Nicholas Polando: Designer for State Forty Eight

Nicholas Polando, designer for local T-shirt line State Forty Eight, photographed in downtown Tempe, by Nicki Escudero

Nicholas Polando, designer for local T-shirt line State Forty Eight, photographed in downtown Tempe, by Nicki Escudero

Nicholas Polando
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When it comes to T-shirts showing off Arizona pride, cartoon cacti aren’t the only way to go. A new locally printed line, State Forty Eight, sets out to impact the Arizona fashion scene in a big way with chic, eye-catching, stylish designs showing off state pride. The line includes lightweight hoodies perfect for Valley winters, as well as women’s, men’s and children’s shirts and accessories. Designer Nicholas Polando started State Forty Eight with his brother Stephen Polando and their friend Mike Spangenberg, and it launched this past March. The 25-year-old Tempe resident talked about the future for the line, with Phoenix Suns and Coyotes themes expected to launch by early next year. Keep scrolling to hear Nicholas talk about his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I moved here when I was 3 from Urbana, Ohio with my parents. I grew up and lived in Chandler and went to Chandler High School and Scottsdale Community College. Continue reading

Sebastien Millon: Artist and T-Shirt, Print and Card Designer

Sebastien Millon, local T-shirt, print, card and plushie designer, photographed at Pita Jungle in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Sebastien Millon, local T-shirt, print, card and plushie designer, photographed at Pita Jungle in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Sebastien Millon
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Judging by some of Sebastien Millon‘s artwork, you might think the local artist and T-shirt designer has a very twisted mind. There are murderous cats, drunk bears and psychotic bunnies who pepper his digital artwork. But the 31-year-old Paradise Valley resident is quite kind in real life, an artist who wants to help out his peers in the scene as much as he wants to share his sinfully funny, yet still super-sweet, art around the world. After starting to produce his digital art full-time four years ago, his T-shirt line earned a headlining spot in Phoenix Fashion Week, and he’s traveled to comic and art conventions around the country, selling his shirts, prints, greeting cards, and plushies. Millon plans on launching a Kickstarter campaign for a book of his illustrations, and check out a show of his at Hava Java in Phoenix in October. Millon talked about what kind of work goes into becoming an artist full-time, and you can hear him say five of his favorite reasons for living in the Valley below.

What brought you to Arizona?

I moved here with my parents when I as about 12, when my dad’s job in pharmaceutical management at Eli Lilly brought him out here. I was born in Belgium. My family is originally French, and we moved around a lot. We moved to Germany, then Puerto Rico, then Indianapolis, then to Japan, then here. I went to college in Chicago to study econ and art. Continue reading