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Sticky Fingers Apparel Launch Show Recap

So the launch and show has come and gone. We had the great pleasure of combining the t-shirts with great fresh art from all of our contributing artists.

For one day only we took over K+N Studio in Richmond. An awesome place for a full-time studio or exhibition space. Check them out here:  https://www.facebook.com/kranniesandnookstudio

We also debuted our newest contribution from the mighty Marian Machismo!

Marian Machismo tee

Along with a whole bunch of Marian’s rad art work.


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Also on display was Melbourne’s own Phoenix the Street Artist!

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The Phoenix tee is currently in the pipeline so stay tuned.

All the Sticky Fingers Apparel crew were represented on the walls.

Barek.     An awesome Halloween inspired collab piece with Cherie Strong.

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Sitt Sitlakone.  Featured a selection of his blotter art.

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Malarkey. Rocked the decks.

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PhilB. With an array of his Posca drawn gems.

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Precious Little Remains. Brought the street inside with work on found objects.

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Dubse. With some airbrushed magic,

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Lifetime. Brought all things robot, bunny or bat. And a whole bunch of awesome too.

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©alm. Stencils and stuff.

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All was served up with our range of t-shirts and a beer or two.

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Massive thanks also to Allthoseshapes for hooking up some tunes and for snapping away as always. Check out the show as he saw it here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.742815952460719.1073741896.179126908829629&type=3

And don’t forget to check out the book ‘figment’.  A gem.

http://allthoseshapes.com/figment/

Lots of links right there, but we would love to hear about what is catching your eye on the street. So hit us up in the comments or on Facebook or Insta.

To be or to PhilB

A recent scientific study revealed that an individual with a beard, among a group of non bearded colleagues, was rated as being more attractive.  However, this effect was lost when the group featured more than one bearded member.  So how do you stay ahead of the curve?

Phil B tee

Introducing the latest Sticky Finger Apparel tee featuring the art of Queensland’s super PhilB!  While not scientifically proven, we are pretty sure  this bearded viking tee  should come with a handsomeness guarantee!  (*actual results may vary!)

So that explains the beard. But I did have to ask PhilB……”Why Vikings?”

“I wanted to create a visual ambigram, 2 images in 1. And people loved it! The funny part was, most people only see the squid/octopus design, and when u turn it up the other way.. Boom! Blows their mind”

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 Positive feedback, enjoyment and exploring new mediums led to the development of his characters. So the prolific PhilB has dropped hordes of vikings worldwide.  Always drawing while traveling in planes, trains or automobiles, he recently took his work to the United States.

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Last year he participated in the Autograff sticker show, organised by Malarkey Art, in Melbourne. That’s where I had the pleasure of briefly meeting him, not only doing a sticker swap, but witnessing his handy can skills.

PhilB in Hosier Lane

Displaying skills across many mediums, his local art community has been a source of inspiration and instruction with spray paint.

“I just picked it up and had a go.. Learned a few tips along the way.. It’s a great art community, everyone’s happy to share techniques and hints and tips.. and it’s always fun pushing yourself.. Bigger, bolder, more art!”

Yep, the viking population greatly increased in Melbourne back then.

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 So keep an eye out for the ongoing viking invasion, as Philb continues to  expand his repertoire and hone his skills!

And please, no hand stands in the tshirt, there are no squids…………. this time!

With the first 25 tees purchased, Philb is also including a sweet pack, like the one pictured below, including stickers and a hand drawn page.

Phil B pack

Seen a viking lately? Let us know where and please let us know if something else has caught your eye in the street art world.

A Load of Malarkey!

I was kind of hopeful that Malarkey Art may have been found as a child in the forest, raised by monkeys, and taught to communicate via wall paintings. Never the less, the transition from street art observer to instigator and artist has been a fruitful one.

The playful red monkeys, carry the malarkey moniker through all of their various identities. Pirates, astronauts or just hanging around with bananas, always up for a bit of fun and nonsense! Paste ups and stickers and now keyrings and the just released shoe laces (best tied together perhaps?).

Malarkey keychain

The Melbourne sticker scene saw a boost with Malarkey bringing together the sticker show part of Autograff at the Espy earlier this year. With stickers from over 160 artists from many countries, the sticker boards and trade table was a popular spot on the night. That sticker network has led to some sweet Malarkey collabs with Dubse, Pixel Bunny Art, Silly and PhilB among others.

Working that network saw a collab callout by Lifetime and I, transformed from this:

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To this:

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Featuring artists Malarkey Art, Ewok Bomber, Dubse Art, Rhys Saunders, Lifetime, Richard Squarecube, Ben William Hines, Serebe, Rob Batmanfan Clarkee, Exo Art, Acer Stickers, Shiroi Usagi, Calm and Ruud Kerssies.

 But when all is said and done, nothing beats a paste session around Melbourne, where the old rules apply. Hear no evil, See no evil, Spray no evil?

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 So keep an eye out for Melbourne’s native species of red monkey. But be warned, they are often in disguise! As always we would love to hear about your favourite pieces of street art or see evidence of a Malarkey spotting in the wild. Hit us in the comments or on the Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/stickyfingersapparel?ref=hl

Once in a LIfetime.

Out in the suburbs, not really expecting to come across anything arty, I happily stumbled upon my first Lifetime Sticky Fingers. Not to say the suburbs don’t have street art or graffiti. Sure there are areas, train lines, open drains, milk bar walls, all the good usual spots. But I was in a place where even the back of the street signs were blank. And then boom.

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The  sad eyed bunny staring back at me!

Pretty soon another, then one from Pots Hig Sticky Fingers (a ninja). Then the first of a few of their collabs around that area. Perfectly wrapped. Perfectly cutting through the grey, the everyday, the mundane.

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Within the month, a chance meeting and art trade.

A little while later, a paste together. Then another and another. And then he drops this awesome collab.

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The collabs keep coming.

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And we were joined by a few friends(JoJo Spins, Malarkey, PAWA, SkullCap, ATR, Christopher Priority, yeah 27) as part of our piece for the AllYourWalls/Melbourne Now  repaint of Hosier Lane.  The whole event was organised by Invurt.com, Just Another Agency, Land of Sunshine and Hosier Inc. with the support of The National Gallery of Victoria.

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But back to Lifetime.  A steady stream of characters, patchwork rabbits, robots, moustached strong men and batboys with knifes, bling, KISS makeup, melting arms or tentacles.  And tha’ts just picking out a few.

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But its them eyes that keep coming. Threatening sometimes. Crazy sure. But there’s that sadness as the tears well up. Maybe there’s a safety in phrasing emotion in his cartoon characters.

But the best thing about Lifetime? Well it’s got to be that we are mates. Collaborators, partners in StickyFingersApparel and above all friends!

As my blog continues, I plan to talk about my personal interactions with art and artists and hopefully hear some of yours. While this is a blog to support the contributing artists involved in StickyFingersApparel, I don’t just want to re post artist bios.  We want to see and hear what engages you and try to reflect that in the awesome art we put on our t shirts!  I also want to develop and discuss the awesome sense of community that is part of street art. It has already given me an outlet for my voice, adventures and friends that will last a lifetime!

 

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 Three awesome Lifetime designs are available now!