PRESENTING OUR TATTOO DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
Your body is many things: a vehicle, a sanctuary, and most importantly, a canvas! Wherever you get your tattoo on your body, it becomes part of who you are. Whether it’s the name of a loved one or your home team’s logo, tattoos are a way for people to take their art with them everywhere they go. Indonesian artist Bogie Budiyanto took the cake for our latest tattoo art design challenge with his intricate creation of intergalactic dragons. Keep reading to get to know Bogie and to pick up his new tee, “New Space Found”!
Congrats on your winning design, “New Space Found”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks! Hello, I’m Bogie. I love drawing, lettering, and coffee. I currently live in Bandung, one of the beautiful cities in Indonesia.
When you spotted our Tattoo challenge, why was it the perfect outlet for your type of artwork?
Tattoos are like expressive statements on yourself. I love the visual of the tattoo, and how people put them permanently on their body for a lifetime. Plus, I think my artwork style fit for this challenge. That’s why I submitted to the contest.
Do you have any tattoos yourself? If so, please tell us about them.
I don’t even have a tattoo myself. But making a tattoo of my first win here would be nice! :)
This challenge was fairly broad in its requirements. How did you land on a concept?
The first thing on my mind was if you want a tattoo, it should be something beautiful or meaningful in your life. Because you don’t want to regret your tattoo someday, right? So I tried the best that I could do to make something like that. Also, when I read the brief for the contest, which said to “think about the style and techniques of some of the most incredible tattoos you’ve ever seen and use those to get started,” I kept that advice in my framework and concept development!
Your design is incredibly detailed and involved! What all is happening within it?
Everything came very naturally. I just made sure the linework and color combination worked well, because a tattoo needs a clear line. I zoomed in and zoomed out a lot for the detailing, and refined, checked and rechecked, then repeated. Then I added more hatching, texturing and airbrushing. (That’s something new for me, and it’s fun!)
I understand “New Space Found” recalls both Japanese and Indonesian influence. In what ways did you represent these influences in the design?
There’s so many visual styles of tattoo, but Japanese tattoo style (Irezumi) is my favorite. They used tattoos for spiritual, shield, and decorative purpose. Also, I live in Indonesia, which has a lot of cultural influences, like a Batik for example. So, I added mythological things, like a dragon, tiger, and phoenix, as well as water and waves in the composition. All of those have meanings in which people believe. I wanted to build that spirit into my design.
What was your process for creating this design? Please feel free to share any WIP’s, if available!
It’s probably similar to what another artist would do. I start from a rough sketch with pencil on paper, and play with composition and content. After I think it’s enough, I scan it and make a better digital sketch, then refine the sketch again and again. Because for me, the sketching phase is important; the better the sketch, the easier it is to execute. In the beginning, I wanted to make something big - use all front area of tee for an oversized tattoo, like a whole body Irezumi tattoo. But I tried and the detail became too complex, so I decided to leave the ornament and another element. It’s a hard decision, when you must leave another element that you’ve working on. I have to remember, “maximal is not always optimal, and optimal must be maximal.” Then I used Illustrator to trace up the basic line work and block colors, then finalized it with Photoshop for final rendering to add more detail. Then I put it onto a model as real tattoo, and I thought, not bad! I’m satisfied. Here’s the whole process:
What makes the creation of tattoo art unique from other genres?
Like Mr. Ami James from Tattoodo said, “Designing tattoos is not like designing a website or painting a picture.” Maybe because it’s permanent, and there’s pain in the creation? I don’t know, I’m not the tattoo expert. :)
Why does “New Space Found” make for such an intriguing tattoo?
There’s always great content and meaning in tattoos. I have never seen a sci-fi themed tattoo, so that’s why I put astronauts into it. Maybe they are lost, until they arrive at the colorful mythological galaxy. And it’s a little ironic, when sci-fi meets mythology. And personally, I like colorful tattoos.
Any other shout-out’s?
Thank you to Threadless and Tattoodo for this contest and choosing my design as the winner. I’m super thrilled for my first print! And to the community for their positive feedback, support and votes, you guys rock! It’s much appreciated! Enjoy your creative process, keep making a great art, and cheers from Bandung!
MEET OUR COLLABORATION WINNERS!
