Oh, Those Crazy Bowling Balls

Back in 2012, the Executive Director of the Greater Sudbury Big Brothers Big Sisters asked me for a poster for that year’s Bowl For Kids Sake. The theme was “Pirates”, and after some thought, I realized that some fun could be had by turning a bowling ball and pins into a skull and crossbones.

bfks-pirate

Four and a half years later, I get it in my head that I want to make t-shirts (technically it was three and a half years later… I got the idea last year but didn’t act on it). I started with a bunch of emoji shirts, but then I realized… I have something very market-specific that I could be tapping into… and it’s all ready to go.

bowling-pirate

pirate4  pirate1  pirate2  pirate3

Since I’ve never sold the rights outright to any Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, they’re all mine to do with what I choose. And at this point, what’s pretty cool is that there’s a whole market of bowlers out there that may have an interest in these odd little pieces of merchandise.

Plus… I didn’t stop with the Pirate theme. When the Sudbury agency got a call asking if they could use it, I realized there was a market out there for more themes that other agencies could use, and I have indeed gotten requests over the years to use them. I spent a lot of hours creating additional themes (it spiraled into a massive illustration/design challenge for me, and I kept getting ideas, so I kept exploring them), and now rather than collecting digital dust, they potentially have a new lease on life out there in the bowling world.

BFKS-MainPoster
became…
monster   zombies

bfks-norbay-2014
became…
western

bfks-avengers-3-copy
became…
superhero

And then I finally created this one from scratch, because, well… I had the idea:

kingpin

It’ll be a challenge connecting with bowlers and attracting some interest in these… but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to meeting.

All this merch is available on my Society6 site.

 

 

 

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