OnStone is a printing company based out of Melbourne, Australia, who instead of printing on what we think of as usual materials (you know, like thin paper, thick paper, shiny paper, matte paper, big paper, small paper, weird shaped paper and papered paper), puts your photos, artwork and other ideas onto pieces of stone. That's right, stone! Each print is handmade with UV-cured ink, framed with reclaimed timber and backed with polystyrene, which makes your order not only sustainable and scratch resistant but completely one of a kind. Learn more about OnStone on their Facebook page!—Ally
Hot babes. Cool printed skateboards. Dudes doing all the tricks. OKAY, so this video isn't 100% female focused, but these Globe Bantam ST graphic cruisers are fuckin' adorable and obviously meant for the skater girl in all of us. Excuse me while I fawn over the pretty floral one, appropriately named "Grandma's Couch."-Ally
I love music critic Chris Ott's series of video essays on music, "Shallow Rewards," and this episode on the history of goth is awesome. You might be surprised to find out that modern bands like Iceage and Deerhunter are actually totally goth. - Hazel
Designer Beci Orpin's holiday traditions have us seriously considering movie to the land down under and living in her mom's back yard.
Introduce yourself! I'm Beci Orpin. I'm a designer of sorts from Melbourne, Australia.
What do you love/loathe most about the holidays? Here in Australia, Christmas is in summertime so for me it means the beach and weeks of summer holidays, which I love. My kids are of course super into Christmas too, so that makes the whole ordeal way more fun. And loathing: summertime is also the busiest for my partner Raph (he runs Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen) so generally we get to spend Christmas day with him and then he has to head off to a festival somewhere. That’s not fun.
What’s your gift-giving style? Personalized presents, or a Starbucks card for everyone? Personalized. This year we are taking personalized to the next level and are hand-making gifts.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Raph took my youngest son Ari to one of my favorite stores and let him choose a dress to give me. That was pretty great on many levels.
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? Mint chocolate. I despise it.
If you could ask for anything this year (and money is no object) what would you ask for? The ability to stop time. And a studio in the forest in the shape of a mushroom.
What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with friends or family? After we have fulfilled all of our family duties on Christmas day, we drive down the coast to my mum’s beach house and invite lots of our friends over. Raph and I cook a big dinner, which we eat on a long table in the backyard by candle light. It's such a good vibe. There usually ends up being quite a few of us and everyone stays for a few days, so there are tents in the back yard and people sleeping in the loungeroom and everywhere they can fit. It’s super fun.
What’s your favorite holiday snack or food? Peaches and watermelon.
Without looking it up, what are the ingredients in eggnog? I have absolutely no idea. Egg nog is not so big down here.
Any idea how you will spend New Year’s Eve this year? My friends have thrown a rooftop party the past few years which is pretty fun, so either there, or at home, drinking fancy champagne and watching DVDs.
If you could be any character from a holiday movie, who would you be and why? I cant even think of any holiday movies. I think we are too busy eating prawns and going to the beach to watch TV at Christmas time.
If you could plant a New Year’s kiss on your dream crush, who would that be and why? My husband Raph! Or Nas in the '90s.
What was your proudest moment from this past year? Releasing my book Find & Keep.
What are you looking forward to most about 2013? Making more books and some new work for an exhibition or two. I’m looking forward to some more collaborating too and travel plans with friends.
Lower Plenty, the suburb, is a pretty unexciting place on the outskirts of Melbourne. Lower Plenty, the band, is a four-piece whose music turns the monotony often associated with the outer suburbs into something really pleasant and listenable. It's a soft country, hazy place you want to go. - Nadia
Minna Gilligan's art is colorful, fun, and feels like it came straight out of our wildest teenage dreams. Here we talk about her early beginnings, her romanticism of surf culture, and the art she created for the Surf Daze summer preview lookbook.
Introduce yourself! My name is Minna Gilligan and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am 21 and in my last year of a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art. In my spare time I work for Rookie Magazine and blog about my terribly boring existence that may or may not be taking place in the 1970s.
When was the moment you realized you wanted to make art? Well I always knew I wanted to make art because my whole family are pretty intrenched in that industry. The idea of being an artist came to me when I was very young and made an artwork out of lolly wrappers in school. It was sort of Andy Warhol-esque, I suppose. When I saw his soup cans for the first time at MoMA I started to take it more seriously, or as serious as possible when making the kind of work I make—you know, cutting out pictures of hamburgers and stuff.
Describe your artistic style in one sentence. At the moment it's a psychedelic playground of personal traumas and exhalations. (Keep in mind this 'one sentence' is incredibly transient!)
What's your main focus when making your art? Color? Shapes? Patterns? My philosophy is "more is more" so I focus on everything: color, shapes, patterns, glitter, stickers. I'm also really into found imagery. I find some really bizarre stuff in old books and printed material. I like to think a lot about sentiments and memories and how they are summarized so succinctly in imagery and color and stuff.
