Bamboo Forest

June 18th, 2012 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front

The word is spreading about Adrian Hayles’ creative contributions to Toronto’s inner city communities, and the locals are excited to get a personal piece of art for there living space. Adrian has painted this mural for a Kensington resident who commissioned him to create a piece that will extent his interior living space out to his exterior living space. Mission accomplished.

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This End Up

June 18th, 2012 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front

Adrian has had the pleasure painting this mural for “This End Up” sandwiches and cocktails restaurant (1454 DUNDAS STREET WEST. 647-347-8700).  A special thank you goes out to our friends at who orchestrated this project.

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Thymeless Longboard Series – Adrian Hayles x Longboard Living

March 14th, 2012 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front, Events


In collaboration with Adrian ‘Sawtay’ Hayles, we have developed the Ball Point Series. Originally designed on raw wood longboards with ball point pen, Adrian used the architecture of Toronto’s landmark buildings as letters in the word “Toronto”. This became part of a limited edition run of 100 “Toronto” Thymeless decks by Longboard Living. The Series moved to another city very close to both of us, New York. The New York / Toronto Longboard communities are very culturally rich and dependent on the amazing environments and people that surround us. The “New York” signature design will be available in a limited edition run of 50 1″ drop, symmetrical free ride / downhill / commute deck on February 24th during Longboard Living x Adrian Hayles: NYC EDITION @ Uncle Funky’s

Available at:

Proper Reserve
498 Queen Street West, Toronto
between Spadina and Bathurst at Portland on the north side.

Longboard Living
202 Augusta, Toronto, ON.

Uncle Funky
128 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014
1 646.895.9943

Glossy Collective
289 College Street, Toronto, ON.

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Bachelorette Nude Life Drawing Sessions

March 14th, 2012 by sawtay · Behind the Front, Events























Looking for an alternative to the typical bar-based bachelorette? Why not grab your favourite girls and learn to sketch? your subject? a gorgeous nude man!

Adrian says it’s all the rage for the urban bride: Nude Life Drawing Bachelorette parties. For $850, nine to fourteen of the best girlfriends you’ve got will have access to “one hot model”, three hours of sketching instruction, and four bottles of wine! Catering is provided by Vert Catering and musical entertainment is provided by Cr8apes 

For more information or to register your party, please get in touch with Adrian by calling {647} 502-2787 or by emailing at

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DJ Big Jacks – Black Magic

March 8th, 2012 by sawtay · CR8APES

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The long awaited Black Magic mix is finally here! This is the first time DJ Big Jacks has dropped a release of this kind featuring 70 + minutes of modern soul magic from the late 70′s and early 80′s. While certain tracks have been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Dilla, and Madlib among others, the focus here is not who has sampled what. Black Magic spotlights the original music itself, as a collection of personal favourites from the era mixed by Big Jacks and created for the lover in you. So without further delay we present to you, Black Magic…

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Christmas with The Salads & Friends

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · CR8APES, Events

Adrian Hayles had the pleasure of designing this ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ album cover for our friends the Salads a few weeks back. Check it out.

All proceeds from the purchase of ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ will be donated to a local charity (TBD).

eOne Music Canada has signed an exclusive distribution deal with mauiwowie records and is proud to present ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’, a digital download album tentatively set for a December 6th release.

The 15-track album is the first all-Canadian ska/punk holiday album ever, and features such Canuck bands as The Salads and IllScarlett festively covering Christmas classics and performing original tunes.

Toronto-based rock-reggae band The Salads wanted the opportunity to work on an album with friends, focusing on simply having fun creating punk rock music together; thus, ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ came together. The Salads also plan to release their new record for the spring of 2012, their first full-length album since the 2007 release of ‘THE BIG PICTURE’.

IllScarlett are a fellow Canadian rock-reggae fusion band and have been compared musically to the likes of California-based band Sublime. They have made a name for themselves internationally, promoting each of their four major studio albums, latest being the 2009 release of ‘1UP!’. They can be heard performing Christmas Vacation on the ‘Christmas with The Salads & Friends’ compilation.


