September 14, 2021
Bigfoot Kick partnered with Made by Lisa Marie to explore the wild for our Fall / Winter 2021 collection. Lisa is a well-known and prolific artist, having been tapped by major apparel brands like Patagonia and Carthartt. We were beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work with a true master in their craft and produce some outstanding work that goes beyond soft and durable clothes.
As 1% for the Planet Members, we wanted to lend our help to protect one of our favorite animals - the wolf - by creating inspired apparel that supported the Endangered Species Coalition. And there was no better person to bring this to life other than Lisa and her signature style.
So, let's put the spotlight on our featured artist and bring you inside the mind and life of the amazing Lisa Marie:
You like to get out and explore. In all your travels…have you ever seen anything you couldn’t explain? You know, any encounters with a creature not quite documented by science?
If I tell you, I’d have to kill you ;) and we don’t want that.
We value our life, so we won't press the issue. Ok so BFK is a brand that blends urban and outdoor vibes. You live in a big city but also love traveling and connecting to nature. How do you find balance in both?
I’m someone that loves jumping into new experiences. It’s very stimulating and charges my creative energy. So I actually really love bouncing back and forth between exploring new shops and hidden gems in the city and going for a hike in the mountains or sailing in the ocean. I think the contrast helps me not stay stagnant and keeps me inspired.
Let's talk about that inspiration...what is your favorite place that you have drawn from your travels?
I’m actually about to start an oil painting of a cafe in Paris that I’m really excited about. Paris is one of my favorite cities. I also have a watercolor painting I did from a hotel balcony in Zermatt, Switzerland of the Matterhorn. It was absolutely dreamy and surreal to wake up to a view of the Matterhorn filling the sky right in front of you so I had to take an hour or two to just sit and paint it.
::Buys Ticket to Switzerland:: Now that you got us wanting to visit the Matterhorn, we were initially drawn to your work because we’re 1% for the Planet members and wanted to work with someone who could capture the outdoors. Is there any particular park or animal or outdoor cause that is special to you?
I love Olympic National Park! It’s so odd and feels like you’re walking through a Dr Seuss book. I spent a night camping at La Push second beach and it was unforgettable. The rock formations coming out of the water have trees and moss growing on them and every time the tide goes out the beach is filled with crabs and all sorts of creatures and seaweed. I’ve never been anywhere else quite like it. I also love that it’s the only rainforest in North America. I’m a huge animal person so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I really love bears. I don’t have one favorite outdoor cause in particular, but I would say everything that works towards cleaning up the lands and saving animals is always close to my heart.
That sounds amazing and so cool that saving animals is close to your heart. Ok, so something that is close to our heart...how was working on this project with us? Anything that stands out in the work or process you’d like to share?
It was fun! I really like your brand colors, so it was fun using those to work with. Also, the line mountain art one really felt like something that is completely my style and I was so excited to be able to put it on a shirt. I’m grateful I was given a lot of creative liberty to just sort of run with the designs! That always makes it way more fun :)
You’ve had a lot of success, working with big brands on all types of projects. What does it feel like to see your work out in the world? On walls, in books, and to have people wear it?
It’s always pretty crazy to see my work “out in the real world.” I actually just had a friend that lives in another state text me a photo of this lady that was wearing one of the T shirts I designed in the grocery store parking lot. That stuff totally makes my day!
Was there a breakthrough moment for you in your journey? A time that stood out, a big break, or a project that took you to that next level?
Hmm… I feel like there’s been certain milestones over the course of my career that have felt like things went to the "next step". I would say the last 2 years or so have felt way different than the 4-5 years prior. I’m extremely grateful for where I’m at. Last year, I started working with Adobe which felt pretty surreal to be teaching other illustrators and designers on Adobe's platform. That definitely felt like a breakthrough. I would also say a lot of the brands I’ve worked with over the last two years have been some dream clients, like working with Patagonia, Kawasaki, The Chicago Bears, PNC Bank and Carhartt.
How do you keep your work fresh? How do you approach each new project with new eyes and possibilities?
I feel like I’m naturally pretty curious and also get bored with doing the same thing for too long. So I kind of naturally gravitate towards experimenting with my style on a regular basis. Whether it’s trying a new color palette, learning a new skill I have no clue about how to do, or taking inspiration from things I like, such as old church windows or neon signs. I also love going for a run if I feel like I’m in a creative block—it helps me get out of my head and come back to my work with new eyes.
As a woman-owned business, what advice would you give to any women looking to make the leap? Are there any good resources you turned to or suggest for up-and-coming entrepreneurs?
