So 2015 is already into it’s second week. Those new years resolutions are already wilting. And Christmas? …So last year!
But 2015 is already on the up and up. Next week, on the 16th of January at 2A/127 Greville Street,Prahran (Entry off Grattan St),Presented by Just Another Project Space is the new show from Marian Machismo. Adding a splash of colour to those killer lines “Get rich or try dying” runs till the 25th, and looks like a cracker.
But of course we are big fans of Marian Machismo at Sticky Fingers Apparel. From stencil lettered sentences at AllYourWalls, to silhouetted skeletons and the great window fronts at Signed and Numbered. Add in the upcoming show and that’s a whole bunch of awesome.
Marian featured in our Sticky Fingers launch show.
It’s at this point that you would expect to see a nice big asterix with the standard ” The views and opinions of the artists do not in any way represent, and in no way reflect, that which …….are solely those of the artist and do not necessarily….yada yada yada…”
Well, when it comes to the views expressed by Sitt Sitlakone we can only say….. SPOT ON! We are all for freedom of expression and love when that expression hits the walls.
The image featured, as a finalist, in the 2013 Australian stencil art prize and has only grown in relevance as more and more people take to the streets to demonstrate against more and more Australians getting less and less, while that top 5% get more and more.
So not only do we support the observations of Sitt.
We kind of make similar ones too!
Similarly Sitt’s image ‘Old Man Banksia’ created to “represent the indigenous people”.
Also hit a chord with us on the streets of Melbourne.
The work of Sitt, like so many works on the street, encompass social commentary and satire. They wrestle the control of the airwaves from advertising and media magnates. They challenge us to think and consider and dissect. To question.
Now available at Sticky Fingers Apparel the classic ‘FKD’ tee!
So what have you seen in your travels? What pieces have grabbed you? Let us know in the comments or on our facebook page.
I think I’ve been stalking Precious Little Remains.
Not in a creepy way. It’s just that every time the Precious art comet comes into orbit, I find a way of getting along and checking out the show. To be honest, you could go to super art shows in Melbourne every week pretty easily. I cringe when I think of all the exhibits I’ve wanted to get along to, but have missed.
That said, I probably don’t get out enough, but I have moved mountains to check out the awesome work when Precious Little blazes across the Melbourne skyline.
The first encounter, goes back a little while, to Collingwood at Yah Yahs with Erin Greer. Highlighted by posing gas masked figures and stunningly coloured, paint running portraits, the down side was quick sales and cheap prices. Damn those red stickers!
Next orbit? Surface POP’s Fibre Femme’s Paste up & Stencil Exhibition served up 7 of Melbourne’s finest. Damn, it would be great to get this crew back for a sequel!
Kaffeine, Suki, Be Free, Doctor, Fresh Chop, Baby Guerilla and Precious Little Remains! Probably worth reading that list again. Round 2 please! The hand drawn type writers with snippets of love letters were dragged straight from the streets. An indicator of where the combination of picture and poem would lead.
Urban Scrawl came into my gravitational field at the State Library of Victoria. Combining Kaffeine and Precious Little Remains with some magic from Tig Tab and Blacklodge. I viewed this as a bit of a game changer for Presh, really pushing that heart felt prose to the fore. And for me drawing together that thread that runs through the work of Precious Little Remains…..Loss.
A portrait hints of memory with the running, drooping paint. Eyes, downcast and distant or blotted out.
And the words. Snippets of a scene. Textured, emotive. Gone.
But I suppose its a little bit “primitive society” of me to cast myself at the centre of the universe with the Presh comet passing through my orbit. Would make more sense to see the creative furnace of Precious Little Remains going super nova at the middle. Burning bright, expanding, an explosion in the making!
And what is next for Presh is booming. A graphic novel is being put together, and ripped from it’s pages comes the latest Sticky Fingers Apparel tee!
So pull out your telescopes and lock on to the shining star that is Precious Little Remains. You don’t want to miss the next chapter. I know I won’t!
If you have come across a Precious Little Remains piece please let us know in the comment section and as always we would love to hear about any other interaction with the world of street art.
