Australia's most optimistic aerosol artist, MUCHOS channels all that is chill with his cheeky characters and colour ways. His smart, yet satirical style sings true to the good vibes present in his playful persona. We catch up with MUCHOS to get a little look into his merry mind.
WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE AS A FORM OF GRAFFITI?
That's probably up to the viewer to decide for themselves. I mean, it all started with graffiti and I still paint graffiti, but I'm putting more time and effort into exploring and developing some stuff outside of letters at the moment.
WHEN DID YOU START PAINTING, AND WHY?
I don't really remember how it all came about to be honest! I was interested in it for a long time before I actually started painting. I had a lot of older friends growing up and I just remember a couple of the guys I was hanging out with were in to it. From there it just snowballed.
HOW DID GTMRS COME ABOUT?
I was on holiday sitting around with a couple of friends, drawing and throwing ideas around. I think it might have started with an idea for a wall we were gonna be painting on that trip.
IS GTMRS A 'CREW"
I wouldn't say it's a crew. It's not that serious. It's just something fun that me and some friends use as a way of staying connected because we are rarely in the same place at the same time.
POSITIVITY SEEMS TO BE A REOCCURRING THEME IN YOUR WORK, WHAT'S THE MOTIVATION BEHIND IT?
There's really not a lot of thinking behind it. I like to keep things as stress- free as possible and focus on the good things around me and that's how I like to approach my painting.
WITH YOUR CHARACTERS, DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM ANY SPECIFIC COMICS/CARTOONS?
Nothing in particular. The simpler the better. Im a big fan of the characters from vintage labels and logos.
FAVOURITE PAINT TO USE?
I've been using a lot of Ironlak because they nail the pastel colours!
WHAT'S THE SCENE LIKE IN ADELAIDE?
I'm pretty distant from the scene. I tend to keep to myself a fair bit and paint with a small group of friends most the of the time, so I don't really know whats going on outside of that.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF PAINTING?
Travelling to new places.
WHAT'S COMING UP FOR MUCHOS?
More travelling, more painting, more good times!
We currently have a MUCHOS 1/1 original artwork available in our online store. The piece was created for our NO SUCH LUCK group show, find out more by clicking the image below.
Brisbane based fine artist Emmanuel Moore creates one of his surreal landscapes at the Ironlak Studio in Brisbane, Australia.
With a background in graffiti that lead to a shift in focus to a more traditional art practice, Emmanuel Moore is definitely an artist to watch. “When I started to paint on canvases I was inspired by Scandinavian graffiti writers, and how they painted really bold letters and characters” says Emmanuel.
Emmanuel was the first artist to paint The Culprit Club when we first opened our doors in July 2016! He spent a number of days working on the brush acrylic mural on our exterior walls, which has easily been our most conceptually in tune large scale artwork to date.
Find out more about Emmanuel via the Ironlak Studio and suss the video below!
Brisbane is home to many great writers, one known to most for his prolific painting and sought after spots is Cekios. Describing his style as "every graffiti writer mashed into one," we catch up with the enigma himself to talk travel and trains.
SO YOU'RE CURRENTLY IN BERLIN, WHAT WAS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE MOVE?
I have always wanted to live abroad and Europe was number one on the list. Berlin is the New York of graffiti. There's a lot of talent and the scene is booming.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CITY TO TRAVEL TO/PAINT?
Copenhagen. The city is non-stop when is coming to graffiti. Everywhere you look there is something new and exciting. Graffiti on trains can run for up to 7 days or longer, and a lot of people are painting.
WHEN TRAVELLING TO A NEW CITY, DO YOU SET GOALS TO ACCOMPLISH?
It really depends on what I'm there for. If my goal is to paint trains, then I will focus on what has to be done. Another goal is to take notice when painting with a local, this can be a fill effect or a painting technique.
STREET OR PANELS?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRAINS THAT MOTIVATES YOU TO PAINT THEM?
The competition - I love seeing other writers who paint very nice trains. It really pushes me to do the same and compete with "who can do the greatest galve "
I'm not to picky when it comes to choosing types of models, but if have to pick one it would be the Berlin Sbahn.
