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t-shirt exhibition

AnyForty let me know about this massive t-shirt exhibition going on in Sydney at the moment. There’s 1000+ t-shirts and 200+ brands on show at the exhibition (including AnyForty). The show is being run by the people behind T-World magazine (who still don’t have a website, but at least they have a Facebook page now), so there are a lot of good tees on show, some from brands we know and some from people that are new to me. Unfortunately the HYA jet is being repainted at the moment so I won’t be able to check it out in person, but all these pictures on the AnyForty blog help to make up for that.

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Renegade Craft Fair London 2011 Recap

by Andy on October 19, 2011

Hide Your Arms at the Renegade Craft Fair

As mentioned last week, I was lucky enough to go down to London last weekend for my birthday courtesy of my wonderful girlfriend. Of course, being the clever sort she is, she’d picked London because she knew that would give us an opportunity to check out the Renegade Craft Fair‘s first ever trip to foreign shores.

There were lots and lots of stalls there (about 80 I think), so this post won’t be covering all of them, but I’ll mention tee folk and a few other interesting finds. If you were there and I’ve not mentioned you, please don’t be offended!

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We visited on the Saturday (stuff could be sold out by Sunday!) and when we arrived around 12:30 at the Old Truman Brewery there was already a decent crowd of people milling around the various stalls and there wasn’t a spare seat at The Make Lounge, so Liz and I would have to wait until another day to learn about the magic of felting. The craft workshops were certainly a good idea for getting people involved, and also keeping kids entertained whilst their parents wandered around looking at all the goods. They were such a good idea that I completely forgot to take a picture of them. Just try and imagine grown adults sat at a long table poking at bits of felt in an old brewery and you’re halfway there.

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The first tee related people I spotted were Hiho Batik, an American brand who make t-shirts for kids and babies using the Batik method. I don’t have much experience with batik so it was cool to get a good look at this little-used (in the world of t-shirts) printing technique. Their stand did appear to be slightly abandoned though, I couldn’t see the owners anywhere, which may or may not have been something to do with us visiting at lunchtime.

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When you see a woman painting a fish you have to stop for a minute, because chances are something interesting is going to happen. This lady (I like to call her ‘The Fish lady’, but in reality she is Deborah Whitey) paints fish and then covers them in cloth which she then pats down creating prints that are surprisingly beautiful.

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Mustache’s are still popular for some reason, and Liz couldn’t help but give this felt mustache topped pencil a go (as many people around the stall were doing). According to the map this was the work of Stitch and Make Studio.

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As she created the flyer for the whole event, it’s no surprise that Kate Sutton was exhibiting her artwork. They actually seemed a little taken back when Liz asked to buy one of the alpaca prints (you can see it on the right in the photo), perhaps it had been a slow day sales-wise so far. They gave Liz a tote bag for free to carry the poster in, which she was delighted about, it’s things like that to improve the whole shopping experience, much nicer than an anonymous plastic bag (or no bag at all, as was the case with many vendors).

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This lady is Jess Quinn, she creates one-of-a-kind soft sculptures. I didn’t spend too much time checking out her stuff since dolls aren’t really my area of expertise, but everything looked well made and I could see that if it were my kind of thing, I’d have been all over it (know what I mean?). She was also the first person I asked if I could take a photo of, everyone at the show was very welcoming on me taking photos, which was usually a good way of segueing into explaining about HYA and that I wasn’t just some random guy with a camera.

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Two Rabbits were making there first appearance in the UK. I’m on their mailing list and had followed them for a while so it was cool to see their stuff in person. I picked up one of their logo prints since I wasn’t into any of the bands the artwork was about. I guess that you don’t have to like a band that’s on a poster when you like the artwork/designer, but it would be a bit disingenuous to have a Danzig poster on my wall when I’ve never listened to Danzig.

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Gotta love someone that calls their brand Miso Funky.

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Fairly sure that Diane (aka Lekker Haas) was the most patient person at the whole show, I don’t know if I’d be able to bring myself to hand-cut a map of London (and various other locations). Really cool stuff.

