‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 295 Café Sydney Road’, Brunswick, Monday 24 September 2012, Iphone photo by Alicia Bee © 2012.


Calling all turtles! Come out of your house with your hands open asking why!

Calling all teenage mutant ninja turtles, once again!

I appeal to all skateboarders, BMX riders, motorcycle gangs, graffiti artists, musicians, writers, artists, foodies, fashionistas, shopkeepers and buskers, in this blog; it is time to look out on the streets and watch Brunswick, like you own your neighborhood.

I call all pizza shop regulars and Supreme judges, conservative constables of all colors, all reporters and Internet trawlers; this is a warrant for truth, and I need it faster than you had been serving it up until now, and your calm attention to work with me on this.

Be aware of all police, detectives and people asking questions about Jill Meagher, and ask them where they come from, seek identification, and don’t give out any information unless you are called for an official investigation or media interview.

Take their name and rank, and ask if they’ll pose in an identification photo for your records. Keep your hands on your phone camera and watch all officials who seem to be hanging around Brunswick for a piece of the action, because its okay to watch those who are supposed to be looking after us like OMBUDSMEN.

We are putting our faith in the Australian Police Force to save a girl and protect us.

There are very few organized criminals capable of the abduction of Jill Meagher, and Victorian Police have known about similar crimes in this area for a long time, offering a loose rein for crime to exist in Moreland and surrounding areas.

Most street people worth their shoe soul of Sydney Road concrete would know that this is not the work of a motorcycle gang, nor drug dealer, nor problem with stolen cars and panel beaters, nor any other ‘organised crime’ in the inner North area of Melbourne.

Abduction of females is not a crime for your average sexual offender with a mental illness; it could only be the work of certain criminals in this country. Lengthy hostage situations like these do not happen often, and crave full news attention and state panic for their recognition as a mastermind of crime, and this person has offended before.

This criminal knows whom he is, and that there is a police file. This is a planned crime, they have planted evidence and they did it right under the watch of the Victorian Police Force.

Remember Turtles! It’s your footpath, you skated it; it ripped your wheels to shreds, but you stayed because you love Brunswick.

This suburb on the swamp plains of Moreland is your home,  and over the years you had got a tattoo in its name.

I have been calling for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the movie came out in 1990, and this time my green superheroes are needed more than ever in our streets and sewers because this criminal is trying to publicly hurt us all in Melbourne with the same fear he thirsted for at other times.

For anyone that wants to leak information about someone that they know, or someone that they used to know, call CRIMESTOPPERS 1800 333 000.
If you know the street address of where Jill Meagher is now, find yourself a private line and quit organized crime for life, making your best leak yet by calling CRIMESTOPPERS / QUITCRIMELINE on 1800 333 000.


Recently at Geelong Gallery of Art, Nikki Toole exhibited her streetwise series of portraits of skaters. The Scotland born female, now lives in Melbourne. After studying Film and Photography in London and Edinburgh, Nikki exhibited in Australia, Britain, USA and Germany. Nikki’s work has been selected 4 times as a finalist in The National Portrait Prize. The latest exhibition Skater: Portraits by Nikki Toole is a touring exhibition from The National Portrait Gallery of Australia. For those that didn’t take the train west of Melbourne for the Geelong show, Skater will tour around the country, and to regional Victoria in 2013.

ALICIA BEE – What do skaters say about our society?

NIKKI TOOLE – Skaters say many things about our society and the way generalisations can be made about certain subcultures. As a society we often regard the young and the subcultures that form around them to be a threat to the social order. I have given many talks during this process to the older generation who have grandchildren who skate and hope I have in some way opened their eyes to the positive impact that skating can have on a persons confidence and self awareness of who they are. In many areas the street skater is feared. I like to think they are merely interacting with the architecture, taking one form and utilising it for their pleasure. Many poorer communities around the world are now pouring resources into skate parks to provide their younger generations with an activity to encourage them to develop goal building and self confidence. I saw this in the Native American communities where the kids take great pride in their skate parks.

ALICIA BEE – Did you grow up with skaters?

