We both were exposed to art at very early ages, Childhood drawings of everything from our favorite cartoon characters to replicating band logos. As I( Doug) got older i became down with graffiti art in the early eighties, while Jason was creating art that was more reflective of the emerging Hardcore scene of the time. As a young adult I concentrated my focus on illustration. Around the same time Jason was formalizing his training as a Graphic Designer. In the mid 90’s we met, and became “collectively” the art department for Think Skateboards. That is when we first started collaborating, each bringing his specific skill to the plate. We pretty much work in the same way these days.
The "I’m with stupid” design.
We are pretty much inspired by the nostalgia of our youth, and much of the Print Design of the second half of the 20th century up to around the early eighties. Everything from the styles of illustration and Design, The Advertisements from all the “off brand” products, Spook show posters, and the charm of the lo-fi methods of printing at the time. Much of the printed work that comes from America is very polished, but give us some of those poorly printed religious pamphlets you might find in Mexico/Latin America, and you’ll see our eyes light right up. We can’t help but to gravitate towards a lo-fi aesthetic.
Yes, Almost Everyday!
We’ve been at it for the past 20+ years, and halve done a very wide range of design projects, but the one thing we have not fully explored is environmental design. We really want to move into designing large scale design project that really work within the surroundings. Something that is free flowing, and more of public design than commercial, but more involved than a wall mural. Now if we could just convince someone in the position to make this happen to let us do our thing.