Im in Scotland, Elie in Fife to be precise and wow we’ve been lucky, beautiful sandy beach, amazing walks, great food and the weather.. goddam! Ive got a tan, although that’s pretty easy as I’m half Egyptian.
Anyway, a much needed break and rest from work, I’m back in the city Monday to crack on with the rest of the year.
Before I left for my holidays Australian Tom Gerrard came and visited me. Another artist Ive known for years and years.. We’ve painted, drunk, smoked, looked after each others friends
with space to stay and also now both do a podcast about these creative lives we are living.
Tom travels, like serious adventure travelling. Its been him and his wife’s thing since meeting 20+ years ago. He’s from and based in Melbourne Australia and Tom gets us into that and tells us what it was like growing up there the 80’s and 90’s, a bit unconventional and quite dangerous for a 16yr old. He tells us what school was like, skating and his first graffiti experiences, friends and how those teen years went. We chat about the chance encounter with his to be wife, travelling the world and painting and the different paths he took until he gave in to the pressure and stepped up and went full time artist.
It’s a dope story, Toms lived a full life so far and it was great catching him whilst he was in town preparing for the show hes curated at Stolen Space featuring his work alongside two other Australian artists.
As Ive said, I’ve known Tom for years and it was great to fill in the gaps within the time I’ve known him over a couple beers and a smoke.
Enjoy, this is F24.