Category Archives: life

Benson’s Bikes

I really need to update this blog! Before then, though, we’ve finally got ourselves on track with selling Benson’s old bikes! This has been a lot of work (mostly from Stu!) so it’d be great if you guys could check out what we have, and share with anyone you think would be into this kind of thing.

My dad really loved his bikes, so this is great stuff! Click on the the links below  to see more – you can also get in touch with me here if you want.

Also! We have made a bit of a discovery in the sheds. Please watch this space for more info soon. 🙂

Honda H100S (project, spares, repairs)

Various BSA Motorcycle Parts

Various Honda Motorcycle Parts

Honda CB125 frame and engine (project, spares, repairs)

Never Meet your Heroes, but See them Live as much as Possible.

Normally I pretend I’m too busy to keep up to date with a blog. Well, I’ve got a week off work right now so I suppose there are no excuses.

This week has been pretty boss. Stu bought me the best Christmas present ever last year, two tickets to see The Cure, and we finally went this week! The Cure are the best band in the world and their set was amazing. I am so buzzed still! It was the best!

Do I have shitty photos taken all the way from the back? You bet I do.
Manchester is a pretty cool place, and they have a Fab Cafe there too. I used to visit the Fab Cafe in Leeds quite often when Joni lived there so it was great to see this one too. We had a pretty good game of Streets of Rage and Street Fighter before the gig. Newcastle totally needs a Fab Cafe.
I really like Manchester; it’s a cool place to visit. The people there are really proud of the music scene they have and they have some cool record shops and coffee places.
Now that last year’s Christmas present has finally been received, I need to sort out this year’s. This is great in some ways, as we’ll be up to some cool stuff during Christmas (which I can’t really put online yet!) but it also means the whole present buying thing which is lame because it means too many people will be in the city centre from now until the end of January! Hopefully, I will survive it. If not, don’t let Paul touch my stuff when I am gone.

The Lake

I’d written this originally on the WordPress Android app, but my tablet decided it wasn’t meant to be.

Instead, here’s a photo anyway. The lake looked really awesome yesterday evening.


Oh, and I’m working on something new, by the way. Watch this space.


Hey guys,

There is a new place just opened up in Northern Ireland and I’d love for you to check it out! My pals Jackie and Trish have opened up Taste, and it’ll be the best place to eat in the country; truth.


You can find Taste. here:

Whenever I’m away from home (let’s be honest, even when I’m at home), I love finding new places to eat – hotel breakfasts suck ass! If you’re ever near Ballymoney, I promise it’ll be worth your time. Even if you are in Ballymoney, you need to visit – food places are affordable enough these days so they don’t need to be a rare treat anymore. Plus, there are six different kinds of chips – six! Shove that up your arse, Five Guys!

Click here to visit Taste. on Facebook!! 

Graduation, Barcelona, Becoming the best Pokémon Master I Can Be

This week has been the busiest and most relaxing week ever – Stu has graduated, we saw Lyla (Stu’s niece) & Co., and then went on holiday, all in the same week! So yeah, if you were wondering why there were no updates on North Rose, this is why:

I'm the one that doesn't have a beard.
I’m the one that doesn’t have a beard.

We had our holiday in Barcelona, by the way. It’s really awesome there. I’m too lazy to actually go into too much detail (and I won’t be that person who posts 10 blog posts for each day I was there), so here are some bullet points instead:

  • The best way to see Barcelona is by bike – you will see everything! It is really flat, which is fab because it makes cycling easy, but it also means you won’t get tired. Bear this in mind before cycling for five hours straight and then wondering why your legs hurt, because the ride is so easy you won’t realise at the time!
  • La Sangrada Familia is absolutely astounding, and if you’re lucky enough to go make sure it’s early in the day so that you can see all of the sunlight come in through the window. Also, try to book online because if you just turn up you’ll be disappointed (thank god for hotel wifi).
  • This is some of the best food you will ever eat. Ever.
  • Bottled water is really cheap there, but try to keep hold of your empty bottles as there are plenty of fountains and you will need them.
  • Ocata Beach is the best beach! Use sunscreen though- don’t be like me and my pink shoulders and feet!
  • El Bosc de les Fades is an incredible bar that you have to go to. You will feel like you’re drinking in a fairy tale.
  • You can get the metro pretty much anywhere, for a really decent price!
  • If you go to the old Olympic Stadium, you will have the best view of Barcelona and have a break from loud tourist places.
  • Ham and cheese should always come in a cone from a market.