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I really like Kevin Tong‘s work, so I picked up one of his Rushmore prints (the red & blue print on the upper right of the print-board photo). He was gracious enough to pretend to know what Hide Your Arms is when I introduced myself (this happened at least twice, thankfully my ego can handle it), and seemed like an awfully nice fellow. His t-shirts looked good quality too, the irony of Renegade for me is that one of the primary reasons for visiting is that there would be some t-shirt people there, but I had no intention of buying shirts since I have more than I know what to do with anyway.

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Antigraphic had some really bold posters tucked away in a corner of the exhibiting space.

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John Vogl (aka The Bungaloo) was the second nice American of the day to pretend he knew what HYA was. I though that with him having so many cool shirts on display that I should know who he was, but it turns out he’s mostly a print illustrator so I didn’t feel like I’d lost my touch that much. Definitely a site worth checking out, I think his work is very HYA-friendly. Also, he allowed you to take 1 sticker for free, but two cost £700, something tells me he’s had people taking bunches of stickers in the past, people don’t seem to realise that it costs money to print stickers.

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The Pink Pom-Pom Project is something that had I only read about it on the internet I would have probably described as being something pointless to do with hippies (they help support people suffering from cancer by using crafting as a form of therapy), but the guy running it seemed so nice that instead of people the usual cynic that I am I was totally on board. These guys aren’t pretending to cure cancer with craft, they’re making people in a very tough situation feel better, and that is a noble mission.

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Apologies to Pop Corny for a photo that doesn’t do them justice, by this point in the day we were getting late meeting a friend for lunch so things got a bit hurried. Really cool style to Katie Mac’s artwork, she has a couple of tee designs on her blog, but I think that a lot more of her artwork would be suited to tees, hopefully that side of her work will expand.

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We all know that I’m the wrong man to talk about jewelry, but I really liked the way that Mr. Nico displayed their necklaces, very original.

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Bree,ree were showing some very impressive silk screened posters, had I not already bought something from Two Rabbits and Kevin Tong I would have probably picked something up, but my walls are already full, unfortunately.

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Fabric Horse had come over from Philadelphia to show their range of modular bags that would be of a lot of use to cyclists (as well as other bags/wallets/holsters). I don’t bike, so the appeal was quite limited to me, but their stuff was cool, and they were from Philly, so I liked them.


This was seriously cool, it’s the Magic Wallet by Magic Industrie. This guy makes various items (wallets, bracelets, and buttons) out of abandoned books to give them a new life. He demoed one of his magic wallets for us and I got a quick video of Liz using it, I’m sure it’s a very simple trick, but it had us impressed!

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Joy Nevada, make cute shirts for kids and babies. They made me think that maybe I should be covering that market more, but I don’t really know if a lot of parents read this site, let me know in the comments if you’re a parent!

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These two people were lovely, I feel it’s importnant to point out that there was two people because one of them is hiding behind their stand in this photo. Honksville make a few t-shirts (mustache-related), but mostly I see them as a ‘stuffed cute things’ type of company. All very cute, I’m possibly a little old and male for it, but still very likeable.

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I can’t remember who these guys were, but I really liked the way that their stand had fake grass on it.

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Can’t remember who makes these (note to self: take wide shots including the name of the stallholder next time), but they were cool in an ‘ugly dolls’ kind of way.

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This was cool, Natalie Turturo (aka Being Natalie) created 60 miniature paintings especially for the show (I think), but the thing that caught our eyes the most was the long one line drawing, in which everyone was invited to participate. I declined since there’s a reason I write about t-shirts instead of trying to make designs myself, but it was definitely an interesting way to get people interested in your stand and get people interacting.

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These guys are called Robin & Mould, I really liked their artwork and especially those owl cushions, I could definitely see those sprucing up the tatty couch that I have in the office.

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I finally got to meet Claire from Tee and Toast, who had made the trip over from Northern Ireland. It’s funny meeting someone that you’ve known on the internet for years, especially since I have sent Claire a signed photo of myself (just one of many wonderful things you get when you win a HYA competition), but she was lovely and friendly, and doing a good trade from what I could tell with the frequent breaks in our conversation to serve another interested customer. It was good to finally see some her of stuff ‘for real’ too, since I’ve spent the best part of half a decade seeing it digitally.

