September 9, 2009

Hi, I'm Aaron Horkey...

and I can draw better than all of you put together. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Aaron, either by name or some piece of artwork or product he has given his talent to. This guy has been blowing my mind for a few years now. I once bought a RVCA shirt just because he did the typography on it. I visit Burlesque Of North America just to get lost in the details he and the other designers there are famous for. I am a fan. Check out the insanity going on in the letterforms and filigree. I read that Aaron used to use reference material when he was younger, but has since learned to do all the type and line-work freehand.

When I think of people with such extraordinary talent, I think about Harrison Bergeron, by Kurt Vonnegut. A story about a future where everyone is made equal by government mandated handicaps. I think about what Aaron would have to wear, in order to be equal, normal. I have a feeling that even with the US Handicapper General issuing devices and weights, Aaron would still have enough left to out-draft me. Keep drawing those lines, Harrison.

“Right,” said George. He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail, about Harrison, but a twenty-one-gun salute in his head stopped that.