Holy absolute crap. I never, ever, use the term “next level” but … what the hell other words do I really have for this video? I guess there’s always a first for everything. Waking up to this video on a Saturday morning has to be the highlight of my week – another Sofles/Selina Miles/Ironlak collaboration, featuring a whole slew of mates as well, including the ever talented Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench.
With amazing tunes by DJ Butcher … this video takes the cake for best graff video of the year, hands down. A follow up piece to the last video, Infinite, which I can see was merely a precursor (from where it previously held my video of the year rank) for something even more incredible.
Watch it for yourself, and if you disagree, I can’t hear you.
These days, you just can’t talk about who is who in Australian graffiti without Sofles name being in the mix – the man has been travelling the world in recent years, taking his brand of excellence to all the corners, blazing his way from continent to continent.
This weekend, Brisbane are lucky enough fuckers to get to see a screening of a new film devoted entirely to the artists, by, who else, the fantastic Selina Miles – who has been documenting Sofles work now for several years.
Sofles only exhibition back on his home turf this year, the sequel to his last show, "Infinite", Limitless will be showing for one night only at Jugglers Artspace, and what a night it promises to be.
Damn you Brissy, I’m jealous indeed.
Who: Sofles What: Limitless – Movie & Exhibition Where: Jugglers Artspace, 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane When: Show opens Friday 22nd November from 7pm – for one night only!!
Illustration, workshops, exhibition, risograph, art, party … these are all the good things that Short Stay is made of, as Brisbane welcomes Ghostpatrol, Miso and Sean Morris to Fish Lane Studios.
"A series of short term residencies at Fish Lane Studios with artists Ghostpatrol, Miso and Sean Morris and publisher Small House Books. Over the course of the residencies a number exhibitions, workshops and publication launches will be held."
Check out the full program for the event, the residency runs over a few weeks …
"WORKSHOP | THU 17 OCT Poster and Risograph workshop w/ Charlie Hillhouse of Small House Books. 7pm – 9pm $15. Numbers limited RSVP essential
LAUNCH PARTY | SAT 19 OCT Small House Books presents ‘Sex Waves’ publication launch. A publication and cassette release by next wave artists Kiah Reading and Andrew McLellan. 7pm – 11pm
WORKSHOP | TUE 29 OCT Drawing workshop with Ghostpatrol & Sean Morris $25. Materials included. Numbers limited RSVP essential.
EXHIBITION + AFTER PARTY | THU 31 OCT ‘Short Stay’ exhibition opening and Semi-Permanent after party. Featuring resident artists Miso, Ghostpatrol and Sean Morris. Each artist is also launching a limited run publication produced by Mild Material.
For more information visit the Mild Manners website. This project is proudly supported by iAM Projects.
To RSVP, include your name and the workshop/event you wish to attend in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org"
Sounds pretty cool, if I was up that way I’d definitely be heading over to check it out!
Who:Miso, Ghostpatrol, Sean Morris What: Short Stay – exhibition, workshops and artist residency Where: Fish Lane Studios, Level 2, Fox Hotel, South Brisbane. When: Event runs from Thursday 17th October until November 2nd
Wow. After the success of the 1st Bomb It movie, director Jon Reiss is back with a 2nd instalment in his worldwide graffiti and street art documentary. The 1st one is one of my favourite films in my collection so I can wait to see this.
Lucky Queensland people!! It’s on this Friday 6:00 to 20:30 at the State Library of Queensland, hosted by Stupid Krap and it’s FREE!!!
The Bomb It 2 website describes it best “In the follow-up to the explosive global graffiti documentary Bomb It, director Jon Reiss takes audiences to previously unexplored areas of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia on a hunt for innovative street art and artists.
Bomb It 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.
