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3,226: Hockney’s Sun

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So, David Hockney re-did the logo for leading UK tabloid hate newspaper, the Sun, one day last week. This is a problem. I love David Hockney’s work. And I hate the Sun. There are many many reasons to love the former. And an equal amount of reasons to hate Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper.

If the argument for doing it was getting art out there to “ordinary” people, then it has failed. In the Guardian, art critic Jonathan Jones spends a paragraph describing it, and then says that the drawing “reminds us of the joy of living on a planet warmed by that yellow star.” Oh, please. It does nothing of the sort.

I like Hockney’s iPad drawings, and as someone who uses an iPad to draw myself, that is not a 15-minute drawing. It’s little more than 60 seconds to draw that. And therein lies the problem really. Aside from exposure to promote his new retrospective at the Tate, what is the point in doing this style of drawing for that readership. This newspaper would trash this drawing if it wasn’t on their front page. And if the aim is to get Sun readers thinking about art, then avoid something that makes it easy for readers to pull out that most tiresome of commentaries: my five-year-old could’ve done that.

Hockney’s drawings and paintings are incredible, and have been so for decades. His iPad drawings, to me, only work as a part of the greater body of work. And most of his iPad drawings are more considered that this. And, for fuck’s sake, dude. It’s the fucking Sun. Scum of the earth.

A wee bit of artwork
Here’s a couple of tossed-off photocollages that your five-year-old could’ve done. Kate Moss with chocolate ice cream eyes, and a horse-hooved Kate Moss pigeon

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Yeah by LCD Soundsystem

On this day
Skull, 8 February 2015

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Median

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February 8th, 2017 at 2:19 am

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3,224: Always punch nazis

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
(Feels Like) Heaven by Fiction Factory

On this day
I’m bringing grumpy back, 6 February 2008

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Design speed

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February 6th, 2017 at 3:09 am

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3,220: Mauerpark paintings 12, 13, and 14

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Mauerpark Nr. 12 and Nr. 13, both acrylic on paper, both about 50 cm square more or less. Maurpark Nr. 14 is also acrylic on paper, but it’s 24 x 17 cm.

All my other Mauerpark paintings here.

Other business
I saw a doctor the other day. I have no German health insurance or travel insurance. The doctor was friendly and chatty. After doing the business, I was about to pay at the reception, and the doctor walked by and said “It’s nothing! German-Great Britain friendship!” I smiled, he smiled. Fuck you, Leave voters.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
False Alarm by Matoma & Becky Hill

On this day
Fernsehturm, 2 February 2016

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Isaac Newton

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February 2nd, 2017 at 12:02 am

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3,219: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

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I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) by George Michael and Aretha Franklin was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Aside from the parenthesis in the title being entirely superfluous, an interesting thing for me is the age gap. Aretha was 44, George was 23. If we transpose that to 2017, that’d be like Liam or Niall out of One Direction doing a duet with Geri Halliwell. There aren’t many music heavyweights who are 44 now. The only other ones are Vanessa Paradis, Liam Gallagher, and Eminem.

A wee bit of artwork
Some sketches from my notebook.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Warszawa by David Bowie

On this day
12 Burgers, 1 February 2013

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Age of Enlightenment

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February 1st, 2017 at 12:46 am

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3,218: Some more drawings

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Here’s a bunch of recent stuff that I put up on InstagramInstagram.

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"Please don't put me in the socket again"

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First attempt at a drawing of an awful human.

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Adalbert

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Mauerpark sketch

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Cyclist sketch

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Mauerpark

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsytem

On this day
Orlando again, 31 January 2013. The “again” references this first drawing of Orlando

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Greek War of Independence

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January 31st, 2017 at 1:43 am

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3,214: Mauerpark and Falkplatz

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Nearly all the paintings I’ve done in the two months that I’ve been in Berlin have been of Mauerpark and the adjoining Falkplatz. There’s a couple of other things (one of a building very close to Mauerpark, and one of my favourite local bar) but in my head, they count as part of this series.

