Born in London in 1970, and raised on a diet of Richard Scarry, Hergé, Asterix and Judge Dredd, Jarvis studied illustration at the University of Brighton and at the Royal College of Art in London. He has worked for international clients such as Sony, Nokia and Parco and contributed to a number of international style publications including The Face, Nova and Relax. He has also contributed to a number of art book projects and had a collection of his sketches published by Relax magazine in Japan. He has shown his work at various exhibitions worldwide including prestigious stand-alone shows at the Parco galleries in Tokyo, Nagoya and Hiroshima.
In 1998, James Jarvis created the plastic toy figure ‘Martin’ for Silas, a London-based fashion company, unwittingly helping to kick-start the ‘Designer Toy’ phenomenon. Martin was conceived simply as a promotional item for the then new company but he proved to be surprisingly popular in his own right. Over the next five years Jarvis produced more toys for Silas, including ‘Tattoo-Me Keith’ and the mysterious ‘Bearded Prophet’.
With the success of the figures, Jarvis and the two directors of Silas decided to create a dedicated toy company Amos (established in 2003) was set up to independently produce and distribute Jarvis’ figures and open up his designs to a wider audience. So far Amos has released the successful In-Crowd series, including Zombies, Punk Rockers, Juvenile Delinquents and Wrestlers, and created the iconic ‘King Ken’, a great ape. In 2006 Amos published the comic book adventure story ‘Vortigern’s Machine’, co-written with Russell Waterman, which tells the story of two friends, Rusty and Wiggs, and how, wandering through their suburban environment, they uncover some of life’s more pressing metaphysical questions.
For the photoshoot of our third t shirt release , designed by Rob Mathieson , we teamed up with photographer Michael Otero and model Alice Goddard .Here are the results:
For our second t shirt release we teamed up with illustrator Daniel David Freeman of Crystal Vision and photographer Tyrone Lebon.
The fifty fifth in our series of guest mixes comes from Young TEE, the first signing to Andy Blake’s “In Plain Sight” label. Lots of greatness from him in the near future.
1. youngTEE – can’t stop
2. cajmere ft jamie principle – god sent
3. virgo four – going through life
4. terrence parker – your love
5. james sims – secret fantasy (tp mix)
6. dj sprinkles – grand central part 1
7. azari and III – hungry for the power (jj mix)
8. kikumoto allstars – everybody
9. youngTEE – the way you kiss
10. youngTEE – lewisham ‘92
11. cajmere & russoul – lets dance
12. todd terry vs robert owens – show me
13. cajmere ft dajae – brighter days (ug mix)
14. mood II swing – closer (dub)
15. virgo four – it’s a crime (hunee mix)
The fifty fourth in our series of guest mixes comes from Portable Sunsets, The solo project of musician and artist Peter Segerstrom. His music is about silicon sand and robot romance. Floating somewhere between crystal sharp techno and blurry faded love ballads from the year 2560, Portable Sunsets is a vision quest for young androids.
Track listing :
1. Huaso – Microbird
2. Mass Transit Railway – Monolake
3. Disintigration Loops 3 – William Basinski
4. The Curlew – Nathan Fake
5. Song for Pronghorn – Little Coyote (Written by Clint Campbell)
6. Harmony in Blue 2 – Tim Hecker
7. Stress Waves – Oneohtrix Point Never
8. The Dream – John Tejada
9. Easy Listening Magic – Tape Lion
10. Line – %
11. Rhythmic Variation II – Daphne Oram
12. 12041403 – Innominate
13. Just To See You Smile – Spacemen 3
14. 12041404 – Innominate
15. One Who Can’t Move – Galapagoose
16. Brazil (Live On Tape Cassette) – Luke Abbott
17. Valentine – Moomin
18.Tausend Tränen Tief (Steve Bug remix [Portable Sunsets Edit]) – Blumfeld & DJ Koze
19. Changes Come – Gus Gus
20. Aluminum Sleep – Young Male
21. Christopher – Tape Lion
The fifty third in our series of guest mixes comes from Boiler Room’s Nic Tasker. Check out his regular appearences on NTS Radio and at Peckham’s Rythmn Section club night.
Track listing :
1. Discreet Music – Brian Eno
2. Master Ship – Starship Commander Woo Woo
3. Magnifique (Jamal Moss Edit) – Magnifique
4. Scribble Me This – Dara
5. Like A Virgin Point (Dr Dunks Shredding) – Cos Mes
6. I Travel To You (Todd Terje Remix) – Bepu N’Gali
7. Crossing (Andrew Weatherall Remix) – Wooden Shijps
8. Stealing The Fire From Heaven (Split Secs Remix) – Pacific Horizons
9. Y.O.U.R.O.C.K. – I:Cube
10. The Orange Place – Apiento
11. Anagrama – Ad Bourke
12. Beat Of The Street – Paul Baron
13. Bone – Map Of Africa
The fifty second in our series of guest mixes comes from the elusive Bahamian Moore, South London’s finest purveyors of all things vinyl. Check out there excellent Moor Places club night.
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The fifty first in our series of guest mixes comes from 100% Silk signing, Fort Romeau. a side project of La Roux keyboard player, Mike Norris. Go check out his debut LP, Kingdoms.
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