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Art’s a family affair

FAMILY AFFAIR: Countless Creations owner and street artist Joel Di Blasio in his new Lismore shop.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Countless Creations owner and street artist Joel Di Blasio in his new Lismore shop. Jacklyn Wagner

ONCE considered anarchistic outsiders, eventually even street artists have to face the future.

Like many other first generation street artists Joel Di Blasio has started a family.

He and fiancee Chelsea MacKenzie-Saul have a seven-month-old son Coby.

So his decision to open his street art supply store, Countless Creations, in the Summerland Arcade in Lismore last December was about street art and love for his family.

"I started wondering how I could do something for my family that also included my involvement in street art," Mr Di Blasio said.

"I set up the shop so Chelsea could work here and so Coby could be here with us.

"It's a family-friendly store with a couch, a television and toys for the kids.

"It's also set up as a laidback meeting place for artists to hang out and talk about new projects."

Countless Creations stocks local street art clothing and art work, professional graphic design pens, street art magazines and books from around the world and an array of aerosol paints.

"We sell Australian made aerosols such as UltraColor and Crunch, a Spanish brand NBQ and the top line Belton Molotow paint from Germany," he said.

Mr Di Blasio started as an automotive spray painter and has been a street artist himself for the past 15 years.

"Over the last 10 years street art has grown in popularity, it was once underground but now it's much more accepted," Ms Mackenzie-Saul said.

"We've even had ladies from the hairdressing salon opposite come over and give us really positive feedback about the store."

Mr Di Blasio is also a big fan of Lismore's Back Alley Gallery, a council-sanctioned street art gallery in Eggins Lane in the CBD.

"The word of mouth is spreading across the street art community and people are travelling long distances to see the work," he said.

He would like to see the idea extended with other "legal walls" made available in Lismore.

Topics:  street art




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