Dr Sketchy’s “Mysticism” Art Session


Date: Tuesday 26th April, 2016.
Doors: 7pm – 9pm
Pre-Sale Cost: $18 + BF
Photo ID required for entry

We are delighted to announce that the global phenomenon that is Dr Sketchy’s is coming to Lust for Life!
April’s themed evening, Mysticism and Occult is a special 2 HOUR costumed drawing session at Lust for Life featuring enchanting and mystical Brisbane models.

We are also hosting a bar for the evening – thank you to 4 Pines Brewery.

Evoking all of the senses using visuals, music and taste (there’s a bar/ cafe); we hope to sweep you into a magical world of sketching and art creation. This is not your ordinary drawing session. There will be no art-tuition but an evening filled with a nurturing, non-judgemental and fun environment to explore your own drawing style. Fall in love with art again! Suitable for amateurs, enthusiasts and pros. Draw from your heart, not from text books.

WHAT TO BRING: Your drawing equipment and anything else that you think will make you more comfortable. There is limited room for easels. All mediums welcome, we just ask that you be considerate of mess and leave your space tidy.

EXTRA INFO: Dr Sketchy’s has been featured in NY Times; Washington Post; Sydney Herald; ABC radio; Playboy and hundreds or radio stations and articles. In 2010 a documentary on Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art school was released and tells of its Brooklyn boozy beginnings by young art school drop-outs.

Found in 2005 in a drive bar in Brooklyn, Dr Sketchy’s has now spread to over 100 cities world wide including New York, Paris, Hollywood, Sao Paulo, Melbourne and Byron Bay. No experience necessary as it’s about enriching and digging up the inner-child artist within. The Brisbane branch is now 5yrs old and run by headmistress, Kahlia Litzow.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DrSketchysBrisbane/

FAQ: http://www.drsketchy.com/faq

VIDEO DOCUMENTARY: http://vimeo.com/41316146

REVIEW: http://www.pebblesandpomegranateseeds.com.au/dr-sketchys-finding-your-inner-anti-artist/

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

-Kahlia Litzow email@kahlia.com.au or facebook message

Lust For Life Tattoo – 176 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, Australia



DIRECT DEPOSIT (avoid booking fees with this option):
Kahlia Litzow – Commonwealth Bank
BSB: 06 2692
Account: 2320 9719
Description: Name (as much as possible)
Amount: $18 (special 2 hour edition)

Viva La Femme 2015!

Lust for Life proudly presents the 4th annual VIVA LA FEMME Exhibition.

11th June – 31st July 2015.

This annual exhibition featuring selected female artists, showcases personal views, attitudes, opinions, aspects and much more encompassed by the word WOMAN.

With an exciting mix of mediums and media, this years exhibition has attracted an unprecedented number of super talented local, interstate and international artists:

Clare Cowly, Venom Vision, Rawbones, Mosessa, Sophie Hanlon, Ania Ganowicz,Braidy Hughes, Karen White, Tracey Choyce, Kelly Morgan, Samantha Gilkes, Jackie Orme Ward from Pendragon Shoes, Charlotte Godinet, Amy Crow, Cally Cronk, Suzie O,Evey, Skinner, Stacey Schinkel, Tulasi Powell, Rosalie Maguire, Rhea Phelan, Summer Hiskins, Larissa Lee, Symone Male , Jessica Gehle, Celeste Mountjoy, Gabrielle Tucker, Sapphire Frater, Tara Raemerd, Trish Linehan, Tiffany Aktin, Chantel Schott, Rikki Mctavish, Eva Beullens, Katherine Moeller, Taylor Jane Wilkshire, Rochelle Buckley, Monica Balaz, Lisa Carsey Dowell, Melanie Mcgrath, Phoebe Kahlo, Anita Pettinato, Zarhara Spring, Sandy Brundvik, Elk Anstey, Jayne Barclay, Vanessa Swift, Sarah Cook, Samantha Randall, Christine Horvei, Kerri Hobba, Cecilia Hine, Naomi Chilcott, Sarah Petersen, Carolyn Watson, Kim Wheeler, Aureole, Chrissa Alexion, Omilee, Coco Star Sims, Hilary Green.

We welcome them and invite you to cordially join us on Thursday 11th of June at 7pm for the launch of this exhibition.

The opening night will feature live music by Brisbane songstress Seja and musical tunes by Dj Black Amex.

The festivities of Viva La Femme also give all the opportunity to check out our recent structural renovations to Lust for Life tattoo gallery and espresso. We are excited to launch with the reimaged evolving space and shine with our new design and expansion. The studio now features a private tattoo space downstairs and a revamp of our enclosed
mezzanine level tattoo studio.

