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I got into web design via the music industry! In the late 80’s with the advent of Acid House music! Many bands were turning to drum machines, samplers and other music technology at the time, bands like the Shaman and Big Audio Dynamite and the likes. Not wanting to be left on the side-lines, I learnt to program a drum machine and by the early 90’s I was pretty fluent with the electronic side of music.

At this time, Microsoft Windows 3.1 was available, as was Apple Macintosh, and then The Internet was suddenly available via a massive noisy box called a modem. This really revolutionised so many things at this time for so many of us in music. Suddenly, we were able to put our band on a web page.

 

Breaking News – I am very happy to announce that I will be recording with Naomi Bedford on her new album! Other artists on the album are Andy Summers from The Police and Paul Simmonds from The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

I have officially retired from professional session drumming but do enjoy a jam-session and the odd pub gig with my mates! And yes, before you ask, of course I miss it but its a tough game and I have spent many years doing it! I’m a hard drummer with a Dave Grohl, John Bonham style which is pretty ear shattering and I want to keep whats left of my hearing intact. Also, its very physical! I am not a drummer who’d just sit there and play a nice 4×4, I am like a caged animal when I play! I suppose I used my time behind a drum kit to exercise my inner torment and share it with an audience as rhythm.

Love Tattoos – Love Ink Oil

Ink Oil® is a business idea  that came to me like a shot out of the blue! I’d just got back to Bangkok from a trip to Bali which I have to say is where the inspiration hit me smack in the boat race (cockney rhyming slang – face).

I’m a tattooed guy and always use coconut oil as an aftercare product but it’s messy and that was when it hit me! “Why don’t I develop a coconut based tattoo aftercare cream”? So I did. Then I had to think of a name that would work both as a .com and as a company trading name for the brand. This was going to take a lot of due diligence!

The Brighton Erotic Boudoir is a website that I designed for my dear friend and business associate Koulla Kokkuli also known as Mistress Dometria. I have done quite a few sites for Koulla and host them on my servers! we have been working together for about nine years now so planning this website was pretty much part of my normal modus operandi and I also knew the subject matter pretty well.

The one thing I had to get spot on though was the branding , look and feel and a pretty complex booking for that would work with Paypal. Being WordPress, this was not so much of a challenge as a range of plugins were available

I first arrived in Bangkok in 2012 on an invitation from a life long friend who lives and works there as a teacher! First impressions…? Well, not exactly overwhelmed to be honest! For a start, they drive on the same side of the road as us and the cars look similar to that of the UK. But it was fucking hot! Not just hot hot but the kind of hot that sucks your breath out of your sweat glands.
It’s always hot in Bangkok! Thailand has three seasons, Wet, Hot and cold. Cold rarely gets below 80 degrees, Wet season requires amphibious transport and Hot season is at best, uncomfortable and at worst, a danger to the mortality of even the most health conscious.

It takes a while you get used to the heat and indeed the way of life! And that is not something that comes in a 2 week visit

So, another Visa run and another flight out of Bangkok! This time I decided to take my lovely girlfriend Gift with me to Siem Reap in Cambodia. I’d heard so much about it from fellow DC’s and co workers that I decided that I must see it for myself! And off to Don Muang airport in a Uber black we went, and then I realised that Gift had never flown before! She’s got her new passport and was a bit nervous. Even being in the airport had her trembling. Not many Thai people have a passport, let alone fly so this was a big deal for her, and the fact that she was leaving her 16 year old daughter behind with her sister. She was a tad distressed.

We got on the Air Asia plane which was all very normal for me being a frequent flyer, we taxi’ed along the run way and I held her hand as we picked up speed and took off.

I got the idea for buying and selling vintage Harley’s when I returned to Brighton in February this year! I went for a drink with my good friend and collaborator Kent who I have known for a few years now. Kent is an old school real biker with the tattoos and a Harley workshop in Brighton! I was originally looking for a bike for myself for the summer season but couldn’t find what I was looking for so seeing a gap in the market for flipping bikes for a profit decided to buy some vintage Ironhead Sportsters.

Kent already had a set up called Rat Chopper where he was fixing up and customising friends bikes but I saw the potential here for so much more.