Red Bull King of the Mamba

Kent Lingeveldt King of the Mamba

Kent Lingeveldt King of the Mamba

King of the Mamba, Durban, South Africa
21 March 2015

This is generally how I ended up at the last two downhill skateboarding/longboarding events in Durban, South Africa: They are organised in a few weeks, one of the organisers, Greg Parry from Peg Skateboards out of Durban messages me to come down with promises of an epic location, I speak to the right people, and next thing I know I am on a plane to Durban for the inaugural and opening event for the MAMBA snake-run at the Eden Village Park in Salt Rock, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

I go onto Youtube and search for any videos of the track and I come cross the one made by local Durban skater Troy O’ Sullivan who also helped with consultation on how track should be built from a downhill skateboarder’s perspective. I watched his video and thought this one should be easy, similar to an event in Durban a few months ago at the Giba Gorge BMX/Mountain Bike pump-track. What the video did not do was give a proper reflection of the actual gradient of the snake-run as he was using a pole-mounted camera.

Surprise surprise… it was crazy!

I flew in on the Friday afternoon and Greg drove me straight to the track. I purposefully did not skate or cycle much in the week leading up to the event as I knew it will require all the leg reserves I could muster. I soon realised that it also needed a few days of riding it to get used to the feel of it.

You can’t not go fast. As much as you tried to hold back by shifting your weight to the back of the board, every corner still saw you boosting out of it picking up speed. It’s the kind of track where all your senses are being worked the whole way down, from the first set of humps, into the high walls of the right-and-left s-bend, sweeping straight into the big right-hand hairpin into a tight left wall down into the rabbit hole with a small straight, all in anticipation for the final left corner, THE WALL, which saw some people completely overcook it, me especially, and end up in the landing bags over the edge.

There were 18 participants in total and after 2 rounds out of 4 I finished with a 10th place overall. My first run saw me fall thrice and sitting in last place, so I knew the pressure was on for my next few runs.

The locals dominated the event and we were all stoked to see some of the guys like Troy who helped with building the track come out as the winner with a 32-second winning time, with local 15yr old Lungelo Mntambo coming in a close 2nd and Bradley Stevens 3rd.

Thank you so much to Peg Skateboards and Red Bull South Africa for hosting such a rad event and personally thank you to Red Bull South Africa, Revolution Skateboard Supply Co., Globe Shoes, Triple 8 protective gear, Kryptonics wheels and Peg Skateboards for making it possible for me to make the trip. A special thank you to old school South African vert
skating legend Eben Combrinck, who headed up the construction of the MAMBA snakerun.

Helmet camera footage by AJ Liebenberg and pics by Al Nicoll and Gavin Higgins.

Kent Lingeveldt King of the Mamba

Kent Lingeveldt King of the Mamba

Kent Lingeveldt King of the Mamba

by Kent Lingeveldt

Faith Forty Seven: Equinox Release

Faith 47 Equinox Release

Faith 47 Equinox Release.
20 March 2015.
5pm GMT
Los Angeles: 10am
New York: 1pm
London: 5pm
Johannesburg: 7pm
Beijing: 1am

The second in a collectable series of intimate books and screen prints.

THE HIDDEN YEARS :: VOLUME TWO
A compilation of photographs taken in the Karoo, Beijing, Jerusalem, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Melun, Rochester, Kathmandu, Los Angeles, Miami, Durban, Bangkok, Malmö, Antanarivo, Madrid, Wuhan, Rome, Missouri and Gaeta.
A5 size, 80 pages.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.

BLEED :: SCREEN PRINT
5 layer screenprint on Stardream Antique Gold.
12 x 15 cm.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.

Click here to order.

Faith 47 Equinox Release

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

The Graffiti South Africa book launch will take place at three prestigious events across the country. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings. The author will be present at all launches.

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Cape Town

Cape Town, 29 January

Space Between, 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock.
Official launch of the new studio and gallery space, Space Between.
‘Urban A’ group exhbition, featuring work by Nardstar*, Ariel23, Ninjabreadboy, Skullboy, Fersyndicate, Steve ‘Crack’, Chris Auret, Jack Fox and r1.
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
PLUS:
Street art tours in Westridge (SA’s graffiti birthplace) on Friday 30 January and in Woodstock on Saturday 31 January with The Street Is The Gallery Tours.
Book signing and live graffiti at the Open Wall on Saturday 31 January at Side Street Studios (48 Albert Rd).

