This is what happens when you take all your xmas presents and smash them together. It's like Project Grizzly meets Tron.

Favourite Monkey Memes of 2011

Sometimes we express our creativity through art, photography, film... other times, we express ourselves in cruder ways. As 2011 is coming to an end its time to reflect & recap the highlights that the internet had to offer. 

Our favourite Monkey memes of 2011 were:

5. Bronies

4. Planking

3. Casual Pepper Spray Cop

2. SOON!


Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR... you get the idea.  

And this one pretty much sums up the whole year

Happy Christmas everyone!
See you in 2012...

Alfred Steiner

In his spare time, copyright lawyer Alfred Steiner creates amazing collaged silhouettes of characters from popular culture. Check out more of his work here.

Advertising With Bells On

A Christmas tribute to one of the greatest creative directors ever.

David McKay Pop Up Show

David McKay is a Mambo artist, an award winning production designer and an all round good bloke. He is having a pop up show kicking off this Saturday at 3pm. Perfect opportunity to get something really special for Xmas.

Game of Thrones season 2

We are so excited about Game of Thrones season 2, we just dropped our rubik's cubes.

Andrew B. Myers is a photographer and image maker from Toronto, Canada. Check out more of his work here.

Ice Cube talks Eames

It's about to get all cultural up in this bitch. Ice Cube, a former architectural drafting student, takes a tour of an Eames house in LA.

Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin is a guy you've never heard of that will probably become a guy you have heard of - all because he made a cool movie-referencing music video. Nice tune too.

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

An upcoming doco that celebrates the career of the B-movie king, Roger Corman. No film was unmake-able, no budget was too low and no set was too precious to be turned into a ball of fire.

Black Mirror

Black mirror is the latest 3 part TV series from comedy writing legend, Charlie Brooker. Part sci-fi thriller, part black comedy the show is a daring take on the power of social networking.


That 'Fully Sick Rapper' guy and that 'Trent from Punchy' guy have teamed up to create a web series called Hipsters. Check out more episodes here.

Friday tune

This Friday tune is brought to you by the letter M, plus an 'itch'. In DJ M's own words 'This is our kinda hip hop – smooth as with some RnB on top. If only I sounded like these guys.'

Surfing & Sharks

Surfing and sharks, a new doco from South Africa. Ummm, no thanks.

Bicycle wheel animation

British graphic designer Katy Beveridge has created these cute bicycle wheel animations using paper cuts. These create a zoetrope, which interestingly can only be seen once captured on film and not by the naked eye.

Fryday Chune

This Friday drinks musical accompaniment come to us courtesy of DJ Mitch O'Donohue. In his own words - "A discoish edit of the soul classic from Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, with Teddy Pendergrass on lead vocal. An absolute classic touched with with modern production giggery pokery from some legends who call themselves Psychemagic. Warm buttery goodness in an MP3 to help glide into Friday night." Nice!

Total Re-tell

Governor Arnold totally recalls, Total Recall for the DVD commentary.


Hot off the presses is a new kids book by Monkey's writer and ping pong pro, Benn Sutton. Illustrated by Dan Pinto, Hedgehug is the story of a lonely Hedgehog searching for someone to accept his heart. Find out more and get your copy here.

Happy Friday with the Happy Mondays

It's Friday drinks time and we are so psyched for next week we are getting our Bez on to a bit of Kinky Afro by the Happy Mondays.

Christopher Doyle exhibition

Friend of the monkeys, Christopher Doyle, is having an exhibition of photography with Pierre Toussaint and Robbie Powell on Dec 8.
Becky says "do come along, it will be very nice".

Apple '86

Proof that among other amazing achievements, Steve Jobs also invented the hipster.

Flights of genius

Ogilvy & Mather New York commissioned artist Stephen Powers, to reinterpret quotes from agency founder David Ogilvy as murals in the stairwell of the agency's headquarters.

Bill Cunningham New York

An inspiring doco about the life times of NY fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham. On the big screen around Sydney now.

Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke "Shipwreck"

A sweet new video for Modeselektor's 'Shipwreck' explores the world between 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Road'.
Thanks Anthony C.

Trent Mitchell - Chasing the Curve

Trent Mitchell is a surf photographer, artist, mad bodyboarder and all round good bloke. We have been waiting for this book for a while and the first look doesn't disappoint. Check out more and grab yourself a copy here.

