Mar 26, 2012

Charles Billich and Ian Thorpe; Thorpe's Foundation For Youth - Spiritual Training

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It's the talk of the Sydney arts world...

Iconic Australian sports figure Ian Thope will return to Sydney to launch a portrait painted of him for the 10-year anniversary of his charity, Fountain for Youth.

The painting was completed a year ago but has not been revealed due to the swim star's Olympic training commitments.

It's understood Thorpe will attend tonight's launch, coming off the Olympic trials in Adelaide.

Well known and celebrated artist Charles Billich has enjoyed some wonderful conversations with the swimmer during their sittings for the portrait and thinks Thorpe is "going for the theatrics" and might surprise everyone with his comeback.

"He's an impressive guy, not because he's famous but because he has enormous discipline, enormous energy and dedication and if he wants to do it, he will do it and he will do it again," Billich says.

"I think he is leaving it to the last; he might have a sense of the theatrics with his timing and he'll surprise everyone."

The art is entitled "Spiritual Training" and is described as "A composite portrait of Ian Thorpe...an iconic Australian Renaissance man".

The occasion is in support of Ian Thorpe's charity - The Foundation for Youth. The painting can be acquired by silent auction.

Websites

Charles Billich official website
www.billich.com

Ian Thorpe official website
www.ianthorpe.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com"

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Charles Billich and Ian Thorpe; Thorpe's Foundation For Youth - Spiritual Training




It's the talk of the Sydney arts world...

Iconic Australian sports figure Ian Thope will return to Sydney to launch a portrait painted of him for the 10-year anniversary of his charity, Fountain for Youth.

The painting was completed a year ago but has not been revealed due to the swim star's Olympic training commitments.

It's understood Thorpe will attend tonight's launch, coming off the Olympic trials in Adelaide.

Well known and celebrated artist Charles Billich has enjoyed some wonderful conversations with the swimmer during their sittings for the portrait and thinks Thorpe is "going for the theatrics" and might surprise everyone with his comeback.

"He's an impressive guy, not because he's famous but because he has enormous discipline, enormous energy and dedication and if he wants to do it, he will do it and he will do it again," Billich says.

"I think he is leaving it to the last; he might have a sense of the theatrics with his timing and he'll surprise everyone."

The art is entitled "Spiritual Training" and is described as "A composite portrait of Ian Thorpe...an iconic Australian Renaissance man".

The occasion is in support of Ian Thorpe's charity - The Foundation for Youth. The painting can be acquired by silent auction.

Websites


Charles Billich official website

Ian Thorpe official website

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography





Mar 11, 2012

Tattoo Art and Bodypainting Expo

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Tattoo & Body Art Expo Sydney; Art, Bikes, Oddities, Pro Wrestling and more

It may have been billed Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, but tattoo's were the bread and butter of today's excitement out at Homebush, and we were excited about catching pro wrestling AWF style, plus the "jail cell" action thanks to the folks at Snake Charmer.

We were told that about 5,000 passed thru the gates today (Saturday), such is the popularity of tatts and bodyart in Sydney, Australia. There were a lot more tattoos than regular bodypainting.

Most of the stall holders were really friendly, and most invited the positive media attention also.

The pro wrestling thanks to Greg "TNT" Bounds and his stable of brawlers was one of the highlights for us, as it provided some exciting action to fill out that day. We witnessed an impressive wrestling match between Ben (Iron Jay) Coles VS Gladiator Apollo, that featured both technical wrestling and brawling. After the match they both shook hands, did some off the record interviews and posed for photos (which came very naturally for them).

Back to the regular stalls...

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin from WWE fame would have been proud to hear that skulls were on display (not real ones as far as we know, but quite a few hardcore bikers were on site). There was lots of body jewellery and detailed masterpieces, on many parts of the human body. We saw hundreds of tattoos and piercings, some of which were a bit scary looking.

The customised skateboards and skatedecks at NSP were ultra cool, and it was great to see that they were raising money for some kids that had been doing it tough, so we took some pictures of their cool creations and made a modest donation.

It was the fourth annual Show and more than 300 Australian and international artists strutted their stuff, and they will be doing the same again Sunday (tomorrow).

Big thank you to the organisers of Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, and especially the great folks at AWF Wrestling and Snake Charmer for the excellent performances which we captured.

Websites

Tattoo & Body Art Expo Sydney
www.tattooexpo.com.au

AWF Wrestling
www.awfwrestling.com.au

Sydney Olympic Park
www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au

Snake Charmer Choppers
www.snakecharmerchoppers.com

Harley-Davidson (Australia)
www.harley-davidson.com/en_AU/Content/Pages/home.html

NSP Clothing
www.nspclothing.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Wrestling News Media
www.wrestlingnewsmedia.com

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Via Flickr:
Tattoo & Body Art Expo Sydney; Art, Bikes, Oddities, Pro Wrestling and more

It may have been billed Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, but tattoo's were the bread and butter of today's excitement out at Homebush, and we were excited about catching pro wrestling AWF style, plus the "jail cell" action thanks to the folks at Snake Charmer.

We were told that about 5,000 passed thru the gates today (Saturday), such is the popularity of tatts and bodyart in Sydney, Australia. There were a lot more tattoos than regular bodypainting.

Most of the stall holders were really friendly, and most invited the positive media attention also.

The pro wrestling thanks to Greg "TNT" Bounds and his stable of brawlers was one of the highlights for us, as it provided some exciting action to fill out that day. We witnessed an impressive wrestling match between Ben (Iron Jay) Coles VS Gladiator Apollo, that featured both technical wrestling and brawling. After the match they both shook hands, did some off the record interviews and posed for photos (which came very naturally for them).

Back to the regular stalls...

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin from WWE fame would have been proud to hear that skulls were on display (not real ones as far as we know, but quite a few hardcore bikers were on site). There was lots of body jewellery and detailed masterpieces, on many parts of the human body. We saw hundreds of tattoos and piercings, some of which were a bit scary looking.

The customised skateboards and skatedecks at NSP were ultra cool, and it was great to see that they were raising money for some kids that had been doing it tough, so we took some pictures of their cool creations and made a modest donation.

It was the fourth annual Show and more than 300 Australian and international artists strutted their stuff, and they will be doing the same again Sunday (tomorrow).

Big thank you to the organisers of Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo, and especially the great folks at AWF Wrestling and Snake Charmer for the excellent performances which we captured.

Websites

Tattoo & Body Art Expo Sydney
www.tattooexpo.com.au

AWF Wrestling
www.awfwrestling.com.au

Sydney Olympic Park
www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au

Snake Charmer Choppers
www.snakecharmerchoppers.com

Harley-Davidson (Australia)
www.harley-davidson.com/en_AU/Content/Pages/home.html

NSP Clothing
www.nspclothing.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Wrestling News Media
www.wrestlingnewsmedia.com