Thursday, 28 January 2010


Rory Gallagher, Dublin 1983
Rory Gallagher, 2 March 1948 - 14 June 1995 (aged 47).

My bro-in-law recently found a load of old negs that he thought he'd lost including this shot he took of Rory Gallagher at SFX (St Francis Xavier Hall) Dublin, Christmas 1983.
Blues is a musical genre created within the African-American communities in the Deep South of the United States at the end of the 19th century. And within the genre there are many great Blues musicians with deep ties directly linked to those roots.
Yet, in a different place and time, a white guy from a quiet corner of Ireland, can also 'get' the Blues and go on to be recognised amongst the top Blues guitarists on the planet. RIP Rory G.
Photo: Courtesy of Michael MacSweeney

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


MR and Shaun Tomson share the tube, Bustin Down the Door
Mark Richards & Shaun Tomson doubled in the tube at Backdoor circa 1974. (Not a flat screen TV! - Old skool all the way)

I actually won a copy of Bustin Down the Door (first time I've ever won anything). Top film based loosely on Rabbit's book, crammed full of great footage from the sevs, with lots of interviews to back it up (I particularly like Michael Tomson's raggedy style).
Thanks to BeachBum for running the little comp over on his blog.

Monday, 25 January 2010


...very much!

R, T&C, Mother, Father, Skateboarding, The Big Blue Sea, Vans, Stussy, Deathbox (original), Real Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Tris, Fluid Juice, Our Little Friends of the Earth, Wooly Jumpers, Festivals, Meat Puppets, Firehose, NoMeansNo, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, The Pixies, Talking Heads, Ian Dury, Mark Hollis, Steel Pulse, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, John Peel, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Aldous Huxley, Rod McKuen, Lyall Watson, Terence McKenna, Albert Camus, Neville Brody, David Carson, Gerry Lopez, Tom Curren, Rusty Keaulana, Big Wednesday, The Endless Summer, The Deer Hunter, Two Lane Blacktop, The Last Picture Show, King Henry VIII, Vincent, Citroen DS, Hitch-hiking, Guinness, Apple Juice, Straight H2O, Bakerys, Lieutenant Columbo, Bugs Bunny, Kernow (in general), Boscawen-un, The Seven Stars, Blue Bar, Porthtowan, Droskyn, Playing Place, Holywell Bowl, Crantock Ramp, Dean Lane (and all who rolled there), Sydney, The Kingdom of Kerry, The Blogosphere (and all who dwell there), Spex, Blue, DL, Stina & Smou, Strik, Lung & Sue, Boy Laity & Jackie, Ginch & Jen, Phil-san, Meany, Chemiqu-Al, Quent & Ness, Timon, Carlos Alzamora, Michael Wright (awol), Paddy Best, Andy Garner, Ben Meshcko, Roger next door, The Currans, JoAnne & Alan, Mary MacSweeney and the MacSweeney family.

Friday, 22 January 2010


Handstand Hooch by Skinner's
Handstand Hooch - fine beer for a good cause.

I've been helping Handstand, a charity appeal set up for Marshall Janson, a little boy who lost both his arms and legs through Meningococcal Meningitis just after his first birthday in 2008. I created the logo they use for all their awareness and fundraising activity and when local good guys Skinner's Brewery (owned by Ben Skinner's family) offered to produce a beer to raise funds I designed a label.

If you like Skinner's ales why not drop by their shop in Truro, Cornwall and buy some Handstand Hooch, for every bottle sold £1 goes directly to the appeal.

Thursday, 21 January 2010


Soft sunrise
Took this pic on my way to work recently - reminded me that subtlety is often impressive

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Fred Morrison Freisbee
Fred Morrison (helped by a young lady in a mini-skirt) demonstrates good Frisbee technique.

In January 1957 Fred Morrison sold his idea for a flying saucer shaped disc to Wham-O. He had named his creation the Pluto Platter in keeping with America's infatuation with UFOs. Wham-O renamed it the Frisbee, sales went bonkers and the rest is history.

