Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Logo Concept (unofficial)
06. December - 2013
This month the Canadian government is testing logo directions for the country's 150th anniversary celebration, slated for 2017. The proposed logos were less than stellar (a writeup and the original concepts can be found here). As a Canadian and a designer, I took it upon myself to put together something better with these unofficial concepts. So far the feedback has been quite positive and have been gaining momentum on Dribbble. Hopefully Heritage Canada will take a cue from this and put more effort into finding the right direction for these, at least they have some time to make things right.
MSTRPLN® GREENWOODS DPM WOODGRAIN CAMOUFLAGE COLLECTION
08. October - 2013
Some new products releasing for the Fall, including the new Greenwoods DPM Woodgrain Camouflage Collection. The collection includes art prints, Casemate® cases for the iPhone 5c and 5s, and a technical weatherproof outdoor pillow that works equally well indoors. All the new lines will be releasing throughout the next couple of months ramping into the holiday season, available here.
MSTRPLN® FOR MOMENTUM PARKS SERIES COLLABORATION
21. July - 2013
After recently rebranding their 8th Street location, Saskatoon's premier streetwear boutique Momentum is set to release a capsule collection consisting of iconic Canadiana pieces. The project has been in the works for the past few months. I had the opportunity to design the key elements of the project and can't wait for these to be released. Follow Fromthefeetup.ca for the latest news on this collaborative project.
MSTRPLN® BEHIND THE SCENES
21. July - 2013
Concepts always start on paper. Working on some ideas for MSTRPLN® Strong From The North Brand releases.
MSTRPLN® x SGCS BRANDING & CYCLING KIT DESIGN
21. July - 2013
I was recently contracted by the Super Galactic Cycling Crew to develop the look and feel of their branding and design their upcoming cycling kits. A team comprised of the best riders from the United States and Canada, the SGCS will be touring the world competing in some of the best track and road races. You can read more about the team and buy some gear at http://supergalacticcyclingcrew.com #SUCKMYDRAFT.
COMPLEX MAG / 50 OF THE MOST STYLISH THINGS TO BUY RIGHT NOW
21. July - 2013
MSTRPLN® was recently featured in Complex Magazine's "50 Of The Most Stylish Things To Buy Right Now" for the Minimal Sneaker Project Air Cushion Throw Pillows.
Chosen as number 7 overall, it's pretty impressive considering all of the other brands that made it into the list. MSTRPLN® Air Cushion throw pillows are available on the online shop here.
MSTRPLN® NORTHERN FIVE PANEL HAT SHOOT
20. July - 2013
Recently had the opportunity to work with the homie and photographer Northtrooper on a small impromptu photo-shoot for the MSTRPLN® Northern Five Panel hats. You can pick up a Northern Five Panel online at the Goods & Supply shop here.
NIKE SPORTSWEAR - IF I HAD THE CHANCE, THIS IS WHAT I'D DO ... PART 4
20. July - 2013
Part of what has become an unassuming ongoing series through my Instagram feed, The "If I had a chance this is what I'd design" concept of the Nike Roshe Run has been made to incorporate the iconic Safari colorway. What do you think?
ROSHE RUN DECONSTRUCTED
15. April - 2013
It comes as no surprise as to why the Roshe Run is so popular these days. Although this isn't official Nike/NikeSportswear work, I decided to put together a deconstructed illustrated version of this shoe.
What do you think?
15. April - 2013
A small update to the MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Project sees a new Case-mate™ iPhone case and Air Cushion Throw Pillow for the Tech colorway. Keeping in line with the iconic sneaker colorways of the 80's and 90's, these are available online at the Goods & Supply shop.
MODERN WOODGRAIN CAMOUFLAGE
14. April - 2013
There has been a lot of coverage online lately on the MSTRPLN® Modern Woodgrain Camouflage collection. So far the response has been quite positive and the products well received among both the streetwear and design communities. It's nice to see the woodgrain pattern translated into a printed medium. The collection is now available online at the Goods & Supply shop.
In the Mail Today - Air Max 95 OG
01. April - 2013
Big thanks to the folks over at Momentum in Saskatchewan for these. Crossing these classic Neon Air Max 95's off the list of eluded sneakers from back in the day.
MSTRPLN® Northern Five Panel Hats - Now Available
29. March - 2013
I'm really excited to announce that the MSTRPLN® Northern Five Panels are now available for purchase at Goods & Supply Co. - Currently shipping to Canada and the USA in two colorways - Olive with Hunter Orange embroidery, and Black with Gunmetal embroidery. You can read the backstory to these hats in the portfolio section.
