Leading ZINE this week is our creative Luke with three things that inspire & motivate him daily, outside of design.
Whilst I hail from Bury, I'm actually the son of a Yorkshire-woman.
Naturally, for the offspring that live this side of the M62, it means I was brought up as an avid Rugby League fan – specifically Castleford Tigers.
The town doesn’t have an awful lot to shout about; a former mining town, it's also home to a Burberry factory and the birthplace of sculptor Henry Moore.
But, it’s the Rugby League team that I love. Give it half a chance and you’ll understand the appeal.
I fell in love with the sport and ended up playing, albeit probably quite badly, when I was younger.
It takes ‘putting your body on the line’ to a whole new level, but as it turns out, nothing clears your head like a knee/elbow/shoulder to the face.
For me, it’s the sense of belonging and community as a spectator which I find addictive. And it seems I'm not the only one - check out this article to understand how far the love goes.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a single family in town that doesn’t own that orange and black shirt.
There are no prima donnas, no Bentleys, Ferraris or mansions from Cheshire. No bullshit.
Just fans and players alike, coming together for a common goal. And then having a good chat about it afterwards.
Growing up with a disabled sibling
Someone who has impacted my life massively is my sister who has Down Syndrome.
Bringing up a child with a disability isn't all rainbows and butterflies. It's been difficult at times, especially for my parents.
But, if anyone can show you how to enjoy life and have an appreciation for the small things, it’s her.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a good night’s kip, but you can beat seeing someone so thrilled to wake up in the morning, and that’s literally every single day.
The experiences I’ve had growing up with her have shaped me as a person, and that's something I wouldn’t change for the world.
Not exactly an original choice I know. I mean, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love travelling?
But, getting away, seeing more of the world and coming home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated makes me happy.
One of my favourite places to visit is Copenhagen.
It’s a relaxed, clean and surprisingly quiet city, where everything is well-designed and considered.