Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Dan Christofferson makes cool art for cool kids. Apart from a booming online presence, his illustrations can also be found on pennants, patches, pins, and flags – all sold on his online store. He’s also part of a two-dan team named Young Jerks.
Bold, geometrical and relying on contrast, his illustrations are simply but never simplistic. “As an illustrator that’s helped me to be able to exaggerate face shapes really well, and to form this system of cataloging that I could regurgitate into something authentic and useful,” says Christofferson in an interview with The Great Discontent. “So the advice I would give is to be inspired and influenced by everything that’s around you, but then to build a cool system to be able to use all of that.”
And with a large fanbase, it comes as no surprise that his artistic passion sparked at a very young age. “I feel like I was one of those lucky kids who knew that I should be in some sort of art,” he admitted. “My friends would get all dressed up as Ninja Turtles and jump around, and my inclination was to get out a piece of paper and a pencil and draw them.”
“My parents were also super supportive, and got me into art classes where we’d go to the zoo and draw animals,” he adds. “And in high school, I went into an art program at the local college. It was just so natural; I never questioned it or tried anything else.”
Here are some highlights from his Instagram page: