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Scars, Tattoos & Skateboards: The Rise of the Phoenix

Polymorph Art Gallery is hosting a 2 week exhibition as part of Fringe Festival. ‘Scars, Tattoos & Skateboards: The Rise of the Phoenix’ will feature the art of Paul Stragapede; an electrician-come tattooed man-come phoenix.

Stragapede was part of a work cover debacle with Energy Australia when in the course of his work he suffered third degree burns across his chest, upper arms and most of his back. Stragapede argued that as part of his rehabilitation Energy Australia should cover the cost of tattooing over the scarred areas… and he won!

Stragapede’s work is fun and fiery, consisting of a series of photos explaining his story, a film documenting much of the tattooing process as well as 12 long skateboards he has hand-painted with tattoos from his own body. ‘Scars, Tattoos & Skateboards: the Rise of the Phoenix” is more than just a documentary process, it is the journey of a man instilling meaning into disaster and rising from the ashes in an alternative and relevant way.

Opening Night: Tuesday September 14th, 7:30pm – 9pm

For more information contact Paul at ASRA or visit the Polymorph website

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Comment by Benbro on September 2, 2010 at 14:04
rad how energy aus paid for your tattoos!...sounds like a rad exhibition also
Comment by Paul on September 2, 2010 at 21:50
oh how sweet it was! $12,000 smackers EA coughed up........... still makes me smile
Comment by pete on September 2, 2010 at 22:32
From one electrician to another , it is a hell of a price to pay

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Comment by Benbro on September 2, 2010 at 22:40
yeh you deserve it bro,good you can smile about it and move on

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Comment by Adam on September 2, 2010 at 22:54
I had no idea of the back ground story, great to hear. i hope this goes really well. Good luck Paul.
Comment by btad weir on February 4, 2012 at 0:39
Great to see your dream come true. It looks brilliant. Last I seen were just designs, would enjoy catching up to see your journey of persistence. Your godson loves the paint and would love to meet up. Brad

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