General Officer Opens In Brisbane

Barber, entrepreneur, dad; Luke Newman somehow manages to juggle all three things. As well as founding legendary Australian men’s grooming brand, Uppercut Deluxe, Newman runs two barber shops infused with old-school charm. Newman’s most recent hair-driven venture is his second barbershop – General Officer located in the bustling Brisbane suburb coorparoo. We linked up to get the low-down on all things hair and business...



Where did things start out for you in the world of barbers and men’s grooming?
The penny dropped for me when I was over in Portland in America about 15 years ago helping a mate building skateparks. At the time, I had just finished design school and was going back to Oz to look for a graphic design job. I walked past this cool barbershop one day and I was just like, ‘Thats it! Im going back to Oz and learning to cut hair!’.

I’ve always liked old school stuff so I think it just clicked, it was the perfect job because of the ritual of the barbershop and how it has such heritage as a trade.


"General Officer is like getting a haircut in your mates garage. No ego, just a good chat and hopefully a lot
of laughs."

-Luke Newman

What does a typical day in the life of Luke Newman look like?
I get woken up early by my youngest boy who is three, Stirling, asking me to make his breakfast. Then I make a coffee and try and get my head together for the day. I try and think about three things Im grateful for to make me start the day feeling thankful, then play with the kids for an hour or so before heading of to one of the barbershops. Then it’s just 8 hours of talking trash and having fun with customers before heading home to wear out the kids. We try and have a skate or go for a walk to the park. After dinner I try and read or just chill out with wifey with a cup of tea. We just try and keep it all pretty mellow and simple.

As a barber, we’re sure you meet plenty of interesting characters! Have you had any quirky style requests over the years?
Occasionally, the funniest one I had was a guy who showed me a pic of a budgie and asked for a haircut like that.

You’re the original founder of Uppercut Deluxe, a renowned Australian men’s grooming brand. What made you decide to make the change toward now running two of your own barber shops? Basically, we had kids and I just knew I couldn't do both. Uppercut was a rad journey and I loved building and doing all the graphic design for the brand but it just got to the point where I wanted to just cut hair and hang out with my family without the stress and travel of running a big business. I’m so proud of what Uppercut has become but my heart has always been with connecting and hanging with people.


Congratulations on opening your second barber, General Officer! Tell us a bit about what people can expect from the new place in Brisbane!
Barbering was never meant to be about a scene or trying to compete with other shops for the coolest fitout. General Officer is like getting a haircut in your mates garage. No ego, just a good chat and hopefully a lot of laughs.

How can people come and experience the magic for themselves? (eg. address, booking, etc)
You can book via our website or follow the link on our insta page @general_officer

Our new shop is at 252 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo or if your up the coast drop into P-town. 3/10 Grebe Street, Peregian Beach.

Sea Walls Australia x Penlan Street Co: A Collaboration Donation
 Frank & Mimi

Frank & Mimi

Over this coming week PangeaSeed Foundation will launch its first edition of Sea Walls Artists for Oceans Australia debuting in Cairns. A public art program that brings the message of ocean conservation into the streets around the globe. 

Along side a plethora of local businesses joining forces for the week long festival, Penlan Street Co have teamed up with Sea Walls Australia to release a two part Collaboration Donation.

Penlan will be gifting all artist and crew with Part One: “Cairns Crew” tee and Part Two: “Cairns” tee will be released to the general public through their brick and mortar location.     

The collaborative works were designed and printed in house at Penlan and boast bold, bright graphics, that pay homage to both their namesake brand and Sea Walls Australia’s nostalgic word mark.     

Sea Walls Australia’s official merch and “Cairns” tees will be available in store during the festival (27th April to 6th of May) and all profits will be donated back to Sea Walls Australia.
Sea Walls

Penlan Street Co
Shop 3/53 Grafton Street
Cairns, QLD, Australia 4870

Sea Walls Australia Cairns HQ
Canopy Art Centre
124 Grafton Street,
Cairns, QLD, Australia 4870

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First Look Issue 16 - Paradiso

On the cusp of launching our 16th issue 'Paradiso' we thought it would be rather nice to share some spreads of the guts of the magazine. By doing this we are really hoping this will get you really, really wet with (creative juices that is) so you will pre-order some copies.


We also have some IMPORTANT NEWS if you don't mind reading, which most of you don't so I'm just putting this out there anyway. From this issue onwards NO CURE will only be available via SUBSCRIPTION, our ONLINE STORE and dedicated INDEPENDENT STOCKISTS around the country. NEWSAGENTS ARE NO MORE. We have decided to do our own distribution to stockists who appreciate the quality and timelessness of independent printed publications.


So please support us through our online store and purchase through our independent stockists across the country. A stockists list will be up on the website soon. A huge thanks goes out to each and everyone of you that support us and buy our mag each issue. Without you guys print would not survive. 



