BEAMS T, TOKYO (2013)
 

 

AVAILABLE HERE







 

 

USA 92 (1992 / 2013)
 

 

USA 92 - A West Coast family holiday memoir 
by Mark and Melinda Drew

Full colour paperback, 40 pages. 
$20 (free worldwide airmail)

AVAILABLE HERE

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A little over 20 years ago, I returned from a 3 week trip across the West Coast of the USA. 2 weeks were on a tour bus, with a few days spent either side in LA and Hawaii. In many ways it cemented the path I am on now, not only in music taste and aesthetics, but also note taking. My parents required my sister and I to each keep a diary of the event, which first was met with resistance, but became something I quite enjoyed adding to.

My sister was 12, and her entries reflect a positive excitement. I on the other hand, was 14… Unimpressed by the Grand Canyon (not to mention the idea of family holidays), unhappy about everything, and basically there solely for rap compilation tapes and K-Mart grade Raiders gear.

The bus tour was mostly other Australian families, and I “fell in love” with a girl my age from Pennant Hills, a suburb strangely close to where I lived at the time.

Presented here are the contents of those two diaries, alongside the family photos my father took. Thank you to my sister for letting me publish her writing (and apologies in advance to my parents).







 

 

X-TRA HYPE (2013)
 

http://stupidkrap.com/artist/mark-drew/x-tra-hype

This screenprint is a torn up and rearranged "Parental Advisory" style warning label from the front of an Ice-T album. He (alongside Jello Biafra) was one of the first artists to speak out about being stuck with the label and had his version redesigned as a tongue in cheek reaction - the text reading "X-TRA HYPE" and "inappropriate for squares and suckers". It really struck a chord with me when I was younger, realising that he was forced to have a warning on the front, but could still flip it into a statement like that.





 

 

SNEAKER FREAKER (2013)
 

Article shots for Sneaker Freaker #27: GustoDaNinja, Atmos and Skit.





 

DEEZ NUTS (2013)
 

Solo exhibition, Sydney





 

 

NIKE AIR FORCE 1 "ONES" CAMPAIGN (2012)
 

I was asked by Nike to contribute a poster to their ONES campaign.
It's over now, but you can see my page and interview here.





 

 

CHRONIC ¥OUTH TOKYO (2012)
 

My new tee label, CHRONIC ¥OUTH has just arrived in Australia. Selected colours from the first drop shown.

Available from Halfsleeve (Syd), Spares (Melb) and 1UP (Perth).





 

 

BRISBANE "SEMI-PERMANENT" GROUP SHOW (2012)
 

Four papercut works (colour) and 2 illustrations (b/w) continuing the theme from the Tokyo show.

1. DRUG OF A geNerATION
4. BEASTIE
2. NEVER EAZY
5. 1 & ONLY
3. FRESH RECORDS
6. EAST/WEST




 

TOKYO GROUP SHOW (2012)
 

Six A3 sized illustrated works for a group exhibition, curated by DUMB Magazine.

1. EAST/WEST I
4. 100 MILES
2. A.C.A.C
5. EAST/WEST II
3. DRUG OF A geNerATION
6. WE NEVER MISS




 

 

A.C.A.C - ALL COPS ARE CUTE (2012)
 

 

The Tokyo police force as illustrated by themselves and others - a zine of imagery collected from community noticeboards across the city.


Excerpt:

The police here (Japan) are often portrayed as young men or friendly mascots. It’s a place of very few personal safety issues and I realised that this generally is how locals view the police force, rather than the way it often is back home in Australia and other countries (such as the US, and the UK), where it’s an “us vs them” mentality, and even the most law-abiding citizen will still flash their high beams to warn other motorists of police presence.

 



 

 

TOM WAITS THEMED GROUP EXHIBITION - HAND FINISHED A3 PRINTS (2012)
 


The majority of my artwork revolves around music, often directly referencing 1990s hiphop. The first time I saw DOWN BY LAW, starring Tom Waits, I immediately took note of his prison uniform being stamped with O.P.P (Orleans Parish Prison), linking it to Naughty By Nature's track, O.P.P (Other People's Property), and enjoyed the idea that both Tom Waits and Naughty By Nature were "Down (by law) with O.P.P". My treatment of the scene incorporates graphic ideas made popular by artist John Baldessari — my own response to using Other People's Property, and the fact that I too am down with O.P.P.

