SOL INVICTUS: Shirt Collaboration / Q&A.

In November 2016, I collaborated with badass local motorcycle dudes Sol Invictus. They asked me some questions, and I answered them. They featured me and the artwork we made on their blog.

Here's a link to the blog post (I've also pasted it below):
http://solinvictus.com.au/blogs/news/illustrator-dude-sindy-sinn

And here's a link to the shirt:
http://solinvictus.com.au/products/sol-sindy-tee-black


If you've spent any time in Sydney's Inner West chances are you're familiar with illustrator / pirate Sindy Sinn's work. His bold-yet-loose hand drawn style is instantly recognisable and perfectly characterises the fun, creative, laid-back vibe of brands and venues such as The Courthouse HotelMary's and Young Henry's to name a few.

What do you consider yourself as? Artist or designer? 
I consider myself an illustrator. Mostly working in the band, bar and beer aspects of the world. I have a hand-drawn style, which I translate digitally in preparation for commercial-reproduction. So whilst I spend a lot of time at the computer, my artwork has a hand-done feeling to it, which I like. I’ve actively avoided things like rulers my whole life, there’s a lot of character in a wonky line.
To answer the question, I guess I’m sort of neither and both. Maybe more of a drawsigner? At the end of the day, I like to draw fucked up skulls with a cold beer to a soundtrack of sabbath.

How did you get started in the industry?
I’ve always liked drawing, and I got started years ago drawing posters for my mate’s bands. Over time I got better and figured out my process, while the projects and bands I’m involved with have gotten bigger. Working for some huge bands like The Misfits, Kreator and Parkway Drive has opened a lot of doors.
At the moment I run an art-studio in Newtown, and we’re very fortunate to have a great crew around us. Being nice, working hard and knowing when to shut-up can get you a long way in any industry. 

Do you have any artistic / stylistic influences?
Millions. With the internet at everyone’s fingertips, it’s easy to tap into a world of incredible artwork. Artists like Jim Phillips, Sketchy Tank, Tallboy, Burrito Breath, Alex Lehours, Ben Baker and Mike Watt inspire me. 
I think inspiration is one of those things you can really find anywhere if you’re looking for it. You could see someone walking down the street and wonder what’s in their lunchbox, maybe it’s an octopus! From there draw the lunchbox with a slimey-tentacle hanging out of it, maybe a lollypop or a juice-straw stuck to it. And your individual style will dictate how that looks, how detailed it is even down to what colour the tentacle is. Being confident in your style and your process is as important as the ideas you funnel into it. 

You recently collaborated with us on a tee. In your mind what makes a killer collab?
Killer collaborations happen when both parties are onboard and willing to share the experience and the process. I regularly collaborate with local beer-legends Young Henrys, and it’s always a really satisfying experience.
Working with Sol Invictus has been equally amazing. It started with an email which I turned into some sketches. We had some beers over sketches, we made some changes and we massaged into place what became the final design. And I think the result looks fucking rad. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together, we bloody nailed it. Plus the crew down at Aisle6ix Industries did a great job with the print, a killer team from start to finish. 

What would be your dream project? 
I have a list of bands that I’d love to work for… the dream list. Bands like Red Fang, Queens Of The Stone Age and Rob Zombie are on that list. Being given some artistic control on one of their projects is a bit of a wet-dream scenario for me. 
So far I’ve been relatively fortunate to have worked with some dream clients.
Designing shirts for Mambo and The Rolling Stones have both been pretty big ticks on the bucketlist. But at the moment, I’m working on a range of shirts and prints for my own website: www.sindysinn.com.au 
Making time to work on my own stuff has been really enjoyable (...even if the client’s a bit of a jerk). And if anyone is keen to get their own rad artwork, get in touch. I won’t bite. 

TWENTY-FUCKIN-SEVENTEEN

Another year is upon us. Fuck, what happened to the last one!
Just as I get used to writing "2016" on things, it fucking changes. 
I'm also guessing this year many more of my favourite rockstars will die. Bummer.

But, I'm super-excited to get stuck into a new year and some really exciting projects.
Including the launch of a heap of new shirt designs (go check it out).

