Using an iPad To Create this Post

I have fallen in love with theiPad!


Hepster Designs Custom Snowboard Graphics

Hepster's Custom Snowboard GraphicsOrange Cruise BoardYeti BoardPurple Phase BoardWe have always loved to race face first down steep hills in soft snow on a single piece of fiberglass, wood, and resin.  Now, we’d like to make that “board” much prettier for our fellow snowboarders.  We’ve decided to start making one-size-fits-all custom graphics for snowboards.

If you prefer not to be the douche who’s board is constantly being made fun of, then these vinyl graphics will at least make you look cool.  We promise, no one will think for a second that you are just a huge poser.

Each graphic will be printed on 65″x14″ vinyl decals which can be applied to the top surface of any snowboard.  You may or may not want to scuff the surface.  Pricing will be the same for all sizes in that all vinyl will be the same size.

For now, these graphics will be custom order.  As we get business and find outlets for the graphics, we’ll begin selling them in greater quantities as in-store products.  A PDF catalogue and ordering form will be posted shortly so you too can look unique and AWESOME this winter at your favorite ski and snowboard location.

How to Purchase these Custom Snowboard Graphics:

Click on the Snowboard Graphic (SBG) of your choice below to purchase.

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Cotton Candy SBG

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Orange Cruise SBG

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Beware of the Yeti SBG






Send Check or Money Order of $75 (including Shipping and Handling) to:

Ken Morrill @ Hepster Designs, Ink
308 Blue Heron Circle
Simpsonville SC 29680
(please enclose a note with the name ot the Custom Graphic you would like, your name, shipping address, phone # and e-mail address)

Directions for Application of your Hepster Custom Snowboard Graphic:

1.  Remove the bindings from your snowboard.

2.  Wash your snowboard thoroughly with soap, water, and degreaser.  Allow to dry completely.

3.  Peel a strip of backing off of the middle of the graphic.

4.  Place your Custom Graphic on the board so the ends of the graphic cover the tips of your board.

5.  Apply the top section of the Custom Graphic to the top tip of your snow board by slowly pulling the backing off as you go up.  Be sure to place it so it will align with the entire snowboard.  Also, to avoid air bubbles, apply even pressure across the entire surface of the Custom Graphic with your hand or a squeegee.

6.  Follow step 5 for the bottom of the graphic toward the opposite end of the board.  Remember to apply even pressure across the entire surface of your Custom Graphic.

7.  Allow the Custom Graphic to sit for 24 hours.

8.  Re-install your bindings.

9.  Practice your responses to the compliments you are going to receive at your favorite snow resort.

Inspiring Student Innovation with the Future of Digital Productivity Design

I’ve been thinking about the use of web technology in my art classroom lately and have talked a lot to my art and design students about being innovators.  As middle schoolers, many of them had no clue what innovation means.  We discussed a previous project in which they came up with a new product, designed it, and began the marketing research to figure out if their product would sell.  As usual, I had created my own product as an example to them.

My students really loved my example and asked what the website URL was.  I told them the site doesn’t actually exist and, to my knowledge, is beyond our current technological capabilities.  I told them that they could take my idea and get a computer science degree with which to make the idea a reality.  I am merely a designer.  I don’t know any code beyond HTML.  I’m basically useless in creating functioning apps, search engines, social media tools, etc.  I can help make them look pretty through visual concept, but I don’t understand the math involved to make things work.

My example worked to inspire the kids.  When we talked about how it fused future tech, like brain wave input capability, with current search and creative tools, the students’ eyes grew wide and they begged to make it work.  We discussed the Mindflex game (Mattel) in which a person wears a head set which reads brain waves to control a ball through an obstacle course.  They students thought that was pretty cool, too.  It reminded some of them of the Jedi in Star Wars.  “So”, I said, “this technology may not be far off.  YOU may be on a team that makes it happen.  Imagine not needing to take notes by hand because you can think them and store your thoughts in your tablet (or smaller) computer…. or what ever we call them in the future.”  Again, the kids went crazy.  Their minds were full of digital possibilities and hopes for their futures as designers.

