Artist adds his retro touch

Vince Ray, graphic artist, with the T-shirt he designed for Hastings Fat Tuesday 2013.
Vince Ray, graphic artist, with the T-shirt he designed for Hastings Fat Tuesday 2013.
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ACCLAIMED graphic artist Vince Ray has put his unique stamp on the T-shirts accompanying this year’s Hastings Fat Tuesday festival.

Vince is known for his designs, which have a distinctive retro and rockabilly feel, and they can be found among other places on clothing, CD covers, and as tattoos.

His latest work is in celebration of the town’s answer to New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Of his inspiration for the Hastings Fat Tuesday T-shirt, Vince said: “I have a great fondness for New Orleans and its music, and the idea of juke box joints.”

The T-shirts are £15 and available from The 20th Century Design Shop, 39 High Street.

In fact Fat Tuesday was one of the reasons influencing his decision to move to Hastings, from north-east London, as the festival was in full swing when he came to look around last year.

He said: “It was a definite factor. I wanted to be in a place with plenty going on.”

Vince’s other love is music, and he has toured Europe extensively as a musician.

His rock and roll band Vince Ray and the Boneshakers has enjoyed considerable success.

Vince will be performing on Fat Tuesday night (February 12) in a White Stripes style band under his own name, with guitar, vocals and drum kit only.

He said of the evening, which will see musicians perform at a string of Old Town venues: “It’s got a great line-up.

“I think Adam (Daly) has created a unique event here, and the fact that it’s short sets in multiple bars, gets everybody involved.”

The five-day festival gets under way on February 8.

Programmes are available to pick up from many of the Old Town pubs.

Alternatively visit www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk.

For other examples of Vince’s work visit www.vinceray.com.