Friday, 31 December 2010

Top Five List for 2010

New, or new to me - and in no particular order....

Books
Miles by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe.
Marvel Essentials, Tomb of Dracula, Vols 1 - 4.
Marvel Essentials, Amazing Spiderman, Vols 1- 17.
Dr Who, Peacemaker  by James Swallow.
Life During Wartime, Bernice Summerfield anthology.

Films
I watch nothing but films.  We don't have a TV - haven't had one all year and don't miss it at all. 
Jazz, a great series by Ken Burns.  I've really got into jazz this year.
Steptoe & Son series - classic British comedy.
Metalocalypse  The wife says I look like Murderface.
England vs Scotland 1967 - one of the best football matches ever.
Avatar - though the plot was too predictable, the visuals made up for it.

Music
Herbie Hancock, Thrust.
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew.
John Scofield plays Ray Charles.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, To The One.
Iron Maiden, Final Frontier.

Concerts
John McLaughlin, in March; Steve Hacket in November; Woody Mann also in November.

Heroes of Fiction
The Doctor (Dr Who).
Sherlock Holmes.
Spiderman.
Dr Strange.
The Beast, from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

Most Annoying People
The Beatles.
Yoko Ono.
Simon Cowell.
Jordan.
Kerry Catona.

People I'd Like to Meet
Gandhi.
Brian May.
Bette Davis.
Jack Bruce.
James Cagney.

Places I'd like to Visit
New York in the 1930's.
Venice, for a honeymoon with my wife.
The South Pole.
Sophia Loren's bedroom, complete with Sophia.
The bottom of Everest, 'cause everyone's already seen the top.

Wish List for 2011
* to live in a lighthouse on an island.
* to own a 50,000 watt home cinema/music system for my lighthouse.
* to own every comic Marvel and DC have ever published.
* to see Everton win the Champions League.
* to see Everton win any football match ha ha ha ha!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

In the Studio This Week...

I had two unexpected meetings this week. 

The first was with a cousin whom I've not seen since she was twelve.   Then, she was chubby and had long ringlets.  Now she's a grown woman.  She recognised me, but she had to tell me her name and my aunt's name before I realised who she was.

The second meeting was with Chris L, who I've not seen for a decade or so.   I didn't recognise him either.  The last time I'd seen him, he had a thick head of hair usually worn in a ponytail.  Now the hair's gone.  We used to hang around together, and it was when we were both working together - me as a photographer, Chris as a film maker - that I met my wife.   He's married now, too, with a family.  But he still plays the drums.  In a band, too, he said, due to play support for Big Country.  Cool. 

The bad news is that George died.  I knew that he'd been ill for some time, and the last time he came into the studio it was to say his goodbyes.  He had wanted to die in Spain but that wasn't possible.  He loved Spain and often visited one of his sons who lives there.  I sent flowers to the family, to pay my respects.  George often used to visit the studio for a chat, and he sent a lot of custom my way.

Last night, Lee and I saw Steve Hacket play at the Pacific Road.  Great concert, good crowd.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Guitar workshop at New Brighton yesterday, and spring-cleaning the kitchen today. 

Life's nothing if not varied.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I've just been watching England vs. Scotland from 1967.  Scotland annihilated them.  Brilliant!

Old footballers were men.  New footballers don't have their skills or sense of sportsmanship.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Locked Out

I forgot my studio keys on Saturday, so went back home to get them only to find I'd also left the housekeys on the table, and the wife had gone out. I had to sit on the front step for four hours till she came home. 

Friday, 17 September 2010

Advertising my Studio

I'll not be renewing my Yellow Pages advert this year. This doesn't mean the studio is closing - far from it.

The reason is simply that everyone looks for information online these-days, either on their PCs or via mobile phones.

I can't even remember the last time any client came into the studio and said they'd found the studio via the phone book. When I first opened the studio eighteen years ago, things were different. Most people didn't own a computer, and mobile phones were enormous - and few people owned them, too.

Technology, and the way people use technology, has changed. Out with the old... Hence me not renewing the old paper phone book advert.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Overheard on the bus...

Conversation between a small boy and his two uncles:-

Boy: Uncle John, is Uncle Peter your wife?

John: No, he's my husband.

Boy: My mum says you need a woman to have a baby, so how can you have one?

John: We're going to buy one from a big baby shop.

Boy: Can I come too?

John: If you like.

Boy: What are you going to call it?

John: Well, I want Patch and he wants Rover.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Tattoos and the Law

British Law clearly states that if a person is under the age of eighteen, then it is illegal to be tattooed.

End of story.

I don't care if your mum says it's ok. I don't care if some jerk on TV or in a band says it's ok. I don't care if you've had a tattoo done illegally elsewhere already.

If you are under eighteen, you're not welcome in my studio.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Bongos and Guitars

After Easter, the tattoo studio will be open six days a week - Monday to Saturday, 11am - 5pm approx.

This week, I tattooed a lady who was in her seventies. She wanted roses flowing over her breast and shoulder, and she intends to have the design extended so it will continue down her arm.

Chris brought in his new acoustic bas guitar and sat down playing that - and if you visit the studio today you’ll hear Chris and Lee jamming on their guitars together. Lee’s performed in folk and blues clubs for years and he's brought some of his guitars into the studio many times.