Friday, June 22, 2012

AW177 x New Era Introducing!

New Era Introducing is a global creative project showcasing unique talent from across the world. The project gives creative minds of tomorrow an opportunity to make their own statement using a blank New Era 59FIFTY as their canvas. Those judged to show the most unique display of self- expression will go on to form a touring gallery exhibition and be published in a limited edition New Era Introducing book.

So this is the 'platform' that has been stumping me that I need to customize next: a blank New Era cap for the New Era Introducing project ( I was lucky enough to be one of the 100 finalists chosen to advance to Phase 2 - custom a cap.

I can go in and do all this crazy stuff, but I'm just going to do what I do best and put some of my artwork on it and hope that it makes it into the top 80. Wish me luck! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

AW177 x Ghostface Killah: Wu-Tang Ice Cream Logos 2012!

I've been a big fan of Wu-Tang Clan since I bought a mix-tape on the street back in 1992(?) and it contained "Protect Ya Neck" and fell in love w/ the group ever since. Chinese kung-fu flicks and hip hop? Awesome.

Recently, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime - to try to redesign the Wu-Tang ice cream logo(s) for an updated 2012 look for Wu member Ghostface Killah.  In case you don't know the song (but how can you not???) "Ice Cream" by Wu-Tang Clan (actually it was on Raekwon's first solo album "Only Built for Cuban Linx" but you get the idea), go look it up on YouTube.  This is one of the finest Wu-Tang/hip hop songs in my opinion - I used to play this track over and over again (and still do).

Some of my concept sketches took a long time to come up with. And it's ironic that the one that I did up in 5 mins on my sketchbook at 1am in the morning was the one that ended up being picked by Ghost and his people.

The full line of logos are available: French Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Chocolate Deluxe, Caramel Sundae and now: Asian Persuasion! Go cop yours here to support Ghostface, Wu-Tang, and me!

Props to Ghostface for the opportunity!

Last note - it's funny sometimes, you lose one opportunity, another one that's even bigger and better comes along - but you have to look for it and push yourself to do the best you can, regardless of how you feel.

French Vanilla:

 French Vanilla (with French flag-was not used):

  Butter Pecan (Rican):

Butter Pecan (with Puerto Rico flag):

Chocolate Deluxe:

Caramel Sundae:

And now introducing: Asian Persuasion!