Just when Threadless needed a high-charged dose of super stellar style, street artist duo Hot Dose! showed up to play. Made up of artists Corey Hagberg, aka Crush Entity, and Sarah Danielle Stewart, aka She Was A Monster, the collaborative twosome created a boar-riding figment of unparalleled imagination that has certainly been turning heads. The two have been exceedingly busy making street art across Chicago as well as exploring their own personal art endeavors, but they were kind enough to take a bit of time and answer our questions. Learn more about Hot Dose! below, and if you’re in the mood to be mesmerized, shop by Threadless HQ to see their work in person!
The super impressive work of Hot Dose! on the Threadless garage door
Where are you both from and how has that affected your artistic ambitions?
Crush Entity: I was born in Evanston, IL, and grew up back and forth at my grandparents between the North Side of Chicago and the Chicago area suburbs. We moved to Contra Costa County, CA, just outside the bay area when I was about 6, and we were there until the early ‘90s. This is where I was first introduced to skateboarding and board graphics, which greatly influenced my life; they eventually became a lifestyle, introducing me to graffiti and ultimately leading to making art in the public realm. I currently reside in Rockford, IL.
She Was A Monster: I’m actually from Rockford, IL, which is a little big city, being the second biggest city in the state and ranked the ninth most dangerous city in the nation per capita (it sounds a lot more exciting than it is). There is an art community in Rockford that has the ambition to make things happen, but is forever combated by the conservative and unsupportive nature of this city. It’s a force that either makes you work harder to branch out and become more, or it suffocates you. Luckily, I’m a stubborn girl who takes discouragement as a challenge rather than defeat, so in a strange way, it has been motivating to be essentially from “nowhere” in the eyes of the art world. You have that much more to prove.
How did the two of you begin making art together?
Crush Entity: We began creating art together in 2013. We had mutual friends, but didn’t really know each other too well; Rockford has a very insular community of progressive artists, everyone knows each other or of each other. I had first noticed Sarah’s work in 2008 and was blown away. In 2012, we did Fountain Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel. I kept thinking about how amazing her imagery was, how striking it would be on a large scale, and allowing the public to be able to experience it outside the gallery. Collaborating can be tricky to adjust to for some, so I suggested she come and paint for a very chill little indoor skate spot/community center I was helping to organize. It turned out great; she was a natural. I invited her to do a show I had been offered at the Freeport Art Museum along with a friend Ben Smith (@roguefoto), a photographer who had photographed some of our paint sessions in the wild. From there, we continued to collaborate and came up with name Hot Dose!.
She Was A Monster: Corey and I have been showing in group shows together for awhile, but it wasn’t until he needed help painting an indoor skate park that we really got to know each other on a more personal basis and actually worked together. We share a very similar motivation to create and I think things unfolded naturally from there.
Hot Dose artist Corey Hagburg, otherwise known as Crush Entity
What was the learning curve like in terms of getting used to each others’ style?
Crush Entity: Sarah has a very painterly approach with her use of cans. Mine is more rooted in simple fills/outlines, because initially I had only used spray paint to screw around with letters when I was in high school. I used cans before brushes, so that approach has stuck with me in my studio art as well. I paint very graphically, just like I draw, without much blending. I feel like our individual styles create a certain harmony or balance between the graphic and the more rendered imagery.
She Was A Monster: I can’t really say there has been much of a learning curve; we both paint the way we paint and it somehow works together. Although our styles are pretty different, they somehow complement each other in a balance. Sometimes we plan out what we’re creating and sometimes it is much more intuitive; we make both conscious and subconscious decisions. Creating a collaborative work is kind of like a dance or a game of chess, where one person’s move depends on the other person’s move, and so on. We share very similar sensibilities as far as our aesthetic preferences are concerned, which helps the process move fluidly.
Hot Dose artist Sarah Danielle Stewart, otherwise known as She Was A Monster
Both of your styles include seemingly arbitrary objects. Is there any rhyme or reason to your artwork?
