THE LEGO FAN.
The year is 1977.
At 5.45pm on the opening day of the Fourth Test at Headingley, my Father arrives home from a long days work at British Steel just in time for what he hopes will be Geoffrey Boycott scoring his 100th first-class century in front of his home crowd at Headingley.
No other player had scored their 100th century (a rare feat in itself) in a Test match, and the setting could not have been more perfect. Boycott had only recently returned to Test cricket following a self-imposed three year absence, but in Yorkshire he was more popular than ever. The moment was set, we were just about to witness one of the great cricketing triumphs of all time when the family TV crackled a little then died a very quick TV death.
My Father was so incensed he decided there and then, no more TV set, hence, my early childhood was spent playing with LEGO, not watching TV.
A true story.
Ame72 - British, b.1972
Also known as Jamie Ame, Ame72 (pronounced 'aim72') is a modern day British pop artist with a background in fine art, graphic design, innovation and sculpture.
Graffiti has played a huge part in Ame's life.
He first picked up a spray can way back in 1985 when the UK graffiti scene was very much underground and hidden away from the media and public eye. It was never Ame's intention or ambition to make a living based on his graffiti art but over the years graffiti has become accepted as a legitimate artform enableing artists such as Ame a platform to showcase their creativity.
Whilst concrete walls and public spaces are his preferred canvas, Ame has exhibited and sold works in Museums, galleries and auction houses around the world including the MOCA in Beijing China MOCA Tel Aviv, Dreweatts Neate Fine Art, Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers.
Ame uses an eclectic mix of style, colour and technique as a means to transmit messages and humor towards society's characteristics, reflecting, amongst other things, environmental awareness, economic abundance, consumerism & commercialisation.
With ever increasing popularity, Ame works have gained a diverse following of collectors, from adult Lego fans to Hollywood movie stars, Royalty and the even the discernable collector who prefers to remove works from the street.
iTag Graffiti is Ame's graffiti and game app which can be used to create virtual graffiti on Apple & Android devices. The genuine and authentic feel to it is probably the closest thing you'll get without having to paint on a wall.