Over 50 years later and a well weighted Wham-O is still the way to go.

Monday, 18 January 2010


Old Town Bar
Old Town Bar, NYC.

Boy Phezzer turned me onto this blog by an old friend of ours called Steve Gardner. It's quite amazing to think that Steve's been avidly sketching every day for over 20 years! The man was obviously born to draw.

Friday, 15 January 2010


I just really like skulls - maybe it's because they're so black & white, or maybe because they symbolise one of the few certainties in life.

mono skull
Simple skullage

Mike Giant skull
Mike Giant - awesome mono work

Pushead skull
Pushead - past master of skullduggery

Mexican decorated skulls
Mexicans love skulls - and bright colours!

Chocolate skulls
Mexican Day of the Dead chocolate skulls

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


Gerry Lopez
"The wave is just the music and if you get a good part­ner (in your surf­board), you can dance pretty good."

I love this image of Gerry Lopez, by Jeff Divine, it's very different to the usual iconic, backlit Pipeline shots of him getting tubed. But it still oozes style for miles. Click over to the excellent Liquid Salt for a cool interview...

Monday, 11 January 2010


So much good stuff on this site... tons of vintage visuals.

shaving foam
Hey, that's what I'm imagining when I'm scraping the stubble too.

surf woody
I must take up smoking this year.

Spanish Civil war
Lots of propagandist art.

Schlitz beer ad
When actual artists worked in advertising.

The 5.05 to Slacksville - that's just brilliant!

playboy advert
... a man that likes to snorkel - that's who!

A perfect reminder that what's cool today, is often ridicule tomorrow.

macho aftershave
Worth buying for the packaging alone.


palm tree with snow
Liked the irony of this palm tree sprinkled with snow.

Friday, 8 January 2010


typical Australian house in country
I love this place...

Just had to post up another pic of Q & N's place near Bermagui, NSW. A classic wooden house with a tin roof in an idyllic spot in a quiet valley, within earshot of the surf and surrounded by wildlife (kangaroos, possums, snakes, all sorts of birds, etc). Didn't want to leave...

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


retro surfboards

If you ever find yourself in Newport, NSW then do yourself a favour and wander along to Mick Mock's Little Dragon.

This has to be one of the coolest little shops in the Southern Hemisphere. Basically it's a surf shop, but unlike any other, with Mick's amazing collection of surfboards, memorabilia, old school skateboards, records, books, magazines, prints, posters, Island kitsch, Hawaiiana and beach life goodies. All single handedly collected and sourced by Mick himself.

I only managed to snap a few pics (they certainly don't do justice to the incredible array of goodies) in-between excitedly chatting with Mick and being distracted by the myriad of amazing treasures crammed into the tiny shop everywhere I looked. Needless to say, a few choice items along with the beautiful Xmas prezzie I received (below) were added to my baggage allowance.

Vintage Hawaiian shirt
I was super stoked to get this vintage Primo 'vacation' shirt for Xmas (thanks R & S)

vintage surfboards
All kinds of finnage

Old school skateboards
Whole lotta old school

Newport SLSC
Just around the corner from Newport Surf Club

Monday, 4 January 2010


Australian Flag
Southern Cross

Bendalong Beach
Typical south coast NSW beach

Sydney Opera House
The white sails of Sydney

Luna Park
Luna Park - scary face

Manly Wharf
White type - blue background

Australian mailboxes
You've got mail

South West Rocks
The South West Rocks!

Front Beach
Xmas Eve, Front Beach, South West Rocks, NSW

Little Bay NSW
Little Bay, NSW

Smokey Cape Beach
Smokey Cape Beach - Xmas Day 2009

shack in the bush
Our friends place in Bermagui, NSW

Friday, 1 January 2010


Headed north and west from Sydney - about 37 hours later and 30 degrees colder we're back in Kernow. Had a great trip, big thanx to Steve & Jackie and all the peeps downunder that made it so special. Some photos to follow after catching up on lost sheep (I mean sleep).