Recently Rik Tommasone hit me up from Royalty Design to produce a piece for Scott Dixon. Obviously this was a no brainer since he's a amazing F1 driver and represents the talented Target Team. The goal of the project was to create a New Zealand inspired piece that would fit on his helmet for the upcoming Indy 500 race. After a couple rough concepts, both Rik and I fell in love with the piece and hit up Scott for his approval. Once I get the final images in of the helmet, I'll share them.
AGAIST THE GRAIN
I will be in San Francisco May 6th for a gallery show at 1am Gallery with 123Klan, Julie West & Munk One. This show will be pretty much amazing, mostly because I'm excited about hanging with Julie and Munk, but also because I am working with Karvt to produce laser etched skateboards and pieces for each of the artist to show off. If you are in the San Fran area, make it out and play wizard sticks with me. I'll explain when you get there.
FRIDAY MAY 6TH
My first hardback. This book is a total DIY effort to showcase 55+ Illustrations in a 60 page book. There is a limited quantity of them available and if you are a fan of the Vector artform, you'll love this book.
Order it at my online shop: Hydro74 Store
Nike always produces amazing shoes and the new Kobe VI's are pretty damn amazing. But what makes this even more amazing (from my perspective) is the fact that right in the front there, a Hydro74 font is being used. Nice to see Burial Black get some props. Iknew a while back that Nike started to use Burial Black, but never would of guessed it would make it on a iconic shoe for one of the best players in the league. Very humbled and excited at the same time.
So, the other night I was watching Adult Swim and a commercial caught my eye. The new commercial for Street Fighter for the Wii features one of my fonts that I've created. False Idols to be exact. I am very flattered to see it get used and not only that, but on a game that I love! Thank you to whoever did this. You made my day!
HYDRO74 IS A PUNKASS
One of the thing I like to do on the side is put together mixes with tracks I currently enjoy. It's mostly for my own listening pleasure, but also enjoy sharing them, even if they are pretty horrid. Here is the latest Mixtape : Hydro74 is a Punkass which features some nice hard electro, booty house, 80's flashback and just some rawness.
Download: Hydro74 is a Punkass
here are several other Mixes i've done up as well. Check them out!
THE SALVATION ARMY
Japanese media reported at least 1,000 people are presumed dead from Friday's massive 8.9 earthquake, most drowned by the wall of water that swept across the northeast coast of the island nation. The Salvation Army in Japan is responding to the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation to the north of the country. Joshua Smith from ( Hydro74 ) has designed a shirt to help raise funding and awareness for those affected by the disaster. The Japanese Kanji on the shirt translates to "Save World Army"
100% of the proceeds of the sales of this shirt will go toward The Salvation Army's relief efforts in Japan
Due to popular belief, I am probably one of the nicest guys out there. For example, I really enjoy making fonts and like this, I am giving them away for free. Granted, they are not the best of the best and are limited, but it is still free and perfect for your design font roster. If you like these fonts, check out my semi'premium fonts at my STORE
To score these free fonts (as well as quite a few others I've offered up free) go over to LEGACY OF DEFEAT and check them out!
ANIMAL SERIES VOL. 1
Just added new prints to the Online Store. This set is titled Animal Series which features The Cunning (deer), The Courage (wolf), The Monarch (lion) & The Wisdom (owl). This set is a lush 2 color print featuring Silver & Gold inks. Each print is limited to only 100 pieces and will be gone soon due to pre demand. Yeah, I'm speculating, but damn, these turned out sexy.
Check out the Animal Series in my Online Store
DIY SILK SCREEN PRINTS
Recently I've been addicted to doing a little DIY silk screening (Do It Yourself) so decided to do up a Megatron and Prim Print. These are two colors and each print is unique due to the process. Basically I just set up a large board, some jiffy clamps and attached the screen and started printing on my kitchen table. Only 50 of each are available. Act Fast.
Score a set for $25 or individually for $15 at my Online Store
BLACK MAMBA vs HYDRO74
Just caught word that the new 24 Black Mamba snake I did up for Kobe is up at the Nike Store. Over the past few years I've worked with Wil on various LeBron and Kobe assets and these were ones that I really enjoyed doing up. Wil is good people!
Just recently I had the honor of winning Shirt of the Day over at Designed By Humans. This piece is is among one of my favorites that I've done in a while and so it was nice to get it get some representation as well as selected to be part of the Designed By Humans Roster. For only $19 bucks (pretty damn good price actually), this shirt can be yours. If you are not into Owls, check out their other shirts if you haven't ever really checked out Designed By Humans. It's a great company with a great pool of talent.
