What happened here then …

The history of StreetMarketStudio

— We used to be just me; a designer called Dee. In the year 2550BE I infiltrated the Advertisers & worked in the advertising & service design industry for over 12 years. I started in the post rooms as a runner in two of the biggest agencies around. Quickly learning how they operate, how they intoxicate & the problems they faced in the age of corporate meltdown. I entered the agencies as a smiley street Fox. And gave notice; as a hardwired & feared Wolf

 

I ran back to a small island, where I had already planned a new life for many years.
 I began writing books & poetry, manifestos that only me & ghosts would read; I discovered the secrets of magik. What you see here is still a functioning a design haus, but that side of our offering now serves as more of a parody or straight up fools tragedy. My clients these days are DJs or Spiritual Healers. Not Adidas, Beauty Clinics or Makeez & Clacky’s

— It became a living, breathing, black flag dream

Value Added Trips & Tips. FUCK TAX – it’s for the rich.

 

Here’s my passion; I’ve got the honey. But where’s my money

I did it for love, I give it for free. Anything else was selling my soul you see

Lucky for some it aint been sold; & now you knowhl, I’m getting oldē

& that’s why writing about dreams is the only gold record left for memes

For it does not grow on trees

fr. The Fool’s Riddle III – 18th May 2563 [verifiable]

 

or “The Passing of Time” because my capital is time not money. (Duchamp)

 

 

They called it Creative Education

& all I found in the end was Subversive Zentertainment

… after an expensive and badly delivered design education with a 2:2 degree classification diploma in Graphic Communications at University for the Creative Arts. It was endless debts & a bankrupt student union while the government continues to bail out banks & renew trident every year. But I got smashed, high as a kite & met the best mates of my life. I didn’t attend the graduation ceremony & moved to London with a clear understanding of why the corporatisation of everyday life has poisoned the education systems of young creative people

Behind The Screams.

The recession of 2008 was approaching & there were not many options for any average students thrown into the rat race. By luck, a best mate at Uni who was a few years ahead of me – Ricky, that one got me into a famous agency called Mother [fuckers] on Brick Lane, next to the Owl & Pussycat.

Clubs, fast cars, fancy bars & cards that were not mine.

The next few years would be spent next to the loudest soundsystems in the lands or various pubs that keep the locals well-hydrated during work hours & always high on the CEO’s stash.

I was Dave the Rave on most days & never someone else during those long nights carving pixels at pitches & mastering banter with the dream team on corporate deals if you know what I mean

FREELANCE ROAD MILEAGE

Independent Designer starting at 2007

Not all listed & ALL DIRTY MONEY

Copa90
Volkswagen
Sky Creative
Fjord
Dccper [ IN ]
iD Experiential
Hometown
AKQA
R/GA
Weapon7
RKCR/Y&R
Publicis
Saatchi & Saatchi
McCann
CNN Turner
Langland
Rainmaker
Momentum Worldwide

Runner starting at 2006

Universal McCann
Mother London

It flew by tomorrow’s rye.

13 years. I made an oath; to never do business with advertising or service design agencies again. No matter how much money they would offer. Although that often would mean being out of pocket. I headz to the East many times before finally settling without returning to the West. Enjoying life with little but a laptop and a beautiful beach, that sadly would often be full of trash after even the rarest of Full Moons. But I found Eden beyond that nightmare. Somewhere where not many eyes ever see. How to explain, without melting the brains in stories of western shame. Or replays of the same fucking names, trains & travellers who never knew yh name.

 

I would turn up at sunrise & watch the junk floating in the sands of time; no mercy or empathy left in my rhymes & wondering what sick products you corporate types with poisoned minds come up with next. 

Then you ban plastic bags, straws & claps your hands like it’s a job well done

Remote What?

I was addicted to production & as it happens still surrounded by other rebels who needed help & close creative friends with their own thriving small family businesses in Thailand; happy to work for them at any moment – and that was the Remote Life; the dream we all once had back in the days of early laptops – fulfilled. 

Before those luxury days I had travelled South America on the first GoPro & a cheap laptop loaded with rip’d standard-issue software from Colombia. I was onto remote working before most digital nomads; but came back asking God where everyone else was. It was only when Nomad List launched that it really felt things were kicking off. But then CoVidiamtyrannosaurus hit & now everyone’s at it finally.

Meditation & Radio Stations.

I was practically mute once. Then I found Zen & now I don’t shut up

I spent years in the jungle. Surrounded by bugs & Buddhist monks. Haunted memories of the ends of hippy trails.

I was a terrible rebel yogi, I could barely spare 5 mins for a downward dog. But I was always busy navigating Ātman or listening to sages of the ages

I set up a radio station. Carried on doing design of my own that I thought was art or something.

I had been riding the backs of reptiles in advertising for so long, I knew there must be some capture for my rapture raptors.

The conquests of Golden Sands.

I found myself living in a kind of Utopia for people like me born in 1984. For us the dystopian nightmare is a real deal. So I ran away. To far away places. Where Gang Stars Dream, Dancers lean in & Communal Heros thrive in spiritual times. It was the Edge, or as far away from the western working hell as I could get & sounded a bit like this & looked alot more wild.

 

 

This was on rewind repeat for ages no shames I could name to this day.