NIKKI TOOLE – Yes I grew up skating. I wasn’t a very sporty person as I was small and a bit of a tomboy. Skating was perfect for me. It was also great for social interaction with your friends, inexpensive and we could do it almost anywhere. When I was young we didn’t have computer games and were outside all day until the sun started to go down. It seemed like a better time somehow. It makes me happy to see kids in the skate parks instead of inside on an Xbox. Sadly I cannot skate now as I have a damaged tailbone, which makes prolonged sitting painful, never mind falling off a board.

ALICIA BEE – Did the portraits have a uniform setup for framing and position of the subjects?

NIKKI TOOLE – The portraits did develop a uniform pattern. The first skater I shot was a friend called Matty. We tried many different angles until I found one which I felt translated my idea. I was inspired by the full frontal framing shots of film directors such as Stanley Kubrick. We are engaged when the subject looks out at us, it becomes a collaboration and a conversation.

As the project grew it became easier to shoot in this way as with only 5 frames per subject and limited time periods with each skater I had to translate very quickly what I was looking for. 300 skaters later and the vision becomes clear when you see them all together.

ALICIA BEE – Did you try and hide or advertise brands of clothes and boards?

NIKKI TOOLE – The branding was irrelevant. It is merely a part of the story they tell, about what makes them happy as an individual and as part of the skater culture.

ALICIA BEE – Was there a conscious effort to include girls in your essay?

NIKKI TOOLE – No it wasn’t a conscious effort. I photographed anybody who could skate and agreed to be part of the project. It reflects all ages and genders.

ALICIA BEE – How did you decide when you had finished the series?

NIKKI TOOLE – I am still shooting Skater. I am off to Hawaii next year and will shoot the skaters there. After 3 years I feel there are still stories to tell in other countries. The project is self funded and I have had to choose the locations I can afford to go to. I have been invited to Mexico, Russia and Japan, and hope to get there someday.

ALICIA BEE – Was it something that you let go of, or do you still see skaters and want to take new photos?

NIKKI TOOLE – My ears are now attuned to the sound of a skateboard and I can hear an approaching skater from some distance. I cannot help myself when I see them, but don’t always have my camera around.


Two dozen beautiful roses in brilliant Brunswick Spring color, are exhibited in this October 2012 collection of photographs by ALICIA BEE.

HALLMARK is a visual arts show of photography featuring ALICIA BEE signature happy snaps of flowers, and simple well framed subjects.

HALLMARK stamps each flower with the assurance of quality in this third series of photographs from emerging artist ALICIA BEE.

Look closely and you can see suburban houses, and the well kept gardens and lawns by staring beyond the roses.

This arrangement of flowers highlights luscious velvet petals, and the seasonal resilience of nature to birth beauty.

Color photos taken of other people’s gardens point to themes surrounding security, surveillance and online stalking.

By offering roses photographer ALICIA BEE sends us a promise to trust in the kindness of neighbors and strangers around her inner North home.

HALLMARK suggests the relationship between public and private space in the information age where friendly Facebook profiles are like the front garden, often full of gorgeous photographs of flowers in bloom.

ALICIA BEE presented GOOD MOURNING in last year’s 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and GREY HAIR series of photography in MAY 2011.


The HALLMARK exhibition opening launch will be held on Tuesday 9 October 2012 with music by SLACQUER + CHARM + TENDER BONES from 7PM, its FREE ENTRY.

THE MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL presents HALLMARK series of photographs by ALICIA BEE from TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2012 at THE OLD BAR GALLERY at 74 Johnston Street Fitzroy from 12PM-8PM, its FREE ENTRY.


French urban artist Invader pastes characters inspired by Space Invaders and other arcade games into public art installations around the world.

For some people Invader was introduced entering via Banky’s Exit Through The Gift Shop documentary.

The mosaic project Space Invaders gained momentum from 1998, with a prominent placement of an Invader on the ‘D’ of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles glued the millennium New Years Eve in 1999. In following trips back to LA, Invader placed characters on the other eight letters in the HOLLYWOOD real-estate sign.

Invader also works on another project called Rubikcubism where he makes artworks from Rubik’s Cubes designs.