YOUR ONLINE FAME STARTED ON TUMBLR AND MOVED TO INSTAGRAM, DO YOU FEEL SOCIAL MEDIA HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON YOUR CAREER AND EXPOSURE AS AN ARTIST?
It definitely has. I started painting in semi-rural NSW and I would have never thought that people from around the world would be able to view my work from a couple clicks on their phone. It has changed my style a lot. I'am now able to view artists around the world for inspiration and am able to keep up with what tends are popular.
WHAT'S THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN, BRISBANE?
The best thing about Brisbane in my opinion is the high standard of graffiti, It's one of the main reasons I moved there. Worst this about Brisbane is it's really quiet.
WHAT DOES CREW MEAN TO YOU?
WHICH ARTISTS INFLUENCE/INSPIRE YOU?
At the moment its Mozes/Tapes for their creatively. Style wise is Puak loveletters, Shane obc tb and mozer Süd.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Every graffiti writer mashed into one.
A lot of traveling.
Brisbane is a funny little city. Every now and then a commission wall gets capped, and people tend to get quite upset about it. Sometimes, in an even funnier turn of events, an artist will make t-shirt about their resentment. We catch up with 1337 to scope out how he snapped back at one of street art's most internationally acclaimed artists, Anthony Lister.
TELL US ABOUT HOW THIS FIASCO STARTED?
Well ... Lister capped my work and tried to diss me in public so I made a t-shirt about it. I think it's pretty funny.
WHICH WALL WAS IT?
Bloodhound Bar in Fortitude Valley. We were actually askeded to paint under listers work by the owners so we made it a bit of community spot to showcase a number of different artists.
LUCKS HAD A BIT OF A BITE BACK ABOUT LISTER ON THE WALL TOO, YEAH?
Yeah, I think he was as disappointed as the rest of us. Some of us have know Ant for a
long time and its a shame he’s chosen to play like this.
HAVE YOU HAD A REACTION FROM LISTER?
He messaged me and said he was disappointed about what I’d done after being friends for 25 years. But even after being friends for so long he still wrote that shit on the wall, so tshirt.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET THE SHIRTS?
Find more of 1337's work on Instagram, @drunkhorror (www.instagram.com/drunkhorror)
It's no secret that KISS / ISPY is one of our all time favourite writers. Taking out the title for Secret Walls Gold Coast 2017 alongside MEMOS and MAID for team Culprit Club, we were stoked to work with KISS and are very excited to be welcoming him back to the Club very shortly for a surprise appearance (keep an eye on the social accounts this week for more info). Until then, we catch up with the legend to talk style, summer plans and creative inspiration.
KISS, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING?
I think my first attempt was in around 2000/2001. I gave it away for a while a few years later and then my mate Dform got me back into it.
HOW/WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN FOR YOU?
When I was young I remember seeing lots of DM's throw ups all over the Gold Coast. It got me curious about it. Then one school excursion we went to the Brisbane Art Gallery and in the bookshop was a copy of Subway Art. My mates and I pooled out money together and bought it…somehow I managed to be the one who kept it. I looked through it everyday and got hooked.
WHO'RE YOUR FAVOURITE WRITERS AND WHY?
Ahhh tough question! Here are 10 that come to mind. In no order.
1. Secret - 6 letters is a challenge, but he nails it
2. John Kaye - Colours, composition & calves
3. Ekaer - He makes the simple things look incredible
4. Teaz - letters & concepts
5. Ivo - Unwavering dedication & consistency
6. Dmote - Letters & Connections
7. Dvise - Original Inspiration
8. Memos - Style and just a really nice guy
9. Pubb Crew (SWE) - Great style writers
10. Smerk - Always getting a sneaky street piece up
YOU DRAW A LOT OF LOVELY LADIES, ARE THEY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS OR BASED OFF INFLUENTIAL FEMALES IN YOUR LIFE?
I get asked this a fair bit, there isn’t anything deep going on with them. It’s usually just a pose or something that captures my eye, then I try recreate it in my style. Some of the ladies I have tried to draw are Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Fran Drescher, Alyssa Milano & Kate Winslet to name a few.
IF WE WERE TO TRAWL THROUGH YOUR BACKPACK, WHAT WOULD WE FIND?
