Art Talk – J BUX

We first discovered the work of J Bux when out exploring an abandoned school on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia. In a place filled with your usual male rage vandal destruction – broken glass, shitty tags and the occasional pretty good throw up – J Bux’s work jumped out. All pop culture, cartoons and girl gang attitude. Her work was everywhere! And we rushed around the place looking for it all. Our favorite being a mural of a smoking home made plastic bottle bong accompanied with the words “billies over willies.” It was and is a perfect image.

(Picture below of J Bux’s weed over dicks work – featuring that classic Australian home made bong)


With work that references animals, marijuana and both American and Australian pop culture – ‘The Simpsons’, ‘King of the Hill’, ‘Blinky Bill’, ‘Ciggy Butt Brain’ to name a few. J Bux can readily be compared to fellow Australian LUSH. But were LUSH is all cynicism, politics and the male gaze, J Bux brings a sense of fun, femininity and sass – A unique vision from a unique artist.

With J relatively new to the art game, now is the perfect time to get to know her, by reading the Art Talk, below…

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Art Talk – Brad Lonergan aka MONS aka LON

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Brad Lonergan aka ‘MONS’ aka ‘LON’ is an Australian artist, tattooist, designer, writer and model making enthusiast. Brad is exactly the sort of artist that ‘Art Whore’ loves – he can work in any medium, in any style. With his signature look mixing hip hop flow, outsider art attitude and Australian soul. Work that evokes Big Daddy Roth as much as Norman Lindsay and classic era graffiti.

It is obvious when looking at his creations that Brad has devoted his entire soul and being to creation, becoming a veritable artistic workhouse as a result.

Refreshingly, when asked why he decided to pursue art as a lifetime endeavour, Brad doesn’t mention anything except a desire to create, stating laconically that…

I always have wanted to make things, but itsa fuckload more work building submarines than it is painting pictures of them!!!!

(Picture below of Brad tattooing)

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With Brad recently returned to tattooing after a brief sabbatical, and constantly making and creating, now is the perfect time to get to know the powerhouse himself, by reading the art talk below…

*Editor’s note: Brad types like he talks, so we have left his answers unedited to preserve his patois.*

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Art Talk – PEACE aka Only Upwards aka The Man of a Thousand Names

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There are your run of the mill writers and then there are guys like PEACE.

PEACE does it all: trains, walls, canvases, stickers… hell, he’d write on anything. In any style. In any way. At any damn time. And refreshingly, he is unashamed to both follow the usual rules of graffiti and break them as he sees fit. He will paint a train one night, then host his own art show the next. He will gain major cred through one name, then drop it and move onto another to push himself.

(Picture below of some art by PEACE)

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With ole PEACE constantly moving, changing and as discussed, writing; now is the perfect time to get to know the lad, by reading the Art Talk interview below… Keep reading

Art Talk – Headache Stencil artist and owner of ‘Street of the Third World’

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Headache Stencil is a Thai born street artist and owner of apparel brand ‘Street of the Third World’.

Headache first came to Art Whore’s attention back in 2014. He was in town and working with ole YT on a mural in St Peters and we got a chatting. His energy, drive and boundless creativity being quickly evident. We have been following his blossoming career ever since.

(Picture below of some of Headache’s art in the wild)

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With Headache constantly travelling and working on his art and nascent apparel brand, now is the perfect time to get to know the man, by reading the Art Talk interview below…

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Art Talk – ‘Moon Lagoon’

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‘Moon Lagoon’ is the nom de plume of a young Australian artist working with the mediums of photography, street art and fashion. Creating works with chaotic perfection, often portraying scenes of violence, nihilism, angst – and importantly, humor.

Having initially worked on paper, graffiti has been a constant love and source of release for ‘Moon Lagoon’, stating;

Riding the trains in Sydney was a pivotal moment for me, art wise. I was glued to the window watching the graffiti as we sped past, I couldn’t get enough of it.

Seeing those hundreds of tags and pieces and throw ups filling every space gave me this joy I had never felt before, the walls were just so alive with energy…

It was all just so mesmerising and raw

(Picture below of some ‘Moon Lagoon’ street art)

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With ‘Moon Lagoon’ new to the scene and already creating unique works at a furious pace, now is the perfect time to get to know them by reading the ‘Art Talk’ below…

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Art Talk – Yahya Dwi Kurniawan aka ‘Yahyatune’

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Yahya DK is a player in the small and tight knit underground arts scene in Indonesia producing both art and music at a frenetic pace.

Growing up in Indonesia Yahya was exposed to what he describes as ‘the smell’ of punk music and outsider art at a young age through bands such as ‘Rancid’ and ‘The Ramones’, tv show ‘Jackass’ and the visual aesthetic of pop and skateboard art.

(Picture below of Yahya)

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With ties to rising Australian art gang ‘Loser Unit’, a recent move into hand made patches, and a growing number of international fans, now is the perfect time to get to know Yahya by reading the Art Talk interview below…

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Art Talk – Tom Snaw aka ‘SNAW’ aka ‘SNAWLAX’

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Tom Snaw aka ‘SNAWLAX’ is a Frank Zappa, MAD magazine loving vandal who has been hitting the streets of Convict Town for years with his unique tags, throws, murals and stickers.

Snaw is not a writer to ever rest on his laurels. He gets up constantly, varies his style at will, and makes a huge effort to stain those hard to reach places.

(Picture below of Snaw getting up in the Sydney CBD)

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Indeed, Snaw sums up his approach to graffiti and getting up as:

I was more inspired by the ‘zorro’ approach to graff.

I like the mystery, i don’t really socialise with other writers i prefer to get in, paint, get a flick, add it to the pile, move on to the next one.”

Now with years of street work to his name, and a recent entry into the ‘legit’ world with his apparel brand, now is the perfect time to get to know ole Snaw by reading the Art Talk interview, below…

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Art Talk – Tubby aka Tubby Toy aka Tubby1

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Tubby1 is an Australian designer, explorer and artist (though ole Tubs prefers the term ‘vandal’) whose public art is a familiar and welcome site for the citizens of Convict Town.

Most known for his ‘fat guy’ image which can usually be found in drains, secluded areas and rooftops; Tubby sets himself apart from others in the graffiti scene thanks to his proficiency and willingness to reach out and work with others.

Tubby views graffiti and exploring as an endless game, explaining:

Graffiti is like a game you can never win, but it’s fun along the way.

You’ll never be the most prolific writer, there’s always someone who gets up harder than you.

(Picture below of a Tubby sticker in the wild)

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With Tubby building a solid name for himself in the scene, now is the perfect time to get to know Tubs and his approach to the game, by reading the Art Talk below…

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