How old is T.A.N.L.P and how did it begin?
The blog has been going just over two years now, it has really grown over the last six months mainly due to some of the collaborations we've done. As it's started to pick up pace we've both started working on it together, our skills complement each other quite well and there's no way one person could do it in their own.
What does the name mean?
The All Night Listening Post is an eclectic collection of articles, essays and images from which to draw inspiration. In other words, the goal of the blog is to collate and share some of the most interesting content on the web as well as to produce interesting original content in the form of images and essays.
A listening post is traditionally a facility established to monitor radio signals and analyse their content in order to secure information and intelligence. As technology has advanced, listening posts have evolved but they still perform the same basic function, recording and relaying information of interest to their controllers.
Listening posts operate 24/7 but often come alive at night, when clandestine operations commence and covert messages are transmitted. That's kind of how we work, hence, The All Night Listening Post.
What inspires you about the city around you?
Mainly the history of the city and the way it's found itself again. It's changed a lot over the last twenty years but it's still undoubtedly Sheffield with its imposing modernist architecture and northern charm.
Sheffield is a city of makers, it always has been. Renowned the world over for its quality and capability, the city was once home to a thriving steel industry that was envy of the globe. In the latter part of the 20th century, cheaper steel from India and the Far East put paid to Sheffield's manufacturing prowess, foundries and steel mills closed as traditional businesses struggled to compete. Soon, all that was left of the once booming industry was a shrinking network of independent makers, known as little mesters, turning out small-batch pocket knives and bespoke fabrications in traditional workshops spread across the city.
And yet, after decades of post industrial decline, the Steel city is having a bit of a revival. A new collective of brave new makers are embracing the city's long held tradition of craftsmanship and showing what's possible with hard work and a little bit of Sheffield grit. On the back of this resurgence, a thriving creative community has developed and independent coffee shop and bars and starting to take over the city again. While it's very much a city in transition, it hasn't forgotten it's roots and it's proud of what it was and hopeful about what it can be.
What did you think of your new Peregrine Jackets?
We were very impressed. The quality and attention to detail is unquestionable. We're big fans of well made, honest goods with a story behind them so Peregrine is a natural fit for us. It might sound strange but we're both hoping for a rainy day to test them out properly!