Welcome To The Latest Geek Shirts HQ Designer Unlocked interview.
We have literally explored every inch of the planet, crossed solar systems, travel across dimensions, even time travelled to find the best designers to feature here at Geek Shirts HQ.
This week we have a brand new designer, who has never been featured before at Geek Shirts HQ. Whose design style is very distinctive and his t shirt designs/commissions simply look stunning.I am talking about Jack Davies AKA Jak Gibberish.When not designing Jak can been seen diving into the River Thames in London, looking for treasure! It ishis love of diving into the River Thames that gives him the inspiration for his designs?Personally I have never saw an Octopus in that particular river!He turned to diving after many failed attempts to become the next James Bond, this has been personal a personal goal of his and one that he will not give up until he achieves it. Well you can ‘Never Say Never Again’ until you have achieved his goalsJack’s designs are eye-catching and certainly his cartoon style design, has caused him to make a name for himself in the world of t shirts and design.
Geek Shirts HQ Welcomes Jak Gibberish
The Latest Designer To Get Unlocked.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? What is your background? How did you get into design?
I am from London and been drawing all my life, every moment of it. I remember all those other kids at school going out to play sports and stuff back in the day, I would just find a corner and scribble down my cartoons and think up characters.
Drawing and designing has always been a part of my life, and the thing is, I don't think I would ever stop. It was as if a pen was forged into my hand at birth!
I think Jak Gibberish is a really cool name! Is it your real name?
Hahaha thanks for liking and asking about my name and you are probably the first who really wanted an answer. This here art name came about because I really wanted a name that stood for who I was and what my cartoons were all about.
I firstly wanted two names, kind of like a real first and last/surname but one reflecting my work and style, and the other, who I was as a person. Gibberish is such a cool ass word and I thought it just depicted my style down to a T.
My style that is wacky, crazy and above all else just doesn't make sense. It is what it is! Everything and nothing all rolled up into one! The name Jak is me, who I am, but at the same time isn't if you dig?
You see my real name is Jack but I did not want just my real name, this was my art name after all. So the cool thing with Jack is it can be spelt with or without the C. Jack my real name, Jak my art name. Plus it just creates a whole heap of confusion with peeps which I love!
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
That is a good question and one that is difficult to answer. I am not sure really to tell you the truth. I mean, I get inspiration from all kinds of places.
I can be walking down the road and all of a sudden I would get an idea slapping me across my mind space just out of the blue. I would always just be thinking about ideas and thinking up excuses just to draw something new.
All the more while grabbing inspiration from here there and everywhere!
I would describe your design style as a cartoon style, why did you go for this particular style when designing your tees?
I've always been mad about cartoon art. I find it so expressive and full of movement. Plus ever since I can remember I've been trying to perfect my own style, to have my own look.
Sure I might do different themes or change it a bit here or there but I always make sure it has my touch to it. It is not just tees I am using this for but all my work really.
I have always been fascinated with cartoon art, from the colours used to clever use of line and shape to express character!
There is a ‘certain’ octopus that features heavily in your designs can you tell me more about him/her?
Ah no that there is my new t-shirt design I put up on a few sites. I've never drawn an octopus before and thought now is a good a time as any. But when I did get the idea for it I was thinking, it would be kind of fun to have an octopus holding things that do not really fit under water, the ghetto blaster for example or the cat.
Most of the time with octo art you see them wrapping their tentacles around typical things like ships and so forth so I thought I might throw some random stuff in there, make it different. I did have him/her holding more but I thought it was a bit too over kill in the end!
When you create a new t shirt design, what is sort of process do you follow?
I tend to work with the final piece right off the bat sometimes. I mean, when I get an idea I would want to start with the main article rather than do sketch after sketch until I make up my mind what I want to draw. Also when I think up an idea I sort of can visualize the whole thing in my head and so I just want to dive in at the deep end and go from there.
A lot of what I do to is made up as I go along. I feel doing that makes things seem more interesting in a way and the final product always is surprising.
I never know exactly how it will look, coming out sometimes differently to how I visualized it in the first place which can be so rewarding. But recently I have started to sketch my work out first, show people and my clients a work in progress, to get it exactly how they want it!
Looking at your own portfolio what is your favourite design and why?
Oh I do not really have a favourite piece. I tend to like best the work I've just finished. Each new piece becomes more of my favourite in a way. Like this octopus tee design I have just finished and a tour poster I did for Karl Phillips and TMR. Kind of makes me look forward to future works.
What current projects are you working on now? And can we get an exclusive peek?
Doing a couple of things here and there.
I got a few pieces of logo/ illustration work for people plus I got a whole heap of ideas I wanna do for t-shirts. If you wanna see some of my work as it is done you can by reading my blog if you wish
I update this about twice a week with new up and coming work.
Who are your favourite designers?
I do not really have a certain designer I am fond of most other than artists like, Robert Crumb, Nick Griffin and Shag. Rather than home in on any one artist/s I take a liking to different pieces they have produced and ways they have drawn things.
When marketing your designs how much focus and importance do you place on social media sites?
I really think in today's world social media sites are so important. I mostly spend time updating my Facebook stuff.
I do not really do Twitter that much but that is because when I do a Facebook status update it automatically goes up on my Twitter account.
I also want to get more involved with the forums on Threadless and do more designs for that site.
A lot of designers use sites like Redbubble and Society6 to market and sell their designs, why did you choose to set up your own store?
Oh I have a few things up on Redbubble and just recently started using Society6 but with two of my designs I wanted to get them printed myself.
I just find getting them printed myself I have much more control on what I do with them when it comes to selling and creating. Plus I just wanted the experience myself with having my own brand.
Do you try to convey any message in your designs?
Not really, I just illustrate what I like. Maybe sometimes I throw in little touches of who I am personally to the piece or experiences I've had in life but I just want to draw something that is fun really!
What printing process do you use when printing your t shirts? And what brand of tees do you use?
I like to go for silk screen printing and the tees I've used for my designs have been Gildan.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Drawing away like a mad man with a few tee stores around London and maybe overseas. I've got this idea for a comic and still would like to go ahead with that at some stage. So yes, have a comic out in stores, maybe even a few books.
What do you prefer designing for, something wearable or a print?
Both, they each have a slightly different approach and so I enjoy the challenge the two bring up.
What other interests and hobbies do you have when you’re not designing?
Oh I also spend time listening to a lot of music, watching films especially animation films because I did a degree in animation. Playing video games and hanging out really.
I guess you cannot really call those hobbies in a way right? Just my one true drive is illustration and most of my time is spent on it.
Do you have any advice for budding designers?
Well other than drawing all my life I am pretty new to the design t-shirt side of things so I cannot really throw up any advice. I would say though when going to design a tee always think backwards in a way.
What I mean is first think about your audience and what they would want to wear, then draw a design around that theme. Rather than just design up something you like and hope others will to.
But above all else I would say the best advice I could give is just have fun with the creative process really. Don't just look at the final product because then your expectations of it could go off somewhere you cannot reach, you will only disappoint yourself.
However, have a rough idea of what you want to create and just enjoy getting there and enjoy the process. You are much more likely to love your work once done and end up learning new things like techniques on the way.
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
My family and all my good mates that have put up with my weirdness all these years!
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
Well, you can check out my folksy store to see the two t-shirts I have
You can swing by my Society6
Or even drop by my Redbubble
You can send an e mail if you wish about any of my designs or work: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANY OTHER WEBSITE THAT FEATURES YOUR DESIGN
Like I said before, you can check out my blog if you want by going here