Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Paradise in Me - Not an Addict: FlasherDoesDryJuly

 'Breathe it in and breathe it out and pass it on it's almost out'
I  was playing a lounge cover of this iconic track on the #86 the other day. The K's Choice version came out in '95. I think it might have been the Anthem of a niche inner city crowd at the time.  It had the same potency as Smells Like Teen Spirit did before it. I even knew someone who would rock on her knees, exhaling a joint, eyes closed, just 'feeling' it.
'The deeper you stick it in your vein, the deeper the thoughts there's no more pain'
With the lounge beat pounding through my body, and a fantasy of me with a Hendricks Martini I looked around and wondered what everyone else's poison was.  The 40 something guy in the business suit, with diamante's in his glasses, going home for a whiskey? The clearly drug affected woman drawing on inner depths of strength to maintain an upright posture - I was tipping H but maybe something else? I don't even know what's out there any more.

'It's over now, I'm cold, alone, I'm just a person on my own'
And that resonated the most. All of us, apart from the chick barely upright, had our smart phones and head phones on and in. Alone in the crowd. We just wanted to get to where we were going, do what we needed to do, and stay in our own intoxicating zone. I wasn't sure if that was good or bad. 
'I'm not an addict (maybe that's a lie)'


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chapter Two

I stood below, coffee secure this time, dog tentative. The light was on, but the window wasn't open. Lord Preshington, where were you? Knowing how dashing houndstooth is on you, and feverishly excited to get my hands on your Apparel, I will wait again, hoping, someday, somehow, some way...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All things said

Melbourne has a bleeding heart. Some are raging and others pleading for peace. These are the only words that are my own. Below, I have taken beautiful, poignant, thoughtful and honest words exchanged over 2 Fb posts (David Russell and Mel Jewell), over 24 hours. I've dissected, spliced, rearranged and abbreviated. In doing so I hope to have captured the essence of this.

Part 1: Justification

We didn't make it man we blew it
We used to level public space
With non commercial art
All that is gone for a few grants

Hegemonic art is gentrificiation
It's mainstream dictating aesthetics
When they make pretty backdrops of wealth
Don't be surprised that writers fuck shit up

Part 2 - Reaction

This post-structural posturing
This shit is naval gazing
Don't speak for the scene
You media show pony

You've jumped the shark
You are a parody of yourself
Your media buddies make it news
But it's been dead for years

Clap clap for provoking
The contextual debate
Opinion doesn't make you right
And this critique is personal

Part 3 - Opinion

Haters gonna hate
Wankers gonna wank
Painters gonna paint
Tags are fuckin' sick

The line between piss take and art
It isn't as blurry as you might think
This is piss take made personal
No need to dissect it to see that

Paint whatever you want man
But pick up a weapon, expect trouble
I wish someone would paint over it
Scratch out Murals and write Toys

Part 3: Response

Your target isn't on the shooting range
This isn't an art vs graffiti gudgewank
There is no news on street art vs graff
Lush has been saying the same for years
(only better)

Part 4: Reason

Does the source matter if the point is relevant?
People stroke street arts' fast disappearing balls
There's no critique just "that's painted really well"
Boring and un-inventive - the death of street art

This technical obsession is a curse
Technically adept, thematically empty
Just middle class white hipster kids
With over romanticised notions

Part 5: Right of Reply

7 words on a wall
And everybody shits their pants
It is such a strange time
For all the keyboard fury
This is just paint on a wall

Part 6: Compassion

You must feel heavily misunderstood

I never claimed to be anything I wasn't
I'm sorry for the rift between us

Who said art has to be pidgeon holed?

If you are not pissing on someone for doing murals
If you do no harm we can be friends

Part 6: Learning

Murals, street art and graff
Why cant we have it all?
Celebrate diverse contributions

Graffiti is bigger than ever
There is just another group
Who are also painting walls

Part 7: Love

All things said, fair points
We are in this together
A united collaboration

It's all paint on walls
Some of it I like
Some of it I don't

I love graffiti
I love street art
The former
Informs the latter

Legal or illegal
It's all semantics
What we all love,
That is art

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Captain and the Skipper

Vegan roasted Buckwheat, and The Captain and the Skipper. The first is a recipe I just made up tonight (nah, I do eat meat just trying to cut down). The second I just rediscovered. Does anyone know what happened to them?

