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.
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’
To purchase one of Alessandro Modesti’s ‘Modesti Badge’ Tees
visit an Authorized Sullen Clothing Retailer near you.
Premier Products GMBH (Danischenhagen, Germany)
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
Freestyle Extreme Ltd (Kingswood Bristol UK)
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