NEWSAGENTS ARE NO MORE. We have decided to do our own distribution to stockists who appreciate the quality and timelessness of independent printed publications.

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‘The Craft (and Art) of Beer’ - Final show for the Bein' Narly Festival
 Artist: Jase Harper

Artist: Jase Harper

When a drunken pun made a few of Glenno’s mates smile, the title, ‘Bein’ Narly’, came into fruition and one of Sydney’s most valuable art events began. What started as a group exhibition in 2016 has now become an unapologetically DIY extravaganza created with a handful of local sponsors (including us here at No Cure!). We had a chat with Glenno, the curator of this ‘thingo’, to chat all things gnarly...


 Artists at the Ink Rollers show

Artists at the Ink Rollers show

N/C: Tell us a bit about yourself - The weirder the better!
GLENNO: I'm no weirder than the average person - so file that under ‘secretly’ weird. I suppose it's weird to draw for a living or make any coin from being a creative type without being part of a massive media conglomeration. I also think it's unusual that I'd spend half my days for 3 months curating events and herding cats for no money and no guarantee it won’t actually cost me to do it. I'll tell you, now that i've thought about it, I am weird... but weird is worthwhile.

What drew you to initiate the very first Bein’ Narly show? Any memorable moments go down that night?
The first Bein' Narly was a simple group show in 2016 at the awesome Alpha Gallery. We had Pterodactyl man there doing haikus at people. The Saturday saw the Reverend Kriss Hades destroy his gear and our eardrums with noise. The show had potential to become a bigger thing, bigger than just a pun or annoyance to the Sydney biennale. It has certainly proved that as we enter the last 2 shows of this bi-annual festival's nine-shows-over-two-months roster. With each year I do these things, I get to meet some great artists and surprisingly incredible friends. It's also a party and parties are good for you.

 Artist: Glenno Smith - Young Henry's Green Man

Artist: Glenno Smith - Young Henry's Green Man

It’s a hard slog being the main man behind such a massive project. What has been the best bit/s of the process so far?
Just the good feelings from artists and exhibition goers. Angie from Uno Duo has documented (brilliantly) each event and these videos say it all. Sponsors and artists (apart from a few flakey types that have cost me money and sleep) have all thrown in enthusiasm and talent and made my efforts feel/seem worthwhile. One day this behemoth may pay me a wage, but this is an event that this city needs, artists deserve and is a great start of better things to come. Pat Grant's comic launch was the best art event I've ever had anything to do with - him and Fionn are creating a comic that Netflix should crawl over hot coals to commission for a series.

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Above: Artist: Ben Brown - ‘The Craft (and Art) of Beer’

There’s one final show left for Bein’ Narly this year, ‘The Craft (and Art) of Beer’. Tell us a bit about the show!
The last show is a themed show which celebrates the craft beer boom in this part of the city. Young Henrys have been a dedicated and enthusiastic sponsor and over time have been nothing less than supportive of art shows in this town. The show isn’t about that relationship as much as a love letter to beer in general. The art for this is killer - designed to be stared at through beer goggles. You are invited - Gallery 371 - Enmore Rd on Friday, April 20th until Sunday, April 22nd.

 Artist: Lee McConnell -  ‘The Craft (and Art) of Beer’

Artist: Lee McConnell - ‘The Craft (and Art) of Beer’

"The last show is a themed show which celebrates the craft beer boom in this part of the city. Young Henrys have been a dedicated and enthusiastic sponsor and over time have been nothing less than supportive of art shows in this town."

- Glenno Smith

Above artists left to right: Blair Sayer / Gina Monaco / Shane Robertson

What are your grand plans for next time’s Bein’ Narly? How can artists hop on board to join in the fun?
We want to have an event/date as a deadline for creative types to shoot for. 2 years is a long time but not when it comes to organising art/artists/events so YOU ARE WARNED! - get that thing done and join this functional family. I'd like to see the event grow and become easier for myself personally to manage. I don't want to burn out nor see this event disappear so the enthusiasm of others needs to push this boat out further into stranger, more creative and intense waters. I don't enjoy seeing creative culture become generic and safe (which, in my opinion, it definitely is) because that's the way our local culture starts to stagnate. Sport, religion and politics can rot on the vine but I don't want to see music or art do that. Lazy, entitled and unoriginal artists... get your heads out of your arse and push yourself to do something excellent, and you lone-wolfish artists from some marauding a meeting and get drinking...take some notes...come up with a plan. Who knows, your brains may make ideas that are meaningful and strong. Organise something for 2020...get in touch - even just a vague idea will get your event considered for support and be part of the action. I don't expect a horrible spreadsheet and detailed presentation - just tell me your plan and we can hammer out the details over time. Art is for making, not taking for granted or procrastinating about. You're all gonna die so spend your time knowing this fact and leave something people can't unsee...

To watch all the Bein Narly vids click here


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