Twenty fuckin seventeen ... let's do this!

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'WASTED LIFE' EXHIBITION: NOV 9TH, GOODSPACE

Very excited to announce my first ever debut solo exhibition, WASTED LIFE.  On Wednesday November 9th I'll be taking over the walls of Goodspace, Chippendale. Exhibiting unique and limited art inspired by a life of drinking and self-inflicted decay.

Sponsored by Young Henrys beer and Aisle6ix screenprinting.
6pm til the beer runs out, Wednesday 9th of November. 

Goodspace Gallery. 115 Regent St, Chippendale.

Source: www.sindysinn.com.au

THE VOICE / NIVEA: Storyboard Artwork

In May this year, I worked with Now We Collide agency on storyboard artwork for a Nivea and The Voice TV commercial. I was sent a written version of the script, along with some photos of the (at the time unannounced) finalists and studio locations. After breaking down and deciphering the advertising-hieroglyphics, I put together the composition for nearly thirty shots, each one focusing on how the contestants would interact with the Nivea products. 

And whilst it was a lot of work with a fast turnaround, it's really satisfying to see the final result... which I've included a link to at the bottom. 

Some fun facts about me relating to deodorant:

  • I actually use Nivea deodorant, the 48 hour Silver Protect.
  • I prefer roll-on to spray. I don't know why. I just do.
  • Most mornings I attempt to throw the deodorant bottle over my shoulder and catch it behind my back. I catch it about 3 out of 10 times... but regardless, my girlfriend is never impressed by it. 

FEATURED ARTIST: THE LOOP'S FREELANCER BLOG

I'm very honoured to be a part of The Loop's blog, as a featured freelancer. They got in touch with me via email in the week prior and fired seven juicey questions at me about how I got into freelance illustration, my processes, my inspirations and most importantly... what I order at MARY'S. 

If you're in the mood for a quick read, have a look! 

BACK TO WORK: 2016 Here we come!

So I'm officially back at the studio after a relaxing Christmas holidays.
I did all the normal (Australian) holiday stuff ... swam, surfed and sun-baked. 
And now after all that chilling-out, I'm winding back up again and getting into 2016.

After all the holiday-beers, I'm trying to be a good-boy.
Hopefully nobody Snake Eyes Studios touches my delicious fruit. 
If you're looking for artwork, I'm back in the studio... get in touch

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THE GREAT WALL: Pyrmont Art-Installation

Collaborating with Buildcorp, Urbanest, Leadlease and Scrimworks... I worked on a 60m wide by 13m high art installation in Pyrmont / Darling Harbour. Without a doubt, one of the biggest public artworks in Sydney this year. 

The almost 800 square-metre wall divides the huge student accommodation construction project, which is next door to the prolific Powerhouse Museum. These shots were taken on the 12th of September 2015, as two cranes installed over 250 pieces of industrial ply.

PEDESTRIAN TV: "Men of many talents"

Fuck, it was a while ago now. 
But on December 2nd 2013, I was included in a blog post on Pedestrian TV. The blog (titled "MEET MEN OF MANY TALENTS" focused on several busy men and I. They wanted to know what made me tick, and enquired about things I do and love outside of illustration.

A lot has changed since then, I'm now full-time freelance.
But on the other hand, I still really love burritos.

Check out the article, otherwise here's my part of it:

Meet Sindy Sinn. We discovered him hanging around some rather derelict brick buildings in St Peters, taking a break from screen printing band shirts. Working for APRA|AMCOS, if you need to know anything about music licensing and copyright, Sindy is most definitely your man. When he’s not thinking about the creative law, Sindy is a freelance illustrator with a penchant for big and bold ‘90s style cartoons (think Ren & Stimpy).
Currently customising a motorcycle helmet (which is rather hard considering it’s like painting a bowling-ball), Sindy needs to keep his hands busy otherwise he feels odd. Aside from that, Sindy is really – and we mean really 
– passionate about burritos. 
 

MAGIC BONES: Single Cover for 'DANGER I AM

I was recently approached by Melbourne band Magic Bones about doing artwork for their upcoming single 'DANGER I AM'. They sent me a rough-mix of the song (from the studio) and I quickly got sketching up the project. 

