Merry Slayer Xmas

On this fine xmas eve we would like to thank everyone who has followed the barrel throughout 2013 and look forward to sharing more cool stuff in 2014. Until then here's xmas lights set to Slayer. Happy Holidays.

Traffic reorganised

A video of cars passing by reorganised by colour, no CGI. Filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker's explains this and other video works he has done.

The Wikidrummer

French drummer Julien Audigiers reverb experiment in different landscapes. No effects or additional reverb added, just a kick, hat, carpet, and snare.

Korean artist JeeYoung Lee's dreamscapes

Inspired by her personal life or old Korean fables, JeeYoung Lee creates elaborate dreamscapes in her tiny Seoul studio, creating even the most minute details by hand. See more here.

The Colby Poster Printing Company

Until its doors closed on December 31, 2012, the family-run Colby Poster Printing Company made the letter-pressed signs, posters, billboards and showcards that were a ubiquitous feature of the visual landscape of Los Angeles. This is their story. Thanks Dave L.

Daft Punk - Behind the Helmets

A short doco on the origins of Daft Punk's iconic helmets.

Brushy One String

A Friday reminder to make the best of what you have courtesy of Brushy One String the world's foremost one string guitarist.

Rick and Morty

An interesting new animated series from Adult Swim written by Dan Harmnon of 'Community' fame and Justin Roiland who has been in everything from 'Adventure Time' to 'Yacht Rock' and 'The Sarah Silverman Show'. Justin was also the creator of one of my all time favourite lo-fi web cartoons 'The House of Cosby's'.

Stephen Maurice Graham's Creative Demons

Stephen is part of the Puck Collective of illustrators from the UK.
Check out his work here.

Sofles - Limitless

If OKGo did graffiti it would end up something like this.

Franco & Rogen do Kanye & Kim

Saucy Seth and James action in Bound 3.
The side by side comparison is actually funnier I think?

The Mystery of Flying Kicks

Once and for all an international, in depth look at where those sneakers on powerlines come from.

Take My Picture

A short doco about the rise of fashion bloggers and street style stars.

Interactive Dylan

Really fun interactive video for Bob Dylan's song 'Like a rolling stone' that uses a virtual TV where the people on all the channels are miming the song. Even Drew Carey and the guys from Pawn Stars get a look in with the classic rock channel being Dylan himself of course. Check it out here.

Cosmic Psychos - Blokes You Can Trust

A nice looking doco made by Matt Weston about Australian punk band the Cosmic Psychos. A great story about normal blokes with some hard hitters as cameos.

Bula Quo

Close your eyes and imagine 70's rock band Status Quo in a film about a gang murder in Fiji, hell even throw in Jon Lovitz in a support role. Now open them and press play.

Wes Anderson X Prada

Wes pulls out all his best centre framing and camera dolly moves for Prada.

Michael Grudziecki's 'Sea Forts'

Polish artist Grudziecki's large and smaller scale works inspired by the maunsell sea forts

Late For Meeting - Short Film

A few years ago digital animator David Lewandowski made a film based on a glitch. Here's the delightful follow up.

The Rip-Hoff

Ever wonder what it would be like if the Hoff sang the theme tune to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Me either, but here it is anyway.

D I R T ¥ L Δ N D

Disney is a popular theme this year. Here's some lovely work titled "Dirty Land" by Gustavo Bockos aka Vokos, an Art Director, Designer and Illustrator based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rodney Mullen : Getting back up

Another great talk from pro skater Rodney Mullen on creativity, perseverance and what it means to get back up and dust yourself off.

Unlocking The Truth

Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins are two of the coolest kids you will probably ever see. Going their own way in a world that doesn't make that an easy path. They are metal heads and they don't care what you think about it.

In Type We Trust

Cool looking exhibition for all the fontophiles entitled 'IN TYPE WE TRUST' in our 'hood next Tuesday the 5th of November at Black Penny's 648 Bourke St, Redfern.

The New America

The New America from Nando Costa on Vimeo.

Nice animation laser cut into 800 blocks of solid maple.

Cathedral Group : A Dolls’ House

20 British architects have created their interpretations of the doll house as a part of Cathedral Group’s fund-raising event for KIDS, a UK charity supporting disabled children. Check them all out here.

