Jim Drain’s Ninja Bricks Sweater

Jim Drain is an artist who finds current inspiration in both pixels and retro video games.

Jim Drain's Ninja Bricks Sweater

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's Ninja Bricks Sweater

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. They’re also both ways to concentrate and separate color. It’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.”

Jim Drain's Ninja Bricks Sweater

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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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