Dead Scary “Bring Out Your Dead”

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After the overwhelming response to our previous annual exhibitions, we have now opened up our walls again, and invited a range of diverse artists to show work in what is now well established as a Valley favourite in the Brisbane gallery scene.

Dead Scary will feature over 30 Brisbane and interstate artists, showcasing work inspired by the scary, the creepy, and all things horror!

Axe-wielding animals, masked faces, contorted bodies, broken bones and burning flesh is just some of the twisted and terrifying subject matter being explored by this year’s artists.

The inescapable human contemplation of death throughout history, has led to the creation of some of the most infamous monsters and ghouls, with every culture creating their own version of the living dead; zombies, vampires, reanimated and reconstructed corpses, or ghosts. This is the guts, the raw bloody essence of a Dead Scary exhibition, and this year will be bigger, better and bloodier than ever before!

Join us for the opening festivities on Thursday the 29th of October 7-10pm.

Dress in your best deadibones finery and you’ll be in the running for a tattoo voucher from Lust for Life Tattoo’s supreme queen of the Dead Scary – artist, tattooist and owner of Lust for Life Tattoo, Aureole.

Come and enjoy ghastly (but delicious!) treats from the Sugarbomb girls and find out if you’re a ‘fraidy cat when things go bump in the night!Dead Scary will exhibit from 29th October to 14th December (open 7 days/wk).

Vive l’homme ARTIST CALL OUT

Rick By Myles Bennell

Lust For Life Tattoo is proud to be presenting Vive L’Homme, our annual male artist exhibition. After the success of last years inaugural male only show, Vive L’Homme has now solidified itself permanently within our yearly calendar of annual exhibitions to showcase and celebrate the work of male artist from local, national and international spheres.

This year we invite all male artists to submit works based on current influences creatively driving their art. This exhibition will involve a wide range of mediums so please submit traditional forms of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, leatherwork, jewellery or modern styles of craft, graphic design, comic book and anything in between.

Please send your name and contact details with an image of your submissions no larger than 1mb.
All work must be no bigger than 1.5m wide x 3m high
All work must be for sale
All work must be of a professional gallery standard ready to hang with drings attached
No wet work
$35 entry cost (can submit multiple pieces).
Submissions need to be emailed to –
DEADLINE: 5pm Monday the 7th of September.

The successfully selected works need to dropped off at the gallery on Sunday 13th of September
Launch of the exhibition will be Thursday the 17th September and will show until The 25th October

Note: We have limited spaces for sculptural works. Be sure to include specific size details of sculptural works submitted.

Thanks for submitting.

Incomplete Thought by Robert Chalender

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Lust For Life Tattoo proudly presents Incomplete Thought
a solo exhibition by Robert Chalender
Opening on Thursday 6th of August
On show until the 31st of August.

Incomplete Thought is a striking look into the mind and politics of Bleeding Kansas artist Robert Chalender.

Owner of Strait Jacket Press, Robert set up shop in Fortitude Valley two years ago, it is in this studio on Brunswick, St. where Robert tends to vent his frustration about the world onto canvas.

Born and raised into what is termed as the Heartland of America, Robert’s Midwestern mind and historical conceptions about ‘Americana’, creatively enable him to produce works of art that touch on the consumerist, hedonistic and fame focus of today‘s popular America and beyond.

By perfecting a multilayer technique using segments of recognizable popular classic and contemporary images, then seamlessly integrating text, these medium to massive scale pieces confront the audience and question the role of Mass Media and Fame in today’s society.

Robert’s work is often at times a puzzle, and feels almost incomplete, as if the canvas he is using to communicate his message is too small dimensionally, for his thought to be communicated definitively.

The exhibition will include these montages and many of his limited edition screen prints.

I Used to Skate Once 11

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Hey don’t miss the I Used To Skate Once 11 exhibition at The Zoo Friday 26th June. Aureole is exhibiting ‘Diana: Huntress and Prey’.

Collectors, there will be original limited edition of 10 hand silkscreened 3 colour prints, lacquered onto Canadian maple skateboard decks.

See you there!

