Acclaim Magazine Issue 24: FANTASY

The wait is over. The new issue of Australian creative lifestyle title ACCLAIM magazine is set to hit local shelves the first week of August, 2011.

The theme of issue 24 is FANTASY. Perhaps it was the cabin fever we’ve all been feeling from being stuck inside this Melbourne winter or perhaps we’re just a bunch of trippers at heart, either way we are excited to unleash the fantasy theme onto our readers. We felt it was time to take a step away from the tangible world and take a trip into our subconscious, with our editorial team digging into every mystical nook and magical cranny to create a psychedelic journey with each page.

As always, the issue has two very special covers. The short-run cover features the work of futuristic Swedish artist and illustrator, Kilian Eng. Kilian is featured in the issue also, along with his work which references the future and analogue culture at once. His retro-future girl graces our cover and on a very select number of issues, the cover features glow-in-the-dark ink. These will be available exclusively to Australian Magnation stores and subscribers (Please note this cover version will be out a week later than the standard cover, due to the special printing process). The standard version of Kilian’s cover is available from all of the boutiques within ACCLAIM’s BTQ network.

The general release cover which will hit newsagents across the country, features the polarizing figure that is Bay Area rapper, Lil B. Who better to champion the fantasy issue than the tripped out Based God. The issue features an exclusive interview and photoshoot with Lil B. Love him or hate him, B is prolific and very much an example of the new generation of music artists in today’s economy. An intriguing mix of strategic social-media savvy and his stream of consciousness rhyme-style and quotables, the rapper has the internet world entranced.

Other content includes:

Mark Bode

We chat with artist Mark Bode, who is carrying on the family business passed on by his father, the iconic comic book artist Vaughn Bode. Vaughn’s artistic vision including his characters such as the Cheech Wizard, have infiltrated street art and graffiti culture for years and are kept alive via his son’s work which continues on with the comic book legacy.

Mark McCloud

San Fran’s Mark McCloud has the impressive title of owning the world’s largest collection of acid blotter art, which he houses on his premises aptly titled The Institute of Illegal Images. Mark let’s us in on his various court cases with the DEA, the psychedelic experience and the history of the acid tab.


NYC photographer Walker Esner sets his lense on one of the most intriguing of outsider activities, that of larping (live action role playing) with his Dagorhir photo editorial. We also speak with one of the key organisers of the events.

Mansions on the Moon

Virginian electronic trio Mansions on the Moon finally have lift-off with their debut album about to drop, co-signs from The Neptunes and a stint at Red Bull Music Academy. We speak to the promising new act about their recent move to LA, the recording process and being mistaken for Seth Rogan.

Ivan Benic

Ivan Benic is world-renowned for his mystical artwork which appeared on the sides of automobiles during the vanning movement of the ‘70s. Our feature with the artist includes archival photos of some of his iconic pieces that have never been published anywhere ‘til today.

Nagi Noda

The late Japanese artist and director Nagi Noda had a uniquely imaginative way of looking at the world, which was evident in her dreamlike videos and artworks. We speak with a number of friends and collaborators of the artist, including Mark Ryden and Kenneth Cappello, on their memories of Nagi.

Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos paints every man’s fantasy: fast food and naked women. Using the mantra of sex sells, Ramos is one of the last original pop-artists, still eagerly at work even in his 70s. We interview the iconic artist of his work, family and painting Pamela Anderson.

ACCLAIM magazine is available through all good newsagents, select boutiques and Magnation stores. A digital version of ACCLAIM is now available to purchase via Zinio. Hard-copy subscriptions can be made through the Magnation website. If you are interested in stocking ACCLAIM in your store, please contact


Pictures and Words via Acclaim Magazine

Ambush Gallery Presents: Love is Here – 35 Aussie Artists & Live Acoustic Set by Sietta

The often spoken phrase on the lips of all; from lovers, family members, friends and strangers, I love you takes on a new dimension – moving from the verbal expression to the visual manifestation. The Love is Here Project marks the creative and personal response to the hallmark phrase ‘I love you’ by 35 Australian shortlisted artists, as a demonstration of the many facets, meanings and context associated with the words.  Prints of the artworks will be displayed, and a mural following the theme of the exhibition in the gallery space on show. The exhibition itself will be immortalised in a limited edition, A-5, 25 page black-and-white collection to take home, with individual removable pages to ‘pay forward’ to those special in your life.

Artists involved include Daniel Angley (SA/VIC), Rachel Baker (VIC), Ben & Jodi Churchward (QLD/TAS), Rach Burke (VIC), Tal Fitzpatrick (QLD), Erin Forsyth (NSW), Alice Kenny (ACT/VIC), Fee Harding (QLD), Jennifer Ho (VIC), and more.

Running in tandem, will be the Travelling Hearts Project by Rozetta Payne, an Australian-based artist featured in Frankie who hand-makes and sends little loving hearts to people all around Australia and the world to spread the love and even donates some of the proceeds to charitable organisations. A live acoustic set will be played by Sietta – the recently featured artist on Triple J to set atmosphere for the exhibition.

The Love is Here Book itself can be bought on the night for $20.00 or pre-ordered via email with ‘preorder’ in the subject line (

Where: aMBUSH Gallery – 4a James St, Waterloo (Sydney)
When: 11 August, 2011
Time: Thursday 6pm to 9pm
Price: Free public event
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Where: aMBUSH Gallery – 4a James St, Waterloo (Sydney)
When: 12, 13 & 14 August 2011
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Price: Free public event
More Info:


Contact: aMBUSH Gallery // John Wiltshire // Director
Tel: 02 8399 0707
Mob: 0433 015 780


Information and Pictures courtesy of aMBUSH Gallery

New stuff from SVTH

First things first – Congratulations to the boys and girls of SVTH for their New Era collaboration.  Well done.  Check out the latest hoodies, and long sleeve tees and of course the SVTH X New Era fitted cap.


To buy their new releases, please visit: SVTH.COM.AU

Pictures courtesy of SVTH

Intermission: Lonely Island

The Lonely Island are Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. They’ve been making videos together since September of 2000.  Check out some of their videos.

PST (Pinoy Street Team) Gear official Video

PlusSixOne are Filipinos and support the Filipino culture all over the world.  Check out PST Gear‘s official music video featuring the Brakada, a Manny Pacquiao look-a-like and Big Abe.

To buy PST Gear merchandise click here

Also check out the official Brakada website.

All About Levi’s 501 Jeans Video

The Levi’s 501 Jeans still the original and the best.  This video shows why the 501 design is such an icon in the world of fashion and denim.  Narrated by Levi’s designer Alex Valdman.

BMW Art Car Tour

Check out BMW’s Art Car series of 17 cars painted by 17 different artists from all over the world.  The project started as a series of painted race cars but now has blossomed into a project raising awareness of alternative and renewable energy sources.  More information about the exhibition can be found at

The Making of Leica Lenses

For all the photographers – professional and amateur – this video is a behind the scenes look at the craftsmanship, precision and quality that goes into making Leica lenses.

Canibeat X JDMyard car meet

US photographer Jordan Donnelly (Canibeat) was here in Sydney and an impromptu car meet was organised at JDMyard.

For more pics please visit:,, Jordan and JDM Style

Also visit their respective Facebook pages – The-LowdownFelix Alim PhotographyClubITRJDMST

Picture courtesy of

GROOVE Urban Dance Battles 2011

Don’t forget the GROOVE Urban Dance Battles is happening from July to September with the World Supremacy Battlegrounds in November.  For more info visit GROOVETV or HOOPDREAMZ.

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