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FROM THE EDITOR _ page 8 DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER_page 9
SKATEBOARDING ABROAD WITH ANDREW LOVATT_ page 10-13
ADELAIDE’S FIRST SKATEBOARDING DOCUMENTARY: AMBIVALENCE_page 14-17 THE HOMIE BEHIND THE LENS: EDDY HAMRA page_18-25 THE KID FROM TWO WELLS ISN’T TOO BAD ON TWO WHEELS
RICKY CATANZARITI_ page 26-29 A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND BMX BY CONNOR BACALSO _page 30-33 Screenprinting with Aelaide based Label
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Front Cover: PIZZALUMINATI $90.00, designed by Adelaide clothing label foolsandtrolls | (page 36-41) Photography: Sam Berry Sberryphotographics Model: Austin Berry Art Direction: Dave Court
Editor | DesignCaleb Sweeting
Contributing WritersConnor Bacalso Lachy Pfitzner Malachi Murljacic
Contributing PhotographersAlex Hart Andre Castellucci Connor Bacalso Eddy Hamra Lachy Pfitzner
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Trash Humper Photo | Eddy Hamra Interview | Page 34-35 www.facebook.com/YEWTHmag firstname.lastname@example.org
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FROM THE EDITOR Youth are always given a bad name by older people who are unable to understand who we are and what we stand for… To be honest we don’t care what you think. We’re here just expressing our opinions through the things that we love mostwhether you’re a skater, BMX rider, artist or whatever we don’t mind, because at YEWTH mag we’re a community made up of all sub-cultures that are deemed a ‘waste of time’ by people who live a bland life without their own individual sense of style and creativity. Yewth magazine was something that I had wanted to do for a very long time. I knew it was going to be a long road to the printer, and hard to convince businesses that a 17 year old was serious about pulling it all together- even I was unsure of myself when I saw the cost of printing! However, always at the back of my mind I knew I could go against the odds and make my idea into a reality. An added bonus was the fact that the magazine was my Research Project for year 12 and I am being graded for something that I love and was going to do anyway. The truth is I’m not that good on a skateboard, I can’t even hold a spray can properly and you don’t even want to see me on a bike. But, I knew I could make a magazine for people who are good at these things. I wanted YEWTH to be a platform for teenagers who dedicate their lives to making a name for themselves at the skate park and on the streets- The kids who reject team sports, to join something bigger. I didn’t want to make a magazine that only concentrated on one sub-culture, because there are skaters who are friends with BMX riders and there are artists who are friends with both. Heck, there are skaters that ride bikes and graff as well! You can’t just abandon one or the other, everything that we do crosses over in some way or another. There is and should be a mutual respect shared across all sub-cultures, based on the sole fact that we are young, free and doing the things we love. I believe In order to stay young, you have to act young and this is what we are all about at YEWTH, the golden days of your youth that will be the fond memories you will treasure in the future. I would personally like to thank Dave Court from foolsandtrolls and Mark Alcorn from FreeBird Set for their support towards this project. Respect your elders, Caleb Sweeting Editor
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DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER BY MALACHI MURLJACIC For as long as I can remember, bike riders, skaters and scooter riders have had their differences… Different uses for the park, styles, interests, ambitions and tricks. We are constantly alienating each other, however the one thing that we do have in common is the incorrect stereotypes placed above our heads. We riders, as the youth of this country, are so commonly incorrectly labelled.
