The Australian International Tattoo Show (Crazy AITS) was on in Melbourne a couple of weekends ago and of course I knew a couple of the lads making the trip down from the Gold Coast to show their artistic talents. Of course the story is well worth the read…
As usual I was waiting on a pay cheque to show up and the weekend was drawing closer. Driz was on the phone almost every day asking if I was going to be in Melbourne and all I kept telling him was that “I would be there!” Now i’m normally fairly spur of the minute with most trips to Melbourne so I had to put it out there to the universe that I needed to be in Melbourne for the Crazy AITS show. One thing led to another and all of a sudden it’s Wednesday night and i’m picking up a Falcon Ute that needed to be driven to Sydney the following day. Now the fact that the good ole Falcon Ute had no plates and needed RTA permits to be driven to Sydney with no number plates did worry me a little. But would you believe not once was I hindered in my journey by any one – Not the RTA, not the fella’s in blue or anything else could stop me that day. So I was closer to Melbourne than I was the day before and I was still waiting for pay cheque. Now the bloody Melbourne Cup was coming into play as I steadily watched the airfares from Sydney to Melbourne climb through the roof. I still kept telling Driz it’ll be cool man i’ll be there. So then it’s friday morning I have a phone call from a mate that needs some surfboards delivered to Aloha Surf at Manly and some boxes of T Shirts carted back to Qld the following week. Boom, bring on the rental car! So Friday night I got some rest and then drove through to Melbourne down the Hume Highway. Now as anyone who has done this drive knows the Skippy’s get kinda big the further down the Hume Highway you travel. Luckily enough the weather was good, the sky was sparkling in all it’s glory and the night time part of the drive was over. However as the sun came up the bouncing Australian emblem kept trying to rest on the bonnet of the commodore. With the final straw being a larger chap that I saw coming from a paddock across the north bound lanes through the middle nature strip and directly in line with my bonnet. I managed to man handle the car to a complete stop maybe 3 feet from the beast and he just stood there and looked at me as if to say “What’s your problem?”. So I decided it was time to listen to the Holden inboard Rest alarm and take a well needed break on the side of the road for a couple of hours. So I made it to Vaughan Mark’s place in Melbourne in time for a catch up with some of Australia’s finest skateboarders just before they headed out for a day of schralping. So good to catch up with the lads and of course wash the hours of highway from my mind. Refreshed and showered I walked into the Hilton on the Park to be greeted by mates from all over the country. Such a welcoming environment and totally different than the exhibition hall at the Sydney Tattoo show that I have become so accustom to. There was an amazing array of international Artists working away during the show. I managed to meet Bob Tyrell (Sullen Clothing), Joe Capabianco (Steadfast Brand Apparel) and Jime Litwalk (Steadfast Brand Apparel). And I managed to watch a truck load of other amazing artists! So as you can imagine we had a rad weekend and I met plenty of new characters and of course witnessed some amazing artists at work. I’ll definately be trying to head back there again next year!
Here’s a small clip I put together for Driz from Crossfire Tattoos in Surfers Paradise.
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