Wearing a bandolier of beer, carrying a compass and sporting a flying monkey on his shoulder, the patron saint of road trips stares off the T-shirt.
Meet the Space Viking.
The first in a guest artist series at Triple Stamp Press, Jim Callahan’s Skate Gods T-shirts showcase the intricacy of Callahan’s visual style and Triple Stamp’s knack for converting art not intended for a six-color screen-printing process onto the front of a shirt.
“Jim’s pieces are great portfolio pieces for us,” Spencer Hansen says of the line, which was rolled out last year to inaugurate Tripe Stamp’s shop. “A really ambitious project like this allows us to showcase what we can do with that kind of detail.”
Callahan had already designed the art, which was picked up and used in the venerable Thrasher skateboarding magazine, when Triple Stamp came calling. Because the images were designed for an art show rather than a client, the artist enjoyed complete freedom to design as he pleased.
“I had this idea for years of making fictional personifications of ideas, feelings and fears, like a cult or religion would create,” Callahan says, “but something more relatable to contemporary life and the things I personally feel.”
Who hasn’t felt the need to call upon the god of go-for-it, dubbed Shred Possessor in Callahan’s series?
“It’s a challenge for us to figure out how to portray what he was going for in the original piece, but with only six colors,” Triple Stamp’s Jonathan Vassar says.
But Will Loyal, whose job it is to translate art into screens for printing, came to the rescue, Vassar says: “Will is a wizard.”
The complicated process, which Callahan calls “dissecting the puzzle of my artwork,” involves trial and error to blend and build the colors of contemporary deities.
It’s times like those when Our Lady of Follow-Through — another of the mighty skate gods — comes in handy.
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