In his artworks Invader uses tiles to represent low resolution pixels used by computer animation; weaving his graphic tapestry on manmade environments from Paris to 31 other cities around the world including Melbourne and Perth. The ceramic tiles have proved weather resistant, and their uniform design gained respect in the art world, with the Space Invader series shown in many galleries and art museums from Europe to USA while solo exhibitions have also been held in Paris, Osaka, Melbourne, London and Rome.

In 2011 Invader was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of vandalism, but was released shortly afterwards.

Most mosaics are located 3-5 metres above ground in areas that are well seen by lots of people.

A few of the permanent installations are located in hidden locations that require a map to find the Space Invader.

Maps are made for all of the Space Invaders installation, and are available to buy from the online shop.

In these photos Space Invader has launched a character into orbit from Miami Florida, via helium balloon equipment with a camera and GPS, to locate it when it fell. The weather balloon Space Invaders launch project was a recent success, after it had first failed in August 2012.


Yayoi Kusama has been designing in these circles since the year dot. Using Polka Dots as her trademark the Japanese artist and writer exhibits art with vivacious colours, repetition and pattern.

She has let her mark on art movement in New York and Japan, and sited as an influence of Yoko Ono. Yayoi Kusama has also been admired by music in songs by Superchunk and Le Tigre.

While she lives in a psychiatric institution Yayoi Kusami works from a studio each day, and is respected for her dotty lifestyle choice as one of the greatest living characters in art history.

So mainstream is the acceptance of popular artist that she has collaborated with Louis Vuitton for limited edition monograph book about her life and creative processes.

The Yayoi Kusama Monograph was edited by Louise Neri and published by Rizzoli NY in 2012. The exclusive edition is only available in Louis Vuitton stores for US$85.


Brooklyn based mad hat maker Skulls have released their eighth cap collection, with nineties flavoured hip hop crew fabric design of vibrant ‘Native’ patterns being their heaviest material yet. Known for their wild textile designs, again the crazy colours on the their models like ‘Halloween’ show us Skulls are likely to laugh at good horror movies and enjoy a fluorescent texta.

This time Skulls seems divided from their unisex colours and florals from past collections.

For traditionalists who can’t share with their lady, the design ‘Love Letters’ features pretty roses aimed for pro writer chicks who write too many text messages, and those that like feature prints with passion and take risks.

All hats are made in the USA, and available over the counter at select dealers worldwide.

Check out the online shop for a look at the previous ranges, and order something for the sun up season.

They have some motorcycle club badges on the page for those that normally buy stickers!


The deadline for the International Songwriting Competition has been extended to November 1 2012. The competition that offers $150,000 in cash and prizes, is open to pro and amateur songwriters. Entries are accepted through Sonicbids, ReverbNation, Broadjam, the ISC platform, or through the mail.

Judges for this world title include Jeff Beck, Tom Waits, Bernie Taupin, Robert Smith, Suzanne Vega, Black Francis, John Mayall and Basement Jax.

Please note that several categories provide greater chance to win from Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children’s Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Pop/Top 40, Performance, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music.

All entrants may submit as many songs as they want and different songs in the same category, or that same song in multiple categories. Also note that when you enter the Unsigned Only category, you must enter the same song into at least one other category.


You Get Notorious

By Alicia Bee

You get notorious,

You smoke a cigarette,

And they lead you down a life of crime,

They are the people your parents,

Had warned you about,

You rode a motorbike,

Around the town for the sound of killing time.

You are rebellious,

They cant tell you what to do,

For the hell of it,

You go along to the funeral too,

They took the skull from the coffin of the dead,

You sing songs to the motto of what they said,

And wear a helmet on your bone head.

You’re in a rock machine,

You make several appearances on the scene,

The police record your name in a face to face book,

You’re an outlaw for all the records that you took,

A common trader on the swamp plains,

You gave up the drugs just to stay sane,

They make friends then to wipe the slate clean.

You are remembered,

They reward your effort with a badge,

The angels look after the dead,

You count the fifties in a stash of cash,

Only the skulls see the end of war,

They made a pact, all for one and one is four,

They glad wrapped your tatt under the jacket that you wore.

You joined the alliance,

As a soldier of American jeans,

They want to fight it out,

An easy rider with gypsy dreams,

The brotherhood of another country,

Making riots part of history,

You only use weapons in self defense,

The laws protect the brain with common sense.