twelve on twelve

The Intersection of Art and Music

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Using vinyl records, we provide cultural icons with a unique canvas upon which to tell their stories

EDITION #06

Smiley x André Saraiva

Throughout its history, Smiley has stood for a spirit of defiant optimism, a beacon of hope amidst decades of global strife and gloomy forecasts. It is an emblem for anyone wishing to swap a narrative of despair for possibility and promise.

Music and art have a special relationship with Smiley, largely due to the dual symbolism of the icon, both as a mainstream driver and counter-culture subvertor of that very mainstream. Smiley's adoption as the figurehead of the acid house movement in the late 1980s exemplifies this.

In honour of this longstanding iconicity in pop culture, 12on12 decided to drop a vinyl record to mark the symbol's 50th anniversary. André Saraiva, the legendary graffiti artist, was commissioned by Smiley to create a new version of the iconic logo.

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