Using a ultra compact camera and sound package, Reiss travelled by himself to film artists and writers representing a wide range of cultures, styles and beliefs including Alex Face, Ash Keating, Beejoir, Bon, Darbotz, Foma, Great Bates, Husk Mit Navn, Inspire, Killer Gerbil and Zero, Klone, Know Hope, Phibs, Mars, MIC, Sloke, Stormie Mills, Thor, Twoone, Vexta, Victor Ash, Xeme, and Zero Cents, among others.
In the Middle East, Reiss talks with Muhnned Alazzh in the West Bank where Alazzh emphasizes the cultural and political significance of writing on the wall in the Palestinian refugee camps. To Alazzh, graffiti and street art have no place on the barrier between Israel and Palestine because they distract the public from “ugliness of that wall”.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Darbotz’s work is heavily influenced by his study of semiotics. Instead of applying a signature to his pieces, Darbotz paints his signature squid monsters in black and white, to distinguish them from the explosion of color on the Jakarta streets.
In Singapore, Reiss connects with street artists Zero and Killer Gerbil, who explain the paradox of doing graffiti in one of the most highly policed states in the world. Despite the serious risk of fines, jail time and canings, the friends explain why getting their message out through their art work is more important than suffering the possible legal consequences.”
A short trailer:
And some footage of some of the guys in Bangkok on a mission. Good times.
Who: Stupid Krap.
What: Bomb It 2 – Australian Premiere.
Where: State Library of Queensland – Stanley Place, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4101.
Damn, Brisbane got it going on this weekend! Brisbestfest is a big assed elebration of all that is art and culture in Brisvegas – and if you read down a little, you’ll see the lineup, and know why the hell I wish I could be there!!
"BRISBESTFEST: Celebrating Brisbane’s World-Renowned Street Art & Culture – Block Party Style!
Brisbestfest is an exciting new “mini-fest” celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant urban arts scene with a day of live graffiti, hip hop & soul music, street food, a stunning art exhibition and more. The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until 8pm on 29 June at Loading Dock Café and adjoining car park, West End.
The block-party style event will feature music from The Optimen, Bankrupt Billionaires, Desmond Cheese, DJ Butcher, MKO, Rainman, Samedi Sound System and more, plus an exclusive “Brisbane-themed” group exhibition and live, large-scale mural art from Fintan Magee, Cezary Stulgis, Ellen Stapleton, David Don, Guido van Helten, Treaz, Sam Hillcoat, Magnus McTavish, Elana Mullaly, Ankia Lister, Drapl and other world-class local talent. There will also be a boutique beer and wine bar with all profits being donated to Brisbane Youth Service – a vital community service supporting Brisbane’s homeless and at risk youth.
What started as a group of artists seeking to paint the perfect inner-city wall has quickly transformed into a big event involving some of Brisbane’s most celebrated talent. Co-promoter Kel Timmons says, “Brisbane breeds some of the best musicians and artists in the world. Most leave eventually, but those who persist will tell you it’s because of the extraordinary people this city breeds and the undercurrent of raw creativity and social conscious Brisbane is world-famous for. This event is basically an excuse to show off this amazing talent, raise money for charity, and throw a mad party in Brisbane’s glorious winter sun!”
Several Brisbestfest artists fly to Copenhagen just days after the event where they have been commissioned to paint a 100mtr wall at Roskilde Festival. Other exhibiting artists have also been making waves internationally. Award-winning artist Ellen Stapleton has returned to Brisbane (temporarily) after recent exhibitions in Amsterdam and Barcelona where she received accolades for her profoundly beautiful work. Large-scale muralists Fintan Magee and Guido van Helten are also being praised for their impressive murals which are splashed all over the world – from Iceland to Los Angeles. Google any Brisbestfest artist and you will be inundated with hundreds of incredible images from amazing artists we can proudly call our own.
Brisbestfest provides a platform for our world-class talent to perform and exhibit in their hometown. It draws an import view of street culture and our city’s identity and celebrates Brisbane’s exceptionally talented and passionate street artists and hip-hop, soul & roots musicians.
