Save Our Soil

A petition to save a local farmland for development for hospital is underway. I did up a quick . doodle for the cause today, to keep the flame alive. I can't bare to see an area that holds some of the most fertile land in the world get chased by our lazy MF government for a hospital site. The farms that are around this area keep the public out of these hospitals in the first place. #saveoursoil

A link to the Facebook group can be found here to keep you informed.

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West in a day

Kelly and I went out to Stanthorpe for the day, for her birthday, getting up at 3am to make it out there early (it's a 3.5 hour drive from Murwillumbah). It was a cool old town, although it felt like it skipped a beat for an old area. We went to a few op shops, walked the streets in the crisp 6 degree air and ventured out to Girraween National Park to check out the crazy granite country. Finished up there with a slice of Apple pie at Sutton's Farm and headed back to make Dinner at Mavis' Kitchen in Uki, a chill 4.5 hour drive back through the north (Ipswich).

29 years of Kelly

Surprised Kelly with some birthday fanciness this morning. So nice to see her on fly in days! Happy birthday kelsmell..

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Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

The fog sets in

It's always a nice drive along the old highway through Northern NSW, but even more special in Autumn, when the morning fog makes its way over the hills of Duranbah and smother the fields to the west, all the way out to Murwillumbah and beyond. I stopped to take a few snaps this morning on my Nikon, because you never know when it might end. I cherish these days where we can still breathe fresh air and find space. Something that future generations will struggle to find. I wonder what this area will be in 50 years, or if we will realise that the wealth is in the fruits that this land provides.


Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

Gold Coast randoms

A bunch of random shots from around the Gold Coast during summer. Trying to get some of these unfiltered photos online, before I lose them one day.

 Currumbin Estuary on a King Tide. It's amazing that we have these secrets on our doorstep. You can have your crowded Bondi Beaches..

Currumbin Estuary on a King Tide. It's amazing that we have these secrets on our doorstep. You can have your crowded Bondi Beaches..

 Kelly and I on the border just after our move.

Kelly and I on the border just after our move.

 Iconic Gold Coast

Iconic Gold Coast


Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

Tbear's Bucks

Had a great weekend at TBear's bucks. I haven't got around to posting it but this is the stubby cooler design that I got printed for the weekend. Everyone had to keep this on their beers for the duration of the party, or if you got caught out, there were consequences.

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Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

Summer lovin'

It's been a long time since my last post. Around 7 months has passed by. I've seen seasons change, faces come and go and family members get older. Our nieces and nephews have been growing so fast, in the flash of an eye and it's hard missing out living so far away.

I haven't had a great deal of time to do anything super creative, as I've had my head down saving for the most part of the year with Kelly for some future plans.

I finished up in my role as a designer for Cellarmasters. I was able to help roll out a freshly baked batch of brand guidelines that saw my last couple of months under the pump, so it was nice to see that project out and deliver it.

In terms of travel, Kelly and I just got back from a trip to WA, which saw us drive 2330 km's over 4 days. I'm highly unlikely to do again, as fun as it was. That red-eye coming from Perth is a real stanky one on the way home, but it was made worth it by the amount of cool things we saw along the road.

The goldfields are currently displaying the best wildflower season in 100 years, which is so nerdy, but also really cool to be able to see - especially before the summer sun comes through and scorches the flora in those parts.

We've also had a couple of memorable swells, which I have pretty much missed on every occasion because of my working hours, but I copped that last one and it was great to be able to get down to one of my favourite novelty wedges in the state.

Hopefully the next post will see some more images, most of my images are on rolls of film that need to be developed. Now with no job and lots of time on my hands, I will be able to shoot more. I'm not even sure anyone checks this blog, but I'll have to keep this updated and share these images for myself to look back on.

Kelly, Dog, Louis, RIP, Broadbeach, Bombala, Street, Gold Coast.
Kelly, Dog, Louis, RIP, Broadbeach, Bombala, Street, Gold Coast.
Mackenzies, Bay, Surfing, Waves, Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Dawn, Sunrise
Mackenzies, Bay, Surfing, Waves, Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Dawn, Sunrise
La Perouse, Surfing, Sydney, Botany Bay, Bodyboard, Wave
La Perouse, Surfing, Sydney, Botany Bay, Bodyboard, Wave
Waves, Surfing, Maroubra, Photography, Surfing.
Waves, Surfing, Maroubra, Photography, Surfing.
Perth, City, Kelly, Shaw, Alex Hotel
Perth, City, Kelly, Shaw, Alex Hotel
 Flora, Western Australia, Ravensthorpe, WA, Road Trip, Travel

Flora, Western Australia, Ravensthorpe, WA, Road Trip, Travel


Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

Murder in Mexico

I was lucky enough to shoot a few portraits for Stab magazine a few weeks ago. The portraits were of Josie and Lirio, girlfriend and mate of Dean Lucas, one of the Australian surfers, tragically murdered in Mexico last year. We got to spend the afternoon with Josie and Lirio, as they hung out, going over stories of friendship, love and adventure and most importantly sharing time with Dean.