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The number of blogging apps proliferating is ridiculous. This Blogsy one could be a winner.
I dragged this pic straight from Facebook albums. The image was my birthday wish for Precious Few this year. I took it in a laneway behind Piedemontes. Sorry not sure how to place it properly yet.
Naw and here is an oldie of Nufevah and my Dawg, from my Picasa account, taken near the Fitzroy Pools way back when, one winter morning.
By promising Yahoo that I will burn toast and sleep on the crumbs between flannelette sheets for a month, Flickr granted access my old sets. Fucking RAD. Above, I have dragged a snap from years ago, my favourite wall.
And here, just straight from my gallery, which was uploaded directly from my phone a couple of weeks ago.
And finally a recent self portrait from Instagram.

This Blogsy App has taken access to a new level. Every photo I have ever posted on any forum (not tumblr or twitter tho) is there, ready for me to grab. But it required a hundred passwords and a hundred more authorisations.

A cool thing about this is that you can immediately go to your posts and edit. From inside the App.
The coolest thing about this is that I can indulge instantly in links and comparisons. No more trawling through external drives for that throwie that was on that wall three years ago. I have them all here, to my right. Apologies in advance y'all about to be post bombed for a while. The modern version of sifting through that old photo box. I will try to make it slightly more interesting than that.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beer Bottles of Fitzroy / Flasher does DRY JULY

I hate beer. I hate the taste, the smell and the feeling of being pissed on it. It is, however, the drink of choice for many a dude stumbling back to his mates car from the dubiously licensed venues on Brunswick St.
The change in Brunswick St before 9.30 pm and Brunswick St post 9.30 pm is immeasurable. As all locals know, it is remarkable how funny a very un-funny dickhead can think he is at 2.00 am in the middle of Kerr St, or Argyle, or Westgarth.
I am not going to apologise if you are reading this and happen to be a 38 year old man called Steve/Damo/Jeza from Glen Waverley, with one Code Male "good shirt" and really long pointy pseudo brogues. Stop wearing that shit it looks really bad, and stop pissing on our doorsteps it stinks. Seriously your girlfriend/wife Tanya/Belinda/Stace will thank me. 
If you are part of the younger generation that live in your parents investment units in The (bullshit) Artist, I also implore you to reconsider your 5.00 am balcony chats. I don't care if Thomas will get his second wind, I just want you all to shut the fuck up. Smoke a cone and chill in your lounge rooms in silence. 
Honestly, this is not me being all gentrified, moving in and demanding a clean up. I love our traditional owners, our institutional cafe's, our artists, our yummy mummies, our spare change seekers, our druggies, our oldies and our hipsters. But you, my rowdy fellows, please put your empties in a bin and exit with your dignity intact.

Perhaps I am a little grumpier than usual. It is Dry July and I am doing it and it is FUCKING KILLING ME. But the cause is good. Dry July is a fundraiser that this year seeks to raise money to improve the quality of life and access to health services for those who have cancer. Better services = better quality of life, more dignified assistance and for some it will mean living well, longer.  The crew I am raising the dollars for is the Andrew Love centre in Geelong. They are awesome. I have first hand experience of a family members treatment there. 
The most important reason, or inspiration that I have, is The Mr Ben Naz. There is no one quite like him. At all times he has his head held high, and bucket loads of tenacity. One of those brave few who raises money for cancer (F*ck You Cancer, London) when they are coping with their own battle. He curated a show FFS. No-one has shown me what it is to fight in any way greater than this man. I could go on and on and on. 
So yeah, if you could just donate the cost of a drink that you will forego, even you bastards I have named, shamed and humiliated in this post, drop me a line. I will send you a link to my donation page. Which is in my real name, so there is another element of Dry July that I am braving. Sponsor me, find out who I am, pay props to Ben, and stick your finger up to cancer.