All posts tagged: Photography

Moses & Taps™ ‘Corporate Identity’ at Golden Hands Gallery, Hamburg

Note: I didn’t attend this show in person, only through images released online Since it’s inception, graffiti has always been about branding. If you saw a tag, throw up or piece delivered from one side of a city to another, there should be enough visual points to confirm that it was by the same person. Whether it be a swooping outline, type of paint used or even a selection of colours used by said writer, visual identity is a key factor in the culture of graffiti, as writers goes through different paths in their careers. Some are lucky enough to take advantage of making a living through this platform, others find jobs with skills obtained from it and then there are those who, respectably, participate completely outside of their own worlds. Nothing is set in stone and grey areas cover the culture in two-folds, as those three examples alone have and don’t always intertwine. But the identity of a graffiti writer is always prominent within the act, getting noticed and recognised is the name of the game, and comparisons between this essence …

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 …

REVIEW | ‘Year In Review – Spring Edition’ Zine by Barry McGee

Barry McGee is a name synonyms with the world of graffiti. Whether it be from his home turf in America, the Eastern regions of Japan or even the southern tip here in Australia, his name seems a buzz between artists, graffiti writers and mark making connoisseurs alike. Known for his extensive experiences in the graffiti world, along with his inevitable move into the contemporary art world, McGee continues to be one of the few names that has successfully and respectably made the difficult transition. While the majority of us may never be able to own a piece of his works today, it’s comforting to be able to find Year In Review sent to my doorstep, an 88 page, equally personable piece, filled with images shot and collected by the artist. Made in collaboration with SFAQ [Projects] in San Francisco, the Spring Edition is an inside look into the sun soaked fascinations that fills the mind of one of graffiti’s greatest ambassadors. Split between both coloured and black & white images, Year in Review is a calculated release to say the least. Limited …

EXHIBITION | Nic Ojae ‘Colourful Order’ | Hand 2 Hand Store

Where do we start with the topic of North Korea? For the passed 70 years, it has been a relatively uncharted land, where so many are trapped and so few dare enter. It is a state that has made countless amounts of threats to the outside world, while perceiving itself as a victim and conquerer to its people. While the majority of people turn their nose to the Kim Jong-un lead state, there is no doubt a fascination hidden inside The Hermit Kingdom. While we’re all aware of the persistant brutality found within the slave labour camps, food restrictions and consistant forced worship of the family who conduct the nation, one can’t help but wonder what goes on in the DPRK when things aren’t so constrained. Through some slick photography and a somewhat disregard for freedom, Melbourne photographer Nic Ojae, did what most people only dare to, capture a sense of life in the world’s most controlled country. Spread across the walls of Fitzroy’s Hand 2 Hand Store, ‘Colourful Order’ contrasts its space with a number of images captured across the photographers …

ZINE | OVER TIME PART 1 | MELBURBAN

For all the internet’s shortcomings, the addition of Instagram would have to be one of its better formations. While we’ve had Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Myspace, Twitter and a bunch of other time (and in some cases, money) sucking formats to sink our teeth into, the visual connections with Instagram are instant. That’s why creative cultures, such as, skateboarding, surfing, graffiti and independent photography continue to thrive on the format. If you have ever double tapped on some locally sprayed images, you may have come across photographer, Melburban, whose pristinely clean, unveiling images are some of the best of this underground culture. Shot across a number of uninvited and undisclosed locations, the photographer shows its viewer a side of this city only a few dare to enter. In their first publication, Over Time, Melburban compiles a number of these signature images to create a zine that allows the observer to truly appreciate the quality of work usually shared on a pocket-sized screen. While that 5 inch screen has introduced us to the image maker, it’s downfall comes in the under-bearing size their …

MAGAZINE | THSLFE: Issue 2

Having dedicated itself to the art of photography since it conception, the team at THSLFE have continued to split their time (and talents) between two of Australia’s most recognisable cities, Melbourne and Sydney. For their second venture into print, the team has (again) compiled a number of fantastic images and artworks into a sleek magazine to present another capsule of devoted artists and photographers from the twin cities of Australia. Available in limited numbers, THSLFE 2 is a sleek 52 page guide through the creative underbelly of Australia. ‘Hate This World, Love This Life’ is the official slogan for this edition, as every shooter and painter involved displays a flair for less appreciated. Whether it be distain for the boys in blue, tattoos, roads less travelled  graffiti and other forms of the underground resistance. Independent and undiscovered art makers are blended together, in no specific order, Mark Lording’s traditional designs sit next to A. Thomas’ suburban capsules. Which may seem completely contrasting, but through an impressive layout and selection process, are brought together as a cohesive connection, through the personalities and lifestyle behind …

