After a long overdue, and well-earned break from it all - trading will recommence in the wild and wonderful North of the U.K. soon. A smorgasbord of alternative events that we loved the look of are detailed above for your perusal, and we do hope that for at they make logistical sense for at least a few of you lovely folk. Indeed, for some they will be far easier to reach than our erstwhile trading home in North London....
It would be truly marvellous to see you guys again, in a fresh new location - though we have not missed the daily grind of London town one little bit, we have really missed you all. The whole deal, all of the bantering, and sharing the time together whilst exchanging shiny wearable delights with you.Â
For now, we are still abroad - literally and figuratively - enjoying the wonders of Europe, and seeing our nearest and dearest in the process. Soon though, we shall commence our long slow journey home, wending our merry way back to Blighty, and to our pastures new.
Be grand to sithee all upon our return, really would.......
From the bottom of my heart, my sincere thanks to Alan Jones, Eamon Stack, Matthew Benson, Kate O'Sullivan, Jake Emms, midweek Martini, and all the other market managers who allowed me become a part of such an amazing community of traders. Who gave me the time and space to nurture and grow my business, and to be able to be truly independent as my own boss for the first time in my life. Their enlightened approach to the whole site created the wonderful environment in which such a disparate band of creative misfits, maverick entrepreneurs, and bonkers characters could co-exist and thrive - giving a supportive working home to all of we lucky Camden Lock folk.
To all my friends and neighbours, to all of the storage guys, and all of the security teams - a happy band of equals who co-operate and look out for each other so well - who will always be my London family. The people of the Lock are the place - the bricks and mortar are simply the platform, the stage upon which the daily dramas and cheerful banter between the traders and customers bring the space to life in a unique way. The atmosphere, the sights, sounds and smells of the site are indelibly imprinted upon my psyche - the memories will stay with me forever.
Thank you one and all.
My sincere apologies to one and all for bringing my departure date forward by two days - I would not have done so had it not been forced upon my by the latest tweak that overwork has caused me. The indestructibility that I normally pride myself on has been tested beyond its limit recently, and I have ended up with a painfully iffy elbow joint, which I just cannot risk pushing further - the sheer amount of lifting and carrying required to set up and break down my outdoor weekend pitch really is not a good plan for me right now. Especially given that, just as soon as I stop trading in Camden Lock, I will then need to crack on with constructing new displays for our show trading career in the North of the U.K....
So, I sincerely hope that you wonderful people will understand my decision, and that it will not cause undue disappointment. Thank you once more, for everything.
The curtain as about to rise upon the last ever trading run for Splatt! in Camden Lock. Sunday the 23rd of April will be the last day that my little empire will ever trade in Camden. The end of an era, to be sure - I've been proud to be a tiny part of the Camden Lock community for 20 years now, and it is a chapter of my life which has been the best so far, by far. To have traded in such a true one-off of a place, impossible to imitate, recreate or re-invent, has been a priviledge and a life-changing experience. I truly discovered myself here, was able to become my own boss, worked alongside some the finest people I have ever known, and I met my wife - the love of my life - here.
All this was only possible because of you - the unbelievable, wonderfully loyal and supportive customers which I have had the good fortune to meet and to serve over the many happy years. Without you, I have nothing, without you I could not have survived thus far, and so I owe you all my deepest and most heartfelt thanks - you have my sincere gratitude for ever more. I have to confess to shedding a tear or two just in writing this post, such is my level of true commitment to all that we have shared.
But, this is not a negative step that I am taking now, but rather a long considered and hugely overdue decison to quit London town in search of a better quality of life. The capital is no longer a place that I want to be, and so it is time to move on outwards and upwards. My time here has been great, but the world is full of marvellous places - and it feels right to set off out there, to have an adventure once again......
Which means that Splatt! will reppear later this year, but not in any one fixed trading location - we will be trading at one-off shows and events, mainly in the North of England. Exact dates and locations for those events will be posted on this site soon, but you can of course mail me, so that I can then mail you back with confirmed details as and when I have them.Â
Thank you, one and all, for everything.
Oh you lucky, marvellous people - so many new sterling silver designs to discover right now. Chunky, curvaceous, arty and amazing rings - including the elegant new etched finish reminiscent of the surface of cracked ice, along with fresh incarnations featuring skillful combinations of sand-brushed and hi-polished finishes. Offered to you via my wife's blossoming new venture which trades as Kchoom!, but still to be found happily side by side on the venerable shiny wooden counter with the ever-evolving Splatt! range.
Fully U.K. hallmarked, of course, and sitting expectantly for you among the rich abundance of highly unusual provender that is the Splatt! and Kchoom! emporium.Â
See you soon, y'all..........
