Shirtheads - featuring rubyred

It was a tough choice on which tshirt to feature this week, as there were so many to choose from

but I finally settled on this one

What was a no-brainer though,
was the choice of rubyred

Fast becoming one of the most prolific bubblers at the moment, the man has uploaded more gold in the past month than I think I’ve done in the whole time I’ve been here!

It’s boomtime! ;o)

So, what do you like about Earth?

It’s my home, and I always enjoy coming back!! I think growing up I was guilty of being fairly blinkered to wider global issues. But now, having two young children, it’s very clichéd, but you can’t help but think about their futures and their children’s futures. What we do or don’t do now is going to have a massive effect on what they have to deal with in the not too distant future. They are young but I’ll make sure my girls are more aware of the impact they have on their ‘home’ than I did (and most of the kids of my generation did) when I was growing up.

Where do you think you fit into the grand scheme of things?

Centre-left right at the back. I know I’m a very insignificant part of the overall picture but I still hope that there is something inside of me that may touch and affect a few people in the future. Who knows? Tough one second question in, c’mon caanan cut me some slack, ask me what my favourite colour is!!! (Deep blue verging on purple, for anyone interested)

How did you find the bubble and what made you stick around?

I found it with a straightforward Google search. I’ll be honest, I was looking for a way to make a little cash away from the day job and I came across Redbubble. I had a look around the site for a couple of days to see what it was all about before taking the plunge and joining up. I’ve been a graphic designer for around 15 years and felt that I’d become stuck in a rut creatively for a while now. Although I’ve only been a member of the site for 3 months, RedBubble and its members have given me a shot in the arm of renewed enthusiasm, and making sales is just a nice but secondary benefit. I still feel I’m finding my feet within the site, as my collection of varied work will testify, but I hope to be a part of the community for a long time to come and continue to benefit creatively in my day job from the feedback and interaction from some truly talented people. There are many other art sites out there but the Bubble feels somehow special. Even after this relatively short period of time, I think it’d feel odd to sign-up to another community.

What’s your favouritest tshirt you’ve ever worn?

When I was small (child of the seventy’s) I had a t-shirt with Animal from the Muppets and I loved it! It became one of those comfort things that you need all the time. I remember it wearing really thin and losing its shape (it couldn’t have been an American Apparel quality number) but insisted on wearing it all the time. I remember my mum hiding it to try and wean me off it. Is it just me or do other people remember t-shirts they wore at significant moments in their life? I remember my ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ tee I wore the first time I flew on a plane – made me feel like I was Steve Austin.

What have been your highlights so far?

RedBubble highlights: the first time somebody added me to their watchlist or getting my first comment (thanks Jen Cannella), to think that people ‘get’ your work and want to be told when you add more is a bit of a buzz. And of course, those little yellow messages telling you somebody has spent some hard earned on your ideas.

Outside world: I did win a Paddington Bear colouring competition when I was 6, he did make me cry though when I went on stage to pick up my prize. Marmalade sandwiches still send a shiver down my spine to this day – damn that bear.

Where, when, why, and how do your tshirt ideas come?

They can come at anytime, and as you can see I have a fairly eclectic collection of designs. I travel to work on the train so I have a lot of time just to think, read and sketch. I might read something in the paper that sparks an idea that I can’t stop thinking about until I’ve sketched it down. Or, sometimes I drift off in meetings and picture ideas when I should be concentrating on marketing plans. I’m a graphic designer by trade so I’m used to looking at logos and branding and for whatever reason, I often see something else not meant, hidden beneath a design. I do like putting a twist on well known branding especially if it gives a few people a giggle. I can go through long periods with my serious head on but sometimes you just need to have a laugh and do something purely to raise a smile.

What would you like to see make a comeback?

Common sense, there are a lot of very intelligent people in the world but most seriously lacking in the common sense department. Oh, and spandex. I think spandex has received really bad press over the last few years.

Have you ever found anything highly amusing that no-one else has?

Apart from myself do you mean? I have been known to laugh at funerals, you know that nervous infectious laugh you get at really inappropriate moments.

If Jesus came back today, what do you think would happen?

He’d probably be invited to join Celebrity Big Brother, where he would eventually be voted out and then offered a 2-album lame recording contract and any of his worth or usefulness will be absorbed into the greyness of celebrity land.

There are a lot of messages in your tshirts. What are you here to teach us?

I’m not here to teach or be worthy. I just pick up on political/social issues and hope somebody else sees the same thing that I do. It’s not a conscious thing where I’m looking for the t-shirt in every circumstance or event, but sometimes a piece of news will stick with me and I’ll do a design to start a bit of dialogue with like minded people. For example my ‘Vote Death’ t-shirt based on the current events in Zimbabwe and other rigged ‘democratic’ elections around the world, is not expected to be a commercial success but if it generates a bit of thought around the subject then I’ve achieved something.

thinking music

The end!

Memory lane…

The Original Strip BigFatRobot Chris Richards Paul McClintock David J Cunning Johdie Tambatoys Simon Sherry Ross Robinson Natalie Tyler thickblackoutline rubyred Liesl Yvette Wilson Chris Wahl Jaywalker sparklehen jemimalovesbigted purelydecorative nofrillsart Superteam: Non-Stop animo Tabita LilyM bahgoesthesheep LuckyVegetable o0OdemocrazyO0o MuscularTeeth

Sorry this week’s Shirtheads was up a little later than usual folks, I was at Toronto Zoo all day which is in the middle of nowhere! so I got home late.

Also, if you haven’t yet, my comic, Celadore, is still up at for the rest of May. Please help me win by clicking on my little banner

reading, registering, favouriting, five starring and most importantly VOTING! :oD Help me achieve my goal of being an actual paid comic artist! And if I win, don’t worry, Shirtheads ain’t going anywhere. This is my baby. Redbubble is my second home.

Which also brings me to send a big old THANK YOU to Redbubble for my own redbubble! Yay! I hear it is good for your posture. :o)

See ya next week folks!


Journal Comments

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