Brisbestfest is an all ages event and kicks off at 2pm until 8pm on 29 June at 2 Edmonstone St., West End (adjacent to Coles). Tickets are available through moshtix.com.au or on the door from just $10 +bf."
Looks absolutely fanfuckingtastic – nicely done dudes, really looking forward to seeing all the photos from the event!!!
Who: Fintan Magee, Cezary Stulgis, Ellen Stapleton, David Don, Guido van Helten, Treaz, Sam Hillcoat, Magnus McTavish, Elana Mullaly, Ankia Lister, Drapl and more What: Brisbestfest street art festival Where: 2 Edmonstone St, West End (Loading Dock Cafe/Aria carpark) When: Saturday 29th June from 2pm til pm
As you know, we do all the stuff here on the website without any real expectation in return, but there are costs associated with it all … so if you’ve ever wanted to directly help support us, now’s your chance!
First up is the classic Invurt T from Pierre Lloga – Pierre did this one for us prior to the Outpost Project up in Sydney, and its the shirt we have rocked the most over the past two years – big fans. Available in colours, as well as in both Pullover and Zip up hoodies.
Second up, is of course, our now logo from the man himself, Hancock (also check out @hancock_art on instagram). This is the same graphic from both here on the website, as well as on all of our stickers and other swag – we love this design! Also available in hoodies, yep!
The third shirt design, is from the hand of our friend Mikaela Jane (@mikaelajane on instagram) – we haven’t released this logo before and this sees its first outing! We love her custom type and we love our orange on purple (though there are other colours available also)! Yep, there’s hoodies available as well!
Lastly, I have actually gone through and put a whole bunch of my own personal artwork on a bunch of shirts as well – okay, so not Invurt related, but I hope you think there’s some cool designs of some creatures, nonetheless!
One man who continues to make us love art on a wall, is Shida. Over the years we’ve been following him, Shidas work has gone from strength to strength, and every new piece he puts up is grander than the last.
Just as grand though, is when he puts on an exhibition – and, with this one, it looks like he’s going to be pulling out some almightily cool stops at Brisbanes Blake House gallery.
"In early 2012 Brisbane artist Shida embarked on an international tour determined to make his mark on the world’s street art scene. Painting monumental murals in his signature dynamic style he collaborated with some of the most talented street artists across the globe. A gestural climax of colour and ecstatic line surges through his mystifying imagery, allowing viewers a glimpse of a sublime, pulsating paradise. Shida has ignited his career with local and international acclaim; his ongoing success in the art world is testament to his relentless creative spirit.
Shida’s signature style transitions from the street to the gallery for a series of shows across the world, beginning in his home town of Brisbane Australia.
Blake House Gallery will play host to an all encompassing show featuring refined paintings, sculpture and conceptual installations.
The “Spirits” exhibit will Throughout 2013 Shida will continue to tour the world with his works being shown in some of the most highly regarded contemporary and modern art galleries in both group and solo shows. With such a unique and memorable style, an unrivalled passion for creating and a fresh view on what defines street art his name will begin to spread farther than ever."
Head down and check it all out – a Shida show is not to be missed, ever. Here‘s a little preview from the video he just released for the show …
We don’t often post too much news here on the website, so please excuse this break from our regular services.
We’ve been slightly remiss with some of our updates lately, due to the fact that we’ve been hell busy on a variety of different projects. We do apologise for this, as we haven’t had much time lately to get to everything we usually would – but, it’s all for the better! Amongst things here and elsewhere, we’ve also been helping Dean Sunshine out with his upcoming book launch, moving our studio and, wonderfully, we’ve just entered into some new territory with a great collaborative project with out friends over at Nothing To Nobody magazine … so, read on!!
We’re pretty excited about this one, and we’ve been looking forward to sharing it with you properly for a while now.
For some time, I’ve harboured a wish to begin a print magazine. I’ve been writing and editing about art, music and general creativity for well over ten years now in various forms and for various different avenues, and starting up a print project has always been the dream. Given that it’s a huge endeavour, I had never gotten much beyond the planning stages for the project I had in mind (which is still bubbling away!).
