Amazing Street Art Collaboration – Little Smith Lane – Collingwood

This would have to be one of my favourite walls so far this year and the key word is collaboration, artists such as Bryan Itch, Mike Makatron, Plea, Damon Soule, Nitsua, Adam Paquette, Stiff  Ives and Sparkles, all came together to create something pretty special.   Other cool shit: Through The Lens with David Russell – October 2013 Through The Lens With David Russell – February 2014 Through The Lens With David Russell – March 2014

Dvate & Smug – Fitzroy

It’s always good catching up with these two amazing artists Dvate and Smug, I came across them in Fitzroy where the two have painted many times before, so it was good to see their two unique style come together. Check it out the next time you are in Fitzroy and while you there have a wonder around and look at the art filled streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood, you won’t be disappointed. Other cool shit: Through The Lens With David Russell – January 2014 Sunshines Top 10 – November 2012 Sunshines Top 10 – February 2014

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Event & Magazine Launch – Modern Hieroglyphics x T-world – Print is Premium – Melbourne

We’ve been following the new magazine Modern Hieroglyphics for a while now, and they’ve been doing a fair bit of travel around the world meeting artists lately! Now they’ve ended up here in Melbourne, and this weekend they have an rad launch along with our friends at T-World at the newly minted Belleville bar! “After our full-to-bursting Belleville Melbourne launch party on Monday night, there’s no rest for the wicked! “Print is Premium” T-world x Modern Hieroglyphics celebrates the release of new book editions by both, and is our first event in the Belleville cultural programme post launch. T-world is

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Snapshots – Shida & Irga in Italy

We miss Shida here in Melbourne, but the man has been doing some rad travelling lately, most recently with his buddy Irga to Italy. He sent us along a bunch of photos of some of their recent work from their spraycation, and you can check them all out below – some real cool stuff here! Other cool shit: Snapshots – Dabs Myla Paint-up – Fitzroy Sunshines Top 10 – November 2013 Sunshines Top 10 – February 2014

Video – Fintan Magee – Man Bites Dog

Video – Fintan Magee – Man Bites Dog

Murdochs The Daily Telegraph is a bias piece of shit masquerading as journalism and Fintan Magee, like so many of us, hates it. Which is actually a good thing, too, because otherwise he wouldnt have done this awesome piece – Man Bites Dog. Check out the release for it and the video below! “Sydney based artist, Fintan Magee is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s most prominent street artists having been commissioned to paint in over 20 cities around the world. Arguably his most political work to date, ‘Man Bites Dog’ explores media bias in Australia. Originally installed in an abandoned warehouse in Sydney’s

Video – Sofles – Graffiti Mapped @ White Night Melbourne 2015

Video – Sofles – Graffiti Mapped @ White Night Melbourne 2015

I had the chance to watch Sofles painting his massive mural the other week, and yet another change on Saturday night to see his amazing work brought to life by Grant Obsbornes incredible graffiti mapping projections. Put together under the mad and rad creative direction of Shaun Hossask from Juddy Roller, if you weren’t in Melbourne, and didnt get to see it yourself (you missed out!), then you now have that chance!! Brilliant video once again from Selina Miles as well – she never, ever disappoints with these. Lets also not forget the rad soundtrack by Opiou! Watch the whole

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Event – The Paterson Project – Melbourne

Well, holy shitballs, this is an event that I’m pretty excited to stick up today, and one that I cant wait to see (and paint at!!). Another huge production will be going down in Collingwood next week, as the Paterson building gets a huge makeover from over a hundred Melbourne artists, check out the press … “The Paterson Project will be one of Melbourne’s most exciting and important street art events in 2015. Elite talent from all over Australia will be painting together under one roof to raise money for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation with artworks to be auctioned

Exhibition – Quiet Path – Shawn Lu – At Off The Kerb

Don’t miss out on my good mate Shawn Lu’s show “Quiet Path”, at Off The Kerb Gallery next Friday night from 6pm, Shawn’s work is something you need to see to believe.   Who: Shawn Lu. What: Quiet Path. When: Friday 27th Feb – 13th March – from 6-9pm. Where: Off the Kerb – 66B Johnston Street Collingwood. Facebook event here Other cool shit: Snapshots – Heesco – Manifest Submissions – Tiger Translate – Australia Submissions – Rah Collective – Australia Wide

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Exhibition – LA-NY – KidKong & Jack Shelton – Melbourne

We dont usually post up may photography exhibitions, but when we do its for a good reason – like this show coming up from Sam (KidKong) Wong and Jack Shelton, two of Melbournes rising street photography stars. “LA- NY is a joint exhibition between Sam Wong and Jack Shelton. Taking a look at a colourful California set against a stark black and white New York. The project will take the form of a book Launch and exhibition as part of The Photo-book Melbourne 2015 festival, Melbourne’s very first international photo book festival.” Head down to No Vacancy at QV in

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Sunshines Top 10 – January 2015

Its a month into the new year, and already a bunch of great shit has started adorning the walls of Melbourne. Dean Sunshines been out and about, capturing as much of it as he can – and here are his top picks for January 2015! 1. SMUG + DVATE – Fitzroy 2. DSCREET – Brunswick 3. Epick One – Richmond 4. Sofles – CBD 5. Heesco + Putos – Fitzroy 6. SABS – St Kilda 7. DVATE – CBD 8. Makatron, Itch, Plea, Nitsua, Damon Soule, Stiff.ives, Adam Paquette 9. Sofles + Adnate 10. Unknown – CBD Other cool shit:

Interview – Dabs Myla – All Good Things

Back in 2010, when I first started Invurt, one of the very first interviews we ran was with two of my favourite artists – Dabs Myla. They were, at that time, just settling in to their new life in Los Angeles, having emigrated to the USA in the pursuit of artistic happiness and a fully fledged creative life.

