Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New book! Crazy Odge: Confessions of an Esoteric Engineer

Well, it's been two (or perhaps nearly three) years in the making, but now it's here! This book has it all: engineering, mechanics, punk rock, hot rods, girls, drugs, mechanics, politics, racing, mental health, mechanics, magazine publishing, mechanics, bikes, freedom and mechanics.

For those who don't know him, Odgie is an enigmatic character. A genius bike and car builder, full of creative and unique ideas, he's made his name in the underground world of custom classic vehicles. As a drag-racer he made his name as the rider of the Pink Triumph, the fastest of its kind. As a drummer he played a part in the beginnings of Punk in Manchester in the 1970s. As a journalist he made his name as the forthright editor of Back Street Heroes and AWOL magazines. As a writer and photographer he has made a name for himself with his excellent step-by-step build articles showing his unique approach to engineering and inspiring thousands over the years. As a friend he's funny and charming and generous and supportive. And, most importantly, as an author of this great book, he's entertaining, humorous, candid, honest, laugh-out-loud funny and downright brilliant. So you'd better do yourselves a favour and buy it!

You can get it on ebay here

Rennies Seaside Modern

Paul and Karen Rennie run this great little shop in Folkestone specialising in 20th century graphic art and design. They have the most incredible collection of amazing posters, objects and ephemera - every time I go in there it gives me the grins.

They've just had their shopfront repainted so I painted the sign for them - check them out if you're ever down this way, or visit their website.

Latest stuff from the studio

I've just made this poster for Strange Cargo's Charivari Day carnival in Folkestone, and six teachers' packs for each section of the carnival. Good fun to do! Can't beat oil pastels.