CK: You're widely known as King of the Bootlegs – what's the reaction been to your work over the last 6 months? You must be attracting a fair bit of attention?
JP: King of the Bootlegs, that's a great title, not sure I fully deserve it yet but maybe one day when we have a few more bootleg collabs under our belt haha.
It's been really nice over the last couple of years to see the growing popularity of unofficial football merchandise. Its art in its own right and with everything that's going on and been highlighted over the last few days in football with the greed of the new Super League idea I think it's even more important than ever that fans are getting in on the act and making football fashion, art and merchandise that's special, not mass produced and supports football artist's around the world.
Attention wise, well apart from receiving a cease and desist letter from Del Piero's legal team it's been nice to see the hard work I've put in over the last four years finally pay off and that's led on to being contacted by a few great creators on social media for some exciting projects. I can't really say much more than that but keep an eye on my instagram and i'm sure you won't miss me singing and dancing about it over the next month or so.
CK: What do you continue to learn about the process, even after having done so many projects?
JP: Just have fun and believe in your ideas, be original even if you are taking inspiration from something else. Try and use your socials to meet like minded people and support other artists around you. This is very important, it's not a competition and there is plenty of space for everyone to grow in our crazy little online football world.
CK: What's next on the agenda for you? What events can we find you at over the Euros?
JP: Well the delayed Euros has really helped me get more organised. I was moving house last year so I don't think much would have happened but because of the extra time I've really got myself in gear and put together a small personal collection as well as a much bigger Euro 96 inspired collection with yourselves. I think the wheels are in motion for a Euros pop up in London as well which hopefully gets the Covid go ahead. It's always nice to be out and actually meet other artists and customers in the real world so keep your eyes peeled for all the information about that one.
CK: If you were to design a collection directly with one footballer, who would it be?
JP: Well it used to be Le Tissier but unfortunately with all his recent weird outspoken views about Covid lies and Brexit i've had to shelf Matt sadly. Obviously Alessandro is another player who will have to be avoided haha.
Gazza's always up there for me and of course Zizou but I think Davids could be the perfect player to have a whole collection designed around him, and he loves his fashion. So let's just say Edgar.