Paul White Exhibition

Artist Paul White has an exhibition opening in Sydney at the end of October entitled 'Time Travels', more details here. Here's a great timelapse of Paul at work.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Wes Anderson's latest looks appropriately quirky and visually stunning.

Medieval Fun Time World

The Bad Lip Reading crew kill it again by turning Game of Thrones into a sitcom about a medieval theme park.

Sign Painters

Sign Painters is a documentary celebrating the almost lost art of Sign Writing. Lo-Fi collective in Sydney are hosting a screening on the 21st of November, more details here.

Numéro Pop Up Book

Nice minimalist pop up book by Marion Bataille & Albin Michel.

How to Be Creative

The latest in the PBS Off Book series explores the many sides of the creative process.

The Untouchables

An extremely thoughtful and provocative piece by Cuban born artist and creative director Erik Ravelo. See more of his work here.
Thanks Justin D.

Ylvis - The Fox

Two guys from Norway may have just launched the hit of the summer. It's kind of like Psy, The Mighty Boosh and the 90's had a baby.
Thanks Matt H.

The Man Behind the Poster

We can't wait to see this new feature-length doco about the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose work you will probably recognise for the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters.
Thanks Hal

Animated typefaces - Franchise

Franchise is the latest animated typeface from the good people at Animography and has been put together with contributions from 110 artists and animators.

Star Wars Speed Dating

I'm not sure if this video is trying to say that if you are a massive Star Wars fan, you are probably also single, but it is very funny.


Spike Jonez's latest film about a guy who falls in love with a Siri like character on his phone.

Tuesday Tune - MGMT - Your Life Is A Lie

You might have to watch it twice. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Directed by Tom Kuntz.

Spike Lee's must see films

Spike Lee shares the must watch film list he gives to students when teaching at NYU.

Your vs. You're Song

If you're not sure of the difference between 'your' and 'you're' then this is your video.

John Marek plays it all

Proving once again that YouTube's main function is to find the worlds talented freaks. John Marek plays the drums, guitar, and sings all at once. All while playing a decent tune he wrote. Annoyingly awesome.

3D Printed Instruments

Forming a garage band will be awesomely simple once you can print your own instruments like these.

Dewar's Highlander Honey Presents: The 3-B Printing Project

Love this 3-Bee printing idea from Dewar's Highlander Honey. A bottle of Dewar's printed by 80,000 bees. I can feel the buzz already. I'll get my coat...

The Photographer Series

The Photographer Series was created by Andrew Norton to tell the stories behind some of skateboarding's most iconic images and the people who took them. This is SF photographer Bryce Kanights story, check out the rest here.
Thanks to our old buddy Matt H. for the hookup.

Killer Kicks

Australian graphic designer Phil Robson (aka Fil Fury), has created these very tidy mashups between Nike sneakers and pistols to create Nike Air Max Assault Weapons. Brings a whole new meaning to someone saying 'killer kicks bro'.

The Art of Punk

A new series from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles by writer and author of F#%ked Up + Photocopied Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell. The first episode looks at the creation of the iconic Black Flag logo from the band and the artist themselves.

Energy Noodles?

Holy crap Japan, you just keep delivering. Kinda NSFW (depending on where you work).

Evolution of Get Lucky

What Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' would sound like through the ages.

Err what? Ibizious or course...

So this is actually an ad for club night in Ibiza, but don't let that put you off.

Clip Art Posters

The next time someone asks you why you can't use stock imagery and comic sans for their artwork, send them this. More of these here.
Thanks Oksana. 

Metallica - Through the never

Metallica movie? In IMAX 3D? You had us at Metallica movie in IMAX 3D. The bands drummer Lars Ulrich is touting this as a modern day 'Song Remains the Same', not sure when it comes out in Australia but we're lined up at the cinema right now. Sent from my iPhone.

Rodney Mullen - TED X

Great talk on creativity and innovation from one of our favourite skate legends Rodney Mullen.

Space Oddity... in space.

I suppose if I was a man in space, I'd grow a moustache and make YouTube videos as well.  Nice find, Tom H.

Reading a book with your feet.

Great radio show about a young man, Andrew Forsthoefel, who walked across America interviewing the people he meets.  For audio, click here, and to look at the Walking to Listen website click this link.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects found items from public places (chewing gum, hair, etc), analyzes the DNA, and creates portraits of the people who left the items behind.  Makes you think twice about throwing your gum on the ground.  Click here to read more about Stranger Visions.

