Rebuild Together - Bushfire Volunteer Platform

Rebuild Together - A Platform to connect volunteers with people who have been affected by the recent bushfires.

When the fires broke out across Australia, I had an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. I wanted to help, but I didn't know how or where to start.

We don't all have a bunch of money to donate but we do have the time and skills that are really needed. Whether it's cleaning up, dropping off supplies, caring for injured animals, trades, or just lending a much needed hand.

Which is why we built Rebuild Together. A platform for people who want to volunteer to help those who need it most.

  1. If you want to volunteer your time and skills - Become a Volunteer and help those who need it.
  2. If you have been affected by the fires - Create a post and connect with local volunteers.

The platform has just launched - if you would like to volunteer, please jump on the site and create an account. If you need help (or know anyone who does), create a listing and get connectd with local legends.


If you have any questions or would like to get involved please email me on: 


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Is Film Photography.....

When setting about writing a feature, it’s always best to research the subject you’re writing about… obviously. Sure, I’m a photographer and I know a fair amount about film photography. But not as much as Google. 

I begin punching the search term in: is film photography … Google being the handy bugger it is spits out a bunch of suggestions:

is film photography

Interesting results… Is film photography vegan? Umm, no idea. But is film photography dying/dead, making a comeback/coming back? Yes, but also no. It’s a tricky one. Let’s look at the facts and then you can make up your own mind. 



The film photography debate is rooted in hipster culture. Those of us wearing black skinny jeans ten years ago (***quietly raises hand***) are probably now wearing pants baggier than an airport windsock. We’re the same overalled folk slinging op-shop bought, leather-strapped point and shoots around town. But trends come and go and often, there’s no sense in what’s cool and what’s not. It takes one person or an influencer to make a trend — like the topknot or manbun, a historically prevalent haircut of Samurai and other cultures. Further to my point, do a quick Google search for famous people with cameras. The only digital camera I can see on the results page was Barack Obama with a Canon 5D. Funnily enough, this was the only colour photo on the results page, too. Then in black and white there’s Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, you name it, all holding medium format film cameras they probably don’t know how to use. Famous people, have in part, romanticised the idea of shooting on vintage looking cameras. 

So, the question’s raised: is film photography just a trend? Yes, but also no. Fair warning, you’ll probably get that answer a bit in this feature. There are photographers in this world whose genetic composition is comprised of as much grain as T-Max 3200 and regardless of what’s cool, these photographers choose to shoot film for technical reasons, not aesthetic ones. More on this later. To these photographers, film photography is not a trend.

The trend of film photography however, is heavily imbued in aesthetics, which can easily be replicated digitally. This aesthetic has been adopted by hipsters. Hipsters like to harness the counterculture narrative and at times, claim they’re bringing something back, like single fin surfboards. We’re seeing more and more hipsters championing film in digital spaces like Instagram which has perhaps led to the assumption that film photography is experiencing a resurgence. (This is great, don’t get me wrong. We need every hipster out there buying film if Kodak and Fujifilm are to survive). But maybe the only true testament to this alleged resurgence is cold hard facts, not the rhetoric I’m tossing around.


Here are just some of the defining moments and incredible fluctuations seen in the film market in the last 10 years:

  • Frontier stops manufacturing scanners (2004… I think)
  • Kodachrome was gradually discontinued (2009)
  • Kodak discontinues Ektachrome (2012)
  • Kodak emerges from bankruptcy (2013)
  • Kodak reintroduces Ektachrome (2018)
  • Noritsu stops manufacturing scanners (2018)
  • Fujifilm announces return of NEOPAN 100 ACROS II (2019)
  • Fujifilm announces minimum 30% increase in film cost and photographic paper (2019)


Olivier Laurent wrote in a TIME article that, “... in the last three years, companies like Kodak, Fujifilm and Harman Technology, which manufactures the popular Ilford Photo black-and-white films, have been experiencing a comeback.”

Great. That’s awesome. All our favourite film stock is being produced (bar Kodachrome) and on paper, it’s evident that film is undergoing some kind of resurgence. But sales are a far cry from its peak in 2003 with 960 million rolls of film purchased globally. This is in actual fact the first time in ten years that film sales are on the up. But much to the displeasure of committed film shooters, Kodak and Fujifilm have whacked an additional 30% on their price tags. 

Manufacturing film in a digital world is no easy game so the price hike was inevitable. Doesn’t make it any easier on the avid film community to keep shooting. Film is getting more expensive, and all the bits and bobs surrounding this medium are out of production, like Noritsu and Frontier scanners, or on their way out of production. It’s a very strange space.

Another fact worth mentioning is how film processing labs are dropping like flies. I came back from a trip last year with a bag of rolls and my local lab had closed its doors in the time I was away. But when one door closes, another one opens.

Shibui Film is the Gold Coast’s home of film photography. Its owners, Josh and Brooke are experts. And with an engineering background, I’ve seen Josh do some pretty tech and innovative stuff in the lab. You’ve got to have a certain mind to work strictly with aged software and machinery, without manuals. I’m also pretty sure Josh has some kind of weird film fetish and spends his nights by the cold blue light of the computer monitor trawling online forums for additional processing equipment.

