We are so happy to announce our latest collaboration with the very talented and amazing artist Chris Ballasiotes.
Chris Ballasiotes is an illustrator and designer living in Seattle and using his art to be a light in the darkness.
I first found his work on Instagram after someone I followed tagged him in a post. After spending about an hour on his blog, I decided to contact him to see if he would be interested in a collaboration. He said yes and worked up this amazing design in no time. My favorite thing about Chris’s work is that it is so unique. There are a lot of artists out there and sometimes it’s hard to find something totally original, but I think his work is exactly that. It was also very obvious on Chris’s site that he is inspired by the Creator of all things and that is so refreshing to see. His work is amazing and inspiring and I am so happy to announce his collaboration with walk in love.
To Chris – Thank you for making amazing art and lighting up the darkness with your talent! – T.J.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Chris’s site and purchase a print to show him support! He deserves it.
We wanted to take a few minutes and talk to Stephen Murrill, the designer behind our Verses Pt. 1 Collection. He’s talented, really tall and funny. Check it out!
Thank you for doing this interview! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a designer and illustrator. I am the younger middle child of my parent’s four children, am a graphic designer at a non-profit called CURE, and a co-owner of an apparel company called MAEBE CLOTH that is from my apartment in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. I own 13 pairs of shoes, which is about average.
Are you self taught? Or did you study graphic design/typography?
I am self-taught. I went to school in pursuit of architectural design, after dreaming of being an architect for most of my life, and quickly realized it wasn’t for me. It may have been the math, which I’m just terrible at. However, I did learn a few drawing techniques that I still use to this day. All those meticulously straight lines appear in my designs all the time. A few years forward I, accidently and unexpectedly, fell in love with design when friend asked me to create a postcard for his recording studio. It just snowballed from there. I spent the next few years with my nose in typography books, followed closely in the footsteps of designers that I admired and respected, and stayed up on Photoshop until six in the morning. I’m still learning. In the Spring of 2010, I enrolled in a graphic design program, which lasted a week. To say the least, it didn’t get me a degree. I went on tour with my band on and off throughout that year, designing like crazy in between, and knew without a doubt that I had made the right choice learning design on my own. Not to say that going to school isn’t a good idea, it just clearly wasn’t for me.
Can you describe a “typical day at work” for you?
My alarm goes off at 8am. I usually hit snooze a three times, brush my teeth at least once and then I bike to the office by 8:30. I generally drink about half a French press of coffee by noon, and if it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday I get a burrito for lunch. After 5, I spend time with my super amazing girlfriend, do freelance work, and then go to bed. I’m usually tucked in by 1am.
Are their any tools of the trade that you couldn’t live without?
Pencil, good paper, black ink pens, coffee. Everything, luckily excluding the coffee, ends up on my MacBook Pro.
If you could pick anything in the world to put on a t-shirt, what would it be?
A bear taking a swing at a mountain lion with a raccoon, a squirrel and a fox watching from the sidelines, and a buck fleeing the scene into a giant mountain peak. An eagle would find its way into that scene somehow. So, no one steal that idea please.
How/When did you first hear about walk in love.?
A few years ago a friend of mine was wearing a wil. shirt, and I remember thinking, “man, that’s a sweet shirt.” I often would go online to check out the new styles you had. I really admire how you started and how you run your company. Then last year at Purple Door I met you guys, and walk in love. got even cooler. Seriously, you guys are awesome.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
It would probably be the Rocket Pencil. It sort of drew itself.
A huge thanks to Stephen for doing this interview and for designing our entire Verses Pt. 1 Collection. What a talented guy!
“I’ve been a fan of Walk in Love since they first launched. I was proud to support them because of what they stood for, how they run their business and because their gear is sweet. Well, this week, our family got a surprise care package to celebrate a new partnership between them and Fast Track‘s Better Together Movement by designing our Official Better Together Tshirts… aren’t they sweet!?!” -Dane Sanders
Hello! Just wanted to let you know that our Blossom Collaboration t-shirt is back in stock. You can buy online or at our kiosk, at the Park City Mall. If you want to purchase the shirt for a Christmas gift, you’ll have to buy it all the mall so you have it in time.
