Simon Ormerod was born in Blackburn, 1979. After leaving school at 16 he became a Conveyor Belt Fitter Apprentice working in slaughter houses for 4 months. Being naturally creative Ormerod soon chose to return to finish college and attend university in 1998. After achieveing a foundation art & design course Ormerod finished with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Graphic Design from the University of Lancaster in 2001.
During his years at college and university, Ormerod drew inspiration from several art movements but derived the most fascination from graffiti art.
“…it wasn’t all about tagging up the streets, it was about experimenting with different mediums, almost doodling on the walls straight from the sketch book, using big cutouts of my work, pasting up, stenciling and spraying. I took influence from the early 80’s Hip Hop movement, aspiring to the artists involved with the books ‘Scroll 2 Dirty Graphics’ and Tristan Manco’s ‘Street logos’…” (Simon Ormerod 2006)
After 2 years of working as a manager at the local Wall Mart he decided to quit his job, and follow his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist.
Ormerod has had several sold out exhibitions in the U.K. In 2006 Ormerod moved to New Zealand with his kiwi partner and formed his artistic brand ‘Cracked Ink’ – encompassing his playful characters, experimental mediums and clever wit.
Simon produces his work on a 14 Acre farm in Ahuroa at his girlfriend’s parents family home.