ERIC ELMS

ERIC ELMS

Moving to New York City was never part of the plan for Eric Elms. In fact, being an artist and designer wasn’t either. Growing up in San Diego, Elms couldn’t fathom the possibility of a career in art. That is until a chance encounter with Shepard Fairey one of the pre-eminent contemporary street artists of this generation that the vision of working in art and design became clearer to Elms.

 

 

 

Moving to New York City was never part of the plan for Eric Elms. In fact, being an artist and designer wasn’t either. Growing up in San Diego, Elms couldn’t fathom the possibility of a career in art. That is until a chance encounter with Shepard Fairey one of the pre-eminent contemporary street artists of this generation that the vision of working in art and design became clearer to Elms.

 

 

 

When college came around, Elms had a few art schools in mind. But he settled on the Pratt Institute without even taking a tour. While studying at Pratt, Elms quickly fell in with the downtown New York City arts culture by assisting artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly and also working with his professor at a popular streetwear store. Studying under visionaries who pioneered the “golden era of streetwear” inspired a younger Eric to venture out on his own.

 

The artist dropped out before his senior year to design at Supreme, spending two years with the influential New York City skate imprint. But Elms wanted to explore opportunities elsewhere. What ensued was a foray into fine art, the launch of a design studio and a publishing imprint. His illustrations and graphic designs have elevated the appeal of some of the most culturally relevant brands today.    

When college came around, Elms had a few art schools in mind. But he settled on the Pratt Institute without even taking a tour. While studying at Pratt, Elms quickly fell in with the downtown New York City arts culture by assisting artist Brian “KAWS” Donnelly and also working with his professor at a popular streetwear store. Studying under visionaries who pioneered the “golden era of streetwear” inspired a younger Eric to venture out on his own.

 

The artist dropped out before his senior year to design at Supreme, spending two years with the influential New York City skate imprint. But Elms wanted to explore opportunities elsewhere. What ensued was a foray into fine art, the launch of a design studio and a publishing imprint. His illustrations and graphic designs have elevated the appeal of some of the most culturally relevant brands today.    

These days Elms is hard at work on freelance design gigs while also nurturing his passion project, a brand called POWERS. The name comes from the street location of his studio in Brooklyn. Living in New York has had an immense influence on the artist’s work. 

These days Elms is hard at work on freelance design gigs while also nurturing his passion project, a brand called POWERS. The name comes from the street location of his studio in Brooklyn. Living in New York has had an immense influence on the artist’s work. 

“I think being in New York constantly informs what I’m working on. Just being surrounded by visual stimulation in your day-to-day and then having access to whatever you need is so crucial. 90% of my friends are doing creative things and working on cool projects, so that also feeds into my creativity,” he says.

 

While moving to New York was never in his plans, Eric Elms has left an indelible mark on the city.

“I think being in New York constantly informs what I’m working on. Just being surrounded by visual stimulation in your day-to-day and then having access to whatever you need is so crucial. 90% of my friends are doing creative things and working on cool projects, so that also feeds into my creativity,” he says.

 

While moving to New York was never in his plans, Eric Elms has left an indelible mark on the city.

Nike recently commissioned Elms to put his quirky spin on graphics for The Nike By You Jersey Suite, a unique experience that looks to trace the lineage of stories and style in sport through personalization. Consumers will be able to embellish New York Giants NFL Jerseys in addition to Nike Sweatshirts, hats and other apparel with Elms’ Kilroy graphic. The Nike By You Jersey Suite is by appointment only. Space is limited, so book a spot today.

Nike recently commissioned Elms to put his quirky spin on graphics for The Nike By You Jersey Suite, a unique experience that looks to trace the lineage of stories and style in sport through personalization. Consumers will be able to embellish New York Giants NFL Jerseys in addition to Nike Sweatshirts, hats and other apparel with Elms’ Kilroy graphic. The Nike By You Jersey Suite is by appointment only. Space is limited, so book a spot today.

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