“People assume that we are all vandals and hooligans looking to disturb the peace and damage property at any opportunity given... The thing about riding is that it is not only a passion and a hobby, but something that prevents vulnerable kids and teenagers from doing stupid and illegal things...” People assume that we are all vandals and hooligans looking to disturb the peace and damage property at any opportunity given, or that we are drug addicts. I’ve heard it all. The thing about riding is that it is not only a passion and a hobby, but something that prevents vulnerable kids and teenagers from doing stupid and illegal things such as the aforementioned vandalism but also drug use; a way of occupying ourselves and at the same time keeping out of trouble. As well as all this, it promotes a healthy lifestyle and staying fit. A BMX bike is not only a mode of transport; it is a purpose built stunt machine. Most of the custom built bikes owned by people my age are worth more than the cars they drive. A lot of hard work, time and money is put in to maintaining a bike to keep riding. If people actually took the time to look into the sports, opposed to just judging as we ride past, they would see that riding creates opportunities and teaches practical life skills for use in the real world. At the end of the day, you can’t really change the opinions of some people because they are ignorant and stubborn. Just keep doing your own thing and have fun riding or skating. Shred on! Photo: Connor Bacalso
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SKATEBOARDING ABROAD WITH ANDREW LOVATT INTERVIEW | CALEB SWEETING PHOTOS | ALEX HART & EDDY HAMRA Last year Andrew Lovatt did something that many of us would love to do at least once during our lifetime. He travelled through Europe, with a skateboard and one of his best mates hitting up night clubs and riding famous skate spots. It doesn’t take a genius to work out these memories are worth their weight in gold, hopefully this interview will inspire you to save some money and experience a different youth culture in new city with different people. “For the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.” – Augustine of Hippo
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Why and how long did you go overseas? Well I really like house music & techno and have always wanted to go overseas and skate, so Brett Young and I planned our trip around seeing the best techno sets and skating famous skate spots. The trip went for two months in total. Sick. What kind of spots did you skate? Everything from Macba, the famous museum to the historical south bank to the perfect metal ledges in Berlin, and many more. Were there many skaters hitting up these spots? And more importantly were they nice - any resemblance to the skate culture in Adelaide? Well, the older spots are pretty bad and chipped so no one really skates them because there is a lot of new stuff getting built every day. The sizes of the cities were big and the skaters were all friendly, that is when we could understand them hahaha. Any resemblance not really, the vibes are amazing, the love for skateboarding is so much bigger, skaters are looked up to… and when you are skating a spot you never have to worry about getting hassled by security because most of the time you have such a big crew they can’t really do much. Power through numbers, I like it. Did you see many street artists over there? Do you think graffiti is more accepted in places like Berlin? Yes graffiti is a lot more accepted; well I guess people don’t give a fuck. There was so many times where you see an amazing apartment but then the bottom floor is just bombed up. No more than Adelaide (street artists), but I did see a lot of bums asking for money.
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Well, we all need to pay the bills. Speaking of bums, how were the ladies? Well shit, the ladies… there was so many beautiful women and they’re into the best things, weed, techno, skateboarders, fashion… but yeah I only got with one girl called Mallory.
“There was so many beautiful women and they’re into the best things, weed, techno, skateboarders, fashion… “ You lucky man Mallory sounds very sexy. You mentioned house music and techno how was it? Can you remember? Haha yes I can, well Brett & I wanted to go to this place, Berghain world number one techno club in the world, it was like a human zoo that’s all I can say, but the best thing of all was seeing HMC he is a techno producer from Adelaide. So yeah this was like a once in a life time opportunity. “A human zoo,” sounds crazy and perfect. I guess you and Brett had the time of your lives! One word to sum up the whole experience... I don’t know. It’s just the way I live my life, just works out… Goodtimes? You are an inspiration, shoutouts? Fuck yeah! Shout out to Mum & Dad Mallory Salomon all my homies and to everyone that dig what I do.
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Andrew Back home in Adelaide, Photo: Hamra
ADELAIDE’S FIRST SKATEBOARDING DOCUMENTARY: AMBIVALENCE BY LACHY PFITZNER
Right: Hard days filmingZack Lycos
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AMBIVALENCE The initial idea was inspired by my passion for skateboarding and portraying messages through film. I disliked the way people perceived skateboarders and labeled them as “drug addicts” or “a menace to society”. I wanted to change this or at least attempt to change the view of those hating against us skateboarders and prove to everyone who we are and what we are about. What people don’t realise is that skateboarding is the driving influence in our lives and without it we would become everything that society perceives us to be. The name Ambivalence is the thought of having simultaneous conflicting feelings towards a person or thing. I found that the name fit so well with the aim of the project. 16 | YEWTH
It’s funny because initially Ambivalence was a school based project but as I got more involved I realised what potential this project really had and decided to continue making it the best I could. One and half years in already I look back and see where it all begun and how far I have come in my ability to capture moments and kick start my filming career.
