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AnyForty – ‘Art is Our Weapon’

AnyForty. One word, two caps. An independent streetwear and artist collaboration brand, based in the UK but repped worldwide. Damo took time to chat with King Crayon, Chief Coin Counter and driving force of AnyForty, Al Wardle.


Damo: Who is AnyForty?
Al: AnyForty is a homegrown brand, that specifically works with artists from all over the world, from unknown to globally established, on a range of artist collaboration products ranging from tees, to pin badges and self published coffee table books to sticker packs. I run everything in the business myself apart from dispatch and distribution which my pops handles for me from our Gateshead office!

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VIDEO: Belrin Kidz x Alaniz’s Message to Berlin on Gentrification

A few months ago when we were back in Berlin during Urban Nation we had a chance to go out on a mission with one of Berlin’s most prolific graffiti crews, the Berlin Kidz.  Take a look closer and you’ll see them repelling down the wall to catch their tags. And as that was going on Alaniz had his mile high roller brush working on the middle finger from the ground. What’s crazy about this spot is Blu had buffed the entire wall black a few months prior as he didn’t like the real estate developers idea of having new condos that would have a great view of the local art hot spot. This was the message the Berlin Kidz and Alaniz had to say about that. Check out the time lapse and action photos shot by Birdman.

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“Bitetime” – Ian Mutch


Celebrating the release of a brand new ‘superzine’, “Bitetime” is a selection of artworks, drawings, random travels and experiences by Ian Mutch.

The exhibition explores beauty through nature and narrative, capturing snippets of the artist’s life. As a child in Africa, and travels through Asia and Japan, to the surrounds of his coastal studio in south-west Australia. The artworks immerse the viewer into a detailed view on the world.

“Bitetime” is both an exhibition and a mini journal – an intriguing colourful art booklet, neatly packaged with a build-yourself bitetime character and vinyl sticker. Ian Mutch is no stranger to print. As co-founder of Kingbrown Magazine, Mutch continues to drive the magazine’s design and packaging, experimenting with hand crafted layouts, embellishments, publishing ideas and inserts.

Opening September 3rd 2015 from 6-9pm at Just Another Project Space – 2A/127 Greville Street, Prahran



Black Canyon is proud to present CURSES – a group exhibition at OKLA in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia.

CURSES brings together the work of 5 prolific young graphic artists – Nathan Alexis Brown (Canada), Georgia Hill (Sydney), James McKenna (Perth), Sean Morris (Melbourne), and Melissa Grisancich (Melbourne.) It’s a celebration of both grim and delicate art spanning painting, prints, sculpture, animation and murals. Curator Sean Morris took time to talk to Damo.

What was the concept and the brief to the artists?
All of the group exhibitions that I’ve curated up until now – the 3 Magic Weirdos shows, the Black Canyon shows with Tom, and the Kingbrown Mag launches – have been pretty big, at least 20 artists. The Kingbrown Perth show in March had 60 artists. I wanted to change it up and work on something smaller and less planned out, where the artists had more room to flex. There was no brief, but I encouraged everyone to explore installation work if they were up for it. We’ve ended up with a mix of paintings, drawings, print work, sculpture, animation and murals.

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Banksy – Dismaland in Glorious Technicolour

Thanks to The Powers That Be, we managed to sneak into get a VIP tour of Dismaland at the weekend. This is what it looked like…


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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Berst

In the final episode of our ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ series, we chat with Berst. Instilled with the working-class ethics of his Chinese family, Berst has applied his full energy and dedication into his passions, education and the evolution of graffiti letter styles. After completing his Masters Degree in Education in 2014, his attention to his students and himself as an Urban Contemporary artist have organically become his new lease on life. Incorporating both his worlds into his innovative and current teaching programs for tertiary institution Unitec, his outreach amongst students and youth have made him highly popular. Having immigrated to New Zealand as a child, Berst’s current post-graffiti works explore the commonalities of Chinese and Maori mythologies using bold and intense illustrations and symbolisms.


Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of Post-Graffiti Pacific?
Berst: Over the past fourteen years my art practice has been situated within the exploration of graffiti and lettering. I’ve always had an interest in other art forms such as illustration, comic books, cartoons, and tattoos, and over the last five years I haven’t stopped doing graffiti but certainly shifted a lot of my attention to creating more illustrative work. My main goal is to maintain the same type of graffiti mentality and approach to painting outdoors while painting different forms. Within the last ten years the term ‘street art’ has become extremely popular and recognized and maybe I fall into that category and maybe I don’t but when people see my illustrations on the street its recognized as street art so it is great to be apart of this movement that is ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’. Not quite street art and still having our roots firmly planted in graffiti while physically located geographically in the pacific.

Damo: Can you talk us through your piece, and how you responded to the brief from conception to finalisation?
Berst: I’ve been working on a series of illustrations where a majority of my work over the past couple of years has been an exploration into Maori culture and wider global culture. The inspiration for the series of paintings presented at Ambush was inspired by an old Maori myth and a battle between two female goddesses in the sea. I do not try to replicate the story but rather use it as a starting point for creating my own world and my own narrative. In this instance the world is underwater and all the characters are soldiers that are about to go to war.

Damo: How does your piece reflect the ‘dawn of a new movement in art’?
Berst: I wouldn’t say that my work reflects anything new or groundbreaking but I am attempting to appropriate a variety of visual culture from a variety of different sources to create a remix of the world and as a representation of my world. While painting graffiti for fourteen years has been exciting and ultimately shaped my aesthetic, it lacked the narrative and dialogue that enabled audiences to engage. Graffiti is very one sided in conversation and people are forced to engage while a piece of work with a story can be interpreted so I’m working to create works that can have this type of presence rather than just writing my name.

