It is with great sadness, excitement and ultimately, coincidence, that the I-Spy range is being released with Graff.io. This range, created by Tom Finn, is inspired by stereotypical iconic British espionage characters views. This expanded into a much more comical place.
Tom Finn, creator of I-Spy has been an avid fan of the Bond films all of his life. His father introduced them to him at a young age. Octopussy was the first he had ever watched.
His childhood was spent growing up on a small estate in Rotherham where he became mixed up in gangs. He then decided he needed a new direction for his life and this was where he discovered street art. His love of the arts leads him down a completely new path. Now at the age of 37, he has raised two beautiful children and is working on his very own art ranges.
The I-Spy Range, as told by Tom Finn.
This range is dedicated to the memory of Roger Moore.
I’m writing this on the evening of the day that Roger Moore passed away. The news came in as I was finishing the range. I had two pieces on my computer screen, one of them being the quite risqué, Starring Rodgering Moore. As far as coincidences go, this is one was quite shocking.
At first, I felt a little unsettled but then I started to think about the situation from different angles and actually started to feel quite positive. This could be a tribute! The subject matter was exciting, irreverent and tongue-in-cheek enough to pay homage to the movies before, why couldn’t it honour that memory now?
So, what inspired I-Spy?
We’d discussed the idea of producing a range based on spy- craft, originally thinking more along the lines of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. We wanted to mix a very Britishthing with an American, Mid-Century Modern style. The kind of illustration you’d see around at the time.
Once I started work on the range I’d been looking at the title sequences of the early Bond movies and it seemed natural to add some text. The text became risqué, word- play with the titles was all too easy. It just worked, it just had to go this way.
So, Roger, thanks for eyebrow action, the double entendres, and that particular brand of Britishness that famous the world over. This goes out to you.
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