I’m not really sure I think about it through just the lens of being a woman, but I have a lot of young men and women artists that reach out to me for help on a regular basis asking how they can go full-time freelance. I really emphasize hard work and financial stability with a longterm strategy. I always recommend having a full-time job that pays well (it can be a graphic design job or something else, you just need something stable and that pays decently). Then I encourage them to use their nights and weekends to work on freelance work—whether that’s actually working on client gigs or if they are just starting and don’t yet have clients then building their portfolio and creating the stuff they want to get hired for. They should treat this like a a job and take it very seriously. Don’t slack or just put in a few hours a week, you won’t see any results. You’ll be working a lot, but this is how you break the barrier and give yourself financial stability while also exploring the freelance world, learning how to get clients, learning all of the business side (pricing, taxes, legal stuff, organization, marketing, etc). This is also where you should work out the kinks and see what’s working and what’s not. Usually, you will stay in this flow of working a full time job and freelancing nights and weekends for about a a year and a half to 2 years before you can jump into full time freelance. There really is no easy way or quick route. Hoodzpah Design made a good resource called "Freelance, and Business and Stuff” that goes over the business side of freelance. I think you can order it on their website!
Alright, switching gears completely...we read that you’re into hip hop right…what’s on your playlist right now?
It’s always changing but I like Drake, Chance the Rapper, Smino, Lauryn Hill, Peter CottonTale, Kanye, Lecrae., Andre 3000, A$AP Rocky and a lot of 90’s hip hop throwbacks.
You really can't go wrong with that list. Ok, we'll get you out of here with this last question...settle the debate from inside the Windy City: Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s?
Lou Malnati’s full speed. Giordano’s wouldn’t actually even be my second choice. Pequod’s is probably second.
September 06, 2021
September 02, 2021
Bigfoot Kick joined 1% for the Planet from the get-go, pledging to donate 1% of our sales to help Keep Bigfoot Hidden. It's part of our ongoing commitment to protect the earth's natural resources, save vital forests and other natural habitats, and help support the diversity of life that inhabits our globe. And yes, that goes for identified and known creatures as well as, you guessed it - mythical ones. Hey, the big guy needs plenty of space to roam and hide from your blurry iPhone shots.
Our summer collection focused on donating to Re: Wild, a global non-profit helping to restore biodiversity. You see, biodiversity is key in combating the effects of climate change, helping stave off extinction, and curb the impact of pandemics. From birds to toads to fungi, Re: Wild works with over 400 partners in 88 countries to keep the wild, well, wild. Its efforts have protected and conserved more than 180 million acres benefitting more than 16,000 species.
We worked with the team at Mad Goat Studio, based in Charlotte and New York, to create the design brought to life by Deluxe Screen Printing in Los Angeles to make the anchor of our summer pledge - the Keep Bigfoot Hidden Tee. Printed with eco-friendly inks on super soft cotton, the purpose behind the apparel was simple - let's protect our wildlands and keep rich, dense natural habitats intact for creatures to thrive in peace.
We're so thankful for our fans and customers who believe in us, believe in our cause, and help support the wonderful organizations we emphasize for our collections. And every bit counts. Each dollar invested into Re: Wild's efforts help contribute over $100 in environmental benefits. So rock your gear proud and know you've made a difference.
That earns a big thumbs up from Bigfoot himself.
August 06, 2021
August 03, 2021
The sun was bothering me.
You see, I picked up running sometime in 2020. Not because I wanted to. Not because I had the body for it. Not because it seemed great. Quite the opposite. I hated running. As an idea. As a sport. It was never for me. Basketball yes. Flag football? Duh.
But here I was, fresh off the holiday season and way too many cakes, cookies, and winter ales later. Naturally, I needed to get in gear. I needed something to shake off the calories and lethargy, so I hit the gym...and I was starting to form some good habits.
Then everything shut down. Stupid COVID.
So, I bought some running shoes and hit the outdoor trails. The greenways. The lakes. The open road, baby. I was forced into running. And it was starting to go pretty well.
Ok, let me back up a second. This story actually begins a little further back in 2019. You see...sleep and I have never been on good terms. It takes me forever to fall asleep. I wake up constantly and can't shut my mind off. So in a night of desperation, sometime in the waking hours of ghosts and goblins, I rolled over and downloaded the Headspace app. I then began a journey of learning how to better prepare my body and mind for sleep. Little tricks throughout the day. Breathing exercises to wind down. Visualizations to carry me away. And wonderful dreamcasts that eased my ever whirring mind.
After a while, I started looking for other uses for Headspace and that led me to some wonderful running routines with the Nike Run Club app since I couldn't go to a gym. So here I was, a non-runner, a hater of jogging, throwing in my headphones with the world shut down around me, listening to Coach Bennett and Andy Puddicombe talk away.
And the miles started to add up.
And more miles.
And then speed.
And then fitness.
And suddenly, out of nowhere, I was a runner. And not just a reluctant runner, but a bonafide, fit, enjoyer of running. I was a speed interval runner. I bought some sweet Rhone and Ten Thousand shorts. Some District Vision shirts. Oh, and a knee brace (torn ACL, baby).
