Sunday, 19 March 2017

I'M BACK!!!!!

Hello folks, sorry for the break in service, but the big news is, I've moved!!!!

Yes, I've left Essex to go to the delights of Dorset!
In fact, we have technically left mainland Britain as we are on the magnificent and mysterious Isle of Portland!

I've also left my job as a magazine designer at a publishing company in London, so there are lots of changes going on. Instead of the daily grind of the commute from Southend to Euston, I now have a 5 minute walk to Chesil Beach!!

I will be working on many ArtPix related projects in the coming months, so keep tuned right here. And once I've found everything from the million boxes that are still hanging around, I'll be sorting through the tonnes of amazing vintage items that I've got for sale.

So bye for now from Portland and see you soon!!

The insanely long Chesil Beach, as seen from Portland. ArtPix Towers is close by!!

Portland's most famous landmark, the lighthouse at Portland Bill. As you can see from the flag, it does get a little draughty around there!!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

CUSTOMS HOUSE PIX!

After our trek down to Dorset last weekend, there are now even more goodies in our unit!

So get down to the Customs House in West Bay very soon and check it all out.
Here are a few handy pix to show you whats in store when you visit!

Here is our welcoming sign to the unit!

Stash of classic annuals from the late 70s and early 80s. 

No, that's not the washing on the line, that's a fabulous retro Brazil footie shirt! And exclusive knitted vintage style bags alongside an Everton shirt!


Lots of exciting vintage bits here, including groovy shades and 1960s ceramics and biscuit tin.

Lots of children's book and a basket full of cheap books, have a rummage!

A selection of Arcane Publishing's vintage and hard-to-find books.

Retro footie books and also a great West Ham 7"single and a rare Soccer Diary from 1986.

Footie scarfs and also my own Retro Football designs on framed pictures.

Read about Arcane Publishing's original novels. 

Clint Eastwood is keeping an eye on The Book of Thoth!

Check out the Arcane section of the unit!

Close-up of some of the carefully chosen vintage books sold by Arcane Publishing.

More amazing books and here is The Book of Thoth and I Am a Muse written by Carya Gish.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

NEW STOCK FOR 2017!

Welcome to my first blog of 2017!

This weekend I'll be pootling down the A303 to Dorset, to fill up my unit at West Bay.
I've got lots of amazing bits to put in there, so pop down to the Customs House very soon and see for yourself!

In case you've forgotten, the Customs House is right on the seafront at the famous West Bay, home of the now iconic TV series Broadchurch.

Check out their Facebook page for more details HERE

And now for a sneak preview of what I'll be putting in there!

A gorgeous print of Audrey Hepburn on canvas.

Prints of vintage adverts for Fry's Chocolate and Pears' Soap.

Brilliant comic annuals, including Beano and Dandy, from 1977 to 1981.

Fantastic retro Brazil football shirt.

Close up of the badge on the shirt.

More retro footie treats, with these magazines from the late 60s/early 70s.

Groovy 1960s travel case!

The famous Vangelis soundtrack to the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire, from 1981, on vinyl.

Brilliant record of theme tunes to well-known 1970s TV programmes.

Fabulous double vinyl record of the marvellous Judy Garland live in concert from 1961. It spent an incredible 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.

Soundtrack vinyl to the iconic film Spartacus from 1960.



Saturday, 31 December 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here's hoping 2017 will be fantastic vintage year!


Lets be honest, 2016 wasn't exactly a great year was it?!
Even at ArtPix Towers it has been fraught this year, with an aborted move and a protracted second attempt at moving.

So all the more reason to hope 2017 will be a vintage year for everyone!!
I've got tonnes of exciting plans, which hopefully at last I'll finally have the time to start.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Friday, 23 December 2016

HAPPY VINTAGE CHRISTMAS!

Have yourselves a very merry Christmas!!

Have dug out from the ArtPix Archives a recently acquired set of vintage Woman's Journal magazines. These beautiful magazines are from July - December 1946 and are cloth bound in a lovely red colour to be viewed in book form.

Here we have the cover of the Xmas edition for December, with an exquisitely painted Victorian scene of Christmassy frolics on the ice, exactly 70 years ago.

MERRY XMAS!!!!


Sunday, 11 December 2016

VINTAGE FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPHS

While rooting around the ArtPix Archives this weekend, I found two great examples of footie autographs and the perils that can arise!

It seems like a fantastic thing to collect, but once you've entered this dangerous world, you need to have all your wits about you. A bit of detective work and a very suspicious nature will help you along the way!! 

First up is this innocent looking Middlesbrough programme from 1967. With its stylish hand-drawn, but curiously old-fashioned for the Swinging 60s cover, danger lurks within ...



Sold by a naughty programme dealer in those far-off pre-Ebay days, it was said to contain 'genuine' autographs.
Turning to the team group pic of visitors Chelsea, there you have 9 signatures from some of their finest ever players. 



But I'm afraid to say they are ALL FAKE!!!!

I know this as I've personally met and got the autographs from 4 of them and have signed books from some of the others.

Maybe a spectator got bored on the Ayresome Park terraces that night and, oddly using red and blue Biros, began scribbling away.



After that bad luck, take a peek at this bonanza from a 1973 Manchester City programme.



Again the visiting team are Chelsea and again the team picture is adorned with scribbles. But fortunately for the avid autograph hunters, these are ALL GENUINE!!!



Here we have John Dempsey and David Webb at the top, with John Hollins and goalkeeper John Phillips on the right.

The person collecting these then had a huge stroke of luck, as it seems the whole Chelsea team appeared at once. As the hastily signed back cover proves! The red felt-tip pen was starting to smudge everywhere, but they were rewarded with a great collection.



Now for the detective work ...

Again, as I've met some of these players I recognise a few.

Here we have stylish midfielder Alan Hudson.


Kings Road legend Peter Osgood.


Manager Dave Sexton.


Midfielder Steve Kember.


And now the guess work starts ... I think this must be burly striker Bill Garner.


What looks like Tony Green? Although no-one with that name has ever played for Chelsea.


And now total fail with the rest!!!
Can anyone help??!



So you can see what a dangerous world it is with vintage football autographs, tread carefully!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

TWO EVENINGS WITH JO QUAIL

I'm pleased to say I've designed the poster for a very special event taking place this weekend ...


The amazing electric cellist and composer JO QUAIL will be performing two concerts in London. 
In the atmospheric and intimate surroundings of The Harrison bar, just a stone's throw from King's Cross, is your chance to see Jo playing live.

With hugely successful European and Australian tours already under her belt, Jo's reputation as an innovative and exciting performer is just growing and growing. But hurry up, as Sunday is already sold out and there are just a few tickets left for Saturday.

Get them HERE