Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flatstock 29 - SXSW 2011, Austin TX

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Posters of Army of Cats!

I am very pleased to announce I will be taking part in the 29th Flatstock Poster Convention in Austin, Texas, which is part of the SXSW festival.

Flatstock is, as we all know, the greatest rock poster convention in the world and if you want to attend the SXSW event you should know that it is FREE and it is happening like this:

 

  • Dates: March 16th -19th, 2011
  • Hours: Wednesday 3/16 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm / Thursday 3/17 through Saturday 3/11 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Location: Austin Convention Center, Level 1, Ballrooms A,B,C

 

Here is a lovely poster by strawberryluna which advertises the event:

More information can be found here: http://flatstock.wordpress.com/

I will be there with some well-known fellow Brit poster comrades under the guise of organisation: yes, the UK POSTER ASSOCIATION has been formed.  Massive thanks to http://britishunderground.net/ and http://www.ukti.gov.uk/ for providing us with the resources to represent our tiny island in the medium of ROCK POSTER.

In other news, we are making a newspaper style publication to take with us. Watch this space!

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

As a foulness shall ye know them...

It's rare that my work steers into the territory of obvious political commentary.  While I do my best to be as politically informed and active as I can, I think that unless you are a very good writer (which I am not), it's not something that is easily written about on the internet without you coming across as just another reactionist internet pleb.

Verbally grumbling with likeminded folk over a pint of ale in a good pub, however, is absolutely fine (this is practically an English tradition), as is occassionaly making derogatory pictures and posting them on your blog.

I hold in my heart a special place of loathing for UK politicians. I find them smug, self-serving, evasive, slimy, and downright dishonest and it is very rare that I see one speak on television and am not filled with a mixture of rage and revulsion.

The quote, which is taken from the work of H.P. Lovecraft (of whom I am a massive fan), is something I am often reminded of when confronted by the suited, smiling devils.

Poly: meaning many; Tics: meaning blood sucking parasites.

This is a very quick thing I whipped up just to get the idea out of my system, however, watch this space for more specifically Lovecraft-themed work coming soon...

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Tough Guy II

A quick update to say I survived! My team mates and I completed the course with only a few scrapes and bruises, thankfully -- apparently around a thousand people didn't finish!

While it is certainly probably the 'toughest' thing I've ever done, it was also an amazing and truly inspiring experience. 

Here's one of my favourite pictures taken shortly after jumping through fire!

You can see more photos on my Flickr page here.