Straight from the horse’s mouth… Josh, mate, as a film lab owner and operator, what do you reckon about film photography? Trend? Coming? Going?

“It's an opinion that varies depending on who you ask,” Josh says. “There is 100% a resurgence in film photography and there’s no questioning that. Fad? I don't think so. Otherwise I wouldn't have started this business. I think it's become so popular with the younger crowd simply because it's diving into something they might have missed out on as a kid. Where technology has taken over their life and everything is at their fingertips with the swipe of a thumb or the press of a key. Shooting and expressing yourself on film is a much more intimate and personal experience. There's so many hands-on variables affecting the outcome. People appreciate the unexpected.”

Amen. So, let’s say film photography is experiencing a resurgence. How do we ensure it sticks around for good? 

“As long as there are companies who are willing to update and get onboard with this resurgence then film photography is a safe art. And of course, the passion for creativity among photographers is needed.”


Another idea of film’s resurgence perhaps stems from the advent of the cultural tether that is smartphone technology. These palm-sized, omniscient overlords are most likely the cause of digital camera sales declining every year since 2007. I wrote a piece about our addiction to handheld devices in Issue 1, and some of the sentiments I expressed have never been truer. I’ve also run film photography workshops in the past and without fail, they turn into a smartphone photography workshop. There’s nothing stranger the presence of 30 smartphones at a film photography workshop. Because if it wasn’t captured on the phone, it didn’t happen, right?

But, in all fairness, the smartphone is pretty smart. When shooting medium or large format, and when needed, I’ll use a light meter and reciprocity failure calculator app on my phone. There’s an app for everything! The HUAWEI sports a Leica lens, arguably the best glass in the industry. Again, I just did a quick Google search and found out that the HUAWEI P30 has a “combination of a SuperZoom Lens and 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens, a 40 MP Super Sensing Camera and a unique HUAWEI TOF Camera (Time-of-flight camera).” The fuck? 40 MP? 

iPhone cameras are pretty good, too. So why do we need digital cameras at all if our phones can do the trick? Truth is, we don’t, depending on what you need it for. It seems most are happy to wheel a 35mm film camera and keep a smartphone in their pocket for those moments that are nice to hoard in the Cloud, but not nice enough or worthy enough to waste on an expensive negative. 

In a digital versus film conversation, it’s a wonder anyone shoots film at all. There’s an unnerving amount of film emulation presets out there, like VSCO, who do a bang-up job cut and pasting favourite colour negative, reversal and black and white films. Most Fujfilm digitals now incorporate film filters so fluctuation between Velvia, Provia, or Acros is all at the flick of a button. Getting Velvia jpegs straight out of camera is pretty neat.

With all the technology and ease of achieving film aesthetic available, why would anyone in their right mind spend $10+ on a roll (nearly $20 for a roll of Kodak Ektachrome), and then $10-20 on development and scanning? As you probably know, the answer is in creative control and process. When I shoot medium format, I’m looking at around $3 a shot after purchase of film, development and scanning. Seems expensive. But it’s the price I pay for one photo because (most of the time) it’s just one photo. I’ve given that one photo some serious thought. It’s an artistic and intimate process that often directs your eye towards what you feel, not what you see.


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The thing is… film photography was perfect before the invention of digital cameras, which still can’t match the quality of 4x5s and 8x10s. Yeah, the process is slow, but that’s the beautiful part — making considered images with intent and feeling as opposed to the trigger happy jpegs coded with metadata. I’d like to know how many film photographs are taken daily, versus the 95+ million images uploaded to Instagram every day. That’s a disgusting amount of noise. We don’t have to see the images to know who’d win the point of quality.

Film photography creates moments of permanence. Even though the digital element is and always will be apparent, overall, film photography offers a brief respite from the digital juggernaut and desire for instant gratification that governs our lives.

In answer to one of the many questions Google set forth at the start of this article, yes… film photography is expensive. But it’s worth it. Is film photography coming back? Yes, it is, and hopefully it’s here to stay. 

is film photography … film photography just is. 


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Chronicles of a Skateboarder


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Daniel Papantoniou - Twisted in Motion


An Interview with Daniel Papantoniou

@alrightco_, @danielpap , @houseofsolace_


I first came across Dan’s work in the form of mischievous comic style frogs. And then his flash tattoos.

Which was a bit confusing when I went to Dust Temple in Currumbin where he was having his solo exhibition - Twisted in Motion. I was half expecting a combination of flash and maybe a few cheeky frogs here and there. It wasn’t - I was pleasantly surprised.

I actually went to the same school as Dan but he was a few years above me. So it was good to catch up with on a steamy summer morning in Currumbin industrial at the back of Dust Temple. We talked about his exhibition, nearly failing art at school, spit shading, frog colonies, painting collabs and the joy of learning about the history of art.  

