Puffishing? Sure, it sounds weird at first; after all, what do fish have to do with writing?
Oddly enough, it came from a mixture of Instagram and my high school fashion class. Levi Prewitt (@levitzo on IG) was one of my greatest inspirations for art as a kid. His beautiful brush strokes and simple, yet impactful compositions enthralled me as a young artist and helped me develop skills in caricatures and color theory. Later on, in high school, one of our projects was to design a print pattern. After scrolling through social media, his unique design of a leather jacket-clad pufferfish struck my eye. I recreated elements of his design by adding spike-like patterns to a denim jacket with a hand-painted pufferfish lady on the back. It was the sickest thing I had ever created.
I still have the jacket to this day and I view it as a mark of being able to take inspiration while maintaining one’s own personal quality. However, transitioning the design into a URL (many iterations were already taken) into a website was a challenge. One of the largest obstacles was how to incorporate my name into the design while keeping the favicon fairly simple and readable. As a result, the avatar is an incredible simplification of my abilities with the first “T” altered into the fish hook.
Truth be told, I’ll probably change this favicon in due time. But for now, a less sick, more cutesy little pufferfish will swim along to another hook.