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The Big Issue Shop has Christmas all wrapped up

Check out the exclusive designer wrapping paper from British artists Pure Evil, Ben Eine, David Shrigley and Nick White

Leading the way is Pure Evil with his two bold ‘Neon Bunny Wrapping Paper’ in neon pink and black with a vivid 3D effect. The street artist has already blended street art and social change this year for The Big Issue Shop with two specially-designed t-shirts and hoodies. Pure Evil is one of the world’s most renowned graffiti artists. He has been a central figure in the West Coast art scene in the US, and Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto.

Next up with some seriously ‘SEXY’ Christmas wrapping paper is Ben Eine, one of the most celebrated street artists in the world and a pioneer of graffiti letterforms. Already an iconic figure amongst graffiti artists, Eine crossed into the mainstream in 2010 when David Cameron presented Barack Obama with one of his works as a gift. Ben designed an exclusive ‘CELEBRATE’ cover to mark the sale of the 200 millionth copy of The Big Issue in 2016 and has been a friend and supporter of the magazine ever since. The third is from Brighton-based visual artist, David Shrigley, best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions.

Lastly, but by no means least is Nick Smith’s distinctive Pantone Christmas tree wrapping paper, in two striking and humorous designs. Smith is a teacher on the BA Illustration Animation course at Kingston School of Art and his playful artwork manifests itself through multiple outputs including painting, collage, ceramics, drawing and zines.

In addition, there are 250 special, signed limited edition single-image sheets of each artist’s design, priced at £39 each – and they look so good, you might want to frame it rather than wrap with it.

The Big Issue founder, Lord Bird, said: 'This will be the third year running that The Big Issue have worked with top artists on this wonderful designer wrapping paper. Last year, we saw the collection sold swiftly over the festive build up, raising thousands of pounds for The Big Issue in support of its mission to dismantle poverty. Now, we’re delighted to unveil this year’s unique collection, we know you’ll love them.'

The Big Issue Shop offers a platform for social trading that will make social and ethical shopping a truly accessible option for consumers, giving them the opportunity to use their spending power to make a positive difference to the world we live in.

The Big Issue shop sells its own branded products as well as those from other social businesses meaning, every item purchased has a positive social outcome. This could be through what the product is made from, who it is made by or where the profits end up.

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