Yeah Jamie! Thanks for catching up!
No worries, great to chat.
Let’s get into it. We’re here to celebrate your collection with the Volcom family. Tell us all about it!
Basically my good mates at Volcom approached me to create a unique collection of fun and easy going’ tees. How could I say no? Walk us through the inspiration behind it all. Since returning from a 4 year stint in The States last year, I’ve been looking to get back in touch with my aussie upbringing and this project was the perfect opportunity to dig into that “Aussie-ness” It’s about having a bit of fun and letting the good times roll all summer long, not taking things so seriously and embracing the larrikin spirit.
You are known to specialise with witty puns to accompany your illustrations, but tell us how you yourself describe your work?
I definitely like to incorporate wordplay in my work especially where there’s a double meaning or inside joke that I can lend a visual dimension to. I love to explore ways to combine ideas like having two images in one, two opposites together or creating simple little illusions to be discovered. I’m always trying to find underlying connections and patterns between things and bring them to the surface. If I can do that and communicate it without words, it’s even more concise and has a greater “uh huh!” moment. That’s the fun of it for me.
What first sparked the relationship with Volcom? You first started as an artist and ambassador yeah?
Yeah, I started out working as a graphic artist in the design department at Volcom where I was able to hone my skills creating all sorts of art for tees, boardshort prints etc. Eventually, I stumbled upon my own style and Volcom really backed it, providing me with a great platform to share it. The campaign shoot highlighting the products is something in its own.
We see you teamed up with Volcom family member Ozzie Wright and hit the road in an old school commodore. Where did you go and what did you do along the way?
So stoked to have Ozzie jump in the commo for that trip! We took turns driving that bronze beauty up and down the coast, visiting the big pineapple, big prawn, Byron Bay, a few little skate spots and a few watering holes too. We tried on some fast looking shades, sunk a few coldies and fed a few hundred birds. All the while, Ozzie kept the thirsty commo cruising with many a sweet strum from his ukulele. Good times.
Got a favourite piece? If so, why?
Has to be the “Flat Out” tee. Since this was an Aussie inspired collection, it just clicked for me plus we had to get a croc in there. The layout is also something completely different for me which I like.