Miami Ink hit open Notting Hill!! Ami James n Huey Morgan Pack bad ass UK ink house! NGS

Miami Ink in London – Huey Morgan and Ami James flash stylie Notting Hill

This project started up some 8 weeks ago and went through an incredible amount of change till finally going up in truly awesome style!

5 Blenheim Crescent has become the hip city Tattoo groove shack over night and on the official opening day there was a tail back up the street of eager tattoo fans and clients alike.

They surged into the shop and the guys cranked up and started tattooing like crazy…


By the end of the first afternoon dozens of tats had been completed or started, I’d completed a photo shoot with Flamingo magazine and 2 gilded panels, 2 glass gilded panels, one wall emblem, one numeral…

It was time to PaRtY!!!

Congratulations to Becky Morgan who shaped such a great shop…


Chillin’ with the dudes… finally it’s all open…

Interior gold leaf sign Nick Garrett

The quality of the logo drawings was stunning… straight out of the Miami Ink studio and into my printer the sketch was then faithfully reproduced in 23ct gold leaf.

Love hate Launch Party!

So all the layouts were combined and balanced by myself and Becky Morgan creating the final window splashes.  Becky was so cool because she kept the brief fluid combining so many artists ideas yet had the knack of landing it in a truly rock n roll class ass style!!!

I mean guys cummon this is her first major interior project… walk in and you just get it all, texture, richness, vintage, 360 cool, and having worked with the best like Tricia Guild etc Becky has a super rich style edge that just does it.

Tom our talented friendly cabinet maker gave use a great deal of support and all in all the atmosphere was electric as the Miami Ink guys landed each day.

The amazing thing was the level of energy and passion for making art and my lettering.

I just took their artwork and tweaked it to fit… so the best typography I’d worked with in years!  These guys are sensational.

Miami Ink were so engaging… unlike the brit design crowd who are briefed to create distance with contractors in order to form boundaries of us and them… this project was real… real talent, connectivity, heat, real people, real artistry.  And that surely shows.

Fantastic opening day and the party was a knock-out blast!

Huey Ami Becky rock on 🙂

Writing the glass: Issey Miyake shop Sloane Street 1983 – NGS

It should come as no surprise that the city hosting the first major retrospective of much fawned and famed Architect David Chipperfield’s work, Idea e Realita, is Padua, Italy

Chipperfield has built in Britain, but very little, considering his international reputation.  At the beginning of his solo career in the mid-1980s, he created a shop for Issey Miyake on London’s Sloane Street and that is where I met him. This was when Chipperfield left Foster Associates and set up his own practice, in an office of his own design, in Camden.

Most recently, there has been the purposeful north London studio for the sculptor Antony Gormley. He also designed the acclaimed National Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames and a house for Nick Knight, the fashion photographer.


Issey Miyake Store Sloane Street – The Brief 

Signwrite on glass set Issey Miyake running vertically:  Helvetica extra bold upper lower case in deep ultramarine blue.

Preparation hand drawn artwork and brand new kit:  New pallet dippers and fresh signwriting enamel colours by Keeps of Clerkenwell. New ground sheet, top quality twill canvas.

Colour test – Approved by David Copperfield Architect, Issey Miyake and admin design coordinator

Set out pallet and mixed vibrant blue

Applied colour to glass – Chipperfield approved it

New dipper leaked – blue tinted turpentine cascaded onto £150.000 lime stone steps…

Design coordinator screamed

Issey Miyake turned whiteish

Chipperfield’s mouth hung wide open and motionless

Action required

Swiftly set pallet down on newspaper

Rolled canvas sheet onto area – stood on it … prayed

Pretended everything was totally cool… told the three that everything would be just fine…

Thought seriously about running away very quickly (I was 22 yrs old and quite fit)

Realised I had to move at some point – so did they…

Stepped off… with faux confidence, removed the dust sheet and to my complete astonishment the stain had completely gone.

Painted the sign.

Never trusted new kit from that day on,

Now use large coffee jar lids taped in place on pallet.

Ground sheets


Signwriting progressed as normal – client watched process and approved on site

Fee:  £220.00