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ARKIN A magazine made by hungry young adults from Melbourne.


EDITOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Daniel Leyton CO-FOUNDER & MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER Elysa Cramer CONTRIBUTING DESIGNERS Casey Richardson, Timothy Jay Elico, James Dulce WRITERS Zane Talbot, Huy Au, Paige Richards PROOF READER Alanah Vera GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Perelini PRINTER DYNAMITE PRINTING SPECIAL THANKS TO Christine St Claire, Jose Leyton, Brett Freeman, Duan De Luca-Tao, Alexandra Grivas




Daniel A. Leyton

Elysa P. Cramer

We did it - our magazine is out free in the world. I want to congratulate you for physically picking up Arkin. A whole lot of work went into this project and a lot of help was requested by our friends. We are a fresh independent magazine made in Melbourne and it is being directed by curious and keen minds. We showcase talented writers and designers who are able to tell their stories through our provided outlet. We have interviews with key people and scope out underground culture. Arkin is a contemporary project with retro influence. We are blessed to have a representative from Comme Des Garcons involved to help develop this issue. We want to go international with our feature articles, whilst keeping true to the essence of Melbourne in future issues.

Welcome to Arkin. A magazine that two young and ambitious designers put together in order to tell our story and showcase great talent. It’s crazy how one simple idea that got pitched to me turned into something I now live and breathe. These past nine months have been dedicated to developing a simple idea into a reality.

When I’m out enjoying some air on the streets I tend to gather ideas I see and absorb the vibe around me wherever I go. I am able express these ideas right here in Arkin. With that, it’s not just for me; it’s for anyone who has a creative persona about them.

We invested a lot of time in deciding what direction Arkin would go and I’m ecstatic and proud of what my partner and I have accomplished here. I do hope the content will leave you wanting more. On that note I would like to thank my partner Elysa for being my second in charge and keeping me sane throughout the process. #itsafcknmovement



In this issue of Arkin we unfold into the beginning of great things. We take you on a journey through various art forms from installation to contemporary art in a three-dimensional perspective. We take you back in time reminiscing on classic themes that have impacted how we live in today’s society. We also get personal and let you discover more about how we reached this point in our lives. It’s the first stepping stone into our career goals, mine being to one day work in the creative department of a magazine. Why not start with your own, right? Although hard work and endurance played major parts in creating Arkin, this would have not been possible without each and every single contributor that believed in Daniel and I. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Most importantly there’s you, the reader. Thank you for picking up this magazine and I hope you enjoy the content as much as we loved putting it together.


contributors page


retro recap


time management by zane talbot


generated objects by casey richardson


act on your idea by daniel leyton


type infected artwork


comme des garcons


camera connection by elysa cramer


t-shirt / common misconception


kick-box by duan de luca-tao


hard twerker by timothy elico


rap music taught me by paige richards




posters by james dulce


thank you message



Contributors Here we have our first batch of amazing people that were on board to be apart of Arkin Magazine’s issue one. A great project needs great minds and we are humbled to have the support from our friends to help us develop Arkin’s vision.

zane talbot

huy au

Journalist Monash University Guitarist

Freelance Writer Deakin University Coffee Enthusiast

casey Richardson

paige Richards

Graphic Artist Swinburne University Movie Addict

Freelance Writer University of South Australia Hip Hop fan

duan De luca-tao

Timothy elico

Architect Oceania Polytechnic Institute of Education Sneaker Collector

Graphic Designer Swinburne University Undiscovered Model

alanah Vera

Michael perelini

Illustrator Holmesglen Grammar Nazi

Event Photographer Raffles College of Design and Commerce Hoards Toy Story Memorabilia

James Dulce Graphic Artist The Gordon Video Gamer











retro recap #1



This gem is more than just a calculator, it specialised as a data organizer that can store up to 100 names and numbers. Other features included 3 telephone books, anniversary



and clock functions, a secret function for confidentiality, a schedule and calendar function with a reminder alarm. In addition to all these features the unit served as a 12 digit

full function calculator. All this with only 10 kb memory storage in built, making it a little powerful monster of its time.



“to accomplish something, one must work at it constantly..”

