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2011 Update

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The last time I wrote on this blog, my blog, I ‘reviewed’ The Selby, that was August last year and I don’t even think Mystic Meg and her balls could have predicted the journey I have taken so far. I sort of had a plan, I knew that I’d want to be in the creative industry, ideally at a magazine, I even had plans for my own magazine ‘Feature’ and secured an exclusive interview with Jon Burgerman but unfortunately the person who was building the website absolutely did one half way across the world. New Zealand to be precise. Therefore that got shelved but it is still in my life long plan, I think it is so important to support those debt ridden students coming fresh faced and virgin like out of university into the big, bad, well hung world aka the reality of getting a job you graduated in. But I’ll save that for another rime.

For the two people who will actually continue to read this post after the first sentence, you probably know me personally and I’m sure you know my journey so far. So what I will do is share something quite intimate, no not that intimate but I’m sure if you Google me they will appear on a paid entry website but rather the below. I wrote this to myself at aged 17 when I was working at an independent record label for £4.50 per hour, plodding along, frustrated that I couldn’t draw but having this feeling deep down that I would achieve something. I recently found it in my pantie drawer, I had totally forgot about writing it, it has been 6 years and I’m glad I did.  I think, nay I strongly believe if you are frustrated, write yourself a little note, tuck it away in your pantie drawer, work towards it and many years later you will stumble upon it and your soul will smile.

 

The picture is not the clearest I could get it as the note has been through the wash. So here is what it says I’ve even included the seemingly conceited parts however I left the last sentence out, high five if you can make it out. It scared me a little.

‘By the time I am 25 years old I will be running my own successful business. Stay focused, stay within reality, think of the future and how you will help others. People will admire and aspire to be me. I can and I am able to do so’

PS NOT RELATED TO THIS POST BUT LASTFM.COM IS THE BEST THING EVER!!! Ginuwine – Pony has just come on and I ‘whined’ in my bed in my pj’s, now there is a mental image to warm your cockles.

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August 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

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Book review – The Selby

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I pre-ordered this book ages ago and got it a day before official release which was AWESOME!

Pros: Makes a great ‘coffee table’ book and also sits nicely on your book shelf. A great source of inspiration for your own home. Reasonably priced. Lots of nice pictures not much horrid text – no one reads books these days. And some RAD free stickers.

Cons: His website has all those featured and more so no point in buying the book some would say. If you suffer from depression do not buy this book, you will become so envious of those rich, talented beautiful people when you compare them to your terraced housing and Ikea furniture you may have a breakdown or worse.

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August 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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I hate Art Culture

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I was thinking about this just yesterday and the value that Art holds, both monetary and influential that pieces like the Mona Lisa hold if any at all. Firstly as one of my favourite quotes goes ‘A Diamond has no Value except that which is placed upon them’ so when paintings like Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II by Gustav Klimt sell for $87 MILLION BUCKS! To a private collector may I add – what conclusion or even better, reasoning do they have  to justify spending a shizer load of cash on a piece of artwork that just looks ‘pretty’ and will no doubt either hang above this ego-testicles desk whilst his builds forts from his gold bullions like they were lego pieces or even worse stay his some private Swiss bank until he pops his diamond encrusted cloggs, for it then to go back to Christies to sell for $124 MILLION BUCKS (my estimate do not hold me or my blog to account for anything we write wow I just referred to myself and my blog as one entity, scary). Art has been hijacked by the Capitalist vultures so eager to monopolise every inch of our global heritage and our future. This is what makes Art repugnant, these hoarders and those artists who literally sell themselves to the highest bidder. People like Damien Hirst who as everyone knows I absolutely despise. And on a related note, I have it on good authority that Mr.Hirst whose eye sore diamond encrusted skull, which wouldn’t look out of place around Rick Ross’s fat turkey neck, did NOT cost £12 million pounds to make nor did he do ANY of the leg work – he runs a sweat like shop of struggling artists who ‘help’ him with his works whilst he makes £43 million on a conflict enrcrusted diamond skull – if I was Jacob the jeweller I’d be screwing. Just saying. Sorry back to the point actually no not point back to my release all I have to say as my mind is hurting ART=FART. We will have no revolution not in the art world or the real world. So kids stay away from fine art at University – get a REAL JOB!

