Prior to meeting my better half, I had never seen a James Bond movie. I considered this an achievement of sorts. Lilly, however, has a fondness for them, so over the past eight years or so, I’ve seen what I assume is all of them, and most of them at least twice!
The problem with this is a bit like being introduced to twins, or how I used to have back-to-back German and Spanish classes in high school – everything just goes into the same file in the brain-cabinet. In that spirit, here is me tipping out the contents of the James Bond file as it currently appears in my mind.
- There’s an early one with Odd Job, who has a deadly bowler hat. They are fighting over some gold
- Wheelchair villain scooped up by a helicopter ‘I’ll buy you a delicatessen in stainless steel!’
- There is one where the villain is a man with three nipples who has a sociopathic dwarf assistant. They live on Thunderbird Island
- There is one with Willard Whyte. Baja?!
- There is one where the villain is on a boat called M.Y. Disco Volante. Does he have an eyepatch? He says ‘jettison cocoon’ and James Bond is dressed up like a saveloy sausage
- There are two with Jaws, one where he falls out of a closet in a train and one where he falls in love with a tiny blonde girl with glasses in space
- There is one exceptionally racist one set in the bayous of Louisiana? Or are they all exceptionally racist?
- Roger Moore’s tiny plane that appears out of a horse’s backside? Lesbian pilot school?
- There is one starring Christopher Walken and Grace Jones, Walken has a blimp and Jones rides a bomb Dr Strangelove style
- James Bond rides a cello down a ski slope?
- There is a Pierce Brosnan one where he drives a car around a car park from his giant Nokia communicator, and one featuring jungle thug Goldie. I’ve no idea if they’re the same movie
- There’s another Brosnan movie where he makes his car invisible at some big ice palace
- In one of the modern Daniel Craig ones he uses a pocked defibrillator on himself. It may or may not be the same movie where there’s some nasty rape scene in that hotel in the middle of the desert that I thought was totally inappropriate for a 12A-rated movie
- In Skyfall they blow up the big house in Scotland and Judi Dench dies
…That’s about the extent of it. If nothing else, I think I got the chronology vaguely right?
I got some stickers made up of a post-it doodle from earlier this year, for no other reason than they seemed like a good idea. Would you like some? Yeah you would! They are orange because that’s the colour they’re meant to be, and blue because that’s the colour of my bicycle (although my bike isn’t a road machine like this!).
If you go here and Paypal me just £2, wherever you are in the world, I will post you two of each colour. What a good deal!
This week’s new release I had a hand in (literally!) is ‘Perspective’ by Anile on Med School. After MD Chris came up with the record cover in a record cover concept, we sent Hospital’s ‘resident doodler’ Snapclicker out with his camera to find us something to work for the title, and this shot from the Barbican Centre jumped out as being perfect for the job. I gave it a retro jazzy feel front and back, and with everyone happy, it went off to print.
When the final copies arrived at The Purple Gates, I couldn’t resist going back to Barbican myself to keep the image going, in kind of a wormhole style. It worked a bit better with the CD, I think. If I was to go any further though, I’d need a much wider lens!
The middle of the calendar year on the edges of June and July is always a strange time of year in the world of Ricky Trickartt. I spend the entire year listening to music and staring blankly at people enthusing about sports, then along comes summer and all I want to do is listen to Wimbledon and hear nothing about Glastonbury. It’s a bit topsy-turvy. Accordingly, several of this month’s dailies have been at least tangentially related to tennis.
My personal favourite of this month was the Dog Dip (not tennis-related). It took me a few goes to get it right, but I look at it and think it’s pretty perfect now. It’s a picture of a big fluffy dog who had been wading in the river, and didn’t look nearly as bulky once the water had wetted down his fur.
By far the biggest hit this month was Kim Jong-Kardashian. It was a bit of an obvious idea I had rattling around in my head for a while, and it took me a while to figure it out. Once I did, I found it a bit disturbing, and fully expected it to tank accordingly, but it got way more likes and comments than I would’ve ever expected.
People tell me that one day something I come up with is going to go truly viral. I guess it could, but I don’t think I’m good enough at the ‘social’ part of social networking. Or the ‘networking’ part of social networking.
