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Snapshots – Sunday At The Training Shed – October – Singapore

Once a month the guys up in Training Shed (Labrador Beer Garden) organize a jam session for selected local writers. Usually its a small group of guys of ten or less who paint up the makeshift walls, made our of planks of plywood with a specific theme or colour scheme. This month’s theme was Gold. Artist’s line up : Cable, Karasu, Keisane, Monk, Dale, Mutons, Pedmons, Clogtwo, Facter, Daiso, AtomicK,Hastwo and Walgdp Photographs by : Nicholas Tan Who: Cable, Karasu, Keisane, Monk, Dale, Mutons, Pedmons, Clogtwo, Facter, Daiso, AstomicK, Hastwo , Slacsatu & Waldgdp What: Sunday At The Training Shed When:

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Through The Lens February – David Russell Photography

Last month saw some amazing work from Melbourne’s graffiti and street art community, painting all manner of shapes and sizes from small canvases to mega productions spanning as far as the boom arm would allow. As for the laneways there is always a fresh burner or two amongst all the of the mess, which I love so much all those layers Its like a living breathing entity. I can’t wait to bring you next months crop of photos, already so much happened and we are only four days in to the month of March, till then peace out peeps  

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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.  

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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.

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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!

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

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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

Sojourn – Xalapa Street Art – Mexico

Right now, travelling through Eastern Europe, Mexico and Central America seems a world away – with so much heavy travel, I’ve been a bit behind on my travel blogs, but I have some downtime here in Lithuania so I’m going to try and do a bit of catch up.

After a couple of days (and food poisoning) in Mexico City (DF) I headed down to the city of Xalapa in Mexico to check out some street art. Xalapa (or Jalapa as its also known) isn’t really hugely on the "tourist route", and every time I told someone at the hostel I was heading down to Xalapa they’d say "where?" – but it does have one thing that makes it pretty important – it is one of the main University towns in Mexico. Therefore, there are a lot of students in the city – which makes Xalapa street art central!

When I arrived in Xalapa, I was greeted by local artist Obake – who graciously offered to show me around the city to spot the sites.

After a good dose of Mexican coffee, we started wandering the streets of Xalapa, spotting all kinds of cool work around the place. Obake showed me some of her favourite spots, and some of the work that she’d put up.

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We then wandered down to a small store in the backstreets to meet a good friend of Obake, Mister Trauma. This shop, Trauma Studios (located at Belisario Domínguez 55)  is a must-see if you are visiting Xalapa. Stickers, magazine, and artwork adorn the walls, and its great to see such an independent shop getting work out there and promoting the local artists.

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Communicating with my absolutely shitty non-existent Spanish, Mister then asked if I wanted to go out and have a quick paint – well, I’m always up for a paint, and though completely unprepared we headed off to find a cab to head to the outskirts of the city and a wall that had out there. I wasn’t entirely sure at the time what the fuck was happening – you know, spontaneously jumping into a cab with complete strangers to go to the outskirts of a town in Veracruz, Mexico – but it was fkn cool fun.

A couple of Mister and Obakes friends showed up at the wall, and as late as it was and with the sun setting, we painted until late into the night – sipping on beautiful bottles of what was to become my favourite Mexican beer – Leon!

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The next day, I took a walk through the central part of Xalapa, and got a bunch more shots. Walking up the main "market alleyway" – Callejón del Diamante (Diamond Alley). Sure, theres a lot of tourist shit up there, but I also spotted a bunch of independent artists selling artwork right on the street – one in particular grabbed my attention – ESV Mounstrotopia.

Not far up from where he was selling his art, I found another really cool shop that seemed to specialise in pushy toys of small monsters and the like – Marabunta Tienda, it was really pretty cool, and worth checking out for its range of independent toys and design laden stuff.

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Later that night, we went off to grab a few beers and take a look around the city by night – lead in tow by Obake we did a good bit of paintspotting.

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As I was planning on painting before leaving Xalapa, one question I had was "Where do I buy spraypaint in Xalapa?" – and Obake kindly advised me that there was a store up the top of Callejón del Diamante where I could get some. Though I didn’t see a name on it, it was to the right as you reached the top of the alley, in the corner – the front of the shop is actually filled with … well, Halloween shit and Hot Topic-esque bits and pieces, but behind all of that, on the counter, was a good deal of paint to be had. The only two brands I saw there were the usual Mexican brands – Arte Xpress and 360.

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The next day, Obake and I headed down to where we were going to paint for the day – El Cafe De Nadie. I’d spotted this place a day before, with a huge and amazing Quetzalcoatl mural on the side of it. This was one of my favourite spots in Xalapa, a really cool cafe and place to hang out – great brownies!

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Struggling a bit using the high pressure 360 paint (I haven’t used high pressure paint since my much younger bombing days) we knocked it all out and I was pretty happy with the whole thing – Obakes piece was, as always, very fkn cool.

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After finishing up late in the evening, it was time to go and catch an overnight bus down to the Yucatan – stinking of paint and sweat, and more than a little chromed out, I made the bus in time and promptly passed out on the journey to my next destination …

Xalapa was my first real introduction to the street art scene in Mexico, and it was a fantastic stay. The artists in Xalapa are, as always, stuggling to get their work up in the face of government adversity, but they are really making a scene of it all. I wouldn’t be surprised if Xalapa turned into one of the real street art capitals of Mexico over the next few years, there’s certainly enough talent in the city to make it so. Big thanks to all the crew, especially Obake and Mister Trauma, for helping me out and showing me around whilst I was there.

Check out a whole bunch more photos below from my visit to Xalapa!

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