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Steve Stachini BIO

An informal but informative look into the life of Steve Stachini...
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Born in London UK 21st September 1968

Welcome to my informal yet informative BIO/CV, designed to provide you with a brief overview of who I am and what I do, accompanied with some basic history. I am a self-employed graphic designer, specialising in large format digital imaging for both private and business clients. Corporate identity, branding, wrapping, interior and exterior decoration, printing, marketing, social media management, web design and more. With a passion for what I do, and focused enthusiasm, artistic creativity has blessed me with a mind that never rests.

 

A brief personal history.

Born and bred in pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants, I always knew that the catering industry was not for me, despite it being second nature. And though not particularly good with freehand art through my schooling years, I did excel at technical design and always had a critical eye for art and aesthetics. Combined with my inquisitive desire for continual learning, all aspects of my creativity, production and implementation is self taught over the years, including the forever changing world of technologies, hardware, software and developments thereof. By the age 16 (when I left home) I had moved home more than ten times, in various areas of London, Kent and Shropshire.

 

Realising the potential.

After nearly passing away at the age of 18 and subsequently being forced to abandon my diploma course for architecture, time was the one thing I had plenty of for several months of recuperation. Every hour was spent drawing personal contemporary art pieces in inks. These art drawings got me my first job in commercial art and design for a printing company. From then on my learning and appreciation for art in general grew into an obsessive passion. Over the years, shear experience and self tuition has attributed to where I am today… providing artwork related services for all manner of applications! 

SKILLS
COMMUNICATION & INTERPERSONAL SENSITIVITY95%
INTEGRITY, DIPLOMACY & OF COURSE DISCRETION99%
LEADERSHIP & MOTIVATION94%
DEVELOPING PROFESSIONALISM97%
COMMERCIAL AWARENESS & IDENTIFICATION98%
INNOVATION & CREATIVITY99%
LEARNING & ADAPTABILITY95%
ANNYLITICS & TROUBLESHOOTING99%
INITIATIVE & SELF MOTIVATION98%
PLANNING & DECISION MAKING97%
COMMITMENT & ENTHUSIASM98%
SELF AWARENESS & CONFIDENCE93%
TRUST & RELIABILITY99%
FLEXIBILITY & WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL98%
ATTENTION TO DETAIL & QUALITY98%
TOLLERENCE TOWARDS THE INEPT33%
WELL NO ONE IS 100% PERFECT93%
CORE SERVICES

Graphic Design

From original conceptual ideas through to implementation. For all medias and applications.

Wrapping

Vehicle wraps, boats, interior decoration, furniture wraps, and wrap training courses.

Web Design

Website design, hosting, cloud storage, straming, HTML5, PHP, ASP, Flash, CSS etc.

Digital Imaging

Large format printing, canvases, wall coverings, flags, banners and general signs.

Proficiency

SignLab CAD – Photoshop – WP – Web Coding, Audio/Video, adaptability to all software.

Life Experience

I am critical with success and learn from defeat. I am happy to teach though we are all students.

MINI PORTFOLIO
ONGOING PROJECTS

MY LIFE - NAKED AND RAW

Published my autobiography (Birth - 2016)

I have many stories and experiences to share, some of which some will shock you and others will amaze. In 2015 I created this speeded up video to accompany my book and set it to a David Bowie track which means a great deal me personally and by whose lyrics I live by:

I am currently working on book number two about my life as from 2016 which is titled: Amid The Flowers.

Read more about my life

BOWIE ART FEST

The largest display of David Bowie Tribute Art

As part of my ongoing passion and appreciation, I intent to create an event displaying the largest collection of fan based Bowie art tributes ever seen in one place. Accompanied by live Bowie Tribute Bands, the legendary rock photographer John Rowlands and more.

Steve Stachini David Bowie Art Image Colourful Hero set as a link to the Bowie Art Fest website.

“Every time I’ve made a radical change it’s helped me feel buoyant as an artist.” David Bowie.