Lounging with Rusty in Prose Studio at the back of Dust Temple

So, what have you been up to since leaving school? Did you go straight into tattooing?

I studied fine art in Brisbane and then started my tattoo apprenticeship - that was about 7 years ago.  Last year I was living in Berlin.

Why Berlin?

I got a year working holiday visa and moved over there with my girlfriend, Louisa. I had my portfolio and went around to a bunch of tattoo shops. I started working at Electric Reaper and I learnt a lot.  Plus,  Berlin was a good place to base myself from so I could travel around Europe. Berlin is crazy - it really inspired me.

Did you study fine art so you could make a career out of being an artist?

Ah, not really. I just wanted to become a better artist because I enjoyed it. I actually nearly failed art at school haha.


Yeah, I think I got a C- or something. They wanted me to talk about my artwork and I just couldn’t. I didn't really like to talk about it at the time, I just wanted to do it. I enjoyed it. I'd rather art about art then write an essay about it.


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What’s Twisted in Motion about?

My intention was to depict iPhones, cigarettes and lust in an attempt to discuss acute addictions and how they have morphed our existence. I wanted to explore different types of art. It’s really hard for me to just stick to one style. That’s what the aim of this exhibition was, to stick with one style and do 15 of them. I started with one painting in Berlin, just mucking around, and then I realised that I really enjoyed it.

I was expecting a mashup of flash and frogs for this exhibition.  I had no idea you did paintings like this. 

I think I enjoy this style of painting at the moment but who knows. I might like to paint oil paintings in a years time. That's the hardest part for me - sticking to one media or genre of painting. It's like being alright at 10 instruments rather than being really good at one.  

Have you thought about just focusing on one style?

I just have fun trying different shit. I do think about it - just sticking with one thing like oil painting. But I just have too much fun doing other styles. Being an artist in just one style is too limiting, for me, at least. 



What about the Frogs? Tell me more about Alright co?

It started about 2 years ago with my girlfriend. It was a good way to learn about getting shit made and to learn about the different quality of shirts and prints. Printing art on products a real art form in itself. It's nice to actually feel something and work with on something tangible. Tattooing at House of Solace has been my main priority at the moment.

How did you think of the frogs?

I was just practising to draw frogs. Then I put clothes on them, then it turned into a colony of frog friends. Maybe it could be a children's book someday haha. It's always good to have that sorta stuff up your sleeve. They are actually in an exhibition at the moment down in Coolangatta.

DANIEL PAPANTONIOU - TWISTED IN MOTION An Interview with Daniel Papantoniou @alrightco_, @danielpap , @houseofsolace_

Are there techniques that apply to different styles, like, tattooing, cartoons and the paintings you have on display inside?

Yeah of course. Some of the paintings in here is the same way that I paint old flash. It's called spit shading. Which is when you use your spit to actually shade and blend out the inks. If you see a blend in any of the paintings inside, I have used a brush in my mouth and the other in my hand. The consistency of spit is different than water.

DANIEL PAPANTONIOU - TWISTED IN MOTION An Interview with Daniel Papantoniou @alrightco_, @danielpap , @houseofsolace_

What, I had no idea about that.  

Yeah I'd love to hold up a black light and see how much of my spit is actually on the canvas haha. My Boss at Electric Reaper in Berlin taught me how to spit shade. Which I’m forever grateful for. He actually tattooed my back as well - a big wizard coming out of a skull playing the flute. 

Where do you get inspiration from?

I like to do the same thing I do with tattooing and go back in history to learn about what artists did 50 or 150 years ago. I think it's important to realise what people have done in the past if you want to progress. I have to realise that my stuff won't be better. But It's important to take notes from people from the past in order to move forward.

You mentioned that you collaborated with some other artists - that painted their own work within your painting. What's that about? Is that a common?

I don't know if people have done it before, it just kinda happened. It started with just some artist friends coming over to my house and painting. They paint their own sections within the paintings. Five of the paintings inside have other artists featured inside them,  Like, Sam Arnold, Harry Macintosh, Dan Mason. I didn't really care what they painted, as long as they had their hand to it. I just told them that they had a little section, I didn't care what they did, as long as it was their own. It's kinda like how I get my tattoos done, I just want an artist to put their own work in a certain space. 

I love that idea. What is your plan for this year?

Just keeping doing art and different styles. I’d like to paint some bigger murals and maybe some smaller ones. I'm not really too sure haha. I just wanted to keep learning.


Here is a podcast Dan did on SANS END while he was in Berlin:


#farkplastic - Tote Bags by ArTHaus

I can't exactly remember how I met Tara. It was likely down a back alley in Mermaid Beach industrial area, behind the Bob Jane T-marts. The alleyway led to a melting heart painted on the back wall. Actually, writing it down, it does sound kinda sketchy. But it was far from it. Down that alleyway, Tara ran a warehouse called ArTHaus, a new kind of environmentally conscious event space.

Relax, it wasn't just filled with compost bins and hula hoops. It was rad. ArTHaus catered to the new era of socially conscious young people. It was a place to throw parties, watch bands, showcase art, get married and all while feeling a little better about yourself for not using 137 plastic red cups to drink beer from.