Super thanks to ALL THOSE SHAPES for the use of some of their photos. Check out the amazing collection and book at:
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?
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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:
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?
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
The Forum Theatre has a planned redevelopment which would greatly alter that classic heritage building and also dramatically alter the landscape of Hosier.
While strictly not legal, the painting is condoned and has become a feature of Melbourne. Promoted by the city, it is a popular photo spot for weddings and tourists among others. Many awesome pieces have come and gone. But perhaps more importantly it has been a great spot for people to make contact with street art.
Maybe it was where you did your first piece? Or saw something that moved you? Did a street art tour down there? Visiting artists often want to get something up in Hosier. And as a meeting point, its a great spot to see whats new before wandering the town. There are also the shops and services that operate there too!
I think everyone involved in street art has a Hosier story or two. In recent history there has been some significant events. That wicked Adnate piece is a boomer. How about the ‘nursery blue’ repaint of neighbouring Rutledge. Of course the ‘All Your Walls’ event (I mentioned it in my previous post).
So what’s your story?
We would love to hear some. Hit us on the facebook page if you cant comment here.
Here’s one of mine. I had just finished spraying a multi layered stencil in Footscray when I thought I’d swing by Hosier and do a few paste ups before calling it a night. There was a bit of action as there was a queue for the Forum around the corner, Movida was busy and the “RIP Jill” piece was sprayed that night. I was discreetly pasting in a doorway when I realised I was being watched. A young kid, about 11 maybe, was checking out the Lane as his parents finished dinner. His first question was “What’s your tag?’ As we chatted I was happy to hear he was working on his letter styles with the tag ‘PRINCE’. It was great to hear his enthusiasm so I left him with a Two Cans paste up.
Times like that really reinforce for me what a great opportunity Hosier gives to people to get involved with art, artists and the wider community. So if it were to go or to be significantly reduced, where would similar opportunities come from?
It is time to add your voice to save Hosier!
And perhaps put forward a plan for further accessible legal areas to extend that opportunity even further?
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.
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.
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.
The collabs keep coming.
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.
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.
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!
T-shirts from Melbourne street art and a Brisbane artist is featured?
Ok. Here’s the confession. Barek was one of the first artists I traded with. I sent some paste ups and was blown over with the return package of stickers, pasties, miniature paintings and a badge made from puzzle pieces! Barek must be one of the most prolific traders and subsequently you can’t walk around Melbourne and not come across his trademark foxes or trolls.
Or those Barek eyes. You know the ones. Iconic. Capable of such meloncholy with just a few lines. Barek covers all the bases from stickers to murals and every sort of found or reclaimed object in between. So prolific, everything he does is hand drawn. You won’t find any prints on his for sale list. Check him out on Facebook for his awesome originals or maybe a commissioned piece. https://www.facebook.com/artbybarek
The art for art trade, so popular in the sticker scene, has brought a significant Queensland presence to the streets of Melbourne. Some that spring to mind are Cherie Strong, Minou, Dubse, Skullcap and Philb. Go check them out and please add some more Brisbane artists to the list in the comments!
Sticky Fingers Apparel is a collaboration between Lifetime and Calm, a character artist and a stencil artist, from Melbourne. Like so many others, they contribute to Melbourne’s ever changing streets. And like so many artists they don’t have the time or the money to fully pursue their creative goals.
So Sticky Fingers Apparel was started. We contact artists and get their work on to t-shirts.We do the printing and set up the store and the artists can focus on art!
The artist gets a bigger cut of the profit without having to win a competition or a popularity contest. The use of their image isn’t based on a flat fee so every item sold puts money in their pocket.
The aim is to take the art from the street and well, get it back out on the street on t-shirts. It makes it possible to support a favourite emerging artist while rocking a sweet tee!
Like the art on the street we are always changing too. Regularly looking for ways to better produce the shirts to get a better return for the artists. And looking for more stores to get their art out there. So get in touch if you would like to get involved.
But, more importantly, we are always looking for fresh art and fantastic artists!