Damo: How do you define street art? Has your inclusion in Post-Graffiti Pacific changed your view on this?
Berst: I’ve done a lot of reading over the past couple of months and a part of my Doctoral thesis at University is actually research about Street Art. I think street art is great and it’s awesome to see a variety of artists from totally new disciplines playing with the visual environment. You do not need to come from a graffiti background to participate in street art and as far as I’m concerned if you’re putting work out on the streets you can call yourself whatever you want to be called. The term ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ is really just to highlight that we don’t quite fit within the street art paradigm but work outdoors and create works that aren’t exclusive to images.

Damo: How does it feel to be included in an exhibition among several of your contemporaries? Did this influence you in any way?
Berst: All the artists that are apart of the ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ movement is a stable of artists represented by Olivia Laita Gallery and we are also all in the same crew TMD (The Most Dedicated). We all feed ideas off each other whether it’s intentional or subconsciously but how you could you not? It’s natural to be influenced by your surroundings and environment so I definitely take a lot of inspiration from my peers.


Berst is part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ now on show at aMBUSH Gallery.

‘Trance’ – Slicer

TRANCE by SLICER from Round 3 Creative on Vimeo.

Juddy Roller presents – Trance
A solo exhibition by Slicer

Prolific Melbourne graffiti artist and abstract painter SLICER presents TRANCE, an exploration of dimensionality, hypnosis and the psyche through his signature expressive mark making. Works on canvas, paper, plastic and wood reveal thestate of the artist's mind at the intersection of conscious technical application and subconscious receptivity to nature and music.

Opening reception 6pm Friday 7th of August at Juddy Roller.
Corner of Johnston St and Chapel St, Fitzroy

Video and photos courtesy Round 3 Creative

NUART 2015

Festival: 3 – 5 September; Exhibition: 6 September – 11 October

Isaac Cordal_image courtesy of the artist

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Nuart Festival – the world’s leading celebration of street art – will take place on the first week of September, 2015.

For the fifteenth year running, renowned artists from around the world will descend upon Stavanger, Norway with murals, installations and interventions popping up across the city. Tou Scene centre for contemporary arts, a former 19th century brewery, will host the festival’s indoor exhibition.

Outings Project_image courtesy of the artist

Nuart Plus, the festival’s annual symposium of academic and industry debates, artist presentations and film screenings will take place at Scandic Stavanger City hotel from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 September. Here, key figures such as Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Brooklyn Street Art) and critic and author Carlo McCormick will come together with artists and academics to delve into the culture’s roots and reflect on its place within the wider contemporary art canon. The three day programme is open to everyone, free of charge, and central to Nuart’s efforts to encourage critical discourse around street art in an accessible and democratic way.

Pixelpancho_image courtesy of the artist

Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. From Jamie Reid – pioneer of the punk visual aesthetic – to conceptual artist Harmen de Hoop, photographer Martha Cooper and abstract graffiti pioneer Futura, leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art will demonstrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.


Nuart’s education programme – the largest street art education programme in the world – reaches out to over 2,600 children to teach them how to make their own artwork using techniques such as stencilling and wheatpasting. Devised in partnership with Den kulturelle skolesekken (a Government funded initiative for art and culture), the programme aims to inspire the next generation of street artists, thus ensuring the culture’s sustainability.

Founder and Director, Martyn Reed says:

“The focus of this year’s festival is once again Situationism, which initially inspired punk and more latterly the street art and activist movements we see today. We’re looking to establish where the culture of street art comes from and where it could potentially go: we want to get deeper and attach this culture to a long tradition of unsanctioned creativity on the streets, so that the powers that be don’t brand it as a “fad” as they did with graffiti in the 1980’s. The DIY aspects of Situationism, punk, graffiti and street art are closely aligned with traditions of play, and their connection all the more pertinent this year with the likes of Jamie Reid and Futura confirmed.”

Martha Cooper_image courtesy of the artist

Nuart is initiating a number of satellite projects to mark the festival’s landmark 15th Anniversary:

In collaboration with the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, Nuart will launch The Aftenblad Wall: a 6m x 3m billboard erected in the east of the city and a new permanent site for art in Stavanger. Contemporary artists unaccustomed to working in the streets will be invited to adopt the scale and visibility of advertising to present their work in the public domain, with Canada’s Sandra Chevrier the first participating artist.

Nuart is also attempting a world’s first with the French artists Ella & Pitr who, alongside partners Block Berge Bygg, are set to create the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp on the outskirts of Stavanger. The finished work will cover 21,000m2, the equivalent of 5 football pitches.


Join us in celebrating 15 groundbreaking years: both for Nuart and the thriving, important and enduring art form we represent.

A full programme of events and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit for more information on this year’s artists and check back soon for updates on Nuart Plus, workshops, street art walks and satellite projects.


Nuart Festival 2015 artists:

Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Dolk (NO), Dotdotdot (NO), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Futura (US), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Icy & Sot (IL), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Outings Project (FR), Pejac (ES), Pixelpancho (IT) and introducing The Aftenblad Wall, with Sandra Chevrier (CA)

Exhibition opening date:
Saturday 5 September at 19:00, Tou Scene
Exhibition period: Sunday 6 September – Sunday 11 October
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 to 17:00 / Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 to 16:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Entrance fee: 70kr adults/40kr concessions


Just Another Collection


Over the last decade Just Another has been collecting a diverse range of artwork from a myriad of emerging and established artists from across the globe. Now is not only your chance to check out a portion of it, but you could also purchase a piece and end up owning a part of history!

Showing a range of work from some of the world’s best artists head down to the Just Another Project Space in Melbourne, this Thursday 6 August, to check it out!