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Conversations with Nick Prevas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Prevas.

Hi Nick, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Absolutely! I’m an artist, designer, musician, and Dad to 2 wonderful and hilarious kids. I’m really passionate about illustration, outsider art, music, Charm City, and t-shirts. I had the idea of starting a t-shirt brand when I was in my early 20s and living in Los Angeles. I’ve always been a huge fan of t-shirts and collected cool shirts by artists or bands I loved.

When I had a few opportunities to make my own t-shirts, usually for film festivals I was helping to organize or some other event, I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with a cool piece of art that could be distilled down to the simplest of colors and printed in cool ways.

Skip ahead to 2020, when the pandemic happened. My wife, photographer Jill Fannon, and I had the idea to gather some artists we know and love and ask for their help to raise money for the Maryland Food Bank.

So we launched Feral Kids in April 2020 with a print benefit that featured 14 awesome artists who all donated their artwork to the cause and helped us donate $2175 to the MD Food Bank (100% of the profits from the print sale).

After that, I turned the focus of the business into becoming an artist brand where I could showcase some of my own work, alongside some of the amazing artists/creatives I know and love. So in 2021, I put together a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce our first wave of products which included original t-shirts, art prints, stickers & pins.

The Kickstarter went great, and we were fully funded in just under 2 weeks. This gave us the ability to produce the first run of products in a higher quantity (which saves money), and continue to sell in our online store and at live events around Baltimore.

Since then, we’ve added some more products and designs, and we’re running 2 fundraisers right now as well – one to benefit Direct Relief for Ukraine, and another to benefit The Brigid Alliance in support of women’s reproductive rights.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We’ve absolutely had a few challenges along the way. One big issue that we faced early on (that many other businesses have struggled with too) was supply chain issues and delays.

When it comes time to print shirts, we always have to be flexible on the colors and style of shirts, since some specific products we love may not available. But in the end, I think we are always able to work it all out and keep our artists and customers satisfied.

It taught me a great lesson about preparing backup options whenever you’re planning a product line and learning how to be as flexible as you can.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I guess first and foremost I consider myself a creator. For my main job, I’m the Design Manager for the Baltimore Ravens. I’ve learned so much working for the team and had the opportunity to create some awesome graphics that fans get to interact with.

I also do some freelance designs/illustrations for small businesses, bands, and musicians here and there. For my personal art, I jump into whatever medium will bring the idea to life. That might be digital art, photos, video, animation, painting, silkscreen, or watching some YouTube tutorials to learn about a new method.

I’ve always enjoyed the process of creating art and I especially like mixing experimental processes within my work – it makes it more exciting because you can totally fail and have to start over on something, but when it works out it’s also the coolest surprise.

Currently, I’m working on learning how to create a designer art toy of my “Ghostie” character – because I really want to see him come to life in glorious 4″ tall plastic!

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I have a lot of cool childhood memories, it’s hard to pick just one! I grew up in Highland Maryland (which is in Howard County, about 1/2 way between Baltimore & D.C.).

I really cherish the times I got to spend in my little suburban neighborhood growing up with my older sister, Ginger, and my friends. One winter break, my best friend Brandon and I made an in-camera edited movie using our parent’s VHS cameras, and we got all our friends in the neighborhood to play parts.

We even did a very amateur sound mix using a karaoke boom box and a couple of VCRs, so we could add music and sound effects to the final project. The entire process was such an amazing learning experience and actually pointed me in the direction of filmmaking.

I went on to study that, along with Visual Arts, when I went to college at UMBC. So that was probably a big turning point for me artistically, even though it was just a goofy thing for a couple of teenagers to do.

Getting the freedom to do those kinds of wacky ideas, plus playing in garage bands, building tree forts, and exploring around the wood kept us out of trouble (well, mostly). I also remember just filling up pads and pads of paper with drawings and comics – which is funny because that’s exactly what my 2 amazing kids do now.

Pricing:

  • T-shirts: $25 and up
  • Prints: $25 and up
  • Other goodies: $3 and up

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Image Credits
Jill Fannon, Tanner/Vicki Almon, and Jennifer Beck

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