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

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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.

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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.

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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.

TOYS

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.

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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.

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

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ART ZINE

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.

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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.

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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!

CHRISTMAS SHOWS

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!

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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

Akumu Monster Shirt October 2015 Release

A monster smiles at you…

Akumu… his name.

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Japanese for “nightmare”.   How can such a cute little monster be a nightmare?  Beneath the welcoming exterior lies a shadow monster- strong, dark, and deadly.

Sotare Akumu Shirt 15 CroppedAkumu” reminds us that the world is not always as it seems… and looks can be deceiving.

 This white design is screen printed on a black, soft, sweatshop free, American Apparel ring spun cotton tee.

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The shirt is adorned with a blue hem-tag, emblazoned with the Sotare logo.

Sotare Akumu TagAkumu” is now available exclusively at our online store.  Grab yours today and use the coupon code “Friends10″ for 10% off your purchase.  You may even want to snag an Akumu resin toy while you’re at it!

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Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Owner//Designer//Dreamer

Zombie Joey Split Fountain September 2015 Release

He’s back… from the dead… and more colorful than ever.

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Zombie Joey” rises up from the grave to feed on the brains of the living.  He walks around numb and mindless… entrails spilling on the ground… brains dripping from his head.  He’s after you!  Once you’ve been infected with the virus, there’s no going back.

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It’s easy to become a zombie in today’s society.

Staring mindlessly at our phones.

Disconnected from reality.

 Going through the motions of a mundane, brain-numbing routine.

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Zombie Joey” is a reminder to rebel against the mass society and make a difference.

A reminder not to conform to the norms of this generation but to stand up for what is right.

A reminder to wake up and follow your dreams.

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This design is screen printed using the split-fountain technique creating a vibrant effect of colors fading from blue to pink.  Due to the screen printing process each zombie shirt will have a different fade and each one will be unique.

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Zombie Joey” is printed on a black, soft, sweatshop free, American Apparel ring spun cotton tee. The shirt is adorned with a pink hem-tag, emblazoned with the Sotare logo.

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This special-edition “Zombie Joey” is now available exclusively at the online shop.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

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Zombie Joey Shirt Release

His brains ooze out… You can see his bones and guts…

He’s not dead… He is undead!

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The zombie emerges… from the grave and to your closet on this soft, comfortable, jet black tee shirt.

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Zombie Joey is a reminder to all of us not to be another faceless drone, a zombie of society’s mundane routine.  Instead we need to stand up for what is right and actively engage in making this world a better place.

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Zombie Joey is printed on a black ring spun American Apparel shirt using soft off-white ink.  Use the coupon code “Friends10″ for 10% off your purchase.

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For a limited time, Zombie Joey has been bundled with three other shirts and a belt for our End of Summer Sale.

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You can grab this pack for $65.  More exciting things to come next month!

Leaping forward,

Adrian

July 2015 Release

Inspiration.

We all have it. We all need it.

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Sotare was inspired by the things I love, which like many people was spending time playing Super Mario Brothers and other classic Nintendo games, watching cartoons, and being captivated and fascinated by the art of it all.

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The “Poken-at-chu” poster combines those influences in a bright, dazzling poster that goes off with a sonic boom.

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For the first time, the mask comes off.   We can peek behind the costume and see Joey enjoying his day. A mix of digital, hand drawn, and painted elements comes together in this fresh 11 X 17 poster print titled “Balloon Boy“.  This poster is based on a mixed media spray art piece that I created of the same title.

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Each of these posters are printed on 11×17 paper and are ready to be framed and hung on your wall.

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You can never have enough art to display in your room or home.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

Summer Shred and New Shirts- June 2015 Release

Strength. Courage. Endurance. Sotare.

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Last month we released “Coat of Arms”.

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This shirt features a large Sotare crest and an array of hidden kangaroos and secret messages.

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For June, we release “Coat of Arms” in a sapphire blue.

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What better way to get prepared for the patriotic summer holidays than by repping some red, white, and blue Sotare? Get yours at over at the store!

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This summer we are running a Summer Shred contest on our Instagram.  It’s simple.  Just take a picture or video of yourself skateboarding.  Post it to Instagram using the hashtag #mysummershred.  We will be randomly picking winners throughout the summer.  This contest will be going until August 31st.  So get out there and shred for some threads!

