Surely? - stuff and nonsense

Block 9

My friend Steve is half of the London based duo called Block 9. Together with Gideon, he is the creative, production and logistical brains behind the jaw dropping venues ‘The NYC Downlow” and ‘The London Underground’.

2010 saw them take on a whole field at Glastonbury festival for the first time and create the most ambitious and best realised sets on the whole festival site.

Block9 Glastonbury 2010 from HAM on Vimeo.

Having helped with a few bits of graphics (the gnarly billboard included), I was lucky enough to go along to the sun drenched Glastonbury 2010 and see their creation in the flesh.

The disbelief on the faces of festival-goers as they entered the field to find not only a derelict 70’s New York side street, but also a ‘life size’ six story towerblock with a tube train crashed through the fourth floor was a total treat.

Bravo Steve and Gideon for your ambition, vision and attention to detail – and of course the team of hardcore grafting creatives that helped to pull off these amazing structures.

Roll on June!

March 2, 2011   No Comments

Over the top!

Shot in and around Digbeth, Birmingham by the looks of it…


Spotted by my friend and soon to be Portland resident Dom!

November 4, 2010   No Comments


Beautifully shot short film from Oakland California. Scrapertown a mini movement keeping young ones out of of mischief based around decorating their bicycles.

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

” In order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must: Be a resident of Oakland, CA. Be at least 7y/o or older. Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), Create your own Scraper Bike…(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.) A single-file line when riding. After 10 rides The Scraper Bike King and his Captains will decide if your bike is up to standards and if you can follow simple guidelines. After your evaluation we will consider you a member and honor you with an Original Scraper Bike Team Shirt.”

October 16, 2010   No Comments


I love this…

My talented friend and bandmate Lawrence (Log) Roper has just created this odd beauty.

Created for the Decked project by combining two of his passions skateboarding and music into a bespoke and playable Skuitar.

Bonkers brilliant!! I look forward to having a shred! ;)

August 19, 2010   No Comments

Health & Efficiency…

…is the band I play in.

Earlier in the year we recorded three tracks with our talented friend Matt Beckett. We now have them available to listen to on our H&E facebook page.

(You can listen without signing in if you’re not a facebook user.)
I’d love to know what you think of them…

Lee made the image for us.

July 23, 2010   No Comments

Blu! The master is back…

The amazing Italian artist Blu has a new animated painting online. If you’ve seen his work before you know the scale is often large but in this film it’s HUGE!

Stunning work as always.

Bravo! :)

If you like this you’ll probably enjoy his book published by the lovely folk at Studio Cromie- which you can purchase here.

July 15, 2010   No Comments

Not my type

Next Thursday, whilst people all over the country are going out of their way to put an X on a ballot paper, in Birmingham, 35 talented designers and illustrators will be showing their take on all 26 letters of the alphabet (and a few additional symbols!).

Organised by Jonny Costello and Charlotte Audrey Owen-Meehan and hosted by the wonderful (temporary?) Created in Birmingham shop in the Bullring, Not my type opens on May 6th. All prints will be available to buy from both the store and through the Facebook group here, although the designs are going to be kept secret until the day of the opening.

The roster of people involved is looking great. I’m doing the letter B and am really excited about seeing the finished alphabet.

Plenty of my talented friends in the line up:

John Bennett

Ben Javens

Lee Basford

Stef Grindley

Log Roper

Jonny Costello

There will also be letters from Family, Jon Burgerman and Supercool to name but a few.

Should be awesome. I’ll post pics after the show launches.

If you’re around and want to come to the opening its May 6th at the Created in Birmingham shop, Bullring, Birmingham. 6pm -8pm.

April 29, 2010   No Comments

Test from phone

It’s been some time since my last post, so I’m doing a test post from my phone to see how it looks. It could mean that more regular posts resume once more?

March 18, 2010   No Comments

Come to our house for a bit…

err… you’ve gotta go now… sorry!

This collection of photos of discarded Christmas trees is brilliant.

The whole collection is over at Less Bling Bling, which states the idea as ‘Beautiful in the living room. Glorious in the street.’

Glorious indeed! Happy New Year everyone…

(via Build)

January 7, 2010   No Comments

Greetings of the Season.

Well, I’ve been fairly sparse with posts of late, for a variety of reasons, but I thought it’d be good to at least wish everyone who reads my blog a Very Happy Christmas and of course a Great New Year 2010.

When I was younger one my friends who had a finely tuned and often surreal sense of humour would often baffle people by answering almost any question with the answer… Twenty Ten…  :) So, as a result, in my mind and the mind of many of his other old friends, the coming year will be and was always going to be his.

Mr Pepper, I salute you !!  ;)

December 23, 2009   2 Comments