“Doing what you love is a fight – an ongoing battle against every influence that wants you to conform. There is no solace in the conformity, only a blurred view of what you set out to be. Spend your life creating something. Betray The Institution.”
This manifesto of mine adorns every package that ships out of Dark Collar Art Co. T-Shirts, Posters, Prints, etc — this is the best way I can assure you that what you’re getting is from me, and that you can get an idea of my general point-of-view. This manifesto is the easiest way for me to sum up who I am, and who I hope to stay. Continue reading →
As many can assume, I’ve been intending on putting out my own t-shirt lines for quite some time. After doing thousands of designs for bands, I’ve gotten quite antsy to roll out some labels of my own. Continue reading →
I’m not one to sulk, and I do my best to not be one to complain. I pride myself on pushing things forward, and convince myself, regularly, that my situation is ideal. There are a lot of mind tricks one must master in order to have success in self-employment, and I’ve employed plenty of them over the course of my career.
I first started getting paid regularly to design graphic tees for bands in 2002. This year marks a decade of doing this sort of work. Early on, I ran off the sheer excitement of what I was creating, and the quest to be able to create better and better work. Around every corner, there was excitement, and my eyes were continually opened to work that other designers were doing, that completely blew me away. I couldn’t get enough, and my bag of tricks was teeming with ideas that I had that I hadn’t yet worked into a project. Continue reading →
Another Weapons Of Mass Creation has come and gone, and this was, as we all expected, the best one yet. After having a table, and a small Q&A the first year, to being a featured designer again the second year, I am so grateful for the fest that I decided to be an official gold sponsor of the event this year.
My buddy Josh flew up from Memphis, and came along to Cleveland with me. We set up our monster-of-a-table in the iLTHY Workshop, and began seeing some old and new faces at Friday night’s mixer party.
While I’ve been a freelance designer for a long time, this is the first time I had any product to sell. It was overwhelming to see people appreciating the work in person, and telling me so. I was humbled and excited.
Highlights that pop to mind are getting to meet and have conversation with both Johnny Cupcakes, and Jacqui Oakley. There are just too many people to list, but I had some very great conversations with so many people. My throat has been sore all week.
I guess the concept that I’m taking away from WMC 2012 is the fact that this camaraderie in the design community is rare, and this is an opportunity to connect with a bunch of creatives that spend most of the year with their heads down, grinding out great work, but can get a change to converse with other creatives who actually know what each other is talking about.
The overall theme that I kept coming back to in most of my conversations was the idea that we have to work hard to make art our living. While the image of an artist tends to convey some hippy skipping through a field, the reality is that those of us who actually make our living with our art, love making that art so much that we fully immerse ourselves in it, working longer than the majority of nine-to-fivers. We have to fight to make this our living, and as someone who IS an artist for a living, I can say that it is SO worth the fight.
My man Kevin Maestros was clutch. He shot this quick recap video below for me. Check him out here.
I’ve been waiting a whole year to get back up to Cleveland for this years Weapons Of Mass Creation 3. WMC Fest is a rare chance for designers like myself to connect with other designers, and finally put faces to some of the names we hear in the design community. It’s going to be a great weekend. As a Gold Sponsor of WMC Fest this year, I’ll have a table set up with a bunch of stuff to sell. Posters, Mini Prints, Stickers, Buttons, and even the very first pressing of The Racing Machetes line of shirts. I cannot wait to see you all up there, and to talk shoppe with so many creatives.
Here’s thee first look at what I’ll be hauling up to Cleveland.
So we added a few little upgrades to the site, many have been going live during this past week. I want to thank the talented Ben Albaugh for developing out all of these new features, Ben is a web ninja, and I’m happy to have him on my team.
Please take a stroll around the site. New features include a client list, a revamped profile page, random work thumbnails on the main page (which allows some old work to step back into the spotlight), a dribbble module in the sidebar, a reworked twitter module, and a more stable server in general.
My name is Brandon. I'm a graphic artist. This site is full of samples of work that have been approved over the years, mostly graphic tees and logos, etc. You can read a little more about me on the profile page , see what I'm working on at Dribbble, and follow me on Twitter to keep up with daily happenings.