Read more about the Bowie Art Fest

SERENDIPITY

Unique Holiday Resort Lake Victoria

We have over 100 acres of family owned land on Bukasa Island, lake Victoria and aim to provide the perfect getaway for peace, tranquility, luxury and escapism and a whole range of activities from a variety of water sports through to nature walks, fishing and safari excursions.

A Steve Stachini Project called Serendipity Holiday Resort with image of a lake secluded lake side Ugandan holiday resort

We are actively seeking private or commercial investor/s to realise this project set in the Pearl of Africa. We have made a website to demonstrate what our intentions are and how it will look after completion.

Read more about Serendipity

#JBOP

The Ji-ai blackstar Outlet Program

As part of our commitment to the community, we assist creative artists and fashion designers of Uganda. Offering an outlet for sales and promotions globally, for authentic African clothing, jewellery and art products, to further the careers and prospects for Ugandan talent.

Steve Stachini #JBOP Logo showing an artistic map of Africa

This is a joint project between Ji-ai Fashion House and the blackstar.STUDIO and we have over 30 members, some of whom have exhibited with us here in Valencia, Spain. Please find time to support our project.

Read more about the #JBOP Group
WORK EXPERIENCE
1985
1985 - 2021

2018 - Present

STACHINI
Graphic Designer / Freelance

Since returning back to Spain after two years in Africa, I have continued with a variety of graphic work, large format digital imaging, printing, signs, vinyl wrapping, web design and other related services.

My main work is a historic culmination of the blackstar.STUDIO, Yacht Wraps, ProWraps and Stachini Web Design.

I still promote unknown artists, creative art products, printed clothing and more (predominantly online). And also have some ongoing creative projects.

2017 - Present

#JBOP
Ji-ai blackstar Outlet Programme

Lived in Uganda for the best part of two years where I met my current wife. The blackstar.STUDIO (at the time being run by my daughter) joined forces with Ji-ai Fashion House Uganda and devised it’s first project dedicated to assisting the creative talents of Uganda in Art, Fashion, Crafts and Jewellery, in order to provide marketing, exhibitions and sales throughout Europe.

A modest concept to prevent some of the exploitation of African art and to help realise the potential of creative artists and designers, offering genuine opportunities where Ugandans can truly earn what they deserve and progress successfully.

2016 - Present

blackstar.STUDIO
Creative Director of Art and Founder

Took a break from commercial art and design to work on a personal project. Developed the concept of an art studio/gallery in 2015 and launched in 2016 with the aim of assisting undiscovered artists of all media types to display their work, both in a studio environment and with full online exposure and marketing.

A project dear to my heart and a life’s ambition, inspired by my life long following of the late David Bowie to whom I owe so much.

The blackstar.STUDIO also served as a fitting memory to David Bowie, as well as a testament of friendship to Robin Nixon and Jason Miller. Sadly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020/21 the studio could not be sustained. Though we plan to open another studio when possible and continue with the blackstar.STUDIO online.

2006 - 2015

VARIOUS GRAPHIC WORK
Graphic Designer

Moved to Spain 2006 offering all artwork based services. Specialising in wrapping products (vehicles, boats, furniture and interior decoration) and providing wrap training courses. Large format digital imaging, web design, graphic design, printing and all related services. Based in Valencia Spain but working in various worldwide locations on a per job basis.

Progressed into more specialised wrapping to an even higher level working with associates in specialist fields. Offering high end wrapping, detailing and tinting services primarily for yachts and vehicles. Excellence and professionalism in a somewhat more exclusive manner with the unique approach of a personalised global service.

After much freelance wrap fitting work within the yachting industry, I was appalled at the lack of professionalism so I decided to compete. With sole concentration and continuation of high end professional wrapping for Yachts and related products, whilst still playing a role in the high end vehicle wrap services. Innovation and integrity is the driving force to maintaining wrapping excellence.

1996 - 2006

JFK SIGNS & DESIGNS
Owner / Proprietor

Founded a family run business for all general signs, banners, printed work wear, promotional gifts, printing and vinyl graphics. Based in Newtown Powys Wales.

