Death To Life: Part One

Are you living?  Or are you just a ghost of what you could be?


It’s time to rise out of our graves and come to life.  Are you ready to breathe?  Are you ready to live life in all it’s fullness?


This fall I am proud to bring you a line of trans-media pieces titled DEATH TO LIFE.  This series of artwork includes shirts, framed art, buttons, and art toys.


The first release is the title shirt, “Death to Life“.  Hand-screened in Maryland and printed on a 100% ring-spun cotton, American Apparel shirt.


Here we see the stark transformation from being a social zombie, a drone of the media, a ghost held down by fear and failure, to being fully alive, thinking clear, and experiencing the world the way we were created to.


Your friends, your passions, your town, and your family need you to take the courageous leaps of faith necessary to turn dreams into reality.


Are you living now?


Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Designer // Owner

Death to Life: Coming Soon


Coming soon to Sotare is a new micro-line called Death to Life.

This will include:

    • Two shirts
    • Art prints
    • New buttons
    • Special toy colorways.

The first piece will be released September 23rd!  Sign up to the Sotare Exclusive email and follow our Instagram so you know when it drops!

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Designer // Owner

Carpe Diem: August 2016 Release

Carpe Diem.

Seize the day.


A great phrase that often leads to empty excitement and results in being just another pithy statement. To seize the day you must be ready. You must be awake, alert, and looking for opportunities to seize. Eternally looking forward into the unknown poised to strike while the iron is hot.


How will you prepare yourself to seize each day?

Seize your life before your life seizes you.


Carpe Diem is printed on a ring-spun cotton American Apparel cotton tee.  Each shirt is finished with a blue hem tag.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Owner// Designer

The Chief: July 2016 Release

The Chief.

A revered leader. A warrior. A wise old sage.


The chief sits at the top of the food chain. The chief calls the shots for the rest of the tribe. The chief knows what’s best for his people.

Cheif Grizz Adrian

We all have a leader, a head honcho, someone we call the big cheese- our chief.

Cheif Grizz Matt Look Down Small

The question is, who is your chief? Who do you follow?

Choose wisely.


The Chief is printed using the split-fountain technique creating a unique fade from blue to pink on each jet-black, ring-supn American Apparel cotton tee.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Designer // Artist // Owner

Art Zine Now Available For Everyone

This past Christmas I gave out an art zine to five lucky Intagram followers. Now it’s available for everyone!


This zine offers a look inside of my art, both with Sotare and some of my own personal creations. You’ll see spray art, paintings, line drawings, and photographs.


Under each picture and art piece I have offered a brief description, giving you a tiny peek inside the creation of the piece.


Head over to the shop to pick up yours!  Each art zine comes with some free stickers.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Designer // Owner

New Goodies March 2016 Release

Can you believe it’s March already?  Most of the snow winter storm Jonas has melted away…  The sun is beginning to warm things up…  It was almost 80 degrees here in Maryland!  Spring is such an awesome time of the year- skateboarding, longer days, and more opportunities to spend quality time to spend outdoors.

 Updated Sticker Packs

First up on the docket is a new version of the sticker packs.  We’ve updated the sticker packs to include some new sticker designs and I’ve got to say, this is the best sticker pack yet.  For $5 you can get six vinyl stickers.  Slap them on your skateboard, sketch book, guitar case, locker, laptop or door… or you can share some with your friends.

Sotare Stickers 16 Display

 Sticker packs now include:

1 Zombie Joey

1 Bubble Letter Joey

1 Kangaroo

1 Dripping Sotare

2 Classic Black Logo stickers

Stoare Stickers 16 CU

Make sure you add a pack to your next online order!

“Joey Bubble Letters” Poster

New to the online store is the “Joey Bubble Letter” poster set.  A hybrid of urban, graffiti style lettering and clean illustration collide into a colorful, edgy, dripping piece of art.

Sotare Bubble Letter Dual Poster Set

For $10 you can get both posters.  Each 8 x 10 print is ready to be framed and hung on your wall or put at your desk to offer you daily inspiration.

Sotare Bubble Letter Poster Beauty Shot

Free Art Friday

Have you been loving our Free Art Friday contests on Instagram?  So far we’ve given away posters and sticker packs.  This weekend we will give away a shirt!  If you’re not following us, do it now!


For the next few weeks we will be giving away some Sotare threads.  Go over to @iamsotare to follow and get your chance to win some sweet goodies!

Leaping Forward,

Adrian Black

Owner// Artist // Designer

Katsucon 2016

Over Valentine’s weekend I was fortunate to be a part of the Katsucon Artist Alley.   Katsucon is a very large Japanese culture and anime convention.  The event is held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at the National Harbor, right outside DC.  The area is beautiful, the hotel has a crazy atrium, and the event was massive!  This has been the largest convention I have attended so far with Sotare.

