Hydro74 Gallery Show Odessa Gallery, Memphis

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Back in late November of last year I had with opportunity to attend the Hydro74 gallery show in Memphis at the Odessa Gallery showcasing the work of designer Joshua Smith. What makes this such a big deal is that being located in the dirty south, its not very often that events like this take place. Be it bands I like, or gallery shows such as this… it hardly ever happens.

After a 2 hour drive I was stoked to see everything was hopping on Broad street. The show was a damn good time. It was really cool to see a lot of the work that Hydro had been posting on facebook over the last few weeks. Even better that I was able to purchase a large bear illustration on wood and a number of prints. Plus the gallery was handing out free PBR…

Joshua Smith’s work was one of my main sources of inspiration when I started designing. I was trying my hand at starting my own clothing line and in constant search of where the designs were coming from for all of the major brands. Eventually, I ran across his work, sometime around 2000 or so. In my opinion, Hydro74 is one designer who has pushed vector design into the spotlight over the last few years.

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After meeting Joshua for the first time, I can’t say enough about the guy. Although he is shorter than I thought (joking), he is a blast to talk to and has a great sense of humor. Coming back to Memphis later that weekend I was able to talk to him for a while. He is an extremely humble person with amazing skills and definitely easy to talk to… good times.

Links you should check out:

Portfolio:
Hydro74

Then go get some fonts:
Legacy of Defeat

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What are your thoughts?