Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everybody

As mentioned this time last year Piper Gates Design is primarily a one man concern but is helped by a wonderful network of people, so many thanks goes out to Matt Poynton, Chris Perkins and Steve Marmite for all their help this year. A special thanks goes to the lovely Sue Thompson for support and putting up with my artistic temperament. Finally I'd like to thank everyone who has bought pieces or commissioned work - a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

And the same goes for Christmas

Piper Gates will once again be attempting to DJ at Biff Bang Pow's Christmas Psychedelic happening at Firebug, Leicester on Saturday 15th of December. See "wool hat" above for details.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


This month sees Piper Gates Design in the illustrious company of The Rolling Stones & Joe Meek in the latest issue of Shindig. Being a avid reader of Shindig this comes as a great honor. With many thanks to Andy Morton.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Biff Bang Pow

Just a reminder that if your Leicester bound this Saturday Piper Gates will be DJing at Biff Bang Pow with live music from The Junipers 9pm-3am.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Happening Right Now Pt 2

Piper Gates will yet again be displaying his lack of DJ skills at Biff Bang Pow on Saturday the 20th of October with live music of the psychedelic pastoral persuasion from The Junipers.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Bradley Wiggins Mod Paper Doll

Having seen the Donovan Paper Doll some years ago Piper Gates has been been waiting for a subject worthy of such treatment. Cue cycling champion and all round ace face Bradley Wiggins. With his cycling by day and ace face by night persona Bradley made the ideal candidate for the paper doll treatment. This Paper Doll set contains two 400 mm x 300 mm prints. One contains the actual paper doll which can be cut up to make Bradley's different personas. The second print contains the made up paper dolls for those who don't want to go crazy with the scissors. Each print is signed by the artist and printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper this set comes as a limited edition. Last copy available here

Friday, 10 August 2012

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

RIP Bill Doss

Piper Gates was very sad to hear of the death of Bill Doss from The Olivia Tremor Control. For me 1996 was a terrible time for new music where the main aim seemed to be about achieving the achievable. With little new to like I started obsessively collecting vinyl reissues of 1960s psychedelic albums by the likes of July, Skip Bifferty and The United States of America and often wondered why no one was following this template of taking the pop song to the outer reaches.

As if by magic I received a phone call from my best friend who at that time owned a record shop saying “I’ve just got this album in that was invented for you, it’s like all your favourite groups rolled into one”. He was right; the album was Dusk At Cubist Castle by The Olivia Tremor Control. If you haven’t heard it you should: imagine Alex Chilton singing to unreleased White Album songs with The Beach Boys providing backing vocals and a dollop of Floyd/ early Soft Machine weirdness thrown in for good measure. This wasn’t about recreating the past it was about continuing it.

Bill was the principle songwriter along with the equally talented Will Hart and together they created some of the best psychedelic music ever written, it also helped that their voices went together like a psychedelic Everly Brothers on an Alex Chilton trip. Olivia’s gigs were a joyful celebration of life with band and audience smiling from ear to ear which makes Bill’s death at 43 all that more shocking. Hideaway, No Growing, Jumping Fences, A New Day and NYC-25 are the tip of a musical gift for generations yet to come. RIP Bill you will be missed.

Monday, 9 July 2012


Returning to the world of the lost novel it was decided to tackle the wonderful world of the 1979 film Quadrophenia. The novel released at the time doesn't really capture the essence of the film and so the decision was taken to to reimagine the novel how it should have been. Taking inspiration from Bruce Robertson's cover from the 1962 Scootering novel and mixing it with pop art a design was created which reflected the "four" personalities of Jimmy combining it with the accepted imaginary of mod culture. The limited edition print measures 30cm x 40cm and printed on 250 gram silk paper.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Business Cards

Following on from last years "Milk Tray Man" style business cards it was decided to create a set of 8 business cards to hand out to interested parties. Taking inspiration from the initial exploration into the wonderful world of the marber grid it was decided to rework these and present them as a set of business cards.

Thursday, 7 June 2012


This in the first in an occasional series of Piper Gates favourite things. Gregory's Girl is possibly the best film ever; to go into its genius would take longer than 12 elephants to explain. The influence on this series stems from reading "Lord of the Flies" at school and being facinated by the fact that there were variant covers, memory now suggests that I was handed the book with a different cover every week. Deciding to take this further it was decided to make an occasional series of novels done in this style with the subject being a favourite of mine. Gregory's Girl has been released as a novel but the cover doesn't do justice to the subject matter, hopefully this interpretation does it proud.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Cowley the Cowl

As a accompaniment to the Bodie & Doyle Poster Set it was decided to tackle the head of CI5; Mr George Cowley himself! The scotch whiskey drinking head of CI5 is rendered in the style of a Penguin Book from the 1960s. This limited edtion poster is 30 cm x 40 cm in size and is printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper and is signed in an edition of 25 copies only. Available here

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Cult TV Postcards

Based on the “Cult Crimefighting Duo” posters this postcard set contains eight postcards together with a wallet to keep the set together. Again the look is based on Penguin Books crime novels from the 1960s with the colour of each postcard representing the main colour used in then opening title sequence of each programme. The wallet is signed and numbered with both postcards and wallet printed on high quality 250 gram silk stock. This is limited to 25 copies only. Available here

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

You're Nicked!

