For most people in our industry, the artist behind our Aloha collaborations needs no introduction: Andrew Bawidamann, owner of Bawidamann Design and an extremely accomplished artist who keeps us all daydreaming with his pin-up art. His work also graces the products & logos of many brands in the tactical space.
While there is much you do know about this designer, gear-maker and artist, only Andrew is able to articulate his design inspiration and design process that lead to exquisite artistic expressions year-over-year.
Here’s a peek into what went behind Andrew Bawidamann’s art in this year’s OTTE Gear x Bawidamann Aloha Pua Honu masterpiece:
“The Plumeria has a personal meaning. For my 1st anniversary after our Maui honeymoon, I ordered a Plumeria cutting from Molokai. It was just a little green stick. It arrived in October and my wife had serious doubts we could get it to grow and survive the winter. It’s been almost 4 years and it gets bigger and more beautiful every year. It is a magical piece of Hawaii that lives with us. Every flower illustrated in this pattern is taken from our 1st Hawaiian anniversary Plumeria.”
“I was inspired by the original Pacific 1942 Frogskin Garments. We have limited edition Honu Beach and Honu Jungle colorways, and a super-limited edition Honu Atoll – a blue that will inspire magnificent things at the height of summer!”