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HYA advertisers and all-round good guys Fuzzy Ink also made the trip across the pond. They’re no strangers to craft shows but this was the first time that they ventured outside the US, they too had a steady stream of visitors to their stand whilst I was chatting away to the twins, and hopefully over the weekend those visitors translated into enough sales to justify the trip, because I’m sure coming to the UK was a big outlay for all the foreign brands involved and I applaud them for taking the chance and coming here. It was good to talk shop with Fuzzy Ink even though I’m sure Liz and our lunch companion Clare had get a bit bored by now, they’re clearly really proud of their partnership with the Movember, and it was interesting to hear about how they want to move the brand forward. Just as I was about to leave a lady handed me a straw with a mustache attached to it (hmmm, what’s in fashion at the moment, eh?), so naturally me, Liz and Clare had to have fun with it.

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Like I said earlier, even with this article being as long as it is (about 2000 words), I have missed a lot of exhibitors, the amount of handmade jewelry there was very impressive, so this was a pretty big event (though I’m told the American ones can be 4 times the size), I was there for an hour and a half and still felt like I rushed things a bit.

I really enjoyed Renegade and I’m glad that my birthday trip just happened to coincide with it. Hopefully it was enough of a success to persuade Renegade to come back again or possibly to encourage more events like it around the UK because I feel like we are missing an entity like Renegade in the UK that is able to unify groups of crafters and hold events around the country under a recognisable brand name.

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Renegade Craft Fair London

My girlfriend has surprised me with a weekend away in London for my birthday, so I’m going to be heading down to the Renegade Craft Fair today (or maybe tomorrow depending on how the timing works out) to see all the crafty awesomeness that’s on show, from people I’ve never heard of and a few that we know very well like Tee and Toast and Fuzzy Ink. If no one scowls at me too much I will take pictures and report back early next week on Renegade’s first foray outside the US.

I will have a load of stickers and buttons with me, so if you see me and want to say hi I will have those to give out, and if you do see me please say hi because I still tell the story of when a reader stopped me on the street in Philadelphia, and that story is getting a bit stale now that it’s two years old. Make me feel famous guys! I look like this, and will likely have a white DSLR with a red camera strap around my neck.

Find out more about the craft fair here.

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Wrongwroks open a in Beijing, how big are they?

by Andy on September 18, 2011

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I knew that Wrongwroks was popular in Asia, but I didn’t realise that they had reached the point where they could open a store in Beijing. Yes, they’re sharing it with Stussy, but I think that association alone shows how much of a well respected an entity they are on that continent. I don’t think that there are any HYA readers in China (please leave a comment if you are), but on the off-chance that a HYAer is in Beijning you’ll probably want to check the store out, I presume that the address is in the image below. More pictures here.
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Some Super News from Super Superficial

by Andy on September 6, 2011

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I’ve never been to Paris before but I’m well aware of the reputation of Galleries Lafayette, so it is a real coup for a brand like Super Superficial to be involved with such a well respected shopping institution.

Running a ‘London theme’ through out the store, we’ve sent a selection of classic designs their way, along with our specially commissioned piece. Keeping this schtum was no easy task, believe you, me. The event will be running for three weeks, (12 Sep – 1 Oct) so if you find yourself in Paris, pop in and let us know what you think.

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They’ve also put their latest design ‘bobbies’ on sale at 40% off, making it £21 instead of £35, which is a pretty hefty discount. They say that the discount is for newsletter readers only, but they sent me the e-mail knowing who I am, so they’ve only got themselves to blame. The discount isn’t available by inputting a coupon code, you need to click on this link, which will automatically add the shirt to your basket.

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homer simpson t-shirt

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To be honest, I don’t like this Homer tee from Atslopes, I don’t feel as if they do enough with it to make it enough of an homage or parody of The Simpsons, it’s just his face with the yellow of the head removed. Still, since it’s Simpsons related I’m sure it will be a winner for them. Am I being harsh? If so tell me in the comments.

