Monday, 14 July 2014

Benny Boneshaker

Benny at Boneshaker Choppers asked me to do a little cartoon of him on his bike reminiscent of the Denvers / Berdoo chopper logo of the 1970s...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New book! Crazy Odge: Confessions of an Esoteric Engineer

Well, it's been two (or perhaps nearly three) years in the making, but now it's here! This book has it all: engineering, mechanics, punk rock, hot rods, girls, drugs, mechanics, politics, racing, mental health, mechanics, magazine publishing, mechanics, bikes, freedom and mechanics.

For those who don't know him, Odgie is an enigmatic character. A genius bike and car builder, full of creative and unique ideas, he's made his name in the underground world of custom classic vehicles. As a drag-racer he made his name as the rider of the Pink Triumph, the fastest of its kind. As a drummer he played a part in the beginnings of Punk in Manchester in the 1970s. As a journalist he made his name as the forthright editor of Back Street Heroes and AWOL magazines. As a writer and photographer he has made a name for himself with his excellent step-by-step build articles showing his unique approach to engineering and inspiring thousands over the years. As a friend he's funny and charming and generous and supportive. And, most importantly, as an author of this great book, he's entertaining, humorous, candid, honest, laugh-out-loud funny and downright brilliant. So you'd better do yourselves a favour and buy it!

You can get it on ebay here

Rennies Seaside Modern

Paul and Karen Rennie run this great little shop in Folkestone specialising in 20th century graphic art and design. They have the most incredible collection of amazing posters, objects and ephemera - every time I go in there it gives me the grins.

They've just had their shopfront repainted so I painted the sign for them - check them out if you're ever down this way, or visit their website.

Latest stuff from the studio

I've just made this poster for Strange Cargo's Charivari Day carnival in Folkestone, and six teachers' packs for each section of the carnival. Good fun to do! Can't beat oil pastels.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

New work

I've been so busy with Carters Steam Fair (amongst other things) I haven't added anything new on here for ages, so here's what I've been up to. I've just made this for Benny at Boneshaker Choppers -
And this new character for Charles Cannon:
And lots of labels for Kings Wood Cider:
 And a far-out sticker for the Trip Out:

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Fairground art

I've always been really into fairground art and design, particularly that of Fred Fowle who went the whole hog with his 'baroque' style in the 50s and 60s. The panel in the photo here is by him, and it's going to be the basis for a new 5-day course by Joby Carter from Carters Steam Fair, where you will get the chance to learn by copying the original on your own panel which you can take home at the end. I can't wait!

This is how and where to book…


I designed this winged 45 for me mate Mick, wall of death rider and all-round gentleman. We couldn't quite decide on the colours, so he did it with the tattooist on the day - I prefer his to mine!

Me bruvva

I made this digital download cover for me brother Jacob, who's leaving his BBC Introducing new music show that he's been producing and presenting weekly for about five years to work full time as a producer on Radio 1. Check it out here

Monday, 18 November 2013

Sterling work

Here's another ad I made recently for The Black Douglas Motorcycle Co, who are building these new-old bikes…

And two 'artist's impressions' of the Sterling Deluxe with wicker sidecar.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Joby's signwriting courses

I've just finished making this site for Joby Carter, who is one of the best traditional signwriters now practicing in the country. Joby runs fantastic 5-day intensive courses at the Carters Steam Fair yard near Maidenhead - there's one being booked now for February.
 The course covers design and layout, brushwork, lining, shading and much more, and you get to take your piece home at the end of the week - and it's a good laugh too! Highly recommended - check it out here.

Joby was also recently featured on a nice little piece by the BBC.