Ignoring the fact that October is the month of my dad and sister’s birthdays, October is all about Hallowe’en… full stop!
Therefore, it seemed only right that my October stickers should be Hallowe’en themed.
Introducing my rogue’s gallery of notorious cinematic serial killers… presented as shitty 70s Panini football stickers.
Ghostface with authentic Hallowe’en cobweb
August’s sticker design is actually a graphic I created a couple of years ago to accompany an article in an internet magazine about “Happy Viruses”. As soon as I’d created it I just knew I wanted to use it for myself.
It’s a hazardous materials logo and smiley badge – all the ingredients you need for an eye-catching and thought provoking sticker.
Everyone loves stickers. Ok, I know I do.
Stickers are ace! I loved collecting them when I was a kid and I’ve not stopped collecting them ever since. I have numerous books about stickers and I’m always on the look out for new ones – stickers and sticker books. For some people, collecting stickers and photographing them can be an obsession. I know one particular guy who is documenting football fan stickers.
One thing that fascinates me is sticker bombing. A particular brand of street graffiti that anyone can get involved in. Homemade, hand drawn stickers, printed out on sticky labels and full colour, high gloss professionally printed vinyl stickers. They’re everywhere!!
So this year summer, I decided to set myself a new personal project – a brand new sticker to plaster everywhere, every month. Those that know me know that I’m a proper Apple Fanboy, so my first foray into sticker bombing was to produce a sticker that peeps can use to show their love for their Apple product – iPhone, iPad, Macbook. If you love it, tell everyone!!!
Stop it with Avenger movies and Spiderman movies.
Stop it with Captain America and Thor.
Just make more Batman!!!
Image taken from Geek Tyrant
There has been a personal project I have been dying to get started on for a while now – creating stylised vector illustrations of all the sneakers the wife and I own (we have quite an impressive and colourful collection).
I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with these illustrations when they are finished. Create a large montage of the entire collection? Create individual montages defined by type, colour, brand or sub-brand? Will these images be printed out and possibly framed or will they remain digital? Style wise, will the illustrations be very accurate almost technical drawings or have a cartoonish look?
Too many questions. Who knows? All I know is it’s been on my ‘do-to’ list for quite a while and I decided to get started this week.
The first task was to photograph all the shoes in my collection so I have a reference image to work over in Adobe Illustrator.
To make my job easier when it comes to illustrating each individual shoe, I needed all the shoes photographed from the same angle and lit consistently. Ideally that meant photographing them all in on go.
What was interesting and something I hadn’t given any thought to beforehand was after viewing the images on the camera, I had the making of a pretty funky little slideshow.
Now the real fun begins… illustrating each individual shoe! No doubt I’ll be posting them on here as and when I complete them.
Olympics is over, time to start watching films again. Well, until the new season of dramas start…
Monday – Panic Button
A bit of an adventurous film – a horror/thriller set on a private jet. Apart from a couple of scenes at the beginning and end of the film, this is predominately set in two rooms of an airplane – cabin and toilet. And it’s a British movie, which always brings its own charm. Unfortunately it’s a very average film featuring an unknown cast finished off with a naff ending. Avoid.
Friday – Killer Elite
Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Jason Statham. Two great actors and one meathead. This film is based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and it does not disappoint. Focused around exSAS servicemen and set in the early eighties, Owen and Statham play their roles superbly. The nostalgia is spot on with a plethora of vintage early Eighties cars featured – MK2 Escorts, Cortinas, Minis, old Jags. Plus there’s a quality fight scene between Owen and Statham. Worth the Box Office rental fee alone.
On a separate note, Clive Owen should’ve been Bond.
Friday – The 40 Year Old Virgin
The funniest comedy, ever. No arguments, this is the funniest. Steve Carrell is brilliant (as are all the other actors) but Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd steal the show for me. An hilarious double act. Never tire of watching this film.
Saturday – Truth of Dare
Another British horror/thriller – two in one week! Sky must’ve bought a job lot this month. This was similar to Panic Button in that the main bulk of the film is set in one location – an old cabin out in the woods. Revenge, confessions, torture, fingers getting shot off, battery acid… I can only imagine this kind of thing goes on all the time down south.
Saturday – Fast and Furious
I love watching these movies. Great soundtrack, cars, locations, chases and races – what more can you ask for? The original is still my favourite. My only niggle is with some of the cars. You have an awesome car, tripped out with a boot full of nitro – why then do you get the car sprayed a ridiculously garish colour and add shitty vinyls to it? Some of the cars look mint, but most look bloody awful. If you rolled in to Tesco car park on a Saturday night in one of these racers you would get a slap.
Saturday – Faster
Don’t you just love it when you unearth a gem? It’s a miserable Saturday afternoon and you stick a movie on not expecting a great deal. Two hours later, you have been thoroughly entertained and you forgot it was pissing it down outside. Who would’ve thought it from a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film?
Saturday – XXX
Just utter nonsense really. I like Vin Diesel but this must be his worse film ever. Not surprised he passed up on the sequel.
Saturday – The Human Centipede (The First Sequence)
If there was ever a film I wish I could go back in time and unwatch, this would be it. All I knew about this film before I watched it was that it was controversial – which wasn’t going to deter me off watching it. Oh. My. God! This has got to be the most disturbingly, sickest film I have ever watched. I watched it before bed on Saturday night and I was glad I’d been drinking otherwise I probably would’ve stayed awake all night trying to deconstruct it my mind. That didn’t stop me thinking about it pretty much all day Sunday. As a horror movie, it has to be commended on doing its job – it certainly is horrific. This film takes what Saw and Hostel did and has raised the bar on sickness to a whole new level. It’s little wonder that there are disturbed fuckers out there when films like this are being made. I remember seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street at my next door neighbour’s when I about 11 and it gave me nightmares. If an 11 year old ends up watching a film like this, who knows what potential damage it could do. Yes, there’s have always been video nasties and banned films but I just can’t understand why anyone would want to make a film like this? I suppose ‘artistic’ film writers and directors feel its easier to make a name for themselves by sickening and revolting audiences than entertaining them.
Sunday – The Recruit
Is it me or does Al Pacino overact in every recent film he has done? Don’t get me wrong, I like Al and I especially enjoyed his performance in Heat but I just feel he over does it at times. Kind of like “Hey, I’m Al Pacino and I’m going to act the living shit out of this scene”. Shame really coz this film would’ve been pretty good had Al not tried to steal every scene he was in.
Monday – Love and Other Drugs
Brand spanking new studio with brand spanking new furniture. Just need to fill it with all my books and equipment.
Official moving in day has been postponed due to the freelance booking I have in Manchester running on longer than expected.
Smashed up BMW Z4 on the corner of Oldham Street and Hilton Street in Manchester (right outside Forbidden Planet). Judging by the damage I can only imagine it got hit by a bus.
No one appeared to injured though. In fact, the driver was nonchalantly chatting to the police while suppin’ on a coffee.