Hey guys! I’m Jen! I'm a photographer here at Threadless, collector of all things vintage and weird, and I was part of the team that won the 90s challenge with Lisa Frankenstein! I worked with the very talented artists Dan Elijah G. Fajardo & Jerry Maninang on this one. I interviewed Dan & Jerry about our collaboration and then we talk 90s favorites.
Tell us who you are, where you're from and a little about yourself!
Dan: Hello! Mabuhay! I am Dan Elijah G. Fajardo, Graphic Artist / Illustrator based in Manila, Philippines.
Jerry: My name is Jerry Maninang a.k.a Dzeri29, a freelance graphic artist & a father of two cute children. I started designing T-shirts way back in 2002, My everyday life is simple, drinking coffee every morning, read all my emails and then start my work, that’s it!
Do you prefer collaborating or working alone? Why?
Dan: I really like to work with some amazing artists around the world and start a friendship with them :D
Jerry: I prefer collaborating with someone, because combining two ideas & style creates a unique & one of a kind design.
We mostly talked through JeffreyG and e-mail, what do you think is the best way to communicate with collab partners?
Dan: I usually email them or leave a message on Facebook :D I don't usually used Skype or other voice chat because my English is terrible! Lol
Jerry: Maybe by talking to each other & sharing ideas.
How did this particular collab process work?
Dan: It started when Dzeri29 and I submitted our "Lisa Frank" inspired design for the 90s challenge and suddenly Jeff message me on Facebook that Ms. Jen has a clever idea, so she approached me about "Lisa Frankenstein" and I really like it! :D Then I told her that I want to add Dzeri29 on our collab! Dzeri29 did the awesome line works and I did the colors! :D
Jerry: I think it start with Dan & your idea, then Dan approach me regarding this collaboration to re-sketch your idea and ink it, then Dan colored & finished it.
What was it like to work with me? Was I nice? I thought you were nice.
Dan: I'm so glad that you choose me on this collab it was fun working with you Ma'am! :D
Jerry: To work with you is such so nice, I love your sketch when Dan show it to me. :D
Why do you submit to theme challenges as opposed to just submitting in the regular challenge?
Dan: I enter theme challenges because it pushes me to be more creative.
Jerry: I think the design totally suit for this challenge specially the concept- Lisa Frank inspired, so 90’s.
best 90s show:
DAN: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
JEN: Late Night with Conan O’brien or Kids in the Hall
worst 90s show:
DAN: Mortal Kombat?
JEN: Dawson’s Creek
best 90s cartoon:
DAN: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
JERRY: X-Men, & Ren & Stimpy
JEN: Ok I have a lot: X-men, Batman the Animated Series, and Daria
best 90s theme song:
DAN: I'll be there for you by The Rembrandts
JERRY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme
JEN: X-men theme
your best story from the 90s:
DAN: When I won my first ever drawing contest.
JEN: When I was in middle school, I was still in Girl Scouts. Not because I was interested in Girl Scout things, but because every Friday we used to dress up as the Spice Girls and sing and dance our hearts out. Needless to say...we were not the popular girls at school. One Friday night, we were at one the girls house and had a big dance number set up for some of the moms. We stood in the garage, backs to the door closed, and dramatically let the door open. The music started and we spun around. The first thing we heard were giggles from next door. Just so happened that some high school boys lived next door and in their pool with them was one of the most popular girls in our grade. We never danced to the Spice Girls again. That, or the time I was on the news and publicly declared that I don’t like boys. Wait, did you say best or most embarrassing?
best 90s music video:
DAN: I have three all time favorite 90s videos
Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden (weird video)
Buddy Holly by Weezer
Everlong by Foo Fighters
JERRY: Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
JEN: I was really into pop music in the 90s so probably Spice Girls “Say You’ll be There” or Blink 182 “What’s my Age Again”
Here's us in the 90s!
Dan showing off his art.
Jerry in high school.
Jen as Posh Spice!
Post a pic of yourself from the '90s then pick up a tee now!