This ongoing series is something that I decided to do before I arrived back in Berlin and I’m going to allow myself to be glad that I’ve stuck to the idea. When I did the first two or three, I was sceptical that I would keep going, but I have and that makes me happy. Even though most of them have been on the blog before, I’ve collected them all here. There’s an asterisk next to the ones that haven’t been published on the blog before. But first, here’s a map of all of the painting locations.

Falkplatz Nr. 1 (2 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 1 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 2 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 3 (6 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 4 (7 December)

Falkplatz Nr. 2 (13 December)

Mauerpark Nr. 5 (15 December)

Falkplatz Nr. 3 (18 December)

Eberswalder Straße 10 (21 December)

Gleimtunnel (1 January)

Mauerpark Nr. 6 (2 January)

Falkplatz Nr. 4 (4 January)

Mauerpark Nr. 7 (7 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 8 (17 January)

* Schwarzsauer (20 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 9 (24 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 10 (26 January)

* Mauerpark Nr. 11 (27 January)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Box by Orbital

On this day
Billy. Today is the first anniversary of his death.

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Haiti

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January 27th, 2017 at 3:44 am

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3,213: Nordic streets

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I went to the supermarket to return some pfandflaschen (reusable bottles with deposits) yesterday. I wanted to get a few bits, too, but didn’t need a shopping list. I had words in my head. A melodic mantra.

Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk
Coffee, wine, yoghurt, milk

When I got to the supermarket, there was someone already at the machine where you put the bottles. I was about to start putting mine in, then some dude with just a couple of them asked if he could nip in front of me. Of course you can, mister. But that tiny interaction mentally jarred the mantra loose. I put my bottles in the machine, grabbed my refund ticket, and cracked on.

Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt
Wine, coffee, yoghurt

I remembered I also needed mustard. I got the mustard first. Nearest to the machine. I got the wine. When I entered the supermarket, the queue at the checkout was quite long. When I got the wine, I noticed the queue was non-existent. Go for it, warrior! I went and paid. and it wasn’t until about 30 seconds out of the store that I remember I hadn’t got everything.

Coffee, yoghurt, something else
Coffee, yoghurt, something else
Coffee, yoghurt, something else oh what was it?
Coffee, yoghurt, something else for fuck’s sake

Rather than turning around and nipping back, I figured I’d have a walk to a different supermarket. Not too far. Not too cold out. A bit of exercise. All the inane things you say to yourself. I walked past an older woman who was gripping the neck of an open two-litre bottle of cola like she was a stereotypical TV show drunk character. In the second supermarket, they didn’t have the coffee I wanted, and their yoghurt selection was pretty poor. I remembered and bought milk, though. Oh well, there’s a different supermarket on the way home if I walk a different way. So I did.

Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt
Coffee, yoghurt

Third supermarket: same as the second. Poor yoghurt selection, and no espresso. I got some vegetables there, cos I kinda get a bit paranoid that people might think I’m a thief if I go into a supermarket and walk out past the checkouts without buying anything. That behaviour is fine in a clothes shop or an electronics store, but c’mon, you always need something from a supermarket, you shady mother.

Three supermarkets down. I guess I’ll have to go to another one. Closer to the flat than any of the others. I could’ve just gone there to begin with, eh? But on this part of the journey, something clicked in my brain. Like when something says something unconnected to the case to a TV detective and that gets them thinking about where the kidnapper will be. I walked down a street named after a Danish city. Before the third supermarket, I crossed a street named after a Swedish city. A street near the flat is also named after a Swedish city. And there’s a big street nearby named after a city in Norway.

I…
Spot…
A…
Theme…

So I checked, and did a drawing of the Nordic streets.