There’s no doubt in my mind that in the past three years Dabs Myla have not only discovered their artistic dream across the seas, but that they have also forged ahead and made a mark beyond expectations. They are now, undoubtedly, one of the most beloved artistic teams in todays street/graffiti/low brow/pop (well, they do cross it all, really!) artistic culture, and they have garnered a legion of dedicated fans across the globe. Wielding either can or brush with a down to earth, fun loving spirit, Dabs Myla are, quite simply, fucking cool examples of what can be accomplished by feverously pursuing “The Dream”.

Three years after their last Australian show, Hollywood & Western, at the much missed Per Square Metre gallery, Dabs Myla are now returning to Melbourne to do it all again – and this time, they’re painting and installing up a plethora of grand shit at Armadales Metro Gallery with their new show “All Good Things“.

Read on for our latest interview with this amazing pair, and for a few sneak peaks of their coming show …

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It’s been a while since we last caught up! So, situation report? Ha! Still in LA, still painting up a storm – but what has been the biggest change or challenge you’ve encountered since we last spoke back in 2010?

MYLA: I guess in the last three years not too much has changed!!

Just painting a lot, we worked ourselves even harder in 2012 than I even thought was possible! It was a really busy year!

I’m not sure if there has been any major creative challenges specifically. We always put a lot of ourselves into everything we do. If it’s a wall or a painting or a T shirt design or whatever we always push ourselves as hard as possible to make it better than the last which can be challenging on a daily basis.

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You’ve been keeping some great company over there, with collabs with a whole bunch of different artists over the past few years – can you tell us some of the more interesting and cool work you’ve done with artists in recent times?

DABS: We are really lucky to have so many ultra talented friends! We love to work on walls or different projects with people that we look up to and get along with!

We do always have a great time working with our friend CRAOLA. Even though we have pretty different styles things seems to work out great when we collaborate. Part of that might be the juxtaposition of our styles … but I think it also comes down to having similar personalities and work ethics!

Miami Miami, tell us a bit about the most recent Miami Basel – how did the painting go? (that hand brushed truck you did looked rad) What did you see that blew you away? Why should everyone go to Miami Basel at least once in their lifetime, and tell us all the things we should be jealous of for not having been there!

DABS:This year was the 4th year we’d been to Miami for Art Basel, and it was another fun year last year!

It’s always a good time … that’s why I think we keep finding ourselves back there every year.

This year we painted a big wall with our good friend TYKE/WITNESS and CRAOLA. It was one of those walls that just flowed so easily! We all know each other so well, and have worked together a lot … so it all came together pretty effortlessly! We also did a private commission on a truck while we where there that had been organized earlier in the year.

We did the whole truck with brush and acrylic. It was something we had been wanting to try for a while, and we were really happy with the outcome!

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So, Trekell brushes – how good are they? These are the same company that put out the Greg Simkins brushes, aren’t they? Will we be seeing any Dabs Myla brushes in the future?

MYLA: Trekell’s brushes suit both of us perfectly….we both have specific types of brushes that we love to use and Trekell have both kinds. I really like using very small fine brushes that have fairly short hairs for painting the details into the buildings, etc, and DABS has always liked using brushes that are kinda like sign writers brushes which have very long hairs.

When we moved to the States, Craola gave us a few Trekell brushes to try out and since then that’s the only brush we have ordered. Last year we were approached by them to join their artist family which we were super stoked about!

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You just recently did an installation and some work for a Hello Kitty show back in December, how did you get involved with that and how did it all go? … so, is Hello Kitty cool? I guess it is, haha, but how do you make it cooler? :)

MYLA: Sanrio is a pretty rad company! They have done a lot of amazing artist collaborations and art shows. We have been involved in a few exhibitions in the past and it has always been really sweet.

For their most recent NY show we were approached by them and our friend Roger Gastman to make a series of paintings and build an installation. Like always. it was fun working with their characters!

I think its a good fit for us, so we are always down to work with them.

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So! Tell us about about this next show you have coming up, and what we can expect from it all? What are you going to be bringing us?

DABS: Our show in Melbourne is going to be at Metro Gallery and is titled ‘ALL GOOD THINGS …’

We have made a new series of paintings and drawings for the show, and will be creating a big installation for the show too! This is the first show for us in Melbourne for three years … and we wanted to come correct!!

Hopefully we have!

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Obviously, you’ve exhibited here a lot at some amazing galleries here in Melbourne (including Per Square!) – but how does showing at Metro, a higher end kind of space, affect your outlook and the work you’re producing for this homecoming?

DABS: It doesn’t really change anything from our end. We have gone about creating the work in the same way and haven’t really thought about the location or status of the gallery. The work and intent is the same!

… it just happens to be on the other side of the river!!

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Do you believe you’re well and truly “living the dream”? One thing I’ve always been interested in … “once you’re living the dream” what takes place of that striving to “live the dream” …  and what are you dreaming up for 2013?

MYLA: We are living the dream!! I couldn’t imagine ever being this happy and fulfilled in my life! Working and doing what we want every day and doing it together!

I think, for us, what takes place of “striving to live the dream” is to make sure that the “living the dream” doesn’t go away – and making sure it continues forever!

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Big thanks to Dabs Myla for their time and images, as well as to Dave Russell for his progress shots of All Good Things …

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