Cars are sometimes seen as an extension of our identities. Particularly for young men, cars can become symbols or power and status. I’m strong, I’m fast, I’m an individual: Don’t stand in my way…
SICK! Cars is a new project that challenges these stereotypes about masculinity and looks at the pressures we put on people to ‘be a man’! Two ‘vinyl-wrapped’ cars have been covered in amazing artwork created by artists Woodrow Phoenix, Courtney Hayles and a group of young men based in North Manchester. Get ready to challenge notions of masculinity and everything that you thought you knew about men! Created with support from Autotrader.
Courtney Hayles is a Manchester-based poet, actor and communication coach. As well as delivering SICK! Cars, Courtney is taking part in Unmasking Masculinity along with 3 other local poets on 18 May.
Woodrow Phoenix is a writer, artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in London. He is known for his free-wheeling experimentation with illustrative and graphic styles, with message-driven pictures offering up an incongruous mix of the cute and the sinister. His comic books and strips include Donny Digits – a comic strip which appeared weekly in The Guardian; The Sumo Family, which appeared weekly in The Independent on Sunday and then monthly in Manga Mania magazine; The Liberty Cat, published quarterly in Japan by Kodansha in Morning magazine; SugarBuzz! (in collaboration with co-creator Ian Carney), an anthology comic that was optioned for television by Walt Disney, The Cartoon Network and other independent production companies. In 2003 he directed an animated cartoon based on characters from SugarBuzz!, for The Cartoon Network.