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When toys grow up

Even wondered how the cartoon characters you knew as kids dealt with life as they grew up? Well, if you were specifically wondering about how Starscream from The Transformers was getting on then you’ve come to the right place. Sort of. Starscream was one of the Decepticon lieutenants answering directly to Megatron and he could transform into a fighter jet at will but at some point in the early 90’s he dropped out of sight with a heavy Energon addiction.

What happened between then and when he finally resurfaced in 2006 as an independent record producer in LA is open to speculation. Since then however he’s been working in the music industry and after bringing EDM to the masses has finally got a job with one of the major labels. He’s changed his look and kicked his Energon addiction although still attends Decepticons Anonymous meetings every now and then but he’s generally pretty stoked with the direction his life is now moving. He wished the same could be said of Megatron…

Anyway, as is currently my wont he’s laser etched on wood with a hand painted background. Why do you do these things? I hear you ask. Because I can.

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Looking back at the beauty of robots

Today’s piece is something of a first (well, for us at least) and I’m proud to present our first double sided picture. It’s on a 60 x 40cm wood panel and features laser engraving, stencils, spraypaint, paint pens, acrylic paint and laser cutouts. If that’s not enough I even managed to come up with my own patented industrial-looking hanging contraption from the hardware shop so it can be easily flipped to give your walls a new lease of life. Drop us a line if you’re interested.

One side features an austere looking lady robot with the words ‘Morrigun combat unit v1.7’ engraved on her metallic skin and the crow insignia of the Death’s Head battalion on her forehead. She doesn’t look entirely pleased to see you. All this under the legend ‘We can see beauty in robots but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to see beauty in us’. I’ve got to admit it doesn’t look good for humanity. I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords…

The other side was inspired by the Massive Attack song ‘Safe from harm’ and features a man with lilac hair and eyebrows and his not-so-subtle stare which he’s been flashing at a certain somebody for a good while now across the crowded dancefloor. He’s giving it his best to re-enact the bit of the song summarised in the line ‘I was lookin’ back to see if you were lookin’ back at me to see me lookin’ back at you’ which is handily engraved into the side of the piece just to clarify issues.

I really enjoyed making this so there’ll hopefully be more to come in the way of 2 sided pictures…

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The Raver

Ever since he heard ‘”Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode, He’s Ebeneezer Goode” by The Shaman in 1992 this guy has been permanently on the party train. That’s 24 years of hard graft he’s put in. If you look closely at his face you can see that he’s probably a little older than he appeared at first glance and that despite his slightly glum expression the smiley culture runs deep within his soul. Nowadays he hangs out at rave revival nights listening to  Slipmatt and Micky Finn pulling out all the old classics. There’s nothing he wouldn’t give to go back, for just one night, to the utopia that was Fantazia at Castle Donington. Hardcore will never die.

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If you’ve got the inclination then I’ve got the crime

If you've got the inclination then I've got the crime

If you’ve got the inclination then I’ve got the crime

‘I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks, Let’s make lots of money’. So sang the Pet Shop Boys in their seminal 1986 track ‘Opportunities’. They also went on to inform us that if we’ve got the inclination then they’ve got the crime (you can check youtube if you don’t belive me):

Anyway, there we were driving around the Isle of Man with our older brother and some of his kids when this song came on the stereo. Somehow the line resonated in my tiny brain and the next thing you know a plan had formed. I just needed to get home to execute it before the idea faded. I had the beginnings of the idea down on paper when we got stuck trying to figure out what font to use. Luckily that was when my mum walks in with an armful of wrapping paper and lightning struck once again and it was decided we’d use her spidery handwriting as the basis for the piece. A swift scrawl and an extra couple of moves later with a red crayon and some silver leaf and we were on the home straight. And that’s how easy it can be. Sometimes.

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My story starts with Music to my ears…

My story starts…

It’s Music to my ears

Boards in situ

Boards in situ

There I was enjoying my regular afternoon nap when the big red id-iomphone rings rousing me from my slumber. After staring at it quizically for a while and hoping it would just stop I finally came to the conclusion it wasn’t going to stop and the only thing for it was to answer it. It was the world of PR and they needed our help, stat! There was an important pitch coming up that needed securing and our assistance was required to provide some artwork that would help convince the client that this PR company was the one to work with. Sounds like a job for id-iom…

As seems to be the case with these things it needed done, like, yesterday so the first thing we needed was to come up with a couple of suitable designs. A minimum of back-and-forth had us two approved images so then it was onto the task of putting the images on two sets of boards each measuring 1.2m x 2.4m. Which is pretty big. So we eventually went for three A0 boards stuck together for each piece. A good few hours stencil cutting followed by a night out on Saturday led to a somewhat later than planned start on Sunday. Thankfully though the hard work had been done by then and we managed to get it all completed and then installed in the office on Monday morning. I’m not yet sure if they got they succeeded with their pitch but they liked the pieces so all is well. What’s next?

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Hey Jude!

Hey Jude!

Hmmmm….. What does a gritty urban art duo do for a one year old’s birthday present? Well, after worrying for a while about exactly what you can and can’t do for a baby this is the end result. There was a lot of time spent thinking about whether we were doing something kid friendly or something that maybe he’d appreciate when he’s older and finally settled on this after finding a piece of glass to work on in the studio that seemed to provide some inspiration.

With a name like Jude it was hard to avoid the Beatles reference so we decided to get the opening notes from ‘Hey Jude’ on there along with his name and a little monkey logo (they’re all cheeky little monkeys aren’t they?) Cutting musical notes correctly at a small size however is probably not something I’ll be doing again. The main thing about painting on the back of the glass is remembering that everything has to be done in reverse – which can sometimes be a little frustrating as you can’t change things after you’ve done them if you have some mid piece brainwave. Oh well, there’s always next time…

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DJ from outer space

For no better reason than we had the door in the garden and the devil makes work for idle hands we decided to paint up a disco door featuring our muse for this piece, Tommy. The original image was a low res pic taken on a phone and I used it for a small digital piece that I did for Tommy just because I liked the photo so much. And here it is.

DJ from outer space (original image)

He’s known to enjoy a little bit of djing occasionally and can often be found pulling this power move at about 2am if things are going his way. Clearly the masterstroke with this one is that we managed to blag him to recreate his original pose for the photo. But which is which? As our version is almost photorealistic I would imagine it’s pretty tricky to tell the difference. I’ll leave it up to you to decide…

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