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Defending the world against negativity


The Teddy Bear is a modern day dream totem protecting us from bad dreams and negative energy.
TEDDY BEAR ARMY IS
Fighting to remember the hope and dreams we held as children. Standing firm in the face of adversity striving to make the world a better place.
A NEW KIND OF ARMY
A multi media magical art project.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

 Well it's been a while since our last report on the creative front here at the Teddy Bear Army HQ.

 The bears of course have as always been hard at at work as always in their never ending fight against the nightmares.

 I've found it hard going on the writing front of late. Much more so than when serious illness took me at the start of the year. Then I seized the opportunity to make a positive out of a negative and to finally make the time to get finished writing "If you go down to the wood today".  Which had been sitting in note form next to my bed for years as work took up all of my energy.

 I had a beginning a middle and and end, all the key ingredients. I was really enthusiastic, I really felt I had a comprehendible project of substance on my hands. I knew for the first time ever in all my attempts to write a book exactly how the story worked, or at least I thought I did. Then I discovered a gap ! It was like a horrible memory blank. Nothing I tried would fill it it drove me mad. My confidence was shaken and I became increasingly frustrated.

 Life was difficult. My wife needed a serious operation and I was struggling to see if I would be able to return to work as a tattooist with the limitations the hemiplegic migraines I had been regularly suffering with were imposing on me. Then during this period my step father died very suddenly with no warning.  I was devistated. During the early stages of the grieving process my creative energy went into hibernation for a while before refocusing itself on completely new facets of expression.

 Then after a long process of  practical re-ordering in my life, just like magic the lights clicked on and the characters who for so long had been trapped at disparate plot points hovering in jittery freeze frame sprang smoothly back into life, the neurones reconnected and it all made sense again.

 I'm looking forward to getting the first draft finished by February.

Friday, 14 June 2013

A stunning Teddy Bear tattoo.


by Fernanado Casillias an artist from Oklahoma City.



Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Monday, 8 April 2013


"Doing the CLAW!"

TEDDY boy TEDDY bear.


An amazing and very original  piece of artwork done for
The Teddy Bear Army
by Ty O'Callaghan of Spitfire and Pencil

Check out more of his work on his facebook page





Thursday, 28 March 2013



If you go down to the woods today.

An Illustrated Novel featuring the adventures and exploits of Mr Squishy Squashy, proud member of The Teddy Bear Army, as he battles to defend his charge Michael against his nightmares.

A tale of fantasy and deep spiritual magic set against a harsh modern reality.

A sample of the appetiser is available over at jottify.com


Sunday, 24 March 2013

One of my clients sent me this image on Facebook. 
I managed to track down the story behind it on FYeahtattoos.com


My very first tattoo! My boyfriend showed me a picture he found online of “Why you should always sleep with a teddybear”. I fell in love with it immediately, and knew it needed to be put on my body. However, I wanted to tweak it to make it personal. When I was about 14, I fell into a really deep depression and started seeing shadows. It would get especially bad as I was laying in bed, in the dark, at night. I wanted the monster in my tattoo to symbolize the shadows that I always saw. In a way, my tattoo keeps me protected from the shadows that I still see. My teddybear is forever tattooed on my body to keep me safe. I had it done by Lauren McKenzie at Bound By Design in Denver, Colorado. She did such an amazing job! And it only took a little over an hour.

It's a re interpretation of this amazing image by Begemott which quite a few friends have sent me over the years. 


It's available to buy as a print from his deviantART page 

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Animation trailer coming soon.... 


Friday, 22 March 2013

NIGHTMARE:  STATUS UPDATE ALERT

ErSatz

Materialises out of thin air.
At first sight quite comical looking, rather like a demented dancing evil star fish. 
This volatile little night terror is a constantly fragmenting form of pure nagging doubt. 
Despite struggling to maintain the Vitruvian form it will keep fluctuating and falling apart. 
Constantly folding back in upon itself it creates a vortex which drags it's victim stumbling into an abyss of paranoia, distrust and self loathing, leaving them enclosed in a cracked and fearful mirror world.


ErSatz. As shown in a grimoire held by the archival library of The Teddy Bear Army.

This has until recently been a common low level nightmare. It's fragile form left it very venerable to attack from claws and thus it was easy to defeat. 
Previously many humans were often able to face this one down themselves in the dream time without the need for our intervention.
This is becoming less and less the case and proportionately it has been dramatically increasing in both numbers and strength becoming an increasing menace.

We have the situation well under control at present and are looking into strategies to ultimately overcome the threat.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The first Teddy Bear Army animation is underway.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013


An ancient stronghold in Barna Woods Eire. 





Monday, 11 March 2013

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


 NEVER GIVE UP




SEND US YOUR TEDDY BEAR ARMY TATTOOS 

 Johannes Alexander Karl Gollwitzer

This is my bear - 
i have cystic fibrosis and 2009 i had a operation - 
the nurse said she could see my butt, i should close my frock - 
but this time a had bigger problems ... ;) 
next operation all see my bear ;) 

 This bear let me smile - 
let others smile. This bear is like me :)

Tattoo by Mike Olt
www.tattoo-mike-cham.de

Tuesday, 5 March 2013





inter se convenit ursis

bears agree among themselves


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Inter-dimensional defenders of the dreamtime.



Fighting the central nightmare broadcast computer.



Footage liberated by T.B.A communication operatives from the nightmare mainframe shows how assistance from an unknown ally confuses their test of a new frequency of broadcast attack and aids one of our members .

This is not another recycled revolution this is a Re Evolution. Break the cycle.
STRENGTH THROUGH UNITY.
re_zist


If you go down to the woods today. 

An illustrated Novel.



Michael is unhappy an only child living with his recently divorced mum who never sees his dad. He is plagued by bullies at school by day and haunted by bad dreams at night. 
In his waking hours he is frightened and alone but once he goes to sleep he is protected by his very own personal defender. Mr Squishy Squashy proud member of the Teddy Bear Army.

What appears at first to be a childrens fantasy story develops in to a tale of deep spiritual magic set against a dark harsh reality.

     You can read a preview sample on jottify.com

Saturday, 2 March 2013

On the lookout for danger.


Ever vigilant for trouble.

Friday, 1 March 2013


Regimental tattoo.




Machine free tattoo made up from dots poked in by hand. The ink is pushed into the skin one dot at a time using the same single use sterile needles which are run in machines attached to a metal bar or wooden stick. Different needle groupings can be utilised to vary the size and shape of the mark left.
Many people my self included find this to be a considerably less painful way to get tattooed.

This can be done outside in the woods by an experienced operator like myself safely and sterilely. 

FLASH SHEETS. 





Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The first T.B.A regimental tattoo.


Tattooed by me on myself.
The first tattoo I ever did.
Stencilled from a frame from the first animation I ever made.

" some tattoos are distilled images; sigils that compress thought into a symbol and say everything that needs to be said "  Shawn Porter, Occult Vibrations. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Field rations.  



Original art work.


Coloured Pencil, Graphite and Ink.
9 X 14 cm post card unframed. Fixed. 


Coloured Pencil, Graphite and Ink.
 A6 cartridge paper unframed. Fixed.

Contact me direct if you want to buy or for commissions.





Monday, 25 February 2013

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Paddington Bear at Paddington Station.


Few minutes R and R on the way to manoeuvres on dartmoor.
The chance to catch up with a famous T.B.A member.


Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Thursday, 25 December 1975

Basic Training 1976


 Best Bear and mARTin.