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Artist Spotlight: Introducing Dirty Bandits - Clever Art with Heart!

Artist Spotlight: Introducing Dirty Bandits - Clever Art with Heart!

Annica Lydenberg AKA Dirty Bandits is a hand lettering artist in Brooklyn, NY. Annica’s making her Tendr debut with a series of cards for Holiday 2016. We’re thrilled to have her clever, whimsical cards in our collection!

Image c/o the artist

Image c/o the artist

Annica’s art has graced the walls and chalkboards of bars and hotels and been featured in ads, magazines and books. But her career didn’t start with a paintbrush in her hand.

Even as a kid she knew she wanted to make art for a living, but “got side tracked as a graphic designer and web designer for years after college but then was lucky enough to find lettering.”

“I’ve been obsessed with old signs my whole life,” she says. “I took up an interest in sign painting and spent some time in San Francisco hanging around at New Bohemia Signs.”

Image c/o the artist

Image c/o the artist

Building up her portfolio of lettering work, she grew confident enough to quit graphic design and focus on lettering full time.

“I wrote a breakup letter to HTML that I posted on my site and bid farewell to the days of making endless animated banner ads,” she says. “Lettering just felt like a better fit than anything I’d done before.”

Annica’s Tendr cards are a testament to her skill and sense of humor. A personal favorite of the Tendr team? Her ‘Merry Whatever’ design!

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Humor is something she tries to work into as many designs as she can, since she’s “endlessly entertained by puns and wordplay.”

“I love hearing people chuckle when they see my stuff, making people laugh is definitely a huge motivation in my work.”

When it comes to her own holiday traditions, Annica’s favorite tradition is one of her own making.

“Pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving is my favorite and something I started doing year round for a while, cause why not?! I mean apple pie is basically just a bunch of apples, totally healthy.”

Why not, indeed! We love Annica’s idiosyncratic nature and the humor she’s bringing to Tendr with her art. You’ll be able to see (and send) the entire Dirty Bandits card set when we launch our Holiday 2016 Collection later this month.

In the meantime check out more of Annica’s work, including an amazing installation at Grand Central station and a humorous fine art series using items she literally pulled out of garbage piles, on the Dirty Bandits website. 

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