Hot Wheels Poster and Icons by Grease

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Hot Wheels… that’s right, I said Hot Wheels. Those awesome little die-cast metal cars that are so cool it takes everything I have not to go down that isle in Target even in our mid 30’s. Yeah that Hot Wheels.

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A few months back Grease (Kendrick Kidd) had the opportunity to work with Dan Janssen of Soup Graphix on a small piece of a branding book he, and SG were putting together for Hot Wheels. As you can imagine, when the email came through we about lost our minds up in hur. Working on anything for this iconic brand from our years as snot nosed bastards seemed like a mid-day Mexicoke & fish burrito hallucination.

The project came through fast but the direction was on point. And despite a pretty tight turn Grease was able to punch out some quality work for the book. Big thanks to Dan & the folks at SG for lining up the work!

Void Magazine – DNA of Music Cover June 2014

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So every now and then we get calls from good friends who own a local Surf / Skate / Lifestyle Publication here in North Florida called Void Magazine. Most of the time they give us plenty of heads up on a project like, oh let’s just say THE COVER. However, this time that heads up consisted of about two weeks but when friends call you gotta make it happen. Lucky for them, they started the email off with “So seeing how you guys are the authority on music related artwork around here…” which never hurts your chances. So Kendrick and I came together like Voltron and brought this bad boy to life and we are super pumped on the outcome. Thanks to the fella’s over Void for the opportunity to work with such an awesome crew once again and if you happen to live in the N. Florida area you should already be seeing this thing invading your favorite local hangout or restaurant with no respect for the authority or elderly. So Hide yo Wife and Kids! – Tron

Read it online here or pick one or two up around town… it makes a great substitute when you run out of TP.

Texas Monthly – Editorial Belt Buckle Illustration

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Just finished up another super fun project for the nice folks at Texas Monthly. This time our creative team put together a belt buckle for an editorial piece on living country legend, George Strait. So stoked on how well the buckle rendering turned out… once again Digital Progression comes through with an Ace. Also a huge thanks to TJ for the creative vision and trust. Pulling together a team through multiple time zones on a tight deadline is no easy task, but you seem to pull it off with ease. Cheers to all the collaborations to come.

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Creative Direction: TJ Tucker; Illustration: Kendrick Kidd; 3D Rendering: Digital Progression

Eagle One Car Care – Screen Print Poster

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Grease (Kendrick Kidd) recently had the opportunity to do some work for the nice folks over at Eagle One. They are hosting a booth at several of the Nitro Circus events this year and were looking to bolster their merch offerings with a few limited edition screen prints. The direction was pretty straight forward: Do something cool that tells the Eagle One story, in a style that the Nitro Circus crowd might like. Done & done!

Big thanks to Tim for hooking up the project and letting Grease run with the ball. And also Tim Styles at Mama’s Sauce for slaying the poster printing. Lots of trust on a hella fun project almost always yields the best results. Hope you enjoy.

Sir Barton 1919 Triple Crown Print & Shirt

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Super Rad thanks to Tim Jones and the fine folks over TeamCornett.com for giving me the opportunity to work on this awesome poster of Sir Barton for Americas Best Racing. Sir Barton was the first horse to ever win the triple crown, though he won it before it actually existed, cue the hidden 3/B with the crown on it, Read More Here. Also thanks to Mama’s Sauce for the awesome print job. They really do make magic!

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Product shots courtesy of Americas Best Racing and Team Cornett – Thanks for making us look good!

It’s definitely going to be a big week for this poster and print, Tuesday Tim wrote me to let me know that my Sir Barton poster was heading to the Kentucky Derby this week to have all the Jockeys sign a few copies for a special promotion which is awesome and that some well know folks like Jim Rome, Collin Cowherd, and Drew Brees would be getting special deliveries of the poster and tee. I didn’t even have time to write him back before I got another email from the great people over at Dribbble to let me know they had featured Sir Barton on the Weekly Replay (Read It Here) along with some of my other good buds Clark Orr, Ryan Brinkerhoff, and Mama’s Sauce. So it’s off to the races this week and if you happen to be there or watching on tv and spot Sir Barton walking around in the gallery, give us a shout cause we’d love to see it! – TRON

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If you are really into horses or just like the design, you can hop on over to America’s Best Racing and PURCHASE ONE HERE or pick them up at the Kentucky Derby as well. Also, we were very honored to be featured in this series with Brad Mancuso’s Count Fleet and Rachael Sinclair’s Gallant Fox Prints

LESS THAN JAKE Losing Streak Gig Poster

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Here’s our latest Less Than Jake “Losing Streak” themed poster for the double header the recently played at Jack Rabbits here in Jacksonville. When they asked me to do a poster, the idea of doing a Liquor Store delivery van popped into my head because of the song “How’s My Driving” and because Liquor Store has been kind of a recurring theme with the band. They next thing I knew I had figured out a way to incorporate every song from the album into that same theme, Don’t ask me how. But it was also kind of awesome that Losing Streak and Liquor Store both share the same LS initials. Coincidence I think not my dear Watson.