We invite you all to see, hear, taste and explore at the launch of VIVA LA FEMME.



Hey Cancer- Don’t Fuck with Fred. Brisbane Fundraising gigs May 8th and 9th 2015

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Our great mate Fred is going through some tough times at the moment so we are putting together a couple of massive gigs to help him out. Fred has always been there for anyone to give them a helping hand or advice as well as playing in numerous bands around Brisbane for the last 30+ years including SixFtHick, Blowhard, The Fred Band, Jim Rockfords, New Improved Testament, Public Execution and the Surfari Krishnas to name just a few.

The first gig will be at the Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley on Friday May 8th and the second at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah on Saturday May 9th

Bands for Friday May 8th at Chardons Corner:
Blowhard, Flangipanis, Turnpike, Mouthguard and Release the Hounds.

Bands for Saturday May 9th at the Prince of Wales Hotel are:
Shandy, The Dirty F Holes, Boondall Boys, Fun With Explosives andGoldstool

Raffle prizes so far include
$100 gift voucher from Vital Juices Records
Tattoo vouchers from Lust For Life Tattoo
A painting from Dame-Glenn Brady
$100 voucher for Prince of Wales Hotel
$100 voucher for Chardons Corner Hotel
$400 voucher from Knight Photography
Signed photo of Australian Motorcycle Champion, Darcy Ward, fromBrisbane Motorcycle Spares & Repairs
$50 voucher from Cobblestone Fashion
$100 voucher from The Low Road Cafe
$100 voucher from the Hamilton Hotel
2 bottles of Opal Nera Sambucca and an 1125ml bottle of Bundy Five[white rum] donated by a private donar
$100 voucher from the Camp Hill Hotel
Miss Music Biz has donated the following items as well
1. Digitech Effects Pedal, Modelling guitar Processor.
2. Behringer Virtualizer Pro Effects Processor.
3. Korg AX1500 Guitar Processor.
4. A Dean Markley Acoustic Guitar Pickup


Lust for Life Viva La Femme

Deadline extended to the 18th of MAY !!!!!! 

Lust For Life Tattoo is excited to invite all female artists to submit work for our annual VIVA LA FEMME group exhibition. This exhibition celebrates all things FEMALE, through a variety media including paintings, photographs, drawings and mixed media.

Submissions are NOW OPEN for all female artist to share their perception, ideas, emotions, opinions and anything and everything encompassing the Female.

Artist may submit works of any medium and subject matter all 2D works should be no larger than 1m wide x 3 m high

This is a predominately 2D exhibition but this year we are accepting submissions of small sculptural works under 30cm cubed


Submission is free.

Submit as many works as you like.

This is a selection based exhibition

Successfully selected artists will be notified directly by email by the 20th of may with details on payment of entry fee included in your successfully selected artist email.

One $35 fee per artist

The gallery will be taking 30% commission off sales.


Please email submissions (NO larger than 1mb and NO links to websites or facebook albums ) to our curator Melanie Mason – gallery@lustforlifetattoo.com.

Please include:

  • > your name,
  • > the title of the work,
  • > the medium,
  • > the size and
  • > the price.


If you are sending work internationally or interstate please let our Curator know via email so correct arrangement for receipt of works can be duly organised

For further info on Viva La Femme please forward enquiries to the curator:
Melanie Mason – gallery@lustforlifetattoo.com

Brewsvegas – Brisbane’s craft culture exposed, beer by beer!

Sample some delicious beers at Lust For Life on Thursday 26th March from 6-9pm!

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Brewsvegas is a grass roots, community minded celebration of Brisbane’s burgeoning craft beer culture set to run from the 22nd to the 29th of March, 2015. We aim to promote innovation, creativity and collaboration to help nurture and grow a local beer scene already replete with passionate contributors.

The inaugural Brewsvegas in 2014 saw 40 venues stage 90 events through the week, displaying fantastic creativity, passion and individuality. In the year since, many new venues and events have sprung into being and action; to spread the good word and champion great beer. As Brisbane’s thirst for better beer has continued to grow, so have the quantity and quality of venues offering good beer, and so has Brewsvegas. Now in its second year, some 65 venues will celebrate Brewsvegas with some 120 events for the week.

This means there truly is something for everyone. From fine dining to fine art, baking and brewing, bands, bowls, mystery tours, massage, movie nights, competitive cook-offs, cocktails and collaborations of every kind. The Brewsvegas website now has the full 2015 event schedule online, with every event detailed on a daily calendar for the week.

