By Phil Hecken, featuring Mark Peterson
Longtime reader and poster Mark Peterson, whom I first profiled way back in April of 2011 (and who has long been contributing fantastic uniform concepts) is back today with some new uniform concepts for my New York Mets and his Chicago White Sox. Mark is not just a talented graphic artist (and has thousands and thousands of graphics and logos hoarded on his computer), but he actually created, from scratch, the uni template he uses for all of his baseball concepts. It’s a great batch today, so sit back and enjoy. Here’s Mark:
Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets, step up and greet the Mets concepts:
Well now that the Dark Plague has basically ended, this concept (which recently is now) makes for repetitiveness. Restoring the pre-Wilpon era Mets script, the idea was to offer something old, current and new, with emphasis on variety and most importantly: blue. Television characters were used as references.
Doug Hefferman – 30. On one episode of “The King of Queens”, Kevin James ate 30 White Castle hamburger Slyders & survived — which incidentally is a full “Crave Case” — hence the obligatory heads-up white Red Cross patches. In a blue jersey – no more slimming black alternate for you, fatboy!
Jerry Seinfeld “Jerry! Hello!” – 17. Because of Uncle Leo, it’s a softball top that’s gift shop rags/fodder, so there’s no place for seriousness. Jerry had a Mets cap in his apartment in the early years on the show. #42 was the Second Spitter.
Oscar Madison – ’62. A wool flannel & beat-up old faded cap & cigar for Oscar, there had to be a place for Broadway / television’s possibly first-ever Mets fan. He may had been the first to ever wear a MLB cap on TV.
Robert Barone – 24. Favorite baseball team along with brother Raymond was the Mets, and once got thrown out at a 1969 Mets convention in Cooperstown because Raymond prevented him from meeting his childhood favorite player Art Shamsky. Oh that fucker, Ray!
Two variations of the Dugout Jacket. One for home and one for road.
White Sox concept 1.0
Alternate home: This started around a common idea of a pinstripeless home, which took about 2 seconds. Since silver doesn’t lead well to brimmed caps, I went with an alternate solid cap using the current secondary wordmark. Sock added to stirrups.
Road: I always liked the old Chicago American Giants script, so I vertically arched it from radially arched because I found the regular cursive “Chicago” script to be boring. Diamond-sock patch restored to sleeve. All fat sleeve & pants trim removed.
Alternate color top: Revised to the 1991-92 style of white / silver, but darker gray for better contrast. Find the current alternate white/black/silver logo, numbers, NOB & sleeve trim to be excessive, too wide & clunky.
White Sox concept 2.0
Home: This is a retro version of going for a bold black & white look. Custom font roughly based on the 1982-86 look, with an O & X under and above the S loops. Created “Walking Socks” sleeve patch. NNOB homes with raised numbers. Slightly thinner & wider standard cap logo.
Alternate: Inverted home insignia but no jersey trim, tall & thin radially arched NOB, “Wild West” font. Different home & road stirrups. Alternate white cap with black squatchee & brim with black soutache; which some Sox fans really like a white cap. Trucker cap style considered, but does not fit the era.
Road: Gray version of the home with no white trim & tall & thin radially arched NOB. Small alternate TV graphics for white background (for whatever reason).
Dugout Jacket. Both stirrup striping patterns incorporated into it.
White Sox concept 3.0
Home: Retro custom variation of stacked “S-o-x” from Sox jerseys from 1912-48 in bold black & white, created a specific fine line “Flying Sock” sleeve patch with rope-like texture outline, “Wild West” font. NNOB. Slightly thinner & wider cap logo.
Road: Vertically arched Chicago American Giants font reprise. Vertically arched trimmed NOB. Different home & road stirrups.
Dugout Jacket. Both stirrup striping patterns incorporated into it.
Some production notes on these:
• The improvements on the Mets concepts – originally all had #41. Added new numbers & last names which I got the idea from TV viewing, since I only watch a handful of new shows (mostly comedies) and a lot of retro sitcoms.
