New York City is still THE hot bed for up-and-coming talent in the arts industry. Even with the crazy real estate prices and ridiculous cost of living, it stays at the top of the list in the world for arts-centric migration. Whether it’s music, visual arts, or performing arts, New York City is still the place to be. Hell, we even moved there. We recently sat down with one of our fellow Aussie migrators to dig a little deeper behind the mask and to introduce you to a man, a creature, a myth, that we think you need to know about.


#VSMEETS the man behind Lord Fascinator, Johnny Mackay.


Name: Chris Sirney Instagram: @chrissirney Age: 30 Field: Photography (artist) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from and what do you do? I would like to start off by saying a thank to Velvet Sea for doing this with me. I’m from Southern California and I live in Costa…

MEET: Harry Triglone

Field || Film Age || 22 Resides || Between Coffs and Byron Inspiration || Life, friends, music, good times and happiness. If your happy you’re inspired Years in the game ||  6? Equipment Digital/Film || I shoot most surf stuff on a Canon 60d but my dad just got a Sony nex fs 700 which…


Wollongong based artist, Trait Cross is somewhat of an enigma. Type “Trait Cross Art” into Google and, besides his Tumblr page, you won’t find much, which in this day and age is quite refreshing. No bullshit, no hype, just his art and your opinion on it. It takes some guts to operate that way, whether…


We had a chat to Epokhe co-owner Mitch Coleborn about his new sunglass label. Velvet Sea (VS) – Who are the founders and how did it come about? Mitch Coleborn (MC) – Kai Neville, Dion Agius and myself. We have been wanting to get something going since Modern Collective. We had a tight little crew…

MEET: Paper Sea Quarterly

Paper Sea Quarterly is a new, Melbourne based, magazine celebrating the ocean and the people that live and breath for it. “Honest stories and critical photographs about the ocean, traveling and art.” Dig in to this MEET:, you won’t be disappointed… First up mate, your mag is epic! I feel like I shouldn’t call it…

#VSMEETS | Ed Worland

Age: 24 Equipment: Guitar, voice. Influences/inspiration: Ryan adams, Dan Auerbach, Muddy Waters, Dawes, CCR, heaps more!!! Where did music start for you? I wish I had some sort of really amazing, inspiring, tale to tell how it started, but i don’t, its pretty bloody standard hahah. Music started for me when I was around 10. I…

#VSMEETS | Nick Pumphrey


While I was putting together my recent videos in France, the crew spent plenty of time at a bar called Le Surfing.

On the other side of the bar was Nick Pumphrey, shaking away countless cocktails to help our confidence with the hornets.

The commotion cleared and the tour made their way across the arid spanish countryside to Supertubos.

I tagged along with Nick.

I had the chance to see how he operated behind the lens and sticky beaked at the results.

I really liked his style of photography so i decided to put this post together.



|| MATT PAYNE  || Pic by: Adam Ferreira Field || Filmmaker Age || 20 Resides || Huntington Beach, CA Inspiration || Syd Mead, Quentin Tarantino, Joe G. Years in the game || 1 year. Equipment Digital/Film || Panasonic P2 HPX-170 & Minolta Autopak  D-10 (Super 8) Projects (present) || Dirty Harry Series, helping out on ‘0000’ and…

MEET: Brent Smith

Brent Smith is a man of mystery. A man of many faces, and many beards. Not much is known of him other than what has been provided below. This MEET: came about from stumbling across www.brentsmith.com.au. We thought the art displayed was very cool, and very worth a MEET:, so an email was sent and…