Antiguan | Irish/Sicilian
I grew up in north London. I would say when I was about 6 or 7 years old, I felt a bit strange about my mix but didn’t think too much of it as I was so young.I make friends with everyone man, age, wherever you are from. I’d say in my early teens there were a few black kids, when they are asked me where I was from, I’d say where I was from and they would say stop lying you’re a little white boy. My mum came to the school one day, can’t remember why but everything changed. My hair was Afro... proper thick white hair. Silly things I heard when I was young, “You’re not proper and that”... ”You’re supposed to be black or white”... ”mud blood”... ”you’re not complete”. Being a mixed raced tattoo artist as well is like a big big thing. It’s helping me go places. I’ve met a lot of people through different sort of friends... Black or Asian. I’ve got some White friends... they’re not racist but they’ve got proper old English families and they still say words you can’t be saying and stuff. When I was younger being called ‘mud blood’, it was predominantly by white kids. As I’ve grown up a bit more and like in the last 2 or 3 years the world has totally changed. Everything is basically accepted now. When I’m lining up in the club, I’m seeing boys patted up proper and I’m getting a little pat down and they’re not discriminating against me. I’d say I wouldn’t want to be born a different background. My mix is a big conversation starter - I’m from 3 cultures predominantly suppressed.
I see the future for people from a mixed raced background really bright... things are happening, Obama becoming president. The way the world is going on, there shouldn’t be wars in 10 or 20 years.