Hors Série #1 Lowrider (Fribourg – CH) Janvier 2008
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#33 Mike Mills (Los Angeles – USA) September 2009
Mike Mills is the bass player of REM. Mike Mills is the Managing Principal of Mike Mills Wealth Management. Mike Mills is regarded as the “legend” in the world of Barbecue. Mike Mills is a designer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles.
#32 Flag (Zürich – CH) August 2009
Business as usual: getting to the office late, checking emails, drinking coffee with our neighbors, talking about jobs, taking care of business, working on the computer and drawing with pencils.
FLAG is a two-man design studio, Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard.
#31 Giom (Fribourg – CH) July 2009
Giom was born in 1987. He lives in Fribourg (CH) and studies Graphic design and Comics in Geneva. He is involved in loads of projects : wall paintings, flyers, posters, album covers and Comics fanzines. In addition, he has designed t-shirts for brands such as Lowrider and Prism, and has taken part in various shows.
He likes acrylic paint and silkscreen in particular.
He’s also part of FY (Forever Young), a collective of young designers, photographers and talented illustrators.
#29 Gorey (New York – USA) May 2009
Sebastien Gorey was born in Paris (France) in 1976. He currently lives in Brooklyn. He is regarded as one of the New York’s influential and viable designers today. Next to works in the streets and art galleries, Gorey has been making graffiti, illustrations and graphic designs for some of the most profound companies in street culture. Starting his career drawing as a child, it didn’t take long for him to realize that “walls were much more intriguing than paper”.
Gorey has been working for clients such as Zoo York, Upper Playground, Six Pack, and Think Differently Music.
#27 ill Studio (Paris – FR) March 2009
ill-Studio is a multidisciplinary studio of applied arts and design. Based in Paris, the group is made up of 10 specialists in graphic design, illustration, photography, typography, video and motion design.
The studio’s originality is to offer its members a working environment in which they can do their own thing or work together; it’s a melting pot in which influences coalesce to form a group identity.
ill-Studio is made up of Léonard Vernhet, Thomas Subreville, Nicolas Malinowsky, Thierry Audurand, Sébastien Michelini, Pierre Dixsaut, Harold Urcun, Artus de Lavilléon, David Luraschi and Fred Mortagne.
#26 Dan Has Potential (London – GB) February 2009
Who is he? Daniel Brereton. What does he do? Draws. Why? For personal reasons. How? With pens, felt tips, card, paint. Whereabouts? London, and anywhere else if given the chance. When? Most of the time. Who for? Bands, record companies, galleries, friends. What’s he like? He’s alright. Is that it? Yes, bye.
#25 Steve Powers (New York – USA) January 2009
Steve Powers (aka ESPO) was born and raised and Philadelphia, then moved to New York City in 1994. After stints as publisher of On the Go Magazine, author of the book The Art Of Getting Over, and full-time graffiti writer, Powers opened his studio in 1998. Since then he has shown at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The 49th Venice Biennale, The Luggage Store in San Francisco, and had his first museum solo show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2007. In 2003, he founded the Dreamland Artist Club and partnered with Creative Time to commission over 45 artists to paint signs and rides in Coney Island. Last summer he returned to Coney Island with Creative Time and opened The Waterboard Thrill Ride. As a 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Powers painted a love story in the streets of Dublin and Belfast.
#24 Lowrider (Fribourg – CH) December 2008
Serge has been screen-printing for T-shirt Monthly for 2 years now and we decided to invite him a second time, for X-Mas! Because one thing is pretty obvious, he is printing so many t-shirts that he will eventually get bored and move on to his creative dreams, like painting letters on billboards and working in New York within two years.
Though one thing is sure: he wants to keep his hands busy and dirty, and will always do it whole-heartedly for T-shirt Monthly.
#23 Deno Jr (Madrid – ES) November 2008
Licensed in Philosophy
Madrid Graffiti writer, painter and tattooist
#22 Miruki Tusko (Antwerp – BE) October 2008
Melting faces since 1987, here’s Yannick Val Gesto, aka Miruki Tusko, obliged by T-shirt Monthly to spam your eyesight with sadistic violence. He lives and studies in Antwerp. Famous for his colorful moistures and beloved labrador drawings, he helps the poor by donating his artwork to several galleries and collective books. He has been giving massages to lots of interesting people and collectives like Le Dernier Cri, Plintub, Gallery 85, LLCOOLJO, Dennis Tyfus, and Superbutton Records. He also makes music with his elbows and clothes with his girlfriend Shana Teugels.
