19/06/2012 12:48

Tenderloin Font

When I did my solo show at White Walls gallery, last March (2011) I designed a new font which I called 'The San Francisco Font'.  I designed this font from an old Philip Morris till receipt.  Only using the P and the M, I managed to create the whole alphabet, probably looking nothing like the originally intended version -  but I was happy with the result.  I've used this font on a few canvasses but more importantly I've pushed and developed this in interesting ways on the streets.  It's become one of my favourite typefaces because of how versatile it is.   It also has more character and is more adaptable than some of the other fonts that I use.  Another interesting character from the United States is a young man called Chank Diesel.  Now Chank's real job is designing fonts and re-designing typography.  These he either licences out to large corporations or enables free downloads for personal use.  Chank saw a painting in San Francisco where I'd used my new font and proposed that he do something proper with it.  As there is already an alphabet designed in the 60's called 'The San Francisco Font', we had to come up with a different name - Tenderloin won and for those who have been to the area, you'll understand why.  Check out the new font, designed by me and Chank - you can download it for FREE by following this link


I hope some of you will do something original and creative with it.  Or just write your name.  


10/04/2012 13:32

Worth More Than A Scion - San Francisco

Worth More Than A Scion - San Francisco

28/02/2012 20:09

Sickness - San Francisco

While in Mexico I was heavily influenced by the hand painted advertising and signage - all around you, especially in the older districts you find these beautifully crafted, hand painted shop signs.  The thing that I found interesting about these was the individuality and the freedom of style.  It appeared that the sign writers painting them weren't following any rule books - something which would be considered a mistake over here looked perfect and seemed to work in the colouful and vibrant surroundings.  I left Mexico with some great ideas and new ways to continue my typographic mission.  Also on my mind was Sickboy's forthcoming show at White Walls Gallery.  I'm hopefully going to be in San Francisco at the time of his show and I've been thinking about collaborating on a large wall with him.  With this in mind I'd been sketching some ideas, when I was given the opportunity to paint this wall on Brannah and 6th.  The wall itself is not ideal; two grilled windows and a large shutter break it up.  I couldn't make one word or phrase fit around these obstacles so the best way to make this work seemed to be to paint 3 separate words on the larger sections of the wall.  I started with Sickness on the first day, combining two letter styles and breaking the word up into its individual syllables, making the word fit the space comfortably.   Day 2, with two more sections still to paint and happy with the way Sickness had come out, I wanted to continue with that theme.  So I started thinking about 4 letter words that worked with a 'less' or a 'ness'.  There are some funny ones out there, but after hearing Sam's (landlord of the building) life story 'Hopeless' and 'Loveless' were the most appropriate.

Thanks to Dscreet Ben for coming down and filming the action

01/02/2012 17:24

Social Club - San Francisco

So 3 weeks in Mexico City finally came to an end.  Thanks to Pedro, Lorenzo and APC for hooking up all the walls and a car. We managed to paint something every other day, it’s a pretty free city where you can kind of paint where you want.  There is so much graffiti there no one cares.  The cops are all on the take so if you do get in trouble its no more than 20 bucks for a get out of jail free card.  I loved the place.

Now back in SF for a couple of weeks before heading home.  Painted this - Social Club - down in Oakland.  It’s on the side of an old music venue/Crack house, that’s slowly being turned back into a venue.  Social Club seemed to fit very nicely.

Not looking forward to the cold

Photo's courtesy of www.williamperls.com

23/12/2011 16:13

Control - San Diego

Taking Control of our Lives


19/12/2011 23:25

I'm Destructive in Miami

I'm Destructive, and been feeling this way for a while.  The design destrict in Miami has this huge ugly pink inside of a room kind of thing on the corner of North Miami and 40th.   Whilst painting 'More Light More Power', Chris from Primary Flight asked if I was interested in painting this land mark in the design district  so I said - "Yeah i'll start tomorrow".   He mailed me an image and my first thought was 'THIS NEEDS TO BE. BLACK.'  Got it finished in 2 days then left the lift for ROA. super pleased with the result.  I dont say this very often but we left the wall looking better than when we arrived.
Thanks Chris


12/12/2011 19:22

Shutter Street - Miami

5th Avenue, Miami.  Not like 5th Avenue in New York but the only street in Wynwood full of shops with shutters.  We went down there with some permission slips and photo's of the stuff that we've done before and knocked on some doors, spoke to some Korean dudes and every 3rd of 4th shop reluctantly gave us permission to paint their shutters.  We turned up early morning Sunday and started painting the first store we had permission for.  Within minutes PC plod rolled up politely asking 'What the fuck?'.  As Steph had the shortest skirt and a brand new 'Guilty' tattoo we sent her over to deal with it.  10 or so minutes later it was all cool.    With that part of the process dealt with we continued painting every shutter down the entire length of 5th Ave with our own police protection.  40 shutters later, as the sun was beginning to set, we waved 'Goodbye' to PC Plod and decided never to show our faces on 5th Avenue again.  

thanks to www.deadfix.com for hooking up some photo's 

10/12/2011 18:28

Wasting - Miami

Part 2 of My Valuable Time - Wasting.  This was Saturday when all hell was breaking loose.  I had a sick spot that I wanted to paint but unfortunately the dude who owned the wall was totally not down.  I sat there for about an hour weighing up the risks and it was just a bit too hot, with my reputation.  So I had a little spot around the corner and we went and rocked that.  Just as I was running out of paint Australia turned up and filled in the gap.  A sick little collab with Lister.  Very pleased as without Wasting, My Valuable Time was sending out the wrong message.  


