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    A tattoo for people who drink hot coffee.

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    A lil while back I was asked to make a mark that combined the logos of the pro sports teams in Boston. I’m the last person I would expect to get tapped for a project like this, but I’m psyched with how it came out. Patriots P, Bruins B, Sox B, and Celtics circle & clover. (at The Cathedral Of Creation)

     
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    A tattoo for, um, everyone I guess.

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    frenden:

    A young, aspiring illustrator recently asked me how to become a full time freelancer. The answer is murky at best and provides no quick route to a stable career, but I’d like to think I learned a thing or two over the last fifteen-ish years that’s worth repeating.

    I was lucky in that I started a blog before most folks were actively doing so. I posted a ton of work for at least five years before I got noticed from folks like Nike. It’s a numbers game. The more you put out into the ether, the better chance that the right people will see it.

    Make a lot of work. Post it everywhere. Ev-er-y-where. Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, group blogs, art forums, sites whose content needs align with your work’s subject matter, and your own site.

    If shotgunning the work into the world is half the battle, networking is the second. You’ll get notice eventually if you keep pumping out work, but develop a peer group in the meantime. These co-illustrators are more likely to get you your first gigs than anything else. You can’t go wrong with meeting, knowing, and being nice to a lot of people. Much of the time my success feels like a karmic reprieve for not being a dick.

    Do the work. Make so much work that it’s persuasive as a body and speaks FOR you. Accept failures. Hell, accelerate the rate at which you fail. It’s the quickest route to learning what you need to do. And pretty soon you’ll have a base of fans or peers, or, if you’re lucky, both, that are open to what you’re creating.

    That’s worth more than a big client or two. None of the work I’ve done for big clients has ever gotten me big clients. I didn’t even bother to put it into my portfolio when I was actively soliciting freelance clients half of the time. The esoteric, personal, honest stuff always has.

    Be honest in your work. Make a shit-ton of it. Be nice to people.

    That’s it.

    This advice is so spot on. This is true and good and if you want to be an illustrator or designer or musician or painter or whatever, then read this multiple times and put it into practice everyday.

     
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    A tattoo for people who are friends with French bread.
    (Also, Daily Drawing #850!)

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    Got a new hat. H for Henri (my new son). This is my second American Needle Heritage Flannel—they’re the best hats ever (and I’ve had a lot of hats). (at The Cathedral Of Creation)

     
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    A tattoo for the donut crowd. I’m a Krispy Kreme man myself—how about you?

    Prints and more in my Society6 shop!

     
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    We just received THE MOST amazing care package from our brand new friend, @penandpalates. A million thank yous, Thy!! (at The Cathedral Of Creation)

     
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    joshlafayette:

    joshlafayette:

    Greetings again, t-shirt wearers!
    I have another design up on cottonbureau and it is only available for pre-order for 12 more days. Get in while the gettin’ is good! We gotta sell 10 more for the thing to even go to print, so please be an angel to your fellow shirt-siblings and order one today.
    <3 U

    plz order this so i dont have 2 get a job as a plumber

    u gonna buy this or what

     
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    A tattoo for the breakfast crew.

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    joshlafayette:

    Greetings again, t-shirt wearers!
    I have another design up on cottonbureau and it is only available for pre-order for 12 more days. Get in while the gettin’ is good! We gotta sell 10 more for the thing to even go to print, so please be an angel to your fellow shirt-siblings and order one today.
    <3 U

    plz order this so i dont have 2 get a job as a plumber

     
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    A tattoo for people who drink it black.

    Prints and more in my Society6 shop!

     
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    Greetings again, t-shirt wearers!
    I have another design up on cottonbureau and it is only available for pre-order for 12 more days. Get in while the gettin’ is good! We gotta sell 10 more for the thing to even go to print, so please be an angel to your fellow shirt-siblings and order one today.
    <3 U

     
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    A tattoo for people who have used the Internet before.

    Prtins and more in my Society6 shop!

     
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    overandoverproject:

    Over and Over - Take 2 by Josh

    Received by Anna 8/10/14

    My first contribution to the ongoing collaborative project, Over and Over, with my good pal annajobeck.