I didn’t take my camera because I wasn’t sure whether my insurance would cover it, but I think I managed to get some decent photos from my phone:

Now that I’m back, I have become addicted to Pokémon Go, which will probably feature in another blog post. I’m off to catch some Pokémon, so I’ll catch you later!

Chilled bitch.

Life has been a bit busy lately – at least, too busy to blog. That’s my usual excuse, but whenever I go to actually write something I don’t really have too much to say, so I mustn’t really be that busy.

North Rose has been my main priority lately, and even then I haven’t been updating it as much as I used to update Tattoosday UK. That’s perfectly ok, though – I don’t want writing to be a chore, which it used to be. I used to write so that I had enough time to do everything else I wanted to do, like it was something I needed to get out of the way. Now I just pick it up whenever I want to, and people are lovely enough to come back when I post.

I’ve been doing a few bits and pieces as far as photography goes, too, but I’m always just taking my time. I’m not all about getting on with the next thing anymore, which is pretty awesome because I can have way more fun. Plus, with photography, you get to hang out with people’s dogs.


So yeah, if you have noticed that I’m not updating things as often as I used to, it’s because I’m chilling out to fuck and enjoying my life. At the same time, I do feel like I want to do more writing, so you might see more very soon. Thanks for sticking around with me either way, my dudes!


Tattoo Stuff / Potato Tour 2015

Before I start, I should probably mention the fact that I’ve been writing again! Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how long you say you’re quitting writing for a bit, because something comes along that really makes you want to write. I’m not going to deny myself; it’s my website! Funnily enough, there were three things at once that I felt like talking about:

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is a really awesome documentary by Stewart Robson about Frith Street Tattoo, and you need to check it out if you haven’t already. It’s all about the guys that work/worked there, their influences, and how the shop is basically its own living breathing entity these days. It’s a really great documentary that I would totally recommend, and I appreciate Stewart sending it over for me!

The International London Tattoo Convention images


I was also sent over a press release for the next London Tattoo Convention. It looks amazing. The thing I’m most interested in is the new Ed Hardy exhibition that’s going to be there- I was actually really surprised to learn that he’s never exhibited his work at a tattoo convention before, so this will be a first. Very cool!



Finally, Total Tattoo Magazine did something really awesome on the cover of their latest issue. Instead of the usual ‘alt-model’ (yawn), they put a hand drawn and painted picture of a woman instead. I’ve been saying for ages that this is how it should be, so it’s great to see the guys taking a chance and going with it. Love this cover!

So, there’s that! Another cool thing I did last week was fly over to Northern Ireland to see Stu’s best friend get married. Northern Ireland is lovely- it’s very green, or at least it is to someone who lives in a city! Look:


I saw awesome things like a big waterfall in Glenariff (hope I spelled that right!) and Tor’s Head:

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I saw an absolutely lovely couple get married too, and met some wonderful people! Considering I knew three people there, one of them being Stu, I never once felt awkward or weird, because Stu’s friends are all so friendly. Big thanks to Shishki and Catherine for inviting me to their wedding, to Andy for the awesome BBQ at his amazing house, and everyone else for just being belter!

It’s all back to normal though for now, especially since I don’t have many holidays left at work anymore! I’m back to painting my nails and then playing my bass to chip it all off (idiot), eating too much junk and then regretting it, and watching loads and loads of Dashie videos.