Event link

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 26-28 February

Kalashnikovv Gallery
153 Smit Str, Braamfontein
Video screening and photographs by Cale Waddacor.
Live graffiti painting.
Book signing.
Braamfontein street art tour with Past Experiences.

Event link

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Durban

Durban, (T.B.C)*

Open Plan Studio
39 Station Dr, Durban
‘Tracksides’ group show by a selection Durban’s finest urban and graphic artists (Artists TBA).
Sketch wars.
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
Other entertainment throughout the day.

Event link TBC

Graffiti South Africa Book

Keep up-to-date via the Facebook event pages and our Twitter feed (@graffitiafrica).
Please note that the event itinerary may be subject to changes.

Book your place on one of the street art tours by emailing mail@graffitisouthafrica.com.
The tours are 90-minutes long with very experienced tour guides. Costs vary per tour, all welcome.

Limited copies of the Graffiti SA book are available for purchase at a discounted rate of R650.00 – first come, first served. Reserve your copy to avoid disappointment.

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/book/

Interpret Durban 5: Durban DNA

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

It is that time of year again; Interpret Durban is back and they’re celebrating their 5th birthday! For those of you not in the know Interpret Durban or #ID5 as this year’s installation will be more commonly called is a creative competition that covers photography, video, illustration/design and visual art that culminates in a night of awesome exhibitions and live music where the prize giving’s take place. This year’s theme considers the building blocks of a city under the title Durban DNA and asks, what makes a city?

The #ID5 crew have put together over R90 000 worth of prizes across 5 categories with sponsors such as Red Bull Studio’s Cape Town, The Delphic Games, Broadcast Lighting and Savior Brand to name a few.

It’s the kind of incentive you creative types always want but seldom get. So listen up. Here are the categories and sub themes:

Professional Photography – I am Durban
Amateur Photography – Pure Durban
Illustration/design – Durban Bulletin
Video – Durban Atmosphere
Visual Arts – Durban urban

To be part of this great creative challenge and stand a chance to win your share of over R90 000 in prizes (including fat cash prizes) AND exhibit with the best Durban has to offer at #ID5 all you need to do is go to www.interpretdurban.com and download the brief and separate entry form for one of the 5 categories mentioned above. Simple.

Time’s ticking and the deadline will get here quicker than you think, so get going!

Submissions for Interpret Durban 5 close December 12, 2014 at 15h00.

https://www.facebook.com/interpretDBN

http://instagram.com/interpretdurban

(Just a note for those of you outside of Durban. Apart from the cash prizes for 1st places, a lot of the other stuff is Durban focused i.e. Gallery exhibition space and Vouchers so just bare that in mind)

Ashes (Belgium) South African Tour

Ashes South Africa Tour

Ashes South Africa Tour

NoiseFix is proud to announce that metallic hardcore outfit Ashes from Leuven, Belgium will be embarking on their first South African tour.

The tour kicks of at Schiva’s Rock in Pretoria on January 29th, after which Ashes will tour the country ending at R.O.A.R in Cape Town on February 7th. The tour will be supported by CONQUEROR HC, with local bands playing select dates.

Ashes have recently released their No Compromise EP on Perspective & Genet Records (for fans of No Turning Back, Guns Up!, Backtrack, etc)

Make sure to catch them at one of the following dates:

29 January – Schivas Rock (Pretoria)
30 January – Alicats Pub (Johannesburg)
31 January – Queen’s Bowls Club (Durban)
03 February – House Show (Bloemfontein)
04 February – Raggies (East London)
05 February – Champs (Grahamstown)
06 February – Pool City (Port Elizabeth)
07 February – R.O.A.R (Cape Town)

Support touring bands. Support Hardcore.

Find out more and RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.

Durban Go Skateboarding Day 2014

Durban Go Skateboarding Day 2014

The IS skatepark in the military museum on Durban’s beachfront was more than just the central hub of Durban skateboarding to me – it was very close to my heart – a project I was instrumentally involved in, one that turned into our own TF and something that really helped the DBN scene progress. It played its role for a period of time, and then its time was up to make way for the next wave of progression. It’s in honour of that history and heritage that we took the GoSkateDay session to the grounds the skatepark used to occupy – enjoy! – Andrew Morck

THE MAKING OF TRUE TO THIS: EPISODE 4

The Indefinite Ride

In episode 4, ‘The Indefinite Ride’, Volcom dives deep into the unexplainable forces of nature which created our destiny. This journey is about the future and the spiritual connection with riding, which culminates on March 1, 2014 with the global premiere tour of ‘True To This’. It’s a candid look at this cult following as seen through the 3rd eyes of Volcom team riders: Ryan Sheckler, Mitch Coleborn, Andrew Doheny, Grant Taylor, Colin Provost, Pat Moore and Rune Glifberg.

