We stumbled upon Eureka Rebellion when we were shooting a coffee commercial in Melbourne and it was the home of a few of the tattoo actors we used in the film clip. We swung by to drop off a few Cutthroat magazines and were blown away by the clever use of space – it’s a barbershop, tattoo parlor and a retail store selling records, caps, clothing and chilli sauce. The owner, Anthony Allayiali, is one of the most likeable guys you will ever meet and he has turned his hobbies into a passionate business. The venue is in a new warehouse with a huge space that often plays host to many young bands, looking for a venue and a distinct audience. The acoustics are amazing and the store is in a semi industrial precinct away from the residential area so the volume tends to go up.
The barbershop at the front of the business has 3 chairs and the barbers are extremely busy with a steady stream of young guys looking for some styling. The Barbers are all well seasoned and most have travelled the world looking for a business like this one to be a part of. Eureka Rebellion is definitely vanguard and the crowd hanging around is testament to the vibe that’s present. The barber boys offer cutthroat shaves as well as rocking cuts and fades and rockabilly was the theme the day we visited.
Anthony was extremely kind to host our Melbourne launch of The Cutthroat Journal and his connections in the industry attracted many industry suppliers. Anthony secured a band for the night, which topped off the parties success. He hooked us up to meet with Sailor Jerry spiced rum where we met the brand ambassador Lois.
Our editor Jimbo went that little bit further and got a new Cutthroat razor tattoo on his forearm. The tattoo side of the business is very busy and many international artists visit and do short stints here whilst visiting Melbourne.
Eureka Rebellion is worth a visit if you are looking for a real Melbourne cultural experience, forget the art gallery or museum. Smith Street and some other nearby streets in Collingwood are also getting known as a great area in Melbourne with lots of retro clothes stores, specialty fashion businesses and cafes. Don’t go past a Huxta Burger or a coffee at Proud Mary before visiting Eureka Rebellion to meet Anthony and his team.
454 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
(03) 9939 8932