California T-Shirt Design

California T-Shirt Design - Sean Kerry

The challenge: Design a T-shirt representing a state of America. I chose California because it's a state I've wanted to visit for quite some time now. I have visited New York and some of New England a few years back and next on the list is the West coast. I wanted to pay homage to the skateboarding culture that was born in California in the 50's and 60's but do so with a modern design.

This design actually came out pretty early in my initial sketches and I just couldn't ignore it. I really love how the type works with the skateboard graphic, the combination of both elements just work so well together. I originally went with the official Californian colours, blue and gold, however I had to refine the design down to two colours for the printing process on the t-shirts.

My design was chosen as a winner for the 50 States Apparel design challenge and went on sale at Creative South 2016. It's also available to purchase online from 50 States right here.

California T-Shirt Design - Sean Kerry

Initial digital version.

California T-Shirt Design - Sean Kerry
California T-Shirt Design - Sean Kerry

Detail shot of t-shirt

California T-Shirt Design - Sean Kerry