Tell us about the art you did for the Surf Daze summer preview lookbook and how you got involved in the project. I made some text drawings that were inspired by sunsets I'd experienced looking out of my bedroom window. We get some beautiful pink and orange skies where I live, especially in the summer. I got involved in this lookbook via the wonderful world wide web. I have a blog where people can read about the mundanities of my life and I think that Urban found my art there via my Rookie work or some other obscure link. Y'know cyberspace is a crazy place!
What are your biggest influences overall? Well apart from the sunsets that I just talked about I'm really into this surfing movie from 1971 called Morning of the Earth. it's so beautiful and encapsulates surfing culture so eloquently alongside an amazing soundtrack. I give this film five out of five stars even though I'm not qualified to do so.
Who do you look up to in the art world? I get really inspired by a whole bunch of people. My favorite artist at the moment is Mike Brown, who was an Australian painter and sculptor in the '60s and '70s. I also just love Pipilotti Rist, Helen Frankenthaler, Henri Matisse and Australian artists Jenny Watson, Vali Myers and Paul Yore. I also have to mention the likes of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, who offer me boundless fields of inspiration.
Do you surf? Are you involved in the surf culture? I don't surf! But every summer I go down the coast on the Great Ocean Road, which is just the most beautiful coast line in Victoria, Australia. My Dad is a huge surfer. In the '70s he would hitchhike down the Great Ocean Road with his friends and camp on the beach. All he could afford to eat was potatoes, he tells me, so he'd whittle them into chips with a Stanley knife and fry them on a bonfire. He still surfs now and has attempted on many occasions to get me involved but I'm more into the 'idea' of it, the romance of catching a wave rather than the salt water in your mouth and getting sunburnt and stuff, you know?
How intwined are surfing and your art? Sort of actually not intwined at all, I hate to break it to you. But I'm into summer and amazing 1970s sunglasses and road trips and listening to the Beach Boys, very much so.
What do you think is the biggest draw to surfing/surf culture? Why? Well I think the romance of it, like the idea of travelin' down a rambling road with nothing but a board and some potatoes (in the case of my father). It's very Bob Dylan, a kind of freewheelin' lifestyle, but who am I to define this? I mean I sit inside all day daydreaming and drawing with markers.
The Chosen One is a selection of one-off vintage items chosen by Melbourne's finest taste-makers Perks and Mini. Zucca, Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe and Margiela are all currently in the mix and the plan is to offer seasonal clothing, accessories and books. - Nadia
Bet you didn't know that Pom Poms take their name from Pompons, a breed of Chrysanthemum. We sure didn't until we met Poms, the new range of wonderfully round and sightly soft jewellery by Melbourne-based designer Adriana Giuffrida. Poms are handmade using semi-precious stones with awesome names like Rhodonite, Amazonite, Labradorite, and Sodalite; sterling silver beads, and materials such as wool, bamboo, and silk. Just like no two Chrysanthemums are alike—Poms are one of a kind. Adriana currently makes rings and earrings, and is happy to customise pieces should a particular stone or color combination take your fancy. - Nadia
Alice Euphemia is selling these wonderfully colorful Taco Bracelets by Lucy Folk. The Melbourne based jewelry designer finds her inspiration in foods like pretzels, pasta, and of course, tacos. See more of Lucy's appetizing jewelry here. Bon appétit!
The pieces in Seb Brown's jewelry collection are beautiful enough that they could be worn alone, yet simple enough that you could wear them all together. What makes them even more special is that every piece is hand made, causing each one to be a little bit different than the last. See more here!
The Australian band Wizard Oz is releasing their latest album Flashing Lights on their Bandcamp on April 16, just in time to rule my spring with their super chill songs. Here's a track from the new album, called "Pull Out Slow." - Hazel
The Chasing Rainbows exhibition was a juried show of posters in preparation for the Track World Championship race which will be taking place in Melbourne this year. The winning poster above, announced this past Friday, was illustrated by Gregory Baldwin and will be displayed all over the city leading up to the event. -Bob
Treadlie is a fairly new cycling publication (it's in its 6th issue) that focuses on the lifestyle of cycling as appose to the sweaty and expensive world of racing as so many other publications do. Though the magazine comes from Australia, it was easy to find at a nearby major bookshop for perusal. I suggest seeking it out! -Bob
Kloke has pulled out all the stops for Autumn/Winter with juicy layered fabrics made for wandering the wild outdoors. The beautiful supporting campaign, shot by photographer Tim Hillier, captures just that. - Nadia
No big deal but I think Friend of Mine are going to completely sell out of their new Titties & Beer tee in a matter of days. Lucky for you, there are a few variants to keep this in stock a little longer because who doesn't want this killer, Frank Zappa-inspired, top? X - Jen