However, I am quite excited that they have opened up a pop-up shop in New York, at 220 Bowery Street in NYC. No word on how long the shop will be open so get down there if you have the chance, tell them Andy sent you, or maybe not since they might not like me after I just made my feelings for the Homer tee pretty clear. One day I’d love open a HYA shop selling some of the great shirts that I feature on the blog, that is a real dream of mine, but I can’t see it happening for a few years at least.

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disturbia launch party

Disturbia are clearly stepping up their game, because when I first saw this flyer I presumed that their were launching their clothes at a club, but I now realise they’re actually opening a retail store in Newcastle, and that’s pretty impressive.

It’s also impressive that they’re going to have Godmachine and Drew Millward (who,of course, have designed shirts for Disturbia) in store on the launch night doing live art. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it along (it’s about 2 hours from me), but the first 50 people to turn up will get a goodie bag, and the first chance to pick up the new collection of clothing.

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mishka nyc sale

Enjoy!

Mishka NYC

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out of step sample sale flyer

From what I’ve heard the previous Out of Step Sample Sale was a big success so you can hope for more of the same this time around, and with three days you’ve got plenty of time to get down there and have a look around to pick up some top brands at a fraction of the usual price. I would presume that the amount of stock left on Sunday afternoon would be fairly minimal though, so the early you get there the better in terms of selection.

Let me know if any of you make it down there and share your experience/any bargains you picked up.

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Well isn’t this just lovely. I’m not too sure what I think of Johnny’s new beard, but I guess when you’re as busy as Johnny it’s hard to find the time to shave.

Johnny Cupcakes

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cool video shop tours

I think you can file this under ‘things I like’. Even though the web is my life, I always love going into a cool shop that is trying to do something different and is passionate about the products they sell, which seems to be the case for all the stores that Margin are profiling in their video tours. With Margin being a London-based tradeshow it is hardly surprising to find that the majority of the shop tours are for British shops, but there are a few from Continental Europe too. Check them all out at the Vimeo Shop Tours Channel.

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johnny cupcakes london store grand opening

I know I’ve already shown you the Johnny Cupcakes London store grand opening in video thanks to Suck! Clothing, but it’s cool seeing these behind the scenes vids from Johnny (and his crew).


This video shows the build out of the store.


These are the Rube Goldberg-eqsue machines that Johnny had made.


This is the final part of Johnny’s video trilogy, the grand opening itself.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been to Bournemouth, but if I ever happen to be passing through I’ll be sure to check out Richmond Classics, though I’d likely be gravitating towards their streetwear offerings rather than the laddish brand they offer. Cool video, too.

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Renegade Craft is coming to London!

by Andy on March 16, 2011

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I have no idea if this news is old hat, but Fuzzy Ink told me on Twitter yesterday that Renegade Craft, the craft fair that is well established in many US cities and at which many HYA-loved brands trade at, is going to be popping over to merry old England in October!

I’ve always felt that Britain lacks a larger ‘name’ for craft shows. Yes, there a big craft shows, but they aren’t cool and they still have a reputation of being for old ladies that want to knit. If there are any cool craft shows out there, they’re small and they don’t market themselves well enough. Hopefully a show like this might be able to kickstart a few more small shows to happen around the country if it is successful. Writing this post has made me think, “hey, why I don’t stop moaning about it and do something” but let’s be honest, I’m good on promises and usually fairly poor on execution.

The show isn’t until October 8-9th (my birthday, a good time for a trip down to London perhaps?) and will be held in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London. Trade applications are from July 1st to the 29th, so for a change I’m early in telling you guys something, but if you’re a brand that might want to trade at the show then you’ll probably appreciate having an early heads-up.

Renegade Craft London

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johnny cupcakes hello kitty t-shirts

People get addicted to buying EVERYTHING that Hello Kitty produce, and a slightly smaller amount of people will do practically anything to get their hands on the latest Johnny Cupcakes merchandise, so it’s hardly surprising that if you combine the two you end up with some t-shirts that look kinda cool (they aren’t amazing, but they’d definitely get a reaction from your non-tee-obsessed friends), which will probably have sold out by the timethis post goes live.

