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Ink N Iron Presents | The Inaugural ‘Art Gathering LA’ | June 11-14

Jun

05

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Art Gathering LA

Art Gathering LA is the newest and brightest addition to the Ink n Iron Experience. Curated by the World Renowned Artist and Cultural Icon Kelly “RISK” Graval. This exhibit will include the addition of Art Galleries such as La Luz De Jesus, P32 and Buckshot showcasing some of today’s most compelling artists’ works.

We have installed a 110ft. hard wall along the wharf ending at both sides of the main music stage. Come see the finished work of Bates from Copenhagen, Bmike from New Orleans, Marcel, Sonny Boy, Abel, and Risk from LA. When complete it should appear, from a near distant perspective, that the lower portion of the Queen Mary’s hull has been “Tagged”. Returning again this year is the ‘Kulture Klash Art Show’ curated by Sullen Art Collective with La Luz De Jesus joining them in the Grand Salon Ballroom Gallery. Up on the Promenade Deck mid-ship is where you will find the P32 Gallery and Buckshot Prints Gallery. Buckshot Gallery will be showcasing works from the above listed wall artists.

In conjunction with this installation; RISK will be hosting and showcasing exclusive pieces from his personal collection as well featuring pieces by Sarah Sandin, Chris Justice and Howie. There will be artists signings taking place over the 3 days of Art Gathering LA  in the RISK Gallery along with other unique art activations.

We hope to see you all next week at Ink n Iron Festival. For ticket & admission information visit their website at www.ink-n-iron.com 

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Sullen Artist Jacob Doney | Exclusive Interview | Left Coast & Anchors Away

May

20

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Sullen Artist, Shop Owner & Traditional Style Tattooer Jacob Doney (@JacobDoneyTattoo) has been on fire these past few years. With the opening of his new shop Envision Tattoo in Grand Terrace, CA. and his TWO (that’s right two) current designs with Sullen Clothing... this dude has been BUSY. None-the-less we got lucky enough to convince Jacob to answer some questions about his two designs for our Summer 2015 Collection, ‘Left Coast‘ & ‘Anchors Away‘ (currently available at SullenClothing.Com/Store).

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Sullen: Where did inspiration come from for your new designs ‘Anchors Away‘ & ‘Left Coast‘?

Jacob: Both of these designs were originally influenced by tattoos. Both Nautical & California theme tattoos are very popular. I figured it would make sense to draw a popularly requested design to go on a shirt. Since Sullen is California based it also made sense to use a bear. Skulls are often seen in tattoos so I incorporated that into an anchor design, and you can never go wrong with adding a few roses- just like with tattooing.

Sullen: What about these designs are you most proud of?

Jacob: My favorite aspects of both pieces is the fact that I feel they showcase the type of art I like to draw and tattoo the most. Since Sullen is sold all over and showcases our artwork, it helps us (as artists) share the styles we enjoy most with a lot of the world. For a tattooer like myself, I know that when people see my shirt designs they’ll get a feel for what I like to tattoo. I think most Artists who create for Sullen are grateful to do art for the company because Sullen helps get our art out there. They get us exposure that we might not have been able to get on our own.

Sullen: What did you struggle with most when creating these designs?

Jacob: Figuring out a good layout is always the hardest part. Second, trying to make the piece look complete and visually appealing without making the tee look cluttered. Once the concept is complete I try to decide on what medium will work best for the piece. I try to change it up as well so not going the same thing over and over is tricky.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & The Sullen Art Collective