Riddle me Batman

Batman has trouble with riddles...


From now until December 11, an awesome t-shirt exhibition entitled 'NEXT' will be on display as part of the Outpost project on Cockatoo island in Sydney. Featuring the likes of Ben Frost, Jim Parry, Alife and many local and international stars of the squeegee. Check it before they wreck it.

Skull Nickels

 These 'skull nickels' are created by carving an existing 'hobo nickels' into a new design. Pretty cool. There's even a whole society devoted to hobo nickel carving. Of course there is.

Happy Friday tunes

For this weeks Friday tune, Naomi is feeling the warm stadium rock vibes of the Stones performing 'Miss you' in Tokyo '95.

Fighting Fear

A few of us checked out the premiere of 'Fighting Fear' last night. This is Macario de Souza's second feature doco and it's a credit to Macca and all the producers. If you like big waves and big hits, go check it on the big screen November 10th.

Parrots the Universe and Everything

The late Douglas Adams talk, ‘Parrots the Universe and Everything’, just may shift your horizon.

Little people

Who needs tilt shift film when you can shoot models this beautifully? Element X Creative have created this endearing piece for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers southwest show in the US, whatever that is.

 Uniqlo commissioned Charles Williams to do a series of portraits for their 2011 brand book. The portraits depict 5 Japanese craftsmen that work for Uniqlo. Check out more of his work here.

New Black Keys

We dare you to not dance to the new Black Keys single 'Lonely Boy', off their forth coming album 'El Camino'.

Danger 5

The minds behind Italian Spiderman just released this preview for their latest web series 'Danger 5'. Coming to a YouTube near you November 21st.

SoundSchool 2011

SoundSchool is back for 2011 with rock legends 'Big Phallica' at the helm. It's for a great cause so come check it on Nov. 10th 6:30pm Upstairs Beresford 354 Bourke St Sydney, Australia. Tix available here.

Life's Too Short

Here's a teaser from the new Gervais and Merchant TV show 'Life's Too Short'. Gervais describes it as "A cross between Extras, Curb your Enthusiasm and One Foot in the Grave but with a dwarf". Kicks off in the UK on November 10th.

Happy Moving Friday

We are having a desk shuffle at The Monkeys this weekend so everyone is packing to these friday tunes.


First there was 'Planking', then we had 'Leisure Diving', but that's so two weeks ago. 'Stocking' is the new planking. This is the simple art of recreating stock photography in the comfort of your own home. See more here.

The Comedy Carpet

How do you honour 1000 comedians and their work? How about spending £2.6m creating 160,000 3-dimensional letters embedded in concrete? Created by artist Gordon Young, with typography by Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present.

Booths & Bodies

An inspiring mini doco about Anthony Vizzari, photographer and owner of


This film gained a lot of attention at Cannes this year with it's Director, Nicolas Winding Refn, taking out this years Best Director award. Basically, it's about a movie stuntman who moonlights as a wheel man for robberies at night. You had us at hello.

Halloween LMFAO

Halloween is coming, and aside from giving people an excuse to party and dress in garments of questionable length, it's also apparently an excuse to build over the top light displays on your house. 

Abandoned televisions

An art project entitled "Abandoned Televisions" by Art Director Alex Beker is an amusing blend of nostalgic memories and emotions of childhood. See more here.

Real Human Interface

The thought that machines may eventually become "intelligent" is as old as Captain Kirks first battle with the Klingons. The "Hi" human interface explores the reality that this intelligence in machines may mean that computers are actually inhabited by human operators. A charming and slightly evil prospect.

Whole Lotta Winslow

Remember the Police Academy movies? Michael Winslow spawned a whole generation of kids trying to beatbox and make 'wiggy wiggy' record scratch sounds using only their mouths. Here he shows he hasn't lost the knack by tearing up Zeppelin's 'Whole lotta love'.

Happy Friday Tune

It's Friday, and this particular Friday is lawn bowls day at The Monkeys. Naomi has selected this Art Vs. Science track amongst others to crank up green side as we enjoy this glorious Sydney spring day.

