Art

Playdead 4 years!

Samo, owner of Playdead studios, is necking coffees at a rate of 3 to my 1….and I drink a LOT of coffee. We’re discussing the retrospective of PlayDead’s work surrounding the 4th anniversary and I need the coffee because I’m exhausted just hearing about all the hard work.

Art

Beer Is Art

The air was hot and thick, the half-light of sunset illuminating the bodies as they rhythmically packed box after box, glinting off cans. The room was silent but for the scrape of cardboard, shuffling bodies and the sound of hammering from the next room. Everyone had their head down focused on their own essential role in the production line. This was no sweatshop in Asia but the scene of launch night final prep for the second installment of the mighty JurasSIX collaboration.

The Suffering of Men

Growing up, I feared becoming my father. A man who, through entrenched generational conditioning, struggled and failed to nurture his son in restorative and healthy ways. Now, I was responsible for guiding a little person’s heart away from ideas I experienced as unskilful, oppressive, numbing, dominant and harmful. 

I realised my duty, my front line, was to disrupt as much as I could the narrative of patriarchy, self-betrayal, male dominance and aggressive power, which my son was already learning. Even at three years old. 

Men and Yoga

It’s a common misconception that yoga is just for women who can touch their toes and fold themselves into pretzel-like shapes. Although yoga studios are often seen as female-dominated environments, yoga is for everyone; men and women of different shapes, sizes, abilities and from all walks of life.

Tom Bryan – Victorious

Having Victorious fever and thinking about what musicians are playing this wknd it got me thinking about Tom Bryan who kind of blew me away at the Southsea Folk Awards. He came along and played a half-hour set during the break. Out of all the people that were there watching him, nearly half of the crowd came to me after to ask who he was and how incredible he was to watch!

Men’s Grooming

There’s a conversation I have on a regular basis. It’s happened ever since the day I started Southsea Bathing Hut on a market stall in 2015. Today, happily settled into our skincare lab and shop on Albert Road, people ask the same. It goes like this:

A customer pops in looking for a gift (let’s say Valentine’s Day is coming up). They ask me, ‘Have you got anything for guys?’

They know he’s into skincare. But they’re not sure what he likes just yet.