Other business
I’ve had this in my mind for a while, and it came up again at the weekend, seeing the marches going on: “Love trumps hate” is, while a thoroughly commendable sentiment, an awful slogan. For one thing, there’s only one word in there that orange jabba himself would notice, and that’s not love or hate. And everyone else for that matter. Using his name in your bloody slogan might’ve seemed clever, but they were very literally putting his name out there at every Democratic rally against him. And again, it’s a commendable sentiment, it also might sound like a whole heap of hippy crap to certain ears that you wanted to vote for you.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer. Watching the video a few moments ago, the tedious term “simpler times…” crossed through my mind. I’ve never really questioned that term before. But, yep, what does it mean apart from “simpler times for me.” It wasn’t really simpler times. It was just a time when I wasn’t paying as much attention.

On this day
Ummm, 26 January 2010

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Devil’s Island

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January 26th, 2017 at 3:32 am

3,212: a

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I wanted to spend some time experimenting with basing a bunch of drawings on one shape. I chose the lovely shape of the closed counter of a lowercase Helvetica a. (I learned that term yesterday.)

Here’s the closed counters of eight fonts (all of them the regular font of each typeface): Helvetica, Verdana, FF DIN, OCR-A, Clarendon, Gill Sans, FF Info Display, and Cooper Black.

So, yes. Some playing around. Two girls, a kinda self portrait, los Beatles, butterfly, tulip, just a bit of overlaying of the shape, two birds, and one bird.

And while I was mucking around with Helvetica, an offshoot idea of the Beatles thingy above came to mind, so here’s three record sleeves with the type replaced with Helvetica.

Other business
While we’re on the topic, you might’ve noticed that the masthead on the blog has changed. It felt symbolic to me that I did something there. I allowed the blog to become a nothing thing, and now it’s not a nothing thing again, the top bit feels like a drawing done by a different Craig.

All three of the URLs up top now point here. Flipflopflyin.com/g and flipflopflying.com have always pointed here, but for a long time craigrobinson.com pointed to a portfolio of sorts that I failed to regularly update.

I’m currently (slowly) working on a redesign of Flip Flop Flyin’, and when that is done craigrobinson.com will point there, but for now, I was sick of it feeling wasted going to something really out of date, especially because there are other people out there with the same name as me who probably would’ve been annoyed seeing a dreadfully out-of-date site with their name on it.

Another thing that will happen, which ties into today’s post, is that here and in the FFF redesign, there’ll be a different default typeface that I’ll be using. Since about 2004, Gill Sans has been the main typeface I’ve used. It’s the default. It’s been used in all four of my books.

But Gill Sans, while incredibly lovely, is an English typeface. I don’t want an English typeface anymore. I want a European typeface. I want a typeface that reflects a change that has occured within my brain: European not English. It’s a prosaic, predictable, over-used choice, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful: Helvetica.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. No idea how that got in there. Don’t recall hearing it at all recently, and I had to google it to find out the song title and band name. This is literally the first time I’ve spent any time thinking about this song’s existence.

On this day
My story, 25 January 2013. I imagine if I re-did this research, four years on from the original post, there’d be a lot more My Storys to add.

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Penal colony

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January 25th, 2017 at 12:55 am

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3,211: Nature thingies

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Not sure where the idea for this came from, but it happened on Saturday afternoon. Actually, it might’ve come from the idea of the negative space in a lowercase Helvetica a looking like a leaf (or bird or whale). But the thought, wherever it came from, was of maybe doing really neat and tidy drawings with as little detail as possible. The rounded corners and simple lowercase Helvetica ended up dictating everything else. Once those two elements were in place on the drawing of the sun, I built a grid and a colour palette and stuck to it. It was an interesting exercise. You can see them all bigger here

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Come Down To Us by Burial

On this day
The Six-Day War (or maybe the War on Terror), 24 January 2012. A small bit of text about trying to quit smoking.

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Guy Fawkes Night

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January 24th, 2017 at 1:23 am

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3,210: Some recent drawings

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem

On this day
Next steps, 23 January 2008. Looking back at the travelling I did in 2008. This was the point where I was finally realising that it was actually a little bit daunting.

