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Friends, I did it.

I found something funny on the internet on my very own, without anyone else having to link to it! It’s the Amazon reviews for the new Heelys Men’s shoe range.

Firstly, I want to say that there is some absolute comedy gold content here. Just take a few minutes to peruse and perhaps tweet your favourite to me. I know what mine is.

Secondly, if you want to know how exactly I found this - I’ll straight up tell you. I saw a kid wearing them on the weekend, rolling in circles like the majestic eagle he was, and I went a looked it up because I am absolutely ordering a pair of these and I don’t care what anyone thinks. New year, new me etc etc. Of course, we could take a page out of Amazon Reviewer Ben’s book, whereby he writes “If you want to use your heelies for anything other than escaping your feelies then I’m sure they work just fine but as I’ve never personally used them for anything else, I don’t feel qualified to speak to that.” But as he also notes in his review title “If you’re already checking Amazon for these then you’re the exact type of person who won’t regret it” which makes me feel *very* seen, and pretty much validates this entire enterprise.

Look, I’m not here to argue with anyone. Actually, that’s one great thing about a newsletter that only a handful of people read. This is very much a one-way street. All I know is that I want to generally glide through things more in life, and also what else is adulthood about but getting to radically course-correct your uncoolness in middle to high school. Semi-related, this is another reason I am very happy about the whole resurgence of Champion sweatshirts.

Furthermore, I have a great sense of balance, and I absolutely think I can pull this off, especially in the corridor that leads between our row of desks to the kitchen. Even if the the people in the tutorial video (scroll down) look very unsure of themselves and the whole idea seems fundamentally unsafe, you are coming on this journey with me whether you like it or not and I know it’s also going to blow my kids minds.

I’m not just doing this for me, but also for BeerMateo.

(I will!).

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Mascots’ – the collaborative exhibition by Andrea Innocent and Cat Rabbit, opened at Lamington Drive.

We rolled into the week with Carla McRae’s sick deck for Koncho Verona.

Get a glimpse of Jake Foreman’s surreal view on Louis Theroux for Smith Journal.

Alice Lindstrom is helping us find the perfect beach book this summer with Readings.

Get your summer holidays started with Ross Murray’s limited edition tins for Griffin’s Biscuits.

The Podcast

This week! We’re doing throwback to episode 82 where we go through our open tabs and discuss the rise and fall of internet communities, how to talk about yourself, and how to leave a job you love.

“Anything that I have ever done that has been any good for me, has really been some leap of faith.”

// Bianca Bramham

Each week on our podcast we dissect three links we’ve come across our internet travels. These are jumping off points for what’s shaping issues, processes and happenings in the creative industries today. To find our more about our IRL open tabs events, visit opentabs.rodeo

We try figuring out ‘How To Leave A Job You Love’.

Then we, very brilliantly if we do say so ourselves, have a chat about ‘How to Talk about Yourself in the Best Possible Way’.

We cringe our way through our old DeviantArt accounts as we discuss an article from Artsy on ‘The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities'.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Using a screen time password on my phone. (Bianca)

Trying to understand seating charts! They're really confusing. (Lara)

Vests - a great jacket alternative. (Jeremy)

The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

Adriana Picker’s latest book, ‘Petal–The world of flowers through an artist’s eye’, is available for pre-order now!

Carla McRae’s ‘Big Calm’ scarf in collaboration with Bravery Co. is available now, with 10% of profits going to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

Karan Singh had a ball working on the key visuals for The South East Asian Games, drawing inspiration from their slogan 'We Win As One’.

Make sure to check out Kat Macleod’s brand new website, including an online store full of prints, special releases and originals!

The countdown has begun to Ellen Porteus’ Melbourne exhibition, opening December 12.

Get your hands on the 7-colour screen print of Ross Murray’s film poster for Sun Ra’s ’Space is the Place’.

Tee up a visit to the Big Design Market in Melbourne this weekend, to nab one of Georgia Perry’s first ever t-shirts!

Gemma O’Brien is selling an original, signed screenprint of her sold out poster for Outside Lands festival.

Matt Huynh is raising awareness around #givingtuesday, with his new piece for the DVAN/KAYA initiative.

Adriana Picker’s latest book, ‘Petal–The world of flowers through an artist’s eye’, is available for pre-order now!

Carla McRae’s ‘Big Calm’ scarf in collaboration with Bravery Co. is available now, with 10% of profits going to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

Karan Singh had a ball working on the key visuals for The South East Asian Games, drawing inspiration from their slogan 'We Win As One’.

Make sure to check out Kat Macleod’s brand new website, including an online store full of prints, special releases and originals!

The countdown has begun to Ellen Porteus’ Melbourne exhibition, opening December 12.

Get your hands on the 7-colour screen print of Ross Murray’s film poster for Sun Ra’s ’Space is the Place’.

Tee up a visit to the Big Design Market in Melbourne this weekend, to nab one of Georgia Perry’s first ever t-shirts!

Gemma O’Brien is selling an original, signed screenprint of her sold out poster for Outside Lands festival.

Matt Huynh is raising awareness around #givingtuesday, with his new piece for the DVAN/KAYA initiative.

"Drawing is my main tool for thinking about things. My work is all about communication—how to take a concept and make it lucid as well as interesting to look at."

// Bill Hope

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The Gallery

Lamington Drive is an exhibition space, art school and a great way to meet other artists. Feeling lonely? Come to a show!

Mascots


Cat Rabbit, known for her plush characters who inspire good feelings, and Andrea Innocent, known for her character design and emotive illustrations – have come together to create a series of ‘Everyday Anxieties Mascots’.

Each mascot supports a particular feeling, mood or anxiety produced by modern living and the human condition. The characters act as a sort of talisman to the anxious and the introverted – to those who find the world overwhelming and confusing at times.

The Gardens

Clear the mind. Feed the process. Jacky Winter Gardens is a creative retreat nestled in a half-acre of natural bushland only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It’s a perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples and small groups.

"We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature."



// Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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