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Over the summer of 2017 I got to spend some time with the London Vape Co in Camden. They were happy to teach me about the world of competitive vaping. 

Here is a short part of a longer film due to be released next year highlighting some of the key aspects.

By Sebastian Bowen 


Despite the fact that people usually find a way of irritating me every single day, I can’t believe I’m only up to rant number 18. It’s either a credit to my impressive tolerance or proof of my lack of time these days to write anything down.

It’s 2017 and there are still people who think it’s ok to throw litter on the floor. Seriously what’s wrong with these people. I remember in the 80s when I was a wee boy, there was a massive campaign actively trying to discourage the next generation from souring our streets.


For some reason that message stuck with me and as a result I have always binned or pocketed my rubbish rather than throwing it on the floor.


It really annoys me because it’s a completely unnecessary act and breathes a stench of arrogance and entitlement that somebody is going to come along and clean that up after you.


And don’t give me that ridiculous argument that it helps to create jobs for people and in some twisted way by you dropping rubbish it is actually helping the unemployment crisis. That’s an idiotic line of thinking and only highlights how narcissistic our society has become.

This rant isn’t exclusive to pedestrians either, in fact some drivers can be far worst. I have seen people literally pull over and chuck a whole family meal size bag and numerous cups onto the pavement and drive off without a care in the world. It’s disgusting and needs to stop.

It’s now the norm in most cities for school kids to regularly walk around after school eating hamburgers, fried chicken or pizza and throw their discarded bones and rubbish straight onto the pavement without any thought given. It makes me cringe every time.


What’s worst is when you see a parents doing it in front of their child or actually telling their child who is attempting to hand them back an empty sweet wrapper to just chuck it on the floor.

It’s been a while since I have seen an advert  on television for litter. We seem to have many about recycling but nothing about not being a pig. In fact I retract that statement because that comparison is a disservice to pigs.

I’m not even going to bother reciting a load of unnecessary stats about how much it cost to clean up after litter bugs or how much it effecting the environment because it’s unnecessary. The image below sums up a typical Saturday morning after a Friday night in the city.


It’s simple the world is a worst place to live in with other people’s mess everywhere. Clean up your shit people!


As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in typography and graffiti.

Since my school days, people have been asking me to draw their names or tags in different styles. Here is a small collection that I have drawn recently. Enjoy!

If you have any requests please get in touch

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast. 

PENNY

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CHYROS

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ROBYN

TIA


SHINE

ART

TINA


MITROAE = MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL


STAN

FAM


NADIA




I haven’t had a good rant for some time, but this one had to be done.

It has happened to all of us. We find ourselves in a supermarket standing in a queue and the person in front of us is constantly trailing away from the queue to get other items.


This is called shopping, they should no longer be in the queue. The queue is for those people that have finished shopping and are now ready and waiting to pay.

It’s a simple concept but some people have figured out ways to try and manipulate the system. I’m here to expose those people and their deplorable tactics.

Don’t get me wrong people, I’m not an idiot I understand sometimes you might see the odd item that you didn’t know you needed within grabbing distance in the isle whilst queuing,


but if you have to walk more than a couple meters away from the queue to get it, then you have given up your queuing privileges. You are now back to shopping. Get the hell out the queue!

This one women took the biscuit. She started queuing before me with an almost empty trolley but every few seconds she would dart off and return moments later with more items until her trolly was almost full.

What’s worst, when it was time for her to pay, she still held up the queue by disappearing through the isles once again and somehow returned with another trolley full of stuff. Yes you read that correctly, ANOTHER TROLLY FULL OF STUFF!


It was as if she was using the trolley in the queue as some sort of place holder whilst she went gallivanted around the shopping centre returning once every so often to the queue just to dump a few items. Unbelievable.

This is not a fair way to shop people. Stop trying to be smart it’s not cute.

However, I am fair, there are one or two exceptions I am willing to allow:


1. If you are already standing in the queue and you notice an item is damaged or you accidentally picked up the wrong item and you want to exchange it for another one.

This is perfectly acceptable but should be done with an exaggerated facial expression whilst holding and looking at the item disapprovingly accompanied by a big sigh and a shake of the head.

Thus giving the people behind you an exlplanation as to why you are leaving the queue and your trolley unattended.

Please note: This technique should never be performed more than twice on the same shop. It is likely to attract less sympathy and patience from the people behind you on a second attempt. Just pay for your slightly damaged goods and move on.

2. There is also a time limit.

People leaving the queue naturally create anxieties for the others that are still queuing. Leaving them to ask themselves questions like:

When are you coming back?

Can they take your place if you don’t return before the cashier has finished serving the person in front of you?

What’s the correct shopping etiquette for something like this without causing an all out riot!

In some places like South East London where I grew up, jumping the queue could leave you with some broken limbs. You would be an idiot just to assume.

Queue Shopping is immoral and unnecessary unless you are purposely trying to piss people off. Nobody is fooled by your antics, but I can guarantee they are highly irritated. So the next time you are in your local supermarket, ask yourself one question, am I shopping or am I queuing?

Sebastian Bowen.

The Fishtank Podcast.