Wednesday, 2 December 2009


Hello one and all,

a heads up on whats happening tomorrow night. This is the last of the Southampton qualifiers as we choose the final 3 artists taking part in the Southampton team. These guys or girls will join Gustav, Mr Hicks and Zadok to form the Southampton team for the Secret Wars Euro League.

We've got some great talent coming down on the night. Here's a sneak peak at one of the artists coming down

We've also got Reeps One (UK Beat Box Champion) coming down to really don't want to miss that


to top it all off we've got Secret Wars Southampton Champion Gustav painting live. He's been away working hard, so we welcome him back onto the main stage for his 90 minute solo show.

We've got DJ R-Kid + friends playing on night, so remember dancing shoes will be needed + a load of drinks offers on the night.

If you're an artist and you're not painting on the night, please feel free to bring a visual CV on disc along with you to hand in. We'll be looking through everything and will make our decision the following week.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Southampton Recruits Pt II

Last Months event saw some great artists turn up, but we're after more talent. You might think we're greedy, but we want to make sure we have the best artists available for our team battles.

So make sure you turn up to show what you've got. For more info contact or

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Hicks Completes the Project

Secret Wars Champion Mr Hicks came back to Solent Uni after graduating there over 5 years ago. Part of an ongoing project to update the Student Union area, Hicks completed the Monorex project, which saw a number of students, old and new give their thumbs up.

Look out for a number of other projects with Solent Uni. For more info on what we're up to, contact me on


Teck @ Solent Uni

The Solent Uni SU bar has been in need of a major facelift for some years now and as part of the freshers week and the start of a new year, Monorex were commissioned to do what we do best.

Teck 1 took care of the first part of the job, the important welcome sign.

The next job was to paint the actual SU bar, which was left to Secret Wars finalist, Mr to follow.

In the mean time, enjoy the snaps

Southampton Team recruit!!!

The global art event, Secret Wars is in the process of putting together a Euro League. For us at Monorex, it’s the next logical step. With a number of Secret Wars events sprouting up around the world and a load of hungry artists wanting to meet and battle fellow illustrators/painters, it seems the obvious thing to do.

The Soul Cellar will be stocked with pens and boards, ready and waiting for YOU to get involved as we try to seek out fresh new talent to represent Southampton. Whoever gets picked, will be asked to travel, all expenses paid. So if you’re an artist, no matter how good you are, please make sure you have a valid passport.

Doors Open @ 8pm, we’ve got a load of special drinks offers available on the night along with music supplied by
Stu Clarke (Hi My Name is) So make sure you’ve got some comfy dancing shoes on.

If you’re an artist and you’re keen to get involved, please drop us an email on

Another wall at SU bar - Solent Uni, Southampton

MrYeti (Moose & Yeti) was invited down to Southampton to paint a Secret wars promotional piece in the SU bar at Solent uni.

Quote from the artist
"Really happy with the piece but typically the party only really got going as I was finishing up!"

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

If you fancy a trip to Brighton, why not come see us!!?

Secret Wars Brighton
Its taken months of planning, but the time has come. Secret Wars will be hosting the Graffiti village at this years White air festival, Europe’s biggest extreme sports festival!!

Secret Wars is the World’s premier live art battle – working in similar ways to Fight Club, Secret Wars battles are set up / promoted through word of mouth.

These live art battles are being hosted in the darkest corners of each city, sometimes you might stumble across one in the basement of a bar in the East end of London or even in a deserted meat factory in Malmo Sweden...

This creative battle network grows bigger by the day, every month or so we add more battle locations while new and very exciting artists enter the frame...

Secret Wars is on a global mission to turn live art into a recognised sport – with your help we can slowly make this happen!

18th-20th September

The schedule
18th September 1/4 finals
1st battle – 12:00 – 1.30pm – Limbo Vs Mr Nord
2nd battle – 1pm – 2.30pm Made You Look Vs Sight 1
3rd battle – 2pm – 3.30pm Mist Vs Spit Sega
4th battle – 3pm – 4.30pm Oliver Harud Vs JOJENK

19th September Semi-Finals
1st battle 3pm – 4.30pm ? Vs ?
2nd battle – 4.30 – 6pm ? Vs ?