Also, JC says that the Carnaby Street store in London should be opening March 12th, let the countdown begin!

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concrete hermit kingly court store

I forgot to mention that when I was in London a couple of weeks ago I passed by the new Concrete Hermit shop in Kingly Court (a boutique shopping arcade just off Carnaby Street). The shop is in the unit that Lazy Oaf used to occupy (I don’t know if they’ve moved or decided not to have a shop anymore), and I think the people behind Lazy Oaf and the people behind Concrete Hermit know each other, so it might be more than just a coincidence that CH now find themselves with this corner of Kingly Court. As it was about 8pm the store was obviously closed, but it looked good as I peered through the window and got some stares from passers-by as I took pictures of the shop front. If you’d like to see what it’s like inside, Creative-Idle has a few shots of the interior, I especially like the shopping basket bookshelves, and the arms as racks for the tees to be hung on, they’re creepy and fun, just how I like it!

If you happen to be in the area check it out, they’re on the first floor. By first floor I of course mean the ground floor, sorry.

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Is this the new Johnny Cupcakes store?

by Andy on October 12, 2010

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When I was heading into London on the train last Monday evening after a day measuring and templating a kitchen for my other job, I realised I hadn’t arranged to meet anyone in town, and after a few fruitless calls and texts, I decided to let the HYA Facebook page decide where my evening was headed. One ‘liker’ said “go see the new Johnny Cupcakes store.” I was well aware that it hadn’t opened yet, but as I was wandering in that direction anyway I thought I might as well go to Carnaby Street just because I like it there and the shops are cool. The shops are cool, but I was a fool to think they’d be open at 8pm, still, it was nice looking in through the windows (as all shops on Carnaby Street have to have their lights on at night, though eco-friendly howies ® get around this by having a button on their door that lights up the shop for 30 seconds). There was only one unit on the street that was empty, and that got me thinking, is 22/23 Carnaby Street the adress for the new Johnny Cupcakes store?

I realise that an empty unit doesn’t necessarily mean that Johnny will be opening his store there, he could be taking over somewhere else in a few months, it’s nearly impossible to tell without confirmation from JC himself, but I am happy to wildly speculate until then, and this made me feel a bit like a journalist, which was fun.

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Threadless NYC Pop-UP Shop Open This Week Only

by Andy on September 27, 2010

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I totally missed telling you guys about Threadless launching their book in Brooklyn last night, but there’s still a chance to check out their pop-up shop at 186 Orchard St. from now until Saturday (store open 12pm-8pm). There’s also events going on everyday so if you’re a Threadless fan then I’m sure you’ll want to go and have a look.

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concrete hermit kingly court

Obviously I’m not going to be there (10% off everything in store and free drinks sounds nice, but I’m not going to travel more than 300 miles for it), but I’m pretty excited about Concrete Hermit opening up their store on Thursday in the fashionable Kingly Court boutique shopping centre just-off Carnaby Strret in London.

The picture above suggests that they haven’t quite finished with the shop fitting (which comes as no surprised to someone whose been involved with shop fits in the past), as you’d usually see some kind of a sneak peek (or maybe they’re just really keeping it under wraps), but I’m sure it will look great on Thursday, especially since it will be filled with all their lovely goodies. If any HYAers pop by on Thursday and snap a picture or two of the new shop feel free to let me know, or file your own report!

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cpncrete hermit kingly court

I really like Concrete Hermit, they’re the kind of people I’m glad to have in Britain bridging the scene between art and t-shirts, and the last couple of times I’ve been to London I’ve always tried to visit their shop/gallery off Brick Lane, but it’s a bit out of the way for a tourist like me, so them opening a new store just off one of the most famous shopping streets in the world is a pretty exciting development. The new shop is going to be in Kingly Court, which is like a mini-shopping centre for cool brands (and bars/restaurants/clubs) that aren’t quite big enough to be on Carnaby Street, but definitely deserve a share of the spotlight, and I’m sure that Concrete Hermit will fit right in. There’s no official date fore the opening, though it is promised to be ‘very soon’, so naturally I’ll let you know when the doors swing open.

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