“My love for skateboarding begun a few years ago when I was walking down a quiet street in the city and saw a bunch of skaters messing around and having loads of fun. It was the following week that I spent my entire weeks’ pay on a custom setup...” My love for skateboarding begun a few years ago when I was walking down a quiet street in the city and saw a bunch of skaters messing around and having loads of fun. It was the following week that I spent my entire weeks’ pay on a custom setup, since then my passion and drive has only become stronger. The more I skate the more great people I meet and the more opportunities I encounter.
Being able to have multiple photos in every issue of the local Bigspin Magazine to date is a massive driver! It’s rad to look back on my first days skating and to see how far I have come. The past few months have been really tough on me due to having an ankle reconstruction putting me out of driving, filming and skating for 8 weeks and counting. Not being able to skate for this long has been a real challenge but I know that when I get back on the board and behind the lens my life will be content. During my time in rehab I was able to begin compiling all of the footage and start editing and working out what else was needed to give Ambivalence the final touches. There have been many great opportunities to come out of this project including possible funding though a company called Carclew. Session times
Soundpond.net 260a Rundle St, Adelaide Friday, July 18 | 6.00pm | 8.00pm www.facebook.com/AmbivalenceOfficial
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THE HOMIE BEHIND THE LENS: EDDY HAMRA INTERVIEW: CALEB SWEETING PHOTOS: EDDY HAMRA It always seems to be the skater who is in the limelight when it comes to being recognised for their talent, but what about the guy behind the lens working his ass off to capture it all on camera? Eddy Hamra is a 19 year old skater dedicated to documenting all the moments that we take for granted and just expect to be thrown up on Facebook that same day. Eddy believes every photo has a story that only the photographer and the skater in the photo may know, and I wanted to find out why. Heâ€™s had to climb fences, scale buildings, run from police and experience fair extremes to get some of his photos and we thank him for this. Mr Hamra grew up in the country and rejected team sports for good reason, because one day it would lead him to join a team of skateboarders in Adelaide who roll at their own pace with open arms. Iâ€™ve only met Eddy once in person, but as you will see from this interview he is an all-round nice guy always ready with his camera.
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THE HOMIE BEHIND THE LENS: Andrew Lovatt, Fifty-fifity Photo | Hamra
Where did your passion for skateboarding and photography come from? My passion for skateboarding started from a very early age. I remember maybe back in 2003, myself and my best friend would catch up, only to play the Tony Hawk’s PlayStation games. This is back in the PS1 days, which really makes me feel quite old… We’d always had a general interest in skateboarding, and would always love seeing skateboarding on TV on the rare occasion
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when it was. Our interest gradually grew as we became older. We both had our Kmart setups which we’d bomb hills on and skitch each other along with pushbikes; which was pretty much the extent of our skateboarding. Living in the country for the entirety of my childhood, most of my friends began playing football, which never struck as interesting to me. Even though the rest of my family loved it… I played team sports for a number of years but realised it was never for me.
Throughout high school, I never really knew what I really enjoyed doing. And it was only in year 10 (2010) when I started skateboarding seriously (as seriously as skating for an hour or so a day is). Being the only skater at my school, it was never cool to be a skater. But, I stuck at it, because I loved it. After high school finished, I moved to Adelaide. Since then I’ve met an incredible amount of people and made a heap of friends; just through having this plank
of wood under my feet and this camera in my hands. As far as the camera goes, I’ve always had a general interest in film/photography. There’s a ton of short films, which my brother, Luke and I made growing up. We used to love the editing just as much as the filming and the final product. So we both kept at it. I found myself wanting to make videos for any assignment I was handed at school, and made sure mine kicked ass.
