Jim Drain is an artist who finds current inspiration in both pixels and retro video games.
Switched says: “A fan of both ‘Double Dragon’ and ‘Legend of Zelda,’ Drain seems like a nerd at heart. We think that his droopy, ’80s-inspired sweaters would be right at home on M.I.A., seeing as Drain’s already created stage outfits for both Le Tigre and The Gossip — bands who are no strangers to the allure of retro-dorkdom. From emoticons to ska-like checkered designs, the sweaters take us back through the niche imagery of the past two decades.”
Jim Drain says: “Pixilation is an important issue for me right now. First seeing it when I was young, I see a connection between pixilation and knitting in that knitting and weaving came first in the same way that this kind of computer pixilation did. Theyâ€™re also both ways to concentrate and separate color. Itâ€™s easy for me to look at Atari imagery and find the crossover with the other images I grew up with and textile techniques like knitting.”
Hat tip: Switched