 



 

 

EAST WEST (2012)
 

 

In an effort to use a brush more, I finished this run of prints by hand.

 



 

 

AC/D POSTER FOR "FREELOVE" (2012)
 

 

http://frlv.com.au

 



 

 

A HAPPY DEATH GREETING CARDS - SERIES 2 (2012)
 

 

www.ahappydeath.com.au

 



 

 

MIXTAPE ILLUSTRATION (2012)
 

 

Illustration for a mixtape website (initiated by Warner Music for Valentines day,) that allows users to save youtube playlists to stream through the site.

www.coolmixtapes.com.au

 



 

 

TUHG LIFE (2011)
 

 

A 48pp perfect bound book of Tupac Shakur fan drawings, published by Smalltime Books in Melbourne.

Available here

 



 

 

PRINTS - "STACKS" & "WEST", C90 SERIES (2011)
 

 

2 of 3 A1 sized photographic prints contributed to a small group show at 72 Erskine in Sydney, December '11.

 



 

 

SIGNATURE HAT WITH NEW ERA (2011)
 

 

This is the hat I made with New Era - NO MONEY, NO WIFE.

Acclaim
made a short video about it: New Era x Mark Drew Collaboration

 

 

The first release of these hats happened in Sydney at China Heights, supported by photos of mine from the last 2 years of life in Japan.

 



 

 

COMMISSION FOR WARNER MUSIC (2011)
 
 

 

A selection of artwork created for the Warner Music head office in Sydney.
6x Label canvases (120cm x 160cm) and 2 music themed murals.

 



 

 

MARK DREW FOR SONY + VICE MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIA (2011)
 

 

Snapshot style photography for the Sony NEX-5N advertising campaign - 500 billboards and bus shelters across Australia

http://nexproject.sony.com.au | http://www.viceland.com/thenexproject

 



 

 

XEROX WALL, REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, MELBOURNE (2011)
 

 

Parental Advisory wallpaper installation.

 



 

 

A HAPPY DEATH - GREETING CARDS (2011)
 

 

Artist series greeting cards and stationery, available from Australian bookstores

www.ahappydeath.com.au

 



 

 

ADVISORY / BARCODE / ENEMY (2010)
 

 

A1 sized prints for a group show at China Heights

 



 

WHAT'S JAPPENING TO ME? (2010)
 

 

Part 6 of my Rent Me zine series, "What's Jappening To Me?" is a 52 page zine chronicling my first 6 months of life in Japan. Selected spreads shown.

 



 
 

 

SYNTAX 'THE MUSICAL' (2010)
 

 

Album package (Illustration, logo and booklet design) for Australian Hip Hop artist, Syntax.

Photography by Michael Danischewski

 



 

 

JAPAN PHOTOS, ACCLAIM MAGAZINE (2010)
 

 

detail here

 



 

PROMOTE THE HUSTLE (2010)
 

 

T-shirt graphic for For The Homies

 



 

 

HOUSECALL / ADVISORY (2010)
 

 

2 works sent back to Australia for group exhibitions - Housecall Gocco print, and Advisory skateboard deck.

 



 

 

 

WENDY JAMES - RECORD / CD ARTWORK (2010)

 

 

Album sleeve and booklet for Wendy James solo album, I CAME HERE TO BLOW MINDS
(Designed by Edward Woodley and myself, as China Heights)

 



 

 

 

 

CASSETTE STACK WALL, SYDNEY (2010)
 

 

3x6m commission

 



 

 

 

 

C-90: SIDE B, SOLO EXHIBITION AT 72ERSKINE, SYDNEY (2009)
 


 

72Erskine.com

The idea for this series of artwork comes from a 25 metre mural hand painted at the Oxford Art Factory, in Feb 2008. Piles of tapes, about 150 individual albums, ranging from BDP and The Pharcyde, to G’N’R, Nana Mouskouri and beyond. It was a tight turnaround (overnight), to be ready for some big festival afterparty. My assistant LDC, and I, locked ourselves in and had well reached the point of insanity by 10am the next day. But it was worth it. Some guy that Ed reckons was Dizzee Rascal was at the afterparty, and he stood there reading all the titles. Everyone kind of did. I realised that it wasn’t just my history up there, but most peoples. It brought back a lot of memories. Who had which tapes, which one that guy at school nicked...

