Tony’s collision course with art and music

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A punk rock singer who was written off both at school and during his working life is using his love of music and art to start his own business.

Tony Houghton, 48, from Cramlington, was almost killed in a road accident as a youngster, resulting in a full year spent in hospital.

Tony’s school life was no better, but the 48-year-old developed a passion for art and music.

“For the very first time in my life I had a purpose and an outlet for my artistic flair,” said Tony.

“In the late 70s I was in a punk band called Collision and I’m pleased to say that 35 years later we are still gigging now and filling venues all over the north east.

“The band has helped me in a number of ways both with my confidence and as an inspiration for my art.”

Reading an American Marvel comic, Tony was fascinated by the distinctive art style of artist Alex Ross, and this style gave Tony the idea to use his love of music and in particular punk, to paint pictures of his heroes including Sid Vicious, Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry and David Bowie.

Tony has now formed a business called Sewer Rat Art and his work is currently on display at Paper Cuts and the Loft Gallery in Whitley Bay.