Street Art articles

Making money by destroying culture

So, it seems that people have taken to advertising on street art hot spots. Paste up advertising or street advertising is killing much of the important lanes in the CBD and inner city.  Take Duckboard Place. This lane way was part of the hottest street precinct in Melbourne. Linked to AC-DC Lane, Duckboard Place had

Empire of Melbourne

By Adrian Doyle, Blender Studios I have spent some of this month fixing up and re-doing the lanes at the north of the CBD.  We have been painting Lovelands and the Blender Lane. The lanes had begun to look messy and some of the art had been slashed by tags. So we painted over the

Culture vulture

By Adrian Doyle Did you know that on average Hosier Lane gets around 10,000 tourists a day? That is pretty extraordinary. When you think about it, you struggle to think of anything else in Victoria that attracts this amount of tourists, plus its free and all we have to do is look after it. It

The cost of culture 

By Adrian Doyle, Blender Studios founder and director It was in 2001 when I moved into the giant warehouse at 110 Franklin St.  It was a dream come true, I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it, (I was on the dole), but I knew that it was something special. A few

Sugar’s work is just schweet

By Lorriane Ellis  Sugar and I began our chat discussing Hosier Lane.  Miraculously, his piece from Meeting of Styles 2016 has survived – being painted up high has given it longevity. “No-one’s really interested in painting there anymore as the place is trashed! Those who persist and are brave or foolish enough to accept the

Loretta Lizzio: romantic visionary

By Lorraine Ellis Loretta Lizzio was recently listed as one of nine “badass” female artists who are taking over the Australian street art scene. Originally from far north Queensland, her childhood in this exotic rural setting was idyllic. “Although I was always drawing and creating from early childhood, there was no support for art in

Realism and fantasy

By Lorraine Ellis, StreetsmART She’s street art’s sweetheart! Kaff-Eine is a much-loved artist with a huge following. She was originally known for her poignant, sometimes whimsical, simple black and white line drawings that celebrated the human condition. About six years ago these artworks began to appear, mostly in paste-up form, throughout the inner-city suburbs. “I’ve

Ink and aerosol

By Lorraine Ellis Steve Cross is a veteran of the graffiti/street art scene, having put up his first tag 30 years ago as a 14-year-old. A keen skate-boarder, tagging and sticker bombing became something he did as he traversed the streets of Perth. These days Steve straddles two scenes: that of tattooing and graffiti/street art. He

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