Overall, the general feeling I got was that the graphic side of music has been dulled by the digital age. It’s great to have five thousand albums on your hard-drive, but hark back to the school-bus era, re-winding a tape with a pencil in one hand (to save battery life), and reading the liner notes with the other - there was a real affinity with the music. And there had to be, as you probably only had about ten tapes. And one of them was a cassingle!

I ignored the CD for quite some time, I just didn’t think it would catch on. And when I finally cracked, I couldn’t bare to throw away my tapes. A lot of the music I listen to daily in the mp3 format is stuff I was listening to back on that bus ride, and this show is a testament to that time in all our lives. Well, everyone above about 25, anyways...

(text taken from the exhibition program)

 


 

 

MIMEOGRAPH PRINTS (2009)
 

 

"LOVES GONNA GET YA"
"TAPE STACK"

edition of 50 each, only available through stupidkrap.com

 



 

 

PIECE FOR GROUPSHOW AT PALMER PROJECTS, SYDNEY (2009)
 

 

"TAPE INSERT"

 



 

 

C-90 SOLO EXHIBITION, DON'T COME GALLERY, MELBOURNE (2009)
 

 

After the first Sydney exhibition sold out, I was invited to continue the body of work and show at Don't Come gallery in Melbourne.

None of the outside walls were suitable, unlike at the first Sydney show, so we projected the rap special inside. It was taped from TV in 1992, and is guest hosted by Ice Cube, and Ice T. Frozen frame below from 'Steady Mobbin', and a Top 50 singles chart, saved from 1987 as it had the Beastie Boys Fight for your right to party on it. They came in at #42.

 

 

 



 

 

TAPE TEE - FOR THE HOMIES
 

 

forthehomies.com

"Growing up, album artwork and sleeve note shout-outs were the origin of a lot of my information. Being strictly into Hip-Hop, it was difficult to get news on the artists I was into. Rage would play the occasional filmclip late at night, and Smash Hits would have some small gossip about the Fresh Prince (and many, many interviews with KrisKross), but it was mostly dead ends. Plus also I didn't want to hear about kids my own age in backwards pants, I wanted to hear about guns, over beats! Living pretty far from the source (and not being able to afford The Source), repeatedly reading the fine print of my cassettes, I pieced together the personal feelings of rappers, noted which god they were down with, which MC's they dissed, learned their mother's names and who's couch they slept on during production. Only getting a new album every few months at the most, there wasn't much else to siphon knowledge from. Each crack and fold on this graphic comes from the bottom of my schoolbag, and is a testament to the tape."

 



 

 

DECKS FOR VARIOUS GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2007-2009):
 

 

skateonce.blogspot.com
refillseven

WHERE'S ANIMAL CHIN?
TEEN ISSUES
TAPE DECK
YOUNG, GIFTED ...AND WACK !




 
 

 

ASSORTED LOGOS (2004 - 2009)
 

 

Dobry Den - fashion boutique
Boneless - tee graphic
Mambo - mini logo
Cumquat - fashion boutique
The End - tee label
Heights - secondary logo




 
 

 

C90 SOLO SHOW, PALMER PROJECTS, SYDNEY (2008)
 

 

palmerprojects.com.au

The first of the C90 cassette tape shows.Large hand illustrated canvasses, and a scale model sculpture of a cassette case.




 
 

 

SELF PUBLISHED ZINES (A SMALL SELECTION FROM 1994 ONWARDS)
 

 

Making zines has been a hobby since highschool. Some are graphic, some are text based. Some made solo, some made with likeminded friends.

 



 

 

THE LETTER 'D' (2008)
 

 

For the Monster Children end of year show.

