A few years ago, I was encouraged to try my hand at a bit of surfing. The idea of getting into the icy waters of the North Sea, made my more than hesitant. Tynemouth was the venue.
After struggling to get into a misfitting borrowed wet-suit, I tentatively entered the water with a battered, old board.
It was a beautiful summer evening but the water was far from warm. After my paddle out, I rapidly warmed up. Surprisingly, wet-suits keep you really warm – Phew!
I spent the next couple of hours surfing in on waves after they had broken… It was awesome…. The surf seed had been sown.
Not long after, I purchased a wet-suit and began scouring the web for my own surf board. I lucked out, and found someone selling an 8ft 6 mini mal, not far from me. I got in touch, negotiated a deal, and was soon the owner of a beautiful red and black custom made board.
As I drove my pride and joy home, I turned on the radio, only to be treated to Iggy Pop singing Passenger. My board was immediately named Iggy as a result… Perfect.
My Iggy Pop Sound Wave Art was inspired by this awesome track, and by his amazing album ‘Skull Ring’. Although Passenger is not on that album, it is still infinitely awesome.
The Stone Roses are one of the greatest bands out of Manchester ever. As a teenager I just loved the whole Indie, Madchester sound. My cassette of The Stone Roses was probably the music most played album shoved into my ‘off brand’ (phony) walkman.
Pretty much all of the tracks from their self titled first album, still stand the test of time. A modern masterpiece (If you can call 1989 modern). The combination of John Squire’s guitars, Mani’s bass, Reni’s drums and of course Ian Brown’s vocals were perfect.
The first time around, I was a little too young and naive to catch them when they played at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. I did however finally get to see them in one of their homecoming shows, at Heaton Park Manchester. 80,000 people in a field (in the rain), to see one of the greatest bands ever assembled was an experience I will never want to forget.
My Sound Wave Art based on Made of Stone, uses the iconic lemon as a main focus, with the waveform hugging the rind. Of course the original lemon is a little more grimey with it’s harsh black overlay. I wanted a more subtle cleaner, up to date look so kept the colour palette a little fresher.