I am a grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil…

37 Responses to About

  1. Deborah Towers-Best says:

    Hellooo there my hearty!!!
    Like your new website-no more MySpace then?

  2. Priya says:

    I love your blog!

  3. Dave, Hi! I wanted to thank you for being one of my first ten followers back in the day. I’ve gone over two hundred now, but am extremely thankful to the first few followers I had back when I was only getting a few views a week. Thanks!

  4. Glennie Bee says:

    Hey Dave! Thanks for visiting and following – you’re my 100th follower! Consider yourself awarded a very special, cost-no-object, virtual prize.
    And very happy to follow back! Have a good one!

  5. Mrs Pat Winn says:

    Dave, found you at last, so enjoying the experience, thank you, Patricia

  6. Mrs Pat Winn says:

    no moderation, just bursting with joy – you know me!!

  7. Brian Hunt says:

    Saw your post about the Badger book. Steve Holland had researched Henry Fox. http://bearalley.blogspot.com/2006/09/henry-fox.html

    Brian Hunt

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Well, thank you Brian! This is brilliant! I have well over a hundred Badger SF and SN Books, I have read them all and loved them, even when they were a bit hard going! I have always thought that the cover paintings were marvellous, and so much of their time, and I have always been curious about the artist ‘Fox’. I have only had a quick glance at Steve Holland’s page so far, but will have a good look at it later. Thank you again Brian!

  8. Tim Haigh says:

    Dave, long time no speak. I hope you are well? I have yet to meet and perform with a blues guitarist since yourself that seemed to effortlessly play the way you do. I have fond memories of the time I spent in your band.

  9. claradoodles says:

    Hello! (from one Dulltown to another) Loving your blog. It was Decalcomania that brought me here. I never knew that making a mess could have such a posh name. So does this mean I can call myself a Decalcomanist then? Sounds a lot better than Decalcomaniac, haha! Following you.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Ahoy Claradoodles! Thank you! – Of course you should call yourself a Decalcomanist, even if it IS a made-up word – and it’s certainly better than decalcomaniaist. Thank you for your encouragement!… Best wishes from Dulltown!

  10. nina quigley says:

    hey dave it’s nina here, linda’s friend in ireland. i haven’t heard from her and i’m concerned that she’s maybe not well. can you let me know if she’s ok. i tried to find you before on-line but was spelling your name wrongly, and it was only when i thought to look up rod brattel that i stumbled upon your name, praise the lord. looks like you’re happy and busy, that’s great love nina
    my name is now nina quigley

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Hello Nina! It’s been a long time!
      I am in touch with L, we exchange postcards fairly regularly. She has had a persistent chest infection, so perhaps she’s not in the mood for being communicative yet…
      Nice to hear from you.

  11. Debbie Williams says:

    Hi Dave, I love your photograph of the corner shop. I am working on a BBC programme in Bristol and was wondering if you have any footage of corner shops? If you’d like to get in touch my e-mail address is Debbie.Williams@bbc.co.uk

    Best Wishes,


  12. Oh! So THATS what you look like. I like the one of you peering over the lead guitar magazine, ha!

  13. You got a nice blog here , thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  14. Rob Parry says:

    Hey stranger. So who is this? Remember Humberside TIE and a bloke called Rob? He still exists…
    Came across the Hull Underground postcard and fell into the past and found you here. When I’ve time I’ll talk further, so for now I’ll say Hi and Bye.
    Year of Culture? Every year I had in Hull gave me my greatest cultural experiences and that past feeds me daily in my present world.
    Love. peace and pieces… R x

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Humberside TIE – that seems like centuries ago, it is all a bit blurry, and I am embarrassed to say that I can’t remember you, mind you I did work for TIE for several years, and I can’t recall ‘anyone’s’ name who worked for them over those years. Still, I hope you are well, happy, and busy Rob!…

  15. ktz2 says:

    Hello – A new Fan Kate (from West US)–you fascinate me with your amusing way with words. I clicked randomly on the Art Student post and became your instant fan, and absolutely loved the Enquire Within. I was imagining those old dance-instruction shoe prints on the floor in a tangled mess. .hahaha. I can’t wait to dive into more of the post archives !

    In my own blog I focus on the visual, sharing various things that catch my attention, hoping others will find some enjoyment as well. Here is a post link to a wonderful and funny (9 minute) video- the History of Japan. Be advised that youtube now sticks a 30 second ad on the beginning of almost every video. adblockers just block the play.. .gggrrrr.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Hello New-Fan-Kate!
      Greetings from Dulltown!
      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement – it is much appreciated!
      Oh, and an excellent History of Japan – I do generally warm to things Japanese, and it was good to learn all that stuff, stuff which I would never have taken the trouble to read.

      • ktz2 says:

        I have to say, the little picture attached to your site ID on WP was kind of creeping me out because it appeared to be something it’s not. When I saw the whole image here, then I got that it was a tea kettle from the spout side ! But I’d thought it was one of those scary movie full face hockey masks, sort of like this:. . silly me https://boodlz.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/hockey-mask-scary.jpg

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Ah yes, Hannibal Lecter style.
        It was a kettle that a friend of mine owned several years ago – I thought that it looked like a wise old Japanese Zen master…
        Sorry you were creeped out for a moment… tee hee!…

  16. ktz2 says:

    I’m really not one to ‘pimp’ my blog, self-promote, but there’s a post you might like if you know of Glen Baxter.
    Maybe 20 years ago I saw the ‘ Virgina the Executioner ‘in a magazine and cut it out for my work supervisor/friend Virginia, she loved i, and I always remembered the artist

    His humor rings a bell in me, it’s esoteric you could say, not to everyone’s taste but to me, brilliantly odd, as in ‘Alison and the Tassel’. Troublesome neighbors ? There’s one for that as well. . haha

  17. ktz2 says:

    oh it was 3 0 years ago not 20.

  18. Morning, love the blog, just wondering have you got an email address so I could ask you a few questions about surrealism at the seaside for my PhD, if thats alright?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Hello Sam,
      I can’t imagine any questions you could ask that I could actually answer.
      Also, unfortunately, I’m not very keen on giving out my email address.
      Sorry to be so negative…

  19. Mij Rothera says:

    Hi Dave!
    I gave up all social media about 2 years ago, so have no idea of anything. Phew! Especially phew now. Very phew.
    Just thought I’d say hello.
    Hope The Pandemic hasn’t stopped you doing your stuff.
    I’m still drawing. Drawing is the best.
    Many lots of manylots good wishes, and Wash Your Hands.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      My Dear Mij!
      Goodness me! What a very nice surprise!
      Drawing! Excellent!…
      Me, I’m plodding on and surviving – and filling the time mainly with doing lino prints!
      Take care my dear!…

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