Fucking Christ, its been a year already, and that horrible shit storm is approaching yet again. I haven’t heard songs about flying reindeer bullying their luminescent peers just yet, but I did notice that the pile of shiny plastic shit at woolies had been slowly sneaking its way toward the front of the shop recently, and then other day it made its move to take stronghold at the front entrance. It’s only a matter of time before we’re all pummeled to death with festive biscuit tins, poorly made rope lights in the shape of European trees and cheaply made dancing robotic snowmen tinnily singing Gangnam Style on infinite loop, forcing you to frantically punch them in the face and swear horrifically in front of unsuspecting children whilst trying to find the OFF switch.
I forget what this was about… Oh yes, I make Anti-xmas cards.
You should get some to express your loathing of this horrific festival to your loved ones. All funds will go towards me buying a plane ticket overseas. If you have to buy stuff, buy local, support makers, producers and artists. Buy gifts with souls, not the plastic bullshit that the telly tries to shove down your throat.
Find my stuff at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Joshybug
or follow the permanent page link in the top menu HERE
…or don’t. Whatever. I’ll try not to go on about it.
Gina ‘The Hutt’ Rinehart: Billionaire Heiress to a mining magnate, media recluse, politically influential heavy-weight, corporate gangster, environmental rapist and Australia’s richest person, with an estimated combined wealth of $22,000,000,000 (22 billion). Her fortune is based on the inheritance of her fathers mining company, Hancock Prospecting, and continues to grow via the ruthless pillaging of natural resources from deep within the Australian landscape, ignorant to the wide spread environmental and ecological devastation it creates. Gina has recently bought large shares in Channel 10 and Fairfax Media in order to “have her voice heard”, is a fan of importing cheap migrant workers to toil in her mines, is vocally opposed to mega-profit mining taxes, and once investigated the viability of using nuclear explosions to blast open mining sites.
Gina’s current project is the Alpha coal mine in northern QLD, 79% of which is owned by Indian mining Giant GVK. If approved it will become the largest open cut coal mine in the southern hemisphere, and it’s primary shipping port at Abott Point will become the largest coal export terminal in the world, exporting millions of tonnes of coal annually, with an estimated 20 cargo ships per day passing through World Heritage listed area and general environmental wonderland of The Great Barrier Reef. Fun fact: The Great Barrier Reef contains the worlds largest collection of living coral reefs, which collectively hold the title of ‘world’s largest living organism’.
Despite it’s obvious beauty, tourism draw and delicate home to several thousand varieties of fish, dolphin, turtle and other assorted marine life, large gutters, several kilometers long will be carved out of the bottom of the reef to make it deeper, allowing super-sized, diesel-fueled, coal-dust covered cargo ships to pass through without scraping their bottoms on all that pesky coral. The removal of the floor of the ocean is achieved by an aptly hideous sounding process called ‘dredging’, where an enormous underwater drill indiscriminately plows through and removes whatever is in front of it. Once the coal reaches its international destination, it will be set on fire to produce electricity in a process which easily ranks as one of the largest contributors to airborn pollution and c02 emissions in the world.
The continued development of the Alpha and a series of other equally devastating coal and gas mines along the QLD coast are being heavily protested by a wide variety of environmental activists, community members, scientists and politicians country-wide, with concerns not only for the health of the marine park, but also for the health of the local people in communities surrounding the mines.
More information can be found at SAVE THE REEF
I enjoyed my last large panel drawings and felt the need to stay at that size, or preferably larger, but the equipment I was using was too delicate/expensive for drawing on rough surfaces like fences and brick walls, so I started playing around with some spray paint, and after a trip to my local graf store, found that there is a massive difference in quality between the crap you get from the hardware store and actual purpose-made graffiti cans.
I’ve been practicing in my backyard and redecorating my shed and have developed a bit of a crush. It’s all just mucking around at the moment, trying different styles, nozzles, effects etc, but I’ve been having lots of fun. Here’s a few pics.
I felt inspired to make something big and splashy last night, so I grabbed some old bits of mdf from the shed and attacked them with some graffiti markers and chalk pastels, which resulted in this. Got a bit messy but I’m quite happy with them. Now I have to find somewhere to put them; they’re over a meter wide. and the bow tie one is over 2 meters tall. Maybe I’ll glue them to a wall somewhere?