10/30/17
Bedroom Wall Graffiti

Tips for Including Graffiti in Modern Interior Design

Graffiti is a great way of adding color, style, mood, excitement and an extraordinary feeling to your home interior. Graffiti is capable of changing your walls in almost all rooms of your house, giving each one of them the kind of mood that is just consistent with the room itself. Integration of graffiti as form of furniture and wall art has increasingly grown popular in the last few decades, owing to the kind of incredible results that home owners get out of it.

Modern Interior Design Graffiti

Kitchen Wall GraffitiIf you are aspiring to give life and add meaning to your home interior, you have a wide range of approaches to use, right from the simple stencil-style creations that convey a number of meanings, to a more elaborate, bright and awakening hip hop-inspired designs that will instantly claim the attention of your visitors whenever they enter your home. Here are a few tips you might consider to make your home interior great:

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a place that requires a combination of creative skills in the preparation of food and arrangement of your cutlery and utensils. How great would it appear if you extended this kind of creativity to the walls? A combination of fun and bold numbers and letters together with some catchy drawings can be great in transforming your kitchen experience.

Bedroom

Bedroom Wall GraffitiYour bedroom requires a mood of relaxation. Flowers and other drawings that portray relaxation, including simple words that convey deep meaning to your life like “LOVE” can be incredible in your bedroom, together with the modern enriching colored lights you might choose.

Sitting Room

In your sitting room, welcoming words and pictures that portray happiness will make your visitors feel at home, however short their stay may be. Graffiti interior design can also be used to personalize your furniture by adding fun to it or by simply making it rhyme with the entire interior space. Try out graffiti on your furniture with matching and alternating shapes and colors and see how great it will appear.

In a nutshell, graffiti is a complete way of personalizing your interior space and adding meaning to your home and your life. It is the basis of happiness with your family, giving each room its mood and feeling, including children’s rooms. Key to the successful integration of graffiti is the application of creativity. Ultimately, your interior home will acquire a complete transformation to a totally new level.

11/4/15

Artistic Wall and Interior Design Will Liven Up Your Home

Making your house look warm and welcoming is not as difficult as many people believe. Although you need to know some basic design principles to help you make the best decisions, your goal should ultimately be to create an environment that exemplifies your own preferences and personality.

Plan First

tree wall stickerBefore anything you should plan out what you want to do in entirety. Do not rush out to buy artwork in a hurry. Have a good idea of the entire concept you want to create, so you don’t find yourself stuck half way through at a loss for what to do next.

Select a Colour Scheme

Selecting a colour scheme is the first thing you should do when adding in a feature wall, or renovating a dull area of the home. If you can’t decide, trim your options down to a few colors that you really love, and only focus on deciding between those colours. At the end of the day, the colour choice is a personal decision and the needs to be one that more importantly than anything, appeals to you.

Steal What You See

Don’t be afraid to steal other people’s ideas and make them your own. Make a few changes and personalise the artistic concept to fit your requirements. Combine multiple ideas to come up will something unique. You can find inspiration in magazines, online or from friends and family.

Mix and Match Your Furniture

If you’ve recently moved in to a new residence, you probably require some new furniture. If you fall in this category, don’t buy all your furniture from a single outlet. Instead, find one or two pieces your really like and then find other furniture items that match with them from other furniture stores.

Stylish, loud, or zany items should always be selected as a centre-piece and then the rest of the home furnishings can be selected to fit with them. Replica furniture, tribal pieces and luxurious chase lounges are all good examples of this. Pick furniture from different sources, but ensure you adhere to your color scheme. By choosing not to buy all your furniture from the same store, you’ll ensure you won’t end up with a generic, sterile look.

You also don’t have to spend a lot of money to acquire furniture. It is possible to get good used inexpensive furniture that is of good quality. Check local classifieds online and in local media for bargain furniture. Often when people are moving it is easier for them to sell some items than to relocated them as well.