As the kids worked on their products, I could see them pushing their imaginations to the limit.  They showed their friends the very rough sketches of their products in hopes of feedback.  They rejected some of their own ideas and replaced them with more innovative, unique ideas.  It was amazing to watch 6th and 7th graders buzzing with pride over their inventions and upgrades to current technology.  World citizens, fear not, we are in good hands as far as the future of creative design goes… so long as these kids don’t lose their imaginations during the process of education.

mySors Hyper iTools
“mySors Hyper iTools” ©2010, Ken Morrill Jr.

Changing Perceptions Through Art and Archetypes.

Al-Mutawa, The 99 Presentation

archetype |ˈärk(i)ˌtīp| • a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology : mythological archetypes of good and evil. • Psychoanalysis (in Jungian psychology) a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.

I don’t often stray too far from my own works of art on this blog, but I thought this was not only important to share, but inspiring.  Please leave a comment about this entry and the video.  I’d like to read about your view point once in a while too.  Also, leave your opinions in the poles at the bottom of this page.

It takes some serious time to recover from hate infused speeches given by world and local leaders.  We’ve faced hatred focused on groups, I feel safe in assuming this, since the dawn of man.  It’s nothing new, yet we fall for it every time.

It takes absolutely driven, ambitious, and thoughtful people to reach through the hate and rage to pull us back from being lost in it all.  It takes a person with an open mind, a person who can really connect with others without using fear tactics.  We’ve met these people before.  William Wallace, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela are just a few you know of.  I’m unaware of any person who thinks that what those people did was immoral or might not be considered as progress.  I’d like to introduce you to another of this type of person… a man attempting not only to protect his own children from hate directed at them due to their faith, but to protect all people from any direction of hatred.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa created a comic series called The 99.  The link below will take you to AIGA’s website and a video in which Al-Mutawa describes his inspiration, process, and effects of his series, The 99.  Not only does the video introduce you to the art of The 99, but illustrates the business side of getting this major project completed.  It’s a long video, but worth the time to watch it all.

The link below will take you to The 99’s website.

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts on this entry.

Billboards You’ll Never See Along the Roadside

Olympia by Manet

"Censoring a Censored Olympia" Ken Morrill, Jr © 2010


"MADE IN CHINA" Ken Morrill, Jr © 2010

I was having some fun with Photoshop and SketchUp.  Both programs are fun and SketchUp is free!  I used Manet’s Olympia to create a billboard expressing shame in both the human figure and censorship.  I don’t care if you just enjoy the aesthetic quality of the image or if you feel the need to delve into the deeper concept of shame and censorship as long as you enjoy looking at the image.  I just thought the idea of the Dickies clothing company marketing primarily to the working class, but producing their clothing in Asia for cheap labor was funny in a sad way.  I don’t laugh out loud about it, just chuckle at the irony in my mind.

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

"Kurt Russell" ©2010, Ken Morrill, Jr.

I know I am not the only guy in the blogosphere (are people still using that word seriously?) who holds Mr. Russell up on a pedestal.  The man is a living god… or at the least a Demigod.  To pay proper homage to him, I’ve created this saintly icon of Russell’s 1981 character, Snake Plissken.  Mr. Russell, if by some off chance you are reading this, thank you for being the coolest boyhood role model ever.  You are just plain awesome!  Quentin Tarantino and the writers of  Death Proof made the best choice for Mad Mike by, I’d guess, writing that character for you specifically.

Alright, I’m done gushing.  And Anna, I apologize for not doing a Wonder Woman image, I’ll get to it.  Also, to the readers of the “Electric Marilyn” post, I didn’t think Kurt Russell should be illuminated in candy colors, so the whole candy color celeb idea is now just a crazy color celeb theme.