In my other life as a creative director for hire I wanted to come up with an interesting way of sending a seasonal greeting to existing and potential clients and friends in the advertising, marketing and broadcast industry. Christmas cards didn't seem right for an atheist cynic like me, so I decided to follow the dark path of the poster. I developed 4 x A4 prints (including one you saw in my previous post) and created a signed numbered edition of 30 of each to go out to unsuspecting clients, all packaged up in beautiful clear cellophane with a crisp business card.
I think they should resonate with the recipients in one way or another. Lets hope they find them as entertaining as I did, otherwise that phone won't ring. Ever. It's a small town, and I'm playing with fire.
print #1: cheers , you bastards!
print #2: a marketing christmas
print #3: let it snow
print #4 : you're going to hell
A drunk man, roller disco chicks and a fabulous font.... CHEERS! A VERY limited edition A4 print (only 5 copies!) contact me if you're interested!
For over 20 years I have been collecting Vinyl. My collection mainly consists of jazz, funk, soul and disco from the mid 60's to the mid 80's, plus loads of strange soundtracks and random findings from record and thrift stores from around the world. I love records. They are the books of music. I love the covers, the label art, the smell, and of course the sounds. My first music based print, Vinyl No.1 features label art from 12 singles that I love- here's some aural insight to bring it to life...click on the titles to hear the tracks in all their glory
Who's Gonna Take The Weight was an early Kool & The Gang tune from their intensely jazzy / funky period, and was sampled by Public Enemy.
I Want You Back by the Jackson 5 needs no introduction. The Jackson 5 in all their youthful exuberance, with Michael tearing it up with his stunning voice.
That Lady Pt1 by The Isley Brothers is just a beautiful piece of Summer funk with a psychedelic spine running right through it.
Theme From S.W.A.T by Rhythm Heritage is a dirty piece of disco funk based upon the theme tune from the 70's TV show. They also did an amazing cover of the theme from the film 3 Days of The Condor -
Future Shock is a beautiful piece of social consciousness funk from the dearly missed Curtis Mayfield.
Funky Like A Train By The Equals is a killer piece of deep dirty dancefloor funk from The Equals, featuring Eddy Grant (yes, him of "Electric Avenue" fame)
Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn by James Brown is a beautiful example of James in all his funky glory. I Love the lazy groove on this.
Crystal World by Crystal Grass is a legendary groove from the 1970's. You may recognise it as a sample from the "The Theme From S-Express" by Mark Moore
Kings And Queens by Patrick Adams is a very rare 7" from the man whose body of work as a producer was absolutely stunning. Any piece of disco music produced by Patrick Adams will be guaranteed to get a dancefloor going, and command a high price in the record shops. This is one of his earlier instrumental works, but here's an example of his disco mastery,
Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield is just one of the happiest pieces of funky soul I can think of. It's been sampled to hell, and I'm not surprised. Those drums kill me. Enjoy.
Peace Pipe By BT Express is a funky protest song with a great groove. And I love the bus on the label!
Who Is He And What Is He To You? by Creative Source is an amazing piece of dark funk from a group who made some of the most memorable funk of the 70's. I used the instrumental, but the link is the version with lyrics.
Well, that's the sound of my print! You can buy your copy of Vinyl No1 here, I'm sure there will be more music based Risograph fun to come in the future...
Welcome to my first blog post. i thought I'd kick off by sharing the story of my latest print: "Oliver Reed And British Engineering".
This print was inspired by some British car industry magazines that I have which originate from the 1930's. They were full of beautiful logos for car brands- much more ornate and emotive than the sterile minimal hi-tech shiny chrome car brands we're used to today, these were hand drafted and verging on the heraldic , full of love and pride. Very much like the illustrations in the adverts- wonderful drawings of batteries, gears , cranks, pistons and widgets, drawn with pens, ink and rulers. I decided to create a collage style print using some of these objects, and my search then led me to some 1970's architectural magazines in my collection... full of ads for brands of my youth- Duralay, Bri-Nylon and Gent clocks. I felt that these brands were as iconic as the old car logos- reminiscent of a time when British engineering and manufacturing was world famous. Having cut out and prepared my chosen images, I felt that something was missing...My graphic elements were bold and mechanical, and had a Russian propaganda feel, so I decided to find an iconic image to complete the composition. Oliver Reed simply felt right- proud and defiant, he looks like a figurehead for a lost age- when men were men, had real jobs using their hands, and got smashed in the pub after work, smoked loads of fags, sang on the way home and got up to do it again. So a new print was born, an homage to a lost age where Ikea and Goretex didn't exist, but we did have the Bolton Gate Co. and Bri Nylon clothing. And Benedict Cumberbatch would've had his ass kicked by Oliver Reed- a British icon from another age.