I don't blame you if you don't read this next section, but it's here if you want to know a little more about how I got to where I am today.
So, leaving out my pre school days; - because let's face it, who cares? - I spent most of my teenage years thinking, drinking, partying and generally not studying as much as I should have. However, I achieved some pretty good grades, most notably in Physics, Maths and the Language side of English (Literature being the other side).
Straight after 6th form, I took a gap year and decided I wanted to go travelling (all the cool kids do it etc). So I signed up with a charity organisation called Raleigh International, and flew to Costa Rica to take part in several projects they were running over there. I did some pretty rewarding things for the some of the poorer communities of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as raising £3200 for charity. My stint with Raleigh International lasted just over 3 months, through which I met a group of great guys, and together we decided to explore the depths of Central America a bit further. At tne end of the trip, we'd visited Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Mexico, and a few of us learned to dive in Honduras.
After travelling, the next major step in my life involved me returning to education; and sure enough in 2003 I moved to the south coast of England to read English Language at Sussex University. Uni was pretty much the same as 6th form for me - except about 3 times as bad. I thought about things a lot more, drank and partied a lot more, and studied a lot less, but despite a few setbacks, overall, I had a great time, and graduated with a 2:1 degree.
After Uni, I spent a lot of time thinking about what to do next. I worked a few bar jobs, made little money and then a friend approached me and asked if I wanted to do the Mongol Rally. I said yes, and the rest is history. If you are not familiar with the Mongol Rally, it's a charity organised adventure (can you sense a theme here?) involving a 10,000 mile drive from London to the capital city of Mongolia. If you are interested (and I seriously recommend you are), you can read all about my trip here. (We made it by the way!)
After the return from my epic journey, I developed a love of health and fitness and took a course to be a personal trainer. To this day I continue to do this on a freelance basis, working in and around the Richmond-upon-Thames area of South West London under the brand of DSFit. As I stated above, if for any reason you live around my area, and you, or anyone you know is interested in enlisting my services, then get in contact at www.dsfit.co.uk. Or alternatively just check it out.
Perhaps by now, you're wondering where art and design fits into my life at all? Well, while I was at University, In the hours when I wasn't drinking, partying and 'studying', I was drawing, or at least thinking about drawing. The first art form I was really subjected to was graffiti around about 15 years of age, because it was the cool thing to do, and I had an eye for stylised letterforms. At the time however I didn't see it as an art form per se; rather a way to pass the time instead of paying any kind of attention to my tutor's classes. Around the same time, my father, an absolutely incredible artist, passively taught me the basics of vector art through (the lesser used) CorelDraw (version 5 at the time).
I did do art as a GCSE subject, but I really didn't enjoy it - mostly because my teacher was a witch. I recieved a C grade, and promptly threw in the towel on art (in an academic sense). I never gave up on graffiti though and I found a way of putting my skills to good use. I got myself involved with some sign-writing whilst working at a local hotel/bar/restaurant called The Park and ended up decorating the menu/special boards on a regular basis. I also did some work for The Slug and Lettuce pub being commissioned to write their menu boards.
It wasn't really until my third at uni that I heavily got into graphic design. I used it as an escape from studying and all the other stresses of being a student growing up. It was around this time that my flatmate showed me an article in an issue of Computer Arts magazine about a website where one could submit tshirt designs to be rated by the public, and the prize was $1000. Not being one not to jump at the prospect of winning lots of money, I went at checked it out. Sure enough I was hooked within weeks and started submitting designs on a fairly regular basis (I also stopped using CorelDraw, and made the switch to using Adobe Illustrator having never looked back). I have been an established member of the Threadless community since 2004 and I like to think I know what makes a good t-shirt design.
If you've come this far, first let me say thanks for reading, (I'm not entirely sure why you stuck it out this long), second go check out the rest of my site, and third, make sure you get in contact if you like my work and are in need of my services.