Sneaker Trooper Artwork
05. March - 2013
I've always been down with street-art and the vinyl toy scene that surround the streetwear subculture, mainly for the usage of popular culture in the artwork and how this sometimes transcends over into the sneaker world from time to time. Being a life-long fan of Star Wars I felt that the imagery of the Stormtrooper would make a great medium to use for some inspired artwork. Throwing in familiar variatons of iconic sneaker colorways into the mix adds a new dimension to everyting and the end result is something that just works out right. You can follow the series on the MSTRPLN® Instagram, and drop a comment if you'd like.
MSTRPLN® Now Available at Laced / Australia
28. January - 2013
I'm happy to announce that MSTRPLN® products are now available to the good people Down Under at our newest stockist, Laced, one of Australia's foremost independent sneaker, streetwear and lifestyle boutiques since 2006, located in sunny Brisbane.
You can find part of the Minimal Sneaker Project collection available both online and in-store.
Support the supporters!
35 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
The Northern Five Panel / MSTRPLN® 2013
06. January - 2013
Strong From the North MMXIII
2013 hits hard with the upcoming release of The Northern Five Panel hat. This has been on the table for the better part of the year with an interesting brand story behind it. I'm happy to finally see it all come together in the end. The hat will be available as a limited release, two versions will be dropping, the first being a signature Black/Gunmetal colorway set for early 2013. Keep up on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.
2012 The Year In Review
22. December - 2012
2012 was a huge year for myself and for MSTRPLN®. I could never have imagined what the year held last January, as it went beyond all of my expectations. To begin, it's special in the sense that this is the 10th anniversary of the brand and website. What began as a simple idea in 2001 has since been progressing in many ways and in a sense is only getting started. Putting hard work in (and being in the right place at the right time) afforded many opportunities over the course, especially in 2012.
Some Highlights for 2012:
A nomination for Best Canadian Designer Website of the year by FITC.
The launch of Goods & Supply Co. and a MSTRPLN® print and accessories line, available worldwide through the webstore.
Featured in Hypebeast, Complex, Highsnobiety, Art & Sole, as well as countless other websites.
Our first brick and mortar stockist - Reed Space in the Lower East Side NYC.
And more importantly, great connections made through social media with a lot of good people.
On behalf of MSTRPLN®, just wanted to take the time to wish you all the best this Holiday season.
Have a good one and let's connect in the new year.
Limited Edition / Stealth Safari Collection
06. December - 2012
In the spirit of keeping things exclusive, I've decided to release a flip of a popular colorway from the Minimal Sneaker Project. Going all black this time in MSTRPLN® styling, the Stealth Safari collection features a Gallery Quality art print, Air Cushion throw pillow, and Casemate™ branded iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 4/4S. This collection drops tonight and will only be available until 12/12/12 at midnight. This collection is only available through the online store. Better act fast!
A Thousand Thanks
04. December - 2012
Just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the support over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone who picked up a print, iPhone case, pillow or just got the word out about the projects, work and products. It's tremendous. Still have some things up my sleeve for the coming Winter, so be sure to keep an eye out on the site and the shop.
Introducing MSTRPLN® Air Cushions
26. November - 2012
Modern design for your living room. An extension to the Minimal Sneaker Project, the Air Cushions feature custom printed fabric that is individually cut and sewn by hand in the USA. Available in six colorways and three sizes, (with or without faux-down inserts) - See the collection here.
MSTRPLN® x North Trooper
26. November - 2012
Happy to announce a joint venture with North Trooper, a Montreal-based Photographer with a portfolio of brands under his belt the likes of Mishka, Stussy and O'Neill, among others. Excited to launch the new branding. Keep an eye out for this.
Trail Status iPhone Cases available now
25. November - 2012
New drop. With inspiration from the technical outerwear of the 90's, Trail Status is a collection of Casemate™ cases for the iPhone 5 and 4/4s. A joint collaboration with design direction from Andrew Dukaczewski of Blue Bloods. Perfect for the colder months ahead. You can see the collection at Goods & Supply Co.
MSTRPLN® on Instagram
09. November - 2012
Social media is a huge part of getting great feedback on new designs and letting people know what i'm working on. I'm using my Instagram feed for just that, to give a behind the scenes look at some work in progress. Hit us up on Instagram here!
Nike Sportswear - If I had the chance, this is what i'd do ... Part 3
07. November - 2012
Part of what has become an unassuming ongoing series through my Instagram feed, my "If I had a chance this is what I'd design" concepts of the Nike Roshe Run has garnered some great feedback from the social community over the last few weeks (and quite a few hits from the PDX).
