Hospital Art! and other fruity things

The Hospital Art! exhibition at the ArtVinyl gallery in E8 came to a close this week, before i even posted about it here in my weblog. ironically i did make a post about it on my new site about a month ago, but the site has been sitting around at about 99% finished for so long the exhibition came and went.


here is a blurry photo of everyone mingling at opening night:


and here is a photo of most of the work up on display:


so that went well!


here are a pair of non-purple purple dudes, in fruit form.


Happy Birthday Lilly!

It was Lilly’s birthday this week, so i painted her a new hoodie:


bit of an adventure behind this, but i won’t go into full rambling detail. the inside is custom-lined using fabric from a pink babyblanket, which is really soft! and the entire thing is hand-painted in shimmering pink. i wasn’t sure i was happy with it until Lilly said she loves it! 🙂

Some new stuff that doesn’t really belong on my portfolio

hi! i was thinking about why i decided to keep my weblog and i realised it’s a good ground to post weird stuff that doesn’t really belong on my portfolio, especially as it’s not all corp-ed up. here is a drawing i did a couple of days ago that’s a perfect example of why.


i’m not really sure what there is to this beyond what you see, but he’s rather creepy looking. he’s eager. i don’t know what he is, but he’s on some kind of seafaring vessel and is wearing a ruff. how elizabethan!


and the following day i drew this fella. it started off as a dancing bear, then i decided i’d put him (yes him) in a grass skirt so he was more dancing a bit of a hawiian hula thing. again, doesn’t really have a place on the portfolio, but there’s something interesting about it nonetheless.

i leave you with this penguin!



all these entries! yesterday, i made this:


Click it. it’s a bit nauseating, but really somewhat fascinating!

More Boobies!

Kali pointed out to me the amazingness of boobies! check their feet!


this almost proves that not only are they graced with amazing names, but they are amazing creatures full stop! possibly the greatest airbourne creatures at least!

Booby Chicks!

2 days in a row? what’s going on?



I decided i was going to draw a pelican, with all it’s pouchy glory. so here it is, pelican about town. when setting out to draw it, however, i got distracted and ended up drawing this first:

Booby Chick!


this isn’t me being crude, that’s you! look! Wikipedia doesn’t lie! hehee! anyway. i thought that blue tits were funny, but i think “booby chick”s really take the biscuit.



Here’s some stuff i neglected to update last week.


I Added 4 new wallpapers for you to download! although some of them really aren’t that new at all. but the crazy oddlips comic look was just done this evening! so fresh i’ll prolly hate it in the morning. haha.


Shortfolio / Threads Portfolio


I made a Shortfolio and a Threads Portfolio this week. The idea is to be a shorter and more powerful portfolio, and something to show people that may be interested in working with me or in the fashion industry. or something.

Wild Wacom


This was something i forgot to add in my last post… I decorated my Wacom pen tablet, made it all outlandish, floral and ladle-y. hooray!


Yes, it’s been shamefully long since i last updated this. i have tonnes of new stuff to show, to the point i’ve probably completely forgotten about some stuff! hah. 🙂 so let’s get on with it!

John B – Electrostep

This is John B’s 5th Artist Album. it may as well be 80s pop at 174bpm, which if you ask me is fantastic! great fun! hooray john! etc!

Med School

Med School is a new sub-label of the mighty Hospital Records. i spent ages dancing around ideas being so close to what I considered perfection but not quite, then I had some of what I called ‘colsperation’. Talking to Tony and seeing how enthusiastic he was about the project just fuelled me, and now it’s done and i’ve smashed it!

The project has consisted of logo and identity design, sleeve and labels, publicity, (minor) web design, and typography. I completely designed and created the two weights of the Med School font from scratch due to a dissatisfaction with the rounded typefaces available. again, very happy!


Critical Site

Speaking of webdesign, i actually did some for someone else. here is a little preview of the website I have built for Kasra’s Critical Music imprint. It hasn’t gone live yet tho, so this is only a little sneak at it…


And I’m not stopping there! believe it or not, I’m doing more web design. A complete overhaul of Hospital Records’ website is in the pipelines too!

Logistics – Now More Than Ever

Here’s another big project I’ve been working on! This is Logistics’ debut album ‘Now More Than Ever’, which is probably the most anticipated and (hopefully going to be the) biggest drum & bass album of the year!

The project was really quite something! It started by Chris showing me his idea, then I got carried away with working on it! I came up with this wild outlandish idea to do the typography in lights, and ended up making it! Amongst usual design work – I singlehandedly commanded the leadup single “Beatbox Master”, and did the typographic work on the album, but the real feat of the project here is the 750-LED sign. I designed and engineered the sign from scratch, and soldered all 750 bulbs together (several times over in some places) and then wired it together. Many thanks to my grandpa for his sterling engineering advice througout the course of the project!

We then brought Boris Austin ( to photograph the man himself Logistics and the sign. There were a few minor hiccups with the photos, but we got there in the end and I think Boris has done an absolutely magnificent job of the photos!

