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Get Rich Or Try Dying

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.

Marian Machismo ShowBut 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.

 

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And, of course, we have her rad tee design, still available at…http://stickyfingersapparel.bigcartel.com/product/marian-machismo-rose-moon-womens-tee

Marian Machismo tee

So take a closer look at the work of Marian Machismo this year. Follow the themes flowing through the flash illustrations and if you can enjoy a beer at the show’s opening!

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.

Disclaimer -Sitt Sitlakone

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.

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We kind of make similar ones too!

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 Similarly Sitt’s image ‘Old Man Banksia’ created to “represent the indigenous people”.

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Also hit a chord with us on the streets of Melbourne.

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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!

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So what have you seen in your travels? What pieces have grabbed you? Let us know in the comments or on our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/stickyfingersapparel?ref=hl

Precious

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!

Photo used with permission from AllThoseShapes
Photo used with permission from AllThoseShapes

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!

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Kaffeine, Suki, Be Free, Doctor, Fresh Chop, Baby Guerilla and Precious Little Remains! Probably worth reading that list again. Round 2 please! presh pop type 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.

Photo used with permission from AllThoseShapes
Photo used with permission from AllThoseShapes

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!

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 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:

http://allthoseshapes.com/

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.

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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.

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!

Welcome Barek

What the?
T-shirts from Melbourne street art and a Brisbane artist is featured?
Welcome Barek!

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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.

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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

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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!

 

Who we are

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.

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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!

So let us know your favourite pieces!