It appears that people struggle to cope with juggling a personal life and a professional life, or in any case, finding that balance between the two. A balanced individual can be spotted from a mile away, in that they are up to date with their work, but still manage to get across to all their friends’ functions. It sounds appealing, but how does one find this foreign and mythical outcome? Too often people will either get stuck into their work so deeply that they will inadvertently cut off most or all of their social outings, or turn away from all of that and become that one friend who is ‘always available’. Myself, I tend to pull away from my obligations to university, and consequently deal with an unattractively huge pile of work after all is said. Is this relatable? Do you find yourself excelling in work or school, yet realise that you are slowly moving your hand off the social pulse? Did you find that your friend Jess got engaged, and you were the last person to find out? Or is this the opposite? Do you keep yourself updated with your friends a lot, but cannot seem to meet the deadline for any of your work tasks? “I’ll catch up with Gerry today, and finish that assignment tomorrow”. Let us be honest, we have all pushed aside obligations to meet a friend, particularly that of a love interest. The task of finding this balance is by no means a quick fix. In fact it may be quite hard to accomplish. It’s been said that in order to accomplish something, one must work at it constantly to hone their skills, and perfect their trade. In this scenario, and on a personal level, that something is a good work ethic.





an insight t amet to find time

“The fear of starting plays a huge role in the completion..”

Too many times I have found myself putting off work for silly reasons; most times it’s to do with a social event that I’ve placed more importance on. Sound familiar? Well, to combat this one must simply, (and forgive the unattractiveness of this statement) do the work. Before you throw the paper at the wall because of this elementary sentence, just think about the weight it carries. Have you ever looked at something you didn’t want to do, and just did it? It’s quite simple. Personally I find that the hardest part about completing a task is starting. The fear of starting plays a huge role in the completion of work, and this is because something may appear more daunting than it actually is. Once you come to terms with your work ethic, you can move on to balancing out your social life. First and foremost, no one likes the person who always wants to catch up, or see a movie, or grab a coffee. This is because everyone else is balancing out their work ethic. Join the party. Although on paper an event might seem enticing, after a while things may become stale, and you yourself might, in fact, stop enjoying these outings. But do not wait for a burnout to start your work, as a steady routine would provide a more socially healthy outcome. Balancing ones social life with their work life can prove to be a difficult, and seemingly impossible task, but with the right mind-set involving fair restrictions placed upon oneself, it is most certainly achievable. A






Casey Richardson

Generated Objects

3D Graphic Artist


Casey Richardson is a 3D Graphic artist who likes the unusual and dwells into creation within the late night hour.




To see more visit

Casey Richardson is a Melbourne graphic design student of Swinburne University. He has a passion for all things illustration/design with an interest in both the unique and the unusual. A designer that finds he gets his best work done late into the night, where everything is quiet and with less distractions; a true nocturnal artist.

The Generated Objects series is exploring the contemporary art culture through 3-dimensional form, the idea was simple; to capture the beauty of an object through its purest form to create a digital installation piece almost life like.




act on your

IDEA Words from Daniel Leyton



Getting an idea is something anybody can do, working at it and giving your idea a backbone will take you places. An idea can be thought of so easily yet the motivation can disappear just as fast and sometimes without second thought. The year I had the idea to produce printed T-shirts would be a prime example. I wanted to print my own tees with screen prints, then later on invest in a second hand heat press once I got my designs perfected. I was thinking fast about my direction and where it could take me, getting way too ahead of myself. I had a whole pile of stencils I put together, and obtained fabric ink and blank tees. But after numerous attempts of getting clean edges the results were not what I had planned and it was hard for me to get it right. So naturally being the impatient kid I was - I shortly gave up. I know I have had some good ideas or possibly great ones in the past, but I couldn’t set myself realistic goals and I just couldn’t follow it up for more than a few weeks. My ideas soon became not so good ideas to me, I did not put enough effort to see where the potential of my ideas could take me. My not so distant friend ‘procrastination’ was always around when it came to going for the whole nine yards on personal projects. Only recently is when I realised I needed to get my act together. I was starting to set myself short term design goals and succeeding in them. I figured it was the only way to get my confidence back in creating again. I used to go on Photoshop when I was kid and stay on for hours making anything; from anything, I would take an image and manipulate the pixels out of it until it ended up looking something completely different from the original. I chose not to share most of my work, the reason being is because I didn’t want to risk taking criticism or to get discouraged.

