One Hot Minute With Grease… Interview!

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Conor O’Driscoll (designer, writer and Mac nerd from Cork, Ireland) of recently sat down with Grease (aka Kendrick Kidd for a quick interview about design and life as a monkey in general.

So grab yourself a banana and swing on over for a quick minute and check it out! – TRON
Ps. If you got 5 minutes to spare, make sure you check out Mikey Burton & Draplin’s interviews as well!

The Ampersand Collection X GREASE / HDS

A couple of months ago, Grease Himself was asked to be a part of Hi55’s Ampersand Collection. As big fans of the work those guys have put out, HDS jumped at the chance to be a part of this first rad collection along side this talented cast of designers Ryan Brinkerhoff, Riley Cran, Scott Hill, Anthony Lane, Drew Melton, Chris Sandlin, Sergey Shapiro, and Michael Tabie.

After much doing, Ross Moody of 55 hi’s has just released The Ampersand Collection. Ten, 9×9 original screen prints of ampersands from Ten different designers around the globe. Limited Quantities Available.

Big thanks to Ross for putting the project together & for hand screening all the prints! It’s a huge task to take on, but the result is looking impressive! If you haven’t already, please take a few seconds out of your day to check out the project… and if you’re feeling sassy, pick up a pack or two of the limited addition prints!

To Resolve Project – Love What You Have

Grease was recently asked to be a part of yet another collective recently called TO RESOLVE PROJECT, which basically encourages designers to create a resolution for the new year as an iPhone background. You can learn more about it here. Grease’s piece titled “Love What You Have” is a great one to go with If you want to get an early start on your resolution for 2012 . Especially around this time of year with all the holiday greed, …er I mean cheer. We ( a collective we of all designers) like to complain a lot. From photoshop to invoices. Grease says “There’s so many things I would like to resolve post 2011, but for me, this resolution stood out more than the others. If I can can manage this in 2012, it should be a successful year.” Well said old chap! Lets all start this year with being happy with what we love and already have. (except posters)

When you have a moment, check out the other To Resolve Project submissions organized & collected by Chris Streger. Big thanks thanks brother putting together another wicked rad collective. – TRON & GREASE

Featured in THE BEST OF 2011 on FPO

We just got word from our good friend @averagejim that we got featured among THE BEST OF 2011 Part One on FPO for Grease and I’s personal business cards that they featured earlier this year. Needless to say we are super stoked! These cards were a long time in the making, and we are so proud of how they turned out. Jackie over at did such a wonderful job of printing them and walking us through one of our first letter press experiences. We love these cards so much, it’s actually kinda hard to let em go. Each one of them feels like a tiny little print and we stamp everyone with care! Thanks so much to everyone who has given us compliments on these over the last year, making your own business cards is one of the toughest things a designer can do. If you are gonna be at in Savannah this coming March, stop by our booth and get one, it’s gonna be a freakin blast. – Thanks TRON!

And special thanks to Armin at FPO for featuring us once again, “These Cards Don’t Let Up” made us laugh & feel super awesome at the same time!

Click here to see the many other wonderful pieces & designers featured in Part One as well!

33.3 Art Show – WEEN / The Mollusk by Grease

Here’s one Grease recently put together for Dana Lechtenberg’s 33.3 art show. The show invited designer/illustrators to reinterpret existing album covers for a one night showing at Schera’s Fine Art in Elkader, Iowa. Grease chose WEEN’s 1997 album, The Mollusk as his inspiration. It’s been a favorite in his collection since hearing The Golden Eel in Volcom’s Freedom Wig. On a side note, Grease had no idea that an octopus was a mollusk until he started researching this project… pretty cool.

If you haven’t checked out the 33.3 site already, I definitely recommend taking a peek when you have a minute to spare. Lots of talented contributors & a heap ton of great work going on. Big thanks to Dana for his time & organizational skills, wrangling this many creative folks is no small task. – TRON

A Beast Every Week x HDS (Grease)

A little while back, we got invited by Ellis Latham-Brown to be a part of this new illustrative collective A BEAST EVERY WEEK inspired by the bestiary of yore. Every week a different illustrator will compose a new illustration of a beast, creature, monster, etc. from their own unique perspective. Super excited about this project, we quickly converted our garage into a laboratory of illustration madness. Some lines were crossed, some body parts were lost, and some potassium was sacrificed, but science prevailed and a Beast Was Born! Grease may not get the Nobel Prize for this sea beast creation but the waters of North Florida just got a little more freighting! Stay tuned for beast #2. – TRON

Be sure to visit and check out some of the other rad illustrated beasts!

THE MOMENTUS PROJECT – Hurricane Katrina

Grease (aka Kendrick Kidd) was recently asked by @EvanStremke to do an illustration representing the Hurricane Katrina Disaster for THE MOMENTUS PROJECT – A collaborative project in which a select group of designers, illustrators, and artists create visual interpretations of the most defining moments in United States history as a way of informing others of our proud, yet sometimes troubled and forgotten past.

“Hailing from North Florida, this project was real close to home for us so we are proud to represent this moment in history the best we can along side of so many other great illustrators who also participated in this project.” – Grease

The Hurricane Katrina Disaster
In August of 2005, the twelfth tropical depression of the summer had formed over the southeastern Bahamas, and was upgraded to a tropical storm just one day later, at which point it was given the name Katrina. The storm continued to move toward Florida and only became a hurricane just two days before making landfall in the United States, and had grown from a category 3 to a category 5 in under nine hours. Throughout the disaster, both local governments and the national government were criticized for their preparation, response, and overall involvement in relief efforts. In the end, over $80 billion in damage was done, leaving over 1,800 confirmed dead.

Make sure and visit THE MOMENTUS PROJECT and check out all the other great illustrations as well.

FPO Feature – HDS Monkey Business Cards

Halftone Def Studios has been a labor of love for the past four years. We enjoy the griminess of the screen printing process, and pulling ink for the majority of our posters by hand. We wanted our business card to reflect our straight-forward, hands-on approach. The result, is the relatively labor-intensive nugget pictured above. We hope it lets people know about our work ethic and honest love for our craft… and that we like monkeys.

Trust and open communication are key, if you can find a printer that’s wicked awesome on top of that, production is a breeze. Thanks, Jackie.

Click here to view the article on Thanks @ucllc – TRON & GREASE

Void Magazine One Year Cover Illustration

After tackling an awesome shirt design project for Void Magazine earlier this year, the guys liked it so much that they decided to ask Grease to transform it into their One Year Anniversary Cover. So with that being said, grease dropped in the cover copy, threw one of those funny little birthday cone hats on the fish and stamped it with a One Year Anniversary Candle and the deed was done. So pick one (or two) up on stands everywhere May 1st 2011. Congrats to the fine folks at Void as well for making a year! – TRON

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