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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – May 2016

The thing we love about the end of every month is when Dean Sunshine  and Dave Russell send through what they reckon are their top picks of all the best Melbourne graffiti and street art for the previous months – and here is the first lot from Dean Sunshine, as he once again takes his paintspotting camera camera wide and far to bring us some damn cool shit. Check out Deans Top 10 Melbourne street art and graffiti photos below! Looking forward to seeing Daves soon also, keep an eye out! 1. Reko Rennie – Prahran 2. Cruel – Collingwood 3. Meggs

Video – Guido Van Helten – Portrait Of An Artist

Video – Guido Van Helten – Portrait Of An Artist

This rad video just got released, and its another gorgeous production from Selina Miles, covering some amazing art by the man Guido Van Helten whilst he painted a bunch of cool shit up in Iceland. Guido is at the forefront of all that is great about Australian street art, and Selinas Miles videos are always a pleasure to watch. “In August 2015, film director Selina Miles travelled with artist Guido van Helten to Akureyri – a town on the north coast of Iceland, to produce a very unique work. This 6-minute film documents their journey, and offers insight into the

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Interview – Bode Klein – LOV3

LOV3, interview,

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Interview – Marguerite Tierney

These days, it’s always a pleasure when I stumble across a Melbourne artist that for some reason or another, I haven’t seen much of before. Over the years I’ve interviewed and written about (and just generally appreciated) hundreds of artists on this site, whether they’re painters, illustrators, comic book artists or those who are truly immersed in the Melbourne street art scene – so whenever I discover someone new, even if they’re not “new” per se, I tend to get a little excited. For a while there, it really did feel like the ranks of people painting on walls and

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Feature – Meeting Of Styles Philippines 2016

Without a doubt Meeting Of Styles Philippines was an awesome event. The MOS series of events are, themselves, some of the funnest things around that you can do with a bunch of other wall painting enthusiasts, and after fifteen years it just keeps getting better and bigger as it expands to different regions. It’s one of the best graffiti events in the world, hands down. At the beginning of April, I headed down to Melbourne for two days for MOS Melbourne, then, in mid-April, I found myself up in Kuala Lumpur for MOS Malaysia – so, it only felt right that I head up to Manila

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Sunshines Top 10 – April 2016

Another April goes by and Melbourne is starting the slow slide into the winter months – but that doesn’t stop jack shit, with everyone still out and about painting a huge mass of rad Melbourne graffiti and street art. As always, Dean Sunshine it out and about capturing as much of it as he can, and here is his pick for all the rad shit he saw in April! Check out all the shots below! 1. Vexta – Melbourne 2. Mayo + Destroy – Collingwood 3. Juan Salgado – Collingwood 4. DAC – Fitzroy 5. Be Free – Collingwood 6. Heesco

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Through The Lens – April 2016 – David Russell Photography

The month of April has past by leaving Melbourne with some amazing works of art, here are just a few of my favourite moments I managed to capture. More Cool Shit: Snapshots – SDM Crew – Seasons Of Chan… Snapshots – Shida – Hong Kong Video – Sofles – Limitless Video – Ink & Clog – DSTRY London…

Video – Laneways Of Melbourne

Video – Laneways Of Melbourne

In a follow up to our recap of Meeting Of Styles Melbourne, Mick Russell posted up this video of a few of the laneways of Melbourne that were showcased in the event, with a nice little interaction and map in amongst it. Though it doesnt show all of the lanes that were done, unfortunately, its a pretty cool hyperlapse of some of the main ones! The Melbourne street art and graffiti scenes are blessed to have spots like this, when other countries struggle to get legal walls – though, we always need more … enjoy the video! “Taking a tour of

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Feature – Meeting Of Styles Malaysia 2016 – Kuala Lumpur

It was Friday evening by the time I arrived in KL, I’d finished work and hopped on a quick plane over from Singapore – it was like flying from Melbourne to Canberra, straight up, straight down. After catching the high speed express train into the city, then a connecting monorail to Bukit Bintang station, I’d thrown down my bags and walked the short way over to near Jalan Imbi where everyone was gathered. District Shop and Gallery is at the heart of graffiti in Kuala Lumpur – and the organisers of Meeting Of Styles Malaysia 2016. Down a side street,

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Interview – Steve Cross

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Steve Cross for a very long time, and in that time I’ve always found him to be a remarkably affable, courteous and downright talented and passionate man. Having seen his work on walls, in group shows, as tattoos on friends and sketches posted up on social media, I have had more than a familiarity with his work – yet its only really now (even given his incredible body of work so far), when Ive seen a catalogue of his upcoming show, The Black Ocean, that I realise I’ve caught a fleeting glimpse at the full scope of his

Exhibition – Sinnsykshit – SplitCity & Fractured Encounters – Melbourne

For some time now, Norwegian artist Sinnsykshit has made Melbourne his temporary home, and, during his stay here as a part of studying for his honours, he has done a wide range of research looking into ways in which the "Melbourne attitude" towards street art and graffiti could be applied to his homeland. In the process od doing this honours thesis, Sinnsykshit has produced the first issue of a magazine, SplitCity, and will be presenting this along with the Fractured Encounters exhibition at Deakin University.

"The aim of this research is to compare attitudes of in´situ art (such as graffiti and street art) in Norway to those in Australia. I propose that attitudes to graffiti may change if it is compared with outdoor advertising. In ways similar to advertising, graffiti intrusively invades our private lives and can be seen to follow similar values. Both in Norway and Australia the benefits of advertising are obvious, but Melbourne has accepted graffiti as an art form while Oslo has not.

Having completed the research project I now believe that I understand why people in Oslo have difficulty accepting this form of art and put the answer as, quite simply, a lack of knowledge. After the zero-tolerance in Oslo and brutal anti graffiti campaigns for almost two decades, people in Oslo have been constantly fed with propaganda that portrays graffiti and the artists in a negative light.

Complementing this exhibition I have designed an online and print magazine which will serve as an information channel for underground art such as graffiti. I will feature photos of the work in this genre and interview the artists, and the magazine is highly inspired from it’s well functioning counter parts in Melbourne. This way I will educate the people not by telling them how it is or should be, but by letting them read, look and make up their own decisions. This magazine concept will be named SplitCity Magazine, and represent the two views of Oslo, those for graffiti and those against. I hope SplitCity Magazine will help to contribute to a shift in the anti graffiti culture of Norway".

Outside perspectives like this are important to us here, because although the outside world does view us as being more tolerant to this art form, we still struggle with many of the issues that they do. There are still councils with zero-tolerance, there is still a lack of education, and anyone or any thing that bring attention to these issues, globally, is a good thing. Not only is Sinnsykshit a talented artist, but he’s a smart dude with a lot of things to say – we hope his message gets through to those that need to hear it, but, in the meantime, we wish him luck with his show!

Here‘s a few previews that the man sent through to us …

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There are also a whole bunch of other exhibitions on the night from a variety of honours students – so you should head down there are check it all out.

Invite

Who: Sinnsykshit & more
What: SplitCity Magazine and Fractured Encounters group show
Where: The Phoenix Gallery, Deakin University, Burwood. (located behind Building P. You can there from the city by tram 75)
When: Show opens Wednesday 7th November from 6pm til 9pm

Check out the entire event on facebook and check out SplitCity Magazine on fb. The website for this will be launched on the 7th November so check back then for details.

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