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So after I sent off the concept drawing to Vinnie, he asked if there was a way to make it work for both shows. However I didn’t have the time to make two completely different posters. So I got creative and by simply taping off the date halfway through each screen and by making a color change halfway through on the second screen, I was able to make a poster for both nights out of just two screens. Straight Magic or MacGyver Makeshift which ever you wanna call it. But the final product came out rad nevertheless!

If you follow Less Than Jake at all, primary junk food colors like yellow, red, green, and blue have always been a staple in their merchandise and it doesn’t hurt that these color combos also tend to trigger hunger. So I appropriately named these two Medicinal Green and Munchies Red. Just a little bit of subliminal mind control from the Def. So if you hungry every time you look at these, think of your old buddy TRON!

The Wild Feathers at Willie Nelson’s Luck TX

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So earlier this year we had the pleasure of working with The Wild Feathers and Standard Deluxe on a print for The Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s Luck, TX and we absolutely jumped at the chance. I actually had the idea for this poster much earlier and had planned to make it as just an art print, but when we saw the list of bands available for the lineup The Wild Feathers just jumped out us. We hadn’t previously heard of them, but once I gave it a listen I was immediately drawn to it and it seemed to fit the poster concept perfectly. If you haven’t heard of them do yourself a favor and give it a spin. We were super excited about it and the poster came out great. You just can’t go wrong with mason jar’s, feathers & French Madero Beach.

We would like give a special thanks to Aaron Gresham and Scott Peek from Standard Deluxe of Waverly Alabama for the opportunity to work on a great poster for such a cool event. Just check out that awesome merch setup in the photo above. We also feel truly honored to be able to do poster work along side some other really great talents in Dirk Fowler and Methane Studios. You can find their posters and links below.

Thanks again to everyone involved and keep an eye out for the poster in our store real soon! – TRON

REAL Skateboards – Shattered Deck Series

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I recently had the opportunity to help out over at REAL Skateboards with a new deck design. I Can’t tell you how much it means to contribute (however small the amount) to an industry that has been a part of my life for so long. Big thanks to Andy & Jim for literally letting me have a crack at it. Looking forward to more rad deck projects in the future and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Skate or Die Bitches! – Grease

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REAL Skateboards – OOZE Team Oval Series

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I recently had the opportunity to help out over at REAL Skateboards with a new deck design. I Can’t tell you how much it means to contribute (however small the amount) to an industry that has been a part of my life for so long. Big thanks to Andy & Jim for letting me drool all over it. Looking forward to more rad deck projects in the future and I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Skate or Die Bitches! – Grease

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Halftone Def vs. Billabong USA – Apparel Design

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It’s not often you check your email on a Saturday afternoon and see a message from someone with an @billabong-usa.com email address but when it happens you immediately get stoked before you even open it. Also, it’s no secret that Grease and myself are Florida Boy’s born and bred and surfing and skating runs in our blood as thick as butter either. We both grew up surfing and skating and we still do both on a daily basis even in our “old man” status. I definitely don’t shred like I used to but Grease might even be getting better. Needless to say, we were born to do this type of work. It’s what we were brought up on and it’s what inspired both of us to get into design in the first place. I even still have my Billabong Pastel Corduroy Jacket Son!

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The two shirts you see above are The Illuminati by Grease and The National by Tron. We actually designed 6 shirts in total but they only ended up taking two in the end but they were a couple of the favorites so we were pretty stoked about that. Anytime you can get to do even just one shirt for a label from your childhood you take it. Thanks to Rob and Brock from Billabong for the opportunity and we look forward to more in the future. Maybe well even show you the other four designs at some point if your super lucky! – TRON

The other good news is that you can actually BUY THESE SHIRTS RIGHT NOW on www.Billabong.com/us in four different color ways each! Both shirts are regular fit t-shirt with a softhand front screen print and pvc-free heat sealed neck label and 100% organic combed ringspun cotton! Oh Yeah, Get Em while they’re hot.

THE ILLUMINATI / Sm – 2XL / 4 Color Ways $22 | THE NATIONAL / Sm – 2XL / 4 Color Ways $22

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