Caught Inside

Big rap to this great film from Director Adam Blaiklock and Producer Paul Friedman at Flying Fish. Anyone who’s ever been on a surf trip knows that things get slightly unhinged when you’re stuck on a boat for a week, and Caught Inside explores what happens when the hinges are ripped off entirely. Unbelievable performance from Ben Oxenbould, whom none of the Monkeys will ever look at the same way again, even from the safety of a sound booth.

Clinton Foundation Celebrity Division

Hold your breath for a minute and watch a who's who of Hollywood pitching ideas for the Clinton Foundation.

The Walken Dead

The Walken Dead have a fever and there is no prescription.

Fresh meat

A new BBC TV series from the writers of 'Peep Show' that looks promising.

Happy Friday

Naomi's song du jour is Switch and Andrea Martin's 'I still love you' set to guys doing crazy monos on motorbikes. Somehow it just works.
Our favourite German dancer questions the origins of the Daddy Long Legs spider.

Bird is the Word

Brian Wilson really is a remarkable acting talent for a sports star. Here's his latest effort selling the new NBA 2K12 video game. Not bad considering he's a baseball player.

Die, Sweet Roadrunner, Die.

This still makes us laugh. Seth MacFarlane's version of the roadrunner from his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.
Sneak peek of the Transient laneway exhibition that is opening this Thursday 13th Oct. in Sydney, featuring the likes of Beastman, Jumbo, Phibs and Numbskull. Find out more here.


This afternoon we will be having a minutes non-silence at the monkeys to dance and remember a great man and his many legacies.

Arrested Development returns

Just when everyone thought it was left for dead, it's been confirmed that Arrested Development will shoot a fourth series and film at the end of next year. Amazing. Die hard fans everywhere will be praying it doesn't do this.

Living Lebowski

The Big Lebowski - Some love it, but true fans live it.

History Of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics

49 years of doo wops and la de da's.

Friday tunes

This weeks Friday drinks tune is brought to you by Naomi, the White Stripes and the letter 'Q'.

Chainless Bicycles

Chainless Bicycles, kind of like a backwards penny farthing. An idea so simple, you wish you'd thought of it. Check them out here.


A beautiful short based on a poem by Brian Christian, directed by Michael Langan.

Stop frame animation, animation.

A stop frame animation of a stop frame animation.

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

The late American author, Kurt Vonnegut, shows the science of story arcs.

Happy Friday Tunes

Naomi's tune of choice this week for Friday drinks is The Rapture's "Miss You" with this unofficial video clip. You can smell the 80's.

Crash & Burn

A new comedy about the world of stunt men, produced by Lance Krall and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

Danny MacAskill does it again

All the Monkey bikers are drooling over this new Danny MacAskill footage.

Bowie's hit 'Space Oddity' has a whole new life as a beautifully illustrated children's book. Check the whole thing out here for free.

Our Monkey house band amplifiers of choice. Check out the range here.

Flare Surfing

Some spectacular footage of Bruce Irons flare surfing in the Mentawai's.

Linotype doco

One for the typo-files. A teaser for an upcoming doco about the amazing Linotype typesetting machine that revolutionised printing in the late 1800's.

Shepard Fairey beginnings

If you don't know the story already, this is the short story of how Shepard Fairey got involved in street art and developed the OBEY phenomenon.


This is what Inception would have looked like if it was made by a Japanese pop star.

But wait, there's more.

A tribute to all the moments in life that can be fixed by 4 easy payments of $19.95.

Happy Friday - Lana Del Rey 'Video Games'

It's been a big week at the Monkeys. Naomi has chosen the soothing tones of Lana Del Rey's song 'Video Games' for us all to reflect and stare thoughtfully over our beverages.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been doing some cool stuff lately. Check out Hesher, it's well worth a watch. He also has an online collaborative project called HitRECord which is already producing some great work.

Happy Friday

The drinks trolley is circulating and Naomi I. has this cranked to eleven at le tower du monkey.

Passion of the Craft Trailer

Passion of the craft is a short doco that brings together ten tastemakers from all around the world to talk about how they keep their brands relevant in a constantly shifting marketplace.

Antics Roadshow

Banksy presents the brilliantly named 'Antics Roadshow' for channel 4 in the UK. It's kind of like funniest home videos for hipsters. 

