Dean Gunther – portrait of a tattoo artist
“Always pursue what you want to do, doesn’t matter what it is or how big your dream is, just follow it!“ this is the message that Dean Gunther wants to share with everybody.
“The tattoo from my face says “One life, live it!”- this is all what I’m about, that’s what I believe. Even on back of my business card it says “One life, live it!” I give it to people in order to inspire them. So don’t waste your time and play around, do what you have to do and follow your dream.
I always had a talent for drawing since young age and I couldn’t deal with the jobs I had anymore so I’ve decided that I’m going to do what I love which is drawing and art.
When I was 20 years old I went to a tattoo studio and I would sit there with my shift outfit watching their design and stencils and it really got my attention and that’s how I took it further to follow the career of tattooing. ”
Marble Tides to go on UK Tour
One of Bournemouth’s biggest young bands, Marble Tides, are about to start their next chapter: a UK tour. We caught up with them at their last gig in Bournemouth before the tour starts…
Last November, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting Brandon, Sam, Gemma, Luke and Zac from Marble Tides. This was shortly after the release of their single, Hiraeth. And now, the band are due to go on a tour of the country, alongside the release of three new singles.
At a 100-person VIP gig at Bournemouth’s Hot Rocks, in which they performed virtually all their songs, we managed to grab them for a few minutes to find out all about the upcoming tour…
HOW MANY VENUES ARE YOU PLAYING ON YOUR TOUR AND OVER HOW LONG?
BRANDON: We’re still booking dates, but we’re aiming for eight or nine venues. A whole week, pretty much. And that starts on 1st June, through till the 8th or 9th.
ZAC: We start off with two festivals on the same day, both in Dorset. And then we travel 300 miles to Blackpool.
WHERE ARE EACH OF YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING THE MOST?
Z: I would probably say Blackpool, as it’s a homecoming for me. And hopefully I’ll see lots of family and old friends there. Last time I played there was around seven years ago, way before Marble Tides was ever a thing.
LUKE: It was the Bournemouth Summer Ball, but now I’d also say Blackpool. Because we heard recently that Mallory Knox are headlining the day that we’re playing.
GEMMA: For me, I would say the Bournemouth Summer Ball, because I know we’ll hit the students in Bournemouth. That’s like the big thing to go to.
Z: Around 7,000 people go.
G: Yeah, that’ll be a good one to do.
SAM: I’m going to make it awkward and say all of them. And that’s because you just don’t know – one gig could be better than another. If I had to name one, I’d also say the Summer Ball.
Z: That probably means more to you because you’re from here.
S: Yeah, I’m from here, I live here, I was born here.
B: Brighton, definitely – I’m hoping we book it. There’s just something about it.
ARE THESE ALL NEW VENUES OR ARE YOU VISITING PLACES YOU’VE PLAYED BEFORE?
G: I think the venues are all new, aren’t they?
Z: Yeah, we’ve played some of the places before. You have to get in with Camden promoters to kick off and prove that you’re a good band. And since we’ve done that, we seem to have booked another few gigs, so we’re going back there. And then on the home stretch, places like Southampton, we’ve done before. But venturing more up north, it’ll be the first time.
TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE THREE NEW SINGLES YOU HAVE COMING OUT…
B: Little Lies comes out on 5th April. Sam wrote the song.
S: Yeah, I wrote the lyrics for the song. It’s basically about seeing people on social media. I can’t really explain what it’s about in any great detail, because I was in a certain mood when I wrote it. I just wrote about how I was feeling at the time and my emotions. It’s whatever you want it to be about, I guess.
B: I think the basis of it is the lying that goes on on social media; the false impressions on relationships. I think a lot of relationships spark up online and there’s a lot of people out there who aren’t looking for love. There’s a lot of lying and anger.
G: Also, I think it’s about the people who appear happiest on social media are the people who actually aren’t. You know, if you feel the need to post about how happy you are…
B: The idea behind the single’s artwork that we created, with the typewriter, links to journalism and journalists. They can be known for a lot of lies in the news. And I think that was kind of the vibe; it’s all about lying and pretending about who you are and how that’s all done through the media and social networking.
