T-Shirt Designer Interview: Blaze Byrne

by on May 28, 2012

Blaze Byrne makes Ireland proud. How can he not with that multi-colored monster beard and, of course, his excellent t-shirt designs. Read this interview.

How are you known on the Internet?

Primarily for my work on Redbubble, but I hope for that to be just the beginning of an online presence.

How did you start getting into t-shirt design?

It came from a love of “novelty t-shirts”. I used to love that quest to find a cool Doors or Simpsons t-shirt, but sometimes what I wanted to wear couldn’t be found or in a lot of cases didn’t exist, so I decided to make them myself.

Are you a full time designer? Or do you also have a job?

I am currently a full time Graphic Design student. I just finished my second year of four last week. After I graduate I hope to become a full time designer.

How do you describe the type of design you do?

My style is quite varied, I tend to change it based on the requirements of the design needed. But my work tends to have a common theme or emotion running through it and that’s comedy. I like to satirise and poke fun at everyone and anything, especially if I’m a fan of it.

What are your favorite t-shirt subjects? Why?

My favourite subjects would have to be musicians and superheroes. Simply because they have in the past and continue to inspire me. Whenever I hear a great album or read a great story I just want to create, I love that feeling.

What’s something that fans of your work don’t know about you?

Blaze Byrne* is my real name, and that my parents aren’t as cool as that fact makes them sound (although they are great in their own way).

*Well Blaze is my middle name and Byrne is my surname, it’s still cool though right?

Where do you draw creative inspiration?

As I said above music and comic books inspire me greatly, I’d have to add cinema and television to that list also. “Pop culture” should sum it up nicely.

Where are you from/live now?

I am from Co. Tipperary in Ireland, and I currently reside in same.

What tools do you use to create your designs?

Again this varies depending on the piece, but primarily I would say, pencils, pens, my drawing tablet and Photoshop.

Most played on your iPod in the last month?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Tom Waits recently, Heart Of Saturday Night is just a fantastic album to throw on late at night, have a beer and do some work. Besides Mr. Waits, Devin Townsend, CCR and Lightnin’ Hopkins have all seen their share of playtime.

Best movie you saw recently?

That’s got to be The Avengers, Cabin In The Woods was great also.

Worst sin you ever committed? JK

Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water was my first album…oh God, the shame. I’m better now.

What’s your favorite t-shirt design that you created?

It would have to be my parody of/tribute to The Doors and The Beatles and their classic albums L.A. Woman and Let It Be.

What’s your most popular design?

That would be my “Star Trek: The Nerd Generation” and in no small part to your kind review.

Any new designs coming out soon?

I recently came up with an idea (what I call “cross contamination”) where I will be combining two known and very different comic characters in a very silly way. My first character will combine Mr. Fantastic and Mr. Sinister to create Mr. Fantinister. I have also just starting illustrating a children’s book that my brother wrote. That is very much in a raw state at the moment, but looking like it’ll be a lot of fun.

Is the world ending this year?

There’s as much of a chance of me seeing Hendrix (not Christina) live this year, which makes me both happy and sad.

How do people follow you/find your stuff?

At the moment my Red Bubble page is the place to go.

Anything else you want to add?

I’d just like to say, thank you for giving me this opportunity to promote my work, it’s very much appreciated.
Also I can be contacted at blazebyrnedesigns@gmail.com If anybody would like to commission me for a piece/get a quote for a logo, t-shirt, poster or any design you can think of really, just drop me an email. Thanks again.

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James T. Tribble May 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Whoa nice props to da tshirt man in his mum’s basement. The review on this site made the bloke big. That’s how I discovered Blaze and the my nerd generation compatriots. As a lifelong Trekie who is fluent in Klingon, quite naturally I gravitated toward that shirt. I wear one and have another sealed in my collection. Cheers mate!


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