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Oh! You pretty thing: our unique David Bowie print raises money for community projects in Brixton

UPDATE: The prints are now available for sale at bit.ly/bowieprint and at the B£ Cafe at 77 Atlantic Road.

We’re delighted to announce the sale of a unique piece of Brixton history: the Brixton Pound has published an A3 print featuring the iconic Bowie B£10 note to raise money for the Brixton Fund.

The edition of 300 – of which 250 will eventually be offered for sale – went into production in December 2015, with David Bowie’s full approval (check out the news story on the official website). The very first print, numbered #001, is being auctioned to raise money for the Brixton Fund, our community grant scheme.

The auction is live on online auction house Paddle8, as part of their Legendary sale.


Both sides of the note are displayed, featuring David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust guise from the cover of Aladdin Sane, as well as a detail from the Nuclear Dawn mural on Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane. The A3 print is produced on the same diamond-patterned security paper as the circulation notes, and features several of their original features such as orange fluorescent ink and die-cut metallic & holographic foiling.

The print is titled ( –2016 ) in pencil, numbered in both black and metallic ink, and blind-stamped by the designers. The print will also be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Brixton Pound.

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B£ note designer Charlie of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll said:

“The print looks absolutely stunning. The fluorescent ink leaps off the page and the foiling has been die-cut to incredible detail. It really has been produced to an incredibly high standard.”

“We’re quite emotional about it. The Aladdin Sane cover image has always been melancholy, but to see it now in conjunction with the ascending dove from Nuclear Dawn is incredibly poignant. We got Bowie’s permission to use the image for this print in December. It’s as if it’s his parting gift to Brixton.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to bid for a unique item of Brixton (and Bowie) memorabilia.

The auction will be live until March 31st, and after that the remaining limited edition run will be made available for sale. All proceeds will go directly into the Brixton Fund, a grant scheme managed by the Brixton Pound to support community initiatives in the area.

UPDATE: The prints are now available for sale at bit.ly/bowieprint and at the B£ Cafe at 77 Atlantic Road.

B£ x The Turpentine limited edition t-shirts available now!

Just in time for Fashion Week – we’ve got t-shirts!

B£/The Turpentine T-Shirts

The fruits of our collaboration with The Turpentine are here, and in our humble opinion they look great!  The t-shirts are limited edition (a hundred of each design), and this batch has a serial number BP100000001.

To get your hands on one (or more!) of these beauties head to The Turpentine, 433 Coldharbour Lane – a Brixton-based creative hub and our partner in this fashion endeavour – or their online shop: http://www.theturpentine.com/collections/brixton-pound-t-shirts! They are available in unisex sizes S,  M and L and are £24 each, with a 10% discount available if paid for in B£. As the design used for the shirts is inspired by  Southwyck House (The Barrier Block), we thought it’s only fair that the Block residents are entitled to a half price discount – £12 (proof of address required). Additionally, 10% of every purchase will go straight into the Brixton Fund, our micro-grants scheme which will support local projects which increase employment opportunities, take action for social justice, or simply produce activities beneficial to the local community.

Designed by Jude de Berker of The Turpentine, the t-shirts feature the artwork used on paper Brixton Pounds, designed by Charlie Waterhouse and Clive Paul Russell of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll. The Turpentine is a creative hub based in the heart of Brixton, bringing handmade to the high street. They sell beautiful design led art, jewellery and home wares and run art workshops from their store on Coldharbour Lane. Designer Jude de Berker, a London born Central Saint Martins alumni, is one of three co-founder’s. With a broad background from fine jewellery to branding, she enjoys the challenge of multidisciplinary designing. All her work combines influences from her time of teaching architecture and her interest in symbology: “I love combining clean lines with unusual materials and bold colours especially when these can be combined with rich storytelling.”

Here’s what Jude said about the design process for the B£ t-shirts:

“I wanted to take elements from the Brixton Pound to create t-shirt designs that could stand on their own but also work alongside the notes. All the graphical information has been taken directly from the notes, from the background lines and vivid colours to incorporating the serial number of the first ever Brixton Pound on the first 100 t-shirts of each design. I love the storytelling of Charlie Waterhouse’s designs linking the notes to Brixton,  so I incorporated the zigzag lines inspired by Southwyck House that feature on all the notes and the flying birds from the nuclear dawn mural on Carlton Mansions from the £10 note. It’s been a pleasure working with the guys at the Brixton Pound and hopefully we’ve created t-shirt s that people will love to wear.”

The t-shirts, hand screen printed in the UK, are also a statement of our values: organic and ethically made, they are products with a positive social and a minimum environmental footprint.  The organic cotton material is ethically traded and carbon neutral: manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power, and was provided by EarthPositive, whose apparel is made to demonstrate the highest possible environmental, social, and ethical standards in one of the world’s most environmentally damaging industries.


In short: get ’em while they last!