I'm usually pretty bad at keeping exciting news under wraps. Of course, to any friends reading this, I've still got your secrets in the vault. But if something cool happens, I love to share it. And I'm finally ready to talk about maybe the coolest thing I've ever done in design. Wilco chose one of my illustrations to adorn an official band t-shirt! (You can purchase it here.)
Here's the backstory: I've spent some time over the last several months working with Mikey Burton and Little Jacket on designs for the band. Mikey and LJ have done a lot of cool things with Wilco, including posters and even an adorable onesie for the littlest tykes. Some months ago, he invited me to take part in one of his submissions, which included tons of rough and not-so-rough sketches of poster ideas. Then came ideas for the band's summer swing through several minor league baseball stadiums. And, most recently, some more sketches for posters related to Wilco's recent Chicago shows.
Earlier this month, we got the news that one of my latest submissions had been chosen and would be featured on a t-shirt. From there came a hurried rush to get the artwork in print-ready shape and out the door. The next week, I got the package! My little design was out in the world. And believe me, it's quite an honor and something I take very seriously. The notion that someone out there is wearing something I've designed is rather humbling. For many reasons.
When I see the shirt, I think back not only to the countless sketches along the way, but also that designer I was years ago, hacking my way through, learning as I went, and hoping that I'd one day be able to do something half this cool, let alone work with my favorite band. And the fact that someone out there saw fit to shell out their hard-earned money on something I did - given how little money there is to go around these days - you better believe it's both an honor and a humbling experience. Mikey, I can't thank you enough for the opportunity. And thank you as well, anonymous Wilco fan. You don't know how much you mean to me.
But who wants to rest now? It's time to start kicking ass on the next sketch.