SANTA MONICA, CA – NerdyShirts has enlisted the über-talented Oliver Barrett to design a Limited Edition T-shirt that merges one of the coolest looking presidents in U.S. history with one of the best sci-fi films of our childhood.
The collaboration marks another one of NerdyShirt’s The Rule of Thirds philanthropic efforts, which splits profits evenly between the company, the artist, and a charity of the artist’s choice. The first was Dean Haspiel’s T-shirt that aims to SLAM Juvenile Diabetes. Profits from Oliver Barrett’s kick-ass design will go to the American Cancer Society to help in the ongoing fight against cancer.
When interviewed about his diverse body of work and what he’s most proud of, Barrett responded, “I’m proud of anything that gets results. Whether that’s moving some posters, helping a brand increase their online presence, whatever. I’m most proud of a project where I’m happy with what I’ve done AND it achieves a specific goal, whether it’s for myself or a client.”
With his collaboration with NerdyShirts, the goal and client is a significant one. Having lost several family members to cancer and with an uncle currently battling the disease, Barrett feels compelled to do whatever he can to help. “I’m not a scientist, I’m not a doctor. I’m a creative person (and I f***ing hate that term). I normally use my talents to work on stuff that really doesn’t matter in the long run, so if I have the opportunity to do something that’s actually going to help someone, I’m gonna do it. So if me doing a stupid drawing can have a positive effect in this fight, even if it’s a small one, I’m all-in.”
When asked about his all-in, smile-inducing Abraham Lincoln meets Stormtrooper design, Barrett said, “I relish any opportunity to try to match a well-known likeness and try to put some type of clever spin on it. When a drawing starts to come together and starts to look like someone, it’s a pretty cool feeling.”
Pretty cool indeed.
Here is the full interview with Oliver Barrett, conducted by NerdyShirts -
NS: You want part of the profits from your shirt design to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Why is this disease one you want to help fight against?
How has it affected your life or the people in your life?
Oliver: Because fuck cancer, that's why. Or to be more specific, cancer tears apart lives and not just for the patient. It effects everyone involved. Friends and family become impromptu nurses and life gets flipped upside-down. For as many people that are lost daily to cancer, we still haven't made enough progress to find a true solution. So if me doing a stupid drawing can have a positive effect in this fight, even if it's a small one, I'm all-in.
Most of my late-family members lost a fight to cancer and my uncle is currently battling stage 4 lung cancer.
NS: Your body of work is very extensive, ranging from logos to portraits to paper toys.
What projects are you most proud of?
Oliver: I'm proud of anything that gets results. Whether that's moving some posters, helping a brand increase their online presence, whatever. I'm the most proud of a project where I'm happy with what I've done AND it achieves a specific goal, whether it's for myself or a client.
NS: What takes up the most of your free time for personal work?
Oliver: Lately, it's been illustration for some commercial stuff. Like beer packaging and album artwork. When it's not stuff like that, it's posters for shows and such.
NS: Your design for Nerdy Shirts is a fun mashup of one of the coolest looking presidents the U.S. has ever had and one of the most fun sci-fi films of our childhood.
Is there something special about illustrating certain faces and characters for you?
Oliver: I like to think that each project is just as fun and exciting as the next, but that's total bullshit. I relish any opportunity to try to match a well-known likeness and try to put some type of clever spin on it. When a drawing starts to come together and starts to look like someone, it's a pretty cool feeling. More often than not, I like to just freeze the drawing at that moment and leave it there, but clients usually want to see a finished product.
NS: Did you hone your craft in school, independent study, or a mix of both?
Oliver: Both. I went to art school and had to take a ton of drawing and painting classes before I got into design. After school, I got back into drawing, and it progressed into illustrating stuff as an element in design projects and kind of just took off from there.
NS: What do you hope people will get out of your support for the American Cancer Society and involvement with Nerdy Shirts' Featured Artist Program?
Oliver: I hope that people can feel similar to how I felt. Which was 'I'm not a scientist, I'm not a doctor. I'm a creative person (and i fucking hate that term), and I normally use my talents to work on stuff that really doesn't matter in the long run, so if I have the opportunity to do something that's actually going to help someone, I'm gonna do it. Even if it's making a dumb drawing.
About the Artist: Oliver Barrett is a designer, art director, and illustrator living the dream in glorious Cleveland, Ohio. To check out his extensive work, venture to: ohbarrett.com and oliverbarrettdesign.com
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