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Worzel Gummidge

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January 23rd, 2017 at 2:06 am

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3,208: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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Good morning from the wonderful European Union

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Buenos días

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Morning

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Guten morgen

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Other business

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk

On this day
Ohne titel 22-31, 21 January 2008

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Straw man

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January 21st, 2017 at 1:08 am

3,207: File > New > x21 > :-(

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Such a Shame by Talk Talk

On this day
Day one, 20 January 2011. The first day of my third trip to Belize.

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Red herring

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January 20th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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3,206: How many people should be in your band?

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Are you a musician? Are you in a band or a group?

How many people should be in your band/group?

Here’s a handy guide to the options available to you.

One
You are a one-man band. You will never be on Top of the Pops, you will just be a menace to pedestrianised areas of cities across the land. Stop it.

Two
The classic. Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yazoo, Soft Cell, Blancmange, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Wham!, Carpenters, Roxette, Sparks, Daft Punk, Suicide, Mel and Kim, Go West, Communards, Chemical Brothers, The KLF, OMD, Chas & Dave. Someone to look at, someone to do the other stuff. Let’s make lots of money.

Three
Not bad. There’s something nice about a three piece – that whole triangular vibe is good – unless they become really famous and play massive sports venues then there’s no real good focus point for a lot of people in the audience. Maybe this is just me, though, but it looks weird when the singer of a three piece is also the bass player. Can’t get my head around that.

Four
The Beatles did this. They probably didn’t invent it, but they invented it, like so many other things in rock music: getting into some Eastern religious stuff, splitting up, and Justin Bieber’s haircut.

Five
The Rolling Stones did this. Spandau Ballet did it, too. One of them played the saxophone, though: the worst instrument ever invented. Five is the outer limit of proper.

Six
Getting a bit much now. Do you really need six people in your band? It’s unlikely. If you are in a six-piece band, all stand in a circle and visualise one member of the band picking up his so-called “gear” and leaving the room for the good of the band, five of you are thinking about the same person, and the other person is praying it’s not him/her.

Seven
At least one of these people plays something yellow and shiny. Get rid of that person. You can hire one if you need one, which should be never (unless you are in a Mexican band).

Eight and up
You will never make any money because you will spend it all on plane tickets and hotel rooms. And in all seriousness: name more than one famous eight piece band. Slipknot? They had, I dunno, probably that amount. More maybe? It feels like Arcade Fire have some tedious amount like that, too.

Orchestras, choirs, Polyphonic Spree
Just think how annoying that must be. It’d taken four or five elevator trips to get the whole band down from the hotel rooms to the lobby.

So there you have it: fire everyone apart from yourself and a person who can stand next to you with a keyboard. You can thank me when you’re on the cover of Smash Hits.

A wee bit of artwork

Other business
The result was pretty much right-in-the-middle grey, but fuck the rest of us, right? We don’t matter. Take away my EU citizenship because you get all boiled up about being patriotic. Thanks, fuckers.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
3 A.M. Eternal by The KLF

On this day
150 brick tower, 19 January 2007. Related to this LEGO business: Mountain and Mountain II. Really should’ve done more of these.

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I’m entitled to my opinion

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January 19th, 2017 at 1:47 am

3,205: Jack Your Body

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Jack Your Body by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley got to number one in Thatcher’s Britain on this day 30 years ago. What a choon. I was well into his remixes, pretty much buying owt with his name in brackets somewhere on the label. Like his mixes of Something Got Me Started by Simply Red, Tripping on Your Love by Bananarama, What Would We Do by DSK, and the best of them all, the utterly amazing Too Blind to See It by Kym Sims.

