European Mini Break

Spinal Tap meets the Candy Flipmode Squad. Basically, we traveled round Europe like them arrows off the opening credits to Dad’s Army. Well, it weren’t like we had owt else planned. 

Roadmans Ain’t Dead

For the last live music shindigs of 2008 we’ve booked our flights, packed our bags and are f***ing off round Europe for two weeks to spread the word, the word is FRESH!!! See you down the front…

“Basically guys, you’re gonna sell more T-shirts than records”.
This time next year FruitBat!!!
* One size fits all (apart from Sheriff Fatties)
photo by Danielle Maibaum

Gordon Bennett

Me and my friend repainted the side of our old local pub last week. It was the owner’s birthday and proper sunny so we spent more time drinking instead of painting, but as he pointed out, “we’re jackasses”. The balloons were his idea. Cosmic.

Kings Of Lyon

I was asked to produce some illustrations for a fake roadsigns project in Lyon called Panos 2013. I kept the theme strictly French cartoons – Leguman, Smurfs and The Mysterious Cities of Gold… they dig that shit over there. www.bopano.com is now launched where you can see the complete series of roadsigns.  

Braziliant

Thunderdog Studios invited me to take part in a group show in Belo Horizonte this month. They were even kind enough to fly me to Brazil so we could hang out in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to paint walls and get drunk before we hung the exhibition. My best bits were visiting VooDoo shops, eating chicken hearts and hanging out with Igor Cavalera. ‘Brothers In Arms’ runs until the end of September and features new works by myself, Tristan Eaton, Calma, 123 Klan and David Flores.  For full details visit: www.thunderblogspot.com     

Valhalla Gun Club

100 Pieces of Havana is a 100 hour-long exhibition at Truman Brewery featuring customized rum bottles by 100 international artists. In order to draw on the empty bottle I drank the contents with my mate – served with fresh lime, ginger, sugar and crushed ice (well nice). Afterwards he tried to explain “decantering”. I still don’t know what he was on about, something daft I expect. Anyhow, I couldn’t make it to the opening so the PR company kindly promised to send some photos. By the looks of things I weren’t the only one gerrin’ boozed-up on a school night… I wonder if Kinga was invited? She’d have loved that shit.  

Pass Me The Rizla

Dazed & Confused have stuck my boat race in their magazine. They’ve also transcribed part of a conversation I had with Greg Wilson about music, which didn’t make much sense to be honest. The long and short of it is that I’ve been asked to DJ at a few festivals this summer, including Big Chill and Bestival for Rizla’s Invisible Players. Other, proper DJs include Greg Wilson, Annie Nightingale, Heavenly Jukebox, Maurice Fulton, Derek Carter, oh and my mate Benjamin, who also brought some records and a hip flask of Sailor Jerry’s. Good times. 

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Knitted Fox

DDB are hosting a mini exhibition of my work in their London office this month. The show is based on an exclusive, one-off knitwear design I created for Autumn/Winter ’08. It’s a fox draped over a girl’s shoulder made from the finest wool in the land. Crucial.