Starry_eyez, Our Latest Superstar Designer!

Happy Holidays! The Metal Ink Holiday Sale is on now through 12/15. Get an unprecedented 40% OFF EVERYTHING! Just use code “shop40” at checkout to get your 40% discount. All shirts are now $9-$11 so buy some for your friends and stock up for yourself too!

We spoke to another recent winner of our design contest, Starry_eyez, creator of “Toil and Tears” from which we made a men’s t-shirt in black and our first-ever women’s tank dress. Make sure you check them both out and for a limited time, get them for 40% off regular price! See all merchandise on sale in our Shop section.

Men's shirt now $11

Tank Dress now $17

MI: AJ, aka Starry_eyez, you are an amazing designer. Tell us how you got started.

AJ: Thank you for calling me an “amazing designer,” I appreciate it. To me the most amazing designers/artists are J-I-M-I-Y-O, Dzeri29, God Machine, Steve Hanks…they are magicians and wonderful people. I have to give my special thanks to DBH for making me a T designer…DBH was my first inspiration in this field, I am still pretty new to it and I am learning each and every day.

AJ aka Starry_eyez

Since my childhood I have enjoyed drawing. Actually my beloved dad doesn’t like that artsy work, he’s a programmer. But I loved arts and beautiful things, so I was determined to not to give up both of the fields. Now I have a solid degree in Computing, Mbcs+etc and etc also in other ways, I’m trying to develop my artsy skills as a designer and an artist…here’s a few of my recent works, randomly…

Drawing of the sexiest woman on earth – Ms. Jolie

iPhone wallpaper for a client

You can check out my blog for more:

MI: What was the inspiration behind “Toil and Tears”? Any special reason why it’s written “Tears and Toil” on the print?

AJ: The inspiration for my printed Metal Ink design was Ms. Jolie…

She revealed two of her tattoos (Toil & Tears) in Gothic script on her upper arms in her movie “Wanted.” It came from a speech Sir Winston made on the day he took office in 1940. It’s a homage to the Second World War Prime Minister. From his speech, “We have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…”

I loved the movie and thought of trying to focus on it, so if you notice the floral stuff in the design are traditional mythical flowers named “tear flowers.”

Also added some vector icons. My special thanks go to my buddy Sam Banarsee who helped me a lot with making of the design.

MI: With “Toil and Tears,” we made our first tank dress! What do you think?

AJ: Whoa! I think the tank dress came out really GREAT! I am glad to see it’s at the top of the Top-selling list! Ladies please check it out yo ^_^

MI: You’re a prolific designer with T-shirts being sold on lots of crowdsourcing sites besides Metal Ink. How did you first hear about us, and how has your experience been working with Metal Ink? What makes us different or unique from other crowdsourcing t-shirt sites?

AJ: Thanks, my designs were printed at teextile, Riptapperal etc…I am so glad, in this year I got a chance to work with Fearless Records-usa, best client ever and I love their bands, especially Alesana (the scremo guys with emo haircuts, lol). Thanks also to DBH’s Oddeti 😉 for the first time I landed on Metal Ink at last year. I followed his link and entered the MI design contest. My first submitted design was for a thong…LOL! My past 2 or 3 designs were rejected and then I came up with 2 new designs.

Working with Metal Ink is…so damn AWESOME! I love it…I feel really lucky to be printed at Metal Ink. Beautiful inked models–Radeo and Bambu are quite the hotties! Plus there are so many awesome designs. And the site is very attractive and professional.

MI: The unavoidable question: do you have any tattoos? If so, what is it? If not, what would you get and why?

AJ: Nope, not yet…I think I’m scared of needles. Hmm I might get one…if so, it has to be:
It’s a word of 5 letters, and it has a secret meaning in binary. I’m a geeky gal without being an anti-social loser.

MI: The perfect combination. What is your favorite medium for designing? Is it all on computer programs, or do you like to sketch and do things manually?

AJ: I love to sketch and draw. I still learn how to convert them digitally, but I go for both ways.

MI: Do you have any formal training, aka art school?

AJ: No, I’ve never been to art school but I would love to. And yes I’m hoping to go when I go abroad again in a few years’ time.

MI: What advice would you give to someone interested in designing t-shirts for Metal Ink?

AJ: I think it will be a really cool opportunity, so go for it! Illustrations on an A4 paper can be converted to a really nice shirt if you scan it with high resolution, or it could be a very well done design that you worked on with Illustrator or Photoshop.

MI: So Thanksgiving having passed recently here in the U.S., I want to ask, what 3 things are you most thankful for at this moment?

AJ: Aw man, there’s a huge list! Here I go:
1. I’m thankful for my family, I love you so much Mum!
2. I’m thankful for my sweetheart, I’m so lucky to have you in my life.
3. I’m thankful for all of my friends, my Facebook friends, my design friends, friends here, friends there, friends everywhere, love ya.
4. I’m thankful for my favourite dog. Rose is sweet. Rose is cuddly. Rose is awesome. But she can still scare others by just showing her face, haha!
5. I’m thankful for my karate master, he made me so strong.
6. I’m thankful for the Internet and my laptop.
7. I’m thankful for Me, hell yes! AJ you are awesome!
8. I’m thankful for Sam, pencils, shiny toy guns, Megan Fox, music, Clarie, Brian, Ashley, Paddy, World of War Craft and some other random ppl/things.
9. & finally I’m thankful for the METAL INK! You guys rule!

Well 3 become 9, sorry guys. ^_^

3 Responses to “Starry_eyez, Our Latest Superstar Designer!”

  1. WOW such a cool interview girl!

  2. quakerninja Says:

    Congratulations Starry

  3. Totally missed this! Belated congratulations! Cool interview!

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