By a random chance catch-up conversation at Secret Walls in Melbourne, Jo Jette from Nothing to Nobody fame told me of a project she’d begun working on – it sounded great, we talked some more, and, long and short of it, I’m now the Editor for our new print venue – Damn It! Magazine.
"DAMN IT! is a triannual, 96 page, limited edition magazine, whose staff work for smiles, mainly as we can’t afford to pay them yet! Instead we put every cent we have into the publication, so that each issue will kick the can of the previous one.
We’re firm believers in the spoon full of sugar mantra, DAMN IT! magazine features juicy articles on super talented peeps – illustrators, photographers, typographers, painters, couture designers, writers, and other creative types as well as reporting on the more serious happenings in the world.
Each issue will also shine a Bat-signal on some of the amazingly selfless work done by caring peeps setting up and running not-for-profits all round the world. We’re not afraid to put our money where our damn big mouths are, and we pledge to donate $0.50 from each copy of DAMN IT! sold to the not-for-profit we feature in that issue.
The name DAMN IT! was chosen as the expression can have both positive and negative connotations. For example: “Damn it! That’s some good cider!” or “Damn it, I just trod in a pile of ginareinheart!”
We’d Love Your Help
Myself and Jo Jette have been working on various magazines, online publications and print magazines for over ten years. On our first foray together into our new project, we are looking for a little help to get us started with our own. We have started a campaign over at Indigogo, and we are looking for a few generous donations to kickstart the whole thing. This is a long term project for myself and Jo, and we’re really looking forward to it. Damn It!, like Invurt and Nothing To Nobody will be a labour of love, and any help thrown our way would be hugely appreciated and would mean a lot to us both!
DAMN IT! Will always remain limited edition so it’s special – a collector’s item if you will, and we also promise to limit the number of advertisements to 5 per issue – never more. By helping us raise the money to print DAMN IT! you’ll also be a part of making these great things happen – you’ll be part of the DAMN IT!! community and not just a ‘reader’. Plus you’ll have our never-ending thanks and undying love to keep you warm at night!
The crew at the studio have been responsible and had their hands amongst a huge range of shows and events across Melbourne since they all got together, and comprise some of Melbournes leading design, aerosol, printmaking and art project management talent. Dangerfork, It Stands Out, Graffix Creative, MT Design, MV Communication and DJW Creative all have homes at Safehouse, and now so do we …
"The SafeHouse is based in Richmond. We are a creative studio that specialises in design & art-based productions.
SafeHouse is not only a collective of artists & designers but also a mixed lolly bag of creative businesses. The Studio encompasses many traits and individual insignias of various art, design & production facets. All involved at the studio seek to benefit as a group from each others experience & knowledge as a whole. Through our mixed specialties we are able to hit the ground running with virtually any creative project or artwork at hand.
The individuals who work from the studio and/or operate their own creative businesses all come well trained in their respective fields. As a whole the SafeHouse is on the forefront of modern art & design. SafeHouse prides itself on strong design aesthetics & also professional project management, brillant production & outstanding results. We have a proven track record of getting what needs to be done, done… with the best possible outcome & in the timeline provided.
SafeHouse is a sanctuary for various urban designers & artists that have chosen to infuse their skillsets & work together for a greater creative community based calling.
The people that make up the SafeHouse team all come from different backgrounds and their skills include: Creative Management, Design, Web Design, Animation, Art Direction, Advertising, Campaigns, Strategy, Marketing, Guerilla Marketing, Branding, Brand Strategies, Photography, Fine Art, Illustration, Exhibitions, Product Launches, Product Promotions, Exhibition Curation, Furniture Design, Signage, Shop Fit-Outs, Fine Art Murals, Graffiti Murals, Graffiti Management, Printing, Fine Art Printing, Screen-Printing and the list goes on, and on, and on."
We can’t tell you how happy we are with our new home – we’re looking forward to our stay there, and looking forward to bringing you more news, events and other cool shit from our studio mates.