Chobani Plain Yogurt, Bananas, iPhone 5, Headphones, assorted Baby stuff, keys, gym towel.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR?
After only recently becoming a father, I have learned not to make plans haha. But hopefully paint a bit more than I have been. Also maybe a return trip back to Hawaii.
TELL US ABOUT THE CURRENT PIECES YOU HAVE AVAILABLE AT THE CULPRIT CLUB?
I listen to a lot of Punk/Hardcore music, so my interpretation of the Opposing Offenders show theme was going to come from the messages in the punk music I grew up listening to. I took ‘Conform or Die’ from the Australian band The Hard-Ons album "Alfalfa Males, Once Summer Is Done, Conform Or Die”. I ended up doing 2 because I found the letters were fun to do.
DO YOU THINK BRISBANE HAS ENOUGH OPPORTUNITIES TO OFFER LOCAL ARTISTS?
It seems to have an awful lot more than the Gold Coast does.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND MORE OF YOUR WORK?
I only Have an Instagram @i_spy.kiss no Facebook, Pinterest or any of the other ones.
ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING PAINTERS?
Keep it sorta simple!
Our buddies at VANS and Beach Burrito Co have come together for the “Tic Taco: Kicks” group charity art show dedicated to the iconic Sk8-Hi!
Featuring original works (on shoez) by a bunch of our friends and fam including: Kon, Lauren Webster, Lee McConnel, Sindy Sinn, Lusid Art, Ink Boy, Kiel Tillman, Buttons, Dale Bigeni, Matt Bourne, Le Grizzle, and Mike Watt - we're bloody excited!
House of Vans Melbourne is the first stop on the Tic Taco: Kicks roadshow (launching this Friday) where the shoes will be auctioned off with a percentage of proceeds going toward Skate Aid, supporting kids in areas of conflict and deprivation by bringing skateboarding to their communities.
The two-day, pop up event will be held at The Meat Market, North Melbourne on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November, 2017. House of Vans showcases Vans’ unique culture through multifaceted activations including D.I.Y workshops, shoe personalization, curated musical performances, street markets, art exhibitions and Vans Skate and BMX team Demos plus much more. Don't miss it!
What a hectic night!! Thanks to everyone who came out to check our KYEL GOLLY's book launch and print exhibition, 'Not Your Ordinary' featuring SINTAX JUNKIES (live) and LEANS. We have a very small amount of Gollys prints remaining in store, if you're chasing one hit us up on instagram or shoot an email to email@example.com + we have the book available in store and online!
Over 4 years, (2012-2015) photographer Kyel Golly documented photos in a world of the lost, the found and the free.
On October 27th, 2017, Kyel Golly and The Culprit Club launch his first official book - NOT YOUR ORDINARY, showcasing 800 stand out photos from this time.
Featuring the work of local artists all over Brisbane, and sharing the scattered memories of people, places and faces prevalent in our city's forgotten foresight, this book is one for the archives.
LAUNCH NIGHT will also feature an exclusive print photo series (each available for $25), giveaways and live acts.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY is a high-quality, 60 page photo journal (350 GMS cover, cello gloss, 150 GSM test, pur/lock bound) printed locally in BNE.
This is not graffiti.
This is not urban exploration.
This is not your ordinary Brisbane.
This is not your ordinary book.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for NO SUCH LUCK last night, what a bloody turn out! To anyone who missed it, here's a little flick through some of the piece we had on display from:
ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, MIKE WATT, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, JOE O'TOOLE,, ERIC BRUCKNER, MATTE & LUCKS.
The Culprit Club is independent art gallery and retail store in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Our motive is motivation. We aim to exhibit the best and the worst from Australia's creative counterparts with no restriction or regulation.
We’re currently taking applications for a communications and graphic design intern.
Successful interns will assist the Creative Director in marketing and communication processes including blog writing (covering creative news, event and artist profiles) content creation/research, and social media marketing.
As we are a small, independent and creative-minded business, our marketing process is fun, organic and idea driven. This is not a ad-hoc, social-media scheduling role, so you must be confident, innovative and willing to put ideas forward.
We’re looking for a commitment to a minimum of at least 1 day per week, with availability to work within our studio in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane for at least 2 months. Working hours are flexible (Wednesday-Sunday).