#21 OBEY Giant (Santa Clara – USA) September 2008
“The OBEY campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. The first aim of Phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment. The OBEY campaign attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the campaign and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with OBEY propaganda provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. To catalyze a thoughtful dialogue deconstructing the process of image absorption is the ultimate goal. All in the name of fun and observation. The Medium is the Message.”
#20 Michel Fr (Fribourg – CH) August 2008
fribourg – carrot – january – cold – cardboard – chicken – country – 8 – cheese – bernardo – lust – sausage – cow – paprika potato chips – silkscreen – sex – cat – francis – fruit – sleeping – school – painting – mexico – anatomy – felt pen – bier – sunday – serge – brush – 5 – pig – LR – guitar – chili pepper – sun – eating – tattoo – bienne – working – tongue – funny – beard – goat – black – jesus – steak – back – story – beat – color.
#19 Körner Union (Lausanne – CH) July 2008
Körner Union was founded in 1999 by Sami Benhadj, Tarik Hayward and Guy Meldem. Körner Union is active in numerous different fields of art and design. Körner Union says : «gather everything, separate everything», and so does the cat with three tongues.
#18 Dan Funderburgh (New York – USA) June 2008
Dan Funderburgh is the son of two biologists and spent several of his formative years in the midwestern United States.
He now makes decorative art and wallpaper in Brooklyn.
#17 Bruno 9li (Sao Paulo – BR) May 2008
Bruno 9Li’s inspirations come from his search for life’s meaning through spirituality, alchemy and cultural symbolisms.
Influenced by hermeticism, occultism, spaceships, supernatural, chaos and myths, his drawings are practices of conscious expansion.
Bruno 9Li currently resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has showed his work (from drawings on paper to huge mural paintings) in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
#16 Ben Thé (Geneva – CH) April 2008
Born in France, studies in Geneva.
Skater and supporter of Antiz Skateboards from day one.
“Skateboarding is a street art, and maybe that’s why I started expressing myself through collages… Street art has a big influence on me, because it is accessible to everyone, everyone can see it and everyone can do it.
EVERYBODY NEEDS COLORS, and creativity colors my life.”
#15 Rise Above (Rome – IT) March 2008
Rise Above, named after a Black Flag song, is about: hand-drawing, black ink, rock music, skateboarding, childhood memories, pubs, vinyl records, friends, losing, laughing, old comics, TV shows, space landscapes, gigs, punks, black coffee, typography, paper, books, toys, psychedelia, monsters, feltpens, engravings, my messy room and more.
All this stuff is the illustrations side-project of Marcello Crescenzi, a 28-year-old graphic designer born, raised and based in Rome, Italy.
#14 b. (Athens – GR) February 2008
lives and works in Athens
architect/graphic designer/street artist
In a world full of corporate logos, religion symbols and team emblems, b. creates parasite brands, yellow and black mermaids, anchor-tattoos and oil-flags, symbols of his work, seen on the walls of the city.
#13 A E I O U / Dean Sullivan (Gainesville – USA) January 2008
I like like to draw. I’m learning.
#12 Jay Hillyer of the Chop Shop (New York – USA) December 2007
Jay Hillyer is an owner and artist at The Chop Shop, a t-shirt company based in New York City.
Being warm blooded Typophiles and Sci-Fi addicts, The Chop Shop crew is determined to nerd out a tee near you!
With shirts like these, who needs pants?
#11 Typographic Masonry (Amsterdam – NL) November 2007
TM = Richard Niessen & Esther de Vries are graphic designers based in Amsterdam, who share the interest in dense collaborations with clients or autonomous projects. They do not believe in just a representation, they always tend to produce ‘new’ works, making full use of the production process. In stead of one clear concept they seek durability through richness in layers. They like to emphasize the materiality and to avoid references: each work generates it’s own universe. Their most spectacular work so far is “TM-city,” an installation produced in 2007 for the Jesuit Chapel in Chaumont, France. “TM-city” is a modular exhibition of TM’s work in the shape of an urban landscape.
#10 Damien Correll (Brooklyn – USA) October 2007 [SOLD-OUT]
Damien Correll is a 25 year old designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. When he isn’t making drawings, tee shirts, type, record covers and zines he’s more than likely busy making drawings, tee shirts, type, record covers and zines.
#09 Drawing Plan (Fribourg – CH) September 2007
Growing up, his dream job was special effects for sci-fi feature movies. Devouring comics and magazines, he tried to create zombies masks with kitchen gloves and latex… It didn’t really work. At an age when teenagers waste their time trying to seduce the opposite sex, Patrick Magnin thought better of it. He put his thoughts on paper: sketching monsters, dragons and imaginary landscapes. His talent got him into art school and he ended up with a diploma in Graphic Design. Today at the age of 35, it’s under the name of Drawing Plan that Patrick – either on paper or on a computer – keeps exploring new territories.
