Today we welcome Designer Tom Stutt and his super awesome brand Antic Apparel to Design Splat!
To get the readers started Tom, tell us a bit about what you do and how Antic Apparel was born:
Antic Apparel is a new clothing brand born in Bristol. It came about when I decided Id like to wear some of the illustrations I was doing. I decided to go ahead with Antic in January 2012 and by May Antic was live.
What is the vision for Antic? Where do you see yourself and the brand in 5 years time?
The vision for Antic is to produce fun tees which are good quality. The definition of Antic in the dictionary is grotesque, funny, strange, odd, bizarre and outlandish which is what I want to bring into the brand. They all wont be like this and I will produce some more serious products, but the main thing is for Antic to be a fun brand, something people enjoy to wear.
I hope that in 5 years Antic will be selling worldwide and be a known brand and taken serious. This isn’t a brand that is here to see what happens, its here to stay and produce some great garments. Id also like to see Antic products being sold on every continent, that’ll be pretty cool.
The first collection of Antic t-shirts are of a playing card, an eagle and the antic logo, what made you choose these designs for the first collection?
I was always going to go with the Antic logo as the classic, its the logo and a tee that will be produced in a few colourways. The Eagle was the first design that I sketched and it had really good feedback from people. I actually sold out of this in large and extra large and had to get it re-stocked. The playing card one was a design I came up with one night and really liked it. No real reason why I went with this one, other than I like it.
Can you tell us anything about the next collection of t-shirts and what they will be like?!
The next two designs were actually released on 30.07.12. They are a grunge style skull tee and a mirror A decal tee. You can see them on the website now at http://www.anticapparel.com. We are also in the process of bringing out snapbacks and musette bags.
Who would you most like to see in a Antic Apparel t-shirt?
I’m a big fan of Scroobius Pip and I recently sent him one. So that’s pretty cool. I would also love to see David Beckham wearing one. Hes been my footballing idol since I was young so that would be pretty exciting. Also someone like Jay-Z would be cool.
The main thing is though I want everyone to wear the brand.
What do you go for inspiration for the pieces you create?
Everyday like is really my inspiration. If I see something when I’m out-and-about then I’ll sketch it.
What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?
Finding suppliers has been difficult at times and of course budgets. Other brands can be quite secretive about who are their suppliers so I’ve had to do a lot of googling etc to find what I need.
What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?
Hard work and determination. If you don’t work hard then you wont succeed, but I think that’s the same with any job or profession.
Do you have qualifications in design? How important do you think qualifications are for designers?
I’ve done a diploma in Design and Innovation from The Open University but this was just a part time thing I did. I’m not sure about how important the actual qualification is. If you have design talent then you’ll go far. I think doing a degree or whatever is important in teaching you techniques and skills but I don’t think the actual qualification matters so much now.
How do you rate yourself as a designer?
I think I’m OK. I think I can always improve and I think that’s the same for everyone. There is always something to learn and getting stuck in and working on things/projects will always make you proceed in the design world.
What in your mind makes a good designer?
Passion makes a good design. Work hard and love what you do will get you where you need to get.
Three words to describe yourself?
Fun, hard working and determined.
Three words to describe Antic Apparel?
Fun, quality and sometimes bizarre.
Hobbies and other interests?
I also run Tom Stutt Design so graphic and web design is another interest of mine and I’m also a massive football fan (Bristol City is my team!)
Who is your favourite designer?
I don’t really have a favorite as there are so many out there. If I had to choose someone who I admire then it would probably be Tom Mac. His illustrations are out of this world.
And finally, is there any advice you can share with aspiring designers?
Work hard and keep things going. Never stand still and always keep your work out there.
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/anticapparel
Pictured above: Mikill Pane who is a hip-hop artist from London in an Antic Classic. He’s been on tour with Rizzle Kicks and also worked with Ed Sheeran.