The Salads – A Holly Jolly Christmas
The Salads – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
IllScarlett – Christmas Vacation (radio edit)
King Kong Girio – Old Toy Trains
Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide – The 12 Daze of Christmas
Sumo Cyco – Little Drummer Boy
Four Square – Christmas
Dodger – Jingle Bells
Ashes – O Holy Night
Killin’ Time Band – Egg Noggin’
Beards of Prey – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lo-Fi – Christmas Tradition
The Fairmounts – Christmas Tradition
The Johnstones – I Saw Mamma Kissing Santa Claus (Clean)

Staylefish – White Christmas

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Stud Horses – Foldable Artist Bench

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · Behind the Front

Stud Horses:

Are a patent pending product designed and developed by Adrian Hayles principal and owner of Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio. Stud Horses are an all in one studio work bench. The design was based on the commonly used art studio Horses that have been in circulation for hundreds of years. The problem that the previous Art Horses posed is they take up a great deal of studio real-estate when not in use. What makes the Stud Horses so unique and practical is they have the ability to fold and stored into a 60″ long, by 13″ wide, by 5″ high area.

Stud Horses have three positions from which you can work. The first and most common is the seated position. For added comfort while studying and drawing for long periods, Stud Horses have been outfitted with a cushioned seat. Second is the standing position where the Stud Horse acts as a drafting table. Third is the easel position. In this position the Stud Horse can hold your canvas for on location or in studio paintings.

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November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles, Behind the Front

My client was very keen on creating a graffiti piece for her unborn son. She wanted it to occupy an entire 12′x15′ wall in her apartment. What is unique about this piece is that it comes apart into three sections for multiple display options and easy mobility. The concept behind this piece was for it to have a place in her son’s life as he grows and evolves. With those directions, I came up with this tryptic piece made up of six canvases that I designed and stretched to fill the 7′x4′ area of the available wall space.

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Thx Jack

November 23rd, 2011 by sawtay · Adrian Hayles

Scion x Manifesto presents All Good on the Hood, Jack Layton tribute

I had the pleasure of painting this Scion car hood as part of Manifesto’s: All Good On the Hood. I chose to base my painting on our fallen solder, Mr. Jack Layton as a tribute to his courage and determination.

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DJ Royale – The Total Package: Lex Luger

November 22nd, 2011 by sawtay · CR8APES

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DJ Royale – The Total Package: Lex Luger

The Total Package: Lex Luger mixed by DJ Royale (Grand Groove DJs), is a mix paying tribute to one of the young & hottest producers in recent years, Lex Luger. Lex is responsible for street anthems such as Hustle Hard- Ace Hood, Hard In Da Paint- Waka Flocks and the ’09 summer smash B.M.F – Rick Ross, to name a few. Sit back, relax and light one up as Royale showcases some of the finest production in “ignorant” hip hop, Ha!


Starcade ’87 Intro
MC Hammer – Rick Ross
9 Piece – Rick Ross Featuring T.I
Taylor Gang – Wiz Khalifa
Hockey Bag – Jim Jones
Lights Out – Fabolous
Buku Money – DJ Suss One Feat. French Montana & Slim Thug
Big Bank – Rick Ross, Pill ,Meek Mill & French Montana
Bussin’ At Em’ – Waka Flocka
Rollin’ – Gunplay Feat. Waka Flocka
Hard In Da Paint – Waka Flocka
Hustle Hard – Ace Hood
Hustle Hard (Remix) – Ace Hood
Go n’ Get It – Ace Hood
Make It Happen – Juicy J Feat. Casey Veggies
Digital – Soulja Boy
I’m Boomin’ – Souljia Boy
Gang Bang – Wiz Khalifa Featuring Big Sean
Platinum – Snoop Dogg Featuring R.Kelly
How We Do It – Slim Thug Feat. Rick Ross
B.M.F – Rick Ross
H.A.M – Kanye West & Jay-Z
Grove St. Party – Waka Flocka
Tony Montana – Future Feat. Drake
That Way – Wale Featuring Rick Ross & Jeremih
Starcade ’87 Outro

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