Like every Tuesday, here we are again with the latest episode of our most popular series, #TshirtTuesday! Where we interview up-and-coming personalised T-shirts designers (are you one of them?) and feature their lines.
This time around we bring you Oliver and his brand Nerd Venom. At a first glance, it might seem like a school project, but as you study closely, you’ll realise this a genuine brand with potential. By being faithful to his creative impulses, this young designer has tapped into a style that’s reminiscent of the street art inspired graphics that made the Shirt Kings so famous back in the day, mixed with a healthy dose of irreverent optimism. If you’re into neon colours and cheeky illustrations, then you’re in for a treat.
I hope you enjoy our newest #TshirtTuesday!
#TshirtTuesday: Nerd Venom
Tell us about you, what’s your name? Where are you from? What do you do?
My name is Oliver Fredericksen and I’m from California. I do art, music and hang out with people.
What about your brand? What’s its name? What makes it unique?
My brand is called Nerd Venom, and I draw all of the designs for the T-shirts and hoodies myself, and hopefully more stuff in the future. Some are digital and some hand-drawn; I like making them really colourful. Colours are sick. I try to make clothes that I would want to wear myself, while still making sure others would enjoy it, too. The demographic for my brand would probably be younger people with style.
If it were a person, what would he/she be like? Describe your brand in three words.
If my brand were a person, it’d be a loud, young, happy, annoying, colourful and beautiful guy. In three words, my brand would be described as: Creative, Weird and Colourful.
For how long have you been selling T-shirts? Any remarkable story you learnt on the way? Any advice for beginners?
I’ve been selling T-shirts for almost a year now. One lesson I’ve learned along the way is to not take in all the opinions you’re handed. I had people who told me starting this whole brand thing would be kind of a stupid idea, and others called the art I made too weird to be able to sell. I also had people who tried to tell me how to make my designs. But I stuck to my original ideas and made it happen, and I’m really proud of how they’re starting to look. To anyone starting a brand, remember to #1, stick to your ideas and keep it original, #2, don’t listen to anyone’s opinions about your work, #3, work hard enough at it and your brand will be really successful.
Why should people be interested in your brand?
One reason people should be interested in my brand is because it has beautiful designs, and the art is diverse and happy. It’s stuff that stands out.
Before you go, let’s do a rapid fire round:
Dogs or Cats?
Apple or PC?
Football or basketball?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee — Tea tastes like bath water.
Beach or forest?
A jump house.
“I don’t trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.” — Roy Ayers
Featured garments from Nerd Venom
For more inspiring designer stories and cool T-shirts, don’t forget to catch us next week on a brand new edition of #TshirtTuesday.
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