Australia has a tendency to follow and adopt American culture, fast food, TV and more recently graffiti. Australians caught onto this emerging culture in the 1980's through movies like Wild Style. This documentary was later followed by Style Wars showcasing a totally new movement. It took the world by surprise. Melbourne was captivated by this new outlet predominantly for adolescent boys to take risks and develop an identity in anonymous suburban landscape. What followed was a rush to explore and experiment this new artform. Someone once said you can be on top in graffiti but you can never win. Many people have come and gone within the graffiti scene since. Those that stick around often go on to develop and evolve a unique style. Here are the old Blue Harris trains that ran the lines in the 1980's along with artists trying to claim a panel. Here we find Armed from KSA, Paris and Peril and Duel and Zode all still active now.
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Monday, 10 June 2019
Welcome to Adelaide, Outer Harbour Railway line, Bowden. Some fresh graffiti painted on the wall with the old Redhen rail-cars, that operated from 1950's to 1996. Adelaide has a long history of modern graffiti similar to Melbourne and Sydney "There were pieces and tags in Adelaide by late 83" Phoa.
Brief origins of graffiti and its arrival in Australia
American photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant documented some of the first subway art in the world from New York. Henry Chalfant co-produced "Style Wars" in 1984 a movie about hip hop centred around the graffiti culture of the 70's and 80's. From this video footage and photos, modern graffiti was exported to the world and this subculture arrived in Australia in the 1980's, establishing itself to what it has become today.
NA-Nasty Artists crew, RCF-Rock City Funk, MS-Mainstays
Friday, 7 June 2019
Monday, 3 June 2019
A quick look on street view shows this place has been abandoned for over five years. Graffiti has accumulated here over the last four. The majority of the building has glass windows as walls, its mainly empty inside and everything is trashed and gutted in some way. Graffiti wise its mainly throw-ups and tags, most of the wall space is visible from the road. FYI there is a horrendous sounding antisocial alarm system, I triggered it and subsequently legged it.
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Friday, 10 May 2019
This petrol station in Traralgon lies two hours east of Melbourne. This servo sits amongst residential housing which probably explains the lack of graffiti. For people interested in graffiti or urban exploration they see the beauty in decay. Society however, doesn't appreciate or understand this natural cycle of life, death and decay. We are forever chasing a clean-cut, young, fresh image and hold unrealistic views as to how our towns and cities should look. Most new architecture is totally devoid of character and is fucking disgusting to look at. A homogeneous housing estate in Pakenham is much more of an eyesore than this dilapidated petrol station.