Greetings to all of you wonderful Splatt! folk, and welcome to a whole new world of wonders for the upper parts of your ears. Hinged segment rings - either clean and simple or with cast feather and flower designs and sparkly inlays. Double-ended cast designs like skulls, needles and nails on straight bars for helix and forward helix piercings. A huge choice of colours from classic hi-polish, gold and black PVD hypoallergenic coatings and anodised multi-coloured.
They have just landed, and sit proudly on my display counter awaiting your inspection and approval. 100% solid surgical material in every part - finely crafted designs to treasure and sport happily ever after. So, come on down to the Lock Market and refresh your adornments with some truly original additions......
Which as spells an unplanned break in trading, folks. Despite my unshakeable conviction that I am truly invincible and indestructible, I am now having to admit to a temporary bout of fragile mere mortal status due to a dodgy and ill-advised attempt to lift a box of my own wares. I mean, it is hardly the first time that I had to lift a heavy box, in my nigh-on two decades of market trading. But, even though I know full-well how to do the job properly and safely, I had to go an be a daft 'ap'orth, and tweak my back by going all gung-ho and not concentrating on how I was stupidly both lifting and twisting at the same time.
Ah well, my back and I shall be back, after my back is rested, nurtured and placated - and have no fear, I will be returning to full trading fettle just as soon as it is prudent . So, please do bear with me as l take a wee while off work to fix myself, and to make sure that it does not simply re-occur because I didn't let it heal up fully. That way, we can all get back into a familiarly happy and shiny groove for the rest of the forseeable......
My sincere apologies for not being available for a couple of weeks, but I do I really look forward to seeing you all over a stall very soon.
Thank you most kindly indeed.....
Of trading days, that is. 51 straight, meaning that you fine folk will be able to sample my very latest selection of all that glitters every single day from Saturday the 18th of July, right through until Sunday the 6th of September. Over and above that bit of momentous news, there will also be fresh incarnations of all that represents that Splatt! spirit of alternative shiny adornments, as new stuff aplenty is currently in the old pipeline, as it were. Meaning that the plethora of wares at your disposal when visiting my little empire will be constantly refreshed, even though I myself may tend to look a tad more dishevelled as I approach the full term of 7 weeks without a day off............
As has been my wont in recent times, I shall be situated in different spots depending on which day of the week you pop down to Camden. On midweek, Monday to Friday weekdays, I will be inside the Camden Lock Market Hall - as I have been for those days for the past year-and-a-half or so - upstairs near the ATM, and inbetween the venerable Araucaria shop, and the stalls of Yumchaa tea, Read the Label soaps, and House Martin leather bags. On weekends, there has been a minor revolution, as I have moved a whole 12 feet sideways!
So, on Saturday and Sunday from now on, you will need to walk just a few steps further up the hill, as I am now on the very next stall up from the one pictured on my Map page of this site, and on the back of my business cards. Basically, Lucas from "Continent Clothing" is now on the weekend pitch that I have traded from during the living memory of most Camden shoppers. Which means that I am now inbetween his fine, and strikingly colourful pitch, and the Portuguese coffee and cakes stall known as "Nata 28". Pictures of the new weekend spot will be up on the Gallery section of the site very shortly...........
Until then, dear friends, I thank you for wading through another chunk of my blurb, and look forward to seeing you all soon.........
Rejoice in finding truly unusual gifts of genuine quality at Camden Lock. I've scoured the known universe to bring you the latest and greatest selection of rings, bracelets, bangles, pendants and piercings. Which means that you are sure to find a fresh and unique choice of metallic delights at the Splatt! emporium, to present to your loved ones, or yourselves of course....................
On top of all that, my esteemed neighbours and colleagues in the Market have a huge wealth of wonderful ideas to solve your gift list conundrums this year. The Lock is always my own first port of call, and best option when buying for my nearest and dearest - as I know I will be taking them stuff with originality and character, bought direct from small businesses who really appreciate and value the trade.
We're all grafting away and trading flat-out right through Ho-Ho-Ho time and beyond. So come on down and celebrate all that is quirky, eclectic, surprising and marvellous with us in our idiosyncratic little chunk of NW1
Oh aye, all of that. To be at your service 7 days a week - from Saturday the 6th of December until Sunday the 4th of January - is my simple pledge. During that stint, my stall, along with the whole of Camden Lock Market will be open and trading late - closing at 7pm every Friday and Saturday right up to Christmas.
Between Monday and Friday of each week, Splatt! will be found on it's midweek pitch. You know, the one inside the Camden Lock Market building - upstairs, and inbetween the fine Araucaria shop, Read the Label soaps, Jarekk Skattski's graffiti photos, and the Yumchaa tea stalls. A few pics of that location can be perused on the Gallery section of this same site right now to give you further visual clues to direct you there.
Then on weekends, I'm back out in the East Yard as on the Map page of this site, every Saturday and Sunday in the time honoured fashion.
