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Today, I went down Charing Cross Road and visited Santa's Ghetto, the exhibition/sale of "subversive"/"underground" art, including works by Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Jamie Reid and various other stencil/graffiti artists. There's a bit of a review here, and photos here.

I picked up a copy of the new Banksy book, Cut It Out, which has photos from a visit he made to Australia; then I guess those Banksy rats along Brunswick St. may not have been ripoffs. (The "Wanksy" stencils, however, are another guess.)

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On December 24th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC), substitute commented:
apropos of nothing
your icon has obscure slang on it, to me. what is "coolsie chat"?
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On December 24th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: apropos of nothing
It varies depending on context, and means either "pretentious wankers who think they're cooler than they actually are" or "people who are into non-mainstream culture". It was originally used by troublemakers on an indie-music web chat room (not unlike the alt.tasteless invasion of rec.pets.cats in context), who saw no difference between the two contexts.
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On December 24th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC), dreamstooloud commented:
awesome
suicide bombers just need a hug.
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On December 24th, 2004 01:52 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: awesome
Actually, a good shag might do the trick. What with the thing about saving oneself for the 72 virgins in paradise and all that.
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On December 27th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC), dreamstooloud replied:
Re: awesome
the e-sheep guy did a thing they forcibly dosed half the Muslim world with E.
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On December 27th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC), dreamstooloud replied:
Re: awesome
sorry, "did a thing where."
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On December 24th, 2004 01:03 am (UTC), givemethegun commented:

That book sounds v. interesting. I'm a bit of a fan of our local stencil art (and the other works i've seen in the US via the wooster collective).

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On December 24th, 2004 01:54 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
It is. His previous two books, "Existencilism" and "Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall", are around in shops in Melbourne (try looking in the Brunswick St. Bookshop).

All three books are smallish and consist mostly of pictures and smartarse quotes/remarks.
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On December 24th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC), givemethegun replied:

"Existencilism" = most perfect name for a book on the topic, ever.

Are these book books, or zine-type things? What type of cost are we looking at here? Cheers, love.

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On December 24th, 2004 02:09 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
They're £5 here new, possibly less for older ones. I'd say $10-20 or so.

The book is about A6 in size, though in glossy colour print and professionally bound.
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On December 24th, 2004 02:14 am (UTC), givemethegun replied:

Nice!

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On December 24th, 2004 03:02 am (UTC), cyflea replied:
you can get 'em in Metropolis, which moved to Level 3 in that building on Swanston St above Cookie (or KooKoo, depending on how you remember it).
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