Monthly Archives: February 2017

We don’t care

It’s a simple enough message from us today. But at least we’ve made it look nice. If you look at it for long enough it makes your eyes go a bit funny. It’s probably best to just trust me on that. In fact I think I’d go so far to say that I’ve accidentally employed some kind of optical illusion when I was really just trying to make the font stand out. I think this little bad lad is going to get some magnets glued to the back and then become a bit of street art in some hard-to-reach area. I now just need some method of application where I can get him higher than you can reach on a handy piece of metal…

Cheers

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Pocket size Emma Willis

Since completing an artwork version of Pocket size Emma Willis a while ago I have been itching to somehow make my idea an actual product and finally, with access to a laser cutter, I’ve managed to realise my dream.

Sometimes, when I’m feeling a little low, I imagine a small, pocket-sized Emma Willis giving me a big thumbs up and suddenly everything is better. Now I can just reach for my keys and there she is giving me a pint sized thumbs up. I feel better already.

I know it’s all a bit odd but the muse demands what she demands.

Cheers

id-iom

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‘Other people’s graffiti’ – Stockwell Avenue

'Other people's graffiti' - Stockwell Avenue

‘Other people’s graffiti’ – Stockwell Avenue

It’s about that time that we have another picture in our occasional but ongoing series ‘Other people’s graffiti’. This time though we’ve given it a bit of a flip and are featuring the work of, assumably, the council guy who buffs graffiti although it’s tricky to be sure who’s responsible.

I’m not sure an abstract vision of the British countryside was their intention but that’s certainly the vibe I get when I look at it. I wonder, has everyone scrupulously avoided the Stockwell Avenue sign or whether they’ve just put it high enough so it’s out of the reach of most? Anyway, today’s lesson is that beauty is where you find it. That is all.
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Lasercat

According to the first website I looked at cats have been domesticated for 10,000 years. The modern domestic cat is apparently descended from a wild ancestor called Felis silvestris lybica and all 600 million housecats in the world can be traced back to five females of this species. Now I’m not sure how accurate this information is so don’t go quoting me especially when I wouldn’t even consider cats to be domesticated. They surely allow us to cohabit with them in return for food and shelter. It sounds a bit more like they’ve domesticated us. Anyway, today’s laser cut was produced as a little memento for a friend. Hand painting these suckers is surprisingly tricky but I got there in the end. And I even got a decent shot of it to boot.

Cheers

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Der Froschkönig Oder

Der Froschkönig Oder

Der Froschkönig Oder

Trust id-iom. Just as the UK votes Brexit we start getting to grips with German. Typical. This piece is for all those gals (or guys) who have found their lovely little frog prince and just need to seal the deal with a kiss. As you can see not only is this fella a king amongst frogs but he also has a catchy little gimmick to catch your attention – a small helium balloon showing how much he loves you. Just one kiss and he’ll transmogrify right in front of yours into the man of your dreams. You’ve just got to get over kissing a frog first.

Cheers

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Je l’aime a mourir

Je l'aime a mourir

Je l’aime a mourir

Being the social media savvy types we undoubtedly are we thought we’d jump on the Valentines bandwagon with a little contribution of our own – but being given to a more cynical and pernicious state of mind we’ve given it a slightly darker nuance and then hidden that nuance behind an almost impenetrable wall of langue Francaise – as the French would say. From there it’s up to you to work it out.

Cheers

id-iom

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Crack Royale

If you’ve not played the mobile game Clash Royale before then it’s probably better it stays that way unless you’re looking for some insidiously addictive online action to steal away all your free moments. If you have played then I’m sure my little pun for the title needs no further explanation and it’s probably better if you put the phone down and step outside for some fresh air before you have another game. Anyway, whilst playing you can send emoji style messages to the other player to taunt them or gloat a little and this is my favourite one to send upon winning a match. Just to rub their face in it a little. And there’s our clan name at the bottom. I’m not sure what it stands for as someone else started the clan.

As an aside I think I’m finally getting to grips with getting these laser cut and engraved bad lads painted up. I think it’s about time I started doing some bigger bits and pieces with the laser cutter so that should be happening soon. Watch this space…

Cheers

id-iom

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Two hearts living in just one mind (mini magnet edition)

I’ve had Phil Collins on my mind a little too much recently. It is entirely inexplicable. So today’s piece, with its Collins inspired title, seems particularly fitting. We’ve used this image before in for a limited run of six A2 pieces (there’s still a couple left!) but today’s laser cut mini edition comes in at just 10cm x 7cm and has some magnets fitted on the back  for easy placement.

Anyway today’s piece is trying to express that duality that is contained within us all. Whichever aspect is on top doesn’t negate the fact the flip side still exists. Personally I think the key to happiness is trying to minimise the difference between the two. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I just love to get ambigrams into our work if I can and I think I’ve outdone myself with getting the angel/devil ambigram involved in a piece where it actually makes some sense. As I’ve put it on there twice (but flipped one of them) it reads the same whichever way up you have the picture so it’s like two for the price of one…

Cheers

id-iom

 

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Podge & Mcloughlin

Podge & Mcloughlin is my favourite skiing-based 80’s style detective show that never was.  The premise would be simple. Every week Podge & Mcloughlin would somehow get themselves embroiled in some kind of complicated Alpine murder investigation and through a mix of keen detective work and comedic blind luck they’d come through in the last few minutes of the show and solve the seemingly impossible case – much to the chagrin of the lackadaisical local cops. Cue theme music and end credits.

It’s not that often that we get prints done from our digital files but this one with it’s mix of styles demanded the colours pop and the skin tones be lifelike so a professional printer seemed like the best way to go. Anyway, this bad lad is printed up at A3 and will look grand once framed. I just hope the commissionees like my treatment of their holiday picture as much as i do…

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Where’s the weekend? (mini magnet edition)

Where's the weekend? (mini magnet edition)

Where’s the weekend? (mini magnet edition)

I know it’s only Tuesday but surely you’ve already asked yourself this at least once. Here, as I’m sure you can tell I’ve gone for an artfully composed shot and stuck my little magnet on my preferred substance to abuse once the weekend is here. In my continuing quest to find fun things to do with a laser cutter I’m expanding from keyrings into little magnet thingamajigs. I’m working my way up to bigger bits but it’s enjoyable starting with little bits to try and familiarise myself with the laser cutter. This bad lad is already on it’s way to its new home in Portsmouth. Good luck to you lad!

Cheers

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