Jacob: Before I did my first design for Sullen I knew that they had incredible and well known artists producing art for them… So my initial thought was, “Why do they want work from me?” I was too excited to overthink it so I said yes and started drawing right away.  The idea of having my art next to people I respected as an artist was an exciting thing. Anytime I would go to Sullen HQ everyone was always friendly and I always felt welcomed. There never seemed to be any different treatment based on status. Another cool thing is that there is such a good variety of art types coming out of Sullen. Even when some of my submissions weren’t used, I respected that Ryan (Smith, Co-Owner & Creative Director at Sullen) was straight forward and honest when it came to approving my art. His approach helped me to improve in areas I was lacking when it came to designing art for a shirt. I feel like the reason the quality of art is always top notch is because of his vision and knowing what art works for clothing and what doesn’t. For that I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue to make art for the company.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Jacob: I’m looking forward to making my business grow and progressing with my art and tattooing. The competition in this industry is only getting better which means I need to work harder then the next guy. Tattooing never gets old for me because of my passion to draw, so I hope that never changes. I hope to make more designs for Sullen and hope to see progression in my future designs compared to my old ones. The more Sullen grows, the better a chance I have at getting to produce more designs and gain more exposure as a tattooer. I hope to continue to gain exposure for my works throughout the world. Overall I’m just excited to keep making art and looking forward to any new doors that may open up for me.

Thank you Jacob for recognizing what Sullen Clothing has and always will provide for the Tattoo Community, for your kind words about Co-Owner Ryan Smith (@ColorCrimes), & for dedicating your time to produce two awesome designs for our Summer 2015 Collection.

 

To purchase either of Jacob’s Tees,

Left Coast‘ or ‘Anchors Away‘ visit

SullenClothing.Com or a Sullen Retailer near you.

Retailers carrying ‘Left Coast‘ &/or ‘Anchors Away‘ include:

Black Flys (Australia) http://www.blackflys.com.au/

Red Lion (Columbia)

Nk Supplies (Greece) http://www.e-tattoo.gr/

Perfect Image (Canada) http://www.perfectimage.ca/

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Sullen Artist Kane Kokaris | Exclusive Interview | ‘Kokaris’ Design

May

12

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If we know anything about Artist Kane Kokaris, it’s that he loves to use wildlife as inspiration for his beautiful works. So when he came to us with the back story for his latest design with Sullen Clothing, we were surprised to hear that a conversation with Co-Owner Ryan Smith was the main inspiration for Kane’s design. Obviously, Smith is far from a creature of the wild; but he was certainly humbled to be the spark behind Kane’sKokaris‘ design (now available at SullenClothing.Com).
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Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Kokaris’?

Kane: My inspiration for this design stemmed from a conversation I had with Ryan Smith

Sullen: What about this design are you most proud of?

Kane: The bone textures. I sat down with no reference and just let the paint flow.

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Kane: The composition. Making it ‘shirt’ friendly, as I have not designed one before.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Kane: My experience with Sullen has been a great one. Super cool people. Inspiring and helpful. I hope to some day create for them again.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

Kane: I’m looking forward to working hard this year. I plan to create some large scale paintings and continue to learn.

Progress shot of the ‘Kokaris‘ design being created:

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To purchase one of Kane’s ‘Kokaris’ Tees

visit SullenClothing.Com or a retailer near you.

Retailers carrying ‘Kokaris’ include:

Black Flys (Australia) http://www.blackflys.com.au/

Altered Ego Clothing (Maryland, USA) http://Alteredegoclothing.net

Red Lion (Columbia)

(please call shop for product availability)

Sullen Artist Jamie Kerr | Exclusive Interview | ‘Clown Badge’ Design

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Artist Jamie Kerr is a man of many talents. He specializes in portraits, murals and airbrushing. On top of that Jamie is currently undergoing an apprenticeship with Sullen Artist Jak Connolly in the United Kingdom. As busy as he may be, Jamie still found time to put in work on his latest design with us, ‘Clown Badge‘ (now available at SullenClothing.Com).

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As it is for most artists, each piece of artwork they create typically has a story behind it; and we were lucky enough for Jamie to share his inspiration behind his latest ‘Clown Badge‘ design. Here’s what he had to say:

SullenWhere did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Clown Badge’?

Jamie: I wanted to come up with a design that represented my love for art, as its become my full time job within the past few years. I also wanted it to have a lowrider/chicano feel to it since I’m really inspired by that style art. This piece was originally a tattoo design idea that I had been playing with for a while.

SullenWhat about this design are you most proud of?

Jamie: I’m especially happy with the texture that runs through the background. Also, I’m a big fan of contrast. I think it’s so important to always try and have a good balance in every piece of art I create.