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THE HOMIE BEHIND THE LENS: Skateboarding and film/photography go hand in hand with each other. There’s always gotta be that kid at the local park with the camera documenting whatever they can. I guess I was just the unlucky one! But I wouldn’t swap it for anything else. How long have you been capturing skateboarding on your camera? About three years now. Starting at my local skatepark in Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, to all over Adelaide/ Australia. Are you working on making it into a career rather than just a hobby? The day someone offers me a job to be filming and/or photographing skateboarding, which I can happily live and comfortably retire off, I’d be stupid to not accept such a role. At the moment, however, I’m studying to become a paramedic, which I also really love. What was your first camera and what do you have now? Now this is confusing because I shoot video and photo, however, until about six months ago, I never shot photos.
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So, for film, I started out with a range of MiniDV tape camcorders, then digital photo cameras, which were capable of recording video. I then decided to buy myself a HD camcorder and fisheye off eBay, which I was absolutely stoked on for a matter of months. As I began pushing more trolleys and packing more shelves at Foodland, I was able to afford more equipment. I bought myself a Sony HDR FX1, which was possibly the best video camera I’ve used to date.
Mr Hamra Photo: Andre Castellucci
The quality wasn’t incredible but I had a heap of fun using it, and learnt a heap while doing so. In 2012, I dislocated my knee, which put me out of skateboarding for a few months. During this time, I bought myself an Olympus OM-10, which is an older style film camera, to take photos with. I knew very little about still photography, however, I learnt pretty quickly what the do’s and don’ts were. I’ve been very good at looking at
what others are doing, seeing why they’re doing it, and putting those same rules/principles into place, for my own photos. At the moment I shoot with a Canon 7d for both video, and photo. I do however intend to upgrade, yet again, reasonably soon. I know you use digital, but do you ever mix it up a little by using film? Why do or don’t you? Not as much as I’d like to. Film is a
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THE HOMIE BEHIND THE LENS: fantastic way to learn how to shoot photos. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to shoot the lifestyle side of skateboarding. Not as good, however, for the action side of skateboarding. What programs do you use to edit your photos and videos? Videos-Final Cut Pro. Complex, but easy enough after a while. Photos- Lightroom. Everything you need for editing skateboarding photos. I do as little work as possible to my photos. If you weren’t tied up in the skateboarding scene do you think you would still have an interest in photography? It’s hard to say. I may still have had an interest, however, whether I’d pursued it as far as I have now, would be hard to tell. I can’t imagine myself shooting anything too different. Do you enjoy capturing skateboarding more than other things? Why? Yes. It’s a little hard to say exactly why. It’s almost the effort put behind a single photo. I’ve had to go to some fair extremes to get some of my photos from some pretty peculiar angles.
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“I’ve had to climb fences, scale buildings, run from police, had security guards chase me, German Shepard’s barking at me. It’s a heap of fun for something that seems quite harmless.”
EDDY HAMRA Every photo of mine has a story that only I and the skater in the photo may know. I can’t really see that in any other area of photography. Plus, skating is badass and the chicks dig it. Describe the best photo you’ve ever taken… Any tips for skaters looking into buying a camera to film their homies skating down the skate park on the weekend? There’s no way I would be able to pinpoint a single photo. I’ve been given props on some photos way more than other photos. However, I’m incredibly picky and don’t ever like 100% of the photo. The best photos, to me, are the ones that tell a story, and also display how gnarly a trick can be. Photo: Eddy Hamra Cailean Holland, bs Tailslide
As far as advice goes; all I can say is, no matter what camera you’ve got, all you have to do is keep it around your neck. I’ve had to climb fences, scale buildings, Always be shooting. I have plenty of run from police, had security guards chase throwaways, not everything makes the me, German Shepard’s barking at me. It’s cut. Familiarise yourself with your own a heap of fun for something that seems style. Find photos you like and describe to quite harmless. I had a security guard try yourself why you like them, and attempt to detain me today for climbing a statue to make your photos give off the same because I was supposedly ‘vandalising’ it. reaction to others. It doesn’t matter what It’s not like he would have detained a 10 camera you have. All good photographers year old kid for climbing the same statue… started from the bottom and built their way up. Sure good equipment helps; The skater I’m shooting also has to go however, you’ve got to prove that you’re through these extremes, and get the trick not solely relying on good equipment. too. This makes for the best stories. Shoot every damn day and don’t stop!
