This week we chat with Detroit Illustrator Alisha Huskin about her new 'Rise Again' design for the IA Fall Line, her process for designing a tee, what inspires her, and tattoos (of course!)
1) What is the process of designing a tee like?
When I design a Tee for myself, I’m always conscious of the layout and meaning behind the piece. I want it to stand out boldly. When designing a Tee for other people or companies, I always try to get as much information as possible to create a piece they have envisioned. Then I sketch out the piece and edit it to the individual's specification. I always hope I can nail it in one go but it’s sometimes a lengthy process.
2) What inspires you to create?
I have many inspirations from many different avenues such as music, movies, comics, tattoos, and from other artists. Most of my inspirations come from what I’m feeling on the day I create a piece. I like creating emotion in my pieces whether it’s something sad or happy. It’s a way of expressing who I am in a more positive way. It also opens a door for people to know me on a level I mostly keep to myself.
3) You're not a tattooer, but you have some ink! Do you have a favorite tattoo style?
It’s hard to choose a favorite tattoo style. From my neck to my knees I’m covered in traditional Japanese bodysuit tattoos. Below my knees are completely American traditional tattoos. I appreciate both styles but if I could go back I think I would have done one or the other instead of mixing the two.
4) Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
I don’t have one favorite tattoo artist. There are so many amazing tattoo artists nowadays, it’s hard to just pick one. But some of my favorites I’ve found on Instagram include @Mishlatattooillustration, @larsontattoos111, @drewlinden, @jodydawber, @lambdin_, @kameeleontattoo, @garth_villagetattoo, @gareth_h_tattoos, & @iris_lys. And that is just a few of the insane amount of amazing tattoo artists that I love seeing work from.
5) Have you ever designed a tattoo?
I have designed many tattoos. I actually really enjoy doing them. I usually work on pieces with tattoos in mind in hopes of one day becoming a tattoo artist myself. It’s going to be a long road to get to it but I’m willing to wait.
6) How did you come up with the design for the tee?
With the designs I’ve created for InkAddict, I worked with Nathan, going back and forth through e-mail. That way, I could create a piece that fit in well with what the company is all about. I found InkAddict through Phub and always loved the fact the company helps to put tattoos in a positive light. I was very excited to get an e-mail to work with the company based in Michigan.
7) How would you describe yourself / your art style?
I absolutely don’t know how to describe my art style. Before I would have said lots of hand gestures covered in tattoos or eyes that convey emotion. Now my work is all over the shop. I always want to grow and try new things because I want to be well rounded and I do get bored with the same things over and over.
8) When you're not making art, what are you doing?
When I’m not making art I like to go out with friends, take long scenic walks. I’m currently back and forth from Michigan and North Wales. So I like to keep busy when I’m not working.
9) What's your favorite subject matter to paint/draw?
My favorite subject matter to draw is anything to do with love. It’s something everyone one wants and can relate to in some form. Whether it’s trying to find it or having it.
10) What's your favorite medium?
My favorite medium to use is watercolor. I don’t use it very often because a lot of pieces I make aren’t loosely drawn or colored. But when I get a great inspiration for watercolor, it’s the first thing I go straight to.
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Here at InkAddict, we love our Vets and Military Service Men & Women. This week, we pay special homage to tattooed members of the military, both Veteran, and Active Duty.