SullenWhat did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Jamie: Probably the biggest struggle I had was tying all the elements together for them to work well.

SullenTell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Jamie: It was an honor when Ryan Smith commented on this design on Instagram saying that it would make a good tee. I still can’t believe my design is now on a Sullen tee. I feel very privileged, especially as I wasn’t a tattoo artist yet when I created this design. I think what’s special about Sullen is that the experience between the company and the artists is very positive. And all the artists want to be creating their best work for Sullen. Ryan and Jeremy are overall really cool guys.

SullenWhat are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?

Jamie: 2015 is going to be really exciting for me! I’ve just started a tattoo apprenticeship under the very talented Jak Connolly. Jak couldn’t believe on my first day when I told him I had a Sullen tee coming out. Especially since he is a Sullen Artist. I’m really looking forward to the moment I see someone wearing my design, that will be awesome!

Thank you Jamie for taking some to share your insight on the ‘Clown Badge‘ design and for your constant support of Sullen Clothing.

To purchase one of Jamie Kerr’s

Clown Badge’ Tees

visit SullenClothing.Com or an

Authorized Sullen Clothing Retailer near you.

Retailers carrying the ‘Clown Badge’ Tee include:

Black Steel (Elda Alicante, Spain) www.sullen.es

Aztlan Gallery (Palm Dessert, California) www.aztlangallery.com

Black Flys Australia (Australia) http://www.blackflys.com.au/

Altered Ego Clothing (Maryland, USA) http://Alteredegoclothing.net

(please contact shop for product availability)

Exclusive Interview | Sullen Artist Kirt Silver | ‘Kirt Silver’ Design

Apr

28

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Kirt Silver is an award winning Sullen Art Collective artist that is constantly hosting seminars to share his knowledge of art & tattooing with other artists. Taking a look at the progress shots included below, it’s not hard to see why Kirt’s work is favored so highly across the globe. His keen eye for color and grey tones doesn’t go unnoticed in his new Spring 2015 Artist Collection design, the ‘Kirt Silver‘.

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We were eager to hear where the inspiration came from for Kirt’s design, and were surprised to find out it was the complete opposite of the dark vision we expected…

Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Kirt Silver’?

Kirt: My inspiration for this design comes from real life battles that we all deal with. It represents an idea that if you can find light (faith, hope, joy, love, etc.) even during the dark times in life, that you can overcome all things.

Sullen: What about this design are you most proud of?

Kirt: I am very proud of the fact that this design will be shared and worn among so many other collectors, artists & tattoo enthusiasts!

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Kirt: I was fairly new to creating art in a digital form when I started this piece. So, I challenged myself to learn how to paint this piece using my iPad and an App called ‘Pro Create’. It was certainly a learning curve, but a fun one at that!

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Kirt: It’s a true honor to work with Sullen Clothing. They genuinely respect art and the culture in which it breeds. I’m humbled and inspired to be part of the amazing Sullen Family.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Kirt: I’m always looking to push my tattooing and painting skills further. I look forward to visiting and guest spotting with my friend and talented tattoo artist, Timmy B. I also can’t wait for my Sullen brother, Roman Abrego, to visit and guest spot here with me in Canada later this year. I’m also always releasing new projects through my Instagram account, @SilverCity.

It’s been a great experiencing to work with Kirt again on this latest design. We appreciate everything Kirt does to help take the tattoo industry to the next level, while remaining humble enough to share his talents with other eager artists. Thank you Kirt!.

Check out the process of making the ‘Kirt Silver‘ come to life, straight off the iPad they were created on:

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To purchase one of Kirt Silver’s

‘Kirt Silver’ Tees

visit SullenClothing.Com or an

Authorized Sullen Clothing Retailer near you.

