Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas time is here again

A big thank you goes out to Matt, Yatin & Luke for print services beyond the call of duty, Jeff A for spiritual guidance and especially to the lovely Sue Thompson for help and support and putting up with my artistic temperament. The final thank you goes out to everyone who has bought items, commissioned work, featured my work on the net, retweeted tweets and shared stuff on Facebook - I really couldn't do it without your help so a big thank you and a Merry Christmas to you all!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Last Time

Like Gary Numan at Wembley Stadium in 1981 I will be retiring but not from the world of electro pop but from the world of disc jockeying so this will be the last time to hear the "Piper Gates Design Soundsystem" in its full glory. Saturday 14th December Firebug Leicester 9pm - 3am.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday Morrissey Christmas Cards

Based on the popular Morrissey Miserable Paper Doll this set of 8 cards comes with 2 designs in each set. The set consists of 4 x Morrissey cards and 4 x Morrissey/ Marr cards with the design influenced by the classic design of Penguin Books. They are A6 in size folded and only available for a limited time.

Black Friday Small Faces Christmas Cards

Based on the popular Small Faces Colouring Book this set of 8 cards comes with 2 designs in each set. The set consists of 4 x Steve Marriott cards and 4 x Steve Marriott/ Ronnie Lane cards. They are A6 in size folded and only available for a limited time.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Colour Me Pop

The subject of the annual Piper Gates Design colouring book is those Cheeky scamps The Small Faces. It was decided to concentrate of the “soul boys on acid” 67-68 phase as this is musically and visually Piper Gates favourite period of their career and one which lends itself to the medium of the colouring book perfectly. As with previous editions it features a 4 page full cover colour cover plus 16 pages of colouring in fun. The size is A4 and comes in a limited edition of 80 copies. Available here

Saturday, 19 October 2013


I'll be DJing at Biff Bang Pow tonight with live music from the excellent Alfa9, 9pm-3am Firebug, Leicester.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Forthcoming Attractions

This coming Saturday I'll be DJing at Biff Bang Pow upstairs at Firebug, Leicester along with live music from the excellent Alfa9.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Heaven Knows He's Miserable Now

Continuing all things paper doll it was decided to tackle the subject of one Stephen Morrissey. Concentrating on The Smiths era this paper doll set contains (amongst other things) an overcoat, national health spectacles, colourful shirt, hearing aid and of course Johnny Marr to help him write your favorite songs. This strictly limited edition comes in a edition of 87 copies only and is signed by the artist. It is printed on 250 gram high quality silk paper and measure 30cm x 40cm. Available here.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Budgie Bird

In the summer of 1985 a Friday night would have consisted of watching videos round my good pal Glen's house whilst his mum was out for the night. In the middle of a nights viewing we’d always pause to watch the repeats of Budgie on Channel 4. I only knew of Budgie because I’d watched Charles Endell Esq as a nipper and could do a fair to middling impression of him. I loved Budgie, it had a grim world view which could have existed in the same universe as The Sweeney. Comic book realism would be one to describe it I suppose.

The great thing about Budgie is the acting, Adam Faith was born to play the part of the optimistic loser. Budgie was always on the edge of getting the big score but never quite got there. He also appeared to annoy anyone who came into contact with him especially the people who actually liked him. Then there was Charlie Endell a brilliantly psychotic bear of man who tolerated Budgie for reasons unknown. He was played by the late great Iain Cuthbertson in a role which is so far removed from his character in The Railway Children that is humanly possible.

For this piece of “lost novelisation” it was decided to convey Budgie’s optimistic world view whilst the other people in his world look at him in sheer disdain for all the trouble he brings to them. Released in a limited edition of 42 copies which are signed. Available here.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Kurt Cobain Grunge Paper Doll

Comes complete with interchangeable Daniel Johnston, Sounds and Captain America t-shirts as well as optional dress, grubby raincoat, stripey jumper, clever specs and Vaselines single.

Friday, 28 June 2013


Back in 1991 I was in an indie rock band called Smile, I only mention this as a few weeks ago I stumbled across a demo we made. Listening to it I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was actually listenable though very derivative of Sonic Youth which wasn’t a shock as they were the only group we all liked. Deciding this needed to be digitised I then realised it needed a cover. I thought back to my 22 year old self and what he would have asked for if we’d been signed to Hut or Creation like we wanted to be. The brief would have gone “err, something 60s and psychedelic, a bit like Loop’s early sleeves”. I decided to make the sleeve in true 1991 style by truly missing the point and creating a 1991 version of what a “60s, psychedelic” sleeve would look like. I think we would have liked this sleeve…

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Red With Purple Flashes

Yes, its that time again - Piper Gates Design will be attempting to DJ at Biff Bang Pow on February 16th upstairs at Firebug Leicester 9pm-3am.

Saturday, 2 February 2013


A cover for Ross Keen's first book 'Plateau'. The book is published as a kindle edition and has the ghosts of Peter Cook and Roald Dahl looming large in its text. It can be bought for a very reasonable price here

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Talkin About the Good Times

The very wonderful Spy Vibe blog interviewed Piper Gates Design's head honcho Ian Percival, here is the results with a big thank you to Jason Whiton.