Liquid Courage Pint Glass by TRON

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It’s Finally here!!! Our Liquid Courage Pint Glass for www.creativityfluid.com has finally dropped and man are we stoked! The Pint is $20 and comes in a set of two so you can muster up whatever courage you may be looking for with a buddy, So Erase The Fear With A Cider Or Beer and TRY LIQUID COURAGE!!!

TRON’S Drink of Choice – If a Quart of Hard Cider was enough to give troops the liquid courage they needed every morning before battle, well then by gawd it’s good enough for TRON! Preferably Woodchuck  but just about any cider will do. Non-Alcoholic Option: Homemade Southern Sweet Tea. Xtra Sugar.

Grease’s Drink of Choice – Anything that’s cold, craft brewed and has I.P.A somewhere in the name! 

We are super stoked to be a part of this project with so many other great designers that we admire. Thanks to the Wier/Stewart Crew and North Bound Design for making this whole thing come to life. – TRON

Visit www.CreativityFluid.com to get your Liquid Courage Pint Today! Set of 2 for $20 – That’s A Deal.

Carl Spackler Shirt – Murray Brothers Golf

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So a while back while working at the agency Kendrick still works at, I bonded a relationship with the Murray Brothers Caddyshack folks doing some web, identity, and apparel design for the restaurant and the charity golf tournament. Although that agency doesn’t handle the account anymore, I still get to do some stuff for Bill (Carl Spackler) Murray from time to time which is awesome. Growing up golfing since I was 12 and just being a huge fan of Bill’s in general, I jump when I get the chance to do some of his character work.

Initially this shirt was a super limited edition run for some of the larger supporters of the celebrity charity golf tournament this year but I think it is now available at the Caddyshack restaurant located at the world golf village in St. Augustine, Fl. Yes, I have been lucky enough to meet bill once and it is a crazy story, Super Awkward but amazing non-the-less. If we ever happen to be having drinks together at a conference or we cross paths at an garage sale or a Chick-Fil-A, just ask me and I will tell you all about it! – TRON

Halftone Def vs Billabong USA – The Leftovers

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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 shirts you see here are the leftovers that we presented but didn’t make the cut, however we are still super proud of them and rather than let them just fade away into the deep abyss of our hardrives we decided to post them up for all to see. All in all we did about 20 plus sketches that were narrowed down to six.

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While we don’t quite know exactly what it is about one color vintage looking illustrations that gets us so pumped up, but if someone told us that we could only ever design one color for the rest of our lives, I’m pretty sure both Grease and I would be fine with it. Especially on vintage looking clothing and apparel.

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So stay tuned to see the final two that actually “made the cut”, And when they drop head on over to your local surf/skate shop or billabong.com/us and pick yourself up a few of them bad boy’s. Halftone Def, Keeping your clothing game tight, all through day and deep into the night! – Love TRON & Grease!

Texas Monthly – Editorial Illustrations

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Just finished up some insanely fun editorial illustration for the nice folks at Texas Monthly. Big thanks to all the people involved in the production of the project. I love it when a group effort comes together like this!

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Creative Direction: TJ Tucker; Art Direction/Layout: Brian Johnson; 3D Rendering: Digital Progression and Illustration by the one and only super talented Grease E. Monkey aka Kendrick Kidd – TRON (Mic Drop)

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These were also featured today on the homepage of GrainEdit.com So go check them out over there and give those wonderful folks some traffic for their troubles! Click here to view the TX Monthly Article now.

UPDATE: Texas Monthly Illustrations featured on underconsideration.com/quipsologies and NotCot.org

Brindle Dog Brewing Co – Packaging

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Here’s some more fun from the Brindle Dog Brewing Co. project Grease (Kendrick Kidd) worked on in 2011/2012. It’s tough to go wrong when you’re designing for beer & man’s best friend. When the brewery’s owner approached us to help out with the brand & package design we were more than happy to take it!

In addition to the owner’s love for Dee Dee (aka Brindle Dog) he was also adamant about including themes from his home town, Tampa, Florida. After some noodling, we ended up with a Florida postcard esq. design solution. It allowed us to keep the continuity throughout all the pieces and also include the themes important to the owner. Big thanks to Kevin for the project… it was tons of fun. I can’t say enough good things about working with folks who have vision, but trust you enough to let you run. Hope you enjoy. – TRON!

B3AR Fruit – Apparel Lettering

Grease (Kendrick Kidd) had the pleasure of working with B3AR Fruit recently on a project for their winter apparel line. In addition to being all around nice folks, they’ve been cranking away on a crisp set of shirts to keep you fresh through the cold winter months. If you haven’t already, We definitely recommend taking a look through their growing inventory. It’s got some really nice stuff from some other artists as well.


They’ve also produced a nice little feature piece about the company recently that’s worth checking out. Keep a close eye on these folks in 2013, with a solid vision and the drive to succeed, seems like the best is yet to come. Click here to purchase this shirt over on B3ARfruit.storefrontier.com right now! – TRON

The Invitation Company – Logo Exploration

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Sometimes, you get to work on really cool projects but they end up taking an unexpected turn or direction in the process and good logo’s get left behind… Like the island of misfit toys. But just because they will never get used for what they were intended doesn’t mean they should never get seen. We also like to show little misfires like this so that you can see some of our process as well. I personally think Grease (Mr Kendrick Kidd) laid the smack down on these little nuggets of goodness, But here they are for all to enjoy! – TRON

Brindle Dog Brewing Co – Identity & Apparel


Here’s a fun project Grease (Kendrick Kidd) spent some time on in 2011 for Brindle Dog Brewing Co. It’s tough to go wrong when you’re designing for beer and man’s best friend. When the brewery’s owner approached us to help out with the brand & package design we were more than happy to take on the work. Above are a few of the logo iterations we went through during the process and a shirt design. – TRON

Stitches & Screens Work Jacket Logo

A couple of years back we threw down and made a vintage looking logo for a friend of ours that owns a Screen Printing and Embroidery shop that exclusively prints all of the Halftone Def Apparel, and we finally convinced him to print it on some good ole Dickies Work Jackets and a few Coaches Jackets as well. Let’s be honest, this logo was born to live on one of these things… So tough. And with a tagline like “Established In Ink, Bound By Thread” from yours truly resting fearlessly at the bottom of a Grease E. Monkey made graphic, you’ve got one bad ass jacket just waiting to find itself doing about 90 on the open road. – TRON.

REAL Guts. REAL Skateboards by Grease

Grease recently had the opportunity to do some illustration work for Andy Pitts & REAL Skateboards. They’ve been running a Low Pro Deck series for a while now & had a need for some new filler in the form of zombie guts… and needless to say we were more than happy to oblige. Can’t say enough good things about working on projects like these. Hard to go wrong when your banging around designs with nice folks on skate projects. P.S. Rumors are the the slime is glow-in-the-dark ink. Give it a try and enjoy. – TRON!

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