I am a multi-disciplinary writer, curator and designer based in Berlin.
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 three EPs for the much loved and sadly missed Andrew Weatherall, as well as doing UNKLE‘s last four albums, and all of the various promo assets that came with them. My design work with UNKLE has been featured in Creative Review, and my work on The Road: Part I won the Making Vinyl Award for best designed Gatefold Vinyl 2017, earning a mention in Billboard magazine.
Since moving to Berlin in 2020, I’ve expanded my client base further, working on a number of projects for Seth Troxler, as well as Damian Lazarus‘ label Crosstown Rebels. This included designing legendary producer Krust‘s first album in 14 years, The Edge of Everything.
At the end of 2020 I launched a new record label, Other Goodness, through which I’ve released new work and remixes by some of my favourite producers, including Bawrut, Future Beat Alliance, Margee, DJ Nature, Hardway Bros and Xiaolin.
I host a monthly show called Fiver On The Door on London’s Soho Radio. A full archive of shows is available here.