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VANS Custom Culture Competition - Last days!!
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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!

WORDS: SARAH HAZLEHURST / PHOTOGRAPHY: MARKUS RAVIK


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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.
 

JOKER AND THE THIEF PLAYING CARDS - MAIDENS

Joker and the Thief is set to release THEIR new collection of playing cards – Maidens. We give you a sneaky look at the artwork by Kentaro Yoshida.

Designed over a period of 10 months by popular Sydney-based artist Kentaro Yoshida, the collaboration couldn’t be any more perfect. Known for his organic, bold style, Kentaro was inspired by Dia de los Muertos – central to Maidens’ theme of powerful and mystical feminine energy. 

Maidens truly is going to be a special deck of playing cards. Packaged in a gorgeous letter-pressed tuck box produced in San Diego, California – utilising premium imported papers, with interior and exterior hot stamped foil and embossing. All of this is capped by a vivid, custom shaped seal. 

To get your hands on this limited edition deck of cards, you can pre-order through Joker and the Thief's Kickstarter campaign launching on Friday, September 1st, 6PM PDT (West Coast, USA).

www.jtplayingcards.com

Giant News

Early today Vivid Sydney announced its line-up for this year’s event starting in May. And we can’t get our eyes off the fact that Shepard Fairey is on the list. We caught up with Eddie Zammit to discuss the exciting news.

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE REED


“It’s taken 3 good years behind-the-scenes to make it happen and we’re thrilled that he’ll be in Sydney for the first time in 14 years,” Zammit says. He will be headlining a Game-Changer talk as part of Vivid Ideas exclusively for Vivid Sydney in June – tickets have just gone on sale. Fairey will be speaking on Saturday, 17 June at the Sydney Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/vividshepard Zammit confirms that, “The essence of Shepard’s talk will be placed on his DIY mantra.”


“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, and sharing what you believe in with other people. Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform to do this in Australia.” 

-Shepard Fairey


“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, and sharing what you believe in with other people. Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform to do this in Australia,” says Shepard Fairey. As an artist he is best known for the OBEY art project, the HOPE poster promoting Barak Obama and more recently We The People campaign.

Outside of the talk, he is expected to paint the largest mural in the Sydney CBD. This will take place from 12 – 17 June. Stay tuned for details on that one. There are also plans to have a free exhibition at Darling Quarter.

More news as this comes to hand. 

Purchase your tickets here: http://bit.ly/vividshepard

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'Golden Summer' - A joint exhibition by Greg Straight and Ross Murray

An ice-cream run to the corner dairy; that road trip up the coast; a cold one on a long, hot afternoon. ‘Golden Summer’ celebrates all this and more on a nostalgic journey around New Zealand. ‘Golden Summer’, is a joint exhibition by New Zealand based artists Greg Straight and Ross Murray. The show opens this Friday at Endemic World on Ponsonby Rd.

How did the show come about?
Greg: Last year Ross and I were both featured in a street art / design magazine called No Cure based in Australia. They released a New Zealand issue and interviewed a bunch of amazing artists. Ross is from the Mount and I have family at Papamoa, so I decided to drop Ross an email and introduce myself. I am a big fan of his work and we soon became friends.

Last year I started researching and developing a series of art prints looking at different NZ landmarks and places, many of these were rural settings. On my way to the BOP I just kept seeing these typical New Zealand scenes and wanted to turn them into artworks. Ross had been working on a similar range and by coincidence we were totally on the same page but executing them in very different ways.

Ross’s works have a beautiful organic hand drawn feel to them often looking at old packaging and logos combined with retro styled cars while mine are all very hard edged, geometric and kept fairly simple in their compositions. We decided to put an exhibition together to showcase the new works and Elliot at Endemic World was the perfect guy to help make this come into fruition. 

Can you tell us about the theme of the show?
Ross: The show is essentially a celebration of the New Zealand summer. It features some recurring imagery: dairies, beaches, vintage advertising, Cortinas, Kingswoods and plenty of sun-baked landscapes. The overall tone is very nostalgic. Greg’s work has a beautiful simplicity to it, which in a way, symbolises the rose-tinted memories of our youth. And my work focuses on the idea of the summer road trip and how modern ideas of nostalgia are often linked to the things we consume. We both set out to make our artwork really evocative; so while a lot of the locations are imagined, they feel super familiar.


"I’d go surfing all day until my arms felt like they would drop off, sometimes taking out my Uncle's 9 foot Big Kahuna surfboard when the swell was small. The sand on your jandles, offshore breeze in your hair and the sound of laughter from the family sharing a long lunch together, that to me is my favorite memory of summer."

-GREG STRAIGHT


Favourite NZ summer memory?
Ross: My favourite NZ summer is a combination of two or three summers at Opoutere in the Coromandel where I lived about ten years ago. Collecting Tuatua and making fritters soaked in freshly squeezed lemon juice; that lovely long beach, completely empty except for the dotterels and oystercatchers; shady walks through the pines; driving to the local orchard to buy stone fruit and Frujus; watching the kaka fly north in the morning and return south at night; and bobbing in the surf at dusk with the bronze whalers.

Greg: It would have to be the family tiki tours down to Papamoa to visit my Aunty Hazel and Uncle Jim back when I was young. We would all pile into the old station wagon, me and my two brothers in the back or sometimes boot with surfboards on the roof, fishing rods and enough luggage to sink a ship. My Uncle would put the long line out and catch fresh snapper for dinner and aunty would make a huge spread with veges and salad grown from their garden and hot Tuatua fritters. 

Although they had very little money they had huge hearts and would welcome anyone into their home. I’d go surfing all day until my arms felt like they would drop off, sometimes taking out my Uncle's 9 foot Big Kahuna surfboard when the swell was small. The sand on your jandles, offshore breeze in your hair and the sound of laughter from the family sharing a long lunch together, that to me is my favorite memory of summer.

 www.rossmurray.com / www.gregstraight.com / www.endemicworld.com