Paint a Feature Wall or Two

orange floral feature wall

A vibrant feature wall in a modern home

Many people believe that white walls make your home look bigger; but adding a splash of color to your walls brings out this effect because it gives the illusion of depth. You don’t actually have to paint all the walls though. Just a single feature wall can bring a room to life! When doing this, choose a colour that matches your furniture and decor, and one that sits with the rest of your interior plan, to ensure you will be happy with the final result.

If you’re renting and your landlord doesn’t want you to paint, consider some contemporary wallpaper or wall stickers instead. Wallpaper might seem expensive at first, but you can remove and reuse it after you relocate from your current house or apartment. Wall stickers are a cheaper option but won’t be reusable.

Add a Rug

colourful rug

A bright rug can bring a room to life

Bare floors can look drab and boring. Rugs and floor coverings can make your house look bigger, warmer and more welcoming. If you have a large space to fill, choose a big rug. Bigger rugs can dramatically change the feel and look of a room, and should not be discounted and a fairly cheap and very easy way to completely redefine the vibe of a room.

We like some of the more colourful floor rugs from the Rug Republic collection. That said however, a rug is a very personal item and you should choose something that matches your furniture and interior. If you’re colour theme is more earthy, you may prefer a natural fibre rug design, or if you want something really loud a modern patchwork rug might be for you. Take a look online or at your local rug store for more ideas.

Use Your Personality to Fill the Walls and Shelves

Using your own personality to design your home makes it unique and special. Utilize the walls with shelving is an easy way to achieve a personalised look. Purchase some quality art that appeals to you to achieve this. Many people resort to buying generic and fake art, in an effort to save money and the end results can seem a bit drab. If you do not have money, it is possible to create your own art. Art you have designed yourself has a much more impressive backstory than anything you can buy.

It is possible to have beautifully decorated home, suitable for a magazine or TV programme, even on a budget. You don’t need to hire an interior designer or spend a lot of money in order to achieve this. With proper planning and the right colour selection, rugs and some art, your home will look a million dollars in no time.

01/7/14

Wall Vision – Wall Murals Without the Spray

We recently had the opportunity to meet the team from Wall Vision on a painting trip to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Besides playing host and taking us to all the best local waves, Greg and the team were really keen to get some insight into street art scene from those immersed in the culture. It was interesting to hear how they saw they saw street art culture from the outside looking in. Greg was quite open to the art form which in the sunshine state of Queensland has the strictest laws and biggest fines in the country. The acts introduced have graffiti specific legislation giving local councils and government the power to rapidly remove graffiti and jail offenders. It’s a shame that the result of these acts has also led to the reduction of legal spots by the city councils, effectively strangling the life out of the underground wall art culture.

The result! courtesy of wall vision

We discussed latest trends and some of our favourite artists and biggest influences, and then we came to the topic of our own houses. Now, most of us have always wanted to paint our own place with crazy wall murals and characters, changing our most seen canvas on a weekly basis but because most of us are renting, this kind of behaviour is not conducive to a good relationship with your real estate agent. “What if I told you that I could put  your favourite wall art pieces on your walls at home and it won’t cost you your bond?” asked Greg.”Your dreamin!” we replied emphatically. He quickly pulls out his computer and starts to show us his website.

The solution? Vinyl wall art. It is 100% removable and doesn’t damage the walls underneath. Sort of like a modern day wallpaper but without the mess and frustration associated with having to glue the wallpaper to the wall. the scope of what you could put on your walls was limitless, as long as you could find a decent quality photo, you’re in business! We walked up to the showroom to see some of the examples with our own eyes and we were absolutely blown away by the detail. The colours and definition of the feature walls was as bright as it looked the day we painted it! You could even see the individual blades of grass on the bottom of the wall, what can i say, we were very impressed.

