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500 T-shirt designs later…

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Reaching a benchmark.

I started my T-shirt design career in 2008 when I stumbled upon Threadless, an online design contest that printed crowd sourced designs. I’d spent a lot of time designing for print/other mediums but t-shirts where completely new to me. I created designs that I wanted to wear and submitted them to the site. My first submission got picked, printed and delivered to me. I was hooked on the T-shirt as a canvas.

From there I entered many similar platforms online and my work got selected regularly. Before long I had a small fan following and people where starting to notice my work. I’d developed a T-shirt design style. At this point I started getting requests from brands for designs for their apparel lines. I did many, including the music scene. After a few twists and turns I ended up working as the Art Director at Design By Humans. A similar model to Threadless at the time. There I learned the art of screen printing and how to push the boundaries of the medium. This made me a better designer. I could advise clients on how to print their product to make them more successful. I could consider the process when I designed. After being promoted to Creative Director I got exposed to apparel licensing and worked with brands to curate art.

After hundreds of tees and opportunities to work with clients like Disney, Star Wars, Modcloth and Billabong I realized the power of the T-shirt. The medium that is seen by hundreds and loved by thousands. A medium that never goes away. I recently designed my 500th tee, a design for an MMA fighter. As I finished it and sent it off for approval I realized the benchmark I had reached. In eight years I have designed 500 T-shirts. That’s a lot of people wearing my art and that makes me happy.

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Shirt of the Day @ TeeFury

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We Came. We Saw. We Demoed T-shirt

I’ve been featured many times over at TeeFury, the deal a day t-shirt site that’s been around for eight years. I’ve also had this art idea kicking around in a sketchbook for nearly as long. I’ve always thought it would be funny to have a tee with Stay Puft Marshmallow man on it as a kind of advertising tee for a demolition company. I also always loved the mischievous manic look to this character. I was hoping to capture his character as cute/menacing/destructive/careless all at the same time. The tee sold as a daily feature but is still available on their site here.

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Cotton Bureau x wotto

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Cotton Bureau Wins!

Cotton Bureau is one of few t-shirts sites left that tests the art community through crowdsourcing. Getting a print there can be a tricky feat. Basically it’s a crowd sourced t-shirt site that showcases many designs but only a handful get printed, based on how well they are received by their customer base. The site is beautifully designed and the art tends to be strongly graphic and on trend. I have submitted and tried to be featured there around a dozen times, all without success. Recently though I got two tees funded and printed! Vintage Toy Robot and No Hoots Given both funded and I was really happy to finally crack that crowd. I like what Cotton Bureau do and I like their respect for design, their passion for keeping things personal and the product is really nice too.

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Dynomighty Wallets

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wotto wallets selected for global wholesalers!

I’ve been working with Dynomighty wallets for a while now through their collective program. As part of that program artists work gets selected to be included in the Dynomighty full catalog. This allows your design to be bought by wholesalers and sold in stores all over the globe. Which is pretty cool.

I got two designs picked up and both are doing well. ‘All of the Robots’ a design featuring lots of doodled robots was selected and is proving pretty popular and ‘Charactertastic’ a mass of weird and oddball characters in neon pinks and yellows. I’m always super stoked to know that my art is being distributed around the globe to stores that stock cool products like Dynomighty.

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BrewLink Brewing Nuttercup

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Nutter Cup Chocolate Peanut butter Porter

More can designs for the BrewLink Brewing family are being churned out and the newest one is Nutter Cup Chocolate Peanut butter Porter. It’s a delicious deep peanut buttery tasting beer that I can personally recommend, yes they sent me samples! For this design I went with a pretty simple color palette and focused on the peanut character. The character, looking horrified as he gets snapped in half is accompanied by the slogan “Peanuts died to make this beer awesome!” which is darkly funny. A great project for a great brand!

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New Pins Release at TeeFury

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Beep Bop, Beep Bop!

Enamel pins are on trend right now. As a fan of these little enamel beauties myself, I was chuffed to have my vintage robot and skull & crossbones art picked up by TeeFury. They took my original vector files and adapted them to work as 3D pins. They made my robot character into a cute little pin while keeping some really nice details! He’s a 1.25″ soft enamel pin and is a limited edition of only 500 pieces. He’ll only be available in this one pressing and judging by their other pins he should sell out pretty fast. The Skull & Crossbones logo is more simple and reflects the original art more closely. Only printed in 500 pieces, if you want one you should snag one now.

The Robot pin is available here.

Skull & Crossbones pin is available here.

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