Crush Entity: I prefer to work more intuitively, but each piece has a specific theme or ties to a broader theme, such as identity or how/why we identify with certain emotions, groups, religions etc, collective failures and breaking those down, or imagery that is emblematic of triumph or loss. Sometimes, it’s a looser narrative, like the re-occurrence of an expressionless face in an animal suit; it hints at the infinite disconnect between us as humans and our survival instincts. Those animal instincts become just another costume that has been rendered vestigial against a backdrop of going through the motions. Eat drink, shit, spazz out, pop pills, sleep, Repeat process.
She Was A Monster: My artwork always serves as a collection of sorts. I would best describe myself as a magpie in the sense that I like sparkly, gaudy, and somewhat jarring things. Most of the time I like using objects, patterns, and space in unconventional ways, redefining their terms, purpose, and functions. In a way, it makes me feel better about the things in my life I cannot control. Being able to paint a blue boar in outer space, or a pile of objects that collectively make a monster, somehow helps me cope with the mundane, habitual, and predictable lives we live as human beings.
“Deadbeat Solstice” by Hot Dose!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a collaboration versus working alone?
Crush Entity: The disadvantages of collaborating hit home through the weight it has on our lives outside of creating work. We live together, we’re together as a couple, and we produce work together. The lines get blurred or aren’t even there sometimes. Outside of that, we each have individual artistic careers we are pursuing. She tattoos full time, and I teach art and create commissioned work in between screwing around on the internet and daydreaming. I think separating all that and making time to decompress has served to be the challenge. Balancing our individual work versus our collaborations can be another challenge. Those challenging challenges can be a real challenge.
She Was A Monster: Working with someone means compromise, which has been an interesting feat that I think neither of us has ever experienced before. A lot of the time, I notice people think Hot Dose! is Corey by himself, which at times can be a little frustrating for me, but it is an experience that I can’t really compare to anything else. It’s having a partner in crime rather than being a lone ranger. It’s having someone to share decisions and excitement.
How do you balance your work with Hot Dose! with your own individual art lives?
Crush Entity: For me, I keep a body of personal work moving forward. I work in my sketchbook. I collaborate with other people; my AIR crew homies and other artists in Chicago or Rockford. Hot Dose! might be hibernating for a while come winter in order to better promote that balance and get back in touch with our lives outside of art.
She Was A Monster: It can get a little frustrating to prioritize sometimes… there is not enough time in the day for everything I’d like to do. It means being smart with your time so you CAN do both, otherwise both would never happen. It’s kind of a sway between the two; like playing on a teeter-totter by yourself. Sometimes everything else in your life goes awry; the house gets messy, the fridge has nothing in it but stale and expired food, and you’re wondering if you’ll get to run those errands or take that shower, and you think you’ve gone a little insane. Then you finish a project, step back, and feel this sense of accomplishment that nothing else in life makes you feel, and you remember how insane you really would be if you didn’t have this sense of importance you find in artwork, and in your life. Then all is right with the world. The balance, I guess, is forgetting the line between the two and just looking at all of it as your artwork, and to never stop trudging along.
Hot Dose! working together on a piece in Gary, Indiana
What is the creative process like between two very creative minds?
Crush Entity: The creative process can be very exhilarating, energetic, and amazing, but also very trying. You take two people who know each other through and through, are both very capable and passionate with insightful ideas, and sometimes there will be friction. Most times, things will flow and we will build effortlessly off each other’s input. We figure out when to say, “My idea is good, but yours is better.”, or how to offer criticism in the heat of the moment that doesn’t come out like, “Hey, moron, that’s a pretty stupid idea, put that back on the shelf.” That hasn’t happened yet, really. Not while making art at least.
She Was A Monster: It usually starts with a simple idea and evolves to take on a life of its own through discussion, intuitive decisions, critiques, excitement, arguing, a little blood, a pinch of fairy dust, wart of toad, and a thumb war.
Why did you land on the piece that you did for Threadless?