Retailers carrying the ‘Kirt Silver Badge’ include:

Black Steel (Elda Alicante, Spain) www.sullen.es

Primal Attitude (Stouffville ON, Canada) www.primalattitude.com

Momento Mori Studios (Abbotsford BC, Canada)

Aztlan Gallery (Palm Dessert, California) www.aztlangallery.com

Stellar Gear (Saskatoon, Canada) www.facebook.com/stellargear?ref=ts

(please contact shop for product availability)

Exclusive Interview | Sullen Artist Luke Atay | ‘Pele Wakes’ Design

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It’s that time of the season! Delivery three of our Spring 2015 Artist Collection is finally upon us, and it brings nothing with it but extreme talent and more incredible artist designs. Today we get to focus on a gentleman who specializes in illustration and graphic design, Artist Luke Atay. Luke’s style differs from that traditional tattoo art we know so well, and it brings a beautiful new Hawaiian perspective to the Spring 2015 Artist Collection.

We were thrilled when Luke sent over a plethora of information about the new ‘Pele Wakes‘ design (currently available at www.SullenClothing.Com/Store). We had been wondering what the story was behind the name ‘Pele Wakes’, and now you’ll know too…

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Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Pele Wakes’?

Luke: Hawai’i is a unique place because it boasts a vibrant collection of mythology and folklore unlike anywhere else in the world. There is a chant that speaks of as many as “four thousand gods” to the Hawaiian people, and you can feel the MANA (power) of the AKUA (main gods), KUPUA (lesser gods), and AUMAKUA (gaurdians) by simply living here everyday. There are gods of fire, nature, dance, fishing, and war. There are even four goddesses of the snow!

My story, “Pele Wakes” comes from around the late 1700s to early 1800s when the missionaries tried to bury the old gods by banning the ancient practices of hula, chant, and ceremony. I imagined that, as hard as they tried, the Goddess Pele was as difficult to contain as the elements she represented: fire, lightning and wind. Perhaps they sealed her up, and tried to hide her somewhere in the jungle, where they assumed she would be forgotten…

We have to remember that time means nothing to immortals. I don’t believe the gods and goddesses left when the missionaries came. They only slept for a couple of centuries… And now they’re waking up!

Sullen: What about this design are you most proud of?

Luke: I hope to add to the stories and culture that I love so much here. If this design can have a positive impact on current story collectors, and inspire a new audience to read up and experience the real magic of Hawai’i (other than the tourist trap of Dizzney’s “WaikikiLand”), then I’ll be stoked!

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Luke: Pele is character of contrasts: loving/spiteful, powerful/vulnerable, immovable/unstoppable, etc. The piece itself needed to show the weight of heavy impenetrable cold stone about to be shattered by unquenchable molten rock. More contradictions. Keeping this idea of opposing elements in mind, it was challenge to put smooth next to sharp, hot with cold, and order bordering on chaos. Hopefully you want to touch her, even though you’ll lose your hand…not that I’d know anything about that *cough*!

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Luke: Sullen has been endlessly supportive of my work from day one. I have never felt as though I’ve worked FOR Sullen as much as WITH them. Big difference in the illustration world. They give opportunities to those who are willing to work for it, period. It’s not about social media followers, or how many people you can hustle to buy merchandise, Sullen is in it for the art. In my opinion, the reason they have so many loyal supporters is that they are fiercely loyal to US, the artists and the people that support them. It is humbling and inspiring to know they are watching my work grow.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most this upcoming year?

Luke: Well…I work 3 jobs and see very little of the Hawaiian sun. My goal this year is to turn all of those jobs into one career, so I can smoke a cigar and fish from my kayak at least twice a week. I suppose some people have loftier goals, like being CEO’s and owning a couple of legal dump-trucks with rims; but really, nothing beats sleeping on the ocean. Nothing.

To say we’re humbled by the kind words Luke has mentioned above would be a complete understatement. We love nothing more than to watch our artist’s work get the exposure and credit it truly deserves. If it wasn’t for the many talented artist such as Luke that create these phenomenal designs, our Collective would never be as strong as it is today. #TogetherWeRise

Thank you again to Luke for taking the time out of his 3 jobs and sacrificing a solid nights sleep on the beach to partake in our Artist Interviews and of course for creating the ‘Pele Wakes’ design. Mahalo Luke!

Here are some of the rad progress shots Luke sent over for your viewing pleasure:

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To purchase one of Luke Atay’s ‘Pele Wakes’ Tees

visit SullenClothing.Com or an

Authorized Sullen Clothing Retailer near you.