Great times ahead, all, thankyou for your continuing support!!!
Brisbane artist Matt Stewart headed over to Mongolia recently to team up with some of the local Ulan Bator artists as a part of Tiger Translate – we got a hold of some great photos of the whole thing and a bit of a wrap up thanks to the crew at TT and Kult – read and view – looks like it was a pretty cool event!! Check out the rundown …
“The burgeoning arts scene in Mongolia recently enjoyed a boost with Tiger Beer’s ‘Tiger Translate Festival’. Artists and musicians from Philippines and Australia joined forces with Mongolia’s best emerging artists to explore the thriving streets of Ulan Bator and translate the country’s future in their artwork.
While Mongolia is traditionally steeped in fine arts, this festival celebrated contemporary culture and new forms of expression. Using ultraviolet markers and paint, the teams collaborated on Double Vision (a Tiger Translate initiative that involves adding a layer of graphics on top of photographs) and competed in a live neon art battle.
The three international artists in attendance were Australian artist/designer Matt Stewart and Filipino graphic artist Quiccs, who are winners of their local Tiger Translate competitions as well as Filipino illustrator Bjornik, who won the Fan Favourite on Facebook for his detailed illustration of the Manila streets.
Working with the international artists were six winners of the Tiger Translate competition in Mongolia, as selected by a prestigious panel of judges that included the Mongolian Arts Council.
Collaborating with two Mongolian artists from different artistic backgrounds was an exciting challenge for Matt Stewart, who said, “One was a traditional impressionist artist and the other was a contemporary digital artist, so their two very different styles helped fuse our three artistic values together well. Both were forthcoming and interested in telling me about their history and the relevance to today’s Mongolian society.”
Their mission in Mongolia was to contribute to the emerging contemporary arts scene through a series of art collaborations facilitated by Tiger Translate, which brings visionaries across multiple creative disciplines from the East and West together to create new works.
Matt said, “I love how Tiger Translate brings together different artistic influences from around the world into one spot and introduces them to the host country. In the same way, visiting international artists take away different artistic styles with them that they would not normally have experienced first hand.”
Every time I see a show from Guido Van Helten, I want a teleporter. Wanting a teleporter isn’t anything new for me, but my want tends to increase for every show of Van Heltens that I see come up, that I can’t attend. Alas, this one is no exception – but, luckily for those in Brissy, they don’t need one!
"Veneer is a profound new body of work by Brisbane-based street artist and large-scale muralist Guido van Helten. The exhibition explores street art’s place in Queensland’s conservative climate and raises important issues regarding urban renewal through a series of impressive artworks on reconstructed remnants of demolished ‘Queenslanders’ (for non-Queenslanders – that’s our iconic wooden houses with tin roofs).
Guido van Helten is a widely celebrated and prolific young Queensland street artist. His internationally acclaimed mural paintings in New York, London, Ho Chi Min City, and all over Australia, of massive stylised portraiture, harmoniously align contemporary street art with urban landscapes. Having exhibited in successful group shows across Australia, Jugglers proudly hosts Guido’s debut solo exhibition.
Veneer challenges the notion that street art and graffiti are detrimental to a city’s identity and references the destruction of Brisbane’s unique architecture in alignment with its stance on the arts and cultural movements such as street art and graffiti. Guido was inspired to create this body of work in the wake of what he sees as a Bjelke-Peterson styled government that seems to favour an out- with- the -old and in- with- the- new approach."
I love the theme of this. I spent my teenage years and early twenties in Queensland, and I can understand the themes for this show. I lived in Queenslanders, and I’m more than familiar with the themes of government that this show delves into.
If you’re in Brisbane, and haven’t had a chance to see Guidos work before, this is a perfect chance to do so – you wont regret it.
Who: Guido Van Helten What: Veneer Where:Jugglers Artspace, 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD When: Show opens Friday 14th September from 6pm to 9pm, and runs until 18th September
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