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March 5, 2012 - BOy Left Home

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BOy culture seems to load lads up – sometimes, with more than BOy can bear.  And if  BOy can’t bear it – saying so isn’t an encouraged option, because BOy is supposed to be tough – right?    Or maybe it’s BOy culture that’s wrong?   Maybe BOy should be valued for his sensitivity, honesty, authenticity, difference and ability to grow and evolve beyond the confines of  BOy stereotyping –  rather than his worth being measured by size, strength, toughness and how much he can do? 

Footnote:  I had a refreshing conversation with a bloke a while back, who talked about his close friend who’d taken his own life.  His honesty was astounding.  He recalled a conversation he’d had with his mates over drinks at the funeral wake.  He said the guys were all saying how they wished their mate had talked to them, told them how bad he was feeling.   And this guy said, “Bullshit!   If he’d told us we’d probably all have called him a ‘pussy’ and told him to toughen up.”   I think that moment of honesty separated the man from the BOys.    And I’d also seen a little five year old BOy cry recently as his Dad clipped him on the shoulder and told him to ‘toughen up’ and not be ‘such a sook’.   Maybe it’s not about BOy being a ‘sook’ – but BOy culture being way too tough?  

Find him in Clunk & Jam book and BOy Pocket Card Collection in Shop.


July 7, 2011 - Gothic gone mainstream

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“Drawing and visual media were his pain-relievers of choice … a response to conditions of disconnection and isolation.”    (From book pictured).    Tim Burton is the creator/director of  Batman; The Corpse Bride;  Nightmare at Christmas; Alice in Wonderland  and more.   “In spite of claims that he was an inarticulate youth who felt alienated from his neighbourhood environment, Burton’s point of view has always been humorous and high spirited.  Burton made much of his disaffected youth as muse for his early work.

Burton has endeavoured to come up with new models for the beautiful.  Skeletons, severed heads, and bodies and eyes that are stitched and pierced are recurring emblems whose twofold effect is to skewer conformist attitudes and affirm alternative ways of life.   Disfiguring the body (not his, the characters) allows Burton to deliver metaphors of social dysfunction and psychological disintegration with sensual wit. In the end, creativity is the saving grace of Tim Burton’s heroes.  Their example of imaginative activity, as a response to conditions of disconnection and isolation, is the overarching message of Burton’s work.”

(Words taken from ‘Tim Burton The Exhibition’ book).

August 9, 2010 - Full Stop

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“Life is mostly froth and bubble.  Two things stand like stone.   Kindness in another’s trouble – courage in your own.”  Barbara Dinham’s Father.   She writes …  “The mature conscience of the postwar generation globally dropped do-gooding in favour of analysis and insight into social and political structures that maintain inequality and general injustice.  Kindness did not fit into analysis.  Being kind was for animals, children, the elderly, yourself even, and maybe the environment.  Kindness was too banal for the big social issues.  Kindness was for private, personal actions.  Yet one of the major social movements of the second half of the 20th century fought fiercely for recognition that the personal is political.  So is it time for a new kind of kindness?”

Barbara Dinham, Director, Pesticide Action Network, UK.  Pic and story from book ‘A Revolution In Kindness’ edited by Anita Roddick (Body Shop) – my bible.

July 28, 2010 - Leave the white crosses alone

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Caught some of a debate on ABC radio this week over ‘should white crosses be allowed on roadsides and in public places to symbolise the place a life was lost?’

The arguments against were along the lines of  …. they make people feel bad;  they’re an eyesore; visual pollution; an intrusion; a dangerous distraction for motorists; or could cause children distress.    All valid arguments however … considering the rising rate of depression in the community (and my own experience of how unresolved and suppressed grief can play a major part in that), I couldn’t help but wonder … surely if this symbolism and public expression of grief  helps to ease a person’s suffering, isn’t it more important as a community to have a heart than an opinion?  To endeavor to understand the value and relevance of this act in someones healing process?   As for visual pollution and dangerous distraction to motorists …. I wondered why we’re not leaving the sad people alone and instead, debating over the banning and tearing down of advertising banners and billboards that litter our roadsides, homes and schools; deface buildings and city scapes; and fill our minds with toxic messages that are causing real harm to children and adults alike.

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July 14, 2010 - Street Studio

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Ghostpatrol website – check it out and his work in this book …


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The book also contains work and words of insight into street art from Miso (below), along with art and interviews from 9 other artists.


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July 14, 2010 - Allure of ink

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(Words from Artlink).

“There is a deep longing in mankind to ‘feel’, and that’s something a screen can’t (yet) provide ….

Printing however, takes money, distribution needs, connections.  When people want or need to share their ideas without the necessary money and connections, you get underground publishing, and ingenious methods of print production and distribution.”   Article ‘The Allure of Ink’, written by Caren Florance

On the topic of ‘zines’  (independent/underground print/press) …

Vanessa Berry writes … “Before I discovered zines, I had felt lonely and violated by the views of mass media, which seemed so far from my own.  I made my zine to create an alternative take on the world, from my perspective, and to connect with other people with similar ideas …. As often as I tell myself, the internet does not replace real life, and I believe that zines can be considered a reaction against the relocation of experience to the virtual realm … the obvious difference is that a zine is a finite object.  You open it and go inside.  The experience of being contained inside this world is the opposite of the endlessness and ubiquity of the digital world.  While elements of zine culture have made it online, in terms of documentation and networking, the objects themselves remain the focus, and nothing online exists to replace them and the experience of reading them.”  Here, here!