Retailers carrying ‘Pele Wakes’ include:

Tattoo Crossover (La Reid, Belgium) www.facebook.com/tattoocrossover

Catalyst Arts Collective (Independence, Missouri) www.catalysttattoos.com

Aztlan Gallery (Palm Dessert, California) www.aztlangallery.com

Stellar Gear (Saskatoon, Canada) www.facebook.com/stellargear?ref=ts

(please contact shop for product availability)

Sullen Artist Alessandro Modesti | ‘Modesti Badge’ | Spring 2015

Mar

19

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Alessandro Modesti is one of Sullen Clothing‘s extended family members, based all the way over in Civitavecchia, Italy  (we’re still working on figuring out this pronunciation). He currently works out of Family Affair Tattoo Studio and continues to paint when he can find time away from tattooing. Alessandro claims himself as a ‘realism addict’ and you can tell this to be the case through his various tattoos and paintings.

One of Alessandro‘s Sullen Badge designs popped up on Sullen Owner’s Jeremy Hanna & Ryan Smith’s radar and they both knew it would make a killer design for a tee. After everything was finalized they made the decision to launch Alessandro’s ‘Modesti Badge’ as part of our Spring 2015 collection.

When we sat down to talk with Alessandro about his design and experience working with Sullen Clothing, here’s what he had to say.

Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Modesti Badge’?

Alessandro: Realism is the style I like most, so I’ve tried to rearrange the Sullen Logo in a realistic key. I also wanted to add in some elements that characterize my personal style, including: barbed wire, blood, and tears. Each of these elements often appear on my paintings, if not just one then a few together.

Sullen: What about this design are you most proud of?

Alessandro: I’m very self critical of my own work and once I look back on something I’ve completed, I still always doubt the results of my work. The first time I saw my original work on a Sullen tee I received a lot of positive feedback from many people. Hearing their feedback helped change my mind about this piece and my work overall. I’m really satisfied with my job now.

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Alessandro: Creating a strong visual impact is sometimes hard for me. That and trying to avoid making a mess and keeping my composition clean are usually the most difficult for me.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Alessandro: My relationship with Sullen Clothing actually started on Instagram after I saw Sullen Clothing post a few of my paintings. After that Jeremy and Ryan contacted me asking for my permission to use one of my paintings as a design for a Sullen Badge Tee for their Spring 2015 Collection. Of course I said yes! Since then I’ve designed one other shirt for Sullen Clothing called, ‘Octoskull’. What can I say, it’s an honor for me as a self-taught artist to be accepted into the Sullen Family, who’s made up of the best painters and tattoo artists across the world.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Alessandro: First of all I hope to keep collaborating with Sullen Clothing throughout this year. I would like to thank Jeremy and Ryan from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity they’ve given me. I also started tattooing at Family Affair Tattoo Studio a few months ago under my brothers guidance. Thank you GianLuca for your daily and continued support. I hope to get a chance to meet and collaborate with some of the artists that have inspired my works. Other than that I just want to try and get better every day.

We look forward to seeing Alessandro‘s future works as he progresses as an artist, and hope that he will continue to create badass designs for us for many seasons to come. Thank you Alessandro for the art you’ve allowed us work with thus far, and for being a part of the Sullen Family.

We hope you all enjoy these progress shots of Alessandro’s creative process for his design, ‘Modesti Badge’

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To purchase one of Alessandro Modesti’s ‘Modesti Badge’ Tees

visit an Authorized Sullen Clothing Retailer near you.

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Black Flys Australia (Australia) http://www.blackflys.com.au

Black Steel (Elda Alicante, Spain) http://www.sullen.es

Dirty Jerz (Stockholm, Sweden)

EMP Merchandising (Lingen EMS, Germany) http://www.emp.de

Ghetto Blasters (Mexico) http://www.ghettoblastersshop.com

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Sullen Artist Juan Garcia | Exclusive ‘Diamonds & Stones’ Interview

Mar

16

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Juan Garcia is a Tattoo Artist & Shop Owner at Art of War Tattoo Parlor located in Moreno Valley, CA. Juan has been tattooing professionally for the past eight years. His career originally started when he was living down in Mexico City for some time until about five years ago when he made the decision to move up to California full time. Since then, he’s been steady working & building his portfolio.

