Even then the rest of us knew that the Kappa jacket was not a winner, whereas Josh’s (blonde hair, head down) proto-metrosexual style, hinted at here by the unnatural shininess of his Nike t-shirt, most definitely was.
This is me on my first skateboard in around 1981. I’ve got a shirt that I cut the collars off to look like a granddad shirt, Lee jeans and Adidas which was a look that all the older kids at my school were doing around then, and as I’m on my first board. I kind of like it as its a bit of England with a bit of California.
I was twenty-five when this was taken, at my friend Danny’s house. We were having a few drinks before going out. My friend had a drag show at Madame Jojo’s and then we were going to Club Naive, which played garage and house and techno.
This was taken on my birthday. We were going to SE1 Club to see Heartless Crew in 2001, but I can’t remember the name of the night. Garage was a lot more about bling. So here I was wearing diamante on my top, bracelet and earrings. Getting my pose on!
This is a photo of my mother and father from February 1969. It was taken on one of their first dates. My mother is 18 years old and my father is 23. I love this photo as my father looks pleased as punch to have such a glamorous dolly bird on his arm and my mother is looking at my father with an amused smile.
Both my parents were from working class catholic backgrounds and I am always impressed by the fact they are so well turned out in these early pictures. My mother often made her own clothes and cut her own hair. My father, originally a Dublin boy, had spent some time working in an East End pub and this had opened his eyes to the music and fashions of London in the 1960’s. He still eulogises about his first taste of tomato ketchup in a Wimpy bar.
These photos were between 1995 and 1997. They were taken in my bedroom in which I was forever changing around when new albums dropped and I got new posters from my monthly hip hop connection magazines.
This photo was taken by my mum in my bedroom in 2001. I was 17 years old. I think it was when I really had the greatest hunger to learn and was the most formative stage of my education in both school and outside of it.
This is me in the mid nineties, taken by my good friend Martin who was on the photography course in college, on this occasion he was practicing portraits. Certain bands go hand in hand with skateboarding the Beastie Boys being one. So X-Large founded by Mike D. was a favoured brand among skaters.
In 2008 at Sonar, I think, or some other outdoor festival. I’m wearing a t-shirt from Cassette Playa, the sunglasses were from Slow And Steady Wins the Race and the cap I had borrowed from my friend Ali.
As a young child growing up in the early ‘70’s, like most children of my age I watched Top of The Pops avidly, and the bands of the era had a profound effect on me - I adored David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Sweet & Slade, and especially Marc Bolan & T-Rex.