Martin was born in Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire. He studied printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art and, after graduating in 1978, embarked on a travelling scholarship. In 1981 Martin moved to London and began working as an illustrator and designer in the music industry, collaborating closely with The Psychedelic Furs among others. Since then Martin continued to work in graphic design, focussing on music and fashion. From 2003 he began a collaboration with Annie Lennox, in which they particularly explored photography. The result included portraits of Lennox which were used for her album ‘Bare’ and related press and publicity. More recently, Martin has been making paintings.