PEOPLEText: Ania Markham

In September, The London Police will be heading out to Japan for their first exhibition in the country. “Last February we had a show at the London 55DSL store in Newburgh Street and met this guy who co-owns a San Francisco clothing label, Upper Playground . He really liked our stuff and said we should come out with them to their sister store in Tokyo. That’s how the trip to Japan came about. Normally we travel to new cities unannounced, put up artwork hard and go away. Then go back a few months later and see what the reaction was to our work. We haven’t been able to do that with Tokyo because logistically, it’s not feasible for us to travel there that often. This time we’ll be going to a new city because we’re part of an exhibition featuring ourselves and also the work of Shepherd Fairey (Andre The Giant). It’s an ideal situation because we get the best of both worlds – an exhibition in a great venue alongside a respected artist and the opportunity to get out and explore the city ourselves. Who knows what will happen over there? It’s exciting. And if there’s time, perhaps we can make it over to Hong Kong? I’m quite interested in producing a toy based on our work.”

And long term plans for The London Police? “Well, The London Police has become our life. Chaz and me recently quit our jobs and it’s made me realise this is what I always wanted to do. It’s taking a leap of faith. But whatever happens or develops, The London Police will always be about producing good art rather than making money from it.”

You can visit their website to find out more about The London Police and the upcoming exhibition in Tokyo.

Text: Ania Markham
Photos: Mark Visser

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