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Win a signed copy of Keri Smith’s The Imaginary World Of…!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

We’ve never hidden our admiration for Keri Smith: Wreck This Journal is an ABC Favorite (and has been since forever) and we’ve dedicated whole store fronts to her.

Recently she sent some of her love back to us through this lovely little video:

That’s not all: she also sent us some signed book plates for her new book, The Imaginary World of…. These signed books are now available in both stores but we only have a few copies, so be quick!

Want to win a signed copy?

Send us a picture of your Wrecked Journal or of another much-loved Keri Smith book already in your possession!

Mail your picture to before November 12th. Please include “Keri Smith” in the subject header.

YOUR Wrecked Journal in OUR ABC window?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Dear Keri Smith fans,

Want to show Amsterdam (and the world) your proudly destroyed Wreck This Journal in our special I WRECKED MY JOURNAL window this October? Have you shared your wrecking online? Want to win a copy of the new Wreck This Journal Everywhere?

We need 12 of you to be gutsy enough to show your creative wrecked journals! Email your name and age, and send us a picture of your diary and favorite wrecked page.

We made a We Love Keri Smith window a few years ago with her help. We are trying to have her feature your work on her blog – fingers crossed!

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Sports, Street Art, Tattoo

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Sports, Street Art and Tattoo as picked out by section buyers Martijn and Paul. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


ABC Meets: Blogger Nalden and pop cult illustrator Dennis de Groot

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

This Saturday, September 10th, we’ll be hosting influential Dutch blogger, Nalden, and the pop-cult artist Dennis de Groot at ABC Amsterdam, where they’ll talk about their new books: Bare Essentials and Mobile Snapshots.

Inspired by work of the likes of Saul Bass, Ben Bos and Keith Haring, graphic designer Dennis de Groot started a study on the usage of geometric shapes in illustrations. He began illustrating pop culture characters, who had formed his own palette of inspiration throughout the years, by reducing them to necessary shapes and colors. Bare Essentials explores the line between recognition and detail through 50 illustrations of cartoon, movie, video game & comic book characters in their ‘barest essentials’. is an eminently clickable website, not only technically nifty, but with tons of articles on music, design, art, trends, artists, and much much more. Nalden is all about a lifestyle for digital natives. This highly influential, incredibly cool blog includes stories supported by audio, video, snapshots, and photo galleries. Some people think this is about trends, but it is more about curated observations.  Mobile Snapshots: From Blogger to Brand visualizes Naldens personal and bizarre journey from the bus stop in his hometown to the digital heights of, and his new project  Click here and here for articles about Nalden (both sites in Dutch).

At 12:30 pm, Nalden and Dennis will be interviewed by Maurice Ajanaku, influential founder of the trend-spotting blog

Limited edition signed prints of Dennis de Groot’s Bare Essentials Ninja Turtle (on the cover of his book) will be available, priced at € 50. And of course, you can pick up your copies of of Dennis’ book Bare Essentials and Nalden’s book Mobile Snapshots: From Blogger to Brand. Both our guests will be happy to sign them!

Sneakerness Amsterdam 2011

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


We live in an era in which wearing sneakers has became a part of popular culture that extents far beyond athletic activities. With their widely varying styles, colours and designs, they have become a way of making a statement in youth culture. They influence fashion, and serve as individual expressions of identity.

Sneakerness is dedicated, in an informal manner, to the documentation, promotion and and spread of the sneaker culture. with the sneaker-culture. We offer sneaker lovers and fans a place to trade, buy, sell and experience sneakers.

Following on from the success of Sneakerness conventions in Berne, Zurich, Vienna and Cologne, the event is coming to Amsterdam for the first time.

Selected Sneaker and Lifestyle Brands will present their exclusive styles and collaborations at specifically-designed booths, in the Zuiveringshal West of the Westergasfabriek.

In addition,  scene-stores like  8 Sneaker or No Boys Allowed and an illustrious array of legendary vintage-dealer and private diggers with show treasures from their collections. Several footwear brands, from boutiques to the  big brands will also attend. The supporting program includes a kids’ corner, live-customizing and a sneaker-painting exhibition.

ABC will be there with a selection of great titles, including:


To nourish your inner-self,  you’ll be able to treat yourself to an assortment of soft drinks and beer available on site, and the tastes of of Holy Ravioli and other great food.

During the convention international DJ’s like Marc Hype, Blue, Lovesupreme and Miss Samidi will support the audience with the right music.


  • Date: Saturday August 27 2011
  • Time: 12:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Zuiveringshal West – Westergasfabriel, Pazzanistraat 37, 1014 DA AMSTERDAM
  • Convention entry: €3.00
  • Website:


After the Sneakerness Conventions, starting at 19.30 o’clock, The Sneakerness Beat BBQ will take place at Toko MC. The DJ’s and producers FS Green & Full Crate will frame the entire event with their music.


  • Location: Toko MC, Polonceaukade 5, 1014 DA AMSTERDAM
  • Time: 19:30


From 22.30 o’clock the official Sneakerness Aftershowparty will take place at the MC Theater / Toko MC. On the line-up is the New Yorker DJ-Legend and sneaker-lover himself Clark Kent. This committed sneaker fan discovered rap superstar Jay-Z. The line-up is completed bythe DJs SP and Victor Crezée. Your host for this evening is MC Lentini.


Brooklyn’s finest DJ CLARK KENT learned the art of mixing a the end of the 70’s, from his uncle who was the companion and friend of the first Hip Hop DJ, Kool Herc. Clark Kent celebrated his breakthrough as DJ and producer in the late eighties, with the commercially succesful Remix of “Spread My Wings” by the popular R&B Band Troop. After that came productions for Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, The Fugees, The Notorious B.I.G., Capone-N-Noreaga and Mariah Carey. Lately, Kent has worked as a spotter famous music-labels like Motown, Atlantic and Roc-A-Fella and provide his scene-knowledge in service of Nike, whose Air Force 1 models he shall own over 1800 pairs.


  • Location: MC Theater, Polonceaukade 5, 1014 DA AMSTERDAM
  • Time: 22:30
  • Party entry: € 13.00
  • Entry to both events: € 15.00