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REVIEW | ‘A – Z’ Book by Amuse One

The DNA of graffiti can be summarized in a few key particles: style, exposure and knowledge. Style in what you do, exposure in how you do it and knowledge in the way you go about it. While the first two demons can be conquered with each layer of paint you lay (although I’ve never met a writer who is pleased with their work), knowledge is an entirely different ball game. From early stages of photo and blackbook sharing, to the infinite online stream of work we see today, keeping up with how and why writers do what they do, has been an ever changing debate. As a city, Melbourne rarely shares itself outside it’s closed quarters, all the while being filled with great talent and even greater characters. 2009’s Kings Way gave a biblical insight into the mythical 1980s to 1990s period, providing much needed knowledge into a time, yours truly, was only half existing in. But in 2017, there is still so much to learn and I still find myself wondering what makes writers tick – for a craft that provides little to no external reward, within …

REVIEW | ‘The Australian UFO Mystery’ by R.B. Briers & Martin Bell

The best type of art, is one that can be deconstructed from multiple viewpoints. Take films like Under The Skin, one type of audience views it as a simple A to B structured story, while another can ponder on the questions presented for days, weeks, months or even years to come. The scientific unknown tends to ask more than other outlets as, for the most part, they are left unanswered. The mystery and intrigue, of life on other planets, spawns a special kind of dedicated individual, one who spends a lot of their time: searching, collecting and (potentially) discovering scarcely spread information on extraterrestrials. While not a completely religious undertaking, the search of life elsewhere isn’t about lightsabers, flying discs or Klingons, rather an answer to questions about our own existence. Some search in holy structures, the internet, film, music and the sum of things we call art, but then there are those who look for proof in more tangible pieces, such as: journalistic evidence and previously classified documents. Collected over a lifetime, the tireless efforts of Russell Briers (grandfather …

REVIEW | Ghettograffik Magazine – Issue 1

Launching a magazine into the world of graffiti, is no easy feat, most printed matter isn’t. Putting together the right layout (at the right price) helps matters, but all in all, the most important factor relates to the content featured between the covers. Thanks to the internet, staying up to date with the happenings in any culture, let alone graffiti, is slowly killing the idea of holding a collection dear, with each and every click exposing new works.

REVIEW | Utah & Ether ‘Probation Vacation: Lost in Asia’ Book

Images provided by The Grifters When it comes to the expanded world of graffiti, from all corners of the globe and the many styles that come with it, one of its key elements is the intent of visibility. Whether it be from one side of a city to the other, finding ones sticker, tag, piece or any other sign of existence, is a sizable victory for those who participate in the act. The more a writer gets familiar with their landscape, the range of opportunities broaden for those with a keen eye. But while going all city is a commendable achievement, in 2016, things have undoubtedly changed from when such a term was used. Information is a key resource, particularly across the graffiti landscape and with the added vice of relatively cheaper flights and accommodation at our fingertips, it’s only natural to start hunting elsewhere. Europe and North America have always been staples for the exploring painter, but (in more recent years) Asia has been a prime destination for the graffiti addictive vice. Thailand, India and Japan are …

End of The Line | Crunch Time Vol. 6

Magazines are a cornerstone of any local and international graffiti scene. Independently published and distributed, these thin lined collection of stapled pages are more affordable to produce then most books, while usually granted a longer lifespan then the cheaper alternative, the zine. With the currant state of printed matter dying by the day, seeing a newly printed stack, hot of the presses, still sends my hard earned dollars straight to the source, showing that there is still light, creeping through this hollowing tunnel. Akin to the vinyl record resurgence, the physical attachment of these releases ensures it’s value and staying power for many years to come. Melbourne alone has had it’s share of magazines standing the test of time, such as Hype and Death From Above. But we are now in a time where technology and access to larger scale printers are a lot easier then those the proceeded it. Because of this, we have seen of influx in printed material from the local graffiti scene, with releases like: Don’t Sleep, Street Struck and mountain of zines following suit. …

ZINE | Over Time Part 2 | Melburban featuring Pasif & Lazy

What is the greatest sequel of all time? Godfather 2? Paul’s Boutique? What about Low End Theory? I’m not to sure, but one of the hardest things to do, when producing work, is backing it up for the second coming. The creative field, rarely allows the same energy to carry on and flow long enough to excite fans the same way the feeling of an original can. That being said, it’s not impossible, throwing together high stakes, more fan favourites and a dash of what made the original so appealing in the first place, can allow a smooth transition for fans into a second wind. Now I may have written myself into a bit of a hole here, as this (respectably) isn’t on the same scale as The Godfather Part 2, but this, ‘The Low End Theory’ to Vacant Lot and Melburbans collaborative series ‘Over Time’, is certainly a successful sequel to say the least. Connected across 40 pristine pages of precise photos and original illustrations, this second installment solidifies this series for its sheer quality. Dividing it’s …

TOP 10: PIECES | MELBOURNE 2015

Graffiti is not a sport, but it also kind of is. It’s competitive nature makes it seem that way sometimes, but it’s individualistic spirit keeps it away from over analyzation and a ton of pretentiousness. I’ve been wanting to compile lists like this every year, since starting Arty Graffarti, but have found the whole idea… a bit silly and inadvertently arrogant. In saying that, it’s hard to ignore the amount of talent this city brings to the global scene, as many spread them overseas, while others share theirs here. 2015 (as a whole) has been another great year in the Melbourne graffiti scene, and for all it’s beefs, opinions and praises, the majority who put work into it, have been doing this city justice. Condensing hundreds of pieces was a lot more work then I had bargained for, but I hope this list can really do Melbourne proud, as it showcases its diversity, range and savviness to an unbreakable craft. This list is no definitive collection, rather the best of what I found for 2015. There’s a lot of work out there, but i …

TOP 10: GROUP WALLS | MELBOURNE 2015

Every piece of graffiti you see on this site contain a lifetimes worth of influence, containing in itself, a past, present and future from it’s creator. While the internet has become the resource for most graffiti writers, the most fundamental of learning experiences come from shared ones. Every practitioner has their own consistent learning curve to advance (or get blocked) over certain periods of their ongoing process, which can be made easier with a equally experienced counterpart to feed from. It’s because of this, that I decided to honour the shared actions of graffiti through this list, as most live and learn through experiences, but an extra set of hands and minds can only make things better. This list is no definitive collection, rather the best of what I found for 2015. There’s a lot of work out there, I unfortunately can’t keep up with the demand this city brings day in-day out. 10. OG23 – ASKEM | RICHMOND SEE FULL POST HERE In theory, side by side, colour-matching pieces should be one of the most simplistic things to …

TOP 10: STREET ART | MELBOURNE 2015

Street art continues to be at awkward standstill in Melbourne for 2015. It’s a topic I have expressed confusion and disappointment in for the last couple years, with little change towards the positive. That’s not to suggest that any change should be made, due to yours truly, but the wave we’re currently stuck in hasn’t been pushing us, to where we should be, for some time. With a number of this cities best street artists finding extended success overseas, only a handful have filled the void they once occupied. And despite all of this, there is still great public art to be found across the Melbourne outdoors, with this list featuring a loaf of artists who predominately practise graffiti. But to suggest that street art is truly “art in the streets” then, the idea of who does what, isn’t so far fetched. Melbourne’s graffiti writers have extended their skills over the last 5 years in particular, stretching their craft into form outside of letters, giving those who question their ability, a lot to be accounted for. This list is no definitive collection, rather the …