Juan’s FIRST design with Sullen Clothing, Diamonds & Stones, is a design unlike anything we’ve had before. When we had a chance to talk with Juan about the inspiration behind this design, he helped put his unique style into perspective for us.

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Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Diamond and Stones’?

Juan: At the time of this design I was focused on studying skulls. I usually pick one subject matter I would like to improve on and sketch or draw different versions. This way I’m able to enhance my style or develop my own way of attacking the subject matter. In this case it was skulls, and of course everyone loves skulls. I decided to put a classic yet classy twist to this design. I figured what better way to represent this than a Top Hat?! I added the brushes instead of the classic crossbones to keep in line with the ‘art-driven’ theme. The quote ‘Some days are Diamonds, and other days are Stones’ was also added to the final print. And all that helped create my final piece.

Sullen: What about this design are you most proud of?

Juan: Simple! Sullen decided it was good enough for one of their collections! Enough said!

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Juan: I think my only struggle was to not go WAY over the top with this design. Us artists know that we often and easily get carried away and just do too much! (I’m super guilty of that). Some designs are meant for canvas and others for body art. In this case it was designed for a t-shirt, and I tried my best to make the design accordingly.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Juan: I’m new with Sullen, this is actually my first design with them, but doing a shirt with them has been on my goal list for a while! I’ve always admired the supportiveness of the company to their artists and how important Sullen is within the tattoo industry. From getting artists recognized to giving back to the community, Sullen and the Sullen Art Collective are true assets to what professional tattooing has developed into and where it’s going. To be a part of that makes me VERY proud!

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Juan: In 2015 I’m looking forward to just enjoying my career and creating better pieces of art. These past few years I’ve been tattooing almost every day and working long hours. We all strive for success and work towards it daily so to be walking down the street and see my design on a Sullen shirt someone else is wearing is the biggest reminder that my efforts are paying off. At the end of the day all I’ve wanted to do is tattoo, and I truly love what I do. For this I’d like to thank Sullen Clothing for recognizing and accepting me into such an important movement.

A special thanks to Juan for setting some time aside out of his busy schedule to answer our questions and most importantly, for designing the new ‘Diamonds & Stones’ Tee. We look forward to working with you again soon Juan!

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To purchase one of  Juan Garcia’s ‘Diamonds & Stones’ Tees

visit SullenClothing.Com/Store/Tees

or a retailer near you.

Retailers carrying ‘Diamonds & Stones’ include:

Synik Clothing (Red Deer AB Canada) http://www.synikclothing.com/

Primal Attitude (Stouffville ON Canada) http://www.primalattitude.com

Black Flys (Australia) http://www.blackflys.com.au

Aztlan Gallery (Palm Desert, CA) https://www.aztlangallery.com

Black Steel (Spain) http://www.sullen.es

(please contact shop for product availability)

Sullen Artist Interview | David Garcia | ‘Love Affair’ & ‘Muerta Rose’

Mar

12

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It’s pretty unreal to think that David Garcia has only been tattooing professionally since 2012. Guys… that’s less than three damn years. But in this short amount of time, David’s art has captured the attention of artists & collectors across the globe. He is currently an illustrator and tattooer out of TattooArtGallery in Tenerife, Spain.

To say that we’re humbled to have had the opportunity to work with David on not one BUT two designs, ‘Love Affair & ‘Muerta Rose‘, for our Spring 2015 collection might be an understatement. These might not even be the only two we have, just the two that are currently available!

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Although we wish we’d had the opportunity to sit down with David face to face, we were privileged enough to pluck his brain just a little bit about ‘Love Affair‘ & ‘Muerta Rose‘.

Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new designs ‘Love Affair‘ & ‘Muerta Rose’?

David: The two designs were made for clients at my tattoo studio, TattooArtGallery in Spain. At that time I likes having references of many photographs, magazines, and models. Both of these designs were created last year. I like the originality and always wanted to have a unique style.