With this great new idea in our heads we flew home and jumped straight on the computer to find a couple of photos of some of our favourite wall murals. After searching for a couple hours through the gigs of photos i decided on two massive wall murals, one for the living room and one for the kids wall. We sent the photos through to the Wall Vision team and had our new wall coverings the following week. After quickly preparing the walls and patching a couple holes, we had the new wall art installations up in just under an hour and they looked awesome!

Big shout out to the team at Wall Vision for the hook up with the new wall murals and the idea to get our favourite pieces printed. Now we will always have a life size copy of the original with no worries about landlords, or getting buffed!

 

01/7/14

Featured Artist: Loc-2

Owl Wall Mural aerosolWhen did you start being a graffiti artist? 1984 – 1 don’t like the word graffiti. It’s too vague. I prefer wall art, but you can’t avoid it. These days I just feel like an artist. Fuck labels.

What got you into writing graffiti? I was fascinated by a punk writer Baz who was up in my area around 1981. Then in 1984 I was inspired by the usual books and films.

What are your first memories of seeing graffiti? The first pieces that really impressed were the Chrome Angelz works at Covent Garden in London.

What were your influences back then and what are your influences today? Back in the 80’s it was mainly the early European style, so mostly Dondi and Futura. Since then I’ve become more and more open to other genres of wall art. These days I have a million small influences, anything in my day could spark off an idea. People, the world, a sweet wall mural, life. But everything I paint, I can trace back to earlier writing I did, it’s never disconnected. Conflict is usually a part of it in some way.

I’m interested in other ways of seeing, ways to look inside. X-rays, microscopes. I think a lot about meaning, I haven’t used my name as the content piece in a long time. I do still have letters in it but there isn’t a boundary between them and everything it’s all one thing to me. That’s part of what MY organic thing is about. I like to say a letter IS a character.Owl Wall Art

What/who influences your style, flow and ideology? I think you have to be the master of your own destiny.

Being that your work is quite synonymous with being loc2 to advance your work further, can it be somewhat intimidating, stifling or difficult to keep on the cutting edge? That’s a good one. I always have a ton of new ideas I want to experiment with, far more than I’m going to live long enough to deal with. New concepts every day. I haven’t painted 10% of what I’ve already worked out, the stuff I think might be good. I’ll die frustrated. The challenge is to work out which ones are most worthwhile … I try to research what else is going on in all the art worldwide, try to explore the paths less trodden. I think about what our art has to do with the rest of it. Is it good? What is the point of it?

Originality is a distance not a place. It’s an ideal to strive for. I think I spend too much time on that at the moment though, 1 want to get back to painting more and thinking loss. The trouble is, you can’t go back to not knowing things. The other big dilemma for me is to do with consistency. This information saturated age seems to favour a logo mentality but I hate to repeat myself. It just feels like I’m wasting my time if I don’t move forward in some way each time. So I try to strike some kind of balance but I don’t think I do a very good job of that. I think I make my life far more difficult than it needs to be. I could take just one bit of it rinse and repeat.

Trackside, panels, bombing or a chill wall? I’ve done all of the above during my career. These days I’d choose a high profile wall and try to put something interesting and worthwhile on it. Something that fucks with stereotypes, makes people think. Chill? I wish. We just did a whole Nazi bunker in Frankfurt. Massive. 4m thick concrete walls. Big budget, open brief, painting whatever we like. Big responsibility … turn something like that into something positive. I’m ok with a mystery … sometimes I’ll illustrate an idea, sometimes I’m ok to do something that’s not so easily gettable.

Any major wall art projects in the pipeline? Lots going on as always. We’ve been trailblazing out in China. I’m working directly with an architect’s company who have designed a lot of really insane buildings in Shenzhen and other cities. Lot of sparks flying in the recent project; culture clashes, freedom vs censorship etc. Ground-breaking public art projects, big things. That’s an ongoing project. I just did a nice custom arcade cabinet that will be auctioned off to raise money to help out with the disaster in Japan. I’m an old-school gamer so I really enjoyed that, I’m thinking of doing a series of them. I have a street art gallery project I’ve been developing in Central London that features some canvas and vinyl wall art. I’m trying to take over the whole street, massive wall murals. High profile. Ton of other things going on. Just a lot of painting and fighting to create space for new ideas basically.

