Some people know they were born for the art world at three years old, smothered in finger paints down to the diaper. Others don’t discover it until a chance college drawing class opens their eyes to majors way cooler than accounting. Regardless of how people realize their future as an artist, the stories are always interesting… and inspiring! Therefore we thought heck, let’s find out exactly when the talented designers behind next week’s new tees knew they’d become an artist someday! Check out their answers below, and don’t forget to shop their brand new tees next Monday!
"When I got my first print at Threadless. At my job before I made layouts for a local gift shop and restaurant, and when I got printed, everything just fell into place. Now I’m a freelancer doodling all day."
"At about 10 years old. All day long I would sit and draw the Simpsons. I was a real fan of them (and still am now). At that time, I decided to devote my life to drawing."
“When I was maybe 8 or 9, and would sneak out my father’s art materials from his locked drawer when he was away. Like a grown up artist, I made art while everybody else was fast asleep, staying up late until 3am. The following day, I would give away all the posters I made to my classmates for free. I just loved to make art. (Sorry dad!)”
“I think I knew that I’d become an artist ever since the first time I could hold a pencil. From kindergarten through college, I vandalized my books with doodles and drawings (and some sad, emo quotes but let’s not discuss that!).”
“My brother was huge fan of the band Queen, and in a book he owned it said that Freddie Mercury studied graphic design. I asked my school career advisor what it was and it seemed to link up with all the non-academic subjects that I wasn’t too bad at. I really didn’t know what I wanted to be before that, so thanks Freddie!”
“I’m an art director and designer, and I started illustrating in my spare time about six years ago. The moment I really thought I was an illustrator/artist was about a year ago when the band The National contacted me to design one of their tour t-shirts. It was a huge privilege for a fan of the band.”