G: Cigarette is the next one to come out, isn’t it?
B: Yeah, Cigarette comes out on 17th May. We don’t have the artwork for that yet, but that song is basically about craving someone who doesn’t feel the same way back. That urge to be with someone and you don’t get that feeling in return.
S: I sat in my car and wrote it ages ago. Brandon pretty much hit the nail on the head there. At the time, I really liked someone, they didn’t like me back. And I wanted something to happen, but it didn’t.
B: And then Silhouette is probably the most meaningful for me out of the majority of the songs we have.
Z: Yes, the hook in Silhouette is in its chorus, “I want to be visible in silhouette…” and that’s actually from something Matt Groening, who wrote The Simpsons, said. He basically said that in order to be a character and to be memorable, see their silhouette and find them memorable from that. And from that idea, we spanned out into things like body image and the veneer that people portray of themselves. It also goes back to social media and the way the media reflects expectations – especially in people our age. And, obviously, our intention, as Marble Tides, is to talk about things that affect young people. The twenties are a kind of danger zone: people are struggling, under pressure, taking their own lives. And we want to be the sort of band that offers a talking point.
WHAT NEXT AFTER THE TOUR?
B: We do try to plan ahead but things change and get in the way. The main thing is – get these singles out, do the tour, and then, I think the majority of us are thinking to get back into the studio. Record another three singles, get those released at the end of this year or early next year. And then do another tour.
G: I also like to think that, from the connections we make on this tour, we will have a better idea of where we can go next time.
NO PLANS FOR MARBLE TIDES RELEASING AN ALBUM?
B: I think we’re going to wait until we make it, before we start giving the world all of our stuff.
Z: People’s attention spans are short. So, what we tend to have as a vision for Marble Tides, is if we work around a six-week window of promote-promote-promote and then release a song. Then the next six weeks, promote-promote-promote, release the song, like that. You can always be fresh that way and you’ll always have something to push. Whereas, if we gave a batch of twelve songs, it could be hit-or-miss. We could get the promotion wrong, we could tour it wrong, and then it all goes downhill.
G: With singles, you get the chance to say, “This is what we love. This is our heart. This is how much we love it.” Each song gets an individual chance to send those messages.
B: And not just that, but if you shove out an album, you have too many stories all in one, and no one know what you’re trying to portray. With singles, we can say “this is the story,” then the six weeks and then, “here’s another story”. That progresses us as a band and people can get into us more. They might like one single and not like another. And after we do three releases, we do a tour, people come to see us live, then back in the studio. And we just keep that going until we get to a point where we think, “Yeah, let’s release a proper narrative.”
L: It’s always good to keep the excitement going with constant releases. Like Brandon says, if you chuck it all out in one, you lose that.
B: And I think the wait makes people excited. Before it comes out, people are like, “Oh my God, I can’t wait for it to come out!” and then after it comes out, they say, “That’s amazing; when’s the next one?” And if they have to wait six weeks, and it keeps people interested in you.
What’s On: “China: Through the Lens of John Thomson”
Witness for yourselves the photographic and artistic genius of the legendary John Thomson at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery…
For an online magazine that promotes local art, it has been a while since we did any such promotion. Therefore, it seems like a good time to mention the exhibition dedicated to John Thomson and China.
This exhibition opened up at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum last November. Don’t worry – it is still open for another six months so you haven’t missed it!
The legendary photographer John Thomson travelled China from 1868 to 1872, capturing its beauty across his entire journey with his camera. That’s the people, the landscapes and the culture. Remember, photography wasn’t very old at the time. The fact the work is such good quality is inspiring.
If you like travel photography, this would be a great exhibition to see. The exhibition is running until 2nd June 2019. Ticket prices vary – for more information on this event, click here.
And if you would like to know more about any other events happening in Bournemouth, just click this link.
Humans of Bournemouth – Lorena Garcia