Gareth Davies is the man behind Spudonkey and spends his life creating art and its clear with the amount of pure talent shown. The designs are precise and pay attention to the small details. They capture a rusty future with a persistent style of art. We caught up with Gareth to find out not only what drives him, his strategies for running a store, as well as the plans for the future.
Awesome to talk with you Gareth and must say before we dive in, your work is awesome and the attention to detail is incredible! We would love for you to tell us a little more about what you get up to, a bit about how this is relevant in the world today and what drives you to create these masterpieces?
I am a concept artist that works in the video games industry, I also sketch a lot in my free time and have built up a bit of a social following by posting my personal work on Twitter and Instagram. Art is the main flow of my life.
Ace! Why did you decide to branch into a store?
Another source of revenue plus lots of people have asked me to sell shirts before, I just never found the right site till Teemill. Mainly it’s awesome to think of people wearing my designs around the world!
Art aside and going into the technical stuff. What is your plan for marketing, any specific strategies or tactics you’re trying?
Weekly new designs, social competitions and follower engagement on which products they would like to see next. By keeping up with my fan base and allowing them to keep up with me, its the best chance of creating something solid.
If your product is good quality and not just rushed and shoved out. People will see that. If you have a product that is good, people will find it.
Can you tell us something you’re excited about with this project?
Knowing that more people are getting to see my artwork on someone’s shirt! When being invested in my artwork, it’s awesome knowing someone else appreciates my work enough for them to then want to wear it.
What’s the ambition with your store, where do you hope it goes?
Retire move to a little cottage on the Welsh coast with a little log fire and internet connection so I can keep uploading designs and cashing in royalty cheques.
How did you approach this project in terms of your values, what you want to get out of it and what you’re looking to achieve?
I don’t want to sell anything I wouldn’t want to wear. It’s important to me that the designs are individual, unique and captures the thing I’m going for. It has to just feel right and if I’m not feeling it, it’s not therefore something I’d wear.
Which product are you most excited about bringing to the world and why?
Hoodies! Especially as we are heading back into the cooler months soon, so it will be nice to move with the times and stay up to date. Amazing quality and I am doing something a little different than previous designs. Coming soon…
We do love a good hoodie! What advice would you give someone hoping to bring their sketches to clothing, how do they get started?
Just go for it! There is a very little risk to this format of selling t-shirts no overhead like the old days where you would have to order multiples of designs and sizes and then not sell some of those.
Teemill allows you to take risks and jumps with designs. You have nothing to lose and all the world to gain. The only thing stopping you is yourself.
Was there any part of it that’s been tricky and what steps did you take to get past it?
Initially, the colours were a tad tricky to nail down, but the guys worked with me to make sure that I knew what to expect and now they come out perfect every time! Colour can be a huge issue with any design, so I’m pleased I was able to get them looking top notch.
It’s been awesome Gareth and thanks again for taking some of your time to get back to us and talk us through the process of getting those sick designs to the people! Take it easy dude and keep designing. We hope to see many more products in the future!