Who indeed…. If you came to this site on purpose it’s mostly likely you know me as co-founder and the graphic artist behind Finger Lickin’ Records. Maybe you have a record of mine or saw me DJing under the name Soul of Man, Jem Stone or Bush Doctors?
Perhaps you stumbled across my print subversions walking past my West London studio, or an exhibition in a city elsewhere, destroying exquisite historical scenes in the name of… something. Or you just found my business card in your back pocket and can’t remember where the hell you got it from.
Well I will fill you in: yes – you were in a sorry state, I got you into a taxi but just before that I gave you my card because you seemed so determined to expand your cultural horizons. And then you smiled contentedly through closed eyes as the Nissan Primera whisked you safely home like a pub-smelling flying carpet. Now you find yourself looking at this page for clues…
So let me guide you: on this site you will find a good deal of the artwork I created for the aforementioned record label – you probably don’t know that for over a decade around the turn of the century we sold a gazillion records, we literally DJ’d around the globe, in the days when people bought music we did pretty well (see more about it here). Then it all went digital, we got mercilessly torrented and the lovely big 12” sleeves I used to love illustrating became tiny 128kb thumbnails. The beats got harder but I got fluffier. We all agreed to leave on a high and move on to the next chapter!
Since then I have been mighty busy continuing my merry mishmash of music and art, all at the same time when I possibly can. I enjoy creating record sleeves, event posters, band and DJ logos and other music-related graphics for a wide range of clients around the world, plus food and drink packaging, merchandise, illustration, signage and virals. If you are interested in commissioning me please do get in touch. I have a new record label of sweet soulful grooves called Bona Fido, I release tracks and remixes mainly under the name Jem Stone as well as scoring occasionally for film and TV.
I’m also doing a good line in vandalising classical prints and carboot oil paintings and would be happy to destroy your family heirloom for you. You can find everything in my online gallery – and if there is a sleeve or image of mine you can’t find over there but would like made into a sumptuous poster or giclée art print just ask, anything can be done.
So thank you for visiting, I hope that clears it all up. A much more literal and sober art biog can be found here, plus thankfully there is a lovely write-up on my recent musical exploits from no less than International DJ Magazine here – suggesting that I still have my finger very much on the button. Which button remains to be seen.