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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 …

ZINE | NO GOOD ZINE VOLUME 2 | VACANT LOT PRESS

The Vacant Lot Team has become a welcomed addition to the ever-growing number of independent publishers out of Melbourne, hell bent on sharing this heavily documented artform through a number of print and stapled publications. Since setting up shop in mid-2014, the team have presented a number of sleekly self-designed, self-curated zines for a welcoming mass of graffiti worshipers. Battling through a number of recent name changes and growing pains, Vacant Lot has presented us with some great pieces for any hard earned archivist. For those keeping up to date, we have seen the crew-centric Disturb The Peace, a collection of sprayed hijinks featuring the exploits of 9 of Melbourne’s most active graffiti teams, plus the ongoing No Good series. Since it’s inception, the small publisher has also assisted in the release and distribution of other like-minded releases, from local photographers to already established print makers. Collectively, it’s been an impressive 2015 for Vacant Lot and this, the latest edition of their No Good Zine Series, shows that better things are on the horizon.

ZINE | DISTURB THE PEACE | VACANT LOT

Graffiti, by and large, is an independent activity. As an individual presses down on a cap to release their name on whatever surface they see fit, they bear all the risk, all the adrenaline and all the glory involved with get your name up. But it’s always good to have someone giving you the all clear amongst the blinding darkness surrounding a late night mission. This is where being associated with a crew comes in handy, to watch your back, alert your eyes and share experiences. Vacant Lots latest release, Disturb The Peace, aims to shine a light on some of Melbourne’s most active crews in a tightly packaged zine. Featuring anonymously submitted content, Disturb The Peace, is a fitting document to the collective effort put into graffiti as a whole. Spread across 56 pages of exceptionally formatted print matter, this sharp zine contains the shared antics of 9 spray painting groups across Melbourne. BF, DB, DTP, Ferals, LED, MJP, PFK, SR and STH are all represented here, displaying a variety of experience and style throughout. For example, The …