I guess if you get someone else to build your website it's very easy to let them bang on about how bloody great you are. But no, I have to do this myself, I mean build the website not bang on about how great i am.
So here's me, about 1999 I read a book called No Logo by Naomi Klein, given to me by a friend. It talked about billboard ads going up over poor neighbourhoods and how certain artists like Ron English and Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (I had to look the name up, i'll explain in a minute) were changing the messages and turning them against the buyer of the space. I meet Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada years later working on a piece for Nelly Duff gallery and totally leave him out of the story as to what inspired me and accidentilly piss him off (story of my life).
Now I when I read this am working as a fly posterer (bill sticker) in London and i'm bored. Any job gets boring after a while even if it's illegal. So I start thinking how can I change a billboard, keep in mind i've had no artistic training. I'm working with this trainee fly poster guy and I say how can I change that billboard for Microsoft that says "suddenly everything clicks" and he says "suddenly everything sucks" So i think how can I do that and cut with a knife the "su" from one billboard and tease the paper back so it's thin and restick it over the "cli" to make "suddenly everything sucks". It got picked up inthe early days of the interweb by a site called clearspace and I was like wow this thing is now being seen in Australia (they were ausie based).
About the same time some bloke called Banksy (I doubt you'll have heard of him) turns up in London stenciling his name all over town, me as a fly posterer thinks how the hell has he just done a piece right around the fountains of centrepoint and got away with it. I wouldn't even have the balls to stick posters on it let alone take the time to do a stencil. So in my naive mind I email him ('cos you could then) I get no reply but in his next book appears my email offering to help him as an admirer of his work.
You may think by now that's when I break through, but no. 17 years later i've still got a day job and managing to sell the odd print through Nelly Duff and the odd t-shirt through Red Molotov. So I guess if you've read this far it's part of my Schtick and what you see with my pics isn't commercially driven and is actually driven by the sense of no matter how hard you work you won't necessarily get anywhere, but I don't stop.
Hopefully that wasn't too boring, what I want to put across is you don't need talent or connections ( I haven't got any ) If you really want to have a go you just need to pick up the tools and if you don't have any borrow them and if you can't manage that steal them.
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