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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’. (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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I have become slightly obsessed with Jewellery. I rarely wear it myself but I appreciate it nonetheless. And it can certainly make or break an outfit. Here are some of the best I could find.

Below is my personnel favorite and is actually a real gun favorite with the Russians and Mafia for obvious reasons way back in the day. This is as far as I know has never been done by another jewellery line – I am thinking if someone else doesn’t I will.

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April 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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Avant Garde

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avant-garde-historyAvant Garde is a Typeface I knew this – but what I didn’t know was that it was also a magazine – where the typeface originated from. So here is a little run down on the magazine.

Avant Garde consisted of  of 16 Issues but I have only ever seen 15. It was a collaboration between Ralph Ginzburg and Herbert Lubalin (one of three others included Fact Magazine and Eros Magazine) starting January 1968 till July 1971. Ralph Ginzburg was an author, editor, journalist, Erotica enthusiast who was notorious for his use of erotic images,crude language which he full exploited within the pages of Avant Garde – a magazine that’s content often caused offense to middle white America  and it’s Government. Ginzburgs partner in crime at Avant Garde was Herbert Lubalin (Herb) – a Graphic Designer who was responsible for the font Avant Garde which he (and some say his wife and several assistants) created especially for this magazine.

Avant Garde’s covers and content went beyond what was acceptable  during the 60’s and 70’s and moved into the ‘outrageous’, ‘offensive’ and ‘sinful’.  From the  naked pregnant woman appearing on the cover to a re-work of ‘Spirit of ’76’ – a painting depicting America’s independence from Britain – which included a black and a woman – (and we all know black people and women were not popular back in the 60’s and 70’s America) instead of the victorious white men. It is a pretty amazing piece of history when it comes to the design world – John Lennon, Muhammed Ali, Picasso to name a few feature their own personnel work within the pages of Avant Garde. 

Here is a list of the magazines I could find (15 issues)


  • #1 January 1968:  Article by Warren Boroson: “What Makes Nixon Run?” Also: Drawings by Muhammad Ali 
  • #2 March 1968:   Marilyn Monroe Cover. Bert Stern Serigraphic Portfolio of Marilyn Monroe. “Picasso: The Artist As An Eternally Young Man” by Brian Fitzherbert 
  • #3 May 1968:   Revaluation of the Dollar: 19 Artists Design a New One Dollar Bill, Prison Poems of Ho Chi Minh, Profile of Paul Krasner. 
  • #4 September 1968:  Poetry by Computer,” “The Strange World of George Tooker,” “Please Don’t Kill Anything” by Arthur Miller, “I Remember Superman,” by Francesca Milano. 
  • #5 November 1968:   Tom Wesselman “Seascape #17” Cover. Article – Pleasure Painter. 
  • #6 January 1969: “In Full Bloom” Cover by Dewayne Dalrymple. Articles by Dick Gregory, Roald Dahl, and Phil Ochs. 
  • #7 March 1969: “The Spirit of 1976” cover, “Paul Wunderlich’s Painted Women,” Pussy Galore! cat drawings of Guy Bourdin. 
  • #8 September 1969: Special Issue devoted entirely to Picasso’s Erotic Pictures 
  • #9 November 1969: Fuchs’ “Femme Fatales,” “America in Distress,” by Nobel Laureate George Wald, “John & Yoko in Concert,” by Irma Kurtz, “Beasts in Love,” three poems by D. H. Lawrence, “Ultra-Violet In Infra Red,” photographs by Eliot Elisofon. 
  • # 10 January 1970: Heliotrope cover. “The Most Hated Man in America,” compiled by Leslie Pockell, Hundertwasser: “Postcards from Pandemonium,” “The Bigger They Are, The Harder I Fall,” by Max Hess. 
  • #11 March 1970: “Wedded Bliss,” a portfolio of erotic lithography by John Lennon. “A Day For A Lay,” by W.H. Auden, “The Silent Majority,” photographs by Julio Mitchel.
  • #12 May 1970: Dial-A-Hawk: A Ringing New Form of Anti-War Protest, “Bells Belles,” Photographs by Hugh Bell, “The Gang-Bang On the Underground Press,” “Why ‘Hair’ Has Become a Four-Letter Word,” by Warner Brown.
  • #13 Spring 1971: Portraits of the American People–A Monumental Portfolio of Photographs by Alwyn Scott Turner
  • #14 Summer 1971: Hommage a L’Ecole De Fontainbleau cover by Lambert Wintersburger, “High Time,” photographs by Ellen Mark, “The Machine I Hate the Most,” compiled by Dorothy Bates, “Madness to His Method,” paintings by Dieter Schwertberger.


