Friday, 26 November 2010

Dirty Magazine

Whilst at the Vintage Skate 'N' Surf Expo I met Scarlett Rickard who publishes a fantastic Dirty Magazine. It's a magazine about... well I'll let Scarlett tell you in her own words:

"The Dirty Magazine is a celebration of old shit and the people who rescue it, collect it, mend it, replicate it, kick it and shout at it, but ultimately love it."

The mag is chock full of old bikes cars and other old tat that is constantly fascinating, so I'd urge you to have a look at their site and maybe even treat yourself to a copy (if that's what tickles your fancy)


On top of all that Scarlett is an incredible illustrator and sign writer. Check out her stuff here:

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Skate ‘n’ Surf at the Rhythm Riot

New Zealand Surf Wagons c1960s
A3 Indian Ink on Bristol Board

1951 Ford Woodie Surf Wagon
Acrylic on Skateboard


Roller Derby deck with metal wheels!

Sidewalk Surfboard
T Bucket Pickup
Ford Model A Pickup

I've just come back from the amazing Rhythm Riot Weekender (more info here) in Camber where I took part in their first ever Vintage Skate and Surf Expo.

As you can see from the photographs there were some great old school skateboards and vehicles. Part of the show involved each artist customising a skateboard. I daubed mine with the rear end of a 1951 Ford Woodie.

One of the events sponsors was the VHRA (Vintage Hot Rod Association) a British based association promoting pre 1949 Hot Rods. I would highly recommend going to their website as they have an amazing contingent of hot rods on their register.

Thanks to Robin and Neil for putting together such a great show!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Skate ‘n’ Surf at the Rhythm Riot Update

Coupe Burnout
Indian Ink on A3 Bristol Board
Orville "Snuffy" Welchel, Dry Lake Racer
Indian Ink on A3 Bristol Board

Here are two of the pieces that I will be displaying at the Skate and Surf Expo at Rhythm Riot this weekend.

Orville "Snuffy" Welchel (his name is sometimes listed as Welcher). Snuffy and Polly (note the sign on the cowl) were members in the Road Runners and raced in the Modified class running a Riley two-port.

Old Number 7

SCH 'Sammy' Davis (left) and Dr J Dudley 'Benjy' Benjafield With Old Number 7
Indian Ink on A3 Bristol Board

Old Number 7 at the Podium at Le Mans 1927
After the White House Crash (note the damage on the front right hand side)
Indian Ink on A3 Bristol Board
Old Number 7 at the Ritz
They definitely knew how to celebrate.
Indian Ink on A3 Bristol Board

Here is a large commission I've just completed. It's comprised of three images of Old Number 7, a 3 litre Bentley which won Le Mans in 1927, under exceptional circumstances.
The race is commonly remembered due to the infamous White House crash, which involved all three of the widely-tipped Bentley team's entries, and caused the retirement of two of them. The race was eventually won by the third which, although badly damaged, was able to be repaired by drivers Dudley Benjafield and Sammy Davis. It was Bentley's second victory in the endurance classic.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Skate ‘n’ Surf at the Rhythm Riot

Next weekend I'm taking part in the VINTAGE SKATE’N’SURF EXPO at the amazing Rhythm Riot weekender in Camber Sands. I will be displaying my latest collection of Hot Rod Pieces, as well as taking part in Live Painting sessions throughout the weekend.
See you there boppers!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Tony Plunketts' Amazing Car

A3 Indian Ink on Bristol Board

After meeting Tony Plunkett at Prescott earlier this year he put in an order for a commission. At the end of the Saturday my wife and I went over to the camping field to take some photos of his car for reference. After about 4 laps of the camping area in Bluebell a Morgan 3 wheeler family (not really an off road vehicle but it was great fun). We finally found Tony and what was described as a BMW. The car was made by Tony over two and a half years from scratch and a very impressive job it is too. I'll let Tony Explain the rest:

"The car is my own chassis and body using the engine and running gear from a 325 BMW
E 30 (1990) The inspiration for the project came from hundreds of photos taken at places like Le mans, Prescot and Shelsley Walsh. The front very similar to Aston the rest pick and mix!"