Then make sure to save the dates for the SA leg of the Global Premier Tour:
Durban 5th March – Upstairs (Spiga) 7pm
Cape Town 7th March – The Pit (Clarke’s) 7pm

True to This is a feature film celebrating America’s First Boarding Company, Volcom.

RESOBORG MADIBA PASTE UP

Resoborg Madiba Paste Up

Local Durban artist Wesley van Eeden and a friend decided to do a fun paste up in honour of Madiba’s passing. They did it at the Durban beachfront skatepark instead of the location they originally intended after being physically attacked by some angry landlords.

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MONSTER ARMY TOUR

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The guys from Monster Energy sent us a tour diary entry from their trip up to Knysna:

Andrew Nero from Africa Skate has been in Knysna developing the skate scene in the area. Recently he hosted a skate comp for the locals at The Yard. Monster Energy brought up Khule Ngubane from Durban with some of the 20sk8 skaters: Shuaib Philander, Ryan Naidoo, Wesley Schroeder and Grant Mclachlan to come hype up the kids and skate in the comp. On Friday the we arrived at The Yard and we watched some of the local kids skate the best trick comp where they skated in a jam session in the outdoor part of the skatepark to win some product from Selfish Skatedboards. There is some growing talent coming out of Knysna and I’m sure that this skate park is going to help build the skate community. After the session we headed out to Plett to check out what Plett rage was all about. Everyone got turned up and we all spent way to much money on box cocktails.

The next day we hit up the park again to skate in the advanced comp and to once again watch the locals show us their skills. It was a really chilled comp and we all just had a fun session together. In the advanced comp Khule came first, Grant came second, and Shuaib third, which really helped because we had no money after raging the night before.

When we got back to Plett we spent the rest of our time racing the pit bike, playing XBox and trying to find the people that stole some of our bags.

On Sunday we skated around Plett looking for street spots, but every place we found had police trying to take away our boards, so we missioned to Mossel Bay and filmed some street for a bit then headed back to Cape Town. Khule is going to be staying here for a while to film for his next video part.

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I AM THALENTE

Thalente Tailslide

From the Streets of South Africa to California and into the heart of skateboarding

I AM THALENTE is a verité documentary about the once homeless skateboarder Thalente Biyela’s journey from the streets of Durban, South Africa, to the Los Angeles, California and into the heart of skateboarding. With the support of skate companies L-R-G and Bombshell, along with guidance from pro skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Guy Mariano, and Marc Johnson, the producers are embracing the specialist film crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark to finance the completion of this inspiring documentary.

Nineteen-year-old Thalente has been homeless since age nine. Finding refuge in the local skatepark, he was given a skateboard a year later through which he found an escape from the harsh realities of street life, and a community of friends who would become his family. As a skateboarder his natural understanding and effortless style quickly attracted attention within the industry, both locally and internationally. Last year he was given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and the privilege to skateboard with some of the World’s best. Far more importantly, he discovered the spirit of skateboarding which is built on community, friendships and an understanding of one another, irrespective of location.

Says director Natalie Johns, “Whilst this story hinges on Thalente’s love of skateboarding, it gives insight into the challenges that homeless youths face without family, literacy, role models, or hope. Skateboarding becomes a source of strength and competence for Thalente to rise out of circumstance and make a place for himself in the world. His journey offers a unique perspective on skateboarding, the power of uncompromised acceptance, community and individuality”

http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/i-am-thalente

#IAMTHALENTE

COMEBACK KID IN SA

Comeback Kid in South Africa

Favour The Brave Agency is pleased to announce that Canadian Hardcore Punk stalwarts; Comeback Kid (Victory Records) will be touring South Africa this coming January 2014. Having written some of the most memorable moments in hardcore history with sing-along hits like “Die Tonight”, “Wake The Dead”, “Broadcasting” and “G.M. Vincent & I”, Comeback Kid have cemented their brand of catchy hardcore punk in the hearts of their fans worldwide.

Comeback Kid will be supported throughout South Africa by Truth And Its Burden and Reason to Live. This tour promises to deliver powerful and moving performances across each city.

