Kia got together with a group of us to help work with them on the Kia Soul. The Collective consists of myself, the amazing singer/songwriter Janelle Monae, directors Jonas and Francois, who did Kanye West’s video, and Jeffrey Kalmikoff, co-owner and advisor of threadless.com. We each did our part in our respective fields of expertise and so I was actually able to design my version of the car, which was pretty cool.
What was your inspiration for the Rain Camo?
Travelling through New York City streets, I was thinking what was the best way to get around. I came to the conclusion that one should roll through, respecting your surroundings and not being disruptive, but at the same time being able to catch people’s attention. There are things in nature that hold these qualities, but what really came to mind was the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Predator. The Predator was able to move in silence, blending into its surroundings, yet still stay visually intriguing.
What was the creative process for this collaboration with Kia?
The process was smooth from the get-go. Kia was really cool about giving us full creative authority, so it was fun.We pitched them the concept. They liked it. And then they really liked what we finally came up with.
You’ve worked with several brands in the past (Nike, Kangol, etc). Any future collaborations in the works?
What would be your dream creative collaboration?
I would love to work on a residential building or hotel.
More on Jeff’s design and the Kia Soul Collective can be found here.