P1 Brand – J.Filipow

1. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN DESIGN / ART?

I got started in art and design by simply drawing, coloring and building a lot as a kid. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging of any creative activities. I took my first art class when I was about 7 or 8 years old. In elementary and middle school, art class was always my favorite and it was the place I felt most comfortable. I excelled in any assignment that was remotely creative. I suppose it all got pretty 'serious' once I discovered skateboarding and it’s peripheral subcultures during the early eighties. The seductive combination of skateboard graphics, tee shirts, music, stickers, stencils, zines and building ramps were (and continue to be) very seductive. Of course, this eventually led me to art school (Savannah College or Art and Design), where I really focused on developing my craft and vision.

2. FAVORITE SHIRT GRAPHIC OF ALL TIME?

I’m a dedicated collector/hoarder of graphic tees, so it's nearly impossible to say I have just one true, absolute favorite. I love tee shirt graphics primarily because they're so accessible. It's like wearable, albeit relatively disposable, art. There's also something about graphic tees that seem very 'American' to me. I still relish in the pleasure of making one-off and/or bootleg tees for myself, which I’ve been doing since I was 9 or 10 years old. Having said that, I love a lot of the early Let It Rock/Sex/Seditionaries graphics that Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood were cobbling together in the 1970’s, cross pollinating hi-brow, intellectual literary references with seedy, shocking, underground culture and imagery.

3. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Interacting with art and design as it’s discovered and applied in everyday life. The interaction and delicate balance of art and commerce is also endlessly fascinating. Music, speed, time. Hunting for good reference materials. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg.

4. IS THERE A DESIGN OUT THERE THAT YOU WISH YOU DID?

The original Independent Trucks graphic that was conceived and illustrated by Jim Phillips is great. I have always loved the Thrasher logo (Banco!), too. Both of those graphics were some of the very first hand cut stencils I that ever made, which I then hastily applied to ramps, shirts, pants and griptape. Just about anything designed by Saul Bass, especially his opening title sequences for feature films, is beautiful. That guy was a master of efficient, visual communication.

5. WHAT'S LEFT ON YOUR DESIGN BUCKET LIST?

I’m continuing to expand and evolve the narrative of P1 Brand, which is a perfect, self-directed, creative refuge for me. Exploring the intersection of art, design, transportation, travel, adventure, motorsport…a project for Vans would be fun. I’d love to work with Craig Stecyk on a project. I’d love to do more large scale murals. I did a really fun mural for my friends at Coco’s Variety in Los Angeles around the same time that I designed these Guest Artist Series graphics. I’d also love to assemble some sort art and motorsport-themed project for a race car; something similar to the BMW Art Car project of the 1970's. Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer all designed liveries for BMW cars that competed at LeMans.

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