It's been a long time since Devils & Details was seen on my calendar. This year weddings have taken the majority of my schedule to which I hope to remain incredibly thankful for. I have met some really lovely people through weddings this year all with a story to tell as well as interesting occupations and hobbies.
This is what makes me feel alive; Connecting with people.
Devils & Details allows me to meet and work along side all kinds of incredible humans. Not to mention satisfying my urge to always rummage through a good tool box. You can always bet your bottom dollar that I'll always be drawn to a tv show or magazine telling the story of a craftsperson. Be it motorcycles, painting or an obscure form of engineering, I'll have probably seen it or get really animated over the idea of watching it.
By nature I'm really nosey, not like Michael Paine, I like to get in amongst things and understand how they really work. Cut to my mother's despaired face as she watches her child dismantle various items just to see what was inside. I hate DIY but I always enjoy taking apart some form of machine just to have a nose and fix. This is one of the reasons I need a motorcycle.
Anyway, I digress.
Nick the Sign Painter has been somebody I've admired for a long time via Instagram. Watching sign painting has always been like scratching an itch for me. Watching the bristles of the brush gently pull paint along a surface is tremendously satisfying. Couple that with an insanely steady hand and an immense patience, it's not uncommon to hear "what the fuck?!" being stated over a long, drawn out breath.
Nick's passion is unprecedented. Despite sounding cliche, Nick lives and breathes Sign Painting. His work can be seen all over South Wales, holding true to a nostalgic sophistication. A trait which has sadly been lost to an era of paint pens and vinyl by "artists" who favour profit over integrity.
When I first started Devils & Details I specifically set out to meet people like Nick. People who choose to put in long hours to improve their skills. People who believe that if they scrape a living doing what they love, it's a living worth scraping. People who believe their "why" is greater than their "what".
For this instalment I joined Nick at Attaboy Coffee, a specialist pop up coffee collective, currently located in Aberkenfig, Bridgend.
Attaboy Coffee is owned by Ryan, a man who claims to have no discernible talent or charm. Though quite the opposite, Ryan has created numerous spaces that bring communities together to enjoy "magic wake up beans" and the odd Michael Jackson sing along. Ryan and Nick have been friends for many years, some would say too long by the endless ribbing that plays out between them both.
Days like this remind me of how lucky I am to work behind a camera and experience these things.
I'd like to thank Nick for having me along to witness the work I've admired for so long, unfold in front of me. I'd also like to thank Ryan for the endless supply of coffee and hospitality.
I hope this wont be the last you see of these two in this series!
If you would like to keep up to date with Nick & Attaboy Coffee, please follow below;
NicktheSignPainter Instagram - @nickthesignpainter
Attaboy Coffee Instagram - @weareattaboycoffee
Below is the complete collection. Hope you enjoy.