Inspired by Nike trainer design, Jack Stocker is a graphic designer and freelance photographer studying at the University of Brighton.
What’s your connection to Brighton and what do you dig about the city?
I’ve lived around Brighton for 15 years now and I think it has everything in and around it that I need for now. The people, the fashion and over all vibe.
Can you briefly elaborate on your creative process, mediums used etc?
I would say most of my work is made to be prints, but recently, after studying Art and Design at foundation level, it has influenced me to create imagery through mixed media, which is then to be flattened and made in to a print.
Any current/future projects you can share with us? Aspirations?
In 2013 I was asked to create 6 illustrations of iconic Nike trainers in ‘my style’ that I had developed. This led to me being asked to exhibit my work at Exposure gallery, London, where my framed pieces were on public view and for sale.
My exhibition led to co-owner of Staple Design, Jeff Staple, contacting me as he was interested in working together to create a series of t-shirts with his brand, Staple. Some of the images that I illustrated were Staple’s logo, Jeff’s favourite Air Jordan and one of my original illustrations, the Nike Air Max 90 Infrared, my favourite model.
My most recent project was again with Staple, but this time it was also with Packer Shoes to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of opening up their shop in Teaneck, NJ. I was asked to Illustrate Nike Air Max 1 ‘Viotech’, which was a collaboration with Atmos; it’s for sale at the moment on Packer Shoes US site.
Five things inspiring you/your work right now:
2. When I check Behance there is always something that inspires me.
3. Brand owners like Jeff Staple, Nicky Diamonds and Frank the Butcher – just to name a few. It’s always inspiring to hear their stories and how they’ve got where they are today.
4. Action Bronson
5. Swiss Design
Three things you just HAVE TO do EVERY day:
2. Brush my teeth.
3. Check instagram.
Current pet peeves:
People spitting on the street & people walking slow on a busy street.
Current guilty pleasure:
Hahaha it’s not current, but I’ve watched all of The Hills.
Obv, the greatest designer/illustrator of all time is…
Tinker Hatfield, because his inspiration behind some trainer designs like the Air Max 1 really opened my imagination.
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