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!! 

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.

Mario, Dinosaurs, and Mix Tapes

I’ve come to realise that the reason I’m crap at keeping a blog is that I’m actually pretty awful at talking about myself. When I was a teenager, I kept one of those awful livejournal blogs daily, because I was younger and fucking full of myself, but now I never see the point in talking about things on a blog. I keep a normal diary, and I talk to those I know about my day, and that’s it! I think that this is how it should be, because we talk about ourselves way too much online, and we’re just over-sharing the same bullshit.

At the same time, I do like to have a space online where I can just write about what ever I want. I might write posts about what I’ve been up to, I might write about things I’ve seen, or it might be something else entirely.

With that being said, here are some things I found online lately that I just had to share:

Jurrassic Park: 90s kids remake

Two kids in the 90s got their video camera and their Jurrassic Park toys, and made what is probably the best ever fan remake of a film ever. For some reason this is only just coming to light now that the new Jurrassic World film is out.

Mario Mods are a Thing

Did you know that you can play Mario as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, or one of the KKK? Now you do. Modded ROMs are hardly a new thing, but I’ve only just realised how popular they are, and they’re fun as fuck.

If you want to use some of these ROMs, a good place to start is this page- it’s in Italian, but you’ll be able to get the jist of what most of them say.



Wu Tang vs The Beatles

I just think this might be the best mix tape ever created.

You can find loads more mix tapes at DatPiff, but I doubt you’ll find any as good as this.

Anyway, that was a small update from me. You might see a few more updates in the next coming weeks, as like I said it’s good to have a space to write about whatever I want. Catch y’all on the flip!