Support: The Design Conference featuring Dface, Timba Smits, Jonathon Levine and more

Quickly becoming one of Australia’s favourite conferences, The Design Conference (formerly known as Analogue Digital) is back next year for a huge event in 2016 ANNNNNDDDDD, as a taster, they have announced the first key speakers for the event including DFACE, JONATHAN LEVINE, and TIMBA SMITS!!!

From the team: “With many of your domestic heroes already featuring in ‘The Design Conference’, we must look to international speakers to maintain our ability to deliver an authentic, original and influential experience. To realise this goal, we are offering a range of affordable Pozible rewards, designed to raise the capital required to deliver a world class event, featuring up to six international speakers in 2016.”

For more info and ways to help donate to the cause, hit their Pozible page here:

The Design Conference 2016 Pozible campaign. from on Vimeo.

The Design Conference BNE

The Design Conference BNE

The Design Conference BNE

Event: Breeder, Frank and Mimi, Stay Bold, Ironlak – Brisbane

In the lead-up to this year’s Analogue Digital, a number of free side-events have been announced to spark your AD anticipation and creative interest.

Boasting a panel of prime creative talent, the first event of the series will be a creative Apple Talk in Brisbane featuring words of wisdom from Joyce Ho (Breeder), Luke Shirlaw (Ironlak), Milan Chagoury (Stay Bold) and Brisbane’s own sign-painting sweethearts, Emily Devers and Rick Hayward (Frank and Mimi) – pictured.

Each creative will discuss their journeys to becoming leaders of the local creative community. An excellent event for anyone looking to again advice and valuable industry insight without fronting the hefty price tag.

When: 24 February, 5:00pm / Where: Apple Store Brisbane (Macarthur Chambers) / RSVP:

Event: Analogue Digital 2014

Analogue/Digital Creative Conferences are independently curated design events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Past presenters include: Anthony Lister, Askew, Campbell Milligan: Monster Children, Christopher Doyle, Claudio Kirac, Damien Aistrope, Dare Jennings: Deus Ex Machina, Ill-Studio, Joseph Allen Shea, Ben Johnston: Josephmark, Luke Lucas, Magda Sayeg, Motherbird, Numskull, Parallax, Rone, Sneaker Freaker Magazine, Sofles, Sonia Rentsch, Andy Sargent: SouthSouthWest, Jacky Winter, Kevin Finn, Vice Magazine & Sonny and Biddy: We Buy Your Kids amongst many others.

This year, AD has secured a great mix of designers, creatives and artists. See below for the full lineup or find out more here.

• Barry Patenaude – Fine Artist
• Josh Davey & Harry Bissett – Digital Designers
• Phebe Schmidt – Art director
• Andrew Suggit – Graphic Designer
• Bonnie Abbott: Desktop – Editor
• Dan Natola: Bodega – International Fashion consultant
• Does – International Graffiti Artist
• Ian Cope: Rising Sun Pictures – Producer
• James Jirat Patradoon – Illustrator
• Josh Fanning & Farrin Foster: CityMag – Entrepreneurs
• Julian Meagher – Fine artist
• Philjames – Fine artist
• Sticks & Stones Agency – Creative Directors
Sydney Only
• Gemma O’Brien – Hand-letterer
• Ken Taylor – Illustrator
Adelaide Only
• Kate Pullen – Hand Letterer
• Sam Yong – Illustrator

Analogue Digital

INTERVIEW: Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez has been steady walking the path of street life in LA and producing gallery based works that reflect that. I caught up with him briefly to have a chat about all things rap, street violence and shiny lights

This is how it went down at Carbon Festival 2014

MD- So you live in LA what’s that like and how does it affected your work?

PM-  All my inspiration in terms of my artwork is taken from my surroundings and the people in the landscape. Its everything like all the little in-between nooks and cranny’s. All the places you don’t really hear about inspires the work. It could be objects, people, places and the physical landscape I mean its great i love living there. I love travelling but i always look forward to going home and hanging out with friends and family.

MD- So you have a history with graffiti and hip hop. Is that something that you value and think is important within your artistic career?

PM- Yeah the graffiti and rap and hip hop that kinda subculture is, its kind of embedded you know. Its just something i find in my tool box and i use it sometimes because it familiar and its part of me so i take it out and i use it as ammo for  some of the work. I can speak honestly with it because its always been around and i know the  culture, I follow it still and i do listen to other music i do obviously look at other art but its still kinda resonates and its creeps out often in my work.

