Archive of ‘Inspiration’ category


It’s been a crazy week in Mr Big Sur world… Nevertheless, everything is coming together for the show next week, so I thought it might be time for another sneak peek at some of the amazing creativity that the Element Advocates have been sending over for the  show.

This piece was created by Miya Ando, one of the sweetest women you will ever meet.

It closely resembles her dark and mythical metal works, and the inscription of a prayer repeated is so adorable that it’s going to make it very difficult to part with this one.

Check out Mr Big Sur event details here.

Photos of Miya Ando in her studio here.


Here is a little sneak peek at one of Chad Muska’s seed pods created especially for the Mr Big Sur charity event on December 2nd, at The CAMP in Costa Mesa.

See more event details here.

Also check out Mr Big Sur’s Twitter for more sneaky peeks from Element Advocates Todd Francis, Chad Eaton, Brooke Reidt, Mike Kershnar, Juliana Neufeld, Miya Ando, and more!


I just found these in the ABCK archives! Originally they were part of a limited edition calendar that was stocked at the Outpost in Brisbane and Colette in Paris. It was my first attempt at using photoshop as i used to make all my zines before this period with only paper, scissors and glue.

Above is our knight in shining armor, Beau Velasco.



Brooke Reidt lives and works in downtown LA. This softly spoken artist creates breathtaking canvases where she arduously applies layer upon layer, creating a textual pieces that often look more like an exotic textile than a painting.

We had the pleasure to visit Brooke in her studio apartment, and watch her work… Here are some images I shot.

Brooke is having an exhibition at (SUB) Urban in LA on November 13th. Check the link for more details.


We invite you to a charity event to celebrate Elemental Awareness!

Earlier this year, we spent a couple of weeks up at the Element YMCA Skate Camp in the Sequoia National Forest, which was an amazing experience to say the least.

The huge Sequoia trees are hundreds, if not thousands of years old, and you’re surrounded in the fresh mountain air, all of which brings a new meaning to life. But the most inspiring thing, is the group of people that spend their summer there, committed to mentoring kids at camp; educating and inspiring them to develop self-esteem, social and environmental awareness, and giving them the tools to lead successful lives.

Inspired by the Sequoia trees at Skate Camp, Amber B is creating a huge tree installation called “Mr Big Sur” that will be adorned with seed pods, especially created by the Element Advocates. The Mr Big Sur seed pods will be sold to raise money for Elemental Awareness, helping send underprivileged kids to Skate Camp.

The following Element Advocates have kindly donated their creative talents to help raise money for EA and Skate Camp: Amber B, Brooke Reidt, Bunny, Chad Eaton, Chad Muska, Juliana Neufeld, Matt Irving, Mike Kershnar, Miya Ando, and Todd Francis.

The opening reception will be on December 2nd, from 6 – 10pm, located at SEED People’s Market, Orange County’s premier eco-friendly department store. The installation will then be open, with seed pods for sale, from December 2nd to December 31st.

Please show your support by purchasing a special seed pod, and help send a kid to Skate Camp for an experience of a life time.


Opening Reception

December 2nd, 6 – 10pm

2937 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7995


Element has assembled a formidable collection of twenty artists from Australia, Europe, and America for a two-week exhibition at Sydney’s Monster Children Gallery.

I grew up in the Australian country, on a farm were my brother and I would climb trees all day long. My favorite tree was a huge Fig Tree that was an apartment for bees, possums, bats, peacocks, and our chooks. I am currently living in the city in California were trees are constantly being cut down to be replaced with concrete and it makes me sad.

I really treasure walking under these sometimes ancient giants and think of all the things they have seen way before I came to be there.

I wanted to make  a creature that stood up for all the trees that live around us… The big lemon myrtle that lives on my corner whose leaves smell like lemons when you rub them. And the maple tree that is celebrating autumn by changing all his leaves to hues of reds, orange, and brown.

If you are in Sydney, Australia on November 4th, please go visit my Mr Unhappy tree at the Monster Children gallery, and then go sit under your neighborhood tree and learn all the things he can teach you. 🙂

Happy Trees exhibition. Thursday 4th November from 6pm.


It’s Halloween at the end of the week!! What has everyone planned to dress up as?

Just to get you in the mood, this is my all time favorite short animation to watch for Halloween!

The Skeleton Dance by Disney from 1929.

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