Entertainment

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



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Kingscliff musician claims most votes to play US festival

Kingscliff musician Casey Barnes has landed a place at the Country Summer Festival in California.

Casey Barnes has won a competition to perform at a US music festival

Art trail paints picture of the region’s hidden talents

STUNNING VISTAS: Barb Suttie and Marie-Rose France are getting ready for the Murwillumbah Art Trail.

Tweed Valley creatives join forces for annual art trail

Man on the run for 15 years caught in cupboard

Tweed/Byron LAC Superintendent Wayne Starling, Australian Federal Police Gold Coast Airport Superintendent and Queensland Inspector Greg Baade at the AFP headquarters at Gold Coast Airport on Tuesday.

Man wanted for 15 years captured in cupboard in cross-border blitz

Latest deals and offers


Blake Lively Film Shot on Gold Coast

Blake Lively in The Shallows.

New trailer for shark thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively.

Dash Cam of Head-on Crash

Head-on crash after overtaking in fog.

Disaster as driver overtakes in fog at night.

Spirit of Tasmania Ferry in Rough Seas

Rough seas toss ferry around.

Passengers scream as ferry rides through high seas.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances