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Brandits // Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Adrian Macho is the 32 yr old graphic designer and illustrator behind the brand, Seaside Spirit. Hailing from the small Slovak town of Mocav, which translates to "Bear Village", he was raised "among the sketches and pastels." Turning early inclinations into a successful creative path, the S6 community has brought Adrian's work to the homepage several times since joining Society6 in October of this year. With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to talk to the man behind the brand and share some of his branded material for inspiration.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How would you describe the personality of Seaside Spirit?

I think that we live in strange era with plenty of negative vibes around us. I try to express myself in a rather opposite way - creating likeable, peaceful things with a straightforward message that anybody can read and absorb at first sight. Of course, there is a bit of irony and dry humor imposed. For instance, this tattooed, well-proportioned, ginger sailor - him being ginger pre-determines him to be an outcast, living in his own world with a mild, dreaming gaze in his eyes - a character from fairytales for grown-ups.

I'm trying to avoid typical cliches like blue stripes, white yachts, etc.

Another important thing for me is the role that palette and textures play. My choice, in the end, was to emphasize a slightly melancholic, vintage atmosphere, yet in positive kind of sense.  

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

What originally inspired Seaside Spirit?

In my free time I read books, dream - if there is a chance, travel - wander to the places I've never been before. I love the murmur of the sea, Italy, summer time, old navy legends and old-school tattoos. 

Seaside Spirit was actually originally just a draft name for the whole concept, yet it fit where this project was heading. So, I decided to publish it under that name officially.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits // Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

It's been a way to let my creativity go really wild and do what I enjoy the most. Although the work I do for a living requires creativity - top to bottom - even I, as many people in the business, realized that I needed to start something of my own. Something that couldn't be pushed by never-satisfied clients or hastened by ever-pressing deadlines.

You joined S6 at the end of October and quickly made it to the homepage.

Uploading at the end of October was just an experiment. The positive feedback actually took me by surprise. I'm glad that people like what I'm doing and I'm really grateful for that.

If it was just an experiment, why open shop with S6?

I've known Society6 for a long time and I like the how it works. I think it's a great way to get known and good place to offer my work to the broad public with no substantial funding behind it.

Also, it's inspiring to browse through the work of other people and to always discover new things - already have some of the works in my favorites.

When you joined, did you have all your artwork ready to go or are you still creating?

All the work published on Society6 was created this past fall and with the brand in mind. Recently, I've experienced quite a lot of productive time. If I'm not actually working on something, I'm writing notes and developing ideas. In some cases, I work on multiple illustrations at the same time, depending on the time available or actual mood.

There aren't many pieces published on Society6. Yet, I think that sometimes less is more.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How have you used social media to build Seaside Spirit?

My friends on Facebook have known the second creative me and are used to my regular Sunday posts - where I publish my latest creations regularly. My fanpage was something that had to come alive eventually so I could publish this manifest of mine to the public.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

I've been using Instagram for quite a long time as well. I started with posting illustrations in my personal profile. I think it's better than just having purely professional profile and spam other users with advertisement banners and photos of products only. Since it is a social network, which almost everyone with smart-phone has access to, and one among few that doesn't have paid advertisements, it's great to work with using the hash-tags. For example, if one shares pictures of hand carved wooden boats made of wood washed ashore it can only help to depict that it is done with sincere love and care and not just to strike a pose.

Brandits w/Adrian Macho (aka Seaside Spirit)

How should an artist approach branding themselves?

My brand gives hints to what it's about at first sight. That helps me to stay within the lines that I've outlined. Also, I didn't want to publish my work under my name as I thought the brand might benefit from something else. Although, my family name sounds quite hot. Macho, hahaha.

Haha. Seems like a good spot to close. Any final words?

I'd like to thank the folks at Society6, on social networks and all around me for their support.

And thank you right back.

 

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Comments

Earthlightened commented on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:54am
great! so talented;)
Wendy Townrow commented on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:14pm
awesome work, great interview :-)
Margarida Girão commented on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:20am
I love his work! :)
soaring anchor designs commented on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:36am
fantastic work/brand!
A Creative Need commented on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:19pm
awesome, thanks for sharing!
Vinnie Pearce commented on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:52pm
stunning work!
Je Suis un Lapin commented on Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:35am
He tells fantastic stories through his work. Really love it! Also, amazing branding! So unique!
waggytailspetportraits commented on Friday, November 28, 2014 12:07pm
The talent is a given, but I love the warmth and humour that bubbles through. Gives the rest of us encouragement. Thanks Macho!
Seaside Spirit commented on Saturday, November 29, 2014 1:21am
Hahah. Thank you all, again!
Florent Bodart / Speakerine commented on Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:37am
love it !!
Chrisb Marquez commented on Saturday, November 29, 2014 8:49am
Lovelly work and Artist;)
Patricia Shea Designs commented on Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:07am
Love your artwork, graphic layouts, branding, colour pallette - everything! Excellent work!
SOL•SKETCHES™ commented on Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:40am
DOPE WORK, THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!
Sara Elan Donati commented on Sunday, November 30, 2014 3:07am
Great art, great artist
KrisLeov commented on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:23am
Very very good work
Ariadne commented on Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:14pm
Love his nautical spirit--------makes me love his work-------ariadne
MagentaRose (UK) commented on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:10pm
Fabulous work!
Geometric Art by Mak commented on Saturday, January 2, 2016 2:03am
Great job!!! congrats!!!

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