Sadly, the warehouse has since closed but Tara is still doing a bunch of epic shit. I caught up with her to talk about her most recent project - #farkplastic.

Photo credit: The Weekend Edition

Hey Tara, tell us a bit about yourself and ArTHaus.

ArTHaus Projects is, well, it’s me. It’s my initials A TH Project and it basically acts like an umbrella identity for all the ideas and concepts I create and collaborate on. It actually started as my eco-conscious construction business (I’m a building estimator. That’s my actual day job. weird, I know) and turned into a real-life enviro-conscious warehouse in Mermaid Beach. Since finishing up the warehouse ArTHaus has kept growing and morphing into so much more than I would have ever expected. The GC arts culture is rapidly developing and I’m super proud to say ArTHaus has played some part in helping establish a culture of people doing cool shit - yet still being socially conscious.

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What's your new project?

#farkplastic. It’s just that. It’s just a big ol’ fuck you to the plastic bag situation.

Can you give us a run-down?

This project has a few elements to it but the main focus is on supporting local artists and local businesses - while being environmentally and socially responsible. And to provide rad tote bags so people don’t have to use shitty plastic bags.

  1. Local artist creates a tote bag design
  2. Limited number of tote bags are made
  3. Stocked locally ($12ea)
  4. $1 goes to the artist
  5. $1 goes to charity

A reusable bag that incorporates the use of local artists and their artwork. For every bag sold, ArTHaus donates $1 back to the artist and $1 to charity. The tote bags are stocked in local retail shops such as Thryft GC  and Morena Espresso. I am a big believer in the #shoplocalthinkglobal movement and every element of this project is focused around supporting someone local, which as a small business is a pretty cool thing to be able to achieve.

Photo by @danescottcreative

How did you come up with the idea?

The warehouse in Mermaid Beach had an ethos of no single-use plastics. Any events, gigs, wedding, workshops or even my mates coming for a beer all knew the rules and it made the place petty special. It really had patrons thinking about their choice of booze and food service vessels. It helped people to start thinking about single-use plastics and would affect their decisions long after their event at the warehouse was finished.

I was looking for a merchandise product which would be reflective of the ethos as well as being practical. I use a tote bag every day and thought, why not showcase some amazing local talent and do a good thing for charity at the same time? The tagline #farkplastic is an obvious tongue in cheek (anyone who knows me knows my love for the F-word) yet PG enough that my mum would approve and in turn rep a bag. It just, sort of,  happened and at first, I wasn’t sure if anyone would dig it but I’ve learnt to trust my gut on these things and here we are... Look, mum, I’m featured in Rarlo!


It’s a great concept. Your mum should be proud. What charity will you be donating too?

The charity which will receive this round of tote bag donations is Positive Change For Marine Life. PCML are a not for profit organisation which are doing really cool things in the way of providing education and awareness on environmental impacts of communities, business and the greater population all across the world. They understand the ocean isn’t there for us to exploit and are providing pathways to mitigating pollution and helping keep our beautiful ocean healthy for future generations. They host regular beach cleans and educational talks which you can check out on their website or by visiting their Instagram. /@positivechangeformarinelife



Caught In The Act - @alrightco_

Dan Paps (Alright Co!) is the colony master. He also has a very unique style and his most known subject The Frogs are spreading all over the world (he just got back from living in Berlin) and they are always up to mischief. Super cheeky paintings and drawings using traditional techniques and colours. He is also a tattoo artist at House of Solace in Coolangatta. 

Photo by @danescottcreative

$12 - Buy it online here


Plastic Isn’t Fantastic - @shuturp

Elle (Shut Urp) is a local GC artist who will have you in stitches (from laughing, not injury). Just a real cool cat who expresses her thoughts through this super unique freehand outline artwork. Elle has this uncanny ability to take a very heavy topic and show it through picture and my word they are on point.

Photo by @danescottcreative

$12 - Buy it online here

Plastic Lizzie @arthaus.projectsgc

There is also the ArTHaus design- Plastic Lizzie. That was designed in honour of when Queenie banned the plastic bag at the palace. I thought I’d give her a special mention on a bag. High fives Lizzie!

Photo by @danescottcreative

$12 - Buy it online here


Dan and Elle were so willing to help with the project and jumped at the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the very first round of #farkplastic totes. They both have such individual styles and their designs are epic. I encourage everyone to visit their Instagrams and give them some love. Oh and I need to mention they have both agreed to donate their $1 to charity. Which makes the donation $2 per bag! Absolute legends!


These are epic! Where can I buy one?

The bags are stocked in Thryft GC (@thryft_gc ) at Mos Desert Clubhouse in Burleigh as well as Morena Espresso (@morena.espresso) in Mermaid. Oh and not to mention on our good mates Rarlo Magazine's website. (Buy 'em here )


What do you have planned for next year?

