“The creative adult is the child who survived.” I love that quote, it’s so incredibly true! I remember the days waking up early on Saturday morning and drawing Harlem Globetrotter cartoon characters with my mom. She knew I had a passion for being creative but wasn’t sure how far I could take it. Back then there weren’t too many options for professionals in the creative industry. Sure you could become anything between a charature artist at 6 Flags to a cartoonist at Disney, but that “in between” was so few and far between.
Now days, things have obviously evolved for the professionals in the creative industry. Not to say it’s easy to find work, but if you have your shit together, you certainly aren’t labeled as a “starving artist” anymore. We have options, options that not only help us pay the bills but also help business’ expand their market with branding and advertising. Long story short, I appreciate the (professional) creative adult. They survived the pressures of the “fall back on” career paths most of our college counselors whispered in our ears. “The creative adult is the child who survived.”
Meet Brandon Griswold.
After following his work for a few months, I finally got the courage to hit him up and request an invite to his studio. Brandon was raised to make stuff with his own two hands. As a full-time designer with Fossil, Brandon also runs Honeycomb Print Shop and specializes in letterpress prints with old heavy machinery, grease, and grit. His work is original and is made with hand carved blocks or handset with wood and lead type.
Good stuff Brandon, thanks for the invite!
Set & Stone
Roamers and Seekers. Set and Stone.
New Years Eve.
Wrapping up a few things before the New Year. Cheers to everyone in my circle, I appreciate your support and loyalty. Peace to you. Stay positive.
Spent a good part of my Christmas Eve talkin’ about toffee pop-up shops, Juicy J rap lyrics, Jewish camera salesmen and my official retirement from streetwear with WINWEL who’s fresh off the plane from NYC. His 2012 Holiday collection is probably the best collection I may have seen in about 5 years. From ANY brand. No bullshit.
As I wrap up 2012, I am happy to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with Crossfit Dallas Central’s, ACO. ACO (All Cities Open) is the largest annual, city wide Crossfit event in the South Central Region. Teaming up with Zulab and HTFU we decided to get an early jump on the branding process rather then waiting a week before like we did last year. Playing off the simple theme, Warpath, it was easy incorporate the Native American trend that’s widely seen in the streetwear culture now.
The most exciting part of the project was having the ability to do a fully customizable, limited edition-cut and sew, technical hoodie for all this years competitors. Preparing for production was so much more difficult then I expected, but the results made the process worth it.
Having done such a successful campaign, we are already preparing for the games in 2013…. No seriously we are.
Studio Stills – Chris Whitten Photography
Model – Andrew Key
Dallas is Dallas.
If you are anything like me then you absolutely HATE running. In fact you despise the thought of getting off your couch and running anywhere with no purpose at all. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the sport and usually find it fascinating from a spectators perspective, but you won’t catch me jogging around Whiterock Lake no matter how comfortable my Nike Frees are.
Recently, a good friend of mine Chris Stratton, started the WRRC (Whiterock Running CO-OP) and asked me to lend a hand with the branding. Being the nice guy that I am, naturally I said yes. Inspired by early 1970’s running, the main challenge was develop a look that didn’t look so “Runnerish.” We’ve all seen the local running shirts that have the super cheeseball, hand-drawn stick figure cartoon dudes with oversized shoes. Yuck, I am sick to death of seeing that stuff. Overall I am very happy with the results, especially since I despise running.
*Note – A couple weeks back the Dallas Marathon came storming down my block and I actually spotted several runners wearing the WRRC jerseys. Quite rewarding I must say.
Recently I had the opportunity to work with Roger Bakos of Relativity Outdoors for their very first private label apparel collection. Former manager of Urban Outfitters, Roger opened Relativity Outdoors 2 years ago with the idea to develop an outfitter of apparel and travel gear that meets at the crossroads of fashion and function.
The logo and finished product has a really nice, simple feel. Not so much of the, “Buy this, look at us” look that I’m use to seeing with private label apparel. The bodies as true black, but pairs well with the loud gradient colorway that I usually fall back on; yet a carefully considered nonchalant kinda appeal.
Relativity Outdoors has been a hidden gem of mine and I’ve personally found this project to be a highlight of my year.
Dallas is Dallas.
Today my friend Chris and I dropped by the new Aetherstream by Aether. I had recently heard about the brand but hadn’t yet had the chance to check out the product. Aether is a young, 3 year old performance sportswear brand with a refined modern aesthetic. Their products are designed to encourage their customer to go forth and explore no matter the terrain. From the city to the slopes and everywhere in between, Aether created the brand by utilizing technical fabrics in a more sophisticated form.
Being originally from Denver, I still have a hard time transitioning to my cold weather wardrobe when winter approaches. For instance, it was 75 degrees today but next week it’ll be 42. My biggest challenge lies in finding something that’s A) warm enough, B) not too heavy, C) durable and won’t fall apart & D) looks good and goes well with the rest of my clothes. Well after today I can confidently say I am looking forward to adding a few Aether pieces to my winter wardrobe. It’s seriously perfect for the Dallas winter weather woes. I am totally in love with their branding and overall aesthetic. The Aetherstream is located on the southwest side of the Preston Village Shopping Center and will be on location through the end of December. Ask for Sam, Sam is the man.