AUSTRALIA AND SEMI-PERMANENT
Directly after Baby Tattooville I was back on the plane to head over to a massive event in Melbourne and Perth, Australia called Semi-Permenent
. They had speakers like Jeff Soto, Vince Frost, Grafik Magazine, Industrial Light & Magic, Keith Schofield, and Timba Smits.
Talk about some major jetlag! That was crazy. Since I was flying in from LA, the first flight was only 15 hours. But on the way back, going all the way from Perth back to NYC... well that definitely set a new record for me... 30 hours. Yep. Wow.
So after settling in I went to check out Outre Gallery where Jeff Soto and I were going to have a signing together. After doing so many of them it's really kinda nice to sit with someone else.
They had a show up with Angelique Houtkamp
while we were there. Much respect to the watercolors. I went to her opening to meet her and say hello, her and her friends were total sweethearts.
Also up was Chris Conn
, who really just blows me away. Fantastic work.
Here is Angelique and her friend Floor
who take's all of her pin up photos. Floor was rad.
Then it was off to the Melbourne Exhibition Center to speak!! I was on the first day so it was nice to be able to get it over with right away.
Here is a shot of the auditorium. I couldnt even fit it all in one picture! There were 1500 attendee's to this event... that set another new record for me.
Oddly enough, 150 people or 1500 doesnt matter. It went really smooth, and was really fun to speak to all those people. I've gotten over the nervousness now and can enjoy the moment. Who would have thought!?!
Then they held a big afterparty for the speakers and guests, where we all got to mingle and talk. Here are some sweetie's that wanted some Mr. Wiggle lovin.
Then this girl who used to work at Outre Gallery, gave me this badass badass ring. Damn son!!! Panther action.
Then I had some time to go to the Aquarium (of course!) They had some really nice Jellyfish. They were exceptionally otherworldly here... I feel like this one is floating across Europa.
Coming in for landing!
This was the most active Octopus I have ever seen, he was cruisin.
Then I got taken out for some nighttime adventures in Melbourne.
All the cool bars are down dirty little alleys.
Lots of grafitti.
This bar had a real grass bar. I couldn't believe it actually was growing. Thats gotta be some drunk ass grass up in there.
I had some work to do in my hotel room. Here is my setup.
Then I was off to Perth for round 2 of Semi-Permenent. I got taken to the cemetary to see some Roos! Was pretty cool to see them just hopping around there.
The main thing I was excited about in Perth was going to Bon Scotts grave. Here is a statue of him near the cemetary.
Then we found it! Australians say it's the proper way to end an adventure in their country. Travel west til Perth then have a beer with Bon. So I did! With my new favorite beer Coopers. Mmmmmmm.
This is Matty. Matty, was the driver for the event and was freakin awesome. All the speakers had left already so he just drove me around all day long, looking at cool things.
A Dingo really didnt eat the baby... Matty told me.
They don't have Burger King, they have Hungry Jacks.
But they do have Burger Rings.
I have been into black swans lately, and I finally saw them in person! That was really exciting.
Then it was time to leave Oz... off to the airport again.
I had a long enough layover in Sydney to actually leave the airport for a couple hours, so I headed downtown to the botanical gardens. Here is a weird sculpture on the way.
HUGE bats in the gardens...
This is a real Wishing Tree. In earlier times people believed that certain trees contained spirits and that you could make a wish by touching the trees or by walking around them three times forward then three times backward.
This thing was right next to the gardens.
It was cool seeing wild Cockatoos all over Australia. Only thing I missed seeing in it's natural habitat were the Koalas...