#08 Stefan Marx (Hamburg – DE) August 2007
Drawer. Born in 79. Living in Hamburg. The first and the last thing in my day is drawing. I try to describe my world, my thoughts, my views on the real world with my drawings and paintings. Riding my skateboard changes my views. I love to publish small zines with my works and thoughts. This comes around with my love for sketchbooks, all things in books. I run a small label called THE LOUSY LIVINCOMPANY. Under this name I do my favorite t-shirt designs and produce them in small editions, so my friends can wear them too.
#07 dirtLab (Lourdes – FR) July 2007 [SOLD-OUT]
Behind this pseudonym hides one person: Fred Nicolau. This “35 years old teenager” based in Lourdes (France) evolves within graphic design, painting and drawing. He particularly likes the interaction that operates between his computer graphic compositions, his canvases and his paper creations. The word association “DIRTLAB” outlines two key aspects: “DIRT” reflects the asymmetric, imperfect and handmade side of his work, while “LAB” stands for the vectorial, clean and parallel side. Skateboarding, graffiti, toys, fashion, contemporary art or music are the most relevant roots of his inspiration. For him crossover is not a barrier, it makes his work more eclectic.
#06 Lowrider (Fribourg – CH) June 2007
Upon printing his first stickers at the tender age of 8, Serge Nidegger immediately knew he would make it his life. After learning the tricks of the trade the regular way, he becomes aware that the only way to keep on printing with passion is to launch his own company, Lowrider. Serge claims to belong to a tradition that goes back to the 60′ printers, and prefers to develop this old school technique rather than to go completely digital. To pull off the trickiest prints he would rather resort to masking film and his swivel knife skills than manipulate vectors with his computer mouse. This experimentation can also be found through Serge’s numerous collaborations with designers, film-makers, rock clubs, art galleries and festivals. He seizes such opportunities to try to push the envelope further. Screen-prints last forever, so let’s make’ em beautiful.
#05 Razauno (Brooklyn – USA) – May 2007
Born and raised in Caracas (Venezuela), Max Vogel a.k.a. Razauno uses experiences acquired from his growing process in a third world country as an influence in his work.
His style is also determined by Stevie Wonder music, seventies’ psychedelic, comics books, protest art and skateboarding culture.
Razauno is an active member of the AKA crew and 5Boro Projects.
#04 Cocobula (Bilbao – ES) April 2007
Fernando Elvira, born in the Basque Country (Spain).
College drop out (chemistry) to direct a skateboard magazine (TRES60SKATE).
Besides graphic design I also draw, paint, use video, photography and other mediums.
I have been arrested 2 times.
I have been in jail 1 time.
I went round the world in 2001.
In 2004 I was attacked by wasps and bitten by a dog on the same day (in Ecuador).
I have nothing against computers but all my graphic designs are made with scissors.
#03 Husk Mit Navn (Copenhagen – DK) March 2007
HuskMitNavn (RememberMyName) (1975)
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
HuskMitNavn has exhibited in various cities around Europe in both galleries, group exhibitions and on the streets and is represented in several museums and art collections.
#02 Grotesk (Brooklyn – USA) February 2007
Kimou Meyer aka Grotesk is a Swiss graphic designer based in Brooklyn since 1999.
He describes his work as a clash between his strict and minimal visual education, plastic bags flying in the New York sky, bodega store fronts, burnt cars, crooks, and hip-hop before 1994.
Specialized in streetwear, his work can be seen on the following brands: IRAK NY, The Hundreds, Alife, Sixpack, Goliath RF Harlem, 2K, Uniqlo, Upper Playground, Fifty24SF, Spike Lee, Staple, 5 Boro Skateboard, and many others.
Grotesk is the creative director of Zoo York Skateboard since 2005.
#01 +41 (Lausanne – CH) January 2007
+41 aims to put Swiss graphic design on the map. The collective explores new ways to combine easily wearable clothes and printed and embroidered visuals derived from their graphic worlds.
+41 was set up in October 2001 by Philippe Cuendet, Laurence Jaccottet and Ivan Liechti, three graduate students from Écal (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and all members of //DIY graphic agency (www.diy.li). The name +41 is a reference to the international dialing code of Switzerland in an attempt to establish a solid Swiss identity.
One way +41 increases its visual consistency is by controlling the entire creation process. They not only design the clothes, they also photograph the campaigns and create the visual promotions.
To this day, 4 collections have been released. +41 has also collaborated with brands like Nike, Etnies Plus, NSL, 242 and expanded its activities to music publishing via +41 records.