I’ve featured A.J. Dimarucot aka Collision Theory on this blog many times before (read interview) and was excited when I read this post that he made over at Emptees regarding a Kevin Garnett design that he did a year ago. This story should be pretty inspiring for you would be and hopeful designer types.
I had a friend who worked in Adidas in my country and I emailed him the graphic, asking him to send it over to his US contacts. I was hoping they would pick it up and use it on t-shirts.
A year passed and nothing came of it. Until June of this year.
I got an email.
They wanted to buy the graphic.
I didnâ€™t wait long enough….I had sold the graphic to a clothing line who liked the zombie quality of the design. And they didnâ€™t really care that it was actually KG. I never expected Adidas to come back to me after so long. So I sold the damn design to someone else!
So I told the Adidas contact it was not available anymore expecting I would probably miss the only chance I could work with a client like Adidas. But good thing they wanted me to do graphics for Dwight Howard (fuck you SWH haha) and Derrick Rose. So I did! Theyâ€™re not in stores yet and probably wonâ€™t be available until 2010 (if at all they print it).
So I was stoked. Thinking I was lucky enough to have worked for them. Damn good pieces for the folio.
I thought it would end there.
Come November of this year. Nike US emails me and asks if I could do some t-shirt graphics for them. Telling me how much they like my work. They actually showed me a design of mine they really liked.
Guess what graphic it was..
..KEVIN FUCKING GARNETT!!
So I did two Nike Air Max graphics for them for their Europe accounts. They paid me a damn huge amount and they may or may not print the design.
So there. I officially love Kevin Garnett.
Moral of the story. Do things you love. One day someone will pay you for it.