The next run of #farkplastic will happen in the new year. The ultimate goal is for this to occur as a quarterly initiative with different local artists being featured each time. They are super limited runs which make these bags even more special as once they are gone, they are gone. Keep a lookout on the @arthaus.projectsgc Instagram for updates on the #farkplastic project.

The greatest story never told

VEMIX Photoshop Wizard

Hey man, tell us a bit about yourself.

Howdy, Mate. I just go by VEMIX, there’s only a handful of folks that know who I am. I’ve done some sketchy shit and hope to do a lot more so it’s best we leave it at that. I live on a little slice of paradise called Vancouver Island in Canada and when I’m not fucking up history I’m usually working or doing dad stuff.


What is Vemix? How did you come up with the name and the idea?

Vemix is a mash-up of Visual and Remix and it just kinda happened. I’ve always liked fucking with things and mixing them up so I found myself on the computer one day and I figured out (very poorly) how to put my face over DJ Yella’s face in an NWA Pic, then the next week it was the Ramones or something and it escalated quickly. I felt I was getting on my Facebook friends nerves so I started posting them on IG and people started showing love. And here we are a year or so later and I’m working with most of my childhood idols doing clothing lines and album covers, it’s a trip.

Holy Trinity

Where do you get your inspiration from?

It can come from anywhere. I never set out trying to do one, I just have a couple thousand pics in my brain and when I come across one with the right angles, light source and quality my brain clicks and puts them together. Its weird, I can’t remember a phone number or what I did this morning, but I can remember the angle someone was sitting with the sun behind them in a pic I scrolled by 3 months ago, I guess its my super power. I try and keep it real punk and do it quick, takes on average 10-15 minutes. I find the more you mess with it and obsess over it the shittier it looks. I hop in and gun it

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HB JL #2pac #johnlennon

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What VEMIX are you most proud of?  

Definitely “Gimmie the Room” Which is Biggie and Kurt Cobain sitting in a van. It went viral and put me on the map. It was everywhere A$AP Ferg said it was the best picture he has ever saw. People were bringing it up in conversations with no idea that I was the one who made it. Then Krist Novoselic (Bass Player for Nirvana) posted it and commented (Jokingly) that it was real and in fact a cropped pic that had 2pac in the original one. So I had to do it to’em. I re-did it with Pac and called it “The Greatest Story Never Told” and it blew up too. It’s hanging in my dining room.

The greatest story never told
The greatest story never told


There are a lot of 90’s hip hop themes in your work. Who are your favourite artists?

Oh man there’s a lot, but I’d have to say Nirvana and 2pac are at the top. I’m sure you can tell lol. Beastie Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Terry Jacks, Nas, Wu Tang, Eazy E, Biggie, Metalica, Too Short, all that good shit, I listen to everything except Nickleback, I just won’t do it.


Do you ever get asked to create weird photoshops for people?

At least 10 times a day. The most popular is people sliding through my DM wanting a pic with Pac. I have even done a couple for established celebrities that you most likely know. A pic with Pac is the holy grail. There is a lot of stuff I can’t openly talk about due to it being presented as real and… wait, I got one for ya. Remember that video of Soulja Boy getting beat and robbed on Facebook Live a couple years ago? The dudes that took his phone got a hold of me asking me to do some wild ass shit with the pics from his phone, sending me Soulja Boys dick pics and shit lol I declined


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Even in His Youth 👕Tshirt Link in Bio 👕 #nirvana #barackobama #kurtcobain #smellsliketeenspirit #photoshop #inutero

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What's your favourite 90’s cartoon?

Teenage Muthafuckin Mutant Ninja Turtles. I loved them so much I tore up the roof of my mouth eating their rock hard garbage cereal every morning out of a Ninja Turtles bowl in my TMNT Pj’s.


Would you rather listen to All Star by Smash Mouth on repeat for a month or only eat mac n cheese for a month?

Man, KD is ma Shit. I wrote a poem about it.


Twas the night before Friday,

And all through the house,

4 boxes of KD,

Some ketchup,

My mouth.


*BTW, for all confused Aussies - KD is Kraft dinner. AKA Kraft Mac & Cheese.

A 17 year old landscape, surf and aerial photographer - Luke Workman

Hey Luke, tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Luke Workman. I am currently 17 years old and living on the Gold Coast, taking landscape, surf and aerial photography.

When did you start shooting?

I started photography when I was 13 years old, and taught myself everything I have learned. My first camera was a GoPro, then saved up for a canon 1100d.

When you wake up early and the surf is pumping. Do you grab your camera first or a board?

Generally, when the surf is pumping I will grab my camera and shoot. But I always go for a surf when ever Im not shooting.

What other photographers and artists do you admire?

I still admire the photographers who I admired from when I started photography: Sean Scott, Craig Parry, Clark Little, Ted Grambeau, Mark Wilson, Chris Burkard and Corey Wilson.

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What is your most favourite photo you have ever taken ?

My favourite photo so far was probably a shot of Currumbin Alley on a big day with a guy in a barrel behind the rock.


Favourite spot (beach, landscape, location) to shoot at?

