Max Scratchmann has been actively engaged in writing humour and making art for over thirty years and he exhibited and sold his first picture in 1973 at the age of seventeen.
He has been a fulltime collage/multi-media artist and illustrator since 1984 and his work has appeared on over forty book covers, various CD sleeves and T-shirts and literarily thousands of magazines in Britain, America and Japan.
He is the author of the unintentionally controversial autobiography, "Chucking It All", a hilarious account of the seven years he spent in the Orkney Islands as a downshifter.
He is also the author of "Illustration 101", a business guide for illustrators, plus "How to Grab the Attention of Art Directors and Editors with the Simple Use of Postcards".
He has received the New York Dimensional Illustrators’ Bronze Award three times, once for Recycled Sculpture and twice for Paper Collage.
Max currently spends his time illustrating and writing, plus painting, making animated films and doing the odd bit of seminar speaking.
With its remorseless true-life account of downshifting to a remote Scottish island, Chucking It All uncovers the frightening realities of relocating to “a magical island lost in the mists of time” as you follow the warts-and-all adventures of urban misanthrope, Max Scratchmann, as he valiantly tries to forge a new life in the windswept Orkney islands.
Bodice Rippers & Carnie Strippers is an eccentric collection of miscellaneous and very funny poems about love and sex, an unruly and anarchic anthology of deviant doggerel which frequently mutates into luscious love poems, lascivious limericks and terrible tales of out-and-out shameful shenanigans.
Read it as a guilty pleasure or gift it to a friend with a wicked sense of humor.