Blipshift is a platform that brings high-quality, limited edition, auto-enthusiast focused shirts – designed by a worldwide illustrator community - to the masses. Each shirt is available for 48 hours before it is replaced and never to be printed again.
Since reaching out to Blipshift a few years ago, I have had over 50 illustrations produced (and still have 25 or so being prepared on the production line). The relationship has proven successful and resulted in a job offer being extended (sadly this didn’t go through due to limited H1-B visas).
I have been an auto-enthusiast for years, with my earliest memories being watching Top Gear on television with my dad every Sunday or sneaking in a copy of the latest CAR magazine when I was with my mum doing the weekly grocery shop.
Output mediumPrint (poster, apparel)
The kindship I feel with the automotive community is strong, and the vastness of it is impressive.
To make my voice heard in this community I like my illustrations to be a bit more left-field and one’s with that present a deeper meaning on secondary viewing. As a result my styles tend to revolve around minimalism, word play, genre cross-over, and pop-culture.
This is best highlighted by the amusing back-and-forth reaction between a couple of people, Austin and Jessica, on Blipshift’s announcement post for my “Featherweight Lotus” design:
My personal favourites are:
A Picasso style illustration of all the various Porsche 911 generations. Assembled together to form an abstract whole 911
A Paul Rand style pictogram, composed of the letter “G”, a cup of “tea”, and an “eye” to represent the Volkswagen Golf GTi
A word play illustration spelling out “light as a feather”, of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a car famed for its lightness. The feather is in the shape of a 911
A genre cross-over illustration of an audio cassette, made popular in the anime series Initial D and the protagonist’s Toyota AE86