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
- A student or recent graduate of design, digital media, communications, creative industries, journalism or public relations
- Any creative individual with first hand experience in creative communications and marketing
- Someone with an interest and passion for the creative industries
- Someone with an understanding of all social media platforms, Adobe Illustrator, photoshop and indesign
- Polished writing skills, (bonus points for published blog experience)
- Knowledge of graffiti culture and process will be HIGHLY regarded
HOW TO APPLY
If this opportunity is right up your alley, send your resume and portfolio (or weblink examples of your work) to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Your name – Culprit Club internship application’ as the subject line.
Please apply with your CV and cover letter, including your availability.
Applications close October 31.
* This is an unpaid internship
* Intern will be required to supply their own computer, however studio space/wifi/aircon/desk area etc will be provided
* Internship can be accredited to any relevant study requirements / subjects
After months of you lot whinging that most of our apparel range is sold out of sizes, we finally got our shit together and listened to your cries! This cheeky culprit tee (featuring our brand spakin' new handstyle design) comes in two AS colour ways, (gold and pink) and they're all hand screen printed locally in Brisbane! As always, we do limited runs on all apparel, so get your eyes around the pre-order link and order one now while we've got ya god damn size!
With impending misfortune looming in the next month's trajectory, we're getting very excited to revel in all that is dark and dreary with an absolute banger of a group show, No Such Luck launching on Friday 13th of October.
FULL LINE UP: ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, MIKE WATT, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, MARK RICHARDSON, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, QUINCY MIKE, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, JOE O'TOOLE, ERIC BRUCKNER, MATTE & LUCKS.
We catch up with one of the feature artist's from the show, and a new comer to the gallery walls - Sydney based illustrator / creepy character creator, Mike Watt.
CC: Tell us about the piece you’re creating for No Such Luck - what’s the story behind it?
MW: I was a massive horror movie nerd when I was younger and Jason from Friday the 13th was my favourite character. When I got the brief all I could think of was Jason, I think he's probably already a sign of bad luck but I covered him with bits of broken mirror just to be sure.
CC: What materials did you use to create it?
MW: Mostly acrylic on water colour paper, there's a tiny bit of whiteout and biro in there too.
CC: Are you superstitious, if so - what of?
MW: I'm not that superstitious, but at the same time I'm really paranoid, so I avoid opening umbrellas inside and every thing I can just in case.
CC: What should you be afraid of on Friday 13th?
CC: What’s the most unlucky thing that’s ever happened to you?
MW: I think it's really unlucky to drop food. It sucks on so many levels, you loose your meal and then you have to clean up. It's the worst.
Check out the facebook event for more artist interviews, artwork previews and spooky stories in the lead up to Friday 13th!!
A few days ago, what's speculated to be one of the first NZ commuter wholecars was painted in a day time run up (while passengers were on board) and completed in a timely 8 minutes at Baldwin Ave station in Auckland.
The train bound for Britomart was hit at approx. 4.45pm on Sunday, in broad daylight by a group of 8-12 graffiti artists. One artist allegedly pulled an emergency tag on the outside of the carriage, which halted the train from continuing service, allowing them to spray paint the entire of train (from the station facing side) while passengers remained stationary inside the vehicle.
The driver locked the locomotive's doors in order to keep passengers safe while police were called, but the offenders had vanished from the yard before police arrived.
The artists signed off their work with, 'Outcasts - till death'.
‘Head Above Water’ is a photography exhibition celebrating the highs and lows of 15 years of Ironlak, as witnessed through the lens of Luke’s camera. It’s a story of art, graffiti, and friendship – but also one of both freedom and struggle. The title speaks to the constant grind of life and business.
Around Y2K Luke Shirlaw, a kid from Townsville who was working at Kmart, painting graffiti, and studying graphic design – came into the Ironlak company early development via an internet chatroom, and kick-started a friendship that would vastly alter the trajectory of many people’s lives. As Ironlak moved through its business and cultural journey, Luke would remain a constant fixture in the development of the brand. Originally designing the logo and can, and helping from the sidelines – eventually taking a full-time role as marketing/creative director.
