Let’s get right to it: Dan Dippel has skills.
1000styles (aka Dan Dippel) is an illustrator and graphic designer based out of Syracuse, NY. He lives with his wife and two kids, and besides art, other interests include hotrods, horror movies, heavy metal and good IPAs.
Originally from Walworth, NY (near Rochester), he moved to Syracuse in 1996 to attend Syracuse University and graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Illustration. He was hired at SUNY Upstate Medical University shortly after as a graphic designer and has remained there ever since. His professional responsibilities there now include management of the printing department in addition to graphic design.
Dan has also consistently maintained an active freelancing career outside of his regular 9-to-5 job. Work varies within the commercial illustration and graphic design fields, and over the years Dan has been fortunate to attract clients that allow him to focus on his preferred types and styles of artwork – primarily music-related art such as gig posters for bands and festivals, t-shirt graphics for bands, album covers, and promo work for bands and record labels. Dan does not limit his output to music-related work, however – he has done several skateboard deck graphics, and t-shirt graphic and poster work for traditional hot rod and motorcycle shows across the country is also a favorite. Clients have included Warner Bros. Music, Wu-Tang Clan, Metallica, Iron Invasion, Retro Rewind, Louder Than Life Fest, Carolina Rebellion, Rammstein, Korn, Rock on the Range, Demon Seed Skateboards, Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, and Primus, among many others.
I was introduced to Dan by a mutual friend and fellow artist, Cayetano Valenzuela. Dan had designed a show poster and needed it printed, quick! The stars didn’t end up aligning on this one but I did end up bearing witness to Dan’s mind-crushingly awesome style. Or 1000 Styles, whatever you want to take from it. Being that my face was adequately melted by his insane line work I asked if he wanted to collaborate on a screen printing project. He was all about it! He actually seemed pretty excited, stating that he had not gotten to work on a personal project in quite some time. Below are some photos of the collaboration that ensued.
The payoff for me was getting one of the artist proofs which I proudly framed in my office. The payoff continues as Dan and I continue to build a working relationship. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would get to collaborate on a project for one of my favorite bands? PRIMUS SUCKS! PRIMUS SUCKS! (only true fans will know what I’m talking about). Printing the variants on gold and red foil, shown below, has been truly one of the highlights of my careers as a screen printer. A huge shout out to my Creative Director, Brett Groves for the masterful color separations on these.