Max Olijnyk

Shannon’s hill

The phone booth shone like a beacon from the top of the hill, illuminating the street in a fluorescent glow. We always stopped to check it for coins on our way to the shops. Then we rolled back, salt and vinegars and one point two five litre cokes in hand, the lines in the…

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Shaun Gladwell’s Morning of the Earth

I’m not a big fan of Shaun Gladwell, but as a skater, I’m constantly aware of his work. I got to speak to him and while I still think he’s a bit of a kook, he was friendly enough.

The longest and the loudest


I wrote this story about my friend Brett, who is the funniest person I have ever met. It was published by Vice as the first instalment of my Classic Max column.

Bill Henson: The In-Betweener

Perched on a milk crate in the Broadsheet storage room, I spoke to Bill Henson on the phone for about half an hour. It was amazing!

Literate and likeable

I wrote this piece about the difference between graffiti and street art, and why the whole thing makes me feel uncomfortable. It was published in Desktop magazine, then online. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, especially with the accompanying illustration by Tim Lahan.

Fergus Purcell interview

This piece was written for the Heavy Mental in 2009. At the time, I was recovering from a serious brain injury and also readjusting to life as a single person, and rethinking everything. I found/find Fergus’s take on things really inspiring. He’s so straight up and uncompromising, but really nice and…

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