I Love new finds and I have been searching for a table lamp for my 1930’s flat and here was the perfect fit.
Meet 60wattsmax a very cool man who absolutly knows about mid century lighting. I saw the his stall at the farmers market, St Marks Church, Kennington, London. I knew this little anglepoise lamp would be perfect in my flat. But on this day Mr 60wattmax couldn’t take card payments due to having had his card reader stolen when his car was broken into the night before, so he asked us customers to pay on line when we got home, trusting us to take our purchases away with out paying. Love the vibe. Mid century nerds go there and check out his stall. Or find him on Instagram @60wattmax, fabulous glasswear and pottery.
So there I was standing out side Under Cover Records next to Streatham Hill Station, SW London. I live in the area but never walk past this shop, I see it when I sit in traffic but if I do walk past it is always on the other side of the street. I was hanging around waiting for my niece, she is the daughter of my late brother Guy, who sadly passed away several years ago. I saw this album by Freddie Mercury in the window and it made me smile as my brother was one of those bad guy types.
As I was taking a photo to share with my niece the man in the shop called me in. I told him the reason that I had taken the photo and he said “I am reading you”. Ok me thinks, and I just stand there whilst this mirrored my thoughts and conversations that I had had over the previous 24 hours. WTF, yep, kind of woo woo. But I do not want to make light of this because it is something real in the unreal and sometimes its useful to have that mirror held up in front of you and see yourself as others see you.
The record shop man / shaman, said he plays a record and sees who hears the music feels the vibe and connects with the shop.
As a 1970’s kid I was reminded of a TV program called Mr Ben, an animated program about a man who goes into a fancy dress shop, changes character and has an experience.
Well I invite you to try this for yourself, I doubt that I imagined this, you might not have the same experience, but if you like vinyl then your curiosity could be, at best satisfied.
It’s a shocking title, I know, but it’s a shocking state of affairs. The hypocrisy of the art world, to see value in what the artist might have been punished for. The value of being seen to be cool and on trend with out taking a risk or even caring. Art, cash, selling out, moving up, moving on……
My son is now an established graffiti artist. I have learnt a lot from him about the writings on the wall and respect what is behind the images. The sense of person, an anonymous creation and unknown identity. It’s a very cool way for young people to express themselves in this world of constant gratification and a need to be seen and liked. It’s a massive worry for me as his mum, its high risk and is also illegal. However I admire his passion and appreciate that he found a place in a community he feels aligned with. Recently we were at a super fancy high end art show in London, where we spotted for sale the mother and baby piece by Stik, http://stik.org it was framed in iron and made of brick….My son said its amazing to think that Stik would have risked a criminal conviction and injury for this and I felt depressed to think that it will be housed in the home of the super wealthy. I want to raise a point that I took a photo of the green and pink piece, sprayed on the wall of the tunnel under the railway line on tooting common (SW London) because I liked it. Of course the council painted over it later on with dull grey paint. I said the wall looked better with the art work on it. My son said but the council won’t let us have these spaces where we can express ourself safely…..I could go on but I want to get to something very important. My son took to graffiti for his teenage angst, and in our city we know that money has been taken away from youth services and also young men are extremely vulnerable. The picture at the top POWE.R is taken on my high st in Streatham SW London, and yes it’s a massive piece of what some will call vandalism but it has been created in memory of the late owner of the tag POWE.R, sadly he committed suicide earlier this year. No doubt it will soon be painted over but we can not paint over the fact that another young male takes his life in a world that wants to cover it all up.
I wish I could say more, be more articulate, I wish these young people would come forward to speak to the aurthorities who shut them down, paint over them or actively do not support the needs of young men in our society.
I hope someone sees this who can raise more awareness and keep the narrative very much alive in the public domain, not paint over the issues.