MSTRPLN® Trail Status
26. October - 2012
I'm a huge fan of outdoor technical outerwear from the 90's, especially gear for all conditions. With the success of the Casemate™ iPhone cases that were put together for the Minimal Sneaker Project, I wanted to extend the reach into something appropriate and stylish for the colder seasons ahead. Be on the lookout for the Trail Status series of art prints and iPhone cases from Casemate™.
Nike Sportswear - If I had the chance, this is what i'd do ... Part 2
12. October - 2012
The other week I put together a design concept of how I envisioned the Roshe Run if I had a shot at doing some color treatments for NSW. It received a tremendous response from the internet. I thought I would further this concept and put out another design. Nike, if you're reading this and you like what you see, hit me me up and let's talk about making something great.
Forsnowboarding 2013 in the works
11. October - 2012
This will be the 5th anniversary of Forsnowboarding. The seasonal website dedicated to design within the snowboard industry, which originally dropped in 2008, is still going strong and gaining traction within both design and snowboard circles. I've had opportunity to do interesting things with brands like Nike and O'Neill in the past, this year will be no exception. As the days get colder make sure to peep Forsnowboarding and keep an eye out for the 2013 season launch.
Nike Sportswear - If I had the chance, this is what i'd do...
05. October - 2012
The Roshe Run is one of my favorite shoes at the moment coming out of the NSW camp over at the swoosh. If I had a shot at doing some color treatments, this is the first thing that I would drop. Clean classic colors and everything looks better with a speckled midsole. Paying homage to the rich heritage of the brand but looking to the future - what more do you need?
MSTRPLN® / Strong From The North
01. October - 2012
Gave a little sneak peek a while back on the branding for this new project with a focus on Northern culture and heritage. Here is some of the imagery that will be incorporated. This will be dropping as the days get shorter.
Casemate® x MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Project iPhone 5 Cases
15. September - 2012
Available now for the iPhone 5 and designed by Casemate® for the MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Project. I'm releasing all six colorways previously available for the iPhone 4S to compliment the Minimal Sneaker Project prints. Shipping September 24th / Check them out on Goods & Supply.
Minimal Sneaker Prints Now available at Reed Space
24. August - 2012
It's great to say that a limited number of MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Prints are available for purchase at Reed Space in New York. Have always had the most respect for Staple Design and Reed Space, so it's great to be partnering with them for this. If you're in the Lower East Side be sure to roll on through the shop.
156 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Casemate® x MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Project iPhone Cases
20. August - 2012
Available for a limited time and designed by Casemate® for the MSTRPLN® Minimal Sneaker Project. I'm releasing three iconinc colorways for your mobile to compliment the Minimal Sneaker Project prints: Niney, Ninety-Five and Safari. Check them out on Goods & Supply.
12. August - 2012
Found these on my doorstep this morning, direct from the Nike WHQ. Big thanks to my friends at the Nike SB program for the gift. These are perfect for skating and look great for the street. Bonus points for the MSTRPLN® colorway. Props!
30. July - 2012
Received a nice package in the mail from a good friend. Got hooked up with a couple pairs of nice new Oakley Frogskins. These are part of the Acid Tortoise series, new for Summer 2012 from Oakley and definitely do not disappoint. I've been a big Oakley loyalist since the 90's and the Frogskins are up there as one of my favorite models. I wrote up about the history of these shades over at my other site Forsnowboarding.com, Check out History of Oakley Frogskins for more info.
MSTRPLN® Shirts - All Sold Out
25. July - 2012
Big thank you to everyone that picked up the first run of the MSTRPLN®. shirts from Goods & Supply Co. Busy working on some new designs that will be coming out for the Fall.
MSTRPLN® Nike Roshe Run
12. July - 2012
My favorite sneaker to date and possibly the sleeper hit of 2012. NSW nailed it with these. Until they come out with a Nike ID option, I'm just going to have to do it myself.
Strong From The North Branding Sneak Peek
10. July - 2012
Some branding that I have been working on for a Fall collection, with strong emphasis on Nature and Northern culture, whatever that may be. A work in progress that will see the light of day once the Summer comes to an end.
Minimal Sneaker Project Still Going Strong
10. July - 2012
I've had an overwhelmingly positive response to the first release of the Minimal Sneaker Project. I'm thankful for all the support and to those that had picked up an art print or T-Shirt. They can still be picked up through Goods & Supply Co. and now are available in a gallery quality framed option.