I later developed our sign company to incorporate vehicle wrapping and other wrap products whilst continuing with all our general signs and graphic related products and services.

In addition, we offered business start-up solutions for new graphics companies with full training (software, design, wrapping and hands on) as well as machine sales and installations.

1994 - 1996

CONTROL TECHNIQUES
Process Dept. Technician

Surface mount technician, shift supervisor and process department procurement advisor, involved in the production of electronic drives for controlled server motors. Based in Newtown Powys Wales.

1992 - 1994

IMPRINT
Layout and Makeup Artist

Retained full time as a freelance studio designer within a printing company for all types of business stationery and monthly magazine publications. Based in Newtown Powys Wales.

1990 - 1992

FREELANCING
Graphic Designer

Working in various printing companies, primarily design and layout of print media publications. Based in Kent England.

1989 - 1990

THE VAULTS
Entertainment Suite Manager

Running an entertainment suite and restaurant. Catering for up to 150 covers for events, weddings, hen nights and private functions. With all staff, ordering and financial responsibilities. Based in Rochester Kent England.

1987 - 1989

HEADLEY BROTHERS
Apple MAC / Paste Up Artist

Layout and design for weekly and monthly high street publications, and creating artwork for high school examination papers. Four colour film separation work and print machine plate making within a busy unionised print company. Based in Ashford Kent England.

1986 - 1987

WOODWOODS ENGINEERING
Sheet Metal Profiler

Working in an engineering company, creating precision templates and cutting sheet metal for vehicle nudge bars. Plus powder coating and shot blasting. Based in Ashford Kent England.

1985 - 1986

PHILBEACH
Silver Service Waiter

Catering for up to 90 residents at a private convalescent nursing home. Working as a waiter and kitchen assistant. A live in position on 24hr call. Based in Hythe Kent England.

OTHER WORK

Various

EXTRA WORK
Other Types of Work...

Like most people, I have also had other types of work not listed above.

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I also undertake minor tree surgery work, not necessarily to earn money, just something that I like doing and it provides a welcome break from my computer work. No ladders, no lifts, just a harness, ropes and spikes for climbing.

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I have performed vehicle wrapping demonstration days for both vinyl manufacturers and distributors alike, for launches of new wrap media products in various countries. I have over 25 years of vinyl technology experience..

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Whilst working full time (12hr shifts, four days on – four days off) at Control Techniques electronics company, I also ran an indoor market stall selling concrete garden ornaments, both retail to the public as well as wholesale.

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To help ease the transition from employment to setting up my own business JFK Signs & Designs, I worked part time, for one year, for an office supplies company as a delivery driver at Office Express Newtown Powys.

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On a regular freelance basis I still produce graphics for all applications, digital imaging, vehicle and yacht wrapping (internal and external), wrap training services, web design, SEO and website management for a variety of clients.

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EDUCATION

1983 - 1985

KENT COLLEGE
Canterbury Kent

I can honestly say that I loved every day of my whole schooling life. However, maybe a little too much, as I always had the capabilities but did not apply myself fully to my studies. Probably quite a common scenario. Nonetheless, I do have Oxford and Cambridge O’Levels.

1981 - 1983

WILLIAM HARVEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Folkestone Kent

An all boys grammar school where I was always mid average higher stream achiever. Most bizarrely, I was expelled in the third year for virtually no reason and the expulsion was overturned some twelve months later, though a little late for me, as I had naturally already changed schools. No hard feelings though as it was a great school.

1981 - 1981

SELLINGE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Sellinge Kent

I literally only spent one term at this school, but was blessed that the headmaster recognised that I should be attending a grammar school rather than a the secondary school which I was due to attend upon leaving. Some strings were pulled and arrangements made for me to re-sit my eleven plus (SATs) which I had previously failed.

1976 - 1981

HYTHE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Hythe Kent

What can I say? A middle of the road student having lots of fun as a kid. Fantastic school and great memories.

