Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pete's new Love

THE View's Pete Reilly has a new woman in his arms - with the blessing of his girlfriend.

But Scots guitarist isn't two-timing long-time love Hannah Wallace.

Pete has fallen in love with a buxom gal painted by legendary US tattoo artist, the late Norman Collins.

Pete was presented with the artwork before The View's gig at Barrowland in Glasgow on Friday.

He fell for the curvy girl at an exhibition of the artist's work in the city's King Tut's earlier this month.

And he was delighted when the organisers gave him the picture.

He said: "This picture - Rise And Shine - really caught my eye. It was the coolest one of the lot.

"My girlfriend Hannah is studying art at university and some of her work is based on pin-up girls.

"I thought it would be nice to get her the artwork for Christmas."

Pete - along with singer Kyle Falconer, bass player Kieren Webster and drummer Steven Morrison - is set to release The View's brilliant second studio album Which Bitch next year.

The disc features new single Shock Horror. They've also confirmed a gig at Edinburgh Picture House on February 12.

Ex-seaman Norman Collins was the inspiration behind Sailor Jerry rum. Now Pete is planning to have a tattoo of one of Norman's girls.

"I've already got a swallow tattoo on my hand so I'd like to get a pinup girl on my arm," he said.

"I really like Norman's work so it would be great to have one of his tattoos."

Kathy Roe of Sailor Jerry rum said: "The recent Art of Sailor Jerry exhibition in Glasgow was a great success so we are delighted to give The View this piece of iconic artwork.

"The group capture the same spirit of rebellion and originality as Norman Collins himself."

By Billy Sloan, Sunday Mail, November 30th 2008


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