These were songs I would rush to till the morning sunrise rose for all those. I would take those memories back to listen to on the Underground on route to work again everyday. Wondering when my bare feet would touch the floor again. I think I learned more about life during those years on the island than I could ever have stuck behind a desk working till I was 50 or some delusional career goal like that. I found the best of my life’s music kissed memories to read that’s for sure.

 

 

What else to say about these wild memory cravings. You will never really experience travel if you follow alot of people from day one. We all know that by now about travel. What is this, some 18-30s lads holiday to Ibeefah? Dear Lord, get off the TV package now. You are like the laughing cow of all cash deals for travel junkies who work inhouse.

 

 

Ofcourse there is always more to this life than just a full moon party, the regulars & locals who love them would avoid it like a 3-day zombie invasion, they all disappear after that, on their whirlwind group of sheep tour of south-east Asia no doubt, that shit makes the lone wolfs & sly vixens crack up. The rest of the time mindful party people do exist on this side believe it or not & it is a quiet place if you want it to be. I was helping the Island Animal Shelter & simply peaceful in the jungle a lot of the time or cleaning the beach, yoga, driving around getting on small adventures, meeting interesting people from all over the world who shared the same outlook, mindset & experiences they had. Those people were often hard to find I found in all my travels round the planet. The island is an old haunt for travellers. Sadly, like many of the best places to party it comes with a bad reputation for being a party island. But no one really knows the truth until you actually ignore the negative press that folks enjoy. If you jump over to the next bay along from the tourist trap instead & venture beyond the rabbit hole to find your own story. Many find revelation.

Where have all the freelance designers & devs gone?

Let’s pull some photos up of the old gaff where it all started then eyh.

I know some of the best designers & devs in the world today who have similar setups, better & stories to tell. Not just on this island either, or just designers & devs. We’re dumping the offices full of overworked teams with huge budgets, toxic megabrands for clients to deal with & unaffordable rent in box apartments. Some love it though; good on em. Some are lucky enough to make it in such places & decided to stick it out.

The rest, run for it.

 

 

Remote Life in the Jungle. [ 2014 ]

10,000 Thai Baht a month. 

 

The bike I nearly died on.

What we all leave behind.

It became a strange notion as many heavy souls carry a feeling of low self-esteem. But, Pretentiousness – the noun; the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth) was something I only ever experienced in western cities after it became like a virus in the mainstream narrative. I’m not sure who to blame, the actual arseholes [plenty around] or just potentially cool-looking people who you never got to meet. That was what I heard a lot; “Oh they look a bit pretentious.” often seemed the only grounds to base such claims. It was as if the fatal-aesthetic of loathing the self had become the fashion to believe in. There was no faith in hyper-individuality or rare poetic dead-romance left in the air. They were just Pretentious. It became a thing to be boring just to avoid being slated by the arseholes who were the actual guilty party. All dressed the same, same attitude, same lifestyle obsessions. Stereotyping had become a naked design in destiny. The best of us know where to hang out to avoid them kinds aye! What sub-genre of human would arrive next.

Too many travellers who venture out of that grandeur riddled spectrum of western scenes, know it all too well. It becomes like a joke to drop in conversation when talking to others who have left that mindset far behind as they join the tribe. Some are fresh to the freedom of it, others are swimming in a way of life. The social paranoias of the metropolitan concrete can haunt even the shyest of kind minds before they ditch em all. What’s worse is on the way out ‘they’ will try to label you, be it a hip-star or eccentric geek. We were all free of that poisonous thinking once we got on the road. The weirder the better is often the norm. And what is left of the creeps often get left on the sidelines & always wondering what the fuck happened. Because there is just too many good people about. 

… false appearance of great importance or worth. What like a politician or agent smith type?

I always felt like a Babylon street rat with 3ACES compared to them kindsa corporate fools.

I like to wear a suit [ Me & Dasha are mostly naked in the Bangkok heat though ] & I never judged people on their appearance, the language they spake or even the story they would unfold. I’ve hung around with most wise of oldē humble tie to the beach burns at the ends of the vine with solar eyes; & with more life in their signs to speak of than any of those souls locked in a briefcase for a very long time. This was not some kinda Pulp-Midnight stitch-up with a bad book to read to the cats – even the local dogs all knew my name. I’d even play holdem with the King Cobras & Juggle infront of Black Spiders but never dared to touch a drugged up sleeping tiger. There were plenty of Orginal Pirates I met in my life; with real material to their sane soul train. I danced with the well-versed hosts, even slept with ghosts & listened to folks I could barely understand for weeks at many various outposts.

But on the island, I had the beaut, the crew & a big loot too.

Creative soldiers & loyal account teams I always came back for.

After being silent for so long in an industry plagued by corporate correctness & hardliners who refuse to reform against the establishment, it was time to fight back with words- and it came down like the holy fire of Gods. First-hand accounts, endless examples; of corporate ignorance & pollution of not only the mental environment, straight-up criminal activity & almost always watching leaders in those industries teach their creative talent to believe that design should be value-free. 

Design; I wanted to flick a match into the word it’s Elf.

I decided to pursue the dream; writing a book – as good as life gets. But I still offer my services to clued-up folks with small businesses who share the same insights myself and many others have come to realise. They appreciate my honesty when everyone else dares not to challenge the establishment upfront and personal on their pages of signs ånd vapid lines in threads of deadtime.

I had no more refusal left to #TheCall & ran again into the future; till the deepest never ends of pages lost in time. In spirit alone. Where one day;

Wheels will turn in Glory.

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