inkwear99 is another one of those shops sponsoring a threadkiller prize on the forums of Etsy. The prize for killing inkwear99's thread is your choice of a pair of shoes from their shop...and I have heard they are absolutely awesome! First thing in the morning I can usually find inkwear99 posting her Good Mornings to everyone on the Etsy forum threads. The good mornings are always positive and cheerful. One can tell that they enjoy what they do, and I wanted to share a little more about them with you:
What is your favorite item in your shop? My favorite item in my shop is the old school Panther and Dagger shoes.
What inspires you to create? We started Ink Wear because my step daughter, who is 12, wants to be a fashion designer when she gets older. We thought it would be a great thing for her and for us to do things with the whole family. The kids have a lot of input on the designs for the shirts and the totes. They actually wear some items to school and try to sell them to the other kids. We have a tattoo shop and were purchasing shirts for that, so we figured if we made them, it would be easier and much cheaper. We also get some people who don’t want a tattoo on their body, but do like the designs, so we thought what a great concept, tattoo inspired clothing for people who want to wear tattoo designs, but not necessarily have a tattoo for life. That is a huge commitment. There are so many different ideas that we keep coming up with and can’t wait to put the ideas on a pair of shoes or a shirt.
And do you have any inspirational advice for other artists? I think as an artist, you have to keep your mind open for new ideas and thoughts always. Some of our tattoo artist’s, seem to get in a rut of only wanting to do certain tattoos, although they can do anything. I really think any artist has to keep themselves inspired by what is around them in their lives and learning experiences.
Do you create in more than 1 medium? We create our art mostly on canvas, but not just a piece of canvas, the shape of the shoes can be difficult to work with sometimes. The canvas totes and cotton tshirts are fun to work on with the silk screen process.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? And why? If I could live anywhere I wanted, I think it would be somewhere by the ocean. Here in Colorado, we obviously don’t any big bodies of water and I love the ocean. Although, I really do like the changing of the seasons.
What is your favorite food? chocolate, any kind of chocolate. Favorite animal? Panda Bear, they are so cute. Favorite color? pink.
Inkwear99 can also be found on
Art Fire http://inkwear99.artfire.com/,
My Space www.myspace.com/inkwear99,
and Twitter www.twitter.com/inkwear99.
Thank you so much inwear99 for taking the time to do this interview and share your family business with us. Be sure to visit inkwear99 on Etsy and see all the tattoo inspired items they have.