A wee bit of artwork

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Other business
Theresa May should’ve been dressed like this when she made her dreadful speech yesterday. Fucking wanker. It is astonishing that this is actually happening. It’s like letting the children vote on nutrition and forcing the rest of us to eat McDonald’s and gummy bears forever. Brush your teeth with Mentos, Tic Tacs, and Polos, you Remoaners!

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Emotions by Mariah Carey

On this day
No bugs, no tickers, 18 January 2007

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Circular reasoning

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January 18th, 2017 at 12:42 am

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3,204: Ten unconnected thoughts

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1. Why do we mime the words to songs when we have our headphones on? I mean, people sometime do sing along, but those people can be viewed in two ways: full of joy or a bit mental. But where is the joy in miming? I mean, I do it. You probably do it, too. Why? Why? WHY?

2. There has never been a pair of headphones that has drowned out the sound, (or indeed the vision out of the corner of my eye), of a beggar or chugger. They all know this. We’re not fooling anyone by pretending to not hear them.

3. Simon and Garfield.

4. Why aren’t sketchbook covers as plain as possible? Why do they have silly patterns or other people’s pictures on them? Chances of you drawing in same style are is slim to non-existent.

5. A wee bit of appreciation for keys. I was thinking about them recently when I was opening the door to the building. Such a small item that gives us a level of mental protection and actual protection from whoever.

6. Correct pronunciation of Adidas is ADD-idas. Not Ad-EEE-das like Run DMC say it. Correct pronunciation of Nike: not like I grew up saying it, rhyming with like. While we should be saying Ni-keeeee, it’s fun to think of other words ending in -ike pronouced that way. I’m going for a hi-keeee. I’m going for a bi-keeee ride. The wee Dutch boy put his finger in the dy-keeee. Three stri-keeees and you’re out. Mr Trump’s supporters are big fans of the Third Rei-ch-eee.

7. I like going to bed or waking up at iconic number times. Especially the house or techno times: 3.03, 8.08, or 9.09.

8. Every police/detective show should come, by law, with a DVD commentary from an actual police officer or detective to let us know how much of what we think we know about them because we’ve seen it on telly is actually just bullshit.

9. I wonder if there are any cigarette aficionado out there in the world.

10. Friendships are good: I like this person enough to want to spend more time with them. And they seem to like me enough to do likewise. Convenient.

A wee bit of artwork
It was cloudy on Sunday. Clouds were low low low, so they were covering quite a lot of the Fernsehturm

Fernsehturm and clouds

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Other business
Last week, I unsubscribed from following a lot of arty sites on my Feedly news aggregator. Colossal, Booooooom, It’s Nice That, that kind of thing. I always thought it was good to keep up with what other people are doing, but in the last year or so, it’s felt like a chore and an exercise that promotes self-loathing and bitterness. I don’t want to feel those things every day any more. And the way to do that was as simple as pressing the remove button. I no longer have to see what is popular or “doing the rounds.” And it’s helpful to simply not know if other people are doing thing vaguely similar to what I’m doing. I kinda hate it when people mention something like, “oh that’s a bit like X” or “I’m feeling the Y vibes,” and I don’t need to impose thoughts on myself. Two opposite feelings come out of that: a slight feeling of sadness, but also a feeling that I might be on the right track. It’s happened a few times recently. I don’t need it any more though. There have been times in my career when I’ve been more successful and more popular, but I kinda think that my work is a lot better now than it was in those days. (I mean, everyone thinks that, though, right? Maybe I’m entirely wrong. I bet Prince thought his albums of the last decade were better than his 80s albums, too.) But I like this feeling I’ve had for the last week, of not knowing what other people are doing. And to shoo away those self-loathing vibes for a while, frees up brain space to loathe Leave voters even more. They deserve my loathing more than I deserve it.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
TVC 15 by David Bowie

On this day
Not even trying, 17 January 2016

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Begging the question

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January 17th, 2017 at 12:18 am

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3,200: Sevens

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I’ve had this idea knocking around for a while, but at my old apartment in Mexico City, didn’t have an oven (just the gas stove part with a cupboard underneath which, now that I write it, seems pretty weird), but quite soon after arriving in Berlin, I saw loads of Fimo in the art supplies shop and got on the case. The idea was to make replicas by hand as close as I could to an actual 7-inch single. I had the correct dimensions of the record, the label, and the hole drawn out on a piece of paper, and used that as a guide. But I wanted it to still be totally freehand.