Things have obviously changed now. I take more pride in my work and seek advice now, to gain knowledge and juxtapose my ideas with other artists’ thoughts. Thinking back on that time I am glad I spent nights doing it for nothing else but personal satisfaction, because now I have gained skills I would never have had if it weren’t for my young driven spirit to create. Till now I still do create for personal use as I still find it enjoyable but with every one I do, I am constantly learning more about myself. Designing is an enjoyable part of my life. Currently along with this magazine I am producing art posters for the hell of it and then asking people I do not know if they need posters done for their business or night club and getting paid peanuts for it but I didn’t care it was something to me. I was fortunate enough during my early University life to score an internship at FAT and designing their in-store look book for employees to view upcoming season wear. I even had a small hand to generate their large store front sale decal. A huge privilege for myself at the time because I had never helped designed a large scale signage before that would be seen by many. I guess they seemed to like the in-store mini sale signage I was producing. The potential skills you gain are from getting out there and getting dirty. It’s being able to act on your ideas and produce new work and growing from there. Do the odd job even if it does not pay, or make things for friends. You may not have it great every time but that is where mistakes make you better and help in developing your style. Good design will come with good optimism. A








Created by designer Rei Kawakubo in 1969, Comme des Garçons has grown into one of the world’s most loved brands with their fashion forward style, eccentric fragrances and popular lines such as PLAY and SHIRT. Hidden in the streets of Melbourne lies their first pocket store to reach down under. We were incredibly humbled to have a chat with store owner Christine St Clare to discover more about the journey of Comme des Garçons’ store in Australia. 24


What exactly is a pocket? A pocket means a little piece. You know how you have a pocket on your shirt that is part of the whole ensemble? It’s exactly the same. It means you’re coming in to experience a little piece of Comme. Is this the first ever pocket store? For Australia yes it is, which is rather exciting. I bet Sydney is a bit jealous. Well I think Sydney exciters were really dazed because they always get everything first but no, sorry. Melbourne comes first. Were there any challenges in getting store up and running? Can I tell you there is always a challenge? Always. It is a matter of finding the right space to start off with. Then you have to find the right staff, which I was blessed with from the start. It’s also about finding the right building because you have actually got to put all this together. Most importantly it’s about timing. There are a lot of things you have got to think about and consider before you open the doors to the public. What inspired you to bring Comme des Garçons down to Australia? I think what Comme wanted was to showcase the range in its entirety. In the past you’ll get a little piece of the range in one store and another piece in a different store. It was actually better to have it under one roof so that people get to see a good selection of shirts, a good selection of knitwear carefully picked for the store.

So did you plan to have this in Australia a while ago? They would have liked to have a store however it’s not as easy as clicking your fingers because there is a lot of work involved. Did you have a big time frame to work with? No it was a really tight frame. Is this pocket store a little insight for more things to come for Australia or in general for Comme? We would definitely love more little pockets but all of that is dictated by head office. Lets be happy with Melbourne to start off with.

Comme des Garçons Pocket 2 Rankins Lane, Melbourne (03) 9670 1607 Hours Mon to Fri: 10am–5.30pm Sat: 10am–5pm Sun: 12pm–5pm







CAMERA CONNECTION Words from Elysa Cramer

“If you have a passion, pursue it into something big”. A wise friend once told me this and these words continue to make me achieve. This drive has been ongoing for the past five years and until this day I am still on my journey. It started in 2009 at the age of sixteen. All I wanted to do was express my emotions through a creative outlet. As a teen I had plenty of emotion, believe me. This is probably because I was a very sheltered girl wondering, “What am I going to do with myself in the future?” and “Where will I end up in terms of my career?”. Very intriguing questions I still ask myself. After six months of saving I bought a camera, which changed my perspective on life forever. It was a small digital camera and it was all I needed to spark a nerve in me. Do you want to know what brand it was - that’s right, it was a Sony. For the remainder of my high school years I immersed myself in all the basics a photographer needed to learn in order to achieve a beautiful photograph for an amateur.



