So it’s only fitting that a Bearing Company would call on Kendrick “Grease” Kidd to work on their new branding and apparel project from halfway across the world. The Australia based MODUS BEARING folks known for The Highest Quality Skateboard Bearings Since 2003 have been hard at work expanding their brand and soft goods over the last year and Halftone Def has been glad and thankful that we have had the opportunity to work such great folks! So keep an eye out for more from Modus and the Def but for now watch this rad video featuring the epic human that is John Rattray. Keep it south and dirty! – TRON
Visit ModusBearings.com to learn more about this roll fast and made to last bearing company!
Hell Yeah!!! If you missed this show, well… Im sorry to tell you that you missed on of the raddest AM shows in history. I’ve seen quite a few and this one was hands down the best. To quote Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio “Against Me tore the roof off Cafe 11 tonight! So fucking good.” haha. I also got to see Dan take away one of these posters which fell pretty damn awesome. AM played a number of new songs which Im guessing was the first time being played live and ended with an onslaught of oldies that had the small but packed Cafe 11 Crowd thrashing the stage. When the last song “We laugh at Danger and Break All The Rules” played & Mrs. Laura Jane Grace had to hang from the rafters to sing, It was epic to watch. I was so proud to have been a part of this show. I sang till my voice was gone, the glass was empty, & the party was over – TRON!
Here’s a fun lettering project Grease is finishing up for Right Way Signs in Chicago. There are plans to print up some type shirts as a giveaway item at their grand opening in October. So stoked to work on lettering projects like this, it’s by far our favorite kind of work… big thanks to Alex, and hope you enjoy. – TRON
Grease just finished up a quick lettering project for Venture Trucks that started off as just a shirt design but got picked up to be on a set of trucks that are being called the “Get Up” trucks. “I’ve been having a lot of fun lately exploring different hand styles. Big thanks to Andy Pitts for throwing projects like this my way. Skate Apparel + Skate Trucks = Happiness. Hope you enjoy. – Grease aka Kendrick Kidd” – TRON
Venture is also having a contest to win a pair of these so hop on over Venture Trucks and Enter To Win!
We are stoked to be doing our second AGAINST ME! poster for our favorite little venue The Original Cafe Eleven in Saint Augustine, Florida. AGAINST ME! is one of my all time favorite bands, and having lived in Gainesville and North Florida, we have gotten to see our fare share of their shows. Some of my all time favorites would be the show I saw at the Elks Lodge In St. Augustine in 2006, where there wasn’t even a stage and the last show at Common Grounds was a pretty epic as well. And with this show being the first back in St. Augustine with the awesome Laura Jane Grace, Well lets just say we are more than honored to be a part of it. The show is already sold out, but the merch table is outside so you can purchase a poster withouth having tickets. We will also be selling what’s left after the show in our online store. – TRON!
Done and Done! The Posters are screened and the 20 year Anniversary show in orlando is over. We had a tone of fun making this poster and the colors came out great. It is a 19×25 Two Color (Dark Grey / Yellow Gold) on some French Smart White 110 pound cover paper, First Ed. of 50. Thanks to Vinnie from Less Than Jake for letting us be a part of the show. Last one out of liberty city… burn it to the ground! – TRON
Grease recently did a logo for his Pop’s Fabrication and Repair Shop “Lefty’s” and he got to make it come to life this weekend by hand right in front of his Dad’s eyes! I think we are not alone when we say that most of our parents don’t really understand what we do or how we make a living as designers or illustrators until you do something they know or can see out in public or something especially for them. So it’s a good feeling when you can pay them back a little bit for all those years of schooling, tuition, and art supplies! – TRON
When Less Than Jake announced that they were going to be doing a 20 Year Anniversary Tour (seriously… 20 years!) in Florida I jumped at the chance to do a poster for one of the shows, so imagine my excitement when Vinnie wrote me back and asked if I wanted to be a part of the 20 Year Anniversary Poster show at the Beacham Theatre in Orlando, I lost my mind.
The concept was make a poster for the show that referenced something from Less Than Jake’s past. So choosing The Hello Rockview Album was a no Brain’er for me. Not only do I just love that album, the poster for it is pretty much the reason I met my wife, so I definitely owe it one. I’ve always loved the 50’s style retro/comic illustration style, and the similarities between the Hello Rockview Cover/Booklet and the Lyon Estates/Hill Valley signage from Back to the Future are just too close to not have crossed paths at some point. Plus LTJ has always been into referencing 80’s pop culture so the mashup just made sense. I also want to credit Steve Vance for the original illustrations of the people from the Hello Rockview album.
The poster show will feature 20 different limited-edition screenprinted pieces of art celebrating Less Than Jake, from influential artist such as Horsebites & Joe Simko. All of the 20 different designs will be hand-signed and numbered by the artists that created them. The posters will be limited to only 30 units of each design available at the Orlando event. Fans will be able to purchase posters beginning at the 6 p.m. door time and continuing throughout the night. Additional limited quantities of the posters will be available online for fans of the band who want to own a part of Less Than Jake history but don’t live in Florida.
Here’s a fun project I just finished up for Rhett & Link. “The comedic duo was looking for a graphic to rep. their Good Mythical Morning show intro and tee promo. After a few emails & texts we landed on the idea of the chicken-dragon or cockatrice as an appropriate mythical mascot. It’s always a ton of fun working with these guys, and I was really impressed with Eden Soto’s take on the animation. Big thanks to Rhett, Link & Eden for making the experience mythically awesome! Be sure to check out their Good Mythical Morning webisodes with your a.m. cup of coffee, it’s always a fun way to start your day. Hope you enjoy.” – Grease.
We recently got asked to do a shirt design for our good friends Path.to for the #SHRM12 Conference (The largest HR conference in the WORLD) in Atlanta this weekend to represent thier brand and to encourage people to “Love What You Do”. Path.to is considered the eHarmony for hiring and will be at booth 3952 if you want to drop on by and try to wrangle yourself up one of these sweet shirts! visit the website http://www.Path.to to learn about a more ‘Scientific’ Method To Job Hunting – Thanks TRON!