BATHER: Boardshort Pattern Design

I was asked by the legends at BATHER how I'd feel about collaborating with them on some limited edition boardies for summer. As some will know, I fucking love summer and I abso-fucking-lutely wanted to work with them on producing some rad shorties. They came had a couple beers with me at the studio and we talked about shorts, repeat-patterns and the physics of how beach-sand can literally make it's way anywhere.

We worked on two colour-ways, each with a different pattern.
A black pair with a prison theme. Skulls, shanks and traditional jail-tatts.
And a blue pair, which had a more simplified skull and shank pattern. 

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I got my hands on a pair of each and they're great shorts. They've done a really nice job with the print and the material. And it was really fun working on my first repeat pattern. I'd love to try more now that I've got my head around it.

They're currently available from General Pants Co. And as Australian summer is coming to an end, they've only got a few left in each size. So a good time for international-folks to grab them as the rest of the world heats up. Here's the links:

Black pair: www.generalpants.com.au/shop-mens/bather/boardshorts/sindy-sinn-swim-short-black-1000071390-001
And the blue pair: www.generalpants.com.au/shop-mens/bather/boardshorts/sindy-sinn-swim-short-blue-1000071389-040

And if you wanna check out the rest of the BATHER range, jump over to their website. www.bather.com

HIGHTEE SCREENPRINTING: Melbourne Mural Artwork

I was stoked to be asked to paint the GIANT factory wall of High Tee Screenprinting's new Melbourne workspace. The nearly three-storey high walls were a pleasure to paint over the hot summery weekend. It took about two (and a bit) long days to paint, using Dulux Weathershield paints, brushes and rollers. The Uni Pro 'Little Ripper' actually played a big part in this mural, as did my pencil on a stick trick.

Given free-rein with the concept, I decided on a motorcycling skeleton dragging a squeegee of ink across the wall... amongst various rad obstacles (snakes and panther). The colours are deliberately bold, with minimal colours, to represent the screenprinting format. 

If you're in the West Footscray area, in need of printing... hit these fellas up.
www.highteescreenprinting.com.au- @highteescreenprinting on

instagram.Photos taken by my good buddy Grizzle.

High up on a retractable ladder, filling in some last few touchups.
The mural goes up into their upstairs ink-storage and office spaces.

The printed sketch I worked from for the mural.
You can see how the artwork extends to the far corners.
Also note the cheeky note I added, before leaving it on their desk.

My trick for sketching up on a big-scale wall. Taping a pencil to an extension pole ... it's strange, but it works.

My trick for sketching up on a big-scale wall.
Taping a pencil to an extension pole ... it's strange, but it works.

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Most colours (always yellow and orange) seem to require two sometimes three coats. For this wall, it was best to fill in the yellow a few times, then cut back the black edges.

Most colours (always yellow and orange) seem to require two sometimes three coats.
For this wall, it was best to fill in the yellow a few times, then cut back the black edges.

The proportions of the wall were slightly different to expected. So I pieced together the sketch to fit around obstacles (like shelving etc). This is a pretty regular occurrence. Being flexible helps quickly fix this.

The proportions of the wall were slightly different to expected.
So I pieced together the sketch to fit around obstacles (like shelving etc).
This is a pretty regular occurrence. Being flexible helps quickly fix this.

Obligatory selfie in front of a section of the wall. Including the extension pole I'd hung from for the past two days.

Obligatory selfie in front of a section of the wall.
Including the extension pole I'd hung from for the past two days.

For scale ... here I am air-guitaring infront of the wall. Probably to Blakroc, Fu Manchu or Chemical Brothers (which kept me going through this long and seemingly neverending wall). I also listened to most of Rob Brydon's audiobook 'Small Man In A Book'.

For scale ... here I am air-guitaring infront of the wall. Probably to Blakroc, Fu Manchu or Chemical Brothers (which kept me going through this long and seemingly neverending wall). I also listened to most of Rob Brydon's audiobook 'Small Man In A Book'.

GENERAL PANTS CO: Brisbane Mural

The legends at Authority Creative invited me to be a part of an exciting mural project with General Pants Co. With a new store being built on Elizabeth Street in sunny Brisbane, I was happy to put together sketches and artwork for an installation behind the counter. With an open brief, I put together one of my trademark skeleton-bikers... along with tiger, snake and blooms of smoke.

The two day installation (around a golden elevator shaft) was lots of fun. The General Pants Co merchandising team were busy behind me finding homes for everything in their new store, and it was super fascinating overhearing their retail-process.

I was also trialing a new black. A Dulux Theatre Black, mixed with Grog Death Black additive to make it blacker and more durable. It worked and came out with a thick and very matte (almost powdery) effect. I think next time I'll try it with Weathershield paints. I really like messing with the blacks for murals... as long as there's enough to use across the whole wall.

Mid-mural, I was visited by my buddy Mark from No Cure Magazine.
He took some rad photos of the process.
And did an intervew with Chris Skyner (Authority Creative) about the project:
www.nocuremagazine.com/no-cure-blog/new-murals-at-general-pants-brisbane

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My taped-dropsheets with assorted paints, brushes and drinks. There is a Starbucks next door ... I must have had FIFTY iced long-blacks.

My taped-dropsheets with assorted paints, brushes and drinks.
There is a Starbucks next door ... I must have had FIFTY iced long-blacks.

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I filled in the gold with spray paint (MTN94). Then cut back over the gold in the custom matte-black.

I filled in the gold with spray paint (MTN94).
Then cut back over the gold in the custom matte-black.

Painting around obstacles. This (blinding) light would soon wear the General Pants Co logo.

Painting around obstacles.
This (blinding) light would soon wear the General Pants Co logo.

The approved sketch... the dimensions changed slightly, but the design still worked really well around the space. Each element is flexible, allowing it to be pieced together.

The approved sketch... the dimensions changed slightly, but the design still worked really well around the space. Each element is flexible, allowing it to be pieced together.

As well as the main wall I also did some fancy lettering across the walls of the changerooms. This STRIP OFF HERE - GET YOUR GEAR OFF lettering was lots of fun to paint.

As well as the main wall I also did some fancy lettering across the walls of the changerooms. This STRIP OFF HERE - GET YOUR GEAR OFF lettering was lots of fun to paint.

BROKE N STOKED: Canadian Apparel Collaboration

In May 2017 I was asked to contribute some artwork to rad Canadian brand BROKE AND STOKED. The rules were simple... something party-orientated in black and white. And thus the BUZZKILL party-tinny was born, in honour of everyone who's ever shotgunned a beer.

They also included the shirt in some of their 2017 Lookbooks (which have always been fucking rad). If you a fan of dude-art... go check out and follow their amazing brand,

You can buy BUZZKILL at: www.brokeandstoked.myshopify.com

SPEED DRAWING: Whiskey Rubber Shirt Design

Whiskey Rubber is a company in Canada who make and sell high quality clothing and parts for Harley Davidsons and motorcycles. So obviously when they asked if I wanted to design a shirt for them, I was stoked. 

To make things more interesting, I recorded my computer screen during the process of drawing the shirt. You can see (at hyper-speed) each step of putting it together. 

Buy the shirt here: www.whiskeyrubber.com

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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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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.

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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