We already know that all of our artists are going places in this world, but we wanted to know where they’ve been! This week, we asked our printed designers what the most inspirational place they have ever visited is. Before you navigate your way through the maze of cubicles and into the sunlight, read about next week’s artists magnificent adventures. Be sure to check back on Monday to see the products of their inspiration and pick up a new tee!
Q: What’s the most inspirational place you’ve ever visited?
“The libraries are usually the places that give me the most ideas. I like to walk the streets of my city, Belo Horizonte, here in Brazil.”
“Toy stores and botanical gardens are where I like to go to find inspiration. It might seem strange to be seeking inspiration at Toys “R” Us, but a majority of my art is both innocent and whimsical, and I find that immersing myself in an environment aimed at children really helps me come up with new ideas for my work. Disneyland would probably accomplish the same thing. Unfortunately, I haven’t been there in a very long time.”
“The most inspirational place I have ever visited is Halebid Belur, Karnataka, India.”
“I would say the most inspirational place that I’ve ever visited is London. My sister currently lives there, and every time I go to visit, I’m fascinated by new areas of the city that I haven’t previously seen. One of my favorite aspects of London is the vast amount of subtle street art that’s hidden away within the city.”
“Definitely one of the greatest and most inspirational places I’ve ever visited is Bordeaux, France. It’s a perfect mix between an ancient city and a modern one, and in perfect harmony. I remember staring at a Gothic building while a train was passing by in complete silence; its design reminded me of the Blade Runner movie. Without a doubt, it’s a city that has been engraved in my memory.”
"The all-you-can-eat continental breakfast bar at my local Motel 8. Breakfast always and 4ever! Amen." - Dave Kunst
“I get really inspired when I go to conventions, like Comic Con. I’m pretty new to them. Do those count? Massive gatherings of super passionate nerds who love stuff; love to create and consume and share. Good vibes. You can’t have a bad day when you see a bunch of people dressed up like Power Rangers! Some aspects could be better, but I always come out motivated to make more things and be a part of that community.” - Mike Bautista
“Every time I visit my local art store it’s an inspirational experience.”
“Probably Erika Records, a vinyl pressing plant in Buena Park, CA, where I’ve had records pressed. The walls of the sales area are covered in records they’ve made over the decades. You could find a Michael Jackson picture disc on the same wall as a Converge album. It’s the place where all of my favorite things come together: music, vinyl, art, and making things.”