Tour dates below:

30/01 – Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
31/01 – Arcade Empire, Pretoria
01/02 – Live The Venue, Durban
06/02 – Pool City, Port Elizabeth
07/02 – Mercury Live, Cape Town

Watch Comeback Kid’s latest video “Do Yourself A Favour”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQuSGOWnA_k

Tickets will be on sale at Computicket from 25/10/2013.

Revolution is a proud sponsor of the tour, alongside:

Music Connection, Jägermeister South Africa, Gary Cool, Cape Electric Tattoo, Action Motor Group Krugersdorp

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SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR

Betrayal, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

American hardcore band, Betrayal, recently graced our shores, touring the country alongside local Joburg bands Truth and Its Burden and Conqueror. They absolutely killed it, and all our local bands did us proud.

Here are some photos and videos from some of the shows.

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ConquerorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

ConqeurorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

ConquerorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

Truth and Its BurdenTruth and Its Burden, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

We Were ArchersWe Were Archers, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Red Door, PMB. Photo by Tyrone Ping

ConquerorConqueror, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

ConquerorConqueror, Red Door, PMB. Photo by Tyrone Ping

Survive the Wild Tour

WHAT NOW TOUR DIARY

UK-based South African Rock Band, WHAT NOW, returns home to embark on their first SA tour in over 8 years! The band will be hitting the road from 18 to 28 September, in support of their debut album release “Move Like A Sinner”, covering all corners of the country. In Association with Sabbath Events, What Now will be taking their explosive Rock Show to venues in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, East London, Ballito, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria, supported by fellow rockers CrashCarBurn, December Streets, Taxi Violence and ShortStraw. Having grown up in the dusty beach town of Ballito, the band is now based in London and has achieved incredible success away from their South African families and friends. Their title track from the album, “Move Like A Sinner”, has had great airplay on South African radio and the current hit “If Looks Could Kill” has hit #1 on a couple of key radio stations earlier in July!

Here are the dates for WHAT NOW’s “Move Like A Sinner” South African tour, so diarise it now and don’t miss out on seeing them live!Wednesday, 18th September Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom:

Thursday, 18 September: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
Friday, 20 September: Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch
Saturday, 21 September: The Mercury, Cape Town
Sunday, 22 September: Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
Tuesday, 24 September: Raggies Sports Bar, East London (PUBLIC HOLIDAY AS WELL)
Wednesday, 25 September: Crush Nightclub, Ballito
Thursday, 26 September: Live-The Venue, Durban
Friday, 27 September: Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
Saturday, 28 September: Arcade Empire, Pretoria

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KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP ALL CITIES COMPETITION

Kimberley Diamond Cup All Cities Content

It’s time for the Kimberley Diamond Cup and we’re giving SA’s best skaters the chance to shine this September at the All Cities contest.

Eight 4-man teams featuring the country’s best skaters will compete for cash prizes and the All Cities title this September in a single-elimination head-to-head jam format skate competition at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. If you aren’t able to travel to compete at one of our Grand Slam events in JHB, DBN, or CPT, there’s no need to stress. You still have a chance to qualify online via video entry. The best three videos that make the cut will win a slot in the All Cities competition at the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27th September and a shot at the All Cities title.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 20th September so send in your team’s entry today!

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Teams must consist of 4 skaters only
As long as skaters are a resident of South Africa, there is no limit to the status of competing skaters regarding professional, amateur, or sponsored.
Videos must be approximately 1-2 minutes in length featuring all team members
Music in the videos is optional. Production value won’t hurt or help your chances of getting chosen, but taking the extra time to put together a clip that’s easy on the eyes is always great to see.
Footage may be comprised of street and/or park skating. A little variety won’t hurt.
Please keep skating first and foremost and keep the hijinx limited. You can save the party footage for another project; we don’t want to see it.

Skaters will be assigned to skate different parts of the street course:

Tech Section: Big section and everything on the right side of the course including the Euro gap, 3 stair, and bank to ledge.
Small Section: Marble ledges, manual pad, and flat bar located at the front of the skatepark.
Medium Section: Big section and everything on the left side of the course including the A-Frame, quarterpipe, and 5 stair section.
Big Section: Big 4 stair along with handrails and hubba ledges only.

*Teams do not win an all-expenses-paid trip or accommodation. The three winning videos simply secure their spot in the All Cities Contest.

Deadline for submissions is 20th September, so send your submission now! Good luck!

Enter HERE.

RED BULL UNLOCKED RESULTS

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Congrats to Revolution, Almost, Globe, and Tensor team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes, who came third at the Red Bull Unlocked event on Saturday.