Sometimes, it’s better to work as a team. Brotherly duo Francis and Laurence Minoza (AKA Nicebleed) already know that. So, when our Collaboration design challenge came about, they knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring Kyle Cobban (AKA CUBAN0) into the mix. Out of 198 design submissions, the trio’s design, “The Solution”, was chosen as our challenge winner! Check out their interview below, and don’t forget to head back to Threadless first thing tomorrow to pick up the tee!
Congrats on your winning design, “The Solution”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
KC: Thank you! My name is Kyle Cobban and I am from the south suburbs of Chicago. I am an elementary art teacher and when I am not in the classroom, you can find me drawing.
NB: Thanks! We are Nicebleed; we’re two brothers Francis Minoza and Laurence Minoza who live on a small island called Cebu Philippines.
How did you two decide to pair up for this challenge?
KC: I have always admired Nicebleed’s work. They do such an excellent job of creating designs that are beautiful and alluring. I am always excited for the next Nicebleed to show up in the Threadless voting. They were a no brainer for this design because of their ability to make big atmospheric designs which fit perfectly with this idea.
NB: We have always liked Kyle’s stuff. First, we dropped a message to Kyle’s Facebook inbox before the contest even launched. When you guys announced the Collaboration challenge, it was perfect and we were even more motivated to work together.
Once you found a partner, you could basically design anything you wanted for this challenge. How did you guys decide what to create?
KC: I had this design idea in the back of my mind for quite awhile, but I could never execute it the way I felt was appropriate. Once I hooked up with Nicebleed, I knew that this was the idea for us. I did the drawing and Nicebleed did the color and space elements. I couldn’t be happier with the final product.
NB: Initially, we didn’t have any themes or topics for the challenge. We just let Kyle draw what he wanted to create a starting point, then decided later where it would go.
What would you say your design represents?
KC: I think it represents all of the unanswered questions that we have. I have always been fascinated with space and the sheer size of our universe. It’s difficult to comprehend what lies outside of our tiny world and we tried capturing that in our design.
NB: It represents nature’s mysteries, how the universe works, and how humans are dealing with it.
Do you think the “solution” for life’s greatest mysteries lies amongst the sun and stars?
KC: Maybe. Maybe not. I do not know. That’s why I find the universe so interesting. There is so much to learn.
NB: The sun and stars are very powerful and we are dependent on their energy. Without them life like ours is impossible. If people share and harness their energy like plants, we would have abundant life.
Making a design as a duo is obviously much different from going solo. How did you two make it work, especially being across the world from one another?
KC: Working with Nicebleed was great. I knew that working with someone who is dedicated to their craft would not be a challenge at all. We remained in constant communication throughout the entire process. I made sure to show them my progress in small increments so I didn’t get too far ahead of myself. I also think we did a good job of giving each other positive criticism which kept the design on the right track.
NB: We collaborated with Kyle once a long time ago, so the process was not that new for us. We’ve also done lots of collaboration works for different artists. For this piece we let Kyle work on his stuff first without any limits. After that, we began adding bits of ideas and direction to the piece. Sending the file back and forth through emails and giving each others updates was very important.
Do you have any works in progress that you’d like to share and take us through?
Were there any points in the process where one of you wanted to go one way with the design, while the other had a different idea? If so, how did you find the middle ground?
KC: For me, no. I did not get that sense from Nicebleed, either. There were a couple speed bumps but we put our heads together and got it done.
NB: There were only minor turning points in terms of the direction of the piece. We decided to take out the face to add more mystery and Kyle was cool with it. Since we gave ourselves no limitations on where the design would go, finding a middle ground was not that hard and it developed naturally during the process.
Do you have any advice for others trying to work on a collaboration piece?
KC: There needs to be a give and take to get things right. You need to know going into the piece that there could be some creative disagreements. Don’t think that you can control the entire process and get the results you want. I think that one of the special parts of a true collaboration is sending it off and seeing what comes back. It’s like getting a gift in the mail; everyone loves that feeling.
NB: Be open to other’s ideas. You can learn different things by collaboration.
Any other shout-outs?
KC:Yes. To my friends who I spam regularly to vote for my designs. Thank you.
NB: Thanks, Threadless! Thanks to all the people who voted and commented on this piece! You guys are awesome!