un-rig the system (please)

so bernie has withdrawn, corbyn got smashed, all around the world horrible capo idiots are trumping their less-shit opponents, and tbh, i am not in the slightest bit surprised. the game is fkn rigged duh, the stinking-rich integrated-world-capitalism cunts control the media, and pretty much everything else, wtf u expek? Read more…

a batalha article

wrote a thing for portuguese anarchist journal a batalha. here’s some pictures and the (poorly edited) english text: Revolutionary Reform of Global Media Systems The richest 1% of the population now owns more than 50% of the world’s wealth, and they are projected to own 2/3rds by 2030. The global Read more…

SI week of action 2019

subvertisers international (SI) is having it’s 3rd annual #subvertthecity week of action. it runs from tuesday 19th of march until monday the 25th. here is a link to the SI post about it with all the details: Call Out: Subvert the City 2019 so if you feel like taking action Read more…

11th of april court hearing

this wednesday, the 11th of april 2018, three seperate charges are being heard together at the melbourne magistrates court. the three ‘incidents’ being heard are: — the 4th of december 2015 — the 5th of may 2016 (the day all the journalists were arrested) — the 22nd of march 2017 Read more…

SI week(end) of action 2018

23rd to 25th of march 2018 is subvertisers international’s (SI’s) “subvert the city” global action weekend. here is the call out with details: SI_march_action_2018_ENGLISH_SML get involved, tell your friends, etc. and remember: “creating beauty is the simple yet painstaking task of removing all which is ugly” – some person everyone Read more…

ad free canberra

i was in canberra recently and was happy to be able to met with two members of the group ad free canberra, deb and tim. ad free canberra emerged as a group in 2017, responding to the calling of a parliamentary committee looking into the billboard ban that has existed Read more…

video, 5th may 2016

this is the day when all the journalists recording my actions were arrested, handcuffed, taken back to the station, interviewed and finally released without their memory cards, which were taken for “evidence”. (earlier post about this day here) the sergeant bowen was the one behind all this — he’d encountered me Read more…

sad boi documentary

in 2014 a short documentary film (on what i do and why i do it) was made by jessica hutchison, as an assessment piece for jess’ course at the victorian college of the arts. it’s called “no measure of health”, and it can be viewed here: http://thoughtmaybe.com/no-measure-of-health/ jess had heard Read more…

video, 22nd march 2017

details about this day’s action posted on the subvertisers international website: http://subvertisers-international.net/video-ad-screens-wiped-out-melbourne-australia/ there you can see posts of other actions around the world for the SI week of action. here are some photos from the day:

what the f*#k do you do that for?

i’ve just completed a booklet that attempts to explain what i’m on about by addressing the common questions/comments/criticisms i have received since starting out. here it is: what the f*#k do you do that for? i’ve just sent it off to the printers, i’m getting 500 copies of the 80-page Read more…

public/private subversions

the university of illinois in springfield (u.s.a.) has held an event entitled “public/private subversions” on the night of october 3rd as part of the ecce (engaged citizenship common experience) speaker series. more here: http://events.uis.edu/2016/09/uis-speaker-series-presents-screening.html the event is being put on by associate professor of political science richard gilman-opalsky, ph.d., who Read more…

video, 14th april 2016

another largely boring-as-batshit video, in the spirit of fully documenting this thing in all its tedious and subtly-apocalyptic splendour. here’s my highlights: i didn’t test the 24-hour ban from attending all tram stops, because i’d had enough for the day :(

video, 1st april 2016

turned out the office of public prosecutions were too busy to give a shit about me getting my “will not damage property” condition removed from my bail agreement from 18th december 2015. all my lawyer had to do was say the one word, “essentially” (to confirm the prosecution had fairly Read more…

g.l.m.p. manifesto comic zine

thanks to m.p. fikaris for thinking what i’m doing is alright and making a comic zine about it. he illustrated the the big-arse clumsy-arse text that existed on the about page of this website for a while. here’s a pdf version of it: G.L.M.P you can get a physical copy Read more…