When teaching myself I realized the only way to understand the knowledge I was consuming was to use what I’ve learned on a real SLR – which I then bought! It was a 35mm Pentax camera that I found at my local Salvation Army store for $20. This camera opened a whole world for me and that was the art of photography. My camera collection then begun and it blossomed. Photography became my life and this devotion was what got me out of bed each morning till graduating high school. At the age of eighteen I was enrolled in Media and Communications at Deakin University. One pressured topic that constantly arose was “what degree will equip me with a well-paying job?” It was this very question that resulted me in going through with this course until I reached a breaking point. The one thing I did gain however was a DSLR gifted from my parents. I was so blessed when they gave this to me especially because they

"I was never going to become an accountant, sorry mum"

finally accepted what I wanted to pursue and realised that I was never going to become an accountant, sorry mum. This camera pushed me much to achieve like never before. I was so eternally grateful for what they did. This assisted me in putting my work out to the public and also landed me paid gigs, which was very new to me at the time. Fast forward to 2013 and I am now twenty years old. This was the year where I said “screw this� and landed a position in Visual Arts at Swinburne University. 2012 was a confusing year for me where things were neglected and my mind was boggled on life decisions. This then turned out to be a gloomy year for me.

So here we are at our first issue. If there was one thing I want you, the reader, to gain out of this article it would be to ignore everything around you and pursue what you love most. There are pathways around everything. Numbers and scores should not ultimately matter because if the passion is there these scores will come naturally. This is what I will keep telling myself until I am content in my career goal. We are making it happen for ourselves. Dream big and never give up. A

I now know what I want to do for a career and that is to photograph for a magazine starting right here with Arkin. Money is not a factor to me anymore that idea got left behind months ago. My ultimate goal is to live life knowing I let my passion blossom without anything or anyone stopping me.







T-shirt/ The common misconception

Perhaps it is an item you take for granted, or maybe you are wearing one right now. In this article we explore the idea of T-shirts and discover the simplicity of how an item can always be adapted into art and design. This concept also comes to life as we recap the Upfront Exhibition featured at the Curve Gallery in Newcastle.

Words from Huy Au



The charming T-shirt is an aspect of the clothing industry that is often not associated with either the fashion or artistic world. Originally printed T-shirts were designed to serve more than just a clothing purpose but rather used as a form of identity expression, showcasing who you are and the type of person you wish to present. However over time the essence of the print tees has grown mundane, and as result have lost their connection to fashion and art consequently leaving them as items of the ordinary. Fashion and art are ambiguous words, ones hard to define in a single sentence. But essentially art is a form of creative communication that displays an individual’s imagination and thought - whilst fashion is basically art put together by a needle and thread. Although having lost sight of the creative meaning behind T-shirts they still remain a significant part of both the fashion and art industries. When we first hear the words, “printed T-shirts” our minds immediately draw the conclusions that they are just loose item of clothing worn on the backs of naïve teenagers, doing nothing more than covering up naked skin - and in most cases this is probably true. Due to the largely developed mainstream form of printing, the artistic nature of T-shirt design has been replaced by mass manufacturing whilst the creative expression of an artist is overlooked by the placement of a price tag. Understanding that printed T-shirts are apart of fashion and art culture an underground event known as the Upfront exhibition collected international and national T-shirt designers together to celebrate each other works and contribution to the printed T-shirt world. Hosted by Marcus Dixon and held at the Curve Gallery in Newcastle, the event showcased printed street

