Chad T. / Art Fury
I was one of those kids who was always drawing, painting, building, or creating something. Growing up in the 80’s, I relished the culture and was heavily influenced by the music, movies, TV, sports, and video games from the decade.
After immersing myself in art classes all through high school, I went on to study film directing at Pasadena Art Center following acceptance for a short film I did while attending one of their night courses. I always loved and respected the whole filmmaking process and how multiple creatives collaborate together to create magic. But after a few years in the program my attention started to shift more towards design and the emergence of multimedia. So, I re-applied, submitted a new portfolio, and joined the the Fine Arts Department (primarily to take their new Photoshop course).
Not long after switching majors I was blessed with the opportunity to become the Creative Art Director for Active Ride Shop ('99) and also assist with launching the brand new Active Mailorder. It was an awesome and challenging experience that really allowed me to grow and develop my capabilities. I got the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people and help Active become a driving force in Action Sports Retail in the early 2000’s. We were also a pretty big deal and heavy influence in the Skate Mail Order space.
Almost 10 years later I moved-on to become the Art Director/Lead Designer at Anchor Blue, with the allure being to lead the team in reviving the company and re-branding their image. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Anchor Blue abruptly chapter eleven-ed. That's when I started my own freelance brand, Artistic Fury. Working on my own has facilitated some great opportunities to work with an array of clients, some friends, and a few agencies. The variety of work has really helped me expand my skillset and amplified the desire to constantly learn.
In 2014 I joined some of my old Active colleagues out in Austin, TX to assist with a new supplement company (Onnit) that they were evolving into a lifestyle brand. I eventually took-on the role as Creative Director and helped them grow annually as we explored creative and innovative ideas that pushed the perception and boundaries of the fitness market. It was another opportunity to work with a great bunch of people and make some life-long friends.
I'm now back home in sunny Southern California, currently freelancing full time from Naples Island (Long Beach). I'm available for creation or consultation. I have the vision, experience, and knowledge to help elevate your projects or ideas. Feel free to hit me up anytime.
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**All of the work featured on this site was concepted, developed, and created by me - unless stated otherwise.
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