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THE KID FROM TWO WELLS ISN’T TOO BAD ON TWO WHEELS
RICKY CATANZARITI Photos|Connor Bacalso Inter view|Caleb Sweeting You grew up in Two Wells, so I guess there wasn’t really much else to do apart from ride your bike and start jumping things? Right? Yeah with growing up in Two Wells there wasn’t really much to do besides build jumps out in the paddock. Do you think you’d still be riding if you grew up in let’s say North Adelaide? I’m not really sure I think I would be, but yeah haha. Only last year all your hard work and talent provided a very welcoming sponsorship from Colony. You must be stoked and proud of what you have achieved? Yeah I’m really happy with this! I’m so grateful to Clint at colony for giving me this opportunity. What are you currently riding? And don’t just say a bike, I mean what frame, bars that kind of thing? Haha riding a Colony sweet tooth frame, Twenty Four Seven bars, Guardian forks a freecoaster on the back and just other Colony aftermarket parts. My bikes feeling the best it ever has lately really enjoying it.
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“My favourite park would probably be Osborne...”
So we know what you ride, but what about where you ride? What is your favourite park/spot? My favourite park would probably be Osborne just because it’s where I’ve rode the most and I’m used to it. I don’t really have a particular spot but just riding around Adelaide is always good. What’s on the agenda for the second half of 2014? Working on any new edits? Travelling? Haven’t got much plans really but always filming for new edits haha and I want to go to Melbourne but not sure if I’ll make it up there... Any one you’d like to thank, shout outs? A big Thanks to Mum and Dad, all the guys I ride with, Hodge at Little Black Bike, Clint at Colony and James at dishonour.
Yes...The Mo is real.
Curved Rail Pegs, Ricky Catanzariti Photo: Connor Bacalso
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND BMX BY CONNOR BACALSO My name is Connor Bacalso, and I ride BMX, take photos and film videos. I started riding just over a year ago, and I came from riding skateboards for another year or so. I had always had an interest in riding BMX, so I began riding with some of my mates. I had wanted to ride bike for a long time, so when I finally got a bike, I was stoked. It was a Fit Bike Co complete, and I slowly built it up to improve it for my style of riding. My local skatepark is Osborne which caters for a lot of different things, but I also ride street as much as I can as I find that the most enjoyable. The Adelaide scene is quite small in comparison to most other places around Australia, but it’s pretty diverse with lots of
new riders, old riders, and different styles of riding. Lots of people putting out videos, taking photos and all of that. BMX is a fairly underground thing in Adelaide, mainly due to the fairly small community, and the small base of stores. It is often misunderstood as riding around on a dirt track, instead of riding at a skatepark or on the streets. What I love about BMX is that you’re free to do what you want. It is not an organised sport, it is not a team sport, you ride for yourself and have the freedom to just hang around with mates and have a good time. I feel like this is what draws people to BMX, or any other extreme sports. There are no pressures from anything or anyone else. I think its important to
“What I love about BMX is that you’re free to do what you want. It is not an organised sport, it is not a team sport, you ride for yourself and have the freedom...” 30 | YEWTH
document BMX because it provides it with more attention, and allows the riders to show what they can do, and to see how much they have improved along the way. I had started taking photos before I began riding, but BMX has definitely helped me improve and BMX has also allowed me to film and release videos that I call Homie Mixtapes. I spend a few months at a time filming for these, and they’re basically a collection of clips of mates or anyone else that’s down to film for it. You can find these on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/ lepraconnaa. My photos and videos are shot on a Nikon D3100, and whilst it is nothing special, it does the job, and I’m certainly not experienced enough for a better camera at the moment anyway. You can find Connor @ www.flickr.com/cobaccc.
