Nicknames, How you got your nicknames
Ras Mykkal and SJD World are at it again! The two have teamed up to release their third book; Nicknames – How You Got Your Nickname. A novelty book that dives into the stories behind the interesting ways Bermudians have a substitute name pinned on them; a name that they are better known by than their birth name.
Ras Mykkal photographed and interviewed all the people while SJD World on the layout and design of the book. Former Member of Parliament, Educator and Author, Dale Butler wrote the foreword. He is also the author of the first book on Bermuda nicknames.
The book includes a brief history on forenames, surnames and common nicknames, but the real prize are the stories behind how Bermudians earned their nickname.
There is a beautiful cross section of Bermuda’s people; from Somerset to St. George’s, male and female, some famous public figures, the common folk in the street, as well as a few of the infamous. With the loss of Bermudian icons like Allan “Forty” Rego, Ernest “Country Wild Rabbit” Holman and William “Cheese” Ray, this is sure to be a collector’s item cataloging a unique part of Bermuda’s culture.
The stories behind the nicknames are varied and unique to each person. Some surely bring back memories of old TV shows, cartoons and iconic characters from yester-years. No other place in the world has the scale or social structure that lends itself to this phenomenal culture that produces nicknames in this fashion.
There are also Butterfield & Vallis Fun Facts throughout the book with interesting and educational information about people, places, times, and events.
There is no stone, or should I say nickname, left uncovered in this well thought-out publication.
Bermuda's Flying Flowers
The full colour book is an awesome learning tool for anyone who is interested in nature and helping to preserve the environment. Well known for his sports photography Ras likes to take a break from the excitement of action sports and venture into nature for a change of pace. This beautifully illustrated book “Bermuda’s Flying Flowers” has been three years in the making. Stephan Johnstone, expertise design, adds an awesome style and finish to Ras Mykkal’s outstanding photography and informative text. Well done. A big thank you to Butterfield & Vallis for their kind and generous support of this project.
Bermuda's Flying Flowers Activity Book
Click ...I got yah!
Well-known sports photographer, Ras Mykkal and Graphic Designer, Stephan Johnstone have teamed together to produce “Click-I Got Yah” a collection of Ras Mykkal’s images over the past few years of Bermudian athletes from a variety of local sports.
Each photograph has a date and caption about the person, event and/or the sport, highlighting a moment in Bermuda’s sporting history.
The book also has six interviews with different sports personalities, which adds to the historic value of this unique book.
There are also a number of adverts in the book that are very distinctive. Quite a few clubs and athletes have built working relationships over the years and the book highlights some of the history and accomplishments that have been achieved.
Ras Mykkal’s passion for sports photography started as the public relations officer for the sport of motocross. In 1997, Ras Mykkal earned his certification as a professional photographer with the New York Institute of Photography and branched out to learn the skills of capturing all forms of sporting activities. This book project that Ras and Stephan have worked on together is available at Brown & Co