I don’t physically do graffiti anymore  but i went through that in my early teens and it was kind of where i started. I picked up a spray can before a paint brush, that was kinda strange to me now looking back. Those are some deep roots so i cant deny that and i cant deny the soundtrack to my upbringing with rap music and understanding the hip hop culture and the subcultures and shit.

MD- Yeah in Australia we are so far detached from the world that those cultures were such an external inspiration for us. Its something that if you grew up here you had to really hunt for it if you were into it, was it something that you were always into from the start?

PM- You know its just what everyone was listening too, My brother would be bumping it in his car like spice one, too short and that gangster rap shit and from then i was like submerged. All the kids in my neighbourhood were listening to that you know what i mean. Those guys were older and already driving and so they would pick me up from school and i would be always surrounded by it. Then i got into graffiti and i started getting into other sub genres of rap and that underground shit like freestyle fellowship from Los angeles. I was just trying to get a good range of rap music, it was always around so it made more sense when i started applying it to the graffiti, then i figured about  shit like wild style, style wars and it kinda just clicked but it was a different version on the west coast.

MD- We got that a little bit later, so when we saw it the music was kinda about but the visual side came after it.

PM- Yeah the visuals were different, on the west coast it wasn’t like people were burning on trains and shit they were doing freeways and walls and yards and you know there was a mixture of gang graffiti and like gang culture. A lot of my friends started with graffiti, i started going to yards with them and doing buses and writing and then they became gang members and then ended up in  prison and what ever. I continued on and now some of them are also gallery artists so its a different dynamic i guess.

MD- A lot of your phrases and images are related to LA street life, whats the craziest thing you have witnessed on the streets of LA?

PM- I used to live in Lincoln heights, its the east side of Los Angeles and i had a loft studio and it was off a main street. At like 230 am on a saturday i heard gun shots further back, looked outside and i saw somebody shooting at some else. I don’t know if he shot him but he unloaded the whole clip on somebody or something. I just ducked because i though he was going to start shooting up at my studio but the never did and it was a crazy night. i was so tripped out i couldn’t sleep. wasn’t a good thing.

MD- whoa

PM- yeah

MD- Alright on a lighter note, where did the use of neon light start as an outlet, why do you think its important?

PM- I’m not trying to use it as an aesthetic to grab people attention, I use it more as a concept of like being inspired by Los Angeles as a whole, and the objects in its city. The signs already exist in the east side of Los Angeles. Divorces, Income Tax, Open, Closed those types of neon’s that already exist, I took that format and i’m remixing it to where i’m connecting with people with messages and phrases in that format. thats where the concept kinda originated from, you know the weird thing about Los Angeles is that in the day time its so congested and the afternoon there is so much traffic and the night time is so dead and desolate you can get anywhere in like 15 minutes. So night times real still and those are when the neons start shinning and that was the inspiration, driving around and seeing them. they are almost like dialogue like someone trying to speak, so i took that and remixed it and i been doing it since 2008 just putting out different phrases and trying to connect with people.

MD- yeah run me through that, how do you come up with the phrasing that your going to use?

PM- The first one was “selling out is the new keeping it real” and that was like just something i said  and it just kinda came from the gut. If you were in the 70’s or 80’s and you had a collaboration with nike you would be a sell out but now its like “oh thats the shit, oh your doing a collaboration with somebody thats dope”. Especially a corporate brand its not looked down on as  a bad thing now its a positive thing. A lot of my artist friends are doing that and i never judged it. I just said thats just where we are at. These brands and the people that are working for them are understanding what the arts about and just kinda wanting to work with different artists in certain situations.

Its was just a phrase i kept on saying so i decided to put it neon, just direct. That’s how it is, its just something when me and my friends are talking shit and you find that there is something with guts to it and your like fuck that hits the chest and rips your guts out or it makes you think a little bit. you gotta investigate it. so i put it together, let it sit for a couple weeks and if it keeps resonating with me i will use it and put it out.

MD-Your paintings are detailed and well executed. How do you feel about creating your neon work compared to your paintings?

PM- I work with a lady in Los Angeles and we kind of create it together, i design it and if theres a painting involved i have to sit with her and kind of run through it and help her with the process and bends and stuff like that.

Its kind of like a two part process i have my studio and she has her place of business and i’m always back and forth. I’m there sitting with her doing the design and drawing it out and making sure its right because were they are coming from is like there just hammering out neon signs for businesses, there not use to anything different even though i’ve been working with them for years. 