We want to encourage the good folk of Brisbane, whether fully-fledged bona fide beer geeks or simply a little craft-flexible, to get amongst it and discover something new, something different, something exciting. Whatever you do, make sure you check out a venue you haven’t tried before. Meet some new beer buddies. Brisbane has never had a more vibrant end exciting beer culture. Raise a new beer to your lips, breath it in and taste it!

The team behind Brewsvegas hail from some of Brisbane’s smallest and biggest craft beer venues, restaurants and breweries. A not for profit organisation, Brewsvegas’ primary aim is to introduce as many people as possible to the joy of better beer, and to celebrate the scene serving that purpose every day of the year.

Brewsvegas – your bars, your beer


Gyaru – an Exhibition by Tiffany Atkin

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Local artist Tiffany Atkin openly admits she’s obsessed with Japan and she describes her latest solo exhibition as “Japanfluenced POP illustration with bite!”

In her exhibition GYARU: An exploration of femininity in contemporary Japanese pop culture, not only does the artwork look good enough to eat, the work itself explores some deeper concepts and representations of femininity within Japanese popular culture. Atkin was inspired by how individuality is asserted through fashion and behaviour, and the way this continues to fuel a sense of subversion to mainstream popular culture in Japan.

Her work culminated from many years of ideas, adventures, life lessons, late nights, growth, discovery, loves, losses and a heartfelt respect for a land and culture so significant to her journey as an artist and human.

Local businesses Lust for Life, iro iro POP!, Harajuku Gyoza, 4 Pines Brewing Company, Maiocchi and Takara Gallery Workroom (Japan) have jumped on board to support the talented artist too.

Between the moments of creating and drawing, we managed to sit Tiffany down and discuss her exhibition and her life as an artist.

When did your love affair with Japan begin?

I studied Japanese language and culture in my early school years and continued throughout high school and uni. When I finally moved to Tokyo in 2010 (alone, with no real plan), it was a massive influence on me, both creatively and as a young woman finding my way in the world.

The culture shock was something I embraced, there was certainly an adjustment period as anyone who has spent time actually living in a different country will confirm (particularly one as different as Japan), but I truly loved every moment of altering my perceptions and understanding on everything from making and exhibiting art, designing for Japanese clients, to just buying groceries, social interactions and daily life in general.

I was lucky to have Japanese language skills and an established friend circle there, which made the transition much easier. The whole experience really changed my outlook on so many things, and Tokyo is still my creative muse. The love affair continues!

Have you always wanted to be an artist? Are you fulfilled on your journey? What are your aspirations?

Oddly enough, I was once hurtling down a musical path and probably thought I was going to be some guitar-wielding Aussie rock chick (ha!). I grew up in a musical family (my parents met when my dad joined my mum’s band) and used to write and perform a lot of music both solo and in bands and duos. I had some interest from a few industry notables about recording an album, but I was young and very naive and it all fell through, which was a blessing in hindsight.

I signed up to uni to study design as a backup if my “music career” didn’t eventuate. It sounds really funny to me now looking back, because it didn’t take long to get completely hooked on art, design and illustration, and I have made it my career. I still make music in my home studio, it’s a nice little break from design and illustration that still lets me make something and express myself in a different way.

I’ve recently been working on a few projects where I can combine music and art, and one of my goals for 2015 is to develop that a little more. I am also working towards a show in Tokyo in 2016. I think as an artist, we are never fulfilled, as soon as you feel like you’ve “made it” then you’re no longer growing or moving forward and pretty soon you’ll be left behind. It’s up to us as creatives to constantly keep developing, evolving and seeking our own truths. The journey is never over.

Artists that inspire you?

I admire artists who have made a great career out of their craft. Illustrators like Kat Macleod, Beci Orpin, Bec Winnel, Rik Lee and Bei Badgirl. I am also really inspired by Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama, and an artist called Xhxix (he is really secretive about his identity but his work is incredible). I also admire lady musos like Adalita, Ella Hooper and Patience from The Grates. They’re just rad folk doing rad things AND they are super nice people.

What do you want people to say as they wander through your exhibition?

“Jeeves, I’ll take one of everything, thank you!” Seriously though, I just want people to feel what I felt when I created the work. Everything in this show is a culmination of many years of ideas and fascination with the beautiful enigma that is Japan. I hope that this underlying personal journey can be felt and appreciated by everyone who views the work.
Best life advice you’ve ever received?