08/12/2011 16:55

My Valuable Time - Miami

The Montana Compound - Wynwood.  This is the place where the graffiti world was centered in Miami.  Crazy heads from all over painted in this giant lot and Rough the grass did something crap, apart from him it was insane to see the pieces that people were pulling off.  Wynwood at night turned into the Wild West, the police didn't seem to care and EVERYTHING was getting bombed to fuck.  For lots of people, if you didn't get your photographs before the sun set, by the time you came back in the morning your painting had been destroyed by the local vandals.  Its. Such. Fun.

Photos to come of the Wasting half of My Valuable Time.  Me and Lister killed it.  




29/11/2011 15:22

More Light More Power

In old London times, before electricity, before Jack the Ripper and just after Shakespeare, Shoreditch built the biggest gasworks in London.  Streetlights and shop fronts were lit with powerful gas lamps.  The authorities at the time were so proud that around the Royal crest of their new town hall they had the words - "More Light, More Power" carved and its still there today.   Unlike Whirley Gig, the London Apprentice and the Shoredicth Twat.  Here's to More Light More Power. 




18/11/2011 18:56

Miami Vandals

Arrived in Miami with no walls to paint and paint not arriving for another week.  Luckily we hooked up with Above who had loads of paint he didn't want and this time of year in Miami so many people are painting stuff on the street that the police turn a blind eye to you, which is nice.  First installment - Miami Vandals.  Watch this space.



20/10/2011 06:40

Eine in Manhatten, NYC

Painted over 40 shutters in NY - Manhattan and the Bronx, including the whole alphabet, the first ever spanish n and an apostrophe. Swaaag.


23/09/2011 16:37

Teach in Tenderloin, SF

TEACH, in the Tenderloin, San Francisco.  Hold on don't I know a guy called Teach in London?  DDS. word.


22/09/2011 00:01

Ultimate Space, San Francisco

Painting in hot and sunny San Franciscio, on Valencia x 19th Street.  Photo's courtesy of Gareth Gooch (rather than the substandard i-phone photo's you have recently suffered).

20/09/2011 16:29

Great Adventures in Texas

The fourth Great Adventure in as many countries, this time in Dallas, Texas.  Hot as Hell.  In Dallas for the Goss-Michael Foundation annual charity aids auction.  30 artists including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Pam Glew, Shepard Fairey and myself donated works for the auction.  For more info on the show visit http://www.gossmichaelfoundation.org/

17/09/2011 02:26

Eynes In Dallas

Second wall in 4 days (sorry we're putting these up backwards), this one on Forth Worth Ave opposite mexican Johnny stunt man's lot and Shady Oaks.  Weirdly there was a big Ben Frost poster on the wall and on the way back to civilisation we drove past the grassy knoll.  


01/08/2011 05:00

Great Adventure, SF

On my first trip to San Francisco, way back in February I met this lovely couple who were quite keen for me to paint the side of their house.  So I did.

18/05/2011 23:00

Beat in the Tenderloin, SF

BEAT, Beat, beat. keep on saying it over and over again and it no longer sounds like the cool choice of word i thought it was way back in May when i decided to write it, but thinking about it that could be said for anything, plus it fitted the space really well.

San Francisco we love you.xxxx



03/05/2011 23:00

SPESH, in the Mission, SF

Spesh - Now here is a story, interesting or boring i'm not quite sure, but a story nontheless.  After talking to these farmer type people who organise a farmers market and could give me permission to paint this wall, we kind of agreed to write the word FRESH.  Again, as with all these spaces it's all about which letters fit the space best and which words i can make of this.  On the day cars blocked the way so I started writing FRESH backwards.  For the long 2 days that I was up and down painting the wall all I got was grief from the Market Farmer guy " You can't do this", " You can't park there", "You can't say that" - for 2 long days - "Can't, Can't, Can't"

We arrived early on the 3rd morning to paint the F and R and immediately they started moaning and can'ting, it felt like i'd come away with my wife by mistake.   I wasn't being paid to promote their farmers market and I was supplying all the paint myself, so I thought 'fuck this' and started working out what else I could write.  SPESH seemed the perfect solution.  Having special needs was exactly how I felt.

So San Francisco got a great big SPESH.  Unfortunately San Francisco already has a writer call Spesh who didn't like me writing his name and someone threw bottles of Corona filled with paint over the painting.  All in a days work, Ha


07/04/2011 06:17


Art in the Streets at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art - the biggest, fattest pat on the back from the men in suits, so far.  At the 11th hour I got a call to come down to LA and paint something.  Walking round the museum and seeing all these artists painting and installing their work, meeting these old men who were just young kids when I first picked up Subway Art as well as the young kids who are the next evolution in Street Art, WOW seemed to sum up exactly how I was feeling.  And the private view was quite good as well.