The reason i started doing it is i wanted it raw and direct. I want that neon to be just popping onto my artwork, its not about finessing it so much or making it look likes its finessed it needs to be more direct like you just ripped it out of the f#ckin front window of a shop and you just f#cking threw it on top. its not about “oh that looks great and that looks beautiful”  its like damn what the fuck is that? is that an advertisement or is that a sign or something. they work really well with me and they are were i want to be in terms of the aesthetic of the pieces im turning out.

MD- so we are called the opening hours  and we ask this to everyone, what is your favourite hour of the day?

PM-  I would have to say right now its the night time like i like to go out when its about to hit sunset. ill go for a hike and kind of hang out and watch the sun go down until the night. Go home shower up and and attack the night. go to the studio or go out with friends.

Giveaway: Semi Permanent GA Double Passes

Semi-Permanent wants to thank you for your support and offer Twenty FREE Double Pass General Admission Tickets to this week Sydney Semi-Permanent. The General Admission ticket gets you access to the opening and closing party with live music and free drinks, inspiring film screenings from Spike Jonze, Mike Mills and more, plus exhibitions, installations and signing sessions with the likes of Tony Hawk, Mr Brainwash and Tara McPherson.

The first twenty people to email will win a FREE GA Double Pass.

Semi-Permanent Sydney is on 22-24 May, 2014 at Carriageworks. Tickets to the talks are almost sold out, so this is likely to be your best chance to experience our biggest event this year. Visit for more information and we’ll see you there.

Semi Permanent

Opening: Mr Penfold ‘Part Time Technophobe’ at JAA project space – Melbourne

Our good friend and talented artist Mr Penfold is currently in Australia for the Analogue Digital conference tour happening in May, where he will share a talk about his work and process AND be showing a whole new body of work in both Melbourne and Brisbane with Just Another Agency.

Opening from 6-9pm for a one night only show on Thursday May 8 at Blake House – Lvl 2, 35 Adelaide St, Brisbane and Thursday May 15 at the Just Another Project Space – 153 Greville St, Prahran, Melbourne. Melbourne show runs till May 30. For more info, click here.

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Conference: Ananlogue Digital 2014 – Brisbane & Melbourne

Analogue Digital is hosting a heap of great artists this year over two events in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Brisbane only: Jasmine Dowling, Stay Bold & Aus Infront Guest
Melbourne only: Carla McRae, Loretta Lizzio, Sam Yong

Both Events: WeBuyYourKids, Zann St. Pierre, Supervixen, Rolling Stone, Romance Was Born, Hans Christian Øren, SouthSouthWest, The Company You Keep, Breeder, Cj Hendry, Meggs, Mr Penfold

Each event is broken into five distinct sessions; each discussing topics and case studies relevant to the future and growth of the creative industries within Australia.

Past presenters include; Anthony Lister, Askew, Monster Children Magazine, Christopher Doyle, Claudio Kirac, Damien Aistrope, Dare Jennings, Ill-Studio, Joseph Allen Shea, Josephmark, Luke Lucas, Magda Sayeg, Motherbird, Numskull, Parallax, Rone, Sneaker Freaker Magazine, Sofles, Sonia Rentsch, SouthSouthWest, Jacky Winter, Kevin Finn, Vice Magazine & We Buy Your Kids amongst many others.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit their website.

Analogue Digital

Analogue Digital

Analogue Digital

Event: Carbon 2014 second announcement – Melbourne

CARBON announced the second addition of speakers to its line-up, officially welcoming Richard Kern (Photographer/Videographer), PrettyPuke (Photographer), Hardy Blechman (maharishi clothing, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material) and Levi Ramsey (Ironlak) to the event. They join a stable of international cultural influencers that includes Patrick Martinez, Stephen Malbon, Mark McNairy, Brent Rollins, Paul Devro, and Mike O’Meally for the festival’s forums held at RMIT’s Storey Hall.

Find out more and buy tickets here.

‘Carbon Festival’2 day creative festival
Opening: 29-30 March 2014
RMIT Story Hall, Melbourne

Carbon Festival Melbourne

Carbon Festival Melbourne

Event: Semi Permanent 2014 lineup announcement

Semi Permanent has just announced the first release of speakers for their 2014 conference and it’s a amazing/eclectic mix of super-human creatives including Tony Hawk, Mr Brainwash, Corbin Harris, Tara McPherson and many more. Check out their website here for the full list and stay tuned for the second release of speakers.

Semi Permanent