As the conversation rolled, the common bond between Josie and Lirio was undeniable and it was great to see them share laughter over some of the crazy stories they shared.

The story has gone live over on Stab Mag's website, check it out here.

Sydney, Hyde Park, stab, surfing, mexico, dean lucas,

Sydney, Hyde Park, Dean Lucas, Mexico, Photography, Surfing, Danny Armstrong,

Not netting.

We've been busy on the Big Island making sure we make the most of it and ticking off a few boxes. Kona turned out to be a sour taste for the island, considering how amazing the rest of the island is in comparison. It was full of huge resorts and condominiums, where old white lizards would grumble in their visors and whine about tedious things. We pushed on and strapped up the Asics, heading to a reef pass we saw flying near the airport a few days prior. After walking over lava for 45 minutes and a little bit of trespassing, we reached a beach with no-one around and a fun little mid-break - the colours were insane. Typical travelling scottish heritage meant a max 2 hour limit in the tropical sun before we bailed back to the car to suckle the air con teet.

The drive from Kona through to Volcano, revealed a different side to the island, where fruit and coffee stalls paved the way to rich fertile hilltops, surrounded by macadamia farms and coffee trees.

The viewing point for the Kilauea volcano is the best and only way to see any lava at the moment, where the glow plumes into the sky, through a mixture of gases. I was reluctant to admit that volcanic areas are quite monotonous when there is no volcanic activity, however plain and simple, we've done these trips before and stared at hardened lava for hours.

Next up was the drive to Hilo, where the landscape grows thicker with tropical trees and ferns and the buildings get smaller and more colourful. The town itself is like a step back in time. The food is farm fresh, the people are happy and the pace is slow. Just about every bay has a handful of turtles enjoying the sun and nibbling on peoples swimwear as they cruise over the lava reefs hidden in these bays.

There is a short 4 mile drive you can do, north of Hilo that winds around some of the craziest rainforest I've ever seen. You can literally pull over where a tight bend will allow and go for a little trek - to find water flowing down valleys.

So pretty, so fun. Well worth the walk.

A ripper organic avocado purchase at a roadside fruit stall just out of Keokea.

My pendleton and the black sands of Punaluu Beach Park.

Honoli'i setup.

Kilauea volcano breathing at 7:30pm. With semi-long exposure and a beanie as a tripod (ultimate rat dog).

Old lava flow in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A local turtle named 'Radar' cruising east of Hilo.

Walking the paths through the rainforest of Papaikou

Driving through the rainforest, north of Hilo.

Oahu last daze/Big Island

I got to jump in the water and shoot some water photos yesterday for the first time on the North Shore which was pretty fun/scary. The swell died down enough to jump out at Rockpiles and shoot a 5-6ft NW swell. I definitely swallowed a few big gulps of water with the standard triple sized sets coming through clearing the lineup. A couple of light scrapings on the reef made me realise how nuts some of the OG water photogs are that frequent that stretch of beach on big days and how quickly my asshole can tighten when I'm in fear. Onto a new island today - the big island of Hawaii. The plane landed over a runway that was cut through fields of lava next to some really clear bays. We checked in with our Air BnB hosts and hit Kahaluu Beach Park for some snorkelling and people watching - it was cool and full of all walks of humans, most floundering around itching dangerously close to sea urchins.

Bomb rolling through Rockpiles on the first day shooting water with a 24mm lens.

Yesterday turned into a fun park with 3-4 foot ramps on the shore.

Fading day on Keiki Beach

Fresh lei vending machine, Honolulu Airport.

Kahaluu Point, looked suss for snorkelling but turned out amazing.

Underwater scene at Kahaluu Point.

North sure thing

Second day on the North Shore today. I could probably fill a small swimming pool with the amount of pterygiums I saw on eyes stretching from Waimea to Sunset. There sure are plenty of sea-dogs in this town, washed up or not, they live in a great place. We got up early to check pipe, where they were running trials for the Volcom Pro. We watched a couple of heats with some Acai bowls in hand (pure sugar health food) and then continued on the bikes to check out some more sights.

Sunset lived up to expectations, in terms of scenery and tourists, with waves that were probably about 30-40 stacked fedoras high. Around the corner is V-Land where we got to throw some ultra foggy speedo goggles on and swim with turtles in the flats.

As all scottish/irish descendants do, we retreated to the shade mid afternoon for some R&R and soaked up some of the relaxing landscape, watching another day fold it's way in to the memory bank.

