In the beginning
I began life in central NY and took to art since my first crayon festival on mom’s kitchen cabinets. I loved art and soon comic books became my artistic Wikipedia into adolescence. Within weeks of high school graduation (June 1973), I grabbed a pack and aimed my compass toward the Last Frontier. I hitchhiked solo and arrived in pre-boom town Anchorage. As a teen pauper, I continued vocational art education at West High by masquerading as a transfer student whose transcripts got lost. After months in class, a savvy school official unveiled my fiction. In a private interview, my art teacher vouched for my dedication to
From kitchen crayons to Kodiak mayhem
In the late 1970s, my true professional art career started in Kodiak, AK. I worked as a printer for the local newspaper. As a pressman, I learned how to professionally prep art for production, what worked and what flopped when reproduced. Our news editor wanted more editorial punch on the hotbed topics of local political intrigue, scandal and mayhem. When he saw my cartoon commentaries on bar napkins, I was recruited as Kodiak’s first official political cartoonist, which was harder than I thought. I developed a new respect for deadlines and learned to draw any subject or issue and convey a clear editorial impression in a single cartoon. After all, our entire town reviewed my work and the feedback was robust. It was here that I gained insight into the power and impact of art and no longer tried to be an artist. I became one.
Risk, Rallys and Runs
The 80’s arrived and events drew me back to Anchorage. My art career started to regain traction. Then in 1989, I bought my first and only motorcycle from Barry at the House of Harley; a new Heritage Softtail Classic. I joined the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.)
My big break into t-shirt art came in 1994 when I was asked to design the First Annual Alaska State H.O.G. Rally t-shirt. Artistically, it was a huge risk but I was totally fired up. This was my very first commercial shirt design ever. It was the first time I worked with a biker committee on any art project. It was the first inaugural Alaska H.O.G. Rally and the results would leave an irreversible impression; but hey, other than that, no pressure! I was nervous as a nudist beekeeper on how the final design would print and if it would appeal to a hotel full of fellow bikers. After several weeks the shirts arrived and to my relief, the design was a hit. I drank lots of beers in celebration and it
After my third H.O.G. Rally shirt in 1996, I became involved with Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education (ABATE) defending biker’s rights and promoting invaluable rider education. I was asked to design their 1996 annual Freeze Up Run t-shirt, which was a blast. Since then, I have been fortunate to have designed eleven ABATE shirts, a new Alaska ABATE state logo, and the ABATE 3 Angels Memorial Track artwork.
In addition to creating 32 t-shirt designs, I have over 30 years in the printing industry as a full-time printer and graphic artist at the day job and independently as PenDragon Alaska, my own business. My printing background provides me with invaluable insight and practical experience in design planning, creativity and production of most graphic media. My specialities include logos, marketing materials, banners, Holiday cards, event posters, magnetic signs, print services, foiling and embossing, cartoons, and embroidery art. I remain grateful to the motorcycle community and Alaska for its unwavering support and friendship in my growth as a commercial graphic artist.
Ride Free, Ride Safe, Live Well.
– Clint Seyer