San Franciscan artist Alphonzo Solorzano describes his style as “very graphic, line oriented, with a mix between rendered and flat graphic elements”, a style that he thinks might have been inspired by his constant pilfering of his older brother’s graphic novel collection when he was a kid. He has exhibited in museums, galleries and alternative art spaces in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and abroad. We actually spotted his artwork when the Infectious team went down to the Madrone Bar a couple of months back and we all fell in love with his artwork painted on vintage speaker boxes. He’s currently working on a collaborative t-shirt project with some fellow San Francisco artists.
A big, firm hand shake and many congratulations are in order to one of the latest additions to the Infectious catalog, Mikey Ion, whose winning iPhone skin was picked up by several notable blogs today. It is time for him to bask in the glory of his great design. Because of you, Mikey, a popular hand-held mini computer has merged with the likeness of a beloved vintage pocket game console. For this, we thank you.
So, “If you’re stuck in purgatory between vintage tech and new school gadgets, use this sticker skin to make your iPhone go incognito.”
Come out and join the Infectious crew tonight for Sketch Tuesdays at the 111 Minna Gallery. This monthly event features live art-making by local creatives, Rock Steady Clash Rock spun by DJ Heiko, and lots of alcoholic beverages. Check it out here. We’ll be in attendance from 6pm on. Hope to see you there!
We love our community of artists and art fans and want to get them more involved in the curating process over here at Infectious. As a little experiment, we’d like you to help us choose what pieces of art should be the next ones that we invite directly into the catalog.
We are currently in discussions with Cey Adams and have four of his typography designs up over in our forums. If you don’t already know Cey, he is an institution in the world of Hip Hop art and design, having been part of Rush artist management, Def Jam Records and the Drawing Board. If you’re familiar with The Beastie Boys (he did the album artwork for Hello Nasty!), Run DMC, De La Soul, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and the Notorious B.I.G., then you are already familiar with Cey’s work.
We’re looking to make products out of two (maybe three) pieces of his designs. We want you to tell us which ones. So head over to the forums and share your thoughts, questions, constructive criticism and as always… compliments 🙂 Cey will be joining in the discussion at some point.
We love hearing feedback – let us know whether you think this is a good idea!
Eight bit video games, sparkly trees and one insane clown posse: Infectious’ newest Open Submissions winners21/05/2009
Pykee (otherwise known as Ralph T. Lambaco) is a graphic illustrator from the Philippines. His passions include eating “bibingkas“, working on his first album with his band Pelican Street and creating artwork for an organization called Perfect on Paper which is led by fellow Infectious artist Niel Quisaba. Their collective mission is to create awareness in the design world of the talent of the Cebu digital art community, while raising funds for charity.
Venezuelan illustrator Erasmo Ferrante (aka El Bicho) likes to customize stuff. When we asked him what he would most like to customize, he said “My country, no seriously, I want to make the most mundane things into artistic pieces. From chairs, to cell phones, to cars, to walls”. A man after our own hearts. He is currently working on more art for the Infectious voting gallery and on his own animated short film.
Michael Sison (widely known as mikey ion) is a graphic designer/illustrator currently residing in San Francisco, California. Formerly a marketing designer for LRG Clothing, Mikey decided to leave the comforts of home and the sunny skies of Orange County for a new life in the “Yay Area” – joining the ranks of Infectious.com as its resident designer. In his spare time, Mikey makes silly drawings, reads video game blogs, and eats lots of peanut butter.
Do you want to be the next artist to join Infectious? Then come and join in the fun via Open Submissions! We launch new designs into our catalog every Thursday.
For our latest contest we invited our community of artists to creatively interpret major metropolises around the world.
Congratulations to our 1st place winner Phillip Danner who drew inspiration from Basquiat and his obsession for the wheat-pasted and graffiti-strewn walls of his NY borough for his artwork Weathered Wall.
Catalog artist Mike Klay also came to join in the fun of the design challenge. He grew up outside of San Francisco and wanted to represent NorCal with his design SFO. He explains the dynamic angle of his Golden Gate bridge: “I’m always interested in different perspectives rather then looking straight forward. A tilt of the head to the left, right, up or down can open up a million new possibilities for one’s sense of vision”.
Huge thanks to everybody who submitted their beautiful art and photographs, they were all of an insanely high standard. We hope to see you all again in the voting gallery sometime soon.
We started Infectious believing that an online community was one of the best ways to create great art products. And for the last year we have had the fortune to work with incredible artists creating iPhone skins, iPod skins, car decals, adhesive wall art and laptop art. Call it our little crusade to make the stuff in your life less boring. Well, today we are excited to announce, that Infectious art will move onto yet another surface…. skatedecks! But instead of starting from scratch, we are acquiring Popdeck… a website dedicated to community driven skate deck design.
We’re kicking things off with a Skate Deck Design Challenge for the first 5 skate decks that will be added to the Infectious Skate Deck Catalog. Winning prizes range from $1000 to a limited edition, never to be sold “Infectious Eats Popdeck” skate deck. Parker and Adam, the founders of Popdeck will be joining us as guest judges for the design challenge. These guys did an awesome job of taking an interesting idea and getting it off the ground. We are privileged to take it over and grow the project from here.
We’ll be adding the Popdeck catalog of decks to our website this summer and at that time shutting down Popdeck. We’re excited to have the Popdeck community becoming part of Infectious and hope you’ll join us in the crusade against boring. Long live art.