“The only one you truly need to convince/ impress is your toughest critic of all – yourself.” In my industry, and especially with the prevalence of social media, it’s tempting to get hung up on what others are doing/ thinking/ saying/ eating/ breathing/ brushing their teeth with, but ultimately it’s just a waste of time comparing yourself – time that could be spent making something that you can be proud of.

Having said that, I actually really do value social media, it has been a wonderful tool for me to gain exposure and reach a larger audience, but in moderation. I think most would agree it’s a dangerous vice when combined with self-doubt or a bad attitude.

Tell me about some of your experiences in Japan and what they taught you?

I could probably write a very long-winded essay on this subject, but to put it simply – life in Japan not only inspired me artistically, but also changed my perspective on things in general. The efficiency of daily routines and the respect people have for one another has definitely influenced the way I live my life. Moving to a new city alone is also a pretty liberating experience, and Japan was the perfect place to nurture my need for new adventures.

All in all I’d say my experiences in Japan (both as a regular tourist and temporary resident) have given me the confidence in myself as an artist and capable human adult. If I can navigate Shinjuku station, which should have its own postcode, then I’m sure I can (insert seemingly difficult task here!).

GYARU: An exploration of femininity in contemporary Japanese pop culture opens February 5 at Lust for Life Gallery. There will be VIP goody bags for the first few people through the door on opening night so make sure you get there early

Special Thanks to B-Mag.

A debut exhibition by BEN ELY

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LUST FOR LIFE GALLERY cordially invites you to the exhibition launch of WEIRDO! by esteemed Brisbane creative BEN ELY. Launching on Thursday 4th of Decemberand on show until 31st of January 2015.

After being apart of a joint exhibition at LUST FOR LIFE GALLERY in 2012 with the talented Brian Graydon, Ben came to appreciate the space and people involved in LUST FOR LIFE, and so decided to expand artistically by proceeding with his debut solo show.

With a love of drawing freely without preconceived ideas, doing rough sketches on notebooks, napkins, photocopy paper and creating humorous etchings; a bong on roller-skates, a carton of milk farting. The concept of WEIRDO! took form.

WEIRDO! brings together a body of work on board, canvas and limited edition prints that celebrate randomness as well as being an umbrella casting a cool shade over a blisteringly sunny day of conformity and conservatism.
Come and join us to view this talented creatives’ debut solo exhibition.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH 4th December 7pm – Late
ON SHOW 4th of December – 31st of January 2015.

Dead Scary Group Exhibition – Artist Call Out

Dead Scary Call Out
“Its Not Human And Its Got An Axe”


You are cordially invited to be a part of Lust For Life’s Annual Horror Themed Group exhibition ‘DEAD SCARY”!


This is a Genre specific show, we are hunting for works that evoke aspects of terror, fear, gore, panic, fright and awe. We want to see your interpretations of all things encompassing the rapture of death and your visual representations of what it means to be scared, the stuff of nightmares, properly bone chillingly Dead Scary!


Dead Scary
If this one doesn’t scare you, then you’re already dead!


The specifications for submissions are as follows:
  • Email your images to gallery@lustforlifetattoo.com by Monday the 20th of october 
  • No files larger than 1mb thanks.
  • Include your name, the title and mediums of the works.
  • Artworks must not exceed 1.5m wide by 3m high.
  • Works may be charged a contribution fee of $35 for successfully selected artists to cover opening festivities and printing expenses.
  • Successful submissions will be notified by email on the 21st of Oct.
  • Lust for Life takes a standard commission of 30% on sales.
The exhibition opening event is Thursday the 30th of October
The exhibition will run through to the 30th of Nov.
For any further information please contact Melanie Mason – gallery@lustforlifetattoo.com


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May The 4th Be With You: Flash day

May the Forth be with you

This year Lust For Life invites you to join us as we honour STAR WARS on the 4th of MAY.

We’ll be screening Episodes 4, 5 and 6 starting at 11am, projecting them on the wall with free popcorn for those who want to sit and watch.
The Cafe will be cooking up Stars wars themed baked and hand made delicious cookies and treats for all to consume.
LFL tattooers, Richie Blackheart, Sou, Steven Miller Scott, Peta, Sammy Winks and Aureole will showcase Star Wars flash designs for The 4th of MAY (Flash designs will be available until May 8th). Get on it and book in or try your luck on the day!


Viva La Femme

Viva La Femme

Lust For Life Gallery is proud to present Viva La Femme, our annual women’s artists exhibition showcasing 20 female artist from Brisbane and the surrounds. These women have come together via a variety of paintings, photographs, drawings and mixed media works to strikingly communicate their shared perspective of all things celebrating the woman.

