Cop the app and check out my interview with the lovely Avalon Westcott in this month’s issue.
Avalon is a Melbourne-based tattoo artist. Through sheer hard work and talent, Avalon has managed to build a huge online following in an insanely short amount of time. Avalon’s tattoo style is playful, feminine and fun, which makes her a highly sought after artist. She is currently working at The Grand Illusion in Malvern, VIC. Outside of tattooing, she models, paints, makes electro music, and is a dedicated vegan.
Avalon is on Instagram
“I have created a series of works exploring themes of age & wisdom. Translated from my head to the canvas, I have created characters who haven’t had the best of luck. For them, most things haven’t worked out. They’re old boys with old stories. They’re pensive pensioners. The seen-it-all seniors.
Painted with vibrant colour and composed in the historical tradition of portraiture usually reserved for important people, I have tried to convey the importance of society’s unimportant, and the value of their wisdom that can only come with age.” – Hugo
Most Things Haven’t Worked Out:
Opening Night 9th September, 2015 at 6pm
E55 Bar, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC
Come early for the complimentary Tomoka Beer. Special guest DJ Pranav will be manning the turntables and playing sounds to drink and move to all night. There will also be an intimate performance by Sean Kirkwood.
See you there!
Note: The paintings will be hanging until the end of September. If you’re interested and you can’t make it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a catalogue with details and pricing.
Regardless of your thoughts on him as a person, Kanye demands respect through his dense and vast body of work. Listen to any of his beats and it is clear there is an unmistakable creativity to the way in which they are created. His knowledge of music is deep, and because of this, his sample selection is expert.
Since his foray into music back in the mid-nineties, he has been responsible for copious musical trends – ie. Speeding up the vocal pitching of a classic soul record? If Kanye didn’t invent that, he certainly popularised it. Because much of his early work reflects this style, digging into the origins of a Yeezy beat uncovers myriad sonic gems.
Not convinced? Check the mix and tracklist below:
Continent Number 6 – Afromerica
Kanye West – Power (feat. Dwele)
Watch The Throne (Kanye x Jay Z) – Gotta Have It
Ponderosa Twins Plus One – Bound
Kanye West – Bound 2
Eddie Kendricks – Day By Day
Lil Wayne – Let the Beat Build
Dead Prez – Hip Hop
William Bell & Mavis Staples – Strung Out
Cam’ron, Kanye West, & Syleena Johnson – Down and Out
Creative Source – I’d Find You Anywhere
The Game – Wouldn’t Get Far
Talib Kweli Feat. Mos Def, Jay-Z, & Kanye West – Get By (Remix)
Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking
Jay Z – Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…..)
Kanye West – Stronger
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Kanye West – Paranoid
Michael Jackson – PYT
Kanye West – Good Life
Kanye West – Touch The Sky
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You
Twista – Overnight Celebrity
With a career spanning two decades, Outkast are stalwarts of the rap game. (I personally have trouble trusting people who don’t listen to them.) As pioneers within hip hop, they championed some of the very first instances of genre fusion, adopting elements of G-funk (first popularised in the West) and mixing that with gritty Southern attitude. If the Pixies are the most influential rock band in the world, Outkast are the reason your favourite rapper picked up a pen. Their impact is immeasurable, and their style ubiquitous. With countless hits across 6 albums, the resume is thick. My homie Shantan from Sydney made this dope mix last year featuring the bangers, as well as some of the lesser-known tracks and verses.
Start your weekend right.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie
Willie Hutch – I Choose You
UGK – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) (Ft. Outkast)
Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s ft. Andre 3000
OutKast – So Fresh, So Clean
Outkast – So Fresh So clean (Locsmif Remix)
Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
TLC – Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes Ft Andre 3000
OutKast – ATLiens
Outkast – Last Call (Feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz, & Mello)
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Outkast / Andre 3000 Roses (Kero One 2014 Remix)
Sleepy Brown feat. Big Boi Margarita feat. Big Boi (Dirty)
Big Boi feat. Little Dragon – “Mama Told Me”
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Nacey Remix)
Santigold – Creating Kryptonite (Ft. Purple Ribbon All-Stars)
Young Jeezy ft Andre 3000 – I Do
Andre 3000 – Prototype (eSenTRIK Remix)
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)
Big Boi – Lanes Ft. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram
Kelis – Millionaire ft Andre 3000
OutKast – B.O.B.