The reason for 7″ singles: it’s the perfect pop music format. It is small, it contains two songs, one on each side, and the labels and artwork are often wonderful. And ever since I bought Baggy Trousers by Madness in WH Smith in 1980, it’s what I think of when I think of buying music.

I also had a self-imposed rule: No fancy labels. The most evocative for me is when the labels are generic record company labels. When we think of a Beatles single, we think of the Parlophone design. So many record company 7-inch labels are wonderful and if you ar of an age where you grew up with them, you can visualise them immediately: CBS, Epic, Decca, RCA, Motown, etc etc.

The Fimo sevens didn’t turn out that great. I felt the idea was pretty good, but the reality of them, especially when varnished, was quite poor. The first couple I fucked up the varnish. A month later, they’re still sticky. These will go in the bin.

The third one was just rubbish. I didn’t flatten the Fimo properly.

I stopped varnishing them at this point. In one way they are preferable, but mostly they feel lifeless.

Time was very much of the essence at this point. The Bowie one was going to be an Xmas present. It was getting close to the day in question, and the varnish wasn’t dry. This forced me to think again. So I did a watercolour version. The tacky varnish was the best thing that could’ve happened because watercolour and gouache on paper versions is the way forward.

George died, so the next one was an easy choice.

After putting some of these up on my Instagram, I was commissioned to do a 12″.

I’d not really considered that before, but it turned out to be a wonderful idea. I got some 300gsm paper that’s thick like cardboard and got to work.

This is the only one where I recorded various steps of the process. It’s a wonderful record, too. I’m happiest with this one. And there will be more to come.

Other business
Walking through Hauptbahnhof yesterday, I was reminded of one of the things I enjoyed the most when I first moved to Berlin. I used to live near Ostbahnhof and I would love standing on the platform and looking at the signs telling you which trains were coming. Yesterday, I glanced up at the big board and the first names that popped out into my eyes: Amsterdam and Warsaw. I love European train stations. That the trains aren’t just going to somewhere else in the country, they’re going to other countries! And while the romance of train travel quite often fails to live up to the idea of it, looking at a board and knowing that I could just get a ticket and be in Budapest or Basel is still thrilling for me.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Warszawa by David Bowie.

On this day
Busy doin’ nothin’ in Oregon, 13 January 2009. Aaah, Oregon is lovely. I miss that place.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Nuclear fallout

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January 13th, 2017 at 3:36 am

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3,199: Doodling and not reading

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Here’s some watercolour doodles. I’ve not used watercolour a whole amount recently (I’ve mostly been painting with gouache), so did some doodling to get my hand in a bit.

I brought a book with me to Berlin. I bought it in Brighton last year (2015, I mean). It’s been right next to my bed in three different apartments ever since then. I’ve only read about ten pages of it. That got me thinking.

Other business
Watching Carry On Abroad the other night. First time in ages. I’d totally forgotten about Charles Hawtrey’s sunglasses. I had a quick look at the Wikipedia page on Carry On cast members, and he appeared in the third most films. 23 of all 31 of them. The only actors that appeared in more: Joan Sims (24), and Kenneth Williams (25). Enough of that, though. Check out these shades, dudes.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A New Career in a New Town by David Bowie.

