Friday, 23 September 2016
Despite its brazen editing ‘Dig!’ is a brilliant film. In fact I was so enamored with the film that I watched it solidly for a year. Re-watching it a decade later the narrative suggests a more passive agressive Monkees. Taking this thought further it was decided to recreate ‘Dig!’ as a bubblegum card series. Using style cues from the Star Wars cards of the 1970s the cards contain inane descriptions together with quotes making the series the ultimate bubblegum experience.
An exclusive print of The Cure circa 'The Top'. See Robert and Lol now with more make up and even bigger hair. This limited edition comes in a set of 20 prints, which are signed and numbered by the artist. Available here
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Jimmy Page's solo single from 1965 is a freakbeat-tastic treat worthy of The Kinks. It also costs a small fortune to purchase an original copy. Luckily for those of us without limitless resources it was reissued for Record Store Day this year. However the repro Fontana sleeve was a very sorry looking thing so it was decided to give it the lovely European picture sleeve it deserved. The raison d'etre being in this parallel universe 'She Just Satisfies' was reissued in 1967 with a current picture of the Yardbirds era Page. The rear of the sleeve features other Fontana artists worthy of your inspection.
Monday, 29 February 2016
The latest addition to the Piper Gates Design “Rock ‘n’ Roll” prints is everybody’s favourite post punk band The Cure. Illustrated here in their 1981-1982 glory the print is 30 x 40cm in size and printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper. It comes in an edition of 20 copies and is numbered and signed. See Robert, Simon and Lol as you’ve never seen them before! Available here
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
The latest limited edition print from Piper Gates Design features the might Kraftwerk in their full Man Machine glory. The print is 30 x 40 cm in size and is printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper. It comes in an edition of 35 copies and is signed and numbered by the artist. Available here.
The Kraftwerk print is also available as a limited edition A5 Birthday Card. The card is printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper and contains a unique blurb on the back. The blurb tells the story of how Kraftwerk discovered the inner workings of a pocket calculator. Available here
Friday, 22 January 2016
The first memory of David Bowie I have is hearing family concern over my older cousin Daryl having a Ziggy haircut and getting his ears pierced. My rather loathsome Grandma commented that he had gone a bit “weird”. I often think David would have had a quiet chuckle about this small act of subversion committed in his name.
It wouldn't be until years later that I fully fell under the spell of David and could see he was a true genius. I also realized he had unlimited creativity and was always going forward even if the results weren’t his best. It’s sad to think we live in a world without such boundless creativity but one thing is certain – we are all better for having him in it and for the rich body of work he has left us with. RIP David.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
An addition to Piper Gates Design Christmas range, the very wonderful Ralph and Florian from Kraftwerk. As usual the card is A5 in size and printed on high quality 250 gram paper but why does Ralph have a smartphone in 1978? The only way to find out is to buy a card and read the blurb on the back! Available here
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Monday, 28 September 2015
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Ever worried about what birthday card to get you Fall loving friends? Well, worry no more with the new Mark E Smith Birthday Card from Piper Gates Design. The card is A5 in size and printed on high quality 250 gram paper. Available here.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Piper Gates Design is now on instagram, originally the intention was to promote all things Piper Gates but it has now become something much more interesting. Warning: features a large amount of superhero lego. You can find Piper Gates Design instagram account here Also available on Twitter here
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
The Marmite Sisters were first described to me as a mixture of The Smiths and The Fall but what was even more interesting was the fact that they were still at school. As someone who was still at school and in a band (description: a mix of The Velvet Underground and The Jesus & Mary Chain but rubbish) it was encouraging to find like minded souls; especially in an environment where most bands in Leicester were unclean goths pretending to be Led Zepplin. For me at the beginning The Marmite Sisters sounded more like a C86 version of the Buzzcocks “Times Up” era and evolved into an entirely different and varied beast by the end of their lifespan. Listen for the evolution from Part Time Goths to Semi Detached and feel what it was like to live in the arse end of the east midlands between 1987 and 1995 - Ian Percival, April 2015.
Friday, 20 March 2015
In the mid/ late 1990s a good friend of mine did me a compilation tape of Serge Gainsbourg. The song which immediately hit home was Bonnie & Clyde which to this day is one of my favourite songs ever. A few years later (in the days before youtube) I saw a bootleg video of Bonnie & Clyde which was everything I wanted to see: French coolness, cigarettes, gun holsters and berets. Serge and Brigitte looked brilliant in it. For this limited edition print I wanted to capture that feeling of seeing that bootleg video for the first time. 35 copies signed and numbered printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper. Available here.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Between 1984 and 1986 The Jesus And Mary Chain were the best band in the world. Their mixture of melody and noise came at a time when music was boxed into categories which the Mary Chain made obsolete. To celebrate 30 years since the release of Psychocandy Piper Gates has released a limited edition print of the Mary Chain in their fab snarling Psychocandy formation. Printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper the print comes in an edition of 45 copies only and is signed and numbered by the artist. Available here.
Monday, 26 January 2015
Eagle eyed readers will have noticed that all posts relating to this project have been removed. This is because having completed pre-production work the film has gone into "production hell". Hopefully one day the stars will align and work can continue on this fabulous project as the world really needs this hybrid of "The Banana Splits" and "Eat The Document".
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Following on from The Jam print last year it was decided to celebrate Paul Weller's 1990s renaissance with The Changingman Print. Combining the look of vintage Penguin books with Peter Blake's graphics for Stanley Road the print comes in an edition of 30 copies only. It is printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper and is 30cm x 40cm in size.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Before Christmas a friend commissioned me to design a My Bloody Valentine gig poster done in a "swiss" style for them. Being My Bloody Valentine and Swiss Graphic Design are two of my favourite things I jumped at the chance to do this. Above is the result.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Due to popular demand here is a second edition of The Stone Roses Colouring Book. This edition has been "remixed and remastered" and contains new illustrations as well as "remastered" ones. It comes in an edition of 40 copies 16 of which have already gone. As with the previous edition it is signed by the artist and is A4 in size. Available here