EXCLUSIVE | Nemco x OG23 ‘Victims of Technology’ Photos

After collaborating together on a handful of small scale canvases, Milan’s Nemco and Melbourne’s OG23, recently worked on a larger scale version of their popular pieces. Utilising some buckets of paint, ladders, aerosol and rollers, the duo finished this ode to the technological retro (in the space of one day), to produce a piece that takes you back to future. Arty Graffarti was lucky enough to be on hand as it all took place, enjoy! Nemco – OG23 Click here to see the accompanying video by Arty Graffarti Click here for more work from Nemco and OG23 via Arty Graffarti

EXCLUSIVE | Skary & OG23 ‘Pieces of Mind’

This has been a long time coming, but I’m glad to say, we’re finally here (almost). For those seeing this for the first time, The Seasons of Change series of gallery shows pop-up at Revolver each seasonal change every 3 months, it has featured some of Melbourne’s best graffiti crews and artists, consisting of names like: CI Crew, RDC, C2F, Cam Scale, Putos and many many more. This years Winter edition consisted of two Fly Crew members in OG23 and Skary, both consistent letter formers with heavy design influences from a variety of genres in and outside of graffiti. As is tradition with all the SOC shows, it only stands for one night and the outside wall of Revolver must be painted by the artists showing. I was lucky enough to be on hand as the duo took down said wall to take flicks and film some of it, all the while being an extra body in this minuscule platform. Rain, scheduling, lack of paint, rain, wind and time was just a fraction of what …

ZINE // THSLFE: MLB – SYD Issue One

Whether people like to admit it or not, Melbourne and Sydney are two cities always battling it out for supremecy for the title of Aussieland’s best graffiti, creativity, street art, photography or whatever people can muster up these days. Some compete for the title, while others just stand back, watch and do their own thing, photography website, THSLFE, is one of those people. If you’ve never been on the THSLFE website, make sure you do [once you’ve read this review], it’s a fantastic mix of urban surroundings, tattoo’s, music, graffiti and basic street wandering’s. Presented with few words and a great mix of colour and back & white photography, while being split between Melbourne, Sydney and the far reaches of anywhere. This zine see’s the photographer, along with some friends, present their work in a 50 page zine that would make any publisher’s eyes google, based on the printing quality alone. Any semi-regular visitor to this site would know this isn’t my first dive into the zine culture, the last 6 months has seen at …

BOOK // Resistance Australia

Well… this has been a very long time coming for yours truly and I mean it when I say this, it’s better to have been late then to have never experienced it at all. For those of you who are wondering just what the hell I’m talking about, Resistance Australia is a book 99% photobook highlighting Australia’s current train writing scene. I have been waiting a very long time to get my hands on this book, certain situations and sheer lazyness have prevented me from getting it, but I just recently got my hands on a copy and it was certainly worth the wait. From each page to the next, the book is full of some of the best photo’s our global recognized scene has to offer, making it a definitive piece of work for not just those interested, but for Australia’s scene in general. I must admit, I buy a lot of graffiti and street art related books, call me a sucker along with an idiot, but I’m not a big fan of scrolling …

EXCLUSIVE | ‘Melbourne Hardcore’ with Gent and Skary

Back in May, Skary invited me along to take some flicks as he and Gent painted a big wall for MTN Australia.  With the theme of Hardcore in mind, the duo pushed out this wall, featuring a Skary white-outlined burner and a signature Gent character, with a devastating background to add a little extra cherry on top. Ben Jones was there to record the whole thing [with a little bit of night time footage also provided by yours truly 😉 ], with the awesome accompanying video found at the end of the photo’s. Enjoy! Skary – Gent Ben Jones Read It & Weep – MTN Australia

CARBON FESTIVAL 2013 // Interview 001: Will Robson-Scott

The initial Carbon Festival line up featured a ton of talent from around the globe, Shawn Stussy, Eddie Huang, DabsMyla, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, to name a few. But it was the late edition of photographer Will Robson-Scott that literally tipped me over in making sure I got to this years festival. For those that don’t know, Will has been a leading figure in the international scene of graffiti photography, assisting on blogs such as Hurt You Bad [and their recent magazine]and the crazy good Crack & Shine Books[London/International], before heading off to shoot more subject matter’s such as dogs and their owners, London’s underground pirate radio stations and A$AP Rocky. He is a personal hero of mine and one of the main reasons why I decided to get a better camera for this blog, I am obviously no way near as good as him though, along with a bunch of others. I was lucky enough to get a quick sit down with him on the Saturday, with 1 hours notice no less, to …