I had a chance to meet up with Travis Nichols, a local artist and game designer, and chat about some of his newest projects. Travis’s Heckadeck is a crazy new twist on a deck of cards, with extra suits and cards added to inspire new games or creative versions of existing games. His newest project is a series of pocket books created with mismatched recycled papers. The hardest part of starting a new sketch book for me is being intimidated by a bunch of clean white pages. I often feel like I’m about to ruin something. That’s why I love using sketch books that already have images or marks in them.
Watch my interview with Travis about the Heckadeck and More Lies Pocket Books:
About ten years ago, I was paying rent in SF by yo-yoing, tailoring, and selling denim wallets. The wallets were made with the scraps from high end selvage jeans and, like a pair of great jeans, got better with age. I stopped making these wallets about 5 years ago, but often get asked to make a few more, mostly from folks who lost their first denim wallet and want a replacement.
I’m really happy with this quick sweater “hack” I made with an old crewneck sweater and child’s Darth Vader costume that I found at the thrift store. These costumes are really easy to find used, or you can buy one online.
I didn’t do anything fancy, I just cut off the silkscreened chest piece from the costume and sewed it onto the front of the sweater. It looks great and was super easy to make. … →
Ever spent so much time searching for a thing, that you finally decided to just make it for yourself? I’m a big Star Wars fan and really wanted a high quality enamel pin based Grand Moff Tarkin’s imperial uniform. So I finally made some.
Tarkin is one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters, and the medallion on his uniform is one of those things that people instantly notice, but can’t quite place where it’s from. A few months ago, I made an illustration and color palette based on this uniform, but I’m super stoked to be able to finally WEAR it.