My favourite spot to shoot on the coast would have to be Currumbin. It's where I have grown up.

What’s in your camera bag?

I use a canon 80d, Salty surf housing & Dji Mavic Pro Drone.

What do you love about the Gold coast?

Just how there is so much to do and there are so many beaches and places along the whole coast.

If you had a billboard sign outside of Coolangatta airport, what would it say?

If I had a billboard sign outside of the airport, It would have one of the photos I have taken and something that would promote the Gold Coast and how it has some of the best beaches in the world.


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Marlon Maher – Interview rarlo magazine

Interview with a flash painter, Marlon Maher.

Interview with a flash painter, Marlon Maher.

Written by Thomas (Flash Rules Everything Around Me)

Marlon Maher is a 23 year old flash painter from Brisbane, Australia. I have to say I couldn’t believe it when I read in this interview he has been painting for less than a year! His stuff is so good and really just keeps improving with every painting, I really think he is going to make a great tattoo artist in the future.

Check out his Instagram here, and his carbon made portfolio here. Go follow and support this guy as he is going to be a big name one day!

Enjoy the interview below and look out for the awesome tip of using a razor blade!

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How long have you been painting for? How did you learn to paint? What made you decide to start painting?

I have been painting for just about 10 months. I decided at the end of 2016 that I wanted to seriously pursue my dream of being a tattoo artist. So I started drawing, made an Instagram account dedicated to my art and started my research. I stumbled upon another traditional painter who lives in Brisbane too (@livefastdienever), we had a chat on instagram and he invited me to have a paint session with him and taught me all the basics, what paints, what he uses and which techniques. Robert helped me out big time when I first started and I am forever grateful for that!

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What sort of thing do you use for reference for your designs? Do you re-draw things, trace things or think of your own designs?

I use books for my references, I have a bunch of great traditional flash books which feature flash by all the greats, such as Ed smith, Coney Island Joe, Bert Grimm, Sailor Jerry and George Burchett. I re-draw and copy from the books – I don’t like tracing straight from the original. From re-drawing, you start to get an element of your own story in the design. I like to try and chop and change things from the originals as much as I can, while also pulling a lot of influence from my favourite artists on Instagram.

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Your paintings seem to be getting better and better and better! Do you do anything specific to try and improve? What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt since you started painting?

Thanks very much! I really appreciate that – I try to immerse myself in other people’s art. I am constantly glued to Instagram, following so many painters, tattooists and other artists. This keeps me motivated, which I think is the key to improvement. Since I started painting I think the biggest thing I learnt was to be patient, and add heaps of black!

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You do quite a lot of splits and trades, how do you feel doing stuff like that affects your painting? Have you ever made any huge mistakes on a split and had to try and cover it up?

Doing splits and trades keeps you on point and motivated, I definitely feel the pressure not to fuck up, I put more thought into my splits because of this, I even do a practice run before putting it onto the paper. I haven’t made any huge mistakes yet, definitely had a few drips and drops of stray paint. But I just wait for it to dry then scratch it out with a razor blade.

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Australia has some incredible traditional tattoo artists at the moment, as well as some cool artists from the past. Is there anything unique about traditional tattoos in Australia? Or any Australian tattoo legends (past or present) that have really influenced you?

There are definitely some amazing artists in Australia, I wouldn’t say that there is anything unique about traditional tattoo art in Australia as a whole, but as far as individual artists go, there are some really unique gems down under. In saying that though, there are a couple of artists such as Tom Burrey, who are amazing at using Australia animals, themes and other images and combining them into traditional style tattoos. I don’t know much about tattoo history in Australia so I get influenced a lot by current artists. A few of the unique gems that really influence me are Chingy Fringe at Alfred St, Tommy Doom at TrailerTrash tattoo, Josh Sutterby at Love Tattoo Parlour and Alexis Hepburn at Alfred st. I am constantly blown away by all of their work!

What other artists from the past or present have influenced you to paint, or had an influence on your style?

I am definitely more influenced by present artists, although I will always have the a tonne of respect for the godfathers of traditional tattoo art. Some other current artists that I really dig at the moment are Bob TateAyden ThomasFergus SimmsDan Santoro and Capilli TupouI have been referencing Sailor Jerry a lot recently, his designs are amazing and hard to beat. I am also influenced a lot by Bert Grimm and Ed Smith.

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What equipment do you use? Has this changed much since you first started?

I use Arches watercolour paper, Ecoline inks, a small round brush, an angled brush, my huge home made lightbox, A3 sketch pad, a printer for resizing designs and an array of pencils. My tool box has definitely changed. I started out using watercolour pencils and the cheapest paper in the shop, which was very hard to work with. I am planning on trying out acrylic inks – I think trying a bunch of different mediums and experimenting is key, so my equipment is constantly growing and changing, which makes it pretty fun.

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Do you think traditional tattoo art will still be popular in 20 years time?

I don’t think traditional tattoo art will be as popular in 20 years as it is now, it’ll will come in and out of fashion just like everything else.