I was shattered to rock up to Keiki and see it unswimmable because of sharp rock.

Kel at Crispy Grinz stocking up on a sugar filled bowl of Acai.

Jamie 0's house, Pipeline.

Sunset/V-Land surf check

Rock Piles was pumping with noone out most of the day.

Pupakea garage

My turtle photos suck ass, but swimming with them was so rad.

Waves blowing up Shark Cove

Bottom turning at Off The Wall.

Off the wall sunset

Oahu

We landed into Oahu this morning after an all-nighter from Sydney yesterday arvo. Planes gross me out in general, but when you're sitting on there with a few hundred strong, frugal vacation-bound travellers it can be nek-level fucked up. Anyway, we made it into Honolulu and headed straight to Waikiki in our VW Beetle to freshen up and check the sights. First up Ala Moana, to see where my childhood idols (Kainoa, Aka) surfed and to go for a walk and get some blood flowing. Next up was Waikiki beach, where we hired some mals and surfed a marshmallowey outer reef. There were some turtles popping up from the reef which kept Kel busy while I got to surf a fun left.

After we cleansed the soul of Jetstar's economy marinade, we got in the car and headed straight to the north shore. We arrived into the back end of a fading 30 foot swell with leftovers in the 10-15ft range throughout the afternoon at the more exposed spots. Pipe had 3rd reef waves coming through and I could think of so many other people I'd rather be than the guys out there, but they really put on a show. Waimea was a bit wonky and looked like a great wave for pippie hunting if you're into diving 25m deep under a set.

We finished the day being little piglets by hitting the Waimea Valley markets for some shrimp curry and watched people get smoked in the shorey. Sitting here typing this, it's crazy to come back the the house and feel the house shake from the waves hitting the reef out the front of the place.

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Watching people scrap for the horizon when second and third reef bombs came through caused a little bit of anxiety.

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Woman waits for public transport on the highway, surrounded by lush green.

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Invasion Day Off

There is still a solid long period swell left hanging around thanks to Cyclone Victor, so Kel and I decided to spend 'Invasion Day' exploring the South Coast yesterday. It was an epic day of driving, food, coffee, surfing, hiking, animals, rain, injuries and singalongs. Days off, out of the office are so refreshing - especially when visiting the waves in some of the South Coast national parks. The preserved environment is a great reminder of how Australia would have been before it was colonised on the day that Australia celebrates.

Kelly feeding some lorikeets chunder bun.

Looking tired from the 3:45am wake up, but happy to see some friendly locals.

Bodysurfing the shorey in the rain, just before I dislocated my shoulder.

South Coast pride, some native birds and the scenic Bawley point.

Worth the drive and walk to watch these big bombs unfold.

South Coast, Sydney, NSW

Meeting Seiji

Last night I met a guy called Seiji, through my good mate Jed. Seiji is from Tokyo and looking to live here for an extended amount of time. I thought it'd be a great idea to get to know him and show him sights further south of Sydney. So we decided to get up at 5am and beelined it to Jervis Bay. Meeting Jamie and Spence down there, we got fun waves at Berrara, ate mangos on Hyam's Beach, watched dolphins at Sussex and chilled in front of the fire at my Spence's new shack in Tomerong. The only thing that could've made his day better was remembering his little weed pouch to enjoy his passenger ride home.

I can't write structured sentences to save my life because I'm too cooked from the sun, but it was a cracker day.

Seiji getting high.

Hyams Beach is insane.

The shack sits amongst a crazy amount of wildlife and is dwarfed by the gums that surround it.

The inside of Spencer and Tamara's shack. The wall is being put together with recycled wood from palettes.

Tamara, Jamie and Seiji hanging out by the fire after a long cooking in the sun.

Spence doing his best to look busy.

Saturday at home/piggery.

Spending the Saturday at home in Sydney is a rarity for most people, but has become the norm for me. I'm enjoying Sydney and what is has to offer this summer instead of wasting my weekends hungover and it feels great. Kel and I are off to Hawaii in two weeks, so I've cleared the CF card in my camera and am putting the shots onto my hard drive in preparation. Whilst putting the images on my hard drive I looked back through some of my travels and think of how much things have changed on the road and how piggery some of my trips used to be (boys will be boys). If only Kelly new how luxury I travel with her now, instead of like this.

Now I feel ill.

Have a cracking saturday!

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Most of my nights on the road in the states ended like this. Almost cringeworthy now!

Travel, queensland, boys, beer

Some sort of tropical infection that had be bedridden for days with the flu in Mexico.

One of the many holes left in my skin whilst travelling around the east coast of the US. Ended up going to the hospital because this was a staph infection that got quite gnarly.