Sullen: What about these designs are you most proud of?

David: If you’re referring to all of my designs with Sullen Clothing, I’d say I’m most proud overall of the Natural Beauty design. This design was also originally done as a tattoo. I loved the end result of the tattoo and the shirt. It was one of the most difficult designs I had done at the time.

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

David: The most hard to draw are always the hands and proportioning them to the rest of the body, so I decided to use a reference of hands. All of my designs start from my own photographs or sketches. I usually like to use my wife for reference photographs.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

David: I’m very proud to work with Sullen Clothing. They highly value my work, and it helps me get better every day. It’s a privilege to be part of the Sullen Family.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

David: I’m an illustrator and a publicist. I’m researching for designs that will create a better finish on the fabric Sullen uses for their merchandise. I want the design to be more attractive to Sullen’s customers. In the future I’d like to make exclusive designs for Sullen. Unique designs created specifically for clothing that haven’t been published as tattoos first. I’m also planning a trip to California in June to guest spot in a tattoo studio and participate in a convention. I’m very grateful to Ryan Smith for giving me the opportunity to work with SullenClothing.

Hearing that David is interested in designing exclusively for Sullen was extremely humbling for everyone here at Sullen, especially for our Co-Owner and Art Director Ryan Smith

David was awesome enough to send us a progress shot of him originally creating the Muerta Rose design.

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To purchase one of  David Garcia’s

‘Love Affair’ or ‘Muerta Rose’ Tees visit

SullenClothing.Com/Store or a retailer near you.

Retailers carrying ‘Love Affair’ & ‘Muerta Rose’ include:

 EMP Merchandising (Germany) http://www.emp.de

Black Flys (Australia)

Aztlan Gallery (Palm Desert, CA) https://www.aztlangallery.com

Black Steel (Spain) http://www.sullen.es

(please contact shop for product availability)

Sullen Artist Interview | Rob Struven | ‘Copper Rose’ | Spring 2015

Mar

05

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Tattoo Artist and Shop owner Rob Struven is one busy man. Between running his shop, tattooing at his shop, being a family man, a husband & designing shirts for us- he STILL let us bug the shit out of him for answers to some questions & pictures of the creative process behind his new design for our Spring 2015 collection, ‘Copper Rose‘ (click to purchase tee).

Yea, yea… we’re lucky, we know.

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Sullen: Where did inspiration stem from for your new design ‘Copper Rose’?

Rob: I’d say my inspiration for all my paintings comes from my love and passion for cars and car culture. I know a lot about cars and car parts so I paint what I know if you will. I also really enjoy painting skulls.

Sullen: What did you struggle most with when creating this new design?

Rob: For me finding time to paint is always a struggle. Juggling my shop, work, my family and everything else that life throws my way makes it difficult to simply find the time to paint.

Sullen: Tell us a little about your experience working with Sullen Clothing & the Sullen Art Collective

Rob: My experience working with Sullen has been really cool. There are so many talented artists in the Sullen Family and I’m always really stoked and honored to be a part of it! The companies start, background and owners are inspirational too. It’s not often you find a company that is still filled with humble people. People that are still stoked on what they do and stoked to go to work every day. Most importantly, they’re grateful for what they have.

Sullen: What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Rob: I’m looking forward to doing more Sullen shirts, more art shows, getting better at my craft and being as productive as possible!

Thank you Rob for dedicating your time to design for Sullen and answer our questions. We look forward to collaborating with you for many years to come!

Here are some raw images of Rob’s creative process for ‘Copper Rose

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To purchase one of  Rob Struven’s ’Copper Rose’ Tees

visit garageinkstudios.blogspot.com or a retailer near you.

Garage Ink Tattoo Studio (Napa CA) http://garageinkstudios.blogspot.com

Black Flys (Australia)

Krobar Clothing (Oregon) http://www.krobarclothig.com

Brooklyn Bridge (El Salvador)

Black Feet Distribution (Italy)

Black Steel (Spain) http://www.sullen.es

(please call shop for product availability)