Design Chat just dropped with my interview. Watch me do a horrible job answering question.
ADIDAS VS HYDRO74
I recieved a email from a friend over at Adidas telling me that these shoes were out. Guess they have been out for a minute now, but wasn't in the know. Last year I had the opportunity to work with Adidas Originals on some custom pieces. I've always been a fan of Adidas due my first pair of Sambas that I had in High School, so this was a no brainer when they asked if i wanted to work up some art.
Just recently wrapped up 3 new fonts and 1 new free font for Legacy of Defeat. I'm always designing fonts because it's a passion to discover new techniques for typefaces. I believe over the past years I've developed over 80 fonts... weird. Anyway, go check them out at Legacy of Defeat.
DRAGON VS. HYDRO74
Over the past 4 years I've worked a bit on various Dragon Alliance products and made some great friends there. I recently checked out their site to see what they were offering up since I have to start new graphics for Dragon to attack 2011. When I was there I discovered a few Hydro Gems. Exciting..
THE POSTER CAUSE
I was asked by Andrew over at The Poster Cause Project to offer up a print where proceeds goes towards a legit charity. Of course I was down. The biggest aspect to me being a designer is being able to offer up something to the good of humanity. Not that a poster can fix anything, but it will help and assist raise funds for a charity that does good for the people they take care of.
This poster is limited to only 50 prints. I would suggest grabbing one while you can before they are out of stock. While you are over there, check out the other prints provided by the other artist on their roster!
A short big ago, Bandit-1$M hit me up and asked me for my favorite tracks from last year. That is a proper job request so I gathered up some of my favorites from Youtube and put together one of my crappy mixes. The collection is a mixture of The Beautiful, The Synth, The Bangers and Absolute Favorite. Check it out and let me know weird my music tastes are. Also, while there, pick up some shirts or stickers. 123Klan kills it.
HYDRO74 SOUNDCLOUD MIXES
Every so often I post a new mix up. It's one of those things that I like to do so I can have a small collection of tracks to work to while I do my thing. If you are into dirty wobble hard electro crap, check them out.
NEW FREE FONT FROM HYDRO74
The first font release of the new year and it's FREE. If you want this typeface, head over to Legacy of Defeat and grab it. There are plenty of other great free fonts there and some sexy ones you gotta pay for. In this economy tho... can't beat free.
NIKE KENTUCKY HYPER DUNK vs. HYDRO74
Every once in a while I find myself checking out the Nike Basketball blog or googling to see if any of the recent projects are out so I can share them. In my standard 'Sunday Night, I'm bored' internet search, I discovered the Kentucky Hyper Dunks. Generally with their Hyper Dunks they color it up, add the schools logo and call it day, but this pair was nice since my work was printed on it. When I worked on the Hyper Elite series earlier, I didn't expect much of it to be used, but I was mistaken. Check this Shirt out
Super stoked on this! Thanks to Michael Spoljaric for backing me on the project and being a amazing guy to work with over at Nike! Big ups Spo.
Check out the Kentucky Hyper Dunk
HYDRO74 vs. HYPERLITE
With Surf Expo looming around the corner this next week, I just discovered a reason to be even more excited to head over there besides hanging with the Anarchy Crew (Scott & Robo). This past year I had the honor of working with Blaze over at Hyperlite on their Tribute board. Since I've never worked on a wake board before, I was super excited to see what I could put together. Few comps later, this is the one that stuck.
Check out the Tribute in all it's glory over at Hyperlite
HYDRO74 vs. BPONG
This past year Hydro74 had the opportunity to work with BPong on a new custom table. The goal was to create something that in traditional Hydro fashion but add a mixture of aggressive complexity and make sure it's culturally relevant to the people who partake in this game. Over all this table turned out bad ass with massive hits of Metallic gold and silver. Yeah, I just made Beer Pong Sexy!
HYDRO74 PLAYING CARDS
With the start of 2011, the name of the game is coming up with new and innovative ideas that fit within budgets. My goal is to create a custome playing card portfolio deck that includes 5 custom made poker chips. These will not be your average playing cards, but rather a selection of 54 illustrations highlighting the work of Hydro74. These will be limited edition since mainly they are for clients and future clients (a bribe if you will), but will have some sets left over to offer to core fans of Hydro74
KARVT vs. HYDRO74
Recently I've been working a lot with Karvt on various things including prep for my Solo Art Shows. Karvt is a amazing company to work with so we've decided to team up on some limited edition laser engraved Iphone Skins. These skins are produced on Maple with percise engraved features. Grab one before they go out of stock!
VIVA LOS VATOS
THE GOLDEN DAWN