I needed only one other thing to complete my gear - some sunglasses to protect my poor peepers from the hot spotlight glaring down on me from over the trees of the greenway. Remember, the sun was bothering me. So I naturally turned where anyone would. Good ol' mom.
Christmas was coming up and I handed in my list - and on that list was a pair of sunglasses I read about in my research. The Electric Dinotopia to be exact, from Goodr. But mom, being the best mom ever to an up-and-coming runner, didn't wait until the holiday and copped a pair of the Batman Goodrs for her son. Thanks, mom. Thanks, Batman.
Ok, let me fast forward some. So I started a company and now I was a runner and a Headspace listener and I only wanted to do dope things and work with cool people and companies so I wrote down some goals. One of my first goals - I wanted my own pair of Goodrs. I wanted to work with an energetic company that had a stellar product that also was doing great marketing. I wanted to bring a product to market under the Bigfoot Kick brand that was personal to me. A real-life accessory that I use and love every day.
So I reached out to Goodr and the Creamsicle Heist sunglasses were born. And Goodr's great to work with. And the glasses are dope. No slip. No bounce. All drip.
So from my journey to yours, I hope you buy and like them and use them for wherever life takes you. Whether it's running, hiking, biking, or hitting the brewery and just want to keep your eyes protected.
So go live your rebellious adventure. And look super fly doing it.
July 11, 2021
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June 16, 2021
June 03, 2021
Dads are an interesting lot.
They can be painfully embarrassing, like meeting your friends with knee-high mismatched tube socks trying to sound hip. Or, writing sticky note reminders to pick you and your girlfriend up from the theater, only misspelling the names causing all kinds of trouble.
They can also be your clutch go-to, like picking you up late from football practice after they've worked all day. They also carry pictures in their wallets and hang photos of your accomplishments in their offices.
What a spectrum.
And, there are all kinds of dads too. Traditional family dads. Single dads. Blended family dads. Girl dads. When we get right down to it, being a dad isn't about being biologically human per se, either. We have dog dags, cat dads, or simply the wise sage giving advice to the next generation, steering them in the way they should go. Coaches, teachers, and close friends can all fulfill a dad role in some ways. You know, showing unbridled care and unconstrained love for another living being. That's what being a dad is all about.
Sacrifice. Care. Devotion. Direction.
Yea, and a little embarrassing sometimes.
So cheers to the dads. All of them. And here's to doing our part this year to help them stay fresh in 2021. You know, a little "return the favor" to the dear old dads in our lives, whatever the role they may play. Whether they already have style and just need some new t-shirt love, or they need some serious style help - we got you covered with our special Father's Day Sale collection.
May 23, 2021
March 17, 2021
It didn’t take long for Bigfoot to go digging in the trash and make a shirt. Like, literally.
Bigfoot Kick is beyond amped to introduce our Remix Kickback Shirt, made from 100% recycled cotton. In fact, made from straight trash. Yarn remnants and waste from US-grown cotton make up this super sustainable shirt while it’s cut, sewn, and finished in beautiful Los Angeles, California. And how is this shirt even possible? Because we scour the earth to find awesome pioneers to print our beloved karate cryptozoid on. This search led us to Everybody.World.
You Need to Buy This Right Now
First things first. This shirt is straight fire. Like, GQ rated fire. Yes. THAT GQ. The Everybody.World trash collection t-shirt was featured in the men’s fashion hub for bringing that eco-friendly fashion heat.
Ok now that we've deemed this certified heat and we’ve already covered how awesome for the planet this shirt is, we’ll dive into the super dope, eco-friendly print on the front. The graphic straight leaps off the cotton featuring our signature font and classic silhouette of Bigfoot firing off a sick roundhouse to the sky. Pressed clean in our “ lagoon” colorway with water-based inks, you’ll break a few necks with the head turns snapping your way. The casualties of looking this fly, we say.
How's it fit?
Besides fresh, soft, and better than anything else in your closet? Relaxed (no, you relax). It fits classic-relaxed with room to get all your moving and shaking done. Like dance moves or tiger uppercuts or simple trips to the fridge. Count. Every. Step! But seriously, if you want a tighter-closer-up-in-the-armpit fit, size one down.
This tee is perfect by itself (with pants or shorts ya freak) or paired with the super dope Faherty Reversible Surplus Bomber. Dark jeans. Some Vans. Or York Athletic Gails. Throw on some Chrome aviators if you just wanna slay. That's still a cool word, right?
And one more little plug. Actually a big plug because this is very important. Every time this shirt gets purchased, we donate to 1% for the Planet to help protect our wildlife. It’s simple. Dope gear. Awesome partners. Wicked-good cause.
Believe in your gear.