Sam Dunn is a freelance designer and illustrator originally from Hartlepool, England and currently based in South East London. Her colorful, incredibly detailed illustrations are influenced by British skate/punk culture and the hard-charging music that serves as it's soundtrack. In addition to concert poster prints for bands like Mastodon and Alkaline Trio, Sam has created designs for skateboards, bikes, and even bathing suits.
As a girl, Sam would intricately study and attempt to recreate CD covers, skateboard decks, and gig posters. She still takes great effort to draw her line work by hand, a often overlooked (and time-consuming) technique in today's digital era of art creation. Coupled with elements of botanical inspiration from English countryside trips during her youth, this practice helped Sam to develop a uniquely detailed, hand-drawn style that is simultaneously hard-edged and vulnerable.
The Design: "Free Spirit"
When conceiving "Free Spirit," Sam aimed to create an emblem for a truly free-spirited character, or an "Outlaw" in the more modern sense of the word. She imaged someone who led a life not following the usual social norms, a person who sought out their own path rather than chasing what is expected.
The Charity: Parkinson's UK (London, UK)
Parkinson's UK is a London-based organization that provides supportive care for people in the UK living with Parkinson's Disease. Each year, Parkinson's UK helps thousands of people suffering from this disease by providing dedicated support for patients in the form of local advisors, one-on-one counseling, peer groups, online resources, and more.
The organization also funds extensive research into treatments for the symptoms of Parkinson's, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. It is the largest charity funding organization for Parkinson's research in Europe, having contributed over 85 Million Pounds to developing treatments.
Parkinson's UK is a cause especially close to Sam's heart. She chose this charity in memory of her late Grandad who suffered from Parkinson's and passed away 2 years ago. BANDITS is honored to help Sam raise awareness and monetary support for this incredible cause. 10% of your "Free Spirit" purchase will be donated to Parkinson's UK to support their ongoing quest to cure this debilitating disease.THE BANDANA