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Photographs, designs, and random musings from the inner-workings of the slightly warped mind of Mike Shaw. Like a photo? Many are available for purchase (without the watermark). E-Mail me for details. Also feel free to contact me with questions:
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Stylised couple portrait commission I did for a good friend, of him and his wife on their wedding day.

My dear friend, Jenny, painted this for me from a wedding photo I provided her of my wife and I. 


Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart

I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.

After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.

They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.


^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart

Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you

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Updated look for my Tartans Fantasy Football Team. 

Eat Clam and Carry On

Keep Calm and Don’t Panic! Inspired by the Keep Calm trend and, of course, the wonderful Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

My fantasy football team for 2012, the Tartans. 

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Derek Daisey,
From This Day Forward...

The song I commissioned the great Derek Daisy to write as a wedding gift for my wife. Using letters, cards, and e-mails that I supplied him, he wrote music and turned my words into music. 

Technically, I am a co-writer for this song; but, Derek did all the hard work. I played it for my wife for the first time during our wedding reception. It was just after my best man and her matron of honor gave their speeches. I took the microphone and introduced the song to her and the guests and then the DJ played it for us. She was completely taken off guard. It was a great surprise and a memory we both cherish from our wedding day. 

Hope you enjoy!

My alternate logo design for the New Orleans Saints. Just something I put together for fun. I like the way it turned out. 

My design for a friend as a gag, psuedo-political campaign poster. I’d vote for him. 

Not just an (apparently dirty sex act) any more. I created this on commission from a friend who wanted to have pint glasses printed as a Christmas present for a friend who nicknamed his home bar “The Rusty Trombone”. I went with a vintage looking logo, nothing too fancy. Both my friend and the gift recipient seemed to like the outcome.