Kirsten Dunst vs. Murakami

A pop cultural cross polination produced by artist Murakami, directed by McG, featuring Kirsten Dunst singing The Vapours hit 'Turning Japanese'. With obligatory cameo by Bathing Ape founder Nigo, it's sure to make anyone who has ever been to Tokyo yearn for the streets of Harajuku.

The People vs. George Lucas

Star Wars fans will never forgive George Lucas for Jar Jar Binks. Never. This new doco gives fans and filmmakers alike the chance to voice their true opinions of George Lucas. May the Force be with you George.

Paul Rudd Pitches Harvey Weinstein

Paul Rudd Pitches Harvey Weinstein in this viral for his new film My Idiot Brother.

Katana sword unveiling

If the Comic Store Guy from the Simpsons and Napoleon Dynamite had a love child...

Animate like Gilliam

Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, shows how his animations are done.

Typography in motion

Calango's latest animated typeface 'Binary 2.0' has just been released. Check their previous animated fonts and more here.

I'm comic sans

Comic Sans has had enough of your taunts and now he's angry.

Quite possibly the coolest notebook ever. Grab one here.

A veritable smorgasbord of top Aussie typographers including a bunch of friends of the Monkeys are having a typography show on the 17th of August, 7pm, 72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Check out more here.

Timba Smits  /  Numskull  /  Jim Parry  /  Ken Taylor  /  Atome  /  Justin Fox  /  James Arboghast  /  Phibs  /  Joel birch  /  Luca Ionescu  /  Tristan Ceddia  /  Carby Tuckwell  /  Andrew Van Westhuyzen  /  Paul Nolan  /  Merda  /  Dmote  /  Ron Garsuta  /  Vince Frost  /  Deanne Cheuk  /  Benjamin Henhessy  /  Toby & Pete  /  Pudle  /  Bel Johnstone  /  Morgan Vaness  /  Elizabeth Carruthers  /  Marty Routledge  /  Dboe  /  Gemma O’Brien  /  Will Lynes  /   Jonathan Zawada  /  Maud  /  Wing Lau  /  Jay Ryves  /  Yosuke Ando  /  Brooklyn Whelan  /  Luke Lucas  /  Bianca Chang  /  Jeremyville  /  Emma Elizabeth  /  Andy Uprock  /  Moffit & Moffit  /  Les Sharpe  /  Paul McNeil

Freestyle fashion

Freestyle skateboarder Killian Martin shows off new Fall looks by brands like Armani, Dior and Uniqlo for Man About Town.

Creativity revealed

This video by 'This is it' finally unlocks the mysteries of creativity.

Foo Fighters Garage Tour

A few lucky fans had the Foos play in their very own garage.

The Ship Song

We’re proud to launch our first project for Sydney Opera House. It’s a love song to The House using Nick Cave’s legendary track and has been a true labor of love for everyone involved. The full project can be seen here. You can also download the song on iTunes. Enjoy!

The Windies

There is no denying the West Indies cricket team in the 80's was the coolest ever.

Death wobbles

There is possibly nothing funnier than a Portuguese hipster getting the death wobbles on a skateboard.

The Beautiful Robots

The EOL Robot Band covers Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People,". Great sound but they need to work on their stage presence.

Beastie Toy Boys

Spike Jonze and the Beasties together again for their latest robot chickenesque video.

Leisure Diving

Leisure diving is the new planking. Rules are simple. Each diver is encouraged to express his or her own leisure persona through their own unique leisure pose whilst diving into water.

Killer Clones

Fredde Gedde clones himself to perform Queen's 'Killer Queen'.

Enter Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey shows Metallica how it's done.

My Drunk Kitchen

We thought Vegan Black Metal Chef was awesome but a girl getting drunk whilst trying to cook is awesomer.

That song smells great

Terry Timely's new short, Synesthesia, explores what it would be like to “see” a sound or “hear” smell. Many creative people have synesthesia and use it to their advantage, including Eddie Van Halen and Pharrell Williams.

SK8 to Create

Skateboard + Spraycan X Pool = Rad. Cool art installation made by strapping spray cans to skateboards. The results are surprisingly tidy.

Before I die I want to...

A simple and thought provoking piece of public art in New Orleans that invites people to share the one thing that really matters to them. Artist and urban planner, Candy Chang, came up with the idea as a way of learning the needs of the community as the city is reconstructed.
Thanks Thea C.