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Beards at RAM on 6/12: Beard & Mustache Contest

Got to design an upcoming event flier for an awesome group right here in Jacksonville. For those of you that don’t know about the Jacksonville Beardsmith Society, it is an entire group, run by our good friend Sean Collins, dedicated to the awesomeness that is beards and mustaches. Join Sean and his bearded brethren on June, 12 at RAM (Riverside Arts Market) for a Beard and Mustache Contest!

— Jim

Enter to compete at the Jacksonville Beardsmith Society booth between 10am – 12pm. Contest begins at 12:30pm. Great prizes for category winners and best in show! Categories include: Best Mustache; Best Partial Beard (sideburns, goatee, fumanchu); Best Beard; Freestyle; and Best Handmade Facial Hair. * There will be local celebrity judges.



So maybe its been a little to long, but thats just how things go sometimes. Especially when graduation is literally right around the corner. Recently for a class project I finally I did what I’ve wanted to for some time now, put one of my illustrations on a t-shirt. I think it looks pretty sweet. I also made a “I Hope This Makes You Happy” t-shirt. I’m thinking the logo needs to be made a just a little bigger. I  plan on having both shirts for sale soon. I’ll have more information on that later.

-nick v.

Whats That?

As many of know, for the past 7 weeks or so I have been doing this project that I call “I Hope This Makes You Happy“. Pretty much it involves me creating a 6×6 drawing each week and putting it up somewhere around town. The other day I decided that I want to included something else with each drawing. Its a 4×4 card that I screen-printed. I’m pretty stoked with how they turned out. The only way to get one is if you find one of the drawings, and if you do find one I Hope It Makes You Happy.

-nick v.

Happy Card
3 color screen print

Me and Mark

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Josh James, hired me to do some design work for a few of his bands. He’s in a couple of local bands, Evergreen Terrace and Casey Jones and he has a new band with Mark O’Quinn called Me and Mark. He asked me if I would do the design for the Me and Mark demo as well as the tour Admat for the upcoming Evergreen/Casey Jones Australian tour. Below are some pictures of both the final printed Me and Mark demo and the Australian tour Admat.

-nick v.

In The Shoe Show – Underbelly@Anomaly

Recently we had the opportunity to join other local artists to participate in a show hosted by the good people of Underbelly @ Anomaly called, The Shoe Show. Emily Moody & Shea Slemmer are wonderful hosts who are doing a lot of good things with their location in Five Points. We took to the call to artists as an opportunity to have fun with a different kind of canvas. We had three sets of shoes represented at the show. One set, a collaboration of both our illustrations mixed in together, and the other two sets were done individually. They can still be seen up at Underbelly, and if you have never been there, with its outdoor setting and tree-house DJ booth, it’s definitely a place to check out in Five Points.

— Jim

I Hope This Makes You Happy

So where do I begin. I think I have put a little too much thought into this post, but I really wanted what I have to say to make sense. The last couple of weeks I have been working on this idea I have had. The idea involves me creating a 5×5 drawing that I will take and put up somewhere in Jacksonville for whoever to find it. The idea behind it is this, I believe that art makes people “happy”, or at least thats the case for me. I know that when I look at an illustration, a painting, a sculpture, street art, or even a film that I think is “cool”, it makes me “happy”. It makes me feel inspired and gets me thinking creatively. The experience may be different for everyone. That is why I think Art is pretty important. Mainly because without art, the world would be a pretty unbearable place. Art can change the mood of an environment, and even the mood of you, the viewer.

With this project I want to take art and put it in places that you normally wouldn’t find it, in a sense put it where it would be least expected. I want to make drawings that I hope people will think are cool and will be stoked to find them.  Every week I will create a new drawing and put it up around town on friday. Tomorrow, Friday March 5th, is the first day I will be putting up a drawing. Hopefully one of you find it, and I Hope it Makes You Happy.

-nick v.

What were we thinking?

So a little over a month ago, my friend Randy Vale and I hung out and worked on an illustration together. We just hung out, watched some band dvds, and talked about music while we passed the drawing back and forth. It was a lot of fun working with him. Below are some pictures of what resulted from our hang out.

-nick v.

What Were We Thinking?
Micron on Bristol