Contributing artists include Rose Brixton, Kellie Jagoe, Cherie Barben, Rachel Hanwick, Kim Wheeler, Tiffany Atkin, Symone Male, Molly Shields, Candice Tomlinson, Vanessa Perske, Eleisha Boevink, Sundari Vanwolf, Marlene Butteriss, Rachael Bartram, Ajane, Nila Vanwolf, Phoebe Kahlo, Penny Lonie, Clare Stephens, Venom Vision, Kerri Hobba and Aureole.

Join us Thursday the 1st of May at 7-9 pm at the VIVA LA FEMME LAUNCH. Lisa Fa’alafi will be showcasing her own comedic cabaret brand of Pacific performance, bringing humour, political edge, intricate and evolving costume design and a provoking analysis of the ‘exotic’ notion of Pacific culture. Hadouken Espresso will be serving drinks on the night (gold coin donations appreciated).

Lust for Life Gallery focuses on presenting emerging and established high caliber artists exhibiting creativity and determination to enhance the unique distinctive culture of Brisbane’s art scene.

VIVA LA FEMME is exhibiting through to the 1st of June.


Viva La Femme Launch Party Social Pics

How awesome was that launch party! Have a look at our sexy Viva La Femme exhibition artists and their audience, would you! God we’re a lucky bunch.

And here’s a special treat for you! This is Mamakokonuti’s kickass performance from that night:


Ephemera! Meet the artists this Saturday!

Ephemera: A unique collection of original artworks on display till April 30th, 2014.

Contributing artists include: Tiffany Atkin, Laura the Drawer, Alex Hudson, Mason Sinclair, Aureole, What Little Remains, Laura Patterson Braidy Hughes and Team Nigh

Meet and greet the Ephemera artists Saturday March 29th at 2-5pm at Lust for Life Gallery.

Join us for hot new coffee and cakes by our lovely Amy’s Hadouken espresso.

Check out the show and meet this talented group of Brisbane artists!

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Terra Australis charity auctions

In collaboration with Ali Manners, Lust For Life Gallery is currently displaying an exhibition dedicated to Australian wildlife. All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to FAME

Throughout the month of December all art will be auctioned off via Ali Manners Instagram. @alimanners

Help a great cause and acquire some wonderful art by some of Australia’s greatest tattooists in the process!!

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Kanye Lens


MARCH 2013 KANYE LENS VS SOUNDWAVE Book Launch and Exhibition Thursday 4 April 7pm – 9pm

On display 4 April – 30 April 2013 at Lust For Life gallery

Lust For Life is proud to present an exhibition and book launch for official Soundwave photographer Kane Hibberd’s new book Kanye Lens vs Soundwave Volume 1.

Offering an Access All Areas point of view for lovers of the music festival and life performance, the exhibition celebrates the launch of Kanye Lens vs Soundwave Volume 1, showcasing some of Kane’s favourite pics from the book.

Since the festival went national in 2008, Kane (aka Kanye Lens) has been on hand to capture every banging head, sweaty riff and thrashing body, that has ensured that each festival has been bigger and better than the one before.

“From the moment I was asked to jump on board the Soundwave machine, my goal was to, one day, produce a coffee table style photography book,” Kane says.

His first book, which Kane is self funding and independently publishing, is spread over 450 pages and contains more than 600 colour and black and white images of all the action both on and off stage. Including personal commentary on his imagery from artists and crew, the book aims to give a holistic picture to a festival that is now firmly entrenched into the hearts and memories of music fans.

“I grew up watching Tony Mott create a legacy with the Big Day Out and now this is hopefully the start of my own legacy. I’ve tried to create book full of imagery that can escape the shadow of its famous inhabitants and stand alone as beautiful pieces of artwork. Hopefully the book will appeal to not only music fans, but also fans of photography.” – Kane Hibberd (Kanye Lens)

A must for collectors, the first 2000 copies of the book will be individually numbered by Kane and are now available from www.kanyelens.com. Visit the webstore to see the range of pre-order options, which include prints from selected artists.

Lust For Life proudly presents ‘Kanye Lens vs Soundwave Volume 1’ an exhibition and book launch throughout April 2013.

The exhibition launches on Thursday 4 April from 7pm – 9pm at Lust For Life located at 176 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley.

Mason and Sinclair



Launch night featuring DJ Judy Jetson 

(Host and DJ of Subterranea on 4ZZZ)

Thursday 7 March 7pm – 9pm

On display 7 March – 31 March 2013 at Lust For Life gallery

In March Lust For Life welcomes artists Melanie Mason and Belinda Sinclair, Bayside residents reclaiming their cultural heritage piece by literal piece. 

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