Justin Teodoro is a Canadian born, NYC-based artist, illustrator, and designer. After an 8-year career as a fashion designer, Justin decided to merge his two passions – fashion and art – into a new career as a fashion illustrator and artist.
What was the inspiration behind “We All Belong,” the T-Shirt you designed for American Apparel?
“For the AA collaboration I wanted to do an artwork that shared a message of inclusivity and positivity. So I came to write “We All Belong” as the message – as well as it says simply something so very important nowadays. I just played and sketched with my #graphicdoodle motifs of eyes and lips and hearts and use bright primary colors as reds, blues and yellows.”
Who or what inspires you as an artist?
“I’m inspired by a lot of things – music, art, movies, fashion, NYC. But I think my inspiration can really just happen throughout the day, from what I just happen to see out and about to someone I walk past on the street or in the subway.”
Can you walk us through a typical day in your life?
“My day starts at my studio – going through emails with clients etc. If I’m not out at meetings, I pretty much find myself at work in my studio – always with some music playing to help set the mood. I try to keep a routine and schedule to give my work/life some structure. And to give me some balance, I usually do yoga classes during the week or try and go see some shows or grab chill drinks and dinner with friends.”
What would you do if you couldn’t be an artist?
“That’s hard for me to say since being an artist was always something I wanted. But I guess a dream job I had thought about for awhile was to maybe get more serious with my yoga and become a yoga teacher and take that work to travel with the world.”
What’s the story behind the hashtag #WeShouldAllCare?
“I drew it the day the news of the First Lady wearing that infamous jacket. Even though I haven’t done much political artwork, it’s hard not to be affected by all these news stories you see today. I guess I just wanted to react in my own way and put something out there that was not angry but more about hope & positivity.
So #WeShouldAllCare was my response. I drew what I thought the jacket should have said and what we all must feel (#WeShouldAllCare) and have the Statue of Liberty - a symbol of what this country truly represents - wear it. I remembered the Times Magazine issue about family separation with that little girl in pink on its cover so I drew the Statue of Liberty holding her hand and taking care of her because that is what she and all these children deserve.”
How would you describe your own personal style?
“It’s pretty basic - I’m a t-shirt, jeans, and sneaker type. I’ve always gravitated towards people with a relaxed but signature style. Someone like David Hockney is a particular fave of mine.”
What are your 3 favorite AA items?
“I have always loved the AA classic Fine Jersey T-Shirts, the Tri Blend Zip Hoodie, and Flex Fleece Sweatpants.”
To learn more about Justin, follow him on Instagram via @justinteodoro