Below I've shown, the first and second rounds of sketches. 
As you can see, we went from a one headed skull-dude, to a two-headed skull-dude.
This was to incorporate the two-singer vibe of the band. Including the fact that one of them is a girl (Kiri)... subsequently one of them ended up with a fabulous Kiri hair-do. 

And of course the final artwork.
I'm super proud of how the artwork has a dark, bold and neon feeling.

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MAGICBONES-vinylcover

AIN'T THAT SWELL: Skeleton Hand Illustration

I was recently approached by a good friend of mine Mitch (who owns the coffee-shop Silver Bean in Newtown) about doing a t-shirt illustration. He needed a shaka'ing skeleton hand, with the text 'AIN'T THAT SWELL'. 
"Sure..." I thought. "...we can do that". 

So I spent a while looking at my hand, analyzing the mechanics of a shaka. 
And then I sketched up some skeleton hands, and made the whole thing fit together.

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MARY'S: Branding and Illustrations

Over the past year or so, I have been working closely with the owners of Mary's Newtown on their image and branding, starting with the opening of their takeaway CBD store.

We worked on the project from the ground up... from creating a strong and recognisable logo, to developing menus, packaging and a painted-environment to match. From the blaring Motorhead soundtrack, to the smoking hot chicken burgers and foul-mouthed pirate-waiters, Mary's has become a formidable brand with a cult-following. 

I'm honoured, pleased and excited to be working with the boys on the launch of their next (few) upcoming projects. And look forward to sharing the imagery and artwork that's to come. 

In the meantime, get yourself to Mary's Newtown or CBD and have one of the best burgers in Sydney. 

#getfat #hailsatan

 

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FLASH SALE: A2 Grim Reaper Screenprints

So, the other weekend I had a flash-sale, exclusively from my online store.
Hand-printed A2 Grim Reaper Screenprints, for $25 ... with free postage.
I don't know what I was thinking. I must have been nuts!

The sale has ended now, but I still have stuff for sale in my store.
Thank you everyone who bought a poster, you guys rule! 

Reaper a2 screenprint
The first round of pen and pencil sketches. 

The first round of pen and pencil sketches. 

GUTTERMOUTH: Australian Tour Poster 2015

So on the back of the CJ Ramone tour poster, I had another knock at my door.
This time, the Californian skate-punk beer-guzzling Guttermouth! Which is pretty rad, I remember buying their 2001 'Covered In Ants' album when I was in highschool (year 9 I think). 

Anyway, they were in need of a tour poster, I cracked out the markers and filled a page with everything I knew about the project. And in the interest of sharing (and full marks), I've shown the page so you can see how my brain works. 

As well as the tour posters, I was also super stoked to put together some limited edition Guttermouth skateboards. Sweet project, a rad tour and super stoked to have been a part of it.

Guttermouth Poster Sketch
Guttermouth Tour Poster
Guttermouth Instagram

BAD FRIDAY: Poster Artwork 2015

The rad legends at the Vic On The Park got in touch ... I love it when they touch. 
And they had an event coming up for Good Friday, called Bad Friday. Get it...?
They needed a poster. I drew a poster. And now we all have posters! Yay posters!

In the interest of being fancy, I also scanned in my project notes and sketch. 
As you can see, I usually just explode everything onto paper and spill shit everywhere. 
Really stoked with how this one came out. Badass biker skeleton... sick.

Bad Friday Poster
Bad Friday Sketch

CJ RAMONE: Australian Tour Poster 2015

I was very honoured to be able to contribute to CJ Ramone's upcoming Australian tour. 
My beat-up and battered Ramones skull is going to be used as some gigposter artwork. 
Mondo Bizarro and Brain Drain are some of my favourite Ramones albums. 
And of course not to mention his solo album Bad Chopper. 

So I was very excited. I cranked up the stereo and smashed it out. 
Here is the finished result ... and I've included the sketches from throughout the process.

