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.