Crush Entity: For Threadless, if I remember right, it was pretty gut level. We discussed imagery that would tie into a gallery show/installation we are creating for the J.R. Kortman gallery in Rockford which is called Velvet Realms and opens the first weekend in October. Sarah started by producing the boar image, and I added to it on the car ride out to Chicago. Some additional details were originally going to be added, but once the sun came up while I was finishing, I had to tell myself, “It’s just a roller door, let it ride.”
Close-up of the Hot Dose! mural created at Threadless HQ
Why do you think your particular style works with Threadless so well?
Crush Entity: I’ve been intrigued with the development of Threadless since I first read about the company and its humble beginnings in a magazine article in 2006. Something about starting with minimal cash and printing the designs of artists from the general public. I don’t think crowdsourcing was even a thing at that point, and I thought that was unique because it gave anyone who was inclined to create a design the chance to be part of something larger. I don’t remember the specific images from the article, but do remember thinking, ” Man this shit is funky and weird. Right up my alley.” I was more bohemian and cavemanish at that point and the internet was still some strange alternate universe in my mind. I hadn’t even owned a computer at that point.
She Was A Monster: After seeing the facility, it’s pretty safe to say that the folks at Threadless share the love for fun that we do. We love silly, we love feel-good. We love make-you-smile and feel-kind-of-awkward and giggly all at the same time. There is a definite mutual appreciation for the same culture and message, and what could be more beautiful?
What was the process like of painting Threadless’s garage door?
Crush Entity: I’m pumped on the image, so the process was fun. I typically don’t like doing anything too detailed on a roller door. It starts to look like shit in your mind’s eye unless you step back or remind yourself that it looks fine from the street, so stop being so hyper critical man, and relax. It wasn’t your typical storefront roll down, either, so that wasn’t so much of an issue.
“Tainted Love” by Hot Dose!
Crush Entity, I saw some of the work that you did at Sunset Junction in LA. How was the experience of going across the country to leave your mark?
Crush Entity: The Silver Lake wall was great. The new Lone Ranger movie was being released that week and I felt compelled to create an image related to that, hence the braids of the Native soul choking tears of blood from the Lone Ranger. It’s about overcoming the forces that serve to subjugate or marginalize people for whatever reason, which is why there is an assortment of freaks and monsters surrounding that central image. It was facilitated by LA Freewalls, a group who lines up walls for artists that I admire like Mear One, Dabs and Myla, Risk, Megs, and many others, so it was kind of surreal. It was also in conjunction with a group show at Project Gallery in LA and Cartwheel Arts, so I was excited to meet some of the other artists who were part of that and go out and paint. I hadn’t been to LA since I was a young kid, and it was a very nostalgic experience for me.
Shewasamonster, you list your day-job on Facebook as a tattoo artist. How does creating art on other peoples’ bodies help you grow as an artist?
She Was A Monster: Being a tattoo artist is challenging in the sense that people are very understandably picky about what they want. So you face the challenge of creating something cool out of sometimes cloudy ideas. Also, tattoos are nothing like a painting or drawing; the body is dimensional and curved, resulting in a need to create an image specific to that shape of the body part so it looks good compositionally. This has caused me to think of the surfaces I paint on in a different way. Drawing on a daily basis aside from tattooing keeps your skills tight and honed; there’s no room for error in a tattoo. It’s a one shot deal. This has caused me to become much more deliberate in my decision-making with artwork, which has resulted in higher efficiency.
As a collaboration, does Hot Dose! dabble in any mediums other than paint?
Crush Entity: As a collaboration, sometimes Hot Dose! puts Nutella on sugar cookies and artichokes on fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. We do release the occasional t-shirt and sticker and have created a series or drawings. This next show, we will finally be breathing life into an idea for installation and die cut pieces we’ve talked about for awhile, along with some other 3-D elements.
She Was A Monster: Not as of yet, but there are talks of 3-D projects in the works.