You recently painted in China. What project was that for? It was for the Shanghai Expo. The project was in OCT Loft which is the creative district of the city of Shenzhen.

China isn’t a country people would generally have come straight to mind when they think of graffiti/aerosol based artwork – what’s the scene like over there? There is basically no bombing to be seen but some nice piecing there. My main friends there are IDT crew. They are young but doing some advanced work for what is a relatively new scene. I can see China becoming a force to be reckoned with in coming years.

01/7/14

Featured Artist: Jury

The sun is just breaking the cold frost of dawn as Jury stands at the boot of his car unloading boxes of spray cans. It’s a winter’s morning on an exceptionally cold Sunday. He and his crew move purposefully as they prepare for the day ahead. Jury’s car, a worn out red Toyota Camry, provides the only useable light source; the waning headlamps cast obscure shadows around the vacant warehouse allotment.juryoutline

From the stories told of Jury’s past, it was always assumed that he was a tall, gruff man; the sort of person you’d think twice about crossing the street to avoid. He is instead relatively short, a well-spoken guy, his hair is slicked back and wearing a comfy tracksuit. It’s hard to imagine that this could be the same infamous graffiti artist that had been responsible for berthing Brisbane’s street wall art culture.

Jury had what he calls a “misspent” youth. He never knew his mother and his father ran a pool hall for infamous 70s/80s mobster Tony Bellino and was rarely around. He dropped out of school at 13 and planted himself firmly into the life of a rat bag teenager, living with no boundaries. He rolled with a crew considerably older than what he was, but as he describes life in those times, “It’s like prison, you either cozy up to the biggest c***s around, or you get fucked up.”

It was 10 am, the sun had burnt away the wispy remnants of the morning’s patchy cloud cover. The tink tink tink of metal ball bearings rattling away inside of the spray cans had almost become melodic. Jury, and the rest of the crew were into a solid groove and seemed pretty relaxed, it was time to start finding out more about the apparently deviant sub-culture that is wall art, or graffiti to those who despise it.

Jury Canvas

I knew little about Jury apart from the stories I’d heard from my housemate. What I did know was that he was pretty quiet and didn’t talk much about his past. In classic fashion I launch tactlessly into my first question, “So I hear you’ve been to prison?” The reaction was like a scene from an old western, when the anti-hero first enters a bar- the tink of the spray cans stopped and his crew went quiet. I realised that I had just confronted a convicted criminal, in a remote location, about what is probably the most horrific time of his life. I stepped back a couple of paces, out of striking distance. He looked back at me, ran his eyes up and down my body a couple of times then said, “are you a cop?”

Everyone laughed and I relaxed a bit. He casually stood before me and read a list of arrest charges as if it were his grocery list: break and enter, grand theft auto, vandalism and a string of public nuisance offences. Strangely I just couldn’t picture it. Admittedly, Jury is into his forties now, and I think age has put a spin on his maturity, a lot of the younger artists out with us really looked up to him and he knew it.

Jury ran his crew above the line, which means they don’t hit illegal spots, rather they find sanctioned areas to “put up” or on occasion are commissioned to mural someone’s warehouse/shed/workshop. Jury had turned his street art into legitimate revenue. Of course it wasn’t always that way, as he says, “I was fucking young once too, you know.”

The next couple of hours were spent with paint in one hand and a luke warm beer in the other; we threw up technicolour pieces on the back of a warehouse. I was never cut out for the visual arts, but that didn’t stop the crew from offering advice through lightly veiled insults. At least they were talking to me I reasoned. In my research for this outing, I kept coming across the term “red lighting”, so I asked my housemate about it.

