THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL
Taken from the Issue #0 of NE Love:
What inspired you to get into graphic design?
I always loved art from a very young age; I’d spend hours drawing my favourite cartoons from TV shows like The Simpsons and Ren & Stimpy! The first time I knew I wanted to get into graphic design though was when I started going out clubbing to Gatecrasher which eventually led on to me going out in Newcastle to nights like Shindig and Wax:on and I loved the artwork on the flyers and I knew that’s the kind of thing I wanted to do. I also DJ’d with my brother quite often and we helped out on flyers for nights we were djing for in London.
What’s your most obscure creative influence?
Probably music again… There is a real craft in, not just the music itself, but the artwork. Look at vinyl covers, album artwork, posters and flyers. Music has been such a huge part of my life from Newcastle to Ibiza, that scene is littered with colour, design and architecture which I think had such an influence on the sort of design I like, but also totally inspires me even just listening to certain music. People sometimes forget about that side of things within music, but they go hand in hand.
If you could redesign any album cover, which would you choose and what would you do?
Tough question but it would have to be one of the early Ministry of Sound album covers. I remember buying the M.O.S Annual CD’s as they were always in cool bespoke covers, but like Vinyl records though you rarely see that kind of design in music much these days with everything going digital, which is a real shame!
Would you ever design a tattoo for you or someone else?
If you already have, what was it? ’m actually pulling together a few ideas for my next tattoo now actually which is a big chest piece with an Indian skull headdress as the main bit. Don’t tell my Mam though…. I promised I wouldn’t get anymore!!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Try and surround yourself with positive people, negativity breeds negativity and life’s too short for that! Positive Mind. Positive Vibes. Positive Life…. Also, never eat yellow snow!
What would be your dream brand to work with?
I’m lucky enough to have worked with some great brands like Puma and Adidas whilst working in London but one of the reasons I moved back to the North East is that there are so many cool local businesses and brands from fashion labels like Chained & Able to the one and only NE Love. I’d enjoy working with any of those, anything that challenges me really!
Where do you see yourself in the next year?
I’ve got some really cool projects lined up over the next few months so the coming year is looking sweet already and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into those!