Giant Robot FTW!Archived Tee - 2009-11-09
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Words from jimiyo: thestray is FTW
Tell us about this design: This design is a collaboration between me and my buddy Jorge Jaurez aka Luminous. We met in art school like over half a decade ago and have been best friends ever since. We pretty much love all the same things and have an affinity for things we consider "badass". Giant robots are definitely one of those badass things we have a fondness for. This design is inspired by shows like Power Rangers, Ultraman, Gundam, Big O, Big Guy and Rusty, Gurran Lagan and more.
Jorge is one of my biggest inspirations, the kid draws like every day, he makes me feel really lazy. He's a really great draftsman and he gets better everyday. We'll be doing many more collaborations in the future. You can check his blog out here: http://eaglegriptechnique.blogspot.com
some really awesome shirts. hehe ;) Tell us about that experience, especially
about the 10K. Was it nerve racking? What was the aftermath like?
"Revenge is Sweet" was a really fulfilling win. My gut told me that my previous Halloweek entry (a mummy) wasn't original enough and I needed to do something unlike anything else in the contest to have a better shot. My instincts paid off, and it's one of my favorite things I've done.
The 10k was bananas! Hell yes it was nerve racking, haha. I'm pretty new to all this t-shirt stuff, I hadn't been printed at DBH yet, I didn't really have a "fanbase", so I felt like a dwarf going to battle with giants. I really had no expectation of winning, I just wanted to test my metal against the gods, haha. I worked really hard on my design and worked really hard on promoting it as well. I was lucky enough to have several people who took it upon themselves to promote my design on their twitters and facebooks and what not. I want to give a shout out to a friend Brittney who was very diligent in helping me. I was genuinely surprised to be the 5th runner up, since the scores were hidden I had no idea and assumed that I had got close but no cigar. When my shirt went up I was really excited, surprised, and validated. I enjoyed spending that money too, haha. I'll be back for the next 10k and I'll be winning the grand prize ;)
I'm a huge comic book/cartoon geek, so that's probably my biggest influence, also movies, and sci-fi books and just weird/cool/funny stuff in general. I also really love folklore, folk tales, fairy tales, and mythology of all different cultures. I have a little notebook I keep in my back pocket at ALL times when I leave the house, and whenever an idea pops into my head I write it down, so it's a book full of things like "Lou Diamond Phillips made out of diamonds" and "What if Santa is really Jesus in disguise?" That's the kind of stuff I think about all day. I like zany off the wall unexpected ideas.
mouth. Do you have any fun tricks you can do or are you like totally
boring? I've seen your pictures. I know you are an entertainer of some
That's sick Jimiyo. Really sick. I'm really thin and flexible so I can do a few things that most people can't, for instance I can reach my hand around my back and touch my belly button. Try it out, you'll probably hurt yourself. Also, I can do one thing that people say is "impossible", I can lick my own elbow. I'm like a really useless superhero. I for sure like to entertain people, I love making people laugh. When I was younger I kinda wanted to be a stand-up comedian, everybody told me I should be one, but I don't have to balls to stand in front of a crowd of strangers, so I settle for making my friends laugh, and writing humorous things.
I've gotten a lot of instant messages and e-mails about the Superfly design, people want to know if it's available anywhere else. At the moment, no, it's not, sorries :( but I promise you'll see it again in the future, I don't know when yet, but trust me nobody wants it available more than I do ;) If you want to stay updated on Superfly or any of my other designs you can follow my blog http://straystraystray.blogspot.com also my twitter http://twitter.com/kissmyaesthetic I occasionally give away free shirts to random people. Another reason to follow my blog is I've got some comic projects in the works that should be a lot of fun, so stay tuned.