“Ask Jury, he used to do that shit,” was the response.

With a little less swagger than my first approach I presented my question to Jury.

The sun was high in the sky now, it had turned out to be a really nice day; Jury had dropped his Adidas jumper. Now he looked less like the softly spoken man I’d met earlier in the day. His arms, covered from knuckle to shoulder in crudely drawn tattoos; patches of faded colour highlight references to god and the church. I couldn’t figure out if he was being ironic. He wore a thick gold rope chain around his neck that looked like it weighed a ton, and his slight figure filled out to reveal broad muscular shoulders. It was becoming apparent that this guy was the real deal.

We took a break and cracked a fresh beer. He told me that “red lighting” was something they used to do to gain “street cred”. It was important to get your work seen, and what better way than to get up on a moving canvas, seen by the whole city. His crew would block train tracks with scrap metal, causing the trains to stop or risk derailing, he’d then sneak up on the red lit train and put his work on it, coining the term, red lighting.

Sitting and talking, one on one, I could tell that Jury was past his deviant ways, even remorseful about his misspent youth. He was really starting to open up. Right on cue, dark ominous clouds rolled in like a thundering train, except no amount of scrap metal could red light it. “All right boys, pack it in, this bitch is gonna piss on our work,” declared Jury. As we packed up our paint and took one last look at the extremely detailed wall murals, destined for destruction in the impending storm, I was able to truly appreciate the sense of achievement this guy must feel every time he gets up somewhere. Maybe because I’ve seen behind the iron curtain that keeps these misunderstood artists on the outer of society, but whenever I see an impressive piece up on a wall, I stop and appreciate it, for the work that has gone into it, rather than question or diminish it legitimacy.

 

 

 

 

01/7/14

Bondi Road Art Australia

 

Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Australia, which is also well-known in other parts of the world. It may appear on post cards, in movies, TV shows and other places. Every year tens of thousands of tourists visit the beach to walk along it or to sunbath. Bondi Beach is one of the most visited beaches of Sydney. Bondi, however, is famous not only for its beauty and attraction for tourists, but also for its art and galleries. So, many visit the beach and its area not only for swimming and sunbathing, but also for the unique and beautiful Bondi art. You can notice the paintings on the walls, shops and streets.Graffiti Burner House

The Bondi road art scene has already attracted people worldwide, as it gorgeously covers a variety of surfaces with taste and a creative approach. You can see the influence of Bondi road art everywhere. You only have to walk several metres and you will find another gallery showcasing the next masterpiece.

One of the greatest advantages of this type of art is that it is accessible for all. You do not need to buy a ticket for entrance, but rather you see it everywhere you go, whether you are in a local shop or plastered on the wall of an unknown building. And the most important thing is that you do not need to search to enjoy the Bondi road art. You are more than likel in the area for some other purpose, but the road art accompanies you wherever you go. You barely have to walk several metres and you can already see another painting.

Graffiti Burner Bondi

Bondi inspires not only ordinary people, but also professional artists. Some of the well-known artists are Max Dupain and Jenny Kee, who took a lot of inspiration from the beach for their unique art works and designs. There are many other artists in Australia famous for their paintings. Among them are David Brook, Deborah Frank, Jane Korman and others. At the same time, it’s not just professionals who dive into the world of road art. Those who have some small background in painting can enjoy this unique experience. In the area of Bondi there are a lot of small local shops that offer absolutely everything for Bondi road art. Specialized art shops offer canvases and linen, as well as customized canvases to their customers. Not just canvases, but also hundreds of pigments and colours are available to make the street art absolutely diverse and attractive. If you prefer working inside instead of on the beach or when the weather is not sunny, you can hire special studios that are available for low prices. It is important to mention that today road art is extremely popular in Australia at Bondi beach, and also in other corners of the world. Every day we can bare witness to better and better pieces of art. And one the best features of these paintings is they are very realistic. All the paintings reflect real life and real nature.