We met Don and his brother Ryan through Troy and they came to visit
us at boomboom central. On a wintery day and clouds that were grey, we
watched as Don smiled and said he would love to show us some work.
Award after award, character after character, boyish smile and enthusiasm
we watched as he channeled his kids and his own youth to capture the
world in which he lives. His quiet confidence, keen ear, and desire to
create something that “makes you stop, think and smile” was right up our
alley. He has his finger on fast forward, but still puts playing with his kids
at the top of the list. He is a big thinker.
Don is working on some really cool projects with Target including some
really special work with the St. Judes Hospital. The characters keep coming,
and the inspiration growing.
We would love to see an animation project, bring those characters to life!!
In the mean time, more great work with the world's leading retailers,
promotional events, and I am sure more awards.
Genius deserves recognition and encouragement—Shine on.
DON WEARS G-HAWK
1. Think Big: Share your dream in 50 words or less.
I'm absolutely living my dream. From the moment I
wake up to the moment I fall asleep. I have the world's
greatest family - and the fact that I get to support
them by creating art is what I consider "a dream".
2. What did your mom think you would be?
I think if you asked her in 1985, she would have said
"some kind of artist". If you asked me in 1985, I
would have said "first base for the San Francisco
Giants". Mom is always right.
3. When people say “you can’t do that”, how do you respond?
I attempt to rationally decide whether or not I can
actually do "it", considering my time and limitations.
Then I take a stab at it anyways ...
4. Why do you do what you do?
I need art - it drives me and often times consumes
me. It's always been that way and I'm very thankful for
it in my life.
5. What has been the best moment and the worst moment so far?
Professionally speaking, there have been so many cool mo-
ments - it's hard to pick just one. The Grammy nomina-
tions, working with the Foo Fighters, Target, Nike,
The New York Times, Wired ... I never know what to
expect each day I show up to the shop, and that's half of
why I love my job so much.
The worst? That's easy: clients that don't pay on time.
6. Planes, Trains or Automobiles - what’s your favorite
mode of transportation?
That must be a trick question. It's a proven fact that
planes don't work for human travel. And unless I can
play train conductor, I'm opting for my favorite mode: the
automobile. Preferably Swedish.