I am a multi-disciplinary writer, curator and designer based in London.
A teenage obsession with graffiti art and street culture led me to start a blog on the subject. This evolved over the years, and under my ‘Scraffer‘ brand I ended up releasing a number of prints, curating several group shows and undertaking art consultancy work with various different brands. Thanks to this, I was able to work with some of the best street artists in the world, such as Blek le Rat, Invader, Ludo, Pure Evil, Remi Rough and Inkie, amongst others.
I have also worked at numerous record companies, and co-founded a label and events brand of my own which ran for a number of years. This gave me the platform to begin undertaking more graphic design jobs, providing the opportunity to design club flyers for, amongst others, Thurston Moore, Laetitia Sadier and Fred Deakin.
In 2014 I undertook my biggest project to date: the republication of a book that had been out-of-print for forty years. Called The Writing on the Wall, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the project off the ground. This garnered considerable press interest, including a double page piece by Alexis Petridis for the Guardian, and the campaign nearly doubled its funding target. As well as running the campaign and overseeing the publication, I also researched and wrote an extended foreword for the new edition. Released in April 2015, the book features some of the earliest known photos of London’s burgeoning graffiti scene taken by the then Time Out photographer Roger Perry. Since release the book has been featured in Foyles, Tate Britain, the Photographers’ Gallery and the British Library.
A collaboration with Carhartt WIP led to an exhibition of Roger Perry’s photographs at London’s legendary Horse Hospital in Russell Square. The show received much favourable press, and ended up travelling to Datta Librarie in Lyon. Scaled down versions of the show took place at Carhartt WIP’s stores in Shoreditch and Amsterdam, with a commemorative T-Shirt and zine, both designed by me, being released worldwide.
I have written articles for Vice, Hypebeast, The Idler and International Times, as well as for an infrequent magazine I edit entitled Colour Format. My work within the world of street culture has also led to me undertaking brand consultancy roles, including advising a large international cosmetics brand looking to align themselves better within the youth market.
Since graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016, I have continued to build my design practice, working on numerous jobs in the music industry. I designed the new EP for Andrew Weatherall, as well as doing UNKLE‘s latest album, which reached number 16 in the UK Albums Chart, giving them their highest placing since their 1998 debut album. The UNKLE campaign involved designing LP, CD, Deluxe CD, two different picture disc editions, three different cassette editions, a USB stick, and a digital version. To tie in with this I had to do the entire advertising campaign, which involved creating two different billboards, one of which stood at 12m long, as well as various posters, stencils and digital promo assets. My design work for UNKLE has been featured in Creative Review, and won the Making Vinyl ‘Alex Award’ for best designed Gatefold Vinyl 2017, earning a mention in Billboard magazine.