Also, this shirt is in women’s sizes… which runs different that our normal shirts. You can view our size charts here. Erika (the model) is wearing a small Blossom.
This weeks featured tee is our latest collaboration with Brooke Courtney Photography, the Fingerprint Tee. We had ya’ll vote on which drawing we should print next and the “Fingerprint” won the contest. It’s available only in women’s style t-shirts and is incredibly comfortable. Here is what Brooke had to say about the drawing. “When I create my blind-contour drawings I often draw something random without any sort of phrase or words in mind. For this one, I thought it’d be fun to draw and watercolor a fingerprint. After creating the artwork the only words that came to mind were ‘He gave her a new identity. A new life’.” At the time I didn’t intend on it being a very spiritual drawing, but after looking at it weeks later it was clear it was.”
Our Fingerprint shirt is available for purchase both online and at our kiosk. Also, a 4×6 matte print of the fingerprint drawing is included with every purchase!
We are happy to announce our latest collaboration shirt with Saturate. Saturate is the 20somethings ministry at LCBC church in Manheim, PA. Brooke and I are members of the Saturate creative team. It is an honor to work along side the Saturate team because they are so passionate about serving God. They have a true heart to connect 20somethings to God. It’s been a blessing to be a part of what they do. Saturate is also branded really well so it was easy to come up with a shirt idea that fit their brand, but also fit our brand. I think the shirt turned out amazing. The shirt is currently only available at the kiosk, but will be available online soon. So if you are part of Saturate or just want to support Saturate come to the kiosk and get one of these sweet shirts. Also, if you are a 20something living in the Lancaster county area check out Saturate at LCBC church and connect. Thanks. [T.J.]
walk in love. clothing is proud to announce a collaboration shirt with Ugmonk. Basically, we love anything that Ugmonk does and we were so excited when Jeff, the founder, said that he would love to do a shirt with us. All of his designs are amazing and we are thrilled with how his collaboration shirt turned out.
Please make sure to visit the Ugmonk site and pick up a few of his amazing shirts.
The shirt is for sale in the walk in love. clothing store or at the Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA. Jeff receives a portion of every shirt we sell.
This summer we collaborated with Brooke Courtney Photography to create our Blossom t-shirt. The shirt has been a huge hit so we are expanding our collaboration with Brooke Courtney this fall. We have narrowed our selection to 4 drawings and we want your input on which one we should print next.
Here are the 4 drawings. Make sure you vote for the one you love and also leave us a comment telling us why!
We are proud to announce our first ever walk in love. clothing collaboration with Brooke Courtney Photography! We are so happy with the way this shirt turned out and think it’s a great way to kick off our collaboration series. We hope it’s the first of many awesome shirts. Remember that when you purchase a collaboration shirt most of the money is going directly to the artist. We only take a small fee for what we do, so by buying a collaboration t-shirt you are supporting a talented artist!
A little info about Brooke Courtney:
Brooke makes her full time living as a natural light portrait and wedding photographer with her husband in Lancaster, PA. She has traveled all over the country with her gift of capturing weddings and portraits in a unique and beautiful way. Her talents don’t just stop at photography though. She is a talented graphic artist, videographer and is just really good at anything creative. Be sure to check out all her beautiful photography at Brooke Courtney Photography and her amazing graphic design work at sixtysevensouth. When I asked Brooke what her greatest inspiration was she said, “I am most inspired by the love of my savior Jesus, my husband and our two awesome cats Leo and Lola.”
If you are interested in walk in love. clothing collaboration please make sure you read the full post here.
Also we will be highlighting all the new shirts this upcoming week on the blog!