Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
Posted November 8, 2012 by Mocha Latte
We’ve wanted to release a line inspired by First Nations for quite some time and today I’m happy to present the Ojibwe Collection for Fall & Winter 2012.
Subtle native patterns and pieces such as the dream catcher and carved stones receive the Ok Zebra treatment to bring hints of urban culture. Each design features it’s own signature hand-drawn illustration to create a natural texture reminiscent of First Nations drawings.
This line was a lot of fun to create and we hope you’ll enjoy just as much as us .
All photographs are courtesy of Megan Campagnolo
Posted July 30, 2012 by Mocha Latte
Since the Osheaga lineup was released earlier this year, we knew this would be the perfect opportunity for Ok Zebra to reassemble in a city capable of handling the upcoming ruckus.
We created Limited Edition Osheaga Tanks with the custom Ok Zebra – Bear Mace font for the upcoming festivities. It’s always a blast when custom type is involved and this one was no different.
If you make it out to the festival this year be sure to come say Hi! Adventurers, pack your bags!
Posted July 2, 2012 by Mocha Latte
We’re really excited to reveal to you our first cut & sew! A collaboration with the crafty Miss D Humps brings a splash of colour to your wardrobe. With 3 different styles, you can find that custom-made match, just for you.
We took off on foot to Vancouver’s English Bay with our in-house photographer Megan, with hopes of finding a group that mirrored Ok Zebra’s values. We were warmly welcomed by everyone that we approached to be part of this season’s tanks. Big shout out to all our new friends! Thank you.
Check out the pictures below for a full look into the shoot!
Posted June 4, 2012 by Mocha Latte
Inspiration comes in many different forms and usually when your least expecting it.
A year ago I came across a small logo that I felt very passionate about but couldn’t quite stick how to showcase it in a different light. I ended up throwing in my library of pictures. Almost a year later, I decided to revisit the vault to find this inspirational quote sitting exactly where it was left. For some reason, a light bulb went off and the layouts and logos started pouring out.
* Weapons of Mass Creation is a designers’ haven founded by Jeff Finley (Design Guru). The original logo was created for the festival by Brandon Rike and continues to hold true. I recommend visiting the website or taking the trip to WMC if you get ever get a chance!
Posted May 15, 2012 by Mocha Latte
It’s been almost a year since Dirty Art Club compiled their debut album, Heavy Starch. They’ve been busy and with hard work comes the payoff. Phonosaurus recognized their psychedelic beats and invited the duo to be part of the team!
Phonosaurus Records are based in Montreal with roots spreading as far as Switzerland and France! Make sure to check their site out as they frequently update with artists’ updates and videos such as this first DAC live show. Enjoy the catchy beats synced with beautifully twisted visuals.
Posted April 24, 2012 by Mocha Latte
The 3rd and final design for the Ok Zebra 8-bit series is now out! These were a blast to relive and design. Be sure to head over to the Extras section and download each wallpaper to match your on-the-go mood.
Posted April 11, 2012 by Mocha Latte
The Playoffs are here and we’re more than excited to welcome them back with open arms. There’s a hard long road ahead filled with cold pitchers, sauced hot wings and high fives all around. This truly is the one of the hardest times of the year . Enjoy the games and best of luck to your playoff team!
Posted March 18, 2012 by Mocha Latte
This is the Fair of all Fairs! The Maker Faire is coming to Vancouver this summer and will be showcasing all different kinds of works and ideas from creative, inventors, techies, educators, really anyone who has a creative ideas will be there openly sharing. This is going to be a fun filled weekend with a chance to be part of the “Greatest Show & Tell”. If you have an idea you’d like to share or just want to come visit the show, check out Vancouver Maker Faire for full ticket details!
Posted March 5, 2012 by Mocha Latte
A Fair for the Prosperity Campaign was hosted this past Sunday to raise funds for microloan clients. The fair presented many new faces, introductions and friends all while contributing toward a bigger cause. Regardless of the bone-cold weather and gray skies, many came out to view and purchase works from various artists and like-minded individuals were able to connect and relate with Ok Zebra.
This time around the featured photography comes from our new friend, Anders Kitson.
I shared a tent with the super rad James of The Sky Captain. His tees are one of a kind with custom hand-drawn elements. Quality!
James and I going on about silk screening and/or new creative ideas.