Red Bull Unlocked happened this past Saturday, and showcased some of South Africa’s best skateboarding. It took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. Anyone who has skated there before knows how perfectly smooth that surface is and how good the spots are.

Final Results:
1st place – Gavin Moses Adams
2nd place – Dlamini Dlamini
3rd place – Jean-marc Johannes

Prize Money:
1st – R10 000
2nd – R3 000
3rd – R2 000
Vans Best Trick – R2 500

Photo courtesy of Red Bull

Photo courtesy of Red Bull

WHAT NOW ANNOUNCE SA TOUR

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Our friends from What Now have been doing some amazing stuff over in the UK, since they moved over 8 years ago, and we are excited for the announcement of their upcoming SA tour next month. This will be the first time that the guys are playing our shores since they left and the tour is named “Move Like A Sinner” in support of their recent album release.

The guys will be joined by a bunch of great local artists including CrashCarBurn, Taxi Violence, ShortStraw, December Streets and Straatligkinders so it’s guaranteed to be good times.

We’re excited to welcome the guys back home for a few days and are really looking forward to them performing an album that we really enjoy.

Tickets are available from WebTickets HERE.

This is their latest single release for “If Looks Could Kill” …

CONQUEROR INTERVIEW

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What is “Hate City Hardcore”?
Hardcore from Johannesburg, South Africa.

How would you describe what Conqueror sounds like to someone who’s never heard the band?
Short, fast and aggressive. Dire Straits on speed.

What is behind the name, “Conqueror”?
We wanted something short and too the point, kinda like the music. At the time it was a toss up between Conqueror and Infernal Misery. We took the more PC option.

What do you guys do outside of the band?
Ross is a tattoo artist at Handstyle Tattoos, Chris is a graphic designer, Pat is a writer and I (Rich) work as an audio engineer.

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Why make angry music with substance? Why not just make pop music that sells?
Well, we all work full time jobs, so the band is really our release. We’re not looking to please anyone or follow any set of guidelines. We write the music as we see fit, touching on parts of different genres we all are into. I’d rather play music to people who want to listen to what we have to say than to dudes who are there just for the party.


Your lyrical content seems to be pretty personal and pretty angry. What are the main themes that run through the lyrics?
I wouldn’t say we’ve settled into one particular groove just yet. We have 3 lyric writers in the band, so it tends to sway from person to person. Ross is more into the traditional hardcore style, where as I tend to lean more towards the thrash/death metal side. So we tend to hit a mix down the middle.

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Is the world going to end this year?
Doubtful.

Where do you draw inspiration from, in terms of sound and songwriting?
The drive to write a better song than the one before. Things are nice and fresh in the band, so everyone is excited and pushing to see how we can improve on things, work in different elements, play tighter etc. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we can’t wait to record.

You guys recently played a show in Cape Town, not a city well known for supporting hardcore bands. How was that?
We were blown away by the support and passion that dudes had when we went down. People knew the lyrics, bought mercy, hung out. It’s always a pleasure working with dudes like Brett Allen-White. He really delivered and helped the tour be as successful as it was.

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You guys are pretty well known for partying harder than most. You must have a good story or two for our readers?
Haha. Why thank you! Things got pretty weird at Splashy Fen this year. Lets just say Splashy: 1 / Conqueror: 0.


What local and international bands should we be listening to?
Local music first! Both Wildernessking and STRAGE have some solid releases at the moment. Saw an amazing new thrash band called Casket the other night. Excited to hear a release from them. Internationally speaking, listening to a lot of Power Trip and Coke Bust at the moment.

There are rumors of you guys making a trip overseas soon?
We’re working on it.

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You have already released two EP’s and have 3 music videos. You are also playing tons of shows. What’s next for Conqueror?
We’re looking to go into studio in August to track the next EP. Then we have a national tour coming up with Betrayal and Truth and Its Burden in September/October. Another Durban tour in the next couple weeks. Taking things as they come, we want to travel as much as possible.

Any shout outs?
Mad love to Pete Reynolds, RISE, Music Connection, Favor the Brave. Start a band, book shows, get involved. Thanks to Revolution for the interview. Peace.

Free “Reality Check” EP download HERE.

Free “Truth Seeker” EP download HERE.

RICH PHIPSON INTERVIEW


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Richard Phipson is a tattooer who moved from South Africa to Hong Kong and now co-owns Starcrossed Tattoos. Durban-born and bred, Rich has been active in art, tattooing and music for years. We caught up with him to chat about music, the transition from South Africa to Hong Kong and from graphic designer to tattooer, and some other things. Meet Rich Phipson…

Yo Rich! Give us a brief introduction to yourself.
I still don’t eat my veggies.
Still not sure which ones a shirt and which is a t-shirt.
I thought being this age would feel different.
Not all my friends have forgot me yet.
I don’t deserve to be interviewed.