-CONNOR IS A BMX RIDER, SKATEBOARDER AND PHOTOGRAPHER FROM ADELAIDE
Toboggan Gap, Jake Andrew Photo: Bacalso
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City Scape, Adelaide Photos: Bacalso
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Melon box at Oz Daniel Dicerto
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TRASH HUMPER Interview: Caleb Sweeting Photo: Eddy Hamra ‘Trash Humper’ is a name that you won’t forget anytime soon. While most people would associate the name with someone who is unpleasant, they would be very much mistaken. The truth is Mike Andrew is a really nice guy, who appreciates things that most people would throw away. His artwork involves incorporating things available to him, which makes his style unique and different to other ‘conventional’ artists. What we can all learn from Mike is you don’t need much money to do the things that make you happy.
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Do you take on a different persona when you write up Trash Humper? Like how Peter Parker would put on his mask and suddenly become Spiderman? I dunno Trash Humper kinda just works because I froth on all the shit that not many (if any) people are into and it just defines so many things on so many levels. I don’t really have a persona for either or because drawing and skating is my life, I would kinda think a “persona’’ is somewhat of an act or a shift that people do you know, but this shit for me is never ending and I have a short attention span so making noise or messing around with either a board or a marker literally goes hand in hand with the schedule of my mind.
How would you best describe your style of artwork? All of my artwork is completely free and organic, because my name is Trash Humper I usually use trash, posters reversed, phonebooks, boxes, old boards anything ya know, I believe that I shouldn’t have to pay money to create because I’m always short on money (at the moment) and that’s where a lot of people usually stop dead in their tracks. I find using the shit around me just as useful/ more creative and if not better because it could have a crude word printed on there or something that could be taken 2 ways… I dunno it’s just how I do shit and how I’ve done so from the start. I think it started just by drawing on napkins at restaurants and coffee shops and stuffin ‘em in my pocket then later copying the image onto my griptape or something, again I dunno shit just happens.
How do you incorporate skateboarding into your artwork? I never have had a choice of incorporating my skateboard ing and artworks together, it has just been a huge circle of 3 things since I was younger and they were music, skateboarding and art, cliché I know but I have to have all 3 elements surrounding me daily for me to want to go out and be a part of the world. I’ve had a lot of crappy experiences growing up so I kinda refuse to do anything that doesn’t make me smile, all 3 of these elements are never ending for me and I chase them
relentlessly through certain styles, genres and cities throughout the world. Right now I’m into Polar Skateboards and a stoner metal band called Church of Misery, its magical! What is the best thing about art, skating and music? The best part of skating is the stickers, the effort that goes into some of them is insane, artwork, cool shapes and you can put em anywhere too! I spend most of my day looking at stickers on everything; lampposts, post boxes you name it, anyway talking
about stickers the best part about art is that you can make your art into stickers or graphics and put em up lampposts and post boxes. And the music, well the music just kinda goes over the top of everything because you can listen to it while you skate or paint or whatever, this is my life man it’s just a revolving circle of all 3 n I fuckin’ love it!! … I reckon change the last line to, “this is my life and it’s ending one day at a time.’’ At work Mike Andrew
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Screenprinting with Adelaide based Label
foolsandtrolls Interview| CALEB SWEETING A good friend of mine, Riki Wood and I went to a screen printing workshop at Glenelg as part of this yearâ€™s Adelaide Fringe. The workshop ran by Dave Court, from foolsandtrolls was definitely a day to remember. We shared the space at the Glenelg Community Centre, with five year old screaming kids who were having a ball at a clowning workshop in the next room. Although the madness happening next door was distracting, Dave managed very well under the circumstances showing us how to print our own designs onto a t-shirt. It was definitely a Saturday well spent, and after chatting with Dave on the day I knew that we needed a section in YEWTH dedicated to this guy. The Adelaide based label is run independently by Dave Court with a focus on art and design. All tees are 100% cotton and ethically manufactured in Melbourne, which means no sweatshops, smaller numbers and more control over the cut and fit of the tee. Dave strives to make top quality garments that compare to the best of the big labels while doing it in a way that is environmentally and ethically responsible.
