I learned about tessellations in the fourth grade and got to make my own as a class assignment. I loved my creation so much because it had a squiggly mouth and a squiggly tail and little arms and feet. I explored the houndstooth tessellation a couple times as an adult in my projects like when I made pattern playing cards or drew one of Ego’s Deck Dreams, but I never understood why it was called “houndstooth.”
I also never found adequate satisfaction with my houndstooth exploration, and decided to try one more time. After a false start in January, I got back into it in March because of the excitement building around my in-agency gallery show, Ego’s Dreams. This time, not as a joker or deck dream, but a shirt.
It wasn’t going to just be a plain houndstooth t-shirt, though. It was going to be one where the teeth get yanked off by a hound. I don’t know if Ego ever did this with anything that wasn’t food, but if there’s internet content I love, it’s dogs feeling shame for tearing up the house.
So I started with one of the houndstooth shapes I drew before and pasted it into a new document (I think this is how a lot of chefs make their stock, right? I have no idea) and then pulled down a bunch of houndsteeth and warped them all individually. There is not a single repeated houndstooth in this pile.
Next was to draw this dog. Drawing Ego as the culprit, even though she’s a good girl, was hard for some reason. I couldn’t get the shapes and angles right in Illustrator so I had to freehand it on Procreate and import it in.
From there, I drew her from two perspectives. Front and back.
Then I had to make sure it was good in the t-shirt template. (These images are from Printful’s mock-up generator).
I had the produced shirt in my possession for months but never found a day to wear it until my last day at Grey New York, when I decided to debut it.
I have no documentation of it, unlike the time I wore my Love Yourself dog shirts, except I just remembered I was inexplicably locked out of my computer that day so I snuck out to the Poster House after lunch and took some green screen photo booth pictures at their museum. So I do have pictures of it. Here you go.
Since I’m cursed with doing things in threes, I suspect two more different iterations will be made at some point.