John Bowie grew up on the coast in rural Northumberland, a region steeped in a history of battles, Vikings, wars and struggles. These tales and myths fascinated him both as a child and as an adult. In the mid to late nineties he studied in Salford, enjoying the bands, music, clubs and general urban industrial vibe of Greater Manchester. As well as the club scene, and the infamous Hacienda, John also experienced the darker side of the city and was there when the IRA bomb went off in 1996. John now lives in Bristol with his wife and daughter, where he has been since the late nineties. He is a professional designer, artist and writer as well as a proud husband, father, brother and son.