Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Fresh from Hosier Lane, 13th post

The vibe of Hosier is constantly changing. Culture Kings a new store has opened up, smack bang in the middle of the lane-way pumping out pop music and selling the "latest" fashion. The only good part about this is the crowds it brings to Hosier. However the major negative effect is the commodification of the Melbourne street art, graffiti scene. This store is primarily marketing itself on the surrounding painted walls. This is a great example of how capitalism subconsciously infiltrates public space and completely fucks with free unrestricted creative energy. 

Fresh work from Brisbane born artist Sofles.

This artwork is paid for.

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

5 years of wall evolution, Ringwood, Melbourne

Graffiti walls all around the world are changing constantly. It's interesting to watch the evolution of the wall and the influences of the change. 
Here you see a cheap half done orange buff re-paint to cover previous graffiti. People have noticed this and preferred to go with the throw-up over the top. Cover maximum area with minimum paint.
Shortly after with no buffing people stop throw-ups and start painting pieces. This goes on for 4 years to 2018. Nost tag out of his traditional painting range of inner suburbs and south-east.
Old school writer Cruze, CW, MOS, WCA. Foebia piece shows a more 90's style where the outlines cut into the lettering. Similar style to Prizna also from CW.
Clean, public style
A unorthodox style by Krems from GH
Every wall shot up until now has showcased at least two main writers. Here Krems from GH makes a bold statement and uses the whole wall.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Burn City

Photos of graffiti murals across Melbourne

Townsville Graffiti

In the last few years many regional towns have started to embrace graffiti and street art culture. Examples of these towns include Geelong & Benalla (Victoria), Lismore & Byron Bay (NSW) and Townsville (Queensland). Each town has a slightly different angle on how they promote urban art as a tourist attraction. 

Townsville city council has even gone as far to produce a street art brochure which provides a map and 16 different art pieces and separately includes illegal graffiti hot-spots.  

Townsville City Council has created a Street Art Activation Framework from which there is a solid philosophy, vision and purpose behind the art. 

The council unsuccessfully attempts to divide and separate the definition of street art and graffiti by simplification. It describes graffiti as illegal and street art legal. Whereas most artists, practitioners or vandals know some graffiti can be street art and most street art, if not all is not graffiti. So even the illegal works can be street art. 

(as stated and summarised to..)
  • Cultural-Professional development, career opportunities, valuing public art, encouraging art diversity
  • Economic-Increase activity in city, tourism, promoting diversity and innovation
  • Recreational-Responding to youth needs, Building interest in community spaces
  • Social-Encouraging collaboration, engaging with city youth, establishing civic pride
  • Urban Planning-Urban transformation, community engagement, promoting public spaces

The council has mapped graffiti done through Townsville and has identified 6 priority activation sites based on their high levels of graffiti. 4 of which (where graffiti was aggregated) included the suggestion of Legal walls with Hosier Lane (Melbourne) and Morphett Bridge (Adelaide) used as successful examples.

It has also looked at mimicking the graffiti on trains with the "mobile canvas" concept to have the sides of council garbage trucks as a place to paint.

Sugar Glider by Roa
More info of Belgium artist Roa- 

 Faces of Townsville, by Ha ha

 Run Collective

 Props to Kelso most prominent Far North Queensland graffiti writer

 Crocodile and Turtle by Roa
"Illegal" graffiti out of Townsville 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Melbourne's most consistent

Jetso and Pezor, two of the most widespread tags and throw-ups in Western Melbourne. This piece can be seen from the adjacent freeway.