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Multi-disciplinary creative agency Tsto is made up of a talented group of individuals including Antti Uotila, Inka Järvinen, Jaakko Pietiläinen, Johannes Ekholm, Jonatan Eriksson and Matti Kunttu. As expected they have a nice portfolio of creative work including a snowboard design for Burton. Wardrobe malfuction, nipple slip!

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Hugo & Marie

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I just stepped in from having lunch with Mario Hugo and his partner at Hugo & Marie. They are really lovely people, and I was flattered just to be able to share a meal with them and just talk. Mario is one of those few artists who possesses the kind of genuine talent that has allowed him crossover success within the art, illustration and contemporary design world. I am a big personal fan of everything he puts his hand to.

We had a lengthy discussion about the nature of the art and design world as well as the current trends in the blogosphere. Mario had some interesting and strong opinions. It’s always refreshing to actually get to meet people that you look up to face to face and pick their brain.

They have been on a bit of a wild ride since starting Hugo & Marie but have been amazingly smart about the people they have so far chosen to represent. They have a truly amazing roster of unique individuals under their umbrella so far. Those choices have so far allowed them to work with some ‘dream’ clientele within the music and entertainment world.

It’s always a blessing to see truly passionate and talented people doing what they love and experiencing success. There is nothing more inspirational than witnessing people living their dreams.

The last 2 times we have met, they have given me some prints from some of their artists and illustrators. Today I was handed prints from one of their newest illustration talent Merjin Hos. The prints are nothing short of beautiful and will definitely find their way onto a wall in my home. You can see Hos’s work at Hugo & Marie’s website or at his personal site.

If you are currently seeking art, design or illustration talent for your next big project, then look no further. Not only will you be getting the best, you will also be working with some genuinely nice people. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Thank you Jennifer and Mario.

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Debut Art: Updates

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Debut Art has launched a new and much easier to navigate website featuring some really notable artists, illustrators, typographers and designers. Although they categorize everyone as an illustrator there is a lot more going on there than what most people would consider illustration. Their selection is really modern and contemporary. It’s a great source of inspiration.

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The recently established consultancy and talent agency, Hugo and Marie somehow managed to gather some of my favorite designers and illustrators all under one umbrella. Impressive.

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