What visual or audial influences have you seen and heard that inspire you today?
Oh man… I’m a Big fan of East Coast golden era hip-hop and skateboarding.
In terms of art, I love Salvador Dali and Escher…surrealist art, in general.
My taste is pretty eclectic but I would say that anime, skate art, graffitti, and comic book art are my main visual influences. As for music, hiphop is the fundamental sound for me but I will listen to anything from Tool to Capleton.
I’m also in love with Erykah Badu!
She’s amazing. Do you get inspired by any creatives in skateboarding?
Penny and Keenan. Gino. The Gonz. Fred Gall. Matt Beach. Daewon. Puleo. Sarmiento…but anyone who knows me knows I think Tom Penny is skate Jesus.
That dude is fucking magical
What’s the last film or show you saw that you thought was reel cool?
I can’t lie, I’ve been disappointed in recent years with both film and music generally speaking. That being said, I dont look for or listen to much new stuff as work and lil man consumes almost all my spare time.
I’m stoked on One Punch man, the hodgetwins and Ren and Stimpy. Nothing new or very profound, sorry!
You run a tattoo studio in East London called Cuts and Bruises. How did that come about, what’s it called and how do people get there?
Our tattoo parlour is owned by me and my friend/business partner Kemal.
It’s a barbershop and a tattoo studio, although the studio is private and separate, they’re both in the same building. It’s a 5 minute skate from Gillette square.
It’s a long story how it came about, but the short version is, after my previous home and studio, Clapton Castle, closed its doors I had to figure out where I was gonna work and after a year spent working guest spots in various studios.
I ended up in Barcelona skating and chilling… and making babies lol so when I found out that I had to come back, I spoke to Kem about opening up something up together and by the time I had arrived he had basically built the whole damn shop.
I slotted right into the space like tetris!
Do you have any advice for artists trying to come up?
Yeah. Keep focused, don’t get caught up in trying to be popular or instafamous, it’ll kill your creativity. Keep your head down and keep progressing…. and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. That’s when interesting stuff happens!
Any plans for the future that you want heads out there to know?
Yeah, I wanna be a good dad more than anything, I’m only 7 months in but I wanna try and give him something I didnt have… that’s the most important thing. But I do wanna expand the shop, recruit some dope artists to work with and do some good work, get some travelling and skating in this year too.
Being injured sucks. Kids. Dont get any older than 27. It hurts after that…
Anything else that you want to mention Biko?
Yeah man. Cuts and Bruises. My shop is the same age as my son. 7 months. Its a good spot! Come down and check us out. We are Skater-owned and there’s a good bunch of dudes working here to cater to all your barbering and tattoo needs!
Big shoutouts to The No Comply Network and yourself. All my extended London/Long Live Southbank skate family, My lady and my little boy, Rudy.