Above: Album Cover. Also big ups to my brother Adam for loaning us the shades we used on the album cover. safety! Below: Leadup Single Cover

The leadup single is in Black and Silver (all spacey looking). It is being released on 12″ Single and 7″ in an inverted colourway, with an alternative B-Side. Buy Both! hehee. Oh and of course, the album is fantastic. 2 CDs of Magnificence! well done Loggy!


After the seminal Floodlight by DJ Fresh launching the DOA label astronomically, there has been a rather long hiatus. but they’ve finally lined up the next single, and i was brought in to do the art.

It’s not very Trickartt! the music is very dark and techy, so i went for that look! hopefully it’ll look good in print and the people that like that sort of music will like my art! hehe.


Trickartt Threads

Just to tease you! here are my latest hand-painted designs. i promise i’ll start selling some if you can prove to me you’ll buy them! hehe.

this was a bit of a weird idea that was kind of successful but kind of not. i like it, but after wearing it a couple times, thought it was a bit of a weird thing to have painted on my back (yet i’m happy to wear tshirts with space lizards and men in hippo suits? haha)


now this design i am happier with. it’s maybe a little femenine, but i think it would look fantastic professionally printed! it’s my first not-completely-stupid design, and one of my first with minimal colours. i went for the lime green to match the laces in my new EMILIO PUCCI ADIDAS! hehee. i was so glad i got them!

Other Stuff!

We got some pinbadges made of the pixelly quiff i designed, to promote the computer love ep and renaissance man lp (both of which are out in the shops now, and i reccommend if you like your drum and bass bouncy and stupid!)

here is a thuggin’ bundt cake! threatening confectionary!

to further my range of carpentry products, I designed and built Adam a new bed for his birthday! i spent ages beavering away on it hidden in my grandparents’ garage working on it where he would never see it, but he still rumbled me, the swine. oh well, at least the end product is good! here it is modelled by his daughter, looking rather cheeky!

also on the carpentry tip, i finally finished and painted my record&bookshelves to match the decsk! very pleased with them both now! hooray! 🙂

lastly, as you may have spotted in the above pic, i made a lamp! it matches the skirt I made for Lilly earlier in the year, and i’m really pleased with it! i think it ends the cupcake range from trickartt from the time being. i don’t want to potentially upset johnny cupcakes. haha. the workings are salvaged from a broken ikea lamp i managed to fix, the base is sculpted out of fimo, and the shade is hand-painted!

ok that’s enough from me. hopefully the next time i update this it will be sooner than 3 months away!

Random Acts of Creativity

Hello, Internet world! Here are some random acts of creativity from the last month or so.


Magnet Monster riding a Maroon Magic Carpet


NHS105 – Q-Project – Computer Luv EP Cover


CRIT022/023 – Next two Critical releases from Bungle and Silent Witness, respectively



New style purple dude tshirt

I sanded down, filled, and repainted my decsk in a fresh purple finish, and gave myself backache getting the bastard back up the staircase



Lilly and I found a skirt we both liked the look of, but weren’t inspired by the colour, so it got the Trickartt treatment. Hopefully we’ll have photos of her modelling it at some point soon too!


New wallpaper I made myself. It’s of Lilly too tho, and she’s mine!


Baking is creative, right?

Trickartt non-purple-Purple-Dude cupcakes!


Brownie Mountain!

Also done some other artistic things, the usual record sleevey stuff that can’t be unveiled just yet…

And got over an addiction to House– I watched 43 Episodes in one week! crazy! It is a good show tho!

XHTML and Cupcakes

Urg. My newsblog keeps expanding across many pages cos i’m learning new code stuff, and i’m too lazy to update it all. i’ve just brought this page up to XHTML 1.0 standards, and you can click the little thing at the bottom of the right hand corner for proof. <br /> it’s a doddle really, just about being a tiny bit stricter with my coding. boh!<br /> it’s all part of a bigger picture tho, i’m aiming at taking my hand to PHP now, so hopefully eventually this site will all be easy for me to update, and easier for you to use! wooo!

Anyhoo, i did this last week, before i went to party it up at heaven…


it’s a happy cupcake! it seemed quite popular. i’ve been thinking about doing the tshirt thing properly again lately, but that’s all i’ll say. thinking. cos there’s nothing more to it. one thing at a time, ricky.

Champion Keyfinder

After music theory and mixing A&R from Tomahawk, i’ve been on a crusade to actually learn about key mixing. the trouble was, i don’t have a piano or keyboard to work it out to. so i’ve made this borderline pointless flash device, which is a nice little 12-key synth with a circle of fifths to match, to hook up to decks and use to key up records, because the only flash keyboard i found was crap and ugly.


bit of an oldschool synthy vibe, with the wood finish etc. tom hooked me up with the moogy samples. there are still some bugs to fix, and a proper page to be made, but it’s pretty sharp. linky on the right.

still need to make a better background for alternative css for this page. gonna pull out all the stops for that tho!