Bagged and Tagged

August 8, 2008


This summer, alumnus David Ben-David (BFA 2005 Graphic Design) and his business partner Eddie Shabbot launched Tatoot, a new company that is putting the work of graffiti artists on a line of limited-edition backpacks and messenger bags. The pair brought together 10 street-art practitioners and had them apply their skills and styles in a competition; each artist designed a bag, and the winning designs where manufactured by Tatoot. The result is a collection of six functional carriers emblazoned with energetic graffiti designs, available at select locations in New York City and through Tatoot’s online store, tatootbags.com
Another unusual product to appear recently is a set of promotional playing cards from The Illustration Conference (ICON). In advance of this summer’s event, ICON had students from four colleges—SVA, FIT, The New School and Parsons—create a deck of cards that was handed out as a commemorative gift to more than 400 illustrators who attended. Each school was responsible for a suit, and SVA’s students created the spades. Four students from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department (Lisel Ashlock, You Byun, Ray Jones and Anna Raff); two members of the program’s class of 2008 (Michael Marsicano and Kat O’Brien); two students from the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department (Darlin Frometa and Joseph Glonek); and four 2008 BFA graduates (Nicholas Danzi, Yoko Furusho, Victor Marchand Kerlow and Jen Lee) each contributed original illustrations to the pack.
Image: Colombia, Lady Graffiti messenger bag, 2008.

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