This series is called Mickey Mouse Scouse. I’m working on two versions, a digital version and a Limited Edition of Silk Screen Prints. watch this space for more info
The first image is of the former World Light Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, John Conteh. He was my favourite British Fighter of all time. I listened to him winning the WBC Title on the radio, when I was a kid. This series of images are all based on Liverpool Sporting Heroes, Writers and Philosophers. I have a Steven Gerrard version that is top secret and under wraps…Jose Mourinho keeps asking for one. As for the Mickey Mouse thing, cheeky non scousers use this a derogatory term for Liverpudlians. They’re all woolly backs, so what do they know ? Word.
A lucky few peeps bagged Tees and Sweatshirts from the Reluctant Protagonist event. This one is modelled by the very cool Level 5 Graphic Design student Liv Foster. Apart from Liverpool’s freshest hangouts, this gear has appeared in the latest Nike SB / Lost Art video. They are not available to buy – but there’s a rumour that a few kids have flipped them for huge sums on ebay.
This is me working hard. There’ll be lots of new and exciting updates. Really good stuff. I just have to finish a few things. The Reluctant Protagonist has gone off the scale. My Tee shirt and Sweatshirt Design are now global. The James Jarvis Illustration on the reverse obviously helped. Name checking Liverpool’s Lost Art was also a massive draw. Pop Girl, Rhianna wants one, but she won’t promise to keep her clothes on, so there’s no chance.
More to follow. Peace and Love
Divergent Dialogues is a series of talks / events hosted by LJMU & University Liverpool – entitled: The Elusive Edge. Massive thanks goes to Nicola Headlam from University Liverpool and Kerry Wilson ICC who funded the project.
I was involved in the first part – The Reluctant Protagonist. A talk about Skateboarding, Creativity and Cultural Cache with super Illustrator James Jarvis and Dave Mackey owner of Liverpool’s finest skateboard shop Lost Art. The event was attended by a Graphic Design and Ilustration students / Fashion Students / Skaters and groups of very clever academic types. The so fresh Bold Street Coffee provided their best coffee and stuffs, which put everyone in a really good mood. James Jarvis supplied one of his class Illustrations for the poster. I also used it on the reverse of a limited edition t shirt + sweatshirt – produced specially for the evening. A few lucky peeps got these for free. I designed the text & calligraphy graphic that sit on the front.
I always preferred footy to skateboarding,Tried it once, but fell off and scuffed my trainers. Skaters wear cooler clothes – so, I faked it, for the evening.
These are my drawings for the latest edition of ******* ***** .The book is still at the proof and publishers stage, so I can’t give it my normal Big Up / Mike O Shouts. All you need to know is, it’s become a classic work about Theory and Practice. It also features my work, which is an added bonus. I was asked to produce a series of sketches / portraits of cultural theorists and philosophers – Foucault / Barthes / Delueuze / Derrida + Charles Pierce and Ferdinand De Saussure. Michel Foucault was definitely the snappiest dresser. Gilles Deleuze let himself down with his penchant for terrible hats.
Jacques Derrida and his pipe won the vote as Mr French Fresh.
Here are a number character designs I created for a new British Shirt Label. At the moment, it’s a little hush hush. There is a team of killer ninjas protecting the shirt prototype. They’ve chosen a different direction for the label. But I’m not too upset, I’m still quite happy with the nostalgic vibe. The drawing style is inspired by my collection of Penrose Albums. Soon to follow – the invasion of the cultural theorists. Saussure / Derrida / Foucault / Pierce / Deleuze and Barthes. All players and major wordsmiths. Believe.
2014 is over.The was my Christmas Vibe. I’ve been asked by Kofi Annan to try and end war and hate. I designed and printed these sweatshirts for my beautiful nieces and super cool nephews. The Uppercase X is Cooper Black, designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper in 1921. I’m thinking of rolling out this message across Bootle and The Middle East
The girl in the photo is my gorgeous niece, Gina ‘Binny Moggs’ Morrissey. She has recently returned from studying in Chile. Gina was definitely the coolest person in Santiago, but by all accounts, that wasn’t hard.
I’ve been off the blog radar recently. Falling on my arse in the middle of Hope Street and cracking a rib, hasn’t helped.
This is my collection of rulers. I’ve become a little obsessed with grids and straight lines. Although I’m a fan of Muller Brockmann, you’d hardly call me a Swiss Modernist. If this is your thing, check out the super classy publishers Unit Editions and Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey.
My latest ruler acquisition is this rare A W Faber Bavarian wooden ruler from the 1940’s. It has a beautiful inlaid metal edge. I don’t use it much – I just stare at it.
I normally spend my summers dj’ing in Ibiza. Hanging with Itchy Spender, Fizzy Gaskell and all those other very cool peeps. This was my summers biggest tune. An old Decca recording bought in Oxfam, Crosby. A great combination of Illustrated text and image from the German Illustrator and Musician, Gerhard Hoffnung. The typeface is designed by the psychedelic 1960’s artist Victor Moscoso.
These aren’t my summer photographs. This a set of photographs from a great antique / junk shop in St John’s Road Waterloo. I bought the whole album. It’s someones life. The photographs belong to the dude in the hat, staring back at the camera. Between the wars. The Cathedral is Duomo Di Milano. It’s one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in the World. St.Johns Road is a million miles from Milan.