New Beginnings – October 2015
I first heard about AMZ Tracker from my friend Tanya back in 2015, she, being a member of AMZ Tracker saw a job ad on their website and informed me about it! I was looking for a meaningful break from Brighton and as this was in Bangkok, one of the places on my list to visit, it was perfect timing.
The application process was a three day event! I had to create memberships, make a video and have a Skype interview but I got the job . Yep, I was well happy but it meant saying goodbye to the band I was playing in and to my son Indio who at the time was 16 and was pretty much independent and had left school and got himself in to college to study film making. Still, its a big move for anyone starting out on a Digital Nomadic journey.
I met the team at the Gold Irons Tattoo Club through my business associate Koulla Kakkouli also known as Mistress Dometria
who I do the Brighton Erotic Boudoir website for! She her self his a brilliant entrepreneur and really is first class in marketing her business’s through her work as a world champion Body builder and actress. We have worked together now for a good 9 years.
Gold Irons Tatto Club used to be known as its previous incarnation Diablo Tattoo Studio. The guys spent quite a lot of money re-moddleing the studio and brought me in to enhance there online aspect with a commission for a brand new website.
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.
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 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.
The New Stages Ltd web site is the second incarnation of a site that I have done for David, my cousins husband. David is an award winning Theatre architect who runs a very successful and respected practise who serves some very prestigious establishments.
I was desperate to get this site done as the old one was in Joomla and was looking a bit tired and not performing that well on Google
Palm Tree Products is the brainchild of my business partner in Ink oil Tanya Caso! It was through Tanya that I ended up going to Bangkok to work with AMZ Tracker back in 2015. I met Tanya via our mutual friend Naomi Bedford who I was a session drummer for. Tanya needed some web design done for her then fledgling business, we met up form there and I put together a couple of web sites for her.
It was at this time that Tanya told me all about selling on Amazon and the Amazing Selling Machine course she was doing! I was pretty sceptical at the time as I thought it was a bit pie in the sky but boy was I proved wrong