Luke explains; “From traveling in China, we often speak of the need to ‘flow like water’ – to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and keep cool under pressure. You know, ‘when life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold’. Given how turbulent business life can be – especially in pursuing an idea that you care deeply about – it can be easy to feel like you’re always only just keeping your head above. Treading water, and getting nowhere. This show reflects how far we’ve come, the impact that we’ve made, and those who have shared in the journey with us. It really has been an amazing ride. ‘Head Above Water’ is still a mantra of persistence, but has evolved today to remind me to rise above the chaos, appreciate the achievements so far, and enjoy each day as it comes.”
The exhibition also marks a new beginning, as Luke moves on from Ironlak to focus on his own creative marketing practice. As sad as we are to see Luke off, we're pumped for all his future endeavours and to support him through new project and ideas.
Come and experience the journey from the beginning!
As we await the arrival of Arswandaru's show and Aussie' appearance this Friday - we catch up with his to talk through the concept of the show and his upcoming trip to sunny shores.
His paper limited edition fabric and paper prints ($50 and $100) will be available from 6pm Friday at The Club! Make sure you come along and meet the man himself!
CC: Talk us through the concept of the show?
A: Basically, the idea is about anything that happens around me in daily basis. I take consideration to the environment where I live (Bali), the healthy living that becomes a "trend", skateboarding and music that influence me a lot in many ways, also probably something more general like technology, the love-hate relationship with it.
CC: We've not seen silk screen fabric prints before - tell us about why you decided to exhibit your work this way?
A: I have some sort of personal connection with screen print and fabric. They're the most familiar things for me to work with since I was in high school. Back then I was doing it just for fun, to make the DIY stuff like tees, posters, etc. Also, I think fabric as a medium is the most common thing for people in general, we always wear any kind of fabrics, it's mass product, it's kitsch. With screen print method, sometimes there are some mistakes in the process, like the color or outlines are not perfect, compare to the digital work. There's some "human error", and that's how I want it. I don't really like the clean and perfect lines for my personal work.
CC: How long have you been working on this series, and did you ever expect to be touring with it internationally?
A: It's been a month or so, while doing some commercial work with tight deadlines. So I was kinda go back and forth, between commercial and personal work. It took a lot of time of trial and error as well. I didn't really expect to have a show overseas, yet I think it's not impossible.
CC: Why Australia?
A: The lowbrow art movement is growing massively in Indonesia nowadays and I think Australia has started it earlier, if I'm not mistaken . I think it's such a good opportunity to share my work with Australian audiences, also because most of my clients are Australian. So I think it's the time!
CC: Why The Culprit Club?
A: I've seen a lot of exhibitions at The Culprit Club (online), and joined some group shows as well which has been great. I think it's perfect to showcase my work there, good vibes and all.
CC: What're you packing in your travel bag?
A: Just some tees, pants, art supplies, and a skateboard.
CC: How can fans get in touch with you while you're in Brisbane?
A: Hit me up via DM on Instagram or email if you wanna meet up, hang out or do some rad stuff! I'll be in Brisbane for a few days, and will stay in Gold Coast and Melbourne for the rest of the trip.
Check out more info about the show - https://www.facebook.com/events/327941357649015/
As we embrace the upcoming arrival of Friday 13th, the most unfortunate day in western superstition, The Culprit Club presents ‘No Such Luck’ - a group show embracing all that is unlucky by delving deep into the broken mirrors of misfortunate.
Featuring the original works of:
ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, MARK RICHARDSON, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, QUINCY MIKE, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, MOSESSA, MATTE & LUCKS.
We're so honoured to be in Sydney, hanging at aMBUSH Gallery for 'Praise You' - an exhibition with the power to make a difference. Experience the unfolding of this incredible show, curated by our good friend, Lusid Art has been an insane and inspiring journey.
Join us this Friday at aMBUSH, and experience the 30 pieces on display, by 30 creative females from around the world.
The night will also feature, DJ Nes-t, Elizabeth Rose and Annie Bass, live speakers, raffle prizes (from major sponsors), catering (food and drinks), and limited edition artist t-shirts and live speakers. This is going to be HUGE.
ALL PROCEEDS donated directly to the Butterfly Foundation, working in support of people suffering from negative body image and eating disorders.