Hard to believe it’s been close to 5 years since bofagroup.com was designed. Keeping busy with other people’s projects does not leave me with much time to work on my own stuff.
So I’ve given the site and blog a slight revamp and finally have the online store up and running. More products to be added in the next couple of weeks.
For now, let me know what you think?
Thanks again to everyone who has visited the site, got some work from me or had a positive word to say regarding my work. It’s all very appreciated!
The Band Geek Mafia are a great ska/punk band from Germany and their record label, Long Beach Records Europe, asked me to do their latest EP cover work and promotional items to go along with it. Check out the band’s website at http://thebandgeekmafia.de.
There really is an abundance of great artists all over the world and the list could easily go into the hundreds.
But I thought it would be a great idea to update a list of 5 or so artists, whether it be designers, illustrators, painters or tattoo artists that really grab my attention every week.
So without further adue…here are 5 talented folks who I think deserve your attention this week:
Ghoulish Gary – If you’ve ever seen a copy of Rue-Morgue Magazine then you have seen Gary’s work. I am willing to say he is the modern day master of horror art, design and illustration. Follow him on twitter @GhoulishGary.
Etienne Harris – If you’re looking vintage inspired, hot roddin, rockabilly style illustration and design then Etienne is the man to see.
Wesley Van Eeden – Whether you agree with me or not, it is not easy to create a design or illustration that has a unique South African feel, and still make it look “cool”, modern and hip. Well, Wesley has definitely done it and has a unique style that fits his homeland perfectly.
Jason Adams – Apart from being one hell of a skater, Jason Adams has been putting out his own original brand of stencil art for a long time and does some great portraitures of iconic musicians and skaters. Follow him on twitter @kidadams.
Hope you get some inspiration and enjoyment from these 5 artists. Keep posted for more.
This past December I was house sitting for a great photographer friend of mine, Nick Hanekom (Check out his website HERE) and reading through some of his photography and snowboard magazines he had under the coffee table, when I came across an old (2006) issue of a South African magazine called BLUNT.
The last time I probably set eyes on this issue was most likely around when it came out in 2006. What makes this issue so great for me is that I was commissioned to do the illustration and design of the front cover.
What I had forgotten though, while paging through the issue, was the interview and feature done with me and my illustration and design. It’s funny to read something I answered so long ago and seeing where my head was back then.
It’s not very often I get to “blow my own horn”, and it’s always great to look back in the past every now and then to see where you’ve come from and hopefully, where you’re heading.
I have been a fan of Brixton and their classic, work-wear style of headwear and clothing for quite some time now and have followed their progression for a good couple of years.
They are not a massive brand with loads of product, but instead focus on fewer quality products, which I think is already one reason why they do so well and maintain their fanbase.
The second reason is the pure brilliant designs and branding they release. They have a unique and honest way of branding their products and design and this can be seen in the two examples below with the “Brixton & Fender” and the “Spitfire & Brixton” collaboration.
But my main point of this post is to show what a great job their design and marketing team do when they do release something new. Instead of just advertising the new product with an image, name and description, they put a short video clip together that really pulls you in and makes you want to have that item and be a part of that lifestyle. People are not only buying clothes or product cause they like the look of it (though it is a large percentage of it), but it is because they are buying into the lifestyle of the brand. Both these short videos below portray a lifestyle that most 9 to 5’ers dream of having, out on the road, skating, playing music , or whatever your passion is. The point is, these videos pull on your “heart-strings” which in turn get you closer to purchasing that product.
So next time you plan to launch a new product, or service, website or design, think about tying it in with a small video clip that portrays a desired lifestyle and one that will pull on those “heart-strings”.
Check out their website at www.brixton.com.
It has been a while since I’ve had chance to photograph anything and a couple of weeks back I was lucky enough to have attended a barbershop’s one year anniversary party with a great atmosphere, hot rods, bands and free booze.
I was able to grab some great shots of the day which have been published on the Toronto Rockabilly website (www.torontorockabilly.com) and will be published in a Canadian publication in the next couple of months.
So I thought I’d share some of the photos:
Had the opportunity to revamp the look, feel and corporate identity for Koffin Kitten Hair Accessories from logo design to the packaging, marketing material and the website.
A fun project that I thoroughly enjoyed and it was a challenge to keep the “psychobilly” feel of the brand alongside a girly and more rockabilly feel that would appeal to all the ladies with style out there!
The website (www.koffinkitten.co.za) and relaunch was only a couple of weeks ago and already the response has been great. A retail store catalog is the next project which will be out soon. Keep posted to the website/blog for the latest Breath Of Fresh Air news!