Date: June 26th, 2015.
Doors: 7:00pm
Door Price: Free Entry
Photo ID required for entry
The Zoo: 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley


Callie Marshall
Jon Dowding
Erin Smith​
Matthew Deasy
Deane Featonby
Laura Strange
Claudio Kirac​
Sarah Huston​
Luiz Flavio
Chris Humphries
Sean Bate
Thom Stuart
Daniel Vincent
Jessie Nash​
Anna Sirmano
Sophia Mary Mac
Cheryl Windahl
Sarge Jhogson
Dan Jones
Jay Musk​
Lusid Art
Michelle Phillips
Jesse Olsen​
Alex Gillies
Ben Challenor
Lene Sunter
Jon Weber
Ellana Mulllay
Tim Rix
Kerri Bond
Phoebe Paradise
Cathy Stephens
Catherine Insch

+ more.


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.



Change Of Season – Group Exhibition


Lust For Life proudly presents multi-artist group exhibition ‘Change Of Season’ on show now until the 31st of May.
The show features works by a  high calibre mix of Brisbane artists with members of the artist collective / gallery space LOVE LOVE contributing multiple pieces.

Alongside these exceptional works are pieces from hyper-realist artist Duncan Mattock using meticulous master techniques and skateboard recycling, Viking depicting artist PhilB who’s work is all skilfully painted during train rides around Brisbane.

Well worth checking out to see works by some of Brisbane’s finest artist.

CHANGE OF SEASON on show now until 31st of May.

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.

VIVE L’HOMME Artist Call Out

Image by Philippe Halsman (1996) 'Dali's Moustache'

Image by Philippe Halsman (1996) ‘Dali’s Moustache’


Inspired by the great success generated over the last 3 years from our Ladies only exhibition Viva La Femme, LUST FOR LIFE is putting the call out to all Manly Type Artists for our inaugural VIVE L’ HOMME (September 2014) exhibition.

We invite Male Artists to submit works that entail aspects of all things ‘Man’, be it fatherhood, brotherhood, strength, boldness, the male form, Machismo, Virility, Masculinity and Anything Blokey

This new dynamic exhibition will be celebrated with an opening event featuring Live music from the Silent Feature Era, The DAPPER DUDE competition judged by local designers/fashion aficionados. We encourage all you men to be a part of a stylish flourish of Handsomeness. Come along dressed in your finest attire, show us your impeccable grooming and maybe a peek of your most beloved bowtie and you could be in the running to win an exclusive Lust for Life Prize pack of $300 tattoo voucher and a bottle of Whiskey complements of our buddies at SABOTAGE SOCIAL. Minor Prizes include Tees, Books and a bottle of Rum from our dear friends JUNGLE BAR. To Enter register HERE.

The event night will also feature a display of custom handmade motorcycles from Solitary Motorcycles.

Information for Male Artists submitting works will be released to our website and our social media sites during July for any further info please contact Mel at

We look forward to seeing all the ace art!


  • Please email your submissions to – Subject :VLH on or before FRIDAY THE 22ND of August;
  • You may submit multiple works;
  • Successfully selected Artist will be notified by email and will need to have their work at the gallery on sunday the 31st of August;
  • There is an entry fee of $30 per artist this fee is to contribute to the opening event and media generated to promote the exhibition;
  • Please provide -your name, a contact number and the title of the work;
  • All submissions must be no larger than 2m high by 1m wide;
  • Artist may submit multiple works;
  • Include an image no larger than 1mb (NO links to social media or websites);
  • All Artwork should be for sale, sale prices should not exceed $1000;
  • All art work must be of a professional standard, dry and ready to hang (d-rings securely attached to back of work);
  • The duration of the exhibition is all of September;
  • Unsold works need to be collected from the gallery on the 28th of september;
  • If you have any questions or need any further information please email the curator on


Metaphor In Every Corner of the Room

Phoebe Paradise

Launching on 3rd of July, ‘Metaphor In Every Corner of the Room’ combines the talents of three young Brisbane illustrators into an exhibition that touches on a diverse mural of themes and inspiration. From the Low Brow Punk aesthic of the 80’s & 90’s, to the role light and colour play as a reflection of happiness and texture in everyday plants and objects.

With each artist Phoebe Paradise, Erin Michelle and Elle-Louise Burguez, using and combining their preferred mediums; be it pen and ink illustration, watercolour, gouache, prismacolor pencils, paper – cutouts or texta’s. This exhibition is full of colour and light. Originals and print editions from all artists will be available all through out June and July.

The special launch event on 3rd of July will feature products and merchandise from Lust for Life Tattoo and Sabotage Social, original and prints from exhibiting artists, Phoebe Paradise, Erin Michelle Ward and Elle-Louise Burguez, and will host the launch of new ‘zine: Doing Things.

Be sure to check out new works by these up and coming multi talented Artists.

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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.


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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