MORE GENERAL INFO

Personal

Family
I have three adult children, one boy and two girls who were raised in a very secure, tight, open and supportive family environment, with emphasis on family values, morals and ethics.

Driving
I have held a full European driving license since 1989 and it is currently free of endorsements. I also ride motorbikes and love off-roading.

History
My upbringing was a chequered affair to say the least, with life experiences that no one should have to bear and stories that will amaze you. All is revealed in my autobiography – My Life Naked and Raw.

Interests

Entertainment
With a passion for mobster movies I am an avid follower of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese. Musically, David Bowie does it for me every time. I get a lot of pleasure out of the simple things in life.

Travel
I always enjoy visiting new places and take a great interest in local cultures, history, traditions and architecture. Being a hopeless romantic, I also love the feeling of nostalgia when revisiting places of importance from my own life.

Sport
No longer very active in sport, though given the chance a good round of golf suits me. I follow F1 and enjoy watching rugby, snooker and world events. Long country walks, mountain walks and walking the dog provides me with enough outdoor exercise.

Opinions

Religion
This subject has always fascinated me and I believe that there is a difference between a belief in God and religion. Whoever your God may be I trust that he keeps you safe and pure to who you are. Religion should not be used to control societies, be a guise for war or abused for pure monetary gain. Be sure of your belief and don’t let others take advantage.

Politics
Sadly, political debates and events tend to cycle and repeat themselves throughout history, and will no doubt continue in the same patterns. Positive change needs to happen on a global level and that is some task.

Money
It may sound bizarre, but the world can benefit much better without a monetary system. It is mathematically impossible for the monetary system to continue indefinitely and it is yet another concept designed to enslave and control societies. World scientists and theologists explain this very well via The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project, and they also demonstrate how to implement solutions.

Ambitions

Goals
My primary aims are simple: to continually learn and improve upon the things that I already do well. And to diversify down related routes with the endeavour of opening new opportunities.

Long Term
Ultimately, to open a chain of art gallery cafes and a charitable foundation in order to assist others with the recognition of new creative talent. In conjunction with this, the idea is to involve schools and colleges in art projects, and give back to local communities. Resulting in leaving some kind of legacy for when I am gone.

TESTIMONY

Project

THE BLACKSTAR.STUDIO
A true lifetime achievement...

Written by Adam Cornford (the great, great, grandson of Charles Darwin) the story of how the studio evolved is a testament to my focus and determination once I set my mind to a project. With accompanying videos and images, this is a “must read” story.

Read the story now...

Portfolio

ON DEMAND
I create to suit clients requirements and budgets...

My processes, integrity and commitment to professionalism for my work speaks for itself. I do not have an online catalogue of all my work, I am not that self absorbed. Needless to say that I have created successful and unique artwork for virtually every application. Still like to know what I can produce? Hire me…

Contact me today...

References

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
Can be arranged on request...

I am a great believer that “the proof is in the pudding” and I am not one for gathering references in a self important way, though they can certainly be obtained including a personal reference from award winning billionaire Vikas Goel as well as clients from all walks of life.

Read all about Vikas Goel
SUMMARY

Personal Thanks

If you have taken the time to read this brief, informal bio, then I thank you for your interest. If you are an old friend or past associate who has lost contact with me, please get back in touch.

Inspirations

I owe a great deal to just a few people in life for their influence, support and friendship, and I would just like to note heartfelt dedications to Robin Nixon, Andy Mitchell and Jason Miller. There has only ever been three people who have truly impacted my life with extraordinary, profound significance and to whom I owe so much for shaping the very person that I am today: Helen Steaden, David Bowie and Charity Priscilla Namiyonga.

Conclusion

I trust that you will draw from this bio, that I am an open minded and focused person with traditional values and morals. I pride myself in what I do and get great satisfaction out of helping others. However, probably my worst personal downfalls are that I have a tendency of being too good for my own good and I am very critical of my own work. I have experiences which have provided me with both great success and dramatic losses – but “hey, that’s life”.

Read all about Robin Nixon

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