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CJ Ramone Sindy Sinn Shirt
CJ Ramone Poster Signed
CJ Ramone Sindy Sinn

KREATOR: Australian Tour Poster 2015

Holy f*ck, I was honoured to draw a tour poster for German thrash metal band KREATORThey've been around for 30 odd years, ripping venues apart and putting out thirteen killer albums. Of which, 'Outcast' is a regular in my studio ... it's what goes on when shit needs to get done. 

So I took what I knew about Kreator, and put together the three-eyed evil horned beast. I wanted to find a happy-place between brutal death-metal art and classic 80's skate-thrash. And I'm really happy with how strong and bold the final design has wound up. 

The church-burning result was screenprinted at Aisle6ix Industries
A two-colour A2 hand-pulled screen print, each individually numbered and signed. 
They will be for sale at all Australian shows for $30 from the merch desk... f*cking buy one.

Kreater Australian Tour Poster

Exhibition Piece: "...JUST A QUICK ONE"

I was asked to be a part of group-exhibition 'What Happened Last Night' at the Young Henry's breweryThe theme alone seemed pretty interesting, as did the prospect of anything involving my favourite beer.

I wanted to capture the difference in humans between when they go out, and when they wake up. The showering, preparation and 'getting ready' for a night out ... versus the visual-apocalypse of a hangover. So I created a BEFORE/AFTER character. Even making pals with a cute-birdie along the way somewhere.

Process wise, I decided to try something new for this one. I sketched and drew it entirely in Photoshop. Using just plain brushes and no fancy tricks. I treated it like a canvas and built it from the ground up.

And I titled this piece "...JUST A QUICK ONE" because those nights are always the most slaughterous. This artwork is currently for sale on the brewery wall. So pop in for a delicious-frothy and check it out. 

STAEDTLER: Artist of the month

So I was recently hand-selected to be the Staedtler artist of the month. Yay!
And they sent me a big exciting pack of Staedtler pens and pencils. Fuck yeah. 
I was asked if I could put pen to paper on some drip-infested pen-loving artwork for them.
I've always loved the Staedtler range ... especially the heavy-duty fine liners they produce.

My process for this was simple.

  • I started by sketching onto a thick slice of A3 paper, with an HB pencil.
  • As I find shapes I like, I thicken them up with the 2B and 4B pencil. 
  • I then erase most of my line-work ... leaving just a vague-suggestion of form.
  • Then, with the fattest of black markers, I trace up my main outline of the character.
  • At this stage, I scan the artwork at a high-resolution. So I can come back to it later.
    Because I like to be able to later use the simple and fat outlines later. 
  • Then I'll shade the artwork with pencils. The darker the better... gimme that 8B.
  • Once that's done, I erase anywhere that I want highlights to shine through.
    And again, at this stage I scan my progress so I can use it later if needed. 
  • Then I go mental. Dark shading, textures and marks all over everything. 
    And again, I scan it so I can use these textures subtlely at a later / digital stage.

And so here it is, my finished artwork for the fine men and women of Staedtler.
Visual proof that Staedtler makes wonderful, yummy and delicious pens and pencils.

And if you get a second, checkout my speed-drawing video below. 

THE MISFITS: Australian Tour Poster 2014

Wow. Ok, holy shit. I was asked to illustrate posters for The Misfits Australian tour.
As a life-long fan of The Misfits, it was an absolute honour to contribute artwork to their tour.

It was super-rad getting to put my own whacky spin on the globally recognised, Crimson Ghost.
To make things more exciting, Aisle6ix and I are screenprinting some limited edition posters.
The three hundred hand-numbered and signed prints, were for sale at each show.
Remaining posters will be available for sale online after the tour has finished.

And, as with any exciting artwork, I have process videos and sketches on the way.

The Misfits Sindy Sinn Poster

STREET MACHINES: Feature Artist for Hot Rod Magazine

I was recently approached by Street Machine's Hot Rod Magazine... about being a feature artist.
Excited to be part of such a rad magazine, I immediately got working on something new for them. The eight page interview covers everything from my history and mostly my involvement with bike-builders.

I also did some needed editorial illustrations for other articles in the mag... I basically took over this issue. The icing on the cake was the t-shirt design I did specifically for Hot Rod Magazine. Check it out.