But like everything here at TFS, we can never do it alone.
This project probably started several years ago, floating around in my very strange head associated with good intentions, but it never bumped into the two necessary reagents to complete its synthesis (wow, bad organic chemistry flashback): time and motivation.
I wandered deeper into the magical forests of Bloggerland and met new people with new ideas and as our ideas began to co-mingle, opportunity came knocking.
Is your heart pounding in your chest with suspense? Have you caught your breath waiting for the curtain to open? (If not, well, you need to go look up some LOLcats or something, you are taking life far too seriously.)
Without further ado, then, I bring you....
|Yeah. If you steal it, I find you in your sleep. Just sayin'.|
Now I fully admit to being an OCD art snob, and as previously mentioned, I had a very definite vision. This is most likely the definition of the designer's worst nightmare. I had watched Kate's artwork for a while and there was an undercurrent of true talent that caught my eye (if you have not checked out her sketchbook, GO THERE). I saw a distinct identity, but I also saw the ability to explore different media and stylistic modes and do it well, which is rare, so I decided to entrust her with my brainchild (probably much to her later chagrin).
It gets better. Since I was recently contacted by Beck Jordan from Allied Shirts (a sister brand to Build-A-Sign, who printed my license plate and bumper stickers, and Printcopia, who...well, now's their chance!) with an offer to print a shirt with the graphics of my choice for online review. So, with a frantic email to Kate (who had already been working with me on the logo) after finding out I had eight days to pull together my dilly-dally-ing and order, we channeled our collective energies and out came this!
|Supposed to be one-sided; they let me add a back tribute for Kate!|
An even awesomer surprise (and I mean this in a nice way, you never know what you are going to get online) was the quality of the printing. The colours were perfect and saturated and the Solo-orange even has a tiny bit of a metallic bronze or something to it, really making it pop. I don't even want to wear it because I don't want it to get dirty...
So while I can't tell you yet how it will fare with use, I can tell you -- that plate and sticker mentioned above? -- one is on the front of my truck, the other on the back of my trailer. They sit outside all year around and travel to multiple states. I wash the truck maybe 4-5 times per year (not counting rain) and the trailer...never. Both, I just observed last week, are pretty much perfect after two years of neglect. We won't discuss the bumper it's mounted under... The black graphics on the plate have faded just a little, but in Carolina UV/heat, I'm not sure that's avoidable! My hope is that this printing will live up to that precedent!
Yes, yes, I will be riding around with my horse's name plastered on everything I own. Your point?
I have to give HUGE props to Kate for putting up with my 10 million tweaks, my nit-picky questions, and my completely unpredictable schedule followed by 'OMG WE HAVE EIGHT DAYS, GO!' She made it happen, even when we had file-type conflicts and, errr, operator error.
And THANK YOU to Allied Shirts, for doing such a great job printing our design (fast, it was in my hands in days) and letting me say thanks to a designer who went wayyyy above and beyond! Go try it out for yourself! I am now pondering going forward with a related project which would create goodies for you, lucky readers...
Most of all, thank you Kate, for capturing and bringing to life my vision of a unique way to honour my very special buddy and also, to represent our future adventures at...