19th September Final @ Jam Bar
7pm – 11pm
Kings Road Archers,BN1 1NB
The final to decide the Champion will be held at Life. With Secret Wars Dj’s on rotation throughout this will prove to be a mad, hectic, crazy, bonza night!! So arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Reeps 1 UK Beatboxing Champion will be performing along with DJ Captain Crunch

20th September Showcase
All day
To finish off the event on a high, we’ve decided to put together a set of exhibition battles. There’s also an opportunity for other artists to get involved as we set out sights on recruiting local artists to represent Brighton.

For more info, please email us on or


Secret Wars would like to thank its sponsors and supporters for all their help
Edding pens and Art Republic, Exceptional art, perfectly framed. Discover an incredible range of rare, limited edition art prints from cutting-edge and established artists within our gallery at Bond Street Brighton (in the heart of the North Laines) or online at Spread the cost of your art with the Own Art scheme, full details at our gallery or website

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Captain Bukioe's SW Billboard

If you walk past the soul cellar, you might notice something different.

Captain Bukioe of the Undergrowth ventured down from Brighton to paint this Secret Wars advert.

Remember the art jam is a chance for artists to get on board the Southampton team, which will travel to battle other cities.

If you're an artist and want to get involved, please email us on

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Calling all artists

Southampton - Team Recruit
Secret Wars is happening right now, you just don’t know! Similar to Fight Club it thrives on word of mouth. Put simply, it’s a war between artists. The ultimate question however, is who will reign supreme? The only weapon they carry is the Edding pen they hold in their hand!

We’re on the hunt for artists to represent Southampton for team battles. This means any artist chosen could potentially be taken to Lisbon, Dublin, Malmo or New York to battle it out! We’re inviting ALL
artists, to attend and show what they’re capable of on white boards set up around the Soul Cellar.
Artists MUST register first by emailing their details to
We look forward to seeing you all there for a huge art jam as we get things started for SW series 3!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

School Wars @ K2 Festival Southampton

K2's yearly festival saw the first Southamptn School wars project come to town. Despite the weather being dismal, the introduction of School Wars to kids between 6-16 was a huge success.

With the help of Captain Bukioe (The Undergrowth) kids were given an insight into the live art battle and how artists prepare for the live stage. Supported by edding and run in conjunction with the Soco music project, this workshop proved to be a success and the first of many.

If you know of any schools or teaching organizations that would be interested in hosting a school wars, please contact us on


Friday, 22 May 2009

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Custom Reebok's @ Reskue Southsmpton

We're pleased to announce that the Reskue Skate Store in Southampton are stocking a limited range of custom Reebok's by Monorex & Secret Wars artists:

Jimi Crayon -
Alfa -
Teck -
Sticka - Site Under Construction

For more info on sizes and availability, please contact Reskue via their site

or call on:(023) 80710 528

Tattoo Monkey Southampton

Tattoo Monkey is a new studio, opening above the Reskue Skate store. We were approached by the guys to help paint the walls. With Alfa's distinctive tattoo style,
it was a no brainer to get him down.

Keep an eye out for more commissions down south as Monorex artists come down to make their mark.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Southampton Final

A huge congratulations to Gustav for winning his second Secret Wars Final and a massive shout out to Rem 1 DNK for reaching the finals.

It was another great night with everyone out in support. A big shout out to the Say Whoa guys for taking care of the entertainment downstairs. Check out their blog and the parties they put on. I'm sure they'll be in an area near you, very soon!

A big thanks to Jimi C for hosting and of course Reeps 1, who pulled out all the stops. There was one point where I thought he wasn't going to finish. Not that I was complaining or anything, but it had been a long day and I've only just bought one of those memory foam mattresses. So really wanted to test it out.

Back to the report: With Rem 1 winning the crowd vote and Gustav winning the first Judges vote (Pascal UCLA Designer) it was all down to Andy from Reskue - who as you know chose Gustav.

After claiming his cheque, he announced he'll be retiring from Secret Wars, meaning Rem 1 DNK takes his spot in the London series. We're all expecting big things from him. So keep an eye out for him.

Again thanks to all the artists that took part, Edding pens who never get tired of my emails, the Soul Cellar and Reskue.

If you're interested in entering series 3, please send examples of wort to

Oh and a big thanks to Cascade photography for the sweet pics