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The world of Art

I had the pleasure of working with Art at a denim company where we pumped out graphics like there was no tomorrow. He was probably the only guy I knew that painted and had a passion for art other than myself. After we both left the company I’ve followed his work and have notice his gradual progression. This guy paints portraits and helmets for race car drivers, we are not talking about some no name drivers, we are talking about big time names here.

His style is very unique and I have to admit  he did have an influence in not only my own style, but also helped me develop the eye for graphics in fashion and in airbrushing .

He has done hundreds of helmets, hundreds of paintings, and it doesnt stop there.

 

Go check out his site.  www.artrotondo.com

 

So this past weekend I went to see the Green Hornet. Now you would think that a movie with Seth Rogan would just be a comedy that you might be able to just wait till it comes on DVD. But I beg to differ. I for a fact enjoy Seth Rogan movies. The guy is straight up funny. But what caught my eye with this movie is the artwork that was included. In one of the scenes they go through the Nato’s sketch book, and it had drawings of car designs that reminded me of Chip Foose, famous hot rod shop owner and automotive designer that you may recall from the show “Overhaulin”on TLC. Now these sketches may not be drawn by him but it sure did inspire me to write this post on him. Foose’s sketches are amazing as you can see in the pics. To me its his stlye and sketch lines that bring the drawing to life.

My cousin had bought a  replica of the one of his sketches….and by sketch i really mean a rough draft of some sort not fully colored, for 150$. I myself would grab it off google images and just print it, but…you gotta respect the artist right? lol

Go check him out at http://www.chipfoose.com

and definitely go check out Green Hornet.

BACK TO BASICS

I know all of you have notice that everyone in the tshirt business has been doing the oversize prints and have been killing it for the past year and a half. Affliction and  Ed Hardy I can say made this look popular.Now you have different brands knocking it off. WHY? Cus it sells so why not do what the big boys do, right?

Well Im here to tell you, that working in the fashion industry, alot of buyers and stores have been tired of this look and are looking for something new. The new upcoming look is now plain and simple. You will start seeing a lot of type based shirts this year and probably for the up coming seasons. Also to keep an eye on is the pixelated/digital look. Almost a mix between 80s video game effect mixed with fancy fonts. You will still have some type of image in the design but not as big.

Also what will play a big role is the color combination. I’m seeing a lot of yellow coming into play. Purples, but not the Royal purple thats been killed last year but a lighter purple. As usual your cool greys, and pastels will still be hot.

A great brand to keep an eye on and that is always on the ball with trends is Ralph Lauren & Hugo Boss.

If you are a designer like me, I always go through the pages of certain sites for design ideas (ideas, as in inspiration, never knock off another brands look. that will just make you a fake artist)

And for colors, here’s my secret: SNEAKER FREAKER MAG.

I would look at the up and coming shoes and see what colors they use and try to create a shirt that would match it.

Enjoy

Rakim Airbrush


This just finished. Actually its an old painting that i had to revamp. it stood 4 feet high at one point but then redid it and now its half. Is that allowed??

Imagine Da Vinci taking down the Mona Lisa and cropping it or adding something else to it…would it still be the same?

So maybe I went against the laws of art but I find that it looks much better. But isn’t art all about personal expression?

airbrush: 2 hours (intially)

revamp:1 hour

 

Let me know what you think of this?

 

 

This is just a small announcement. We will be having a a boxing week special, where you can get anything in the store for 2 for 40$ (includes: shirts with prints, long sleeve with prints, and selected airbrush prints. All other stuff can be negotiated at the store. So come on by!

This sale will end on the 2nd of January.

build a bear shirt of the week

Had a client request this for their build a bear. Pretty awesome.

posted on my trustworthy blackberry.

Starting this week we will be open from Wednesday (10-6), all the way to Sunday (9-5). For all you last minute shoppers I suggest you take advantage of this. haha. Keep in mind that we have a 2 for 1 airbrush special going on now, as well as a 2 for 40$ shirt and cap combo or 2 shirt combo.

And if you still don’t know where we are located, click on “contact us”. If you are not in the city, we do offer delivery.

 

 

Alright so its going down next week at Tapis Rouge located in downtown Montreal. Our goal for this event is to collect as much canned food for the less fortunate. We will be partnering up with Endigee Clothing and doing custom shirts on the spot. For only 10$, you will be able to get anything you want on a shirt. All profits from this will be donated to the SUN YOUTH FOUNDATION.

I’m a true believer in not only giving back to the community but also helping one another. There maybe times where you will struggle in life but there is always someone else who has it worst. And its a strong action when you help out someone even if you are dealing with your own problems. It not only bring great Karma but in a way cleanses the soul. And I wish that it wasn’t always around this time that people decide to “give”, it should be done all year ’round.

So swing on by Tapis Rouge next week and bring your canned goods or donation and have a good time with us. As mentioned on the flyer, there will be musical acts from the city’s finest, and music by some of Montreal’s top djs.

See you there

Cancer Stinks…

It sucks that to this day, there is still no cure for cancer. I myself know some who have survived it, and unfortunately some who haven’t. But if we come together and fight it, we will soon find a cure.

Today Mephitis Clothing, a Montreal based clothing line, has announced the launch of their special edition “Cancer Stinks” tee.

Within the next few days I should have more info as to how much these tees are going for, and which foundation they have chosen to donate money to.

I find it such a great, and genuine gesture for a company to take time and raise money for such a cause.

As Q-tip (tribe called quest) said, and I use this quote all the time, it should be mine lol, “PROGRESSIONS CAN’T BE MADE , IF WE’RE SEPARATE FOREVER”.

 

Stay tuned

Shirt of the week: Breath Habs

So for this weeks shirt of the week I designed this new piece. For all you Montreal Habs lover, this shirt is for you.

To be honest with you, if you dont feel the Habs you can always customize the artwork and i can put your favorite team in there, but I gotta support my city’s team.

available for both men and women in all sizes . even for the young ones.

Price: shirt 20$, long sleeve 25$

enjoy