See you all there and then, then.....
.......not really. As you've all guessed from the frequency of my posts, I love simple, tangible reality - the onscreen, online simulations of life, commerce, and communication just don't do it for me. Plus, you cannot get genuine personal interaction and real customer service from automatically created responses expressed in exactly the same pixels that the next account holder will also see on their own little screen.
So, I shall remain stubbornly anachronistic and proudly out-of-date, in the old-fashioned world of things that you can see, and physically try on, and compare against two dozen alternatives right there and then. You know, the pre-digital universe where you deal with a real person with real knowledge in real time, and then you end up with exactly the piece you were looking for - in your hand, immediately. Plus, let's face it - no virtual scenario could replace the huge range of real experiences that you can have when you visit the amazing range of traders, shops, and venues that Camden Lock currently has to offer.
This does not mean to say that it will always be impossible to buy my selection of metallic delights online - I truly never say never. I just don't believe in half-measures, or kind-of, sort-of doing things. Which means that unless I can offer a total all-singing, all-dancing, 100% perfect online approach, then I will not do it at all. Until I am ready, and completely satisfied with the whole thing.
In the meantime, I truly appreciate all of your efforts and investment of time and money involved in coming to shop at our market in person. I know that many of you have to travel from far and wide in order to get to us, and we are all genuinely grateful to you for doing so. In return, I shall always be grafting away, and making sure that your trip is a happy and worthwhile one.
More power to you all, and thank you.
Despite my not being a computer, and being a luddite in general, I do still work better if I'm not trying to work flat-out, 24:7. So, even though I'm not really pc in any way, it seems a good plan if I alternate between good solid grafting spells, and recharging and re-booting periods. Switching the old grey cells off and on again, as it were.....
Therefore, I shall be doing just that for the next few weeks at least. Which means that I'll be trading away like a demon for nine day stints, broken up by chunks where I am firmly in sleep mode, and nowhere to be seen.
I'll begin my next every-single-day-stretch on Saturday the 15th of Feb, and will then trade merrily right through the U.K. schools' Half Term holiday week, finishing on Sunday the 23rd.
Weekend days will find me outside in the East Yard, working from the pitch shown on the Map page of this site as is my time-honoured tradition, awaiting your arrival whatever the weather.
Between Monday and Friday, I'm experimenting with a stall inside the Camden Lock Market Hall. It's upstairs in the Camden Lock buildings, so from my normal spot in the East Yard you just walk straight into the building, and then pretty soon you'll see me - at the far side of the upper balcony area from the East Yard doors. The redoubtable wooden displays on my little emporium will be clear to see, by the side of the door to the fine "Araucaria" shop, and next to the "Yumchaa" tea stall.
I'll pop a few pics of that location onto the Gallery section very shortly, to give you all a few further visual clues to locate me by.
So, happy Splatting, and onwards to shiny metallic glory together in 2014.
Though not in the sense of the urban vernacular, you understand. Meaning rather that I shall be happily re-installed in the familiar surroundings of the illustrious East Yard of Camden Lock Market for my trading exploits throughout the near future.
So, all you wonderful Splatt-ites can find me back on the front line stall from this weekend onwards. There is a possibility of a tad more midweek trading happening soon too, but I will let you all know in the usual fashion as and when that stint is decided upon for sure.
'Til then, have a good one, one and all, and I'll speak to you over a shiny counter soon.......
Lovers of a life lived on two wheels can find SPLATT!'s shiny delights at the Ally Pally London Motorcycle Show. A huge range of everything and anything to do with custom, classic or just out-and-out fanatics for the biking world will be under one roof in leafy North London's Alexandra Palace Great Hall over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September.
Details of exhibitors, location, costs and the like are to be found at -
Amid the mass of lustrous chrome, amazing paint jobs, and petrol fuelled dream machines, you will also be able to sate your appetite for chunky and rock and roll inspired body ornamentation at our show stand. We will be located on Stand number G10, in the Great Hall of Ally Pally, and do look forward to welcoming one and all with a guided tour through our current plethora of seriously hard-to-find jewellery.
See you down there.....................
Ah, the Summer is finally with us all - which means that Splatt! is back to 7 day-a-week full-on non-stop trading mode. The plan is to continue thus throughout the entire UK School Holiday period, or until I simply cannot stand up any longer. Whether the days shall be balmy, thundery or windswept, my latest selection of alternative offerings shall await you and yours.
During this time, you fine folk will be able to locate me in the usual spot in the East Yard on weekends. Between Monday and Friday, the whole kit and caboodle will shift inside the Camden Lock Market Building - inside which I will be found downstairs in the revamped and re-organised Market Hall area.
So, dust off your flip-flops and slap your shades on, and I'll be most glad to see you all in Camden Lock soon.