 



 
 

 

LOCALISM - GROUP SHOW (2008)
 

 

Joseph Allen and Dave Ladd curated an event called Localism. Its purpose was to bring a group of people together, whom all make art in similar veins, but may not have physically met. To encourage personal interaction, there was to be no email contact, other than the initial invite. My response were these two pieces;

HOT! RECKLESS! TOTALLY INSANE! - Photographs of a projection of the movie "Thrashin", showing the Valley guys celebrating the completion of their ramp, and the Daggers burning it down.


THE SCENE (click for detail)- A mindmap of all the people who make up 'the scene', authored from my point of view having run China Heights for over 5 years (later used as a Mambo tee graphic).

The outcome was a small (but jam packed!) exhibition in a Barber shop in Darlinghurst, Syd, and a publication by the same name. It's available online through either Joe or Dave:

izrock.com | he she it they i

 



 
 

 

GIVERS TAKERS LOVERS HATERS (2008)
 

 

Gocco print (and later becoming a t-shirt graphic for 100% Mambo)

 



 
 

 

ASSORTED LOGOS PII (2004 - 2009)
 

 

Oxford Art Factory - venue
Frisoni Finetti - embroidery for fashion label
Mr Tsang - DJ logo
China Heights - gallery logo
Carolan Property - corporate ID
Coffee cup - web button
Making Ends - personal logo




 
 

 

TAPE WALL AT OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY (2008)
 

 

 

I painted this wall (with the help of Luka du Chateau) in the gallery section of Oxford Art Factory. It was a mega 24 hour stretch, but made for a good family history lesson, with all the tapes coming from mine and my siblings personal collection.

 



 

 

INCU's INHOUSE LABEL, WEATHERED (2008)
 

 

Their second season included my bowler hat icon embroidered on each garment, and these 2 tee prints.

 



 
 

 

THE CHRONIC (BRISBANE 2008)
 

 

A selection from the 15 gocco prints exhibited at The Outpost in Brisbane, as a small retail shop installation.

 



 
 

 

FRISONI FINETTI FASHION WEEK INVITES + ADDITIONAL LOGOS (2008)
 

 

 



 
 

 

TAPE TEE FOR MAMBO (2008)
 

 

Used for their Billboard campaign, coupled with some classic Reg Mombassa boardshorts.

 



 

 

VHS SCREENSHOT (2007)
 

 

 



 
 

 

ANOTHER INCH SHOP WALL WITH TRISTAN CEDDIA (2007)
 

 

 

Never Now / Making Ends, Another Inch shop wall

After working together on a similar styled zine a few months earlier, Tristan Ceddia and I put together this wall piece for Ritchie at Another", on Burton St in Sydney. Order of the evening was no plan - just meet with sketchbooks and a some reference material, and a $50 photocopy budget at kinkos, then get busy pasting freeform style...




 

 

TEE DESIGNS FOR 'THE END' LABEL (2007)
 

 

THE END ... THAT SHIT'S OVER!
THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER
OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPS
KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER
BONELESS TEE
BONELESS SWEAT

 



 

 

TEE DESIGNS (2007)
 

 

TRIP ON THIS
HEIGHTS BAT
PARTY AND BULLSH!T AND PARTY!
BONELESS

 



 
 

 

COPYRIGHT THEFT - EASY COME, EASY GO (2006)
 

 

A group of people were asked to collaborate with Another Inch to celebrate their 1 year anniversary. Coming from the gallery angle, I wanted to make a print rather than a t-shirt. I've been making zines and photocopying things for years, which is where the copyright theft idea came from. Ritchie from Another Inch contributed the vintage stamp, which appropriately translates to 'easy come, easy go'.

 



 
 

 

COPS ARE ROBBERS (2006)
 

 

Tee print for Sixpack, France - http://www.sixpack.fr

(edit: RIP GURU ... gets more props and stunts than Bruce Willis...)

 




 

GOING TO SEE A DEAD KID + MAYBE IT SHOULDN'T BE A PARTY (2006)
 

 

Digital photos of the movie Stand By Me, exposed onto lithographic plates (usually used for making newspapers), when I was working in a printing press in 2004. I later had them trimmed and mounted to box frames for the end of year Monster Children show.

 



 
 

 

2ND MOVEMENT SUMMER 2006
 

 

Lookbook production and range of male/female tees (selected prints shown)