A glimpse inside the Hot Dose! studio
What’s unique about the Chicago street art scene that you don’t find elsewhere?
Crush Entity: The Chicago street art scene is unique because it still has a very localized and somewhat blue-collar feel to it. Some of us grind out 9-5 jobs, while some of us are lucky enough to get by off what we create, but there isn’t a huge spotlight on it yet like you see in other cities. That can be a double-edged sword, but it seems to be beneficial because there is less of a saturation, so less is missed. The Chicago scene still has that youthful stoner kid’s basement feel to it. It’s inviting and dimly lit at the same time, so it might take minute to find what you’re looking for. It’s nice to see opportunities pop up in the form of galleries and other businesses like Gallery F, Maxwell Colette, Vertical, Chicago Truborn, Gallery Bar, and others who provide an arena for street and grafitif artists to showcase their studio work and other creative endeavors.
She Was A Monster: There’s a definite style difference in Chicago. You’ve got East coast style, West coast style… Chicago is making a name for itself. I can certainly appreciate that. The scene is pretty friendly and encouraging too, from my experience.
Welp, it’s officially September, meaning the inevitable is upon us: cooler weather. Thankfully, there is a certain something that makes chilly weather bearable: majorly awesome hoodies. With that in mind, we launched our Zip Hoodies challenge, and after zippin’ our way through a whole bunch of super sweet submissions, we’ve landed on a winner: “Ninja vs. Ninja” by Brooklyn artist Daniel Stevens. Read on to learn more about Daniel, and if you want a totally badass hoody (‘cuz obviously you do), snag his new design here!
Congrats on your winning design “Ninja vs. Ninja” for our Zip Hoodies challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Graphic Designer/Illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. During the day I create graphics and prints for a sleepwear company and at night I work on personal projects, freelance, and of course, Threadless stuff. I watch cartoons, collect comics, and love procrastinating.
What inspired the concept behind your design?
My inspiration for this comp was actually through research. While I was at work, not working, I checked out all the hoodies Threadless sold. By the time I got home, the idea just popped into my head.
You mentioned that you wanted to “create a design that told a story”. What exactly is the story behind this design?
The story is just a simple interaction between the two characters.
Why were these badass ninjas fighting in the first place?
Shhh… I can’t say or I’m next.
How was designing for a hoody different than a typical tee?
I think when you design for a hoody, what works best is minimal color and a clean design. There’s so much going on with a hoody between the hood, pockets, and the zipper, that less is more when it comes down to graphics.
Did the idea of integrating a zipper play a part in creating your design?
Using the zipper was the biggest part of the concept. I needed that fun interaction.
Please walk us through the process of creating this design.
For this particular design there wasn’t much of a process, more like design freestyle. The visual was so clear in my mind that all I needed was a few ninja references to get started in Illustrator. I didn’t even sketch the concept.
What do you think fellow ninjas on the street will think of your new hoody?
Ninjas will probably feel like i’m exploiting their careers to sell products and send their best men after me.
If you so decide to enter the dark arts of the ninja world, do you think this hoody will give you special powers?
Ummm… I hope it gives me some kind of power so I can defend myself for when they come for me. They will come!!!
Any other shout-outs?
I want to give a shouts to my mom and dad for the excellent creative genes, my lady for being so supportive, and my job for being soooo lenient with what websites we can go on at work. I would also like to thank Threadless for choosing my design. Being printed has been my dream for awhile and to finally achieve this goal makes me feel truly honored.
You never know what life may throw your way, so sometimes you gotta ask the big stuff: If you had to choose, would you rather draw with your toes for the rest of eternity, or eat paintbrushes everyday for life? Yea, we know, it’s a tough one. Thankfully, the artists behind next week’s new tees shared with us their preferences, so finally we’re getting some clarity. Check ‘em out below, and come back to shop their awesome new designs next Monday!
Q: If you had to choose, would you rather draw with your toes for the rest of eternity, or eat paintbrushes everyday for life?
