debut Art (Left) vs Dutch Uncle (Right)

Debut Art won 3-0 after the two judges and crowd vote.

Thought people?

Photos by Jay

Friday, 26 June 2009

V&A Friday Late / Pen-Paper-Scissors

Come and join us in the gorgeous John Madejski garden @ The V&A on the evening of Friday 26th June 2009.

Team Dutch Uncle (Noma Bar, Dermot Flynn and Kustaa Saksihave) have been invited by Secret Wars and the V&A to battle against Debutart and their selected artists Chris Price, Craig Ward and Serge Seidlitz.

This is an exciting twist for Secret Wars - Having two of the finest illustation agencies battling on stage will only raise the quality of artists Secret Wars wants to involve in the future.

The final artwork will be judged by two V&A judges as well as an audience decibel vote - so come down, have a few drinks.

>> Friday 26th June 2009
>> 6.30pm -10pm
>> The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, SW7
>> Free Admission

NYC DIARY - Touch down in NYC (Days 1, 2 & 3)

Where do you start... This 10 day tour of NYC was one of the hardest and grueling trips away yet!

Forget the drama on the Don't Sleep European tour - What we went through in the first 3 days in NYC was much worse. Let me try and quickly explain what went down:

So the trip started off on a positive note with all the guys meeting at Monorex HQ, we all then slowly worked our way to Heathrow airport to check in on the lovely Virgin Atlantic. So far so good, everyone was present and on board our 6.5 hours flight!

When we touched down in NYC, we had our first small hiccup as Jay (Secret Wars Southampton) got stuck in customs for 3 hours - basically because he has a Arabic background! Crazy but true...NYC and America in general is not an easy place to be entering these days.

While waiting everyone was slightly panicking as we had 200+ SW t-shirts in our bags, that looked like we were smuggling through customs to sell...

After a couple of coffees and macchiatos, Jay was released on bail (joke) and was told to return to the UK within ten days.

Taxi to Brooklyn
Outside JFK there are lanes and lanes of taxis all trying to hustle tourists into over priced vans, after talking with a few we quickly realised that the price should be $75 rather than the $200 we were originally quoted for a 9 man van. Tip: Use booking desk inside for best price!

After loading up we all jumped in for a hot and sticky ride to Brooklyn, this ride was meant to take 30 mins tops but our luck had truly run out as we were stuck in traffic jams for over 2+ hours...The Secret Wars team were melting faster than ice creams on the beach - Jimi and co all resorted in stripping down to just shorts, due to shortage of cold air in the van.

The Apartment
We finally arrived at the apartments 4+ hours late and then found out our landlord who had the keys for check in decided to go off and have food, leaving us all stranded on the streets for over 4 hours!! The guy would not answer phone calls and explained it was our fault for being late ?!?!?!? So we were patient and all drank 40's on the street hoping he would be back soon...But this was not his plan and after much team talk, we all decided the next best thing was to go leave our bags at our friends (James your a star) and then get wasted in a bar in Williamsburg...It was a fun but tiring night!

Reebok customs on Broadway... We were asked by Reebok USA to host a custom session, people could come and buy the shoes the guys just painted.

Monorex artists Disco and Alfa in the studio

Meet the team

T (Mr Monorex and Secret Wars)

Daniel (Secret Wars Sweden)

Martyn (Camera man)

Disco & Alfa

Session & Sam

Marc Ecko & Reeps (UK Beatbox champion)

Jimi Crayon

Jay (The photographer)

The local bar - Freddies!

DAY 3 - Ecko battle
After a couple of days of drama the Secret Wars crew were finally settled and ready for action, the artists got to work in the studio and created some kick ass canvases...While Daniel (Secret Wars Sweden) and T got to work building the Ecko battle wall.

This event was a RSVP event and went on to be a cracking battle - Marc Ecko was in his element hosting and introducing the Secret Wars show alongside our main boy Reeps 1.

Ecko had invited people from the fashion and creative industry alongside celebrities from Sopranos, Def Jam etc..

Team Ecko was made up of Marcs best 3 designers within Zoo York, Ecko and Complex..While the Monorex team were the usual suspects Disco, Alfa and Jimi Crayon.

The crowd were vibing to the art and music supplied by DJ Session, the eventual winners were Team Ecko - But all in all it was a great night that ended up rolling on till 5am!

Huge thanks to Jason for helping put this all together and Marc for allowing us to use his office.

ECKO (Left) vs MONOREX (Right) @ ECKO HQ

Marc in his office (The venue for the battle) - The other half of his office is a basketball court!

Disco Teck in full flow

Marc explaining "this is not a fix" ;)

One of team Ecko's disses - teabagging and a set of nasty english teeth on our beloved queen.

The Monorex team wall based on Henry the VIII and Rex in the city! I loved it when our guys dropped the roasted Ecko rhino, Marc came over to me and said "I cannot believe they picked on my rhino, thats dark but I have the balls to take this!" It caused a small outrage among the crowd.

More reports and photos to follow!

Photos from Jay - More here
Photos also from Suelan Allison-Modrzejewski - More here

Tuesday, 23 June 2009


Marc Ecko and Monorex got together to drop a special team battle in Marc's office - This was the first of 8 events for Secret Wars in NYC...
Marc gathered his best 3 in house artists from Zoo York and Ecko to go pen to pen against Monorex finest (Disco, Jimi Crayon and Alfa).. Both teams did not disappoint, both going all out on the battle styles!
Ecko won on 3-0 via the crowd vote and judge votes
Rematch to be announced in the UK soon

Tuesday, 16 June 2009



After taking Europe by storm, Secret Wars is finally invading stateside....Starting off with a ten day tour of NYC.

Team UK will go head to head with Team USA!....Winner takes all!

Secret Wars = Live illustration battle, where artists compete with black markers for 90 mins - Painting freestyle, no pencils or sketches allowed...The winner is then decided by the crowd and 2 guest judges.

LINK TO OUR ANIMATED FLYER - http://vimeo.com/4567332?pg=embed&sec=

Monorex will also be showcasing a small exhibition @ Gallery Bar, where “one off” prints & and canvases will be available @ affordable prices!

June 12th - Monorex & team UK arrive in NYC
June 13th – In the studio
June 14th – Studio / Prep for show / Reebok in store custom @ Michael k’s (Soho)
June 15th – Private battle in Manhattan office (Zoo York / Complex magazine) - Please RSVP “ZOO YORK X SECRET WARS” for a chance to come along!
June 16th - Gallery Bar Exhibition (Monorex full colour group show)
June 17th - Public Assembly (Brooklyn) - Main Secret Wars Battle, USA vs. ENGLAND
June 18th - Secret Event
June 19th – Team battle against USA & CANADA @ Redbull space (7pm – 10pm) + afterparty!
June 20th - Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
June 21st – Painting @ 5pointz

* Location details on attached flyer

Featuring DiscoTeck, Alfa, Jimi Crayon & ATG

Also featuring beat box extraordinaire REEPS 1 (FUTURE UK/WORLD CHAMP)

Music supplied by Secret Wars Resident dj - Session!

More details to follow on the website: WWW.SECRETWARS.CO.UK

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=82043004689&ref=mf

Witness history in the making!


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