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

Like most kids I drew constantly. Both my parents were struggling artists too, but artists nonetheless. During my youth I became really attracted to business, or maybe it was just money. I just loved it. So after a three-year stint in community college I went to an art school for advertising. At the time, I thought it was the perfect mix of business and art. Two-years in I ended up dropping out and never looked back, or went into the "Advertising" world for that matter. Admittedly, for the past decade or so I've spent most of my time directing.

2. Favorite Shirt graphic of all time?

I don't think it's the best, but my favorite shirt graphic of all time is the very first REBEL8 tee. That single tee I printed in 2003 at the age of 22 changed my life forever.

3. What inspires you?

I think the better question is, what doesn't inspire me?

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

While execution is key, I care more about ideas. So while there are designs I certainly wished I did, it would have been a lot more awesome to have had the original ideas. Great ideas are everything.

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

I like to think of REBEL8 as the perfect wave. It doesn't necessarily need to get bigger, but I just don't want it to ever stop. So to me, my design bucket list in some ways is for it never to be empty.

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