BEHIND THE SCENES ON DANILO CINTRA’S FIRST PRINT, LIBERTY SOUL!
Hi Danilo! How about a quick introduction?
I work as a graphic designer and when I am not working I usually go out with my wife, friends and family and drink a lot of beers. I like very much to travel, as well (beach, country, etc)…I was born to live in the nature…ha ha ha!!!
Congratulations on your first print, Liberty Soul! How did you celebrate your win?
Thank you again! I celebrated with my wife and my friends and we went out to drink in a bar. Can you believe that my brother-in-law got drunk and got naked in the the bar?? It was crazy, dude!
Do you have any plans with your winnings?
My plans are to pay my bills and to get better with my drawings.
What inspired this design? Do you have any ties to the Native American culture and community?
For this specific drawing, I wanted to show a little bit of Brazilian culture and the Native Americans - one of the most important things of our history.
Did you draw any inspiration from your home country, Brazil?
Not only things related to my country - I like to draw everything that inspire me (music, nature, people, etc).
Have you ever spotted any Threadless shirts in Brazil?
Yes, I have!
What do you hope people take away from this design?
Something about Brazilian culture and the natives around the country.
What’s your favorite type of environment to work in?
Listening to a good music (reggae!) in a quiet place.
Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
Yes, sure! Pretty soon!
Any last words or shout outs?
I am very happy to join to the Threadless family - that really inspired me to continue with my drawings and thanks for the opportunity!
Thanks Danilo! You can pick up Liberty Soul and a bunch of other fresh new designs today!
MEET JACK, THE FOUR-LEGGED ARTIST!
Terrence Nowlin’s artist-pup Jack is going to be the voice of a generation. Even if that voice happens to be a bark. Jack’s art knows no limit, as Jack was recently inspired to make a grand work of art from one of Terrence’s wingtip shoes (the left shoe to be exact). The frayed and tattered masterpiece could not go unnoticed by the world, so Terrence has put the shoe up for bidding on Ebay (there’s still time left). We sat down with Terrence and asked him a few questions about Jack’s unbounded creativity.
Tell us all about you and Jack. Where ya livin’? How old is Jack? What’s your day job? etc.
My name is Terrence Nowlin and I live in Alexandria, Virginia in the DC metro area. I am the marketing communications manager for a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, so I do my less colorful writing during the day. I adopted Jack a year ago next week from a kill shelter in rural Virginia after finding him on Petfinder. I thought his picture was cute, but he won me over with his sweet personality. I didn’t know when I adopted him that his time was almost up, so it was good that I had come along. He had been picked up as a stray and the shelter thought he was mostly border collie. A DNA test proved that he is half Dalmatian, which explains his mouthiness and high energy level. He is estimated to be about two years old, so hopefully some of this chewing/jumping craziness will calm down a bit soon.
Tell us about the first time you discovered Jack’s work of art.
It’s funny because I had totally stepped over the chewed shoe in my bedroom when I woke up that morning after he’d spent the night chewing on it and I didn’t even realize it. Only later that day did I stumble upon his creation. I was on the phone with my mom and just said “Oh my God.” My mom asked what was wrong and I told her that I couldn’t do it justice with a description, that I’d have to send her a photo. I think my astonishment was a good indicator of the reaction that people are having to the work. There is a small group of “truthers” who believe the shoe was fabricated and not chewed by a dog. Anyone who knows me knows that with my fondness for shoes, there is no way I’d lop off a Cole Haan for an experimental eBay listing. And anyone who knows Jack knows that he chews everything imaginable.
Before the shoe, what was the most artistic thing Jack has done?
He is absolutely obsessed with my socks. He will dig through my dirty laundry, picking out every single sock among the other clothes. And if there are no more socks there, and my sock drawer is open, he’ll take out every pair, and unfold them. He then places the socks around the apartment, somewhat strategically. He doesn’t chew on them—he only deposits them. The artistic part about this is that it seems that he is trying to decorate my condo with socks. This can be frustrating when trying to get dressed in the mornings because I will have to match pairs from around the house if he’s done his work the night before.
Why did you decide to sell the piece?
This was a very nice shoe that I had not owned for very long, so it seemed a shame that it would suddenly be trash. But beyond that, It was partially because I thought tearing off the toe of the shoe was too much of an accomplishment just to throw away. And it was partially because I saw an opportunity to give my friends a laugh. I made the listing interesting, put up some pretty pictures of the artwork and set a high opening bid price. Rather than just entertaining my friends, it seems that it was the formula for a viral listing.
What has Jack thought about all this press?
I tell Jack every night when I come home that he’s a famous dog. Really, he just wants me to take him for a walk and feed him. He’s just as well loved as he was before, so he really hasn’t seen any change in his daily life except for the one television interview that we did via Skype. It turns out that he’s a very restless interviewee. But Jack loves people, so if this gives him a chance to jump on more people and to lick a few more faces, he’s all for it.
Has all this fame gone to his head?
Certainly not. He is humbled by all of the attention the listing has received. He’s no Kanye.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked on eBay so far?
I’ve had a few odd things mentioned. The most memorable is someone asking if the other half of the shoe would be available for sale once Jack passed it. I had to turn him down as Jack had already rid himself of the missing half. Plus I was not going to mail dog poop. There has to be some postal regulation against that. I also had a guy who offered to exchange a recliner that his dog had chewed up for the shoe. He lives in California and said he would drive to meet me in Kansas to pick it up after assuming that I own a pickup because I live in Virginia. I neither own a pickup nor need a chewed up recliner.
