Welcome “Kid Cactus” & “Yokel”



Lets all give a warm and a gentle welcome to “Kid Cactus” & “Yokel” hoping to become a focus point upon my stall tomorrow and in the days, months and years to come….its the beginning of a new era and something new at Pirate_fly* from the emergence of graphic design and love for illustration.
yokel final


(Above) This guy has been in the process of being made since the very first day of scribbling him upon the canteen table and thus had to bring him to life at a later date. And thought it only right that he be my first of many characters to come, with him being there in the beginning when my love for gig posters and the characters they feature with their own personal styles. The typefaces were to be kept simple, and link the two illustrations together and create almost a connection in my work for my future audiences.

(Below) we have a simple mock up of the poster to be, and have printed out a digital copy to give folks a glimpse of what’s to come and almost a preview if interested that they can later  own if they take my details or enquire.




Poster mock up


Miniature “Kid Cactus” cards ready for purchase  all signed and set out with contact details for all possible purchasers, and will soon feature as an A1 screen printed banner in the coming weeks. Consisting of 4 colours, so keep an eye out on these lil guys that have proved to be of great popularity in short a short space of creation…literally 5 days.




“Manchester Print Fair 2013” Pirate_fly stall


Over the last few weeks that have passed by in the name of Pirate fly prints I’ve been none stop screenprinting and character creating to get everything ready for the big day that’s been looming since the day of purchasing my stall.  Its only been the last few days that I’ve actually removed myself away from the print bench and never ending applying of colours to various prints that I hope to sell and promote myself with.



As can be seen within the photo’s on display, you can witness the sheer variation that’s on offer ranging from A6 cards featuring the ever liked Monsters with Moustaches, to coaster sized cards of the recent creation of a favourite of mine “yokel” and his partner in crime “Kid Cactus”. Both appearing as a joint venture on the new character front that shall soon be seen featuring in the emergence of new gig posters throughout the year! Adopting a style of my own that has grown from influences such as “Army of Cats” Graham Pilling, Drew Millward, Fairey and Olly Moss.



Tomorrow I shall be setting off with everything packed ready in their own individual bundles and packages ready to be transported all of nearly a hour and a half away, far from the countryside scenes to the design centre that I hope to emerge into, fingers crossed from tomorrows possible connections, new contacts and passing around of details. It should be in hindsight a great success, it would be nice as a student to make some profit off it all, but that isn’t my priotrity, I just want some sort of recognition, mingle and get my foot in amongst creatives like myself, which is hard in my current area!


Tags have been pre made in preparation for the venture, varying between prices (which are just and slightly undervalued as told) friendly help yourselves and promotion for up coming screenprints up for purchase in the coming weeks. Also upon each poster, mini print and card are my email and name for people to keep a note of who I am and also receive a miniature “Kid Cactus” card with Facebook page details added. Upon the table wwill be details for people to get hold of me using the power of social media!



So come along to Manchester tomorrow, find me at my stall and check out my work, even make a purchase if something is to catch your eye! If not, then don’t worry, stay vigilant and watch this blog for follow up posts including that of my setting up of the stall, display, the day itself and works, so enjoi.

Manchester Print Fair 2013



Print Fair 2012


Again, that time of the year has come around where Manchester hosts a wonderful print fair, showcasing a broad variety of works from illustration to Screenprint. All of what’s on show is there for you the public to marvel at and even purchase if something happens to catch your eye. The fair is the perfect opportunity almost I find for any budding designer wanting to get a foothold in the design industry and get noticed by like minded people. Usually showing off the great talent that Manchester has to offer and those who need the publicity, it acts as the perfect starting point.


Print Fair 2012

The only difference this year is….that I managed to book a stall, taking the leap at long last to show off my work, become a part of something and hopefully build up contacts for when the daunting day this year when uni is finally over. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d gone crazy by booking the table or not, until the next day when the realisation kicked in of the task that I was undertaking and how much I need to start planning in order to get the most out of the day. Starting with constructing a list of works that will be coming along, how many pieces I have in stock to sell, range of produce and transportation of so much. Its going to be quite the task reprinting, getting things stocked up and finally finishing the logo ready for its first outing as a business card, all to be done for the 13th of April, while still undertaking my uni degree work. Its an achievable task, if structured and well planned out like the military operation its going to be, setting deadlines to meet with certain works in order to keep my head above it all.


Print Fair 2012

Its going to be such a nail biting experience I find, with me myself being a shy and nervous person often hiding away this will need me to finally step up and give me confidence to take with me into the industry, as well as the nervous side of things I’m generally excited and over the moon that my work was good enough in the first place to be given a stall. Anyone thinking of self promotion, professional practice, experience or just wanting a day out to see some awesome and inspirational work, then Manchester Print Fair on the 13th of April is the place to be, I look forward to it and seeing other creatives like myself.

print fair

Print Fair 2012

p.s a follow up post on the fair will be coming as well as posts along the way on how I’m managing all the preparation/organising!