With Phil Collins regularly invading my thoughts for no fathomable reason I thought the best way to exorcise the demon, so to speak, was to let the genie out of the bottle and give some Phil inspired designs a go. It turns out some of his quotes, when taken out of context, have led to a bit of a design goldmine and today’s piece is my initial effort.
Phil is well aware he’s a caricature but what he doesn’t know is that he’s been lasercut on wood and then hand coloured and now stands proud at 53 x 36cm. Drop us a line if you’re interested. I think it’s safe to say that you can expect more in the same vein in the days to come. They get a bit weirder…
As a bonus for the eagle eyed viewers out there – how many of my out of context band references that I’ve shoehorned into the picture can you find?
I’ve recently been sucked into watching Sons of Anarchy (which, if you’re unaware, is a series about gun-running biker gangs in California) and got to thinking about their club logo which consists of a reaper character wielding a gun with a scythe mounted on it who is clutching a bomb emblazoned with the anarchy logo. It’s a bit overkill but it’s still a strong logo.
I’ve decided that if I had a biker gang we’d be in the illegal art game – counterfeits, art thefts, black market sales, demanding protection money from galleries and street artists and that kind of thing. Obviously we’d need a crest for paint splattered biker jackets and this bad lad would be it. I’m still working on the name of my biker gang. I quite like Wu Tag clan but feel that Rza and Gza would probably have something to say about that…
Only a limited percentage of the population are going to get this one. If you have decent eyesight, are of a certain age and were brought up in the UK then this one’s for you.
In all fairness i’ve made this one a bit easier to spot…
Listen close for I have a tale to tell. A tale of woe and hard times. It all started with a dream. Although the simpleton who had the dream thought it was reality. Let’s say this person we’re talking about is one half of an street art duo called, for the sake of argument, id-iot. He thought he’d come up with a great idea for a site specific bit of street art but had somehow dreamed a fallacy. His simple idea was to have the sausage from the opening credits of 80’s/90’s school drama Grange Hill next to the street sign for Grange Hill which he was convinced they’d driven past some days previously. How impossibly amusing that would be.
With a stencil of a surprise sausage in hand he then convinced the other half of id-iot to take him to the location an internet search had revealed was to be found not too far away in South London. So far, so good. Upon arrival at Grange Hill it soon became apparent that they’d never driven that way before and that there was nowhere suitable to spray it. He’d somehow imagined the whole thing. Confusion reigned and they eventually drove home with the braying sound of laughter ringing in his ears. Determined that his efforts hadn’t been in vain he searched for another Grange Hill nearby but there were none to be found. There was only Grange Hill station in Chigwell which was many miles away.
Rather than never letting the stencil see the light of day he decided to spray it on wood and cut it out in the hope that one day they would be passing somewhere near Chigwell. More than a year passed with the woodcut resting unhappily in his front room before the call came that they needed to measure up for a job nearby. After almost failing at the last hurdle with nowhere suitable to put it it turns out if just fitted in the space next to the noticeboard. And, you could just about cram the Grange Hill sign into the same shot. Phew. Mission complete. And that is how ‘Surprise Sausage’ came about. So now you know. Never trust your dreams.
‘It’s been a blast…’ is something of a bittersweet commission that we were asked to create for someone as a little parting gift to their boss. Something unique was required to commemorate the 12 years they spent working for the same company as it was now time for them all to move on. I think there were some up and some downs but, as I understand it, mainly ups and it’ll be with something of a heavy heart they’ll be saying goodbye. It’s been a blast indeed…
Title: It’s been a blast…
Materials: Screenprint, spraypaint, stencils and paint pen
Fist & Feather design
It’s been a while since we’ve done any clothing designs but a call from the nice folks at Fist & Feather soon changed that for us. They are bringing out a range of sports/gym clothing aimed specifically at the combat/MMA market and wanted us to design a little something for their first male top in this range.
As id-iom comprises two combat-ready Alpha males we readily agreed whilst whooping and exchanging high fives. Then we sat and scratched our heads for a while, then we did a little internet research, discarding most of what we’d learned in a very manly way, and then we slipped into our Mexican wrestling costumes for a spot of grappling to get us in the mood to work on some authentic man work.
Working in a mask can prove sweaty and difficult but we persevered and eventually managed to come up with some suitable designs featuring, you guessed it, a fist and some feathers which were duly pinged over to the client. After a little to-ing and fro-ing and some nips and tucks (as it turns out they wanted to print on black) we had a final design which should be with the printers now. I can’t wait to see how ripped I look in my one when it arrives…
Seven – Panorama
Seven – Carnation
Seven – Siete
Seven – Lips
Seven – Catalan lips
The boys down at Seven asked us to pop down and paint some more of their walls for their upcoming 1st birthday. This time though we were asked to paint one of the upstairs rooms (soon enough we’ll have given the whole place a lick of paint) instead of the corridor downstairs. We were asked to try and bring more light into the room as you can’t really see anything from bustling Brixton Market below. That one was easy at least – let’s paint the room white we thought – done. We still had to come up with a design though and this proved to be a little trickier.
After many hours of pondering what to do we decided to go back to basics. Seven is a Spanish tapas bar – ah ha! Spain! That’s a good start we thought. So off to the interweb we went to search out anything to do with Spain. At this point ideas started to germinate and bloom into flowers of inspiration. What did we come up with you ask, well, first off we have a metre wide strip of Miro inspired graffiti that goes across all the walls. Its bright, colourful and fits the bill perfectly. We still needed something a little extra and this is where the clavel (or carnation to you and me), an adapted version of the Rolling Stones lips logo and our elementary Spanish came in. One side wall has a hand bearing a carnation – which, as we all know, is the floral emblem of Spain. The back wall has ‘siete’ on it which even I know is Spanish for ‘seven’. And the other side wall has a couple of Rolling Stones lips emblazoned with the flags of Spain and Catalonia that are sticking their tongues out at passing market goers. Job done.