As mentioned in the previous exhibition, the American Boys series wasn’t the only series of mine which began in 2009. During the first few months of that year, some other new characters came in to join my ever-growing roster.
With the first being the Alphabet Gang, the second were the Londoners. This series was a sort of spin-off of the Britain Boys series, but instead of focusing on the whole of the British Isles as Britain Boys did (mostly England), The Londoners focused solely on the capital city. Even Leyton makes a reappearance, albeit as an only child instead of having a brother in Stanmore, and her mother being Leytonstone (see what I did there?) instead of London. As the city of London is home to hundreds of districts, all with their own distinctive characteristics, this provided a perfect opportunity to create personifications of them all.
Acting on this, I set out on creating each character for the new Londoners series. So here’s the first generation! (See an explanation of what I mean by ‘generation’ here.)
A skateboarder and the protagonist of The Londoners. He frequents his local skate park with his twin brother Barnet, pulling off all kinds of amazing tricks such as grinding and backflips. He can launch himself from the top of a ramp to great heights. His bedroom is decorated with pin-up posters of famous skateboarders and stacks of skateboarding magazines.
Enfield’s twin brother. He, too, can also launch himself to fantastic heights from the tops of ramps, and astronauts say they can see him floating about in space. Thinking that his skateboard is magical, he often points it at other skateboarders to ‘rewind’ them so he can see a great rick they’ve pulled off again and again. He once performed a ‘twister’ which was spectacular enough to receive press attention and an award win.
A young teenager who is confined to a wheelchair. Incapable of speech, he tends to dribble all over his clothing, flap his hands wildly and drink too much liquids, resulting in frequent wetting. He is cared for by his father Southgate.
Oakwood’s father and carer. He helps with keeping his son clean and dry and feeding him on a mixture of skimmed milk powder blended with water, passed through a tube. If Oakwood gets too excited or distressed, he will calm him down by stroking him and calling him by a range of endearing terms. He is a member of his local disabled people’s action and advocate group, receiving their newsletter on a monthly basis.
A 17-year-old girl. She has a boyfriend named Wood Green, and she visits the park or the shopping centre every day to wait for him until he comes. She is obsessed with make-up, always trying out different colours of lipstick, nail polish and eyeliner to ready herself for her upcoming date. She tends to blush a lot, even at the most mildly embarrassing thing.
Palmers Green’s boyfriend. A year older than his girlfriend, he often goes out with her to do things such as go shopping and play at the leisure centre together. If someone interrupts their kissing or general affection-showing, he will get angry at the offender. He likes to watch romance films at the cinema, where he laughs out loud at the film while Palmers Green cries hysterically.
A very popular keyboard player. He wakes up with new ideas for songs every morning, rushing over to his keyboard as soon as possible. He occasionally embarks upon citywide tours, and people can be seen listening to his music on their iPods. He is widely revered as a ‘star’ of keyboarding.
Unfortunately, today only two Londoners artworks survive; these were some of the leftovers of the incident I describe here. All the others were lost to history forever, and faint memories are all that remain of them. The other Londoners artwork which survived the incident hasn’t yet been scanned in, but it’ll be exhibited once I get it up.