In August 2015, SHAKEWELL MAGAZINE Issue 1 (2014) (48-pages) and Issue 2 (2014) (100-pages) were banned by the Classification Board.
This was followed in July 2016 by the banning of Issue 3 (2015) (96-pages) and Issue 4 (2016) (96-pages).
In all cases the applicant was the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Task Force. The reason given for the Refused Classification ratings was:
Pubs 1(c) The publication is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Publications Table, 1. (c) as publications that "promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence".
Shakewell Magazine is a local print publication promoting the creative, urban and underground culture.
Based in Australia- we’re a bunch a nobodies telling the tales of the somebodies. We’re incoherently immature, aggressively un-fancy, foolishly honest and irrationally interesting, aiming to fill the void left by society’s dispensable rules. We’re advocating for the art that needs no regulation. We’re increasing the volume on voices that seek to be heard.
Art is the expression of human creative skill and imagination. The World serves as a canvas for each and the regulation of that to the extent which we are surrounded by deserves to be questioned by those who are willing to pay attention. There are Vandals and then there are Artists and whether you choose to identify with either the Authorities see you as the same…
“Our city is our playground, a concrete jungle, a cemented maze. Let’s get lost in these streets.”
Shakewell Magazine is a local print publication promoting the creative, urban and underground culture of Brisbane.
Issue One features 48 pages promoting 61 artists in interviews, articles, competitions and photo features.
It’s been a longer than expected wait, but Issue 2 is ready for distribution.
Issue 2 features: Coker photo feature, Sireps photo feature, VNDs Photo feature, Interview with Teens on Acid, Bolivian adventures with Aeon FLYS, How to paint a tunnel with Cekios and Ekaer, Urbex, Interview with Viet Now, John K photo feature, 5 mins with No Comply gallery, Gus
Issue 2 is twice the size of issue one (100 pages), and has been perfect bound. We have also had a total re design of this issue, focusing more on some of the design aspects.
We can’t wait for you to get your hands on issue 2, it’s bigger and better than issue 1!
Features: RIP FAWTS special MTS crew photo special. Well Dressed Vandals. EUROK photo special. ATOME IBS/TFP interview. Melburban tunnel photo feature. PURES HD photo special. Sarah Etheridge interview. Crush City tattoo interview.The Devils Beachouse interview. Plus MUCH MUCH more!! Issue 3 follows in the footsteps of issue 2, 100 pages, perfect bound and made to impress. We have expanded on some features and redefined some others. This issue is a dedication to our mate FAWTS BWP LS. Rest in peace.
Features: BAD & MACH freight love. 2 minutes with TC. PIANO feature. TOBIAS feature. HKLS & FKCS interview. JIESKIE photo feature with HKLS & FKCS. GENIUS interview. CHEEKY OBSERVER interview. AKUZE AFP photo feature. THEIVEZ interview. DMOTE feature interview. Plus MUCH MUCH more!! Issue 4 follows in the footsteps of issue 2 and 3, with 100 pages, perfect bound and made to impress. We have expanded on some features and redefined some others.
SIBLING LOVE is a novel written by Charles Kevin, an 82-year-old author from Caboolture in Queensland. The book consists of a series of vignettes concerning sex between brother-sister. It was banned by the Classification Board in March 2009.
See the entry for BET AND ZAK for more information about the history of this ban.
SPORE WHORES was a three-issue comic created by Australian artists Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr (S.C.A.R). It was published in the US by Eros Comix.
In early 1995, Eros sent them complimentary copies of their published work. The Australian Customs Service intercepted the package, and seized the three issues of SPORE WHORES, as well as their FEMOSAUR WORLD. Despite the artwork having been produced in Australia, Customs claimed it could be classed as an import because it was now in a different format.
The contents were sent to the OFLC, and seven weeks later, they received a letter stating that FEMOSAUR WORLD was found to be 'Not Prohibited'.
However, SPORE WHORES #1, #2, and #3 were found to be a 'Prohibited Import' because they contained:
“detailed and gratuitous depictions in pictorial form of acts of considerable violence or cruelty, or explicit and gratuitous depictions in pictorial form of sexual violence against non-consenting persons.”
Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr did manage to have their own personal copies returned.
As the creators we were entitled to receive complimentary copies of our own books for our own use so we wrote a letter to the Attorney-General seeking the right to import.
We were, however, given permission to obtain our personal copies so we picked up our package from Customs. Inside, the copy of Spore Whores that had obviously been sent to the OFLC was well thumbed, battered and dog-eared with stains on the cover.
Check out S.C.A.R's work, and read about this case at their site weirdwildart.com.