Psychotic Warrior gets arty at new Morecambe cafe

Johnny Phere in wrestling mode.
Johnny Phere in wrestling mode.

A professional wrestler has joined forces with Batman and Spiderman to brighten up a Morecambe cafe.

Tough guy Johnny Phere is also a talented wall artist who paints superheroes and cartoon characters.

His artwork will be on show in the Happy Bay Diner when it opens later this month.

Johnny, real name Jamie Hutchinson, has been decorating the cafe walls while training for his next big fight.

Jamie, 31, has adorned the baby changing area with images of Batman, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.

The grappler has also painted Superman and The Incredible Hulk in other parts of the cafe.

Johnny Phere with one of his wall art images of Spiderman.

Johnny Phere with one of his wall art images of Spiderman.

The quiet solitude of painting is a far cry from Jamie’s loud and aggressive wrestling persona ‘The Psychotic Warrior’.

“I haven’t painted for 10 years,” said Jamie.

“I put it to one side when I got into wrestling but I thought I’d go back to it and didn’t realise I could still do it. It’s very therapeutic.

“An average painting takes 10 hours or more so it takes a lot of patience which you would think Johnny Phere wouldn’t have!”

Johnny Phere in wrestling action at the Winter Gardens. Photo by Tony Knox.

Johnny Phere in wrestling action at the Winter Gardens. Photo by Tony Knox.

The Happy Bay Diner will be run by Morecambe sisters Philippa Coleman and Hannah Bachmann.

They hope to open in the former Dotty’s Vintage shop on Marine Road West by the end of October.

Jamie, a four-time British Heavyweight Champion, is also training twice a day for an upcoming ‘No Holds Barred’ match.

He has wrestled regularly at shows in Morecambe since 2004 and moved to the town from his native Warrington in 2009.

In 2013 he helped train the Morecambe football team ahead of their Capital One Cup match with Newcastle United.

That year, Hutchinson also appeared on ITV show ‘Weekend Escapes’ where he took part in a James Bond-style fight scene with presenter Warwick Davis.

Johnny Phere will battle ‘One Man Riot’ Craig Kollins on a night of professional wrestling at the Winter Gardens on Sunday, October 11.

Doors open at 4.30pm. Tickets on the door or from Studio Bronze, Queen Street, or www.aowuk.com .