video, 20th november 2015

no tram cops, or cops cops, just citizens pulling off the posters. it’s a shame people aren’t as willing to pull down for-profit advertising as they are the political expression of a concerned citizen. i’d love to interview/survey the people who pull off the posters, was disappointed that none of Read more…

video, 13th november 2015

this day didn’t feel good, i don’t normally participate in talk of “energy”, but the energy was nasty and the day’s interactions were in line with this “energy”. wondered whether we should include every dickhead that wants to go off at me because they are miserable under capitalism, but then Read more…

free speech radio news story

a story about what i’m doing was published on free speech radio news (fsrn): http://fsrn.org/2015/12/paint-it-black-anti-advertising-activist-doing-time-in-australia/   fsrn is a non-profit, non-commercial media company (the only kind i’ll speak to) based in the united states. the story was also included in the fsrn weekly edition, which is podcast and goes out Read more…

abc bendigo interview

the local lives global matters conference organisers dobbed me in to the morning show on abc bendigo — i got a phone call one afternoon asking if i’d do a live radio interview the next morning. as it was the abc (australian broadcasting company), a public service broadcaster (not one Read more…

local lives, global matters conference

just got out of jail last week, was sentenced to 7 days jail on the 30th of september for some postering charges, but i’ll post about that when i have the court audio. right now i’m preparing a presentation for a conference in castlemaine called local lives, global matters. i’m Read more…

no more crazy legal games

i’ve decided i will no longer play the tedious game of reducing my motivations into a legally recognised defence — all the jumping through legal hoops and being respectful of the process and processors only made me feel like an absolute sap when i was (totally predictably, in line with Read more…

memefest

a while back, a friend of my sister’s that i’d never met emailed me — she asked if she could make a short film about what i do, so she could enter it into something called ‘memefest’ as part of her uni assessment. she said it was a university organised Read more…

video, 22nd march 2013

postering on collins street, near the intersection with swanston street, nearly a year and a half ago. cops never fail to set the spirit soaring — well one was alright really, the other however…. too much to say, video says it all.

magistrates’ hearing 22-04-14

had a case go before the melbourne magistrates’ court today, one charge of posting bills covering over 100 ‘incidents’ between 03/10/2012 and 31/03/13. here are my submissions: richards v magee magistrates submissions 22-04-14 i don’t know the name of the magistrate presiding, as she, like all magistrates, didn’t introduce herself Read more…

video, 9th march 2014

the way this film is edited makes it appear the police handled the ‘incident’ more efficiently than they did — a whole lot of boring shit has been cut out, including the police taking the names of everyone filming on the suspicion that an offence may have been committed, after Read more…

3cr s.u.w.a. show

was interviewed recently on 3cr by some friends doing the squatters and unwaged workers airwaves show — here is the link to the podcast: http://www.3cr.org.au/suwa/podcast/suwa-11102013 actually that podcast will expire one day probably, so here it is here:   3cr is an awesome actual real community radio station, meaning it Read more…

my first ‘legal’ submissions

here are the submissions i’m going to submit tommorrow at the melbourne magistrates court: magistrates submissions for 20-08-2013 hopefully i don’t pull a magistrate that makes me wish i didn’t exist with particular intensity – the odds are stacked against me.