Stefan Jellheden

From a series by Stefan Jellheden of people in monkey masks.  Click here to view Stefan's website.

Amy Stein + Stacy Arezou Mehrfar

Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar did a photography project on Tall Poppy Syndrome in Australia,  soon to be released as a book available in July.  Some really beautiful work.

Chill out to Justin Bieber

I can guarantee this will be the only time I will suggest you listen to Justin Bieber. In a happy accident, producer Nick Pittsinger slowed Bieber's “U Smile” down 800% to create the ultimate silk purse out of a sow's ear. The result is a beautifully hypnotic and relaxing ambient piece. The only thing missing is the smell of massage oil and the sound of whales mating.

Morad Bouchakour

Images from a series by photographer Morad Bouchakour on Mexican Mennonites; more work on his website.

No Homophobes

Great website illustrating the use of homophobic language by pulling in data from social media.  Thanks Bethany!


Visual language learner illustrated by Noma Bar.  Click here for the website and learn a few Chinese characters.

Cosplay Piano

Well I know at least one little Monkey who is going to be very excited about Episode 2 of Cosplay Piano.  Besides me.

Tokyo City Symphony

Cool interactive symphony of Tokyo, click here to have a play on the website.  (Thanks Bethany!)

Stephanie Gonot

Digging Stephanie Gonot's work, especially her food photography.

Before There Was Punk There Was a Band Called Death

An awesome doco for the music nerds. Death was a protopunk band formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1971 by the Hackney brothers. Their sound pre-dated all other famous punk bands and their music was only recently re-discovered.

Jess Bonham

Some cool stuff from photographer Jess Bonham.

Major League Combat

I'm just so very, very happy this is real.  Thanks Jez Bradley A.

Big Data

Quite an interesting documentary on Big Data from the BBC, and both its application in day-to-day life as well as how it's used in advertising.

Nico Krijno

Work by South African photographer Nico Krijno, from his website.

Riding Tall

Forget your fixey, tall bikes are the new stupid.
Thanks Tom H.

Hallway Swimming

The Harlem shake is so 3 weeks ago, all the cool kids are now Hallway Swimming apparently.
Thanks Mr. Dave L.

Alexander Shields + William Eckersley

Images from their American travelogue U.S. 80, more to see at this link.

Someone I Know

The website Someone I Know curates images photographers have taken of their friends and family.  Beautiful and intimate collection, have a look here.


From the project Myth of the Flat Earth by Clang.  More at this link.


I'm just back from Tokyo, and I was lucky to have a look at the JR exhibit at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art; I've previously posted about his Inside Out project, very cool to see more of the work and get my own Inside Out photo.

I also snapped these pics of some cool street art I found, turns out they're both by the same person, an artist named Dolk.  Click here to have a look at more work.

Meghan Petersen photography

If the name above seems familiar that's because it's our very own 'Meghan P.' - Art buyer extraordinaire, curator and barrel contributor. As if that didn't make her awesome enough, Meghan now has a shiny new site for her photography too. Check it.

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting : Amish IT

Our mates over at Jungleboys have a new sketch show starting tonight on ABC (9PM) and ABC iView. Here's an excellent sample of the chuckles and guffaws to come.

Biting Elbows - 'Bad Motherf*&ker'

Epic first person shooter style music video for Russian thrash band Biting Elbows' new tune 'Bad Motherf*&ker'. With action more engaging than most current hollywood films, director (and band frontman) Ilya Naishullergood proves good direction and a fun idea can win over production values. Watch at your own peril, not for weak ears, eyes or stomachs.

Gabriele Galimberti

From photographer Gabriele Galimberti's series Toy Story, where she photographs kids around the world surrounded by their favorite toys.  Have a look at the project here, or click here to visit her site.

Tune for Tuesday

If it was 1994, teenage me would have this one up to 11 and driving my parents up the wall. San Diego natives Wavves are back with the first single off their upcoming album  Afraid Of Heights. Lord of the Flies meets the scrapheap from Directors Black//Doctor.

Michael Crichton

Raining donuts for a rainy Friday.  More work from Michael Crichton here.

Ignacio Torres

Digging the imagery from Ingacio Torres' project Stellar.  More of Ignacio's work here.

Raul Urias

A really great collection of illustrations from a young artist out of Mexico, click through to have a look at more more by Raul Urias.