I was walking through some of Melbourne more obscure, well- hidden laneways when I discovered this collage of artworks created by and dedicated to the cities most notorious graffiti artists. They caught me by surprise how neatly and symmetrically arranged they were making for great composition- This kind of layout for street art is quite out of character considering how spontaneous and disorganised it usually is. The way they are framed like mini paintings on a wall was also quite interesting. As soon as I discovered this small yet bountiful goldmine of mini artworks by different contributors I couldn’t help but admire it.
This photo is a essentially a celebration of my 3 favourite aesthetics: the colour orange, florals and vintage vehicles- in this case, a vespa which I found parked in Melbourne’s most popular laneway food/coffee hotspot: ‘Degraves St’.
A throwback flick I found in my gallery from summer earlier this year taken at Brunswick skatepark. The enormously infamous Brunswick Bowl is reminiscent of early 90’s transition skating and revives that very same thrill being almost vertical. Evidently, It is as fun as it is to skate as it is to graffiti.
Even during the daytime, Chinatown Melbourne is quite the attraction. My eyes were drawn toward the overhead lanterns which, day or night, are always so amazing to look at. Chinatown always seems to be bustling and busy which is why I think its quite an accurate emulation of China itself. The asian style banners which glow neon in the night time, further authenticate the experience
When I peered through the window of this dollar store, the religiously themed statues instantly captured my attention. They seemed like extremely overzealous items to be advertised in the windows of such a cheap shop. I always find dollar stores to be so fascinating because of the insane variety of trinkets they contain- theres everything from statues of religious figures to bootleg merchandise.
A nice niche vintage clothing store I found tucked away down a large set of stairs. Even though it was hidden, I couldn’t miss the explosion of psychedelic colours and ‘beatnik’ clothing which was displayed on the walls. The ever so familiar smell of vintage clothing wafted through the air as well. As I entered the store to browse, I was met with a vide variety of vintage tracksuits, an assortment of stone washed Levi’s jeans and of course an assortment of grandpa sweaters and Hawaiian shirts. Overall it was a great find.
A stroll down Melbourne’s famous Swanston street had me encountering a wide variety of street art and niche clothing stalls. Perhaps the most eye catching was this fully customised, spray-painted collection of vinyls featuring tribute art for all kinds of pop culture references- everything from Mickey mouse to a personal favourite of mine- pulp fiction, made the cut.