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Also, just wanted to mention that at the end of May, I was able to be a part of the Trove Gallery in Hagerstown, MD. During the Western Maryland Bluesfest, the Trove Gallery was open, offering works from a wide variety of artists, including myself. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and special thanks to those of you who threw down hard earned cash to rep the Sotare brand!

More exciting things to come this summer including more Instagram contests, sponsorships, new clothes, new toys, and new market dates.

Leaping forward,

Adrian Black

What to Watch Wednesdays

Greetings all!

I’ve started a new thing over at our Facebook page called “What to Watch Wednesdays.” Make sure to check that out every week as I highlight some of my favorite pro skaters, artists, and behind the scenes videos I dig up on YouTube.  I promise to only take a up a few minutes of your day with the most awesome of videos!

Thanks for being a part of Sotare!  I’m very excited about things going on this year.

Leaping forward,

Adrian

April 2015 Recap

This past month instead of dropping a new item on the online store I decided to present them at two live shows first. They’re pretty sweet posters and they’ll soon be available on the shop. Can you spot them in the pictures below? If you think you know what they are, email me at adrian@iamsotare.com and if you’re right I’ll send you a little surprise!

Eastern Shore Fan Con

First up was the Eastern Shore Fan Con. This event is a mix of comics, video games, anime, and cosplay. It’s held annually at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

I’ve applied and researched a few conventions and for most of the artist alleys, you pay for a table or for two tables. I’m used to having a 10 foot by 10 foot tent for Sotare, so to condense everything down to the one table was a challenge. I did some research and saw that a lot of artists use cube organizers to display their work, so I stole that idea and came up with my table display.

I could not find any more wire cube organizers for purchase, so I had to improvise and buy a laundry rack to connect my two cube towers. The laundry rack was six feet long and I used velcro ties to secure it to the two cube towers. Then the Sotare banner was attached using a mix of tape and more velcro ties. All in all I was pretty happy with the booth set up. I was actually set up about an hour early for the event, which was awesome as it allowed me time to tweak my booth. Once I get more cubes I can tweak the design even more and make things look even better.

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As for the event itself, it was pretty cool. Met some really nice people there, was introduced to some new artists, and made some friends. It was really great to see people who wrote and drew their own comics, a guy who was developing a video game, some unique fan art, and lots people who were having fun. All in all it was a good day. On the way home I got to cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at sunset- and it was amazingly beautiful.

Fenton Street Market

Next up was the 2015 opening day of Fenton Street Market. I was at Fenton about 6 or 7 times last year, so I’m pretty familiar with set-up and everything and have it down pretty well. I did want to switch things up a little bit and bring some of my spray art and other works with me to markets this year, so that proved to be a bit of a challenge. I drive a Honda Civic. So my tent, weights, tub of shirts, tub of supplies/posters/accessories, tables, chair, mini dolly, and art all have to fit in this small coupe. I was able to fit more in than I thought possible, which allowed me to bring some bigger canvases down to the market.

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Market day was great, although pretty cold. There were some people out shopping, but not as many as there would have been if the weather would have been warmer. Still, all in all, a pretty great day. It’s always great to meet new people and get to know them. It’s really awesome to be able to make an instant connection with someone because of a similar interest. I was able to share the vision of Sotare with a good number of people. Lots of them were stoked about Sotare’s positive message.

I truly believe in the Sotare message. If you have a dream or a goal, really try to find a way to make it reality. This could be taking a big leap of faith and launching something huge. Or it could mean scaling your idea down to something you can test in a smaller market and in a smaller way before making it bigger. Whatever it is and whatever you want to to- go for it. Dream it. Plan it. Work it. Make it reality. The world needs dreamers. Part of what makes the world a beautiful place is it’s vast diversity. Is your idea a little out there? Good. It’ll be something new and fresh. Doesn’t mean people will flock to it right away. But over time you never know what will happen. In fact, you never know what will happen with anything if you don’t try. You could fail. So what? Try anyway. Success is just a series of failures that eventually leads you to the right destination.

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Keep leaping forward. Things can be pretty dark in our world now days. Be the light in someone else’s darkness.

-Adrian