Goods & Supply Co. Launch & MSTRPLN® Collection Minimal Sneaker Project
30. June - 2012
I am extremely excited to announce the launch of my new online shop - Goods & Supply Co. The shop will feature selected releases of themed collections from MSTRPLN® on a seasonal basis, with the first offering being The Minimal Sneaker Project. This collection features gallery quality art prints based on classic sneaker colorways from the late eighties and early nineties, available in three formats. I'm also releasing some sneaker inspired apparel as t-shirts and hoodies. All of these will be manufactured exclusively though Society6, with shipping available worldwide.
To view the entire collection, hit up Goods & Supply Co.
07. June - 2012
Lots of things going down this Summer. Some new projects that I am working on are finally coming into fruition and will be dropping within the coming weeks. Below is a taste of some of the new stuff coming out of MSTRPLN®. There will be an official announcement, but expect to see the Goods & Supply Co. dropping this month with product offerings. Keep you posted!
MSTRPLN® x Puma x Marcus Troy Experience
24. May - 2012
Fortunate to find these waiting for me at the office. I was invited to take part in a style exercise put together for Puma by Marcus Troy. It revolved around the style of the Puma Suede sneaker, and how people are incorporating it into their everyday style. I received a pair in grey and teal and they are really hit the mark. Minimal with a nice hit of color, and surprisingly super comfortable. Check out the microsite for Puma at Marcus Troy, and while you're at it, vote for me.
Inspiration comes from the most unlikeliest of places
16. May - 2012
Drawing inspiration from past experiences, sometimes it's great to look back, because you never know what you might find that could be relevant today. I found an old box of NBA Hoops basketball cards kicking around and now I'm looking at them with a new set of eyes. Studying layout, color and type treatment. You'd be surprised what you'd find. 1990 in a box right there.
MWM x Nike Lunarglide 3
16. May - 2012
Got these in the mail this week, big thanks to Matt W. Moore from MWM Graphics who hooked me up with a pair of wicked awesome Boston City Series Nike Lunarglide3's. They feature MWM signature style geometric patterns on the tongue and insole. Amazing.
07. May - 2012
Had a chance to get some MSTRPLN® stickers put together. Flowed some out to the homies so look for those in your mailboxes. If you want to get in on it, give me a shout with your mailing address and if there are any left over, they're yours.
Nike Roshe Run
07. May - 2012
While I was in Toronto for the FITC Awards I was able to scoop up a pair of the Nike Roshe Run, what will soon become the hottest shoe of the Summer and quite possibly a future classic. These sneakers are the truth, super minimal in construction and full of technical goodness, not to mention a clean color palette. Everything I like about Nike and the Design Kitchen. These are part of the Sportswear collection and were designed by Dylan Raash. You could read up about the interesting story of how these came to be on How To Make It. Shout out to my friend Drew for putting me on to these, otherwise I would have probably slept..
2012 FITC Awards Finalist - Best Canadian Designer Website
02. April - 2012
Just got word that the MSTRPLN® website has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 FITC Awards for Best Canadian Designer Website. A lot of hard work and late nights have been spent on the grind putting this site together, so this is welcome news as well as a truly humbling experience to be among such a great crowd of designers and creatives.
MSTRPLN® has also been added to the FITC's People's Choice Awards, so if you feel so inclined to show your support, you can by voting for me on the FITC website: http://www.fitc.ca/awards/pc/ Thanks!
Things are getting ill
28. March - 2012
Shout out goes to Fatlace for releasing their new season of Illest. This brand is making some traction, expect to see it booming in 2012. The most OG site that I have been checking since 2002 and the StayFresh Crew days. Keep an eye out!
New MSTRPLN® iPhone Wallpaper - Splatter
28. March - 2012
Get your iPhone looking proper with a new MSTRPLN® splatter wallpaper. Available in Retina format. Free download here
New iPhone Wallpaper - Splatter
20. March - 2012
My history goes back to the late 80's and early 90's when the sneaker game was at it's all time high. Jordans, Agassis, BO Jackson, The Pump and a grip more of the hottest kicks at that time (and even now) were all on people's feet. I'd read Sports Illustrated for the Nike ads and paste them on my wall. Little did I know that this unknown influence would lay the foundation for what I feel is a key part of the style makeup of MSTRPLN® I take great pleasure in incorporating this some way or another into my work. Some great projects are lined up this year that do just that, keep an eye out.
Up and Running
15. March - 2012
New MSTRPLN® website is live. A new look and new work added to the portfolio. It's a bit of a change from past designs but I think it's a great evolution. Lots of great things still to come this year!
Building on Building - don't mind the mess.
02. March - 2012
Switching over to the new platform for the latest build of the MSTRPLN® website. Doing some QA and testing so things might be glitchy.
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