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I'm just a scribbler.

A quick chat with an incredible artist, @imjustascribbler.

Hey e.m,

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m Brisbane based, for now. I don’t get a lot of free time. But I do enjoy my beach trips and mountain hikes.

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When did you start with charcoal? How did you learn ?

Charcoals are still a very new medium for me. I taught myself last year (2017) and have been learning through trial and error ever since.

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You have a mixture of minimal sketches with simple line work and charcoal sketches that are so detailed they look like B&W photographs. Do you have a preference?

My minimal line scribbles are a source of procrastination and fun for me so I enjoy those a lot, but my charcoals are getting to the stage where I am really proud and excited when I see the finished product.  So my preference now is definitely the charcoals.

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What does the process of making your work look like, from the initial idea to the final piece?

My process begins with coffee. Then the initial sketch of the piece. More coffee and music. Dance around the studio and hype myself. Then dirty charcoal hands for about 12 hours, Repeat until finished.

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I love one of your recent posts where you captioned I replaced the nipples with male nipples. So there shouldn’t be a problem now.” What do you think about instagrams (and media in general) censorship guidelines in regards to art and “nudity”?

Are you happy?

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“Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK” says Instagram’s Guidelines, so I don’t see why any of my works would get removed unless they really are getting confused as photographs. I think photographers and models have a harder time with it than myself. It’s art and should be appreciated and viewed in that context.

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What other artists do you admire?

I admire a fair few artist. David Walker, Kit King, Jake Reston, Rone, CJ, David Choe… the list goes on and on, plus they're just the ones that are still alive. I get very inspired and motivated when I see other people creating.

Favourite song/band/musicians at the moment ?

Beats that make me dribble:

  • Smino - blkjptr
  • Tidus - See you there
  • Jaden Smith - Icon
  • A$AP Rocky - LPFJ2
  • Weezer - Say it ain’t so
  • Everything Everything - Night of the long knives
  • HERO - Down in the Hamptons


I am been snooping your Instagram page a fair bit lately and I noticed you captioned a post with “One of the biggest and best years of my life.” What was last year like for you ? What are you planning to do this year to make it even bigger and better?

Last year I really figured out I could draw. It set in stone any doubts I had about myself and my talent which is what a lot of artist struggle with. My plan this year is push myself and my art to the limits. I don't want people to scroll past my art without swearing.

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I know it is hard to answer this as an artists but do you have a favourite drawing you have done?

There’s a piece I drew right after a break up that hits me hard every time I see it. It’s two figures with skeletons coming out of their backs. “When you feel it in your bones, it’s impossible to walk away” still valid. I have many many favourites. Every time I finish a piece, a little part of me ends up on the paper with it.


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Precinct Skate Shop


“A place to get in touch. A place to stay in ‘the loop’.”

We caught up with the founders of Precinct Skate Shop in Mermaid Beach, Trent Bonham & Julian Lee. A skate shop that isn’t about pushing sales but a hub for skaters on the Gold Coast.  We talk about the philosophy of the store, not skating schools, collabs, olympics, tunes and set-ups.

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“This is more than a ‘business’ to us. We live for skateboarding, and for the Gold Coast scene that has been the backdrop to our lives of rolling good times.”

Why did you decided to open Precinct Skate Shop ?


We opened this for ourselves and the skate community to keep the fun in skating on the Gold Coast and to provide the best products to the skaters.


We have been skating our whole lives, it was only natural that once we had the opportunity we would open a skate shop.

We had a different vision from the other skate shops. A lot of other skate shops are more old school, whereas there were a lot of new things happening in the skateboarding, new brands coming up that we thought we could cater to; which other skate shops weren't.


Did you want Precinct to be more than just a skate shop to sell stuff?


Definitely. To us, skateboarding is a complete lifestyle. So people can come in on their way to the next skate spot, find out where new skate spots are or talk about new products. It’s not all about sales, were not forceful like that at all.

We have the ramp out the back but unfortunately it can’t be for everyone, we kinda just let people in now and then. It’s for us and the team riders to take advantage of the rainy days.


What type of boards do you pick for the shop?


Everything you see in the shop is from Julian and I picking it. We are so fussy with what we put on the wall. We never buy bulk, we hand select everything no matter what the cost. Everything you see we like for a reason and it’s usually the graphic, the shape and the brand.



What’s your favourite board in the shop?


The freddy krueger. No doubt, best board on the wall at the moment. I got one for my collection straight away.


Favourite pump up music for skating?


I don’t listen while im skating but before I go skating of course. It’s good to amp up in the car on the way there.  Definitely some motorhead, I’m into a bit of the cure at the moment and a bit of rap too.


I don’t skate with headphones of anything. But music plays a big part in my skating. A lot of the times I’m making the clips for our team videos so it’s a lot of my music choice taste. Definitely TSOL, a lot of exodus at the moment - I like a lot of 80’s metal and punk - oh and slayer as well.

Can you tell us a bit about the Precinct Skate team ?


