Vincent Trinidad (or VP021) hails from the Philippines. He loves nature, art, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, he grew up with them and thinks of them fondly. Vincent has a degree in fine arts so it is only natural that after a stint in a design agency creating promotional material that he would enter the world of video game design. Ahem…
Vincent’s artwork really pops. The vivid colors make me think of HDR photography and like HDR photography, Vincent’s designs seem hyperreal. I am almost surprised that the images don’t start moving. When Vincent was young, he dreamed of being a Disney animator. I think that if his dream comes true, the world will be a more colorful place.
Vincent Trinidad Interview
Vincent Trinidad is such a cool name that you don’t need a nickname but you do use the handle VP021 and I have to ask. I guess the VP stands for Vincent Patrick but what is the 021?
Vincent, because my father’s name is Vicente and Patrick because my great grandmother’s name is Patricia. The 021, because it was back in college that I made my email and I was 21 at that time. hahaha
Were you born and raised in the Philippines?
I am a true blood Filipino and proud of it.
Tell us what you love about where you live?
What I love about the Philippines are the mountains, nature, and the beautiful beaches!
Do you work full-time in art and design?
Been in the art and design industry for a decade now. Right now, I am an illustrator for video games. I started as a graphic artist designing marketing materials for an ad agency.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My free time is spent mostly making t-shirt designs. My wife and I climb mountains at least once a month or when I have the privilege to have a lot of time in my hands, I paint traditionally to exhibit in galleries with my college friends.
About the Artist
When did you start creating art?
Back when I was 5 years old. I remember my favorite subject was the Ninja Turtles! Go, ninja, go, ninja, go! Cowabunga!
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
My childhood dream was to become an animator in Disney. My parents were very supportive of me as an artist. Also, I have this neighbor who is an animator who worked on the Lion King TV series back in the 90’s . He was the one who encouraged me to develop my skills and enhance my talent in art. Shout out to sir Raggie Fortu!
I see you have studied Fine Arts. Did this help you in your t-shirt design work?
Of course, my aesthetics developed because I was exposed to highly creative individuals back in college and also the fundamentals are very important.
Apart from t-shirts, are you involved in other art/design projects?
I work as a video game illustrator and I work on my traditional painting skills.
Were you influenced by any particular artist or style?
Too many to mention but my favorite is Norman Rockwell.
Could you describe your typical design process from concept to completion?
I scourge the internet first for the subject I am designing and then the ideas pop up what I prefer aesthetically and I set a limit to make sure I finish my design.
About the T-Shirts
How did you first hear about daily t-shirt sites like TeeFury and RIPT?
My friend from college Dan Fajardo introduced me to it.
Do you remember your first print? If so, what was it and how did you feel?
My first print was on Threadless with my A Ragdolls Love design from the Nightmare before Christmas challenge. IT FELT WONDERFUL!
You sell your designs on TeePublic, RedBubble, Design by Humans, NeatoShop, and Society6.
Which performs best for you? – My Teepublic store
Which is easiest to work with? – Teepublic is the easiest for me.
Do you wear the t-shirts that you have designed?
Yes, I wear them every day!
Have you seen somebody wearing one of your t-shirts in the real world?
Yes and it feels awesome!
About the World
What is the most exotic location you have been to?
The crater of the volcano Mt. Pinatubo.
Where would you most like to visit? Why?
My bucket list is in Florence Italy because that is where most of the earliest paintings originated
About Other Designers
Which t-shirt designer(s) do you admire the most?
My friend Dan Fajardo because I look up to him when it comes to t-shirt designing.
Have you done any collaborations for t-shirts? If so, who and what did you design? If not, who would you like to collaborate with?
I usually collaborate with Dan Fajardo. We have won several Threadless challenges including the Back to the Future. I would want to collaborate with Naolito.
Who would you like to see interviewed on the Shirt List next?
My friend Dan Fajardo.
Any advice for new designers/artists? Work on what you love and finish it.
Set limits and posting on the internet goes a long way.
What are you watching on TV at the moment?
I don’t watch much television.
What’s the last movie you saw in the cinema/movie theater?
The Jungle Book