Instead of typing loads and loads about this magazine (I’ve been trying to write this post for ages but has been distracted by Dancehall Anthems) – I’ve decided to insert some pretty pictures for you guys here and consider this post as an introduction to Avant Garde and if you like what you see get reserching yourselves:






So many more can be found here:


Even though i have never personally read, touched or seen any of issues of Avant Garde (thank God for Ebay) – I love this magazine (thank God for Flickr and Google). There is a collection on ebay as I type this all issues 1 to 15 for $450 plus $50 shipping – I’m going to put in an offer and hopes he accepts it but then we have the stinking royal mail strikes over her so…. its a win and possibly lose and cry situation – oh also there is New York I must think of.

So all in all go do some research on this bad boy – if i win the auction I will post more in depth pictures and give a better lowdown of the magazine. These will look so good on any bookshelf or coffee table.

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October 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

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Junk Dunk

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I’m so excited as I type this – I’ve gone all giddy because I have just stumbled across the GREATEST trainer/sneaker ever made by man – I introduce you to the Junk Dunk and Frankenstein Terminator all made by the hands of Gabriel Dishaw. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the man ( ) apart from the fact he he will take your junk and turn it into amazing art – like the following Nike’s I wish I owned. I’m too scared to ask how much these are as it’s probably way over the $1,000 mark.

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September 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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Computer Arts magazine

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 I subscribed to this ages ago and I’m wondering why I even bothered. Maybe it was because I was having a confidence crisis when it came to designing, who knows but it is definitely not a magazine worth subscribing  to if you are at University or even over the age of 18. I personally think it’s fine if you are at college and just getting into the whole design atmosphere but it should be used as a stepping stone. I’m quite annoyed at myself that I didn’t continue my subscription with Grafik magazine or even start subscribing to AdBusters. I’m not Computer Arts bashing in the slightest, I like the little part at the end where they exposure little known deisgners work, I like the features they have on Studio’s and Designers and I’m liking the direction they are going in with their editorial work but the magazine overall is not worth the subscription fee. Sure their tutorials are useful but it has no content the magazine doesn’t you require to think about the bigger picture when it comes to design but a fancy way to use filters, layers. Whereas AdBusters is a magazine that makes you think – and I really don’t want to use the word politically but that is the only word I can really think of at the moment. Grafik magazine is more of a whole package, they consider everything and I don’t just mean content but how they package their magazine – which is probably the overall finished magazine you can buy in a shop like Boarders (I’m not counting magazine like Arktip or Refil as they are on another level completely).

So what I’m saying is this – if you ever in Boarders flick through Computer Arts magazine but make sure you walk to the counter with Grafik instead.

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September 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

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Move over Bau Bike, the VanMoof is in town

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vanmoof2Have I just wet my pants?? Yes I think I have. These bikes have to be the most beautiful thing I have seen all day. Feast your eyes on the VANMOOF – yet another Danish and may I add we executed design. Living in my city I don’t see the point in buying a nice bike like this for stinking dogs to vandalise and most likely steal it but I cannot resist the urge to buy one. Apart from it looking really,really, really,really good – here are a few more UPS (unique selling points):

1.  It’s light Aliminium rust resistant frame

2. It has LED LIGHTS!!! Built into the tubes and all you need is to swipe you card and hey presto they are on (solar powered may I add)

3. It’s only 398 Euros!!

4. Free shipping

5. You can avoid becoming a fixed gear groupie

6. It’s the best looking bike ever created by man.


So what do I do? Buy it and never ride it? Or just leave myself feeling unfulfilled? I’m really gonna weigh up the pro’s and con’s of owning such a beautiful bike. What I may do is go old skool and save up for this bike – alittle bit here and a little bit there. hmmmmm but will I look normal with a helmet??


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September 18, 2009 at 12:32 pm


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Had the urge to type the follwoing:

Islam has no colour – if you are a Muslim it ends there – no black Muslim, no white Muslim, no Pakistani Muslim, no part time Muslim. Malcolm X finally realised this and look what happened to him. And I have noticed it tends to be black re-converts that call themselves Black Muslims – no need for me to point out all the American ‘Black Muslim’ groups in America. And it really gets me annoyed. I have asked a few ‘black Muslims’ why they aren’t just Muslims and the response I get is that because they are black and black is their heritage, people judge them on the colour of their skin etc etc. But what they must know is that once you convert you no longer have a skin colour and the only person who will judge you is God. I don’t want to get too much into this on a blog and much prefer the old fashion art of face to face conversation/debate.

Religion is not a bad thing.

That is just a snippet of what I’m thinking about as I sit behind my desk ignoring the telephone.

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September 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

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