• Breaking out a new road wool flannel template, the texture pattern was used from Paul’s Under Amour gray faux wool swatch. More wrinkles and a much baggier pant. I really like how this looks, and the colors really pop off it. Eventually I will experiment with other wool flannel files and make it even more accurate. The trick to this is making a solid sheet without creating repetitive patterns.
• Improved new striping pattern smoothness on coats.
• When I finally got to these, the regular template had been altered since I started on these to show more wrinkles on the uniform; especially on the legs and slightly more stirrup color.
• Came up with new side stirrup / pant template, which was drawn based off a Uni Watch photograph, blown up to a very large size. Stirrup stripes were made with a single curved strip pasted over and spaced out by exact pixel measurements. Coming up with this new template, reducing the file size, and then getting the stripes to line up front & the side was kicking my ass.
• Also another long-time side project done, showing off “Wild West” font that was re-created using pics off 1976-81 Sox jerseys.
• For the NOBs, I used the 3 most common Chicago immigrants of Polish, Irish & German. “Jablonsky” is actually a 1991 “Married with Children” reference of actor Ted McGinley’s debut (but as a Christmas tale & pre-Jefferson D’Arcy episode) that featured the late-Sam Kinison as Al’s guardian angel.
Thanks, Mark. Terrific job on all of those. Now, how many days ’til pitchers and catchers?
What I did on my
summer weekend vacation…
I won’t bore any of you with the details, especially since they weren’t uni-related, but I did spend a very cool weekend up in New Hampshire doing some research for my spring project. But lets just say it involved a few of the GOP candidates for President.
Thought I’d share a few of the photos I took:
Rick Santorum: Looked really tired, but he was actually not as much of a dick as I had feared. He even hopped aboard our bus after his speech (I didn’t take that one — but who’s the idiot in the back of that shot with the flip cam?).
Bret Baier: from Fox News was at one of our stops.
Ron Paul: The best thing about Dr. Paul is he comes with his own groupies. And definitely appeals to the younger demo. He even had a real U.S. Senator to introduce him. Gave a good speech though, but please don’t stand on his lawn.
Newt Gingrich: Gotta say this for the Speaker, he was the most intelligent and best speaker of all the candidates, and he actually listened to audience members and answered their questions, rather than relying on canned, sound-bytes. Dig?.
There are a ton more photos, plus videos and other crap, but that’s all I’ll subject the UW audience to. Thanks for indulging me.
Uni Watch Ticker (compiled by Webmaster John Ekdahl): The Green Boy Packers? (Brinke Guthrie) … Jeff Brunelle sends along Notre Dame’s 2012 lacrosse gear. Check out those gold gloves! … The Blackhawks produced an infographic detailing how to grow Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s “Q-Stache” (Tim E. O’Brien). … Rooms to Go is selling gigantic NFL helmet tables (Jon Solomonson). … Jeff Flynn has been able to dig up shots of Notre Dame’s lime green uniforms. … Are the Houston Astros planning on updating their look for 2013? (Brinke Guthrie) … From A.J. Frey: “Dustin Penner of the Kings apparently was wearing last year’s third jersey the other day in their game against the Caps. I wasn’t watching too closely, so I don’t know if he ripped his regular one or anything, but the vector logo makes it pretty obvious.” … Andrew Primeau: “I found this on the Majestic website. I’ve heard rumors that the Giants were getting new road jerseys but haven’t seen any official release for them yet.” … Look At These English Football Clubs And Badges From 1962: Collector’s Card Photos (Thomas Moore). … Here’s a shot of Alabama’s Kevin Norwood’s armband right before it snaps. … This is what the Missouri Comets will be wearing for their 2nd annual retro game (Jeff Husted). … Erik Sundermann: “Providence revived their grey uniforms for their nationally televised game against Louisville on Tuesday”. … Traditional red returns to Candlestick end zones for playoffs (Dan Cichalski). … The Bulls signed Mike James on Wed., that night he got thrown in during “mop up” time. He had no name on the back. (Bob DeLano).
That’s it for today, folks. Still busy as all get-out so it’s a *short* post (for me anyway) today. Big thanks to Mark Peterson for the concepts and Johnny Ek for the Ticker. Paul will be back tomorrow for our usual excellent uni-fare.
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