Wacom's 'The Next Level' Exhibition

This Friday evening is the launch of Wacom’s annual ‘The Next Level’ exhibition and publication! The exhibition will showcase winners of ‘The Next Level' competition alongside six elite feature artists, whose designs are created using various Wacom tools. This year’s amazing feature artists are kelogsloops, Mark Conlan, Loretta Lizzio, NOSÉGO, Paul Braddock, Mateusz Witczak

Head to the Besser Space this Friday August 31st from 6pm – 9pm to join in the celebration of incredible artwork, drinks and tunes from DJ Jade Zoe.

Artists above left to right: Loretta Lizzio, Mark Conlan, Kelogsloops, Mateusz Witczak

  Artist:  Paul Braddock

Artist: Paul Braddock

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VANS Custom Culture Competition - Last days!!

You've had a while now to make a run at the VANS Custom Culture Competition, and we've seen a lot of you getting busy since our last post announcement. Shout out to all of the local artists who've submitted designs so far - it's been super impressive to see!



If you're yet to submit your sweet VANS Slip On design for the Custom Culture Comp, you'd better get a wriggle on because there's only 4 DAYS remaining to have the chance to be full foot FAMOUS.

Don't know how to enter? You can suss our last blog post with step-by-step instructions, here.

We’re seeing some super fun stuff shine through from Straya, but one artist in particular that we’re really vibing is MUCHOS, from Adelaide. We caught up for a little chat with this optimistic aerosol artist while he was in Brisbane to see how his shoe steeze is stacking up.

Tell us, who is MUCHOS?
Your friendly neighbourhood painter!

How would you define your style in a few words?
Fun, bold and happy. It's always about being happy.

What makes you want to create?
It's just something I've always done. I guess it's kind of like a necessity.

You've been in our neck of the woods, hanging out in Brisbane lately. What have you been up to?
I've been floating around Brissy working on a bunch of little projects for The Culprit Club and Ironlak for the last few weeks. It's been a lot of fun! Lots of painting and good times with good people.

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Why did you submit to the comp?
I heard about it at the last minute and being a big fan of Vans I thought it was worth a shot. And plus, a free trip to Asia definitely wouldn't be bad!

Tell us about your custom culture slip on design:
It's pretty much a continuation of the work I've been doing lately. I have a bunch of reoccurring objects that I stack into situations together. Then I just jumble them all around until I like the look of it!

How would you feel if people around the world were walking a mile in your shoes?
As a long time fan of Vans, it would be really cool to work with them and have my own shoe! Doesn't get much cooler than that.

Enter Vans comp here.

See the full Muchos shoe design here.

Native Brand

If your music taste skew to heavier side of spectrum then the name Joel Birch should be familiar if you have been exposed to local success story turned international juggernaut, The Amity Affliction. It is projects outside of music though which give Joel the opportunity to flex his creativity without the bounds of a microphone and stadium lights.


Native Brand is one of those projects. The name may ring a bell from our feature on Milan Chagoury in Issue 8, who was a partner in the business at that point in time. Since that article Milan has moved on to other projects while Joel stayed aboard and now steers the ship under a new vision and renewed vigour the make it work.

Under the slogan, “Dream Forever”, Native Brand’s new direction is single minded in tangibly articulating Joel’s view that there is beauty to be found everywhere, everyday. And if you think about it, operating under that guiding principle implies that, really, anything is possible. All you need is a dash of everyone’s favourite secret sauce, imagination, to uncover it. The label’s latest range is the most literal distilment of this to date.


Under the slogan, “Dream Forever”, Native Brand’s new direction is single minded in tangibly articulating Joel’s view that there is beauty to be found everywhere, everyday.

This fondness for the little things seems to stems from Joel’s innate affinity with nature and, aesthetically, this is where the label leans heavily on as a source of inspiration. Yet while nature is part of the label’s DNA, the designs themselves are actually intended as visual nods to the romanticism of travel and surf photography and the feverish excitement that comes with discovering new places.

Native’s newfound sense of purpose and self-confidence has come off the back of a number of significant learnings though. Notably, the need for simplification and localisation of the supply chain (Grand Scheme are close collaborators) and also unsatisfactory results from experimentation with street culture influences two collections ago. The latter was a particularly important reality check for Joel to reset and bring things more in-line with his feelings about nature and living near the ocean.


Perhaps most interesting though is the opportunity Native Brand has to further enrich its proposition by start leveraging Joel’s global perspectives from touring into future iterations. And from his point of view, the sky really is the limit when you’re dreaming forever so what that looks like is really anybody’s guess.



Vans Asia Custom Culture Competition is Back!

Continuing on from the success of last year, VANS is bringing back the hugely hyped Custom Culture Competition and it is once again making us wet with excitement.


How would you like to see your artwork printed on the classic Vans slip on shoe, and distributed throughout stockists across the entire Asia Pacific region? There would be hundreds of feet around the world quite literally walking a mile in YO SHOES! And that’s not even all the goods you’re in for - there’s also cash prizes and all expense paid trips to House of VANS in Asia up for grabs for the top 11 artists.


We wanna' see Australian artists really step up and put their heart and soles into these submissions, (see what we did there) so here's the run down of you need to do to give yourself a real head start in the competition. 

Here’s how you enter: 
1. Log onto the Vans Asia Custom culture competition site (CLICK HERE) and download the Vans Classic Slip On PDF shoe template
2. Either by digitally drawing, or printing the template and physically drawing - whatever you need to do, get your best mfuckin' artwork onto that shoe
3. Submit your design (you can submit multiple) via the website and see your 2D artwork transformed into a video preview of how the actual shoe will look (we’re crazy impressed about this part of the application - technology is coooool)
4. Send your crazy, customised shoe around to all of your mates via the unique link it’s attached to and get them all to vote for your design

What are you waiting for? We're almost out of idioms and there’s only a few weeks left to submit, so put your best foot forward and apply! 


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