 Sotare Katsucon 1

I’m always excited and humbled when someone buys my artwork.  To have a total stranger who has only recently been introduced to my art decide on the spot to drop $20 on a shirt means a lot.  I’ve had people come up and get so excited they buy multiple shirts and accessories.  At Katsucon, I sold a lot of shirts and framed mini art prints.  The decision to begin selling the mini framed prints has proved to be successful, pulling in a good chunk of sales at each event now.

Sotare Katsucon 2

The favorite shirt has been the split-fountain Zombie Joey.  I’ve almost sold out of my second printing of this shirt and will have to order more before the next event!  I’m stoked that so many people have enjoyed the design!

Sotare Zombie Joey Split Fountain Cropped Small

I was driving back and forth for this event, waking up at 6:30 in the morning and not making it back home until 11:00 at night.  By the end of the weekend I was more exhausted than I realized.  It took me a few days to catch my breath… but it was so worth it!

 Sotare Katsucon 3

Looking forward, I plan to do Katsucon next year (and I want to do MAGFest).  In preparation for next year there will be some different art and also giving the booth a more detailed and professional presentation.  This year I kept things simple, basically repeating my booth set up from the Charm City Christmas show.


I will post photos here on the blog and Instagram as I work on improvements for the booth.  I haven’t been posting as many behind the scenes as I used to, so I think I’ll start getting back into that!

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Owner // Designer // Artist


I Am The Trend Sotare Unboxing Review

Recently, I had the honor of being featured in an unboxing review on I Am The Trend.

Packaging- B+

Pricing- A

Printing- A

Presentation- A

Thanks Adam for doing a great review!  Having someone who has been in the indie brand world for years give advice, critiques, and complements was really helpful.  It helps me to see the brand a little differently and hear what makes a good impression, and what made a bad impression.  Always plenty of room to grow- and I know where I will focus next.  What did you think of the review?

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Designer // Owner

Ringing in the New Year with New Threads 2016

He’s back… for more… and he’s brighter than ever.

Zombie Joey has made his return

 ZJ Yellow CU Cropped Small

We’re all at risk of becoming zombies…

Wasting away in front of a screen… unresponsive to texts and calls from friends… slowly decaying in a wasteland of fast food, YouTube and Netflix…

It’s time to brush ourselves off, rise up, and seize the day.

It’s time to live again.

ZJ Yellow Cropped Small

This is the third colorway now available of “Zombie Joey“.  A custom mixed golden yellow ink infused on a soft cotton shirt create a perfect blend of comfort, style, and attitude.

ZJ TagCropped

Each shirt is finished with a pink woven label, proudly displaying the Sotare name, and with a hidden message on the inside.

Get yours over at the shop!

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Owner // Designer

Recap: Toys, Art Zine, and Christmas Shows

The end of 2015 was a fantastic mix of new art, new people, and new experiences!  Last year was the best year of Sotare yet and I’m optimistic about what the future may hold.


Making resin and paper toys is a lot of fun.  At Uprise Fest this fall, we ran out of paper toys!  It’s humbling and exciting to think of people buying little paper sculptures I’ve created and displaying them in their homes, rooms, and offices.

In November I released a new color way of Akumu.

 Akumu Blackout 2 Cropped Small

The smiling green monster went a little bit darker this time as a ‘blackout’ version.  I really like the way that he looks like something from an old 1930′s black and white cartoon.

Akumu Blackout 2 Side CU

 It was fun to paint him differently and switch things up.  You can get your resin toy in the shop!

Akumu Blackout 2 side Small


For Christmas I wanted to do something special for some of my Instagram fans.  It’s crazy to think that through an app on a smart phone we are able to connect with each other over our shared love of things like skateboarding, art, stickers, graffiti, and clothes.   For me personally, Instagram can be a lot of fun- so I wanted to thank my Instagram followers for spending time connecting with me.  This gave birth to the first Sotare Art Zine.


The art zine is a 16 page, full color, mini-magazine showcasing artwork, photos, and digital colorings.  Only a few people were able to get their hands on this guy, as I limited this giveaway to five pieces.


I also included some stickers in the giveaway, some of which are unrelated to Sotare, but from my personal, non-branded, art.  It was a blast to make and the cover turned out looking really sweet.  These will be made available for purchase soon!


I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Downtown Movement‘s Holiday Pop-Up Shop event.  I love the opportunity to share my art and creations with people in my own hometown, a chance that comes seldom.  On December 11th and 12th we took over the downtown square and turned one of the storefronts into an artist market.  The space was previously used by a jewelry store, so there were lots of glass displays and different cases which helped display artwork and creations in a really cool way.  I was given my own room, which turned into a mini shop.  Lots of people were buying shirts, stickers, and posters.  It was awesome!



The following weekend I traveled down to Baltimore to be a part of the Charm City Flea‘s Holiday Market.  Arriving at 8:30 AM at the church I hurriedly unpacked my car.  We had a little over an hour to set up our booths before customers arrived.  It was a challenge, but I flew through set-up and was ready to go with time to spare.  The day was a fun mix of meeting new people, connecting with awesome artists, and selling art to cool locals.

As I move into 2016 I’m excited to be able to meet more people,  do more events, and make more art!

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Artist // Designer // Owner