“I would say drawing with my toes would be best, being that eating paintbrushes every day could possibly kill me. And I’m already pretty skilled with doing toe stuff.” Buy this tee now!
“I would choose to eat paintbrushes for lunch, as long as I can have other food that’s more chewable. Drawing with my toes would definitely give me cramps and I would end up contracted.” Buy this tee now!
“I’d rather eat paintbrushes for lunch every day, as long as they comes with a side of nacho cheese!” Buy this tee now!
“I would use the way I learned to draw with my hand to start to draw with my feet (I think I’ll need a bit more practice… and more time. LOL!), so as not to give up a huge, giant plate of spaghetti with a good glass of Valpolicella wine. They say that in Italy the food is good… it’s true!” Buy this tee now!
“I heard paintbrushes are very nutritive, but I would rather draw with my toes. It ain’t that hard. :p” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 is a weekly project to inspire you to create more art! We’ll announce a new theme each week. Post your submission in the blog comments. We’ll feature our favorites in this blog the following Friday.
#DO52week35: Illustrate your name in a new, creative way.
Use your creative power to write out your name in a new and exciting way! You can illustrate each letter of your name as a different animal, write you name in cursive with a piece of rope, or even redesign your name through a collage of found items!
After three years in Los Angeles, street artist Jake Merten, otherwise known as lookatart, returned to his native city of Chicago, where he’s been blowing up the art scene ever since. Thankfully for us over here at Threadless, he expressed some of that good ‘ole Midwestern charm and stopped by to spread the wealth. Now one of our once gross, bland, and basically altogether unappealing garage doors features Merten’s spray paint interpretation of a Saga comic book cover (originally created by artist Fiona Staples), and heck, we’re super pumped about it. Oh, and he also took some time to answer our questions, because he’s awesome. Therefore, read on to learn more about this very cool dude and his very cool work!
Merten’s interpretation of a Saga comic book cover makes our garage door look 100% cooler.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
How did you get into street art?
I was working in the film industry in LA, and hated my job. I had been getting interested in the art scene out there and met a few artists that encouraged me to start painting. So, one Monday morning when I was fed up at work I quit, and started messing around with “street art-like” paste-ups, tags, and stencils. That was spring 2012. Later that summer I picked up spray painting and have been hooked ever since.
Merten’s work in Hollywood, California drives color into an otherwise uninspired street side(Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
Some of your work seems to be influenced by comic books while others are very realistic. How would you describe your artistic style?
Ha, I’ve been trying to figure that one out for a while. My love for comic books stems from childhood. I grew up idolizing the images and drew replications a lot as a kid. So, I think that aspect of my style just comes out naturally, but I’ve been working on photo-realism as sort of a study. I never went to art school so I feel like I have a lot to learn and absorb.
How do you decide what style to go with for each individual piece?
It kind of depends on what I’m into at the moment, and what has inspired me lately. But, at the same time I like to try to imagine what would be best received by people that look at that particular wall everyday. They’re the ones that have to live with it.
This LA building reveals a hidden personality due to Merten’s mark (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
Your website has “indoor” and “outdoor” works separated. Do you find the two environments that different to work with?
The work I do indoors tends to be more acrylic and brush based, with some aerosol, whereas my outdoor work is strictly spray paint.
How does your extensive traveling affect the work that you do?
Traveling always humbles me. Suddenly you’re in a city where no one knows you and you have to prove to everyone, most importantly to yourself, that there’s a reason you’re there. Even more so, you’re restricted on time and materials, and you have to deal with whatever the weather is like for that trip. I’ve painted in frigid, snowy conditions because I only had three days to do it, so I did it. Absorbing the culture and interacting with the community wherever I paint is one of my favorite aspects to doing murals. It’s amazing to feel like you’ve given something inspirational to an area, hopefully leaving it better than when you arrived.
Merten stakes his claim in Denver (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
How did you hear about Threadless?
I started shopping on the website in college, probably around 2007.
What made you decide to paint a cover from the Image Comics series Saga on the Threadless garage door?