Even with drab weather, friends and visitors made the experience a successful day! Thank you to everyone who came by whether to support the campaign, bring delicious mocha lattes or just say hey!
If you’re interested in finding out more info about the Whole Planet Foundation or Prosperity Campaign check their site for full details. Great people making wonderful things come together.
Posted February 13, 2012 by Mocha Latte
It’s been a few weeks, but we’ve finally arrived at our finished product! Without any further delay, part 2 of the Droppin Heavy Crewneck.
Step 1 – Once the goods have been delivered (patience is key), you can begin prepping the screens by burning your printed transparency onto the screens’ emulsion. Strong lightbulbs are used for getting the perfect negative.
Step 2 – After washing out the screen to remove the burned emulsion, align your screen to the surface of your textile. In this case, 1″ – 2″ under the neck line is prime real estate for this design and most front prints.
Part 3 – Choose your colour scheme and paint base (water-based vs oil-based) ahead of time. The options are overwhelming, so its important to ensure you get exactly the look and feel desired, with no surprises. When ready, lower the screen and flood the squeegee 4-8 times depending on the textile.
Step 4 – Lift the screen in one smooth motion to avoid streaking and… TA DA! You’ve got yourself a beautiful print. Make sure to put the garment under a heat press or dryer to allow for the paint to “cure”. This will provide longer life to the design.
Part 5 – Once you finish the first screen, wash and switch to print any secondary designs or colour selections. Repeat the process until you have enough swag for all your friends to look fresher than grannie’s apple crisp!
If you enjoyed watching our process, come join us on Facebook for updates on upcoming swag. We like friends . If you have any questions or want further details on the screenprint process, don’t hesitate to drop us a line on our Contact page.
Until next round!
Posted January 29, 2012 by Mocha Latte
I got the chance to attend this winter’s 2012 lifestyle show a couple weeks ago which hosted +100 different brands from across the globe! The day was filled with industry creatives, amazing designs and of course an inside look at upcoming lines for the year.
I was lucky enough to meet Joel Levy of Vancouver is Awesome at the beginning of my tour around the immense show. He kindly agreed to share his shots captured that day to give us all a closer look at some of the big ideas for 2012. Enjoy.
Always been a big fan of Imperial Motion and their simplistic designs. Glad to see they’re keeping true to their roots. Photo – Joel Levy
Quintin: my new favourite hat company, fit, colourways.
Quintin Close Up
I got too excited and butchered the pic. Needless to say, Generic Surplus 2012. Watch Out.
Always nice seeing local brands making it in such a large show. Duality Clothing for all your Custom Tall T needs.
I caught up with the Plenty crew. These French Canadians know their cut and sew.
Came home with enough reading material and lookbooks to keep me locked in the bathroom for a couple months.
Was really stoked to have caught the show this year and met all the great reps and people around. Big thanks again to Joel Levy from Vancouver is Awesome. Catch you next season Know Show!
Posted January 17, 2012 by Mocha Latte
The last week I displayed the basics of the illustration & screenprint process and there was a great response and feedback on the topic so we thought you would enjoy a look at the upcoming Ok Zebra crewnecks!! In Part 1 I’ll give you a closer look at the technical aspect of creating a design from pencil to pixels.
Step 1 – With so much surrounding inspirations, it can sometimes take several days to narrow an idea down to a final sketch. The picture below illustrates different levels of refinement including notebook sketch, workable concept, custom textures and extra details.
Step 2 – Once the illustrations have been outlined in black, you can then import them in a vector* editing program and begin plotting each line to ensure a crisp result. The picture shows the custom texture that I created for the design being meshed with a selected font and turned into a vintage 3-D wordmark.
* Vector – Unlike pixel based images/photographs, vectors may be resized at any size while keeping their sharpness.
Step 3 – At this point, all the last details and tweaks are cleaned up and finished. Again, this process can take several days due to the fact of “sitting” on the design to ensure you feel confident with the final piece. Sometimes this can be beneficial to visualise the finished product in other possible variations before jumping to the final print.
Step 4 – Once you feel the design is exactly what you envisioned and more, you’ve completed the on screen portion!
Step 5 – Mock the design and start looking forward to that fresh new crewneck! Drop us a line to get yourself one of these limited crewnecks before they hit the stores.