Messymedia started out as the 'brand name' for the artwork I was creating during college, whether it was course work or stencils on the street. The first multi-layered stencil I ever created was also the first piece of my work to have the Messymedia name added to it.
Fast forward a few years and Messymedia could be seen stencilled above the door of my studio/shop in Hastings Old Town. The idea of running a shop selling my own artwork had never occured to me but after a heap of encouragement and help from my grandparents - and massive interest in my custom Xbox 360 faceplates - the shop was up and running.
I spent two fun years creating various artwork for customers on an array of mediums such as skateboard decks, road signs, clocks, faceplates and more. The experience was definitely a laugh and I learnt a lot of useful lessons from it.
A couple of years after shutting up shop I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. It wasn't all bad news though as this spare time afforded me the chance to try new directions with my artwork and how to create awseome effects and finished pieces on a shoestring budget.
The faceplates continued to sell and I also had some pretty big commissions during this time, including my largest canvas to date and a 16 foot mural!
The creativity kept on flowing and I even managed to get my first permanant position in a local design company. I spent my first couple of years with Diligence learning the differences between designing for print and web, the meaning of kerning and what a <div> is! I'm proud to say that I'm now Creative Director and continue to push myself to learn new things constantly.
In 2012 I discovered vinyl toys when my patient other half gave me a 7" DIY Munny for Christmas. Initially I was a bit stumped as to what to do with it but after a few months I plucked up the courage to create a mildly customised Munny Zombie (original, I know). After dipping my toe in the sculptural waters I was hooked!
I begun looking at the work of well known toy customisers and started to try out more and more ideas. The attention to detail and crazy characters from artists such as Chris Ryniak, Nervis Wrek and Ian Ziobrowski (to name but a few) was a massive inspiration at this time and with a small amount of practice I was soon being asked to showcase my work at galleries and conventions accross the pond!
I'm currently planning my first exhibition - ToyConUK 2014 - which will allow me to meet fellow artists and showcase my work to the public on a personal level.