change of approach, again

well i’ve been a bit fucking slack really (that’s depression for you), but after taking much time off over the ‘festive season’, i’m starting again with a new approach: i’m going out in the middle of the day with the ambitious aim of being ‘caught’ every time — i’ll bore Read more…

establishment ‘progressives’ accept decline into bleak(er) media future with pathetic stoicism, crank made cranky

another article on where the media is headed has totally fucked me off –€“ this time it is the article published in overland (‘progressive culture since 1954’) entitled ‘the end of a world,€“ an elegy for the newspaper’ by jonathan green. the online version is here: http://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-208/feature-jonathan-green/ i had to Read more…

stuck-up text

here is the text that i’ve been sticking up over the top of the ad-blocking papier-mache. each paragraph is a different poster, some a4, some a3. this unsolicited and fundamentally offensive corporate intrusion into public space and your mind (corporate advertisement) has been covered-over (papier-mache style) as a protest against Read more…

back at it again

i’m back covering the same advertisements housed in the tram shelter on the corner of william and lonsdale, out the front of the magistrates, county and supreme courts (i guess because it’ll be clear who is responsible as i’ve been there before, and i am challenging law that allows and Read more…

brief outline of the whole supreme appeal and submissions from the haters

first, here are the submissions from the haters (the prosecution and the attorney-general): prosecution/police submissions attorney-general submissions (our submissions have been posted previously, in the post ‘supreme date and our submissions’) the equal opportunity and human rights commission didn’t end up intervening, not sure why, perhaps because they thought it Read more…

should the global liberal media news service be ‘left biased’? fuck yes of fucking course, if you think not, you are an idiot, or an arsehole, or both.

the idea of unbiased news media is idiotic, everything about the phenomenon of presented news is a product of the defining ideology of the news service, arguments against this view are many and varied, but all outrageously stupid, so i’m not going to waste time dismissing them as hypotheticals. what Read more…

murdoch debacle, australian government media convergence review — elephant in the press gallery remains undisturbed (no poke whatsoever)

observing the conversation in our public sphere (as carried forth by the respectable and credible professionalistical expertisiests within our mainstream media), it seems everyone is okay with the corporate/capitalist media/advertising farce as long it it subject to two restrictions: (1) no media company shall break the law during the assemblage Read more…

academic article

thanks to susan and david for thinking what i’m doing (and what i bang on about) actually has something to it. the article speaks for itself. here is the link: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/SCULawRw/2011/12.pdf

magistrates court hearing

after a few delays, the date for a contest hearing  in the magistrates court has been set for wednesday the 29th of september, 2010. at a preliminary hearing, i think it was a contest mention, my lawyer, james anderson, submitted an application to have the case heard in the supreme Read more…

more photos

these are some pictures a friend took of some ads i had painted out at some point or other, except the one that has ‘you don’t have too’ still visible, some friends did that one. i started out painting over the ads methodically and completely from one side to the Read more…

razzle dazzle dayz

these pictures are of some billboards i painted early in my illustrious career. i got a couple of big tins of mis-tints (fuck ups from the paint shop that they sell cheap) and the sticker on top of the tin said the colour was ‘razzle dazzle’, which i found amusing Read more…

on the radio

this was recorded when it went to air on 3CR 855 am, in melbourne, at 6pm on may 4 2010:   you can also access the recording at http://www.donebylaw.org/2010/05/04/paint-it-white-may-4-2010/

supreme court bail appeal decision

here is the decision of the supreme court regarding my appeal for bail: supreme bail application decision to explain the quite confusing circumstances surrounding this: when i was being a brat, refusing to promise to magistrates that i wouldn’t ‘reoffend’ and breaking any bail conditions that i was given when Read more…

some footage of some things

this footage was taken on the morning of the 2nd of february, 2010, at the intersection of william and lonsdale streets, melbourne, victoria, australia. this footage was taken during the production of a film on australian graffiti and street art (not sure why my political protest was included but hey, Read more…

police interview video

this police interview video demonstrates my infectious enthusiasm and inspiring oration skills. no, it’s actually very dull, but here it is anyway. in it i read the spiel that i had prepared for the police interview which is also posted in text form. my good lawyer informed me that the Read more…

police interview spiel text

I think that in a sane society, advertising would be considered completely unnecessary and insulting, would be ineffective, and would not be tolerated. As things are today, I believe advertising is generally effective in its creators aims,€“ through perversion of art and abuse of psychology it can succeed in disrupting Read more…