At the time we ask this question, the price is at $378 with 17 bids and a little more than 5 hours left. Do you predict it will surpass $400?
I’ve had a lot of experience with eBay and I know that hot items don’t get furious bidding until the last few minutes or seconds. At the time I’m writing this, I’ve had more than 37,000 views and I’ve got 1,259 watchers, plus a story about the shoe spent two days in rotation as the eBay homepage header, so it meets the definition of hot. This shoe is going to far surpass $400. How much beyond that figure is debatable since I don’t know what kind of crazy is placing bids.
What do you think this says about art? Can people find art anywhere?
Art is anywhere. Like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. If legitimate artists can sell excrement as works of art, I can certainly sell a shoe that has been modified by an industrious canine. I mention in my listing that the work is meticulous. It really is. How a dog could make a cut that clean with his teeth is beyond me. So I think that skill plays as big a part in the creation of art as the design. Jack got both down pat with this shoe.
Thanks T! Any parting words?
I do want to mention that after bidding surpassed $300, I felt it was only right to add to the listing that I would be donating a portion of the winning bid to an animal rescue organization. I am a big advocate for adopting shelter animals rather than from breeders or pet stores. There are many great animals out there and it is my hope that I can prolong the lives of at least a few until they can be adopted.
MISSED THIS YEAR’S MEETUP? WATCH THE 2013 FAMILY REUNION ARTIST INTERVIEWS.
We had a great time at Threadless 2013’s Family Reunion! We were so honored to have 4 awesome members of the Threadless community come to Chicago to be interviewed. Get to know Nathan Pyle, Priscilla Wilson, Budi Satria Kwan and Jeremyville a little better.
Nathan hails from Ohio and now lives and works in New York City. In addition to art, he produces non-fiction television programs for a variety of networks. He has a degree in theology, loves taking photos, and he is free this Saturday if anyone is playing flag football in Central Park.
BUDI SATRIA KWAN
Budi Satria Kwan didn’t have a credit card when he discovered Threadless, so he submitted a design in hopes of being awarded a coupon. This was his introduction to Photoshop and the world of design. Budi lives in Makassar, Indonesia.
We brought Budi from Indonesia to Chicago to present him 2013’s Threadless Designer of the year Bestee! Check out his MADE shop to see some of his work.
When she isn’t organizing wine tour meet-ups across the California countryside or arranging artist E-chats across the world, Threadless Ambassador Priscilla Wilson is busy makin’ fancy schmancy wine labels for the vino you might be drinking right now.
MEET ARTIST DAN FAJARDO!
interview by Jeffreyg
Welcome, Dan! Thanks for taking the time to answer some interview questions!
First, how about an introduction of yourself!
My name’s Dan Elijah G. Fajardo aka dandingeroz and I am a full-time graphic artist currently based in Manila. I do a lot of t-shirt designs and illustrations in my free time.
When you’re not designing, what do you enjoy doing?
Playing with my dogs, doing household chores, and sleeping :D
How did you first find out about threadless?
My friend Song23 also submits design here told me EVERYTHING about Threadless!
Have your successes on threadless made an impact on your career as a graphic artist?
YES!!!!!!!!! Threadless helps me to grow as an artist everyday and I have found more clients because of you guys! Yey!
You are one of the many multi-printed artists that are based in the Philippines - is there a big art scene in the Philippines? Do you ever see any Threadless shirts walking around?
Wow! Feels great to be one of those amazing artists to be printed here at Threadless. There are so many great artists and designers here in the Philippines and I’m glad to be part of this industry. Threadless shirts can be seen anywhere - especially at art events in Manila.
That was my first print here at Threadless! I’m so happy to have a friend like Dzeri29 haha. I did the sketch and the first draft of our collaboration and Dzeri29 did the rest!!! Also big thanks to Andrew Mohacsy for the title “Daisy.”
What was like to get your first print on Threadless?
Man, to get my first print here was totally awesome! I remember I was screaming at the office when I got the “MimiMail” - it was so overwhelming!
Speaking of celebrating wins - what was it like to be the winning design of the Foster the People design challenge?
Winning the challenge was so great! My dream was fulfilled because there were so many great entries and it was nice for all my hard works to pay off! You can see on my process work here!
What’s your favorite medium to work with?
I start most of my pieces with pencil, then scan and color them on Photoshop.
Your Wildfur illustrations were a HUGE hit amongst the community and it seemed like a big style change for you - could you explain this project a little?
I can’t help but notice a recurring theme of cats in your designs (3 of which have been printed!) - any reason you love drawing cats so much?
I am so happy that Threadless loves my Cat designs. :D Cats are so POWERFUL! They are like humans and they are easy to draw. LOL.
Who or what are some of your inspirations when drawing?
I get my inspiration from books, photography, movies, lyrics of a song and more! In particular, I love the works of Pat Perry and Gemma Correll.
You and your wife are welcoming a son in a couple of weeks! First off, congrats! Second, have you filled his wardrobe with Threadless onesies yet?!
Yay! Thanks! Yes, I already bought two for him! I want to add more!
Any last words or shout outs?
HOY JEFF! :D Thanks for this interview! Threadless has helped me a lot! MORE POWER to you guys! ALWAYS MAKE GREAT TOGETHER!!! PLEASE COME TO MANILA! MABUHAY!