Someone recently turned me onto the series and I instantly fell in love with the imagery. I had been wanting to paint that cover image, and it was a cool coincidence to find additional Saga fans working at Threadless. Plus, the space was a perfect fit.
The original Saga comic book series cover by Fiona Staples that inspired Merten’s work
How does your aesthetic align with Threadless?
It seems we share an appreciation for the power of design.
We saw that you’ve been working with Hollywood based artist MDMN. How did that collaboration begin and how is it working with him?
MDMN was one of the first artists I met in the LA scene. He and I began painting around the same time and quickly became friends based on similar interests and goals. We’ve been able to keep the creative relationship going since I relocated from LA to Chicago by working on collaborative digital projects, as well as meeting up to paint in various cities in the upcoming months.
A Jake Merten and MDMN collab in LA (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
Do you work in any mediums besides paint?
I dabble in carpentry. I’m really into interior design and building furniture
Do you have any big projects coming up?
I have a few projects lined up in Chicago for the fall; one or two larger walls to look out for. I’ll be traveling to Denver and Miami for mural festivals before the end of the year, and am planning a solo show in Chicago for 2015.
Merten’s work waits to be discovered in an LA parking garage (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)
THE 8TH ANNUAL THREADLESS FAMILY REUNION WAS BEYOND FAR OUT!
We had a blast (off) this weekend at the 8th Annual Threadless Family Reunion. Threadless truly is made up of the best community and artists in the universe! It was so good to see familiar faces and meet new pals while we played games, bounced in the bounce house and watch Wolf Waffles create awesome, goofy GIFs.
A major highlight of the day was announcing the Bestees!
Our first award went to our Community Member of the year, Christina Moore aka christina.a.art, who will receive $2,000! Christina diligently participates in every single weekly #DO52, contributing awesome art, no matter how wacky our theme is. She’s been a member since 2013, and has casted her vote on 43,146 designs. Congrats Christina!
Our second award, Collab of the Year, went to Daniel Arzola, aka goliath72 and Chris Phillips, aka cpdesign! Chris and Dan will split $2,000 for their collaborative awesomeness. Together, these dudes created a design called Training Day, which earned an average submission score of 3.71 and was really the cat’s pajamas.
Our third award went to Stacy Eyles aka mechanicalrobotpower for Design of the Year! The super rad artist behind the year’s most super rad design has been a member since 2008 and has racked up 51 submissions this year. With a submission score of 3.58, his design “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This” means that if anything, Stacy will be taking home $2,000!
Our fourth and final award, Designer of the Year, went to Francis and Lawrence Minoza, aka nicebleed! Proving that two heads are better than one by working together under a single username, this designing duo have been members since 2009. Racking up 40 submissions and 22 printed designs this past year, these brothers have certainly made their mother proud - especially when we send them $2,000!
GET TO KNOW THE WINNER OF OUR SURREALISM DESIGN CHALLENGE!
We turned Threadless upside down with our Surrealism Design Challenge and got to take a peek at the backwards, law-defying designs of our artists. Like a melting clock or a rain cloud in your living room, surrealism riddles the mind with the illogical. Brazilian artist Mathiole won the Surrealism Design Challenge with a spacey creation that has some inspiring words of wisdom attached. Read on to learn a little about Mathiole and to grab his new tee, “Great Idea.”
Congrats on your winning design “Great Idea” for our Surrealism challenge! Why don’t you share one interesting and unknown fact about yourself to kick off this interview?
Thanks! My fascination with art started when I was just a boy, about 11. I was at the school’s library, and a picture of one of the paintings by Salvador Dali, a Surrealism master.
Do you consider yourself a surrealistic type of artist? Or did you tap into unknown territory to create this design?
I think I’m pretty versatile. I like almost all art movements, and have been trying to recreate stuff based on my favorite ones, but I think it’s fair to say surrealism is the one I like most. I did tap into an unknown territory aesthetically; it was the first time I tried to make a full hatching design. I’m pretty satisfied with the result. :D
How did you arrive at “Great Idea” for a concept?