On this day
On me head son, 12 January 2006. Couple of photos of headgear that I bought on my first trip to Mexico.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Nuclear holocaust

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January 12th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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3,198: A nice walk

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For a few days, I’ve been feeling like I’ve not left Prenzlauer Berg much, especially in daylight. I’ve been to other parts of the city (mainly Kreuzberg, though) in the evenings, but I’ve not done anything that would amount to sightseeing. (I don’t need to do sightseeing in a city I lived in for eight years, but you know what I mean: it’s just nice to remind yourself of the details, innit?) After a walk around the park and a trip to the art store to buy a sketchbook, I kinda realised it would be a nice day for a longer walk. It was cold, yes, but it was also a clear blue sky. Get some daylight and sunshine in me. In the end, that longer walk was four hours and eleven kilometres long. Three stops along the way, which is why it took longer than it really should’ve: book shop, pub for a quick pint, and supermarket on the way home. Listened to David Bowie the whole time, which was nice.

One of the remaining guard towers from the Wall

Double fuckyousun

Stood here looking at the colours of this reflection for a couple of minutes. It was lovely

This part of the city between Hauptbahnhof and the Reichstag is one of my favourite bits of the city, especially when it’s snowy. It’s just blank and empty and I like that

A wee bit of artwork
I stood next to the window the other day and drew the view.

Other business
Well worth a listen is Limmy’s techno remix of the Fry’s Turkish Delight advert that was on telly in the UK in the Eighties. I guess “well worth a listen” only really applies, though, if you were around in the UK in the 1980s and also like Limmy.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Station to Station by David Bowie.

On this day
An old thing, 11 January 2011. Simple thing, combining the idea of that phrase “there’s no I in team” and that thing I learned when I was a kid, how to spell Mississippi, like M-I-double S-I-double S-I-double P-I

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Street punk

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January 11th, 2017 at 3:43 am

3,196: Fuckyousun

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When I was visiting last year, my friend Kaja and I gave a name to something we all know that is especially prevalent at this time of year in latitudes like this: the fuckyousun. It’s a joy to have some sunshine in the winter but it’s also quite low in the sky, which often means it’s right in your eyes. The fuckyousun, though, is the reflection that blinds you. Here’s two photos of fuckyousuns near the Fernsehturm, and a double fuckyousun on Behrenstraße. Regard!

A wee bit of artwork
Mauerpark Nr. 7. This one is acrylic, gouache, and coloured pencil on paper, and about 50 cm square.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Upper East Siders by Actrese.

On this day
Self portrait w/ self portrait, 9 January 2010.

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Levi Strauss & Co.

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January 9th, 2017 at 2:59 am

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3,193: Mays ranked

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Derrick – 10/10
Invented music with his mates Kevin and Juan.

The month of – 10/10
Good solid month. Not too hot, but deffo t-shirt weather for a few days at least.

Brian – 9/10
Made a fireplace out of a guitar.

Simon – 7/10
Invented the doof doof drums on the EastEnders signature tune.

Maggie – 7/10
Wake up, luv, Rod’s got something to say to you.

David – 2/10
Played for Man U, thus automatically docked eight points.

James – 1/10
The best of a bad bunch on the awful telly show he does, in the same way that eating a firm stool might be preferable to eating diarrhoea.

Theresa – 0/10
Worzel Gummidge after a makeover. Tory scum.

A wee bit more artwork
Plant on the kitchen windowsill.

Other business
I’ve been listening to a bunch of Andrew Weatherall mixes recently. There’s a ton of them online. Specifically, I listened to three newer mixes and one from 1994. I love how his DJing is the same but different and still as exciting as it ever was: Cream (Annexe), Liverpool, 1994, Boiler Room, 2012, Resident Advisor, 2015, Gottwood Festival, Anglesey, 2016

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Elizabeth Taylor by Claire Maguire

On this day
A long weekend, 6 January 2011. I had a weekend away from Mexico City in a place called San Gil in Querétaro. My memory of that weekend was mainly of how absolutely relaxing it was to get away from Mexico City for a few days. I’d only been there for four months at that point, but already the desire to escape was strong, and that has continued.

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Pet Shop Boys

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January 6th, 2017 at 2:59 am

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