Like The Persuaders and The Professionals The Sweeney is another favourite of Piper Gates. Jack and George’s gritty violent world with a sublime sense of humour is total genius. To celebrate this genius Piper Gates has included it as the fourth and final piece in the “Cult Crimefighting Duo Sets”. Again the look is based on a vintage Penguin Crime novel from 1960s. The set of two posters is available as a 30 cm x 40 cm print on 250 gram silk paper and is signed in a limited edition of 35. Available here

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Happening right now!

Piper Gates will again be attempting to DJ at Biff Bang Pow, expect the usual psychedelic and indie mayhem!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Cover Me

The Professionals is another Piper Gates favourite. Essentially a British version of Starsky & Hutch The Professionals is completely over the top and all the better for it. The three leads play it straight which gives the sometimes implausible plots credibility; it also helps that the show is also brilliantly entertaining. This set is part 3 of 4 of Piper Gates "Cult Crimefighting Duo Sets" along with the previous Randall and Hopkirk and Persuaders sets. The design for this set is again based on Penguin's 1960s Crime series taking the marber grid from the past and presenting it in the present. The set is available as a 30 cm x 40 cm print on 250 gram silk paper and is signed in a limited edition of 35. Available here

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Homo Superior

As mentioned before The Tomorrow People has always been a firm favourite of Piper Gates despite having plot holes bigger than Mount Everest and special effects which makes classic Doctor Who look like 2001. Like Ace of Wands before it The Tomorrow People is a child of 1960s counterculture and brilliantly of its time. There has been a number of tie in books but they don't really capture the essence of The Tomorrow People so it was decided to create a 'lost novel' which hopefully captures the weird psychedelic world of The Tomorrow People: a world where the lightshow from the Floyd's days at the UFO is housed in a science lab with a wondefully camp robot called TIM who serves burgers and fizzy pop by the means of teleportation. Printed as a very limited run of 15 copies only its printed on 250 gram silk paper and is signed. Available here

Friday, 2 March 2012

My name is Joe

As a companion piece to the Delia Derbyshire poster of last year it was decide to tackle the subject of the very wonderful Joe Meek. The design is influenced by the work of Raymond Hawkey and his work at Penguin books and comes as a limited edition 30 cm x 40 cm print printed on 250 gram silk paper and is signed and numbered. Available here

Thursday, 1 March 2012

How to make the mundane interesting: part 4

A dissertation on Social, Cultural and Historical Media Developement was conceptualised as a Target novel from the 1970s.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Going Out

Piper Gates will be attempting to DJ between the bands at Biff Bang Pow tomorrow night. Expect psychedelic indie mayhem and chaos!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Man About The House

Design for house music legend Allister Whitehead. Allister wanted a jazz feel for his eCard but it was decided to forsake the Blue Note look and instead go for a look influenced by the 1966 self titled album by Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Camera Camera

Sleeve for Fence Records popsters Viva Stereo, a decision was made to make the sleeve look like it was a factual Pelican Book. By using the striking simplicity of the marber grid together with the Pelican look the cover could be viewed at any size and still be legible whilst retaining a striking appearance. There's a 100 physical copies doing the rounds on cd or you can buy the digital version here.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Brett and Danny

The Persuaders! is possibly Piper Gates favourite programme ever. It has it all; the best opening title sequence ever, a killer theme tune from John Barry plus two actors at the height of their comedic powers. Add some writing heavyweights of the time (Brian Clemens and Terry Nation) and you’ve got the recipe for some genius television. For this piece it was decided to incorporate the colours of the programmes opening titles into the world of the Marber grid and then bring it up to date. It was also important to capture the constant look of bemusement on Roger Moore’s face: a look that he can’t quite believe that they are getting away with making The Persuaders! In contrast I wanted to capture Tony Curtis's snarling “I can’t believe I’ve been reduced to television” look. The dvd box set of the Persuaders! is highly recommended especially the documentary “The Morning After”: the story about Joan Collins has to be heard to be believed. This poster set is the second of four of the Piper Gates "cult crimefighting duo sets". Available as a signed set of two 30cm x 40 cm posters here

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Cracking Up

Piper Gates was delighted to be featured in the January issue of "The Crack" the hip and happening guide for the north-east and beyond. You can read the online version here, with special thanks to Rob Meddes.