Hope these were conflict free

She ain't no Megan Fox that's for sure

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August 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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My first bit of Jewellery design

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Very happy with the way they have come out – just need them to arrive safely.Will post on here when they are available to buy. They come in both mens and womens sizes. And for £15 quid – what a bargain. Only 20 to be ever made.

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May 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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SAM3

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So today I got an email and it was an invitation to a special preview of a great artist/illustrator known as SAM3. Unfortunately the show is in Dusseldorf, Germany.

I’m a huge fan of his, his composition, style, colour palette, content. Everything just sits right.

You can see more of his work here http://www.sam3.es/

And a PDF of his show- if you click the link below which are all available to buy and includes a price list.

collectors preview sam3-1

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May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Dollar ReDe$sign

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(… no I did not get inspiration from the Ke$ha sign/name thingy i’ll have you know)

This is it’s second year running and it is not an official brief from those dogs at The Whitehouse, but a design competition run by Richard Smith in order to bring hope and change to America’s failing economy. The US Currency has changed since 1930 – apart from maybe a few tweaks here and there. Anyone can enter and there is also a cash prize for the winner.

More info can be found here http://richardsmith.posterous.com/

Here is my re-design – which I think is fitting – click on it – this is just a screen grab.

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May 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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I’ve been away for ages…

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Well reason being mainly I don’t have much to say or share until now and to be honest I totally forgot about this blog thingy till some racist EDL/BNP told me to blow myself up etc on one of my posts – I have your IP address and email you prat – emailing that shit from work could get you fired…. just think about that one. Yes so, another reason being was that I hate the term blogger, don’t people find it embarrassing to call themselves a ‘blogger’, like is being a full time ‘blogger’ is the new black?! Like Tavi – Lord have Mercy – poor dear hasn’t even had her first visit from – how can I put this politely – oh yes – Lady in Red but yet she can influence women (apparently) and designers (apparently) with her views on fashion – I once read a post she did on Chloe – and it went as follows ‘OMG CHLOE, SO AMAZING, SO COOL, SO LIKE EXTRA COOL’ – well something along those lines. I think it’s really unhealthy that she is selling herself (not her body) to the highest bidder. What happened to being a kid, riding bikes, breaking into the job centre next door to you to steal phonebooks to start a fire?! Are these days long gone? Maybe I’m being harsh on little pixie Tavi, maybe her deepest desire is to become a doctor and help cure Aids. Which brings me onto my next subject – why is every mother-effer a DJ/Stylist/Photographer/Designer? If I could go back I’d seriously re-do a lot of things and not be so flippant when deciding on my future career but I’m working with what I have. I admire those who go to college/uni and study law, dentistry, electrical engineering – a proper trade unlike those poor sods who go for photography, graphic design and all the other arty farty stuff. I will probably get shot down for this but ah well. If you need to go to uni to learn how to take a picture then you really should put the camera down. I’m not gonna sit here and preach as I went to uni to study Illustration but dropped out as I wasn’t learning anything new – I was teaching myself new things and to put myself into £15,000 – it was not worth it. That’s the great thing about having these sorts of things as hobbies because you can learn things by yourself, at your own pace etc. I truly believe the world doesn’t need another graphic designer – look at how many have access to Illustrator/Photoshop and all those free tutorials on the net and it seems now anyone with a camera can be a photographer. Whether or not this is a good or bad thing I don’t know but I feel sorry for those who come out of uni, saddled with debt and in reality will be competing with thousands of other graduates for that one job where they could have been earning a full time wage (even if its a boring office job) but pursuing their dreams outside that 9 till 5 and having money to finance it. Everyone’s trying to be different but all end up the same.

I have no idea where this post came from as I was going to tell you about some stuff I’m working on but now I’m not in the mood. And I’m not here to offend anyone but 50,000 design students graduated in 2007 – and that was rising last time I checked. Before I go I want to show you guys a good example of  ‘doing it yourself whilst working and getting noticed’.

http://www.sweatyeskimo.co.uk/ (if you want me to remove it I will)

He never went to uni but he is making moves in the world of Illustration. Just shows if you’re talented, you will get noticed.

Now here’s a funny picture:

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April 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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