November 05, 2013

Artist Series: Shantell Martin

We first met Shantell Martin when she was visiting from New York. A mutual friend had told us about an artist who wears our Everyday White Oxford and incorporates her work onto them. She stopped by our shop and we were amazed at the work she had done to the shirt. Bold and soft black lines led into drawings of characters and spelled out words like, “Alive.” She made a simple Everyday Oxford into a piece of art. The shirt reflected the person wearing it and in turn had personality. We loved it.

Coming to us from Thamesmead, London, Shantell Martin is one of six siblings. While all her siblings are all blonde with blue eye, Shantell had brown skin and sported an afro. Growing up in a white working class environment and not looking like everyone else put her on the outskirts of society, but allowed her to not feel the pressures of fitting in. This has played a major role in her work today, as well as developing her as a person.

After graduating Central Saint Martins with honors, Shantell moved to Japan and worked in live visual performances. She would draw on a tablet that would project on a wall that correlated to the music playing in a night club. While doing this, she realized you can’t think about your art, rather you need to feel the performance, otherwise there is a delay in the projections. When she arrived to the United States, she began to draw more on tangible objects like walls, cars, shoes, and of course, shirts. She rapidly made a splash in the art world and has been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, along with the New York Times, and was even named French Glamour’s New York’s “Coolest It Girl” in 2011. Recently, The New Yorker made a video feature of her called, "Follow The Pen," which you can watch here. We highly recommend you do.

We want to thank Shantell for using our shirts as part of her art and creative expression. It amazes us every time we see an Oxford that she has worked on. Look out for more of Shantell Martin’s work and visit her website: http://www.shantellmartin.com/