wear and art elements that allowed designers to collaborate and be inspired by one- another. The exhibition purely focused on street designers and their works for the T-shirt industry. It featured 20 artist and a variety of independent labels (such as Ruler Melbourne) whom were specifically chosen to produce a print for the front of a limited edition T-shirt where only 300 were readily available to the public, screen prints were also designed for the event to be auctioned off. Marcus Dixon, an independent artist and freelance designer stated that T-shirts are the staple item for any clothing brand, an innocent item whose reputation has been tarnished by mass production: “There are still great shirts out there, they are just outweighed by all the terrible shirts - the overprinted, discoloured, mismatched, tight necked variety. We get so used to seeing T-shirts with no substance that when a great shirt strolls past, we are looking at our feet or in the sky.” The Upfront exhibition seek to celebrate T-shirt art, by recognizing the talents and method of work that both artists and designers contribute to the world of print work, whilst also showing their appreciation to those who properly invest and partake in the T-shirt culture. T-shirts have for a long while worn the misconception that they are just pieces of fabric sewn together for a simple wearing purpose however it is us that wear them correctly. T-shirts are our subtle celebration of art and fashion, an item of clothing whose meaning we have lost sight of and the item of clothing that the Upfront exhibition aims to remember.




Sneaker collector and studying architect Duan De Luca-Tao has found a new way for all you sneakerheads out there to show off your hard to get or hard on the wallet sneakers in fresh way. Using Perspex sheets which is a type solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate; your sneakers can now be safely stored and showcased. Made right here in Melbourne, the boxes can be made to a specific custom size or colour on request with high quality craftsmanship guaranteed.

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Graphic Artist


Reaching a new mind; timothy jay elico brings his personality alive through expressive anti-design art.

DISCLAIMER Tim was a tad tipsy during this interview. How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as 80’s style Patrick Nagel meets anti-design meets [drinks] internet meets gradient meets 21st century meets fashion, so a lot of things. What inspires you? You know most of the time I inspire myself and there are rare occasions where I don’t inspire myself. I usually go on the Internet and look at other works of art you know, inform yourselves everyone there is so much beauty out there. Which font: Comic Sans or Papyrus? Comic Sans and I have this beautiful love affair. We do not see each other too often but when we do it is explosive. If we gave you a chance to fly anywhere where would you go and why? I would go to New York because that is where all the cutest boys are.

Do you think electronic magazines will dominate over print one day? I think it will but I don’t think it should, you know when people say a book is better because you can physically flick the pages - it’s very true. It’s an experience that should stay forever. There is something special about it. Where do you see yourself in five years? Oh!... wait am I a boring interviewee? I am a boring interviewee. [laughs] Hopefully I will be living in the city and doing great things. Maybe I will be a graphic designer and oversee things. Maybe I will be involved in print. Or perhaps I will be discovered and model full time. Who knows maybe I will not be designing anymore, life is just full of surprises. Cool, great interview! No it’s not, I am sorry guys.



Yeezy Taught Me; Life Lessons from Rap Music Life can teach you so many things when you are out on your daily grind, but there are other lessons in life that cannot be learned naturally. That is why rap music has always been the remedy to gain undeniably useful life knowledge for the soul.

Words from Paige Richards Everything I know about life, I’ve learnt from rap music. Sad, probably. But true? Definitely. After a combined 15 years of schooling and tertiary education, I can safely say that nothing of real importance stuck, except for a basic knowledge of Christian holidays courtesy of my hyper religious primary and high schools, but if you ask me to quote you the lyrics to ‘2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted’? No worries. Anyone who knows me knows that I love rap music. I love hip hop, I take fashion cues from Kanye West and A$AP Rocky; and I do not care if I’m clearly a white girl from country Victoria. Where my knowledge of percentages and history should be, in it’s place is a detailed bank of pop culture knowledge through hip-hop. Rap can be as much as an intellectual experience as it is entertaining if you take the time to “print the lyrics out and have a fuckin’ read-along”. Here is a excerpt of the things that I have learnt from rap music. Having managed to learn nothing from my high school accounting class coupled with my uncanny ability to not stick to a budget, everything I know about money, I have picked up from Jay-Z. Granted, I have not gone “from grams to grammy’s”, (although I have had my share of less than glamorous jobs), but Hov’s teachings transcend social-economic backgrounds. He made it abundantly clear that “ladies is pimps too” (co-signed by Mrs. Carter in the form of her song ‘Diva’). This