The idea changed a little bit from what I had in the beginning. I thought I would make a man on a bulb-shaped balloon, but then I saw the same concept so I had to try something else. I still wanted to make the “idea” the focus of the concept, so I researched quotes to enlighten me. That’s when I came out with the moon balloon idea!
What inspired the concept’s specific design execution?
Part of my process is to make a mood board for each concept. During this visual research, I found some old/vintage pictures of all kinds of balloons, and they were all made with hatching. I’m also a big fan of a crazy talented guy named Nicholas Delort, who makes insane realistic illustrations with this same technique. I knew it would fit the concept so I decided I should try this!
Tell us a bit about the process of creating this design. Feel free to share WIP’s if possible!
Why does “Great Idea” capture a strong sense of surrealism?
I guess it’s the fact that the man is using the moon as a balloon, as well as the mood I managed to create. It makes it look like a pictured dream (at least one of my dreams!).
What surrealist artists do you admire and why?
Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte are definitely my favorite ones, for being pioneers and ultra-creatives. I guess the essence of surrealism is to picture dreams, and to me they do it like no one else. Nowadays, Jeremy Geddes is doing a superb work!
What is the most dangerous idea you’ve ever had?
I don’t even want to share this with you because I’m sure I’ll gather a lot of haters, haha. What I can say is that half of the people got the idea and thought it was very funny, and the other half thought it was offensive and wanted to kill me for doing it.
What in the world are you going to do with all these awesome new art books from the Art Institute!?
What else? I’m going to read and study all of them. :D (I’m a book addict!)
Any other shout-outs?
I’ve embraced surrealism as one of the main characteristics of my work, so winning this competition means that I succeeded somehow, and that’s huge for me! So, I want to thank you all who voted and commented on my design, and also to Threadless for picking it up! Thanks!
Fact: there’s a few universally unpleasant places out there, like the DMV. Or any room in the history of the world with that terrifying fluorescent lighting. Thankfully, there are way more super cool places out there, especially when it comes to finding the perfect spot to sit back, think inspiring thoughts, and make awesome art. We were curious about exactly where our artists prefer to hunker down when it comes to makin’ stuff, so we asked those behind next week’s new tees to fill us in. Check out their answers below, and be sure to stop in on Monday to snag their sweet new designs!
Q: Where’s your favorite place to make stuff?
“My favorite place to make stuff is my desk in the basement. Lights low, music playing, creativity flowing.” Buy this tee now!
“I’ve yet to find this place, although it would probably be on a small cabana in Hawaii. Right now, it’s the comfort of my room/office; it’s the only place I can actually do stuff!” Buy this tee now!
Hafaell Pereira: “The best place is where I have a flat surface, a sheet of white paper, and a pencil. With that, I’m quite happy and I can solve most of my problems.” Buy this tee now!
“I have a very messy office where I enjoy drawing. I just turn on some music and zone out.” Buy this tee now!
“My most favorite place to make stuff is my workroom where I have my desk, computer, and all the other tools. From time to time I really lock myself up in there, from morning ‘til night, focusing on trying to create something, and losing track of time and space…“ Buy this tee now!
“I really don’t have a specific or favorite place to make my stuff. For me, anyplace works as long as it’s comfortable and has less people. Although, it depends on the type of people. But I really do want to have my own workstation someday. I’m actually saving for it, because right now, I work most of the time at the office and sometimes at home when I’m alone.” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 is a weekly project to inspire you to create more art! We’ll announce a new theme each week. Post your submission in the blog comments. We’ll feature our favorites in this blog the following Friday.
#DO52week34: Write a poem by blacking out text in the newspaper!
Have you guys heard of Austin Kleon? Austin is a New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books, and we’re taking a page out of those books this week! One of Austin’s projects that we love is called Newspaper Blackout Poems, which he writes by blacking out unwanted text in newspaper articles to reveal a hidden poem.