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FOOLSANDTROLLS What was the idea behind the name foolsandtrolls? I was in the early stages of starting to make and sell tees soon after the time that the great philosopher Charlie Sheen was preaching his wisdom to the world, one of his pearls was, “I am surrounded by fools and trolls.” I thought this was funny and when it came time to pick a name for what I was making, I thought it was a good fit and sounded alright, but doesn’t actually mean anything.
that did it (art education budget is ridiculous). So, still wanting to do it, I did some Googling and Youtubing and started at the start with the simplest mod podge and embroidery hoop style printing.
When I first started, I blocked out the mesh by painting directly onto it with PVA glue and leaving empty the areas which were to be the final design. The process I use now is a bit more complex but I’ll give it a go – the mesh is first coated with a thin layer of photo sensitive “I AM SURROUNDED emulsion and left to dry in the dark. BY FOOLS AND The design to be printed can be made on a computer TROLLS.” and printed out on acetate transparency or drawn What is the process directly onto a transparency behind screen printing with an opaque marker; the t-shirts? What made you design is then pressed flat The process that I first interested in screen against the coated screen taught myself is different printing? and exposed to light for a to what I, and most people, period of time. I have always been use now and professionally, The light hardens the interested in making stuff which is more expensive and got really interested emulsion where it hits, and and uses a light sensitive in tees when I was like 15 is left soft where the design through hardcore bands and emulsion. on the transparency blocks The basic principle of screen light. Then the screen is the cool merch they had. printing is, you have a fine hosed out with water and I started screen-printing mesh stretched tightly in 2011 when I was in my the soft emulsion washes across a frame, parts second year of Uni, I was away where the design taking a printmaking class of the mesh are blocked was, leaving a stencil image out and parts are left open ready to be printed by because I thought they and free for ink to pushed would be teaching us how quickly forcing ink through screen-printing works, but through onto a t-shirt the screen with a hard or whatever it is you’re apparently not because edged squeegee. there were no teachers there printing.
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Below: Four stages of screen-printing the HAMBURGER tee
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SCRIPT JUMPER $90.00 A simple brush script printed onto a forest green incredibly warm, tall cut Jumper. Sam is wearing a medium Available @ foolsandtrolls.com & Zero (Regent Arcade)
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What advice would you give to a student finishing school, who would be interested in pursuing a career in screen printing? Is it a dying industry? My advice to anyone that wants to pursue a career in anything is to just start doing it. Teach yourself stuff, find people who know stuff and ask them for help, if it’s too expensive to start with, find a cheaper way of doing it, just always be doing something. Don’t complain and give up because you’re not the best at it or not getting paid for it straight away, keep going and always try to be better. Work harder, try harder. Screen-printing has been around for about a thousand years and I don’t think it’s going anywhere, there are a heap of new digital printing methods that are growing and advancing, but screenprinting is still way cheaper, more durable and better looking than most. Plus there will always be people who like making things with their hands and people who value and pay for things that people have made with their hands. For people looking to print their own t-shirts, just as a hobby are their DIY kits available? Yeah there are starter kits for the photo emulsion process at art shops and stuff but they’re pretty overpriced, my advice to a person starting off would be to try out the glue and embroidery hoop to get a hang of the general process, or talk to the guys at Tooth and Nail in the city, they have an awesome printmaking workshop and screen-printing set up that is available to the public, and they run workshops teaching the photo emulsion process as well. How can people keep up to date with more screen printing workshops hosted by you in the future? Follow me on Instagram - @dave_foolsandtrolls Facebook – search for foolsandtrolls (one word) And the website – foolsandtrolls.com
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Narrow Bridge Barspin, Seton Sykes Photo | Bacalso
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REQUIREMENTS: COFFEE, X-RATED FILM$, PUSH PLANKS, LARKING, LOITERING, PAINT, RED TINS BAGGY PANTS, HEAVY DENIM, POWERSLIDES FAKE TANS, A LOVER, LONG HOURS, BOWLS
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