inspired me to upgrade my hustle and make my money because goddamn it, I want those leather track pants that Kanye wore. He also taught me that you should not aim to be just “a businessman, but a business, man”. Why settle, when you can call the shots? It’s like Big Sean says, don’t “Work too hard to be ballin’ on a budget.” Kanye West taught me more about self-love than any PC workshop I ever attended during high school. I mean, anyone that conjoined their own name with Jesus’ must have a healthy self-image. He once said “I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.” Egotistic, yes, but what’s wrong with giving yourself a hyperbolic pep talk now and then? Nothing. Additionally, Lil Wayne and Drake taught me that when I’m feeling down, and a little low on self-esteem not to worry, because in their song ‘Every Girl‘ they explain that they want to bang literally every girl in the world. So even when I look gross, I can count on at least two dudes that would be interested, and that’s a good feeling. Finally on the subject of self-acceptance, 2 Chainz let me know that on my birthday and there’s a bad bitch contest, I’d be in first place. As if I did not already love my birthday! I have learnt a lot about social etiquette and proper conduct from rap, too. Snoop Dogg reinforced my kindergarten

Taken by Michael Perelini

"I take fashion cues from Kanye

and A$AP Rocky, and I do not care if I'm clearly a white girl from country Victoria." lessons in sharing by letting me know it “ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none” (which is probably the most he’s ever taught me, outside of making up words and how to look like a douche by hanging out with Katy Perry). Akon elaborated on the childhood-conditioned golden pass of ‘no offense’, by letting me know that it is perfectly acceptable to use offensive language to describe someone as long as you are at least trying to describe them “without being disrespectful”, and A$AP Rocky has educated me that it is perfectly acceptable to be “wild for the night, fuck being polite”, which I can attest to doing most of my weekends. I have also picked up some interpersonal skills from listening to rap. Drake taught me that it’s okay to date a few losers, or have a few crap friends because “they’re only practice” until you meet someone worthwhile. Jay-Z taught me that money shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to friends, because “money ain’t a thing”. Basically, everything of importance I know and apply to my adult life can be found in the lyrics to a rap song. So next time someone tries to tell you that hip-hop won’t teach you anything but be materialistic and rude to women, kindly refer them to this list and let them know that there is a lot more to learn that then appropriate amount of necklaces to wear at once (2 Chainz) or what to do about your fuckin’ problem (Drake will solve it). A






This section is an outlet for people who have a strange unexplainable liking to rocks. It could be the various textures and colours you seem to find interesting or perhaps the natural beauty of their coarse surfaces and irregular shapes that spark your admirations toward rocks. Whatever it may be I think we all have some sort of liking to them... Or quite possibly, perhaps not?



Smoky Quartz






James Dulce Graphic Artist

Poster Collection

A full-time designer creating ads, magazine layouts, covers and writing music reviews at Forte Publishing. James is a Geelong-based graphic designer originally from Melbourne. He has always had a passion for art and design however never truly considered it as a career until just after finishing high school. He studied graphic arts at the Gordon Institute and got his first break into the design world doing gig posters for the nightclub that he worked during weekends at as a bartender.. After a short stint in a printing press he is now a full time graphic designer at a local magazine publisher. When he is not at his 9-to-5 commitment, he is still in work mode but with a more free mind.

Whether it be freelance work, getting inspiration from books/magazines/blogs or putting together Yume, a quarterly zine that he started with a mate because they were looking for something fun to create at the time. Art and design is never far from James’ mind, apart from that he also loves basketball, movies and video games! James’ main passions in design are posters and magazines. He buys many different types of magazines and is always looking for inspiration, keeping up to date with trends. We would describe his style as clean, minimalistic and straight to the point. No nonsense.



We are striving perfectionists. When we think we have got it right, we think of how we can make it better. It is our greatest talent but it is also our greatest weakness. Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add - but when there is no longer anything to take away; A quote we can admire. We endeavour to build further from this issue and to not let opportunities slip passed us. Our friends that help us along the way can only make arkin more great. We want to one day see arkin on the shelves of our local mag shop and see someone we do not know purchase arkin in physical printed form. With you reading this We are now closer to reaching that goal. Thank You See you next issue




ARKIN Magazine Issue #1  
ARKIN Magazine Issue #1  

A quarterly made magazine made by hungry young adults in Melbourne