Born in the middle of the 20th century, Jean McMillan Blacoste fled France for Australia by stowing away on a merchant ship shortly after refusing the inheritance of his father's vast quail estate. Upon arriving in Sydney, he won this building in a famous game of checkers which came to be known as ‘Blactoste’s Escape’. Facing certain defeat and greatly outnumbered, he produced 5 stunning moves to leave his opponent shellshocked.
At first Blactoste’ used the building to sell his great grandfather’s famed overcooked bread but when it failed to catch on he invented a strawberry flavoured coffee drink. When that too failed, in despair he turned to generous, quality breakfast and lunch meals. In honour of Black Toast’s founder, please order a strictly off-menu ‘strawberry mocha’. It will be greeted with a knowing grin.
Around the turn of the century, mysteriously reclusive Sir Herbert Klinok built an ambitious and highly secretive series of tunnels connecting the city of Sydney to enable movement of important goods and people without arousing attention.
Unbeknown to the public, his project twice helped avert nuclear war, secured the 2000 Olympic Games and determined the past eight Archibald Prize winners amongst many other achievements. Increasingly paranoid about who may have discovered his secret labyrinth, Klinok established a lookout post on Clarence St under the guise of a cafe.
Calling it Klink, the expansive view provided the perfect foil to keep a watchful eye on three of the disguised tunnel entrances. While rarely seen, Klinok is known to walk his pet pheasant on a lead at night and uses squid ink to authenticate the authorship of his letters.
These are the most common questions asked of Oscar.
● Why are your products so special?
Many products (including wall art and t-shirts) are made by combining stock art (you know, images you can buy on used on bad advertisements) to make pretty patterns that don't mean a lot.
Oscar’s works are original and interesting - all designed and crafted using his own hands onto real paper with his imagination, real pencils and ink. That’s what makes each piece like nothing else in the world.
● What are the prints made of? Why are they such quality?
Each piece is printed onto the finest museum grade paper. Oscar chooses the Hahnemuhle brand because it feels and looks superb (if you’re interested it’s acid free and calcium carbonate buffered) plus it can last longer than 100 years!
The inking process is called giclée printing and is a high-quality way of getting ink onto the best paper.
id="size" ● Which size is right for me? A few helpful things to consider:
A4 is small and good for a small desk, kitchen or small wall like a corner.
A3 is medium and good for a larger desk, larger kitchen or moderate sized wall.
A2 a larger and really nice on a wall, behind a bed or desk, adorning a hallway or thoroughfare.
A1 a very large and a wonderful way to make an impact in a room, office, reception, thoroughfare or atrium. Pow.
A4 210 x 297 mm | 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm | 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm | 23.4 x 33.1 in
● Do you offer free worldwide shipping?
Oscar offers free shipping to anywhere in the world. The farthest flung so far is the Netherlands, United States and England but he’d love to go even further! (perhaps you’re from Nepal or Antarctica maybe?)
● How can Oscar offer free shipping?
Well, Oscar loves free shipping and it’s worth what it costs him for radically happy customers!
● Can I return and get a refund if I’m not 100% happy?
Yes! Of course. Oscar wants you to be radically happy and satisfied (that’s good business isn’t it? But also good humanness...). We’re convinced you will be! But if for whatever reason you’re not super happy please contact us and we’ll arrange a full refund as soon as humanly possible.
● Oscar is Award-Winning?
Yes. He’s entered and won art prizes including for a piece about a magical bus and its passengers and a 22 page piece Moleskin about a boy who woke up with a strange knowing one day. He was also featured in prominent publications for his work and journey to one of the world’s largest portrait prizes, The Archibald Prize.
But now he prefers to imagine and make to change the world.
● What is Oscar’s life Mission?
Oscar mission is to change the world with a pencil, pens and beautiful paper so that his imaginative tales and creations can be found in rooms, offices, buses and wall facades in town and cities large and small - so people awe at the ordinary.
A billion people on earth would be nice :) A beloved collection of children’s books too (that Roald Dahl would be proud of). Oh, and a film trilogy...
But I’d love to start (if you don’t mind) with you today!
● Have another questions? Contact Oscar here and he'd love to answer it!