24 illustrators have come together to create artworks based on the different street gangs from the 1979 movie The Warriors. Set in a grungy dystopian version of New York not unlike that a similar near-future vision of the future from the era, Escape From New York, the film sees members of the street gang of the film's title trying to make their way across the city to their home on Coney Island without getting killed by other gangs.
While neither the film's script nor acting are remarkable, the striking looks of the various gangs have been what have propelled its popularity over the past 35 years. The iconic outfits and makeup range from the baseball outfits and Clockwork Orange facepaint of the Baseball Furies to the stripes-and-dungerees combo of the Punks, and from the bright purple waistcoats of the Boppers to the killer mimes who are the Hi-Hats.
The pieces will be sold as prints at an exhibition that's taking part at the 5th Base Gallery near Brick Lane in east London from April 11 to 17 2014, alongside sculpture, taxidermy and T-shirts. The works will also appear in an A5 book that's currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which has already made its target.
Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of the artworks and read our interview with the collective behind the project.
Right: The book's cover design.
The project was created by the New Rule Collective. We got in touch with the collective's Michael Crozier to find out more about it.
NB: What made you want to do this project?
MC: "The movie has been a favourite of mine for a long time, and many Halloweens have been spent dressed as the Baseball Furies from the movie.
"With the 35-year anniversary happening today, it seemed like a good time to put this show together. The movie has a big cult status and following, and the many gangs included in it provide perfect inspiration material for artists to create something fun and exciting."
Right: Tom Mac's take on the Turnbull ACs.
NB: What do you like about the aesthetic of the film?
MC: "I really enjoy how cheesy it is, all of the fight scenes are terrible, but amazing at the same time. So much effort has gone into creating such menacing gangs, and yet they look more like their dancing than fighting.
"Its just a really great example of late 70s/early 80s American action: outrageous get ups and low budget effects."
Right: The Hurricanes by Robin Boyden
NB: Which is your favourite gang from the original?
M: "It has to be the Baseball Furies. As I mentioned before, its' been a long standing Halloween tradition to get a gang of Furies out in force, hoping to bump into the Warriors.
"I also read that the director Walter Hill created the Furies through his combined passion for Baseball and the rock group Kiss, which is a brilliant basis to create any gang."
Right: The Panzers by Pete Murgatroyd.
NB: How did you get the illustrators involved?
MC: "We strived to include a diverse selection of illustrative styles in this project. We have street artists, painters, digital illustrators, and paper cutters involved.
"Each of the artists was invited by us here at New Rule, some are already friends of ours, and others were previously just known to us by their work, but all share a common love of the film."
Right: Crops from Jack Hudson's The Boppers and Mr Penfold's The Warriors.
Right: Crops from Mr Gauky's The Baseball Furies and Croz's The Moonrunners.
Right: Crops from Tom J Newell's Satan's Mothers and Boneface's The Electric Eliminators.