After the fold are all the old direct links, for posterity’s sake. Continue reading “The Sports-Music Flip-flop”
There goes June with its seasonably long days and late nights! While I feel like the rest of my peer group have been out enjoying the weather at assortments of music festivals this month, I have been alternatively enjoying it through the ridiculous nature of local waterfowl and bicycle ownership.
I think the best thing I drew this month was the psycleiatry. It’s pretty stupid, it’s pretty great.
Oh! And a big thing happened this month: I filled up my second ever post-it book! Since upping these notes to one-a-day I filled up this book about three years faster than it took me to fill my first. I am proud, it’s a wonderful catalogue of woeful ideas. Check it out!
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The latest release I’ve had the pleasure of working on is Lynx’s new album, and his first on Hospital Records, simply titled ‘I Am Lynx’.
We haven’t often done the full-on collage thing at Hospital, at least since 2006’s Computer Love EP, but we all thought it’d go well with Lynx’s idiosyncratic musical style. Steve was up for it too, so he sent through a folder of some classic childhood/family photos and a list of objects and memories from growing up in 80s/90s Britain for me to get to work with.
I pulled the collage all together in a way that radiated around Chelone Wolf‘s portrait of Lynx, to show all of these things making him who he is today, along with a few sillier lynx moments.
I’m really pleased with the cover, it’s mega colourful, totally ridiculous and very Monty Python (we even included Bronzino’s Cupid foot), but it’s also probably the most personal artist’s album cover I’ve ever designed.
Digital and CD are out on Monday, with the vinyl following soonafter (thanks, Record Store Day). Go and cop it!
Let May 2015 go down in history as the month a royal peanut was born, David Cameron was re-elected in all his porky glory, and Canning Town was actually condensed into a series of cans.
Looking back across this spread of ridicule, I think my favourite thing was the dog I saw staring at the jambons at the French market a couple of weeks back. It was such a perfect sight – like something out of a cartoon – and my drawing even did the scenario justice.
It was also a month of punctures in my world – I got my first one on my bicycle since I got it in January, helped a stranger fix theirs, and got two on my Vespa. Let’s hope for a bit of respite on that front next month!
How was May for you?
After the fold are all the old direct links, for posterity’s sake. Continue reading “May’s Post-it Menagerie”
Something that really captured my imagination while travelling around Africa last summer was the dutch/wax print fabrics that were popular in Rwanda. As is plainly obvious, I’m a total sucker for bright colours, but what I also loved was the sheer madness of the designs themselves.
Like the woman casually walking down the street with the weight of a small Vespa in potatoes balanced on her head, wearing a dress adorned with chevrons and plaice fish. Or this cheerful lady wearing a skirt emblazoned with itnernational currency symbols:
It really made me wonder how they settle on the random objects to turn into these wonderful patterns. I love a good pattern, and I love drawing strange things, so I’ve gathered up some of the irregular patterns I’ve been drawing into this new page on my portfolio.
I’ve put a set of ten up in the portfolio – look at them here! It’d be amazing to see a pattern I drew turned into fabric one day. I would be so honoured!
Here’s what I’ve been up to this April. Lots of patterns this month! I like to draw patterns, I should draw more. And maybe finish more beyond post-it notes too?
My favourite thing beside the patterns this month was Bobby Byrd visiting the fishmonger. Horray for bad jokes!
After the fold are all the old direct links, for posterity’s sake. Continue reading “April’s Rhythms”
It’s been a little longer than your typical gregorian month since my last roundup. This is because I went on a deep-south roadtrip in March – when we hit the forests of Arkansas the internets were all gone, and by the time we made it to New Orleans, I was too busy stuffing my face with beignets to send a daily dispatch. Yes, I had a lovely time!
I’ve been having a fun time beyond the roadtrip too – aside from the computer crashes and the start of British political silly season, I’ve been imagining salami tsunamis, astronaut bunnies, pirate dachshunds, and illustrating a story about a cat who was ambushed by cayenne pepper. Cool!
Until next time, oh fair internet!
After the fold are all the old direct links, for posterity’s sake. Continue reading “Dear Diary”