Favourite Things is a regular exploration of creative people's top five favourite things. It could be a book, a piece of artwork, a much-loved city, an ornament or a favourite hobby. If you'd like to share your Favourite Things, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Today we welcome Andrew Knight of Hello Thor Records, an independent record label which he runs with a couple of friends.
1. Fists-Obits tour poster
In spring last year I went to New York and this is a souvenir from the trip. I fell in love with the city in a big way. Firstly, because I got to indulge my love of peanut butter, pizza and pretzels. Secondly, for all the incredible sights I took in. I skipped from record shop to flea market, Rockefeller Center to Coney Island. Every day was full of fun, food, awe inspiring art and architecture. And as if that wasn’t enough, I also got to see one of my favourite bands. Fists were playing the last date of their US tour while we were there and as they were the first band we signed to Hello Thor (and some of my very best friends too) it was a very special moment watching them play in Brooklyn. The poster by Rick from Obits is awesome too!
2. Comic books
I love a good graphic novel and this anthology has a special place in my affections as my wife and I read it together on our honeymoon. ‘Cupid’s Day Off’ by Evan Larson is our favourite. It’s a surreal and slapstick short story about the romantic misadventures that ensue in Cupid’s absence. I always loved comics as a kid – I read the Beano and Dandy and drew my own characters and strips but as I got older I sort of left them behind a little. Years later I read Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and it blew my mind. I was hooked again!
This is a ticket stub from my first trip to the cinema since moving to Spain. I saw Before Midnight starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. I really enjoyed the film but got an even bigger kick out of being in a cinema again. I used to work in an arthouse cinema (Broadway in Nottingham) and I miss it a lot. I saw so many fantastic films and worked with a great bunch of people. I love all kinds of movies – from Delicatessen to Kung Fu Hustle, Bugsy Malone to The Last Waltz – and I’m a sucker for a rom-com too. I worked in a cinema for over 2 years and the magic of watching something on the big screen never ever left me for a second. Even better than that I occasionally got to hang out in the projection booth, which to me is one of the most exciting places on earth.
I have a huge number of tees and find it almost impossible to pick a favourite. My friends run a screenprinters so I have several of their designs, plus, tons of band tees and half a dozen Hello Thor ones too! But this one is particularly special as I am a patron of The Music Exchange and it was designed by my friends from Four Beat Walk. They created this cool branding for The Music Exchange for Record Store Day. The Music Exchange is a fantastic independent record shop and also a social enterprise set up by the housing charity Framework. It has helped previously homeless people gain new skills and find employment. I’m very proud to be a patron of the shop – alongside the rather more famous Sir Paul Smith who has tweaked this design for a range of his own typically colourful tees. As a vinyl junkie I love nothing more than a good browse through the racks and never come away empty-handed.
5. Ping Pong bats
A good friend gave us these as a gift when we were leaving Nottingham to move abroad as she’d heard there were ping pong tables in parks over here. I love a good game of table tennis and these personalised bats are just the ticket (and a very happy reminder of home and friends) when practising your backhand. Our friend got them customised by an artist – mine shows off my fondness for the Flaming Lips and my wife’s bears testament to her love of Chevy Chase. We play ping pong regularly now, and (if I say it here it’s official) I’m definitely the best!