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Aberdeens Graffiti Mecca 2008 vs 2018!

The old Richards Textile factory sits dominant on the Aberdeen skyline, its red brick chimney stacks visible for miles around. The high walls and cast iron fences once served to protect the valuable textiles and fabrics created with in, but now with added barbed wire act as a deterrent to any would be trespassers. The story of the factory (check the Wikipedia page and also this article) and its closing is quite controversial with local millionaire Ian Suttie stepping in to save the factory from closure in 2002 only to shut it down completely in 2004. The workers lost their pensions and the site has lain dormant as they await approval for a new 'Urban Village' (see unrealistic vision of it here) with some 390 new homes. If ever there's a case of playing the long game its the Richards debacle. Thankfully the project has been held up in the quagmire of planning permissions and heritage issues but I'm not sure if the pensions issue has been settled yet. But the factory has…

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Well thats yer lot 2017! It's been a massive year for me personally and creatively speaking. I think my best 9 from instagram does a pretty good job in summing up the highlights. Hope 2018 is good to you all and I'll see you guys on the flip side ♥️

'Follow / Unfollow - An Instagram Show' for Nuart Aberdeen!

With the years end fast approaching I thought I'd better pull the finger out and highlight one of the funnest but also most stressful projects I've worked on. With Nuart bringing such a stellar roster of artists and media personnel to the city we wanted to showcase as much Aberdeen based talent as possible. With Painted Doors giving so many a platform we hoped Nuart would be another level up for the bustling artists who call Aberdeen home. The problem is we didn't quite know what to do ( or what we were allowed to do) or where to do it. As the weeks flew by the chances of organising a fully hung gallery show diminished and with the Nuart team focusing on the logistics of the festival it was up to us to try and pull something together.

I came up with a simple solution, to create a set of video loops which mimic my instagram feed but with hand picked posts from my favourite Aberdeen artists. After all, I can't even count how many great artists I've discovered through …

Doric Skateboards!

If you're friends with me on facebook then you'll have seen quite a few shared posts from Doric Skateboards. Doric is a new Aberdeen based skateboard company, started by Gary Kemp and operated from a small make shift screen print studio set up in his loft. I'm sure many of the older skate generation dream of starting their own company but never quite finding the right time or more accurately they always find a reason not to. And Gary would probably put himself into that category til one day he realised there wasn't really anything stopping him. Perhaps the fact he wanted to print his own graphics but knew nothing about screen printing? Well a quick visit to Peacocks print studio and a tutorial from his brother and he was off. 

For the past 12 months or so Doric has been bubbling away, first releasing the 'Street Dreams' deck with an iconic image of a well know pop star who just so happens to come from the Granite City. Next up a riff on the classic Bon Accord co…

Street Art Aberdeen!

2017 is the year that street art came to town! We we're treated in 2016 by UV ARTS and their 'Release the Pressure' festival which brought an incredible array of top graffiti writers and artists from across Europe and Painted Doors has helped get artists out of the studio and onto the streets and Nuart has put Aberdeen on the street art world map. But what about all the graffiti and street art that came before and who's putting up work on the streets now?

Well I'm hoping Street Art Aberdeen can help answer both questions. For the past 10 years and a bit before that I've been documenting graffiti and tags in the granite city along with numerous street art projects from artists like Craig Barrowman and of course my own adventures with stencils and spray paint. Although less active the past few years I've still been snapping away and despite having the blog as a focal point many of my pictures have sat on hard drives unseen. This was a conscious decision as I n…