Working originally as a graphic designer, you made quite a career change in deciding to become a tattooer. Can you tell us about why you decided to make that transition and how you got started tattooing?
Tattooing isn’t something you can pick up quickly or do part time. Anyone who thinks that isn’t tattooing, they’re doing something else. I had no choice. It becomes a part of my everything. My night and day. It still is. the process wasn’t intentional. Nothing about the last five years has been though. I’ve just tried my best to keep happy and do whatever moves me. There was a time when that’s what graphic design was for me; exciting. It’s hard to turn a hobby into a job and still appreciate it the way you did before. If you can or do then I think that’s enough to keep you going.

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You grew up and lived in Durban until a few years ago. Why did you decide to move to Hong Kong?
There’s something we carry. Well some of us do. It’s a curse and a blessing. It’s a drive that pushes us to be better and do better but also fools us into always thinking there’s something better. It’s the opposite of complacency. Discontented and dissatisfied. It’s what only let’s us see it after midnight and forces us to stay up to see the sunrise. I dunno if its specific to my generation or culture. But I know me and my friends have it. Also, at the time it seemed like a good idea.

4. What does your typical day look like?
I have two types of days.
Day one starts as late as possible, no food, maybe coffee. Bus to work. Tattoo. Shovel food. Tattoo some more. Hang with homies. Bus home. Eat and hang with Rochelle then draw until my eyes close from the bottom up. Repeat.
Day two hopefully starts earlier. Breakfast. Swim in the sea. Play guitar. Sit in the park. Paint. Dinner somewhere. Watch series. Lots of it.

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What are your best and worst things about South Africa? And Hong Kong?
SA has family, familiarity and a beauty that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. I’ve sacrificed these for safety, both physically and financially.

Besides tattooing, what do you do in your spare time?
Watch loads of series, eat too much chocolate, and play guitar.

Being based in a city where millions of tourists from all over the world travel to or through, you must get some strange people coming into Starcrossed. What are some of the weirder encounters you’ve had?
The weird becomes the norm pretty quickly, but I’ve tattooed a man wearing a panda suit and been given a $7000 tip before.

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Would you say that you have a favorite style of tattoo to do, and if so, what is it?
Not really. There’s more stuff that I don’t like doing. As long as the client gives me creative freedom with their idea I’m generally happy.

What do the local Cantonese people think of tattoos? You are pretty tattooed yourself. I can imagine you get a lot of stares. Although, maybe I am just naive and coming from a South African context, where people generally are still very conservative.
It’s pretty similar here to SA. There are rude people everywhere that feel that because you have colour on your skin they can touch it. But generally the stares aren’t too bad.

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Some people will know of you from playing drums in the infamous Durban hardcore band, Crossingpoint, doing vocals in Joburg hardcore band, Compass, and being involved in some other projects before that. Music has been a big part of your life. Do you have any plans to do anything in Hong Kong? What is the music scene like there?
Yeah, it’s still one of the biggest things in my life. I’ve had plans since I got here, but nothing has worked out yet, but hopefully soon. The music scene is okay. It’s cool to be able to see bigger bands that come through here, but there’s definitely a lack of punk-ethos subcultures. I think it’s got to do with wealth and complacency. But that’s a whole separate rant.

What have you been listening to recently?
Today: O Brother, The Story So Far, Yellow Ostrich, Such Gold and the Local Natives.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to quit their job and do something like you did?
If you wanted to do it you would have done it.

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LOW PROFILE MUSIC VIDEO

Apathetic Means is the third official music video from Lowprofile from their album “A Vulgar Display Of Powerchords”. If you missed our interview with them you can check it out here.

Directed by Luke Mason, winner of Interpret Durban 2012’s Best Film Award and filmed by DOP Jimmy Reynolds, Apathetic Means stars Catharine Nolan as a girl on a quest to discover what’s at the other end of the mysterious red cable that was plugged into her VCR, interrupting her planned lazy Sunday in, with transmissions of a band performance in a derelict house that seems to be for an audience of one – herself.

Her journey takes her through a variety of surreal scenes – upmarket businessmen getting pantsula haircuts, suntanning street children, orthodox muslim skateboarding – all seen through a lens with a deep love for the city of Durban.