Where definitely try to building up a team and if they want to have a career in skateboarding it’s their choice and we will help them with those steps, but the choice is theirs, its not easy these days, skating standard is so high, they really gotta to do stunts now compared to when I got into skating haha. The tricks are a lot bigger, the stairs are a lot bigger, the rails are a lot bigger, its a lot more full on now.


The Team:



@mrmikeymendoza poppin out on a nosegrind🕴🏻| 📸 @itsapirateslife

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What do you think about skating as an olympic sport ?


There are a lot of skaters who are against it but it’s because there are so many different genres and types of skating. If you like to compete and your a competitive person in that way, you can go down that road and you can train to improve your career. But it’s okay to not be into the olympic skating, you don’t have to watch it, it’s okay to not be into that. There is so much more to skateboarding now, you can just concentrate on what you like and find your passion for it in your own way.


What are your favourite schools to skate at the moment?


I wouldn't even name them haha.

I just paid a $1600 fine 2 days ago for a trespassing and wilful damage fine for skating a school.


Which is like a first though, we've never really seen that happen before.


There is something to skate at every school, put it that way.


Do you get in trouble a lot skating street on the Gold Coast ?


Yeah you can do, you get kicked out a lot. The confusing thing for us, and the general citizens too, is that skateboarding is an olympic sport that is illegal.

And yes skateboarding does some damage and they will always see skaters as being destructive, causing damage, making noise and just being pests. Whereas we all see it as ‘we’re just practicing our tricks’. So Your never going to have a common ground with it.


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Tell us about the custom precinct skate decks.


We like to do collaborations with anyone we feel fits our kind of vibe and anyone that were into at the time. They have to be organic and pretty natural. We don’t like to force it.

Precincts brand direction is more aimed around art, more so than corporate branding. Like any sort of products we make, we like to put a bit of art direction into it more so than just a massive logo of our name so everyone just sees what the shops called.

Joel Rea Elevation deck

We have done a few in the past with big companies, like cliche skateboards but also we’ve done collaborations with local artists like Joel Rea, who is a quite well known painter and our most recent board with Nadeem Tiafau(@tiafau_).



Every other shop does there own board but it’s usually a blatant banner advertisement. Where trying to be a bit more creative. Even the precinct logo is small, in the quickest spot that's going to get taken off the board.

The board on the wall is the second one we have done with Nadeem. He basically just walked in to the shop and introduced himself, not knowing that we already had an idea in our mind that we wanted a graphic with wavy lines. Something that we could experiment with raised print. That was 2 years ago and it just happen spontaneously. Others are from personal friends of ours who have been doing cool art for a long time. They are the things that we are the most proud of, it helps local artists, it helps us and we think they look great.


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What is your setup?


I ride and an 8 inch board,139 low indies and at the moment im riding 49 mm spitfires. It’s not all the time i can get 49mm so the most part i ride 50’s.  Always modus bearings with the shields off. The deck is one of our latest precinct boards, done by our friend Nadeem Tiafau(@tiafau_). That's about it.

The boards get worn out a bit differently theses days, as opposed to before I hurt myself, now its all in the middle and the tail. Whereas the nose doesn't get hit because it was my front foot that got injured.


I pretty much ride exactly the same haha .

Do you guys surf?


I just got a surfboard this week so Im gonna learn haha.


Yeah, I started skating and surfing when I was 10. I love skating and surfing equal. I follow surfing as much as I do skating. There completely separate but personally I love doing them both. I definitely don't act or dress like a surfer though.


What is one of your favourite skate trips?


We organised a trip ourselves, just all our mates. It was definitely a highlight just being with them for a couple weeks. Road tripping is better than flying. You don’t get as much skate time when flying, whereas when your on the road, you see a spot as your driving and you just stop, pull over and get something done.




I haven't gone on the road for skate trips for a while. But I’ve done that many, there is no real defining moment, every trip has something epic that happens. No matter what, whether it’s a funny story, an accident or  just discovering new spots. Its hard to narrow down just one trip.

One trip that I always refer back too was a 2 weeks Etnies tour around australia just before I hurt my knee. I was on the road with Ryan sheckler and it was his first trip away without his mum. Stefan Janoski was on the trip aswell and he was telling me all about his shoe design that he wanted to submit. Now he has the best selling shoe on Nike for the last 10 years.

I got to skate with those guys, hang out with them and chat with them before they were these sensations that the world sees now. There where a lot of other people on that trip as well and seeing Bastien Salabanzi just make everyone seem irrelevant.  We’d go to demos and he’d just destroy it. We would all sit down cause everything we did didn’t matter, this kid was just the best, and just seeing that is pretty humbling haha.

If you need some new some new gear or just feel like having a skate chat, head on down to Precinct Skate Shop in Mermaid Beach. If you can't get down to the store, don't stress,  you can grab all of their products online here.

Keep up to date with all things Precinct on Instagram (@precinctskateshop ) and Youtube.


Photography credit to:

 📸@precinctskateshop, 📸@wade_mclaughlin, 📸 @tamas_keefer  & 📸@juliancklee