Chuck Anderson

1. How did you get started in design / art?

I don't feel like I really have a 'moment' when I got started in art & design. I just loved drawing when I was a kid and it was something I did every single day for fun. That love naturally progressed into other areas, specifically discovering Photoshop eventually around 15 years old. Over time I learned more and more and eventually found myself doing it for a living. I really don't know any other way of thinking or way of life besides being an artist, as cliche as that sounds. I would certainly credit access to the internet early on as the thing that really advanced my passion for this whole thing, discovering other artists & designers and styles and methods besides the ones I'd figured out myself up until that point.

2. Favorite Shirt graphic of all time?

That is a really great question. I can't bear to give just one answer so here goes. I never owned one because I never personally liked wearing such large prints, but Jacob Bannon's 'Jane Doe' tee for his band Converge is so iconic - - especially if you were into metal, punk, or hardcore throughout the 00's. You couldn't go to a show or see a band photo without seeing that shirt. That they went so damn huge with the print I always thought was pretty great. Honestly most of my favorite shirts are band tshirts. I love the iconic Chain of Strength tees. They did that logo up inside bars like the classic Run DMC logo which I always thought was perfect...I saw a version of it on a tie-dye shirt once which also great. I also have always admired what Imaginary Foundation has done over the years with their designs. Just incredible printing, such wild designs and colors. Again, I'm more of a plain black tee or simple graphic kind of dude but I can appreciate an over-the-top insane print job when I see one.

3. What inspires you?

Ah, "that" question. I don't know...I never know what to say to this! So many things. Sometimes I'm tempted to answer this like 'friends, family, nature', haha...real canned answer, but I'll get specific with art here. Lately I've been finding a lot of inspiration in the work of David Rudnick - he is such a talented designer and has such a way with type. It's brilliant. Jiro Bevis is constantly impressing me, as are my long-time friends Benjamin Edgar and Virgil Abloh. They're both always up to something incredible.

4. Is there a design out there that you wish you did?

Wish I did and wish I could do are two very different questions, ha. I'm going to say I wish I did (and could do) Ben Venom's quilts. They're so, so good. I know absolutely nothing about textile design, sewing, or quilts, but I know I love what he does with them, making designs out of old metal tshirts and patches and whatnot, and I think it sounds like a really therapeutic thing to work on.

5. What's left on your design bucket list?

Work with the Chicago Bulls, a beer brand like Founders, Unibroue, or any other whose beer I really love and could see my work fitting into, publish a big hardcover monograph of my work someday...that's like a way, way down the road thing though. These seem like pretty doable goals...maybe I should be reaching a bit maybe working with NASA to design a spacesuit made entirely of diamonds? Be the first man to bring a computer to the bottom of the ocean and use Photoshop while I sit on the edge of an underwater cliff or something cool like that. Eat a sea urchin while I'm at it. Ride back to the surface on a giant jellyfish.

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