Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Adroit Theory: DARKO signed beer labels
Tell me those beer labels aren't fucking rad! (or whatever word you kids use these days). You remember the Adroit Theory label contest I did last year with designer Shawn Johnson, right? Of course you do.
Well when I saw the brewery post the awesome picture below using two bottles to capture the full label, I noticed they were a decidedly different style than what Shawn had done. Yep, these labels were done by "DARKO".
I only have a few of each, but here's how you win them. First really good answer wins a set of each. Subsequent correct answers win one of the labels until I don't have more to give away. Basically, I'm judge and jury, but I want you to help me figure out who DARKO is, what art he's done, where he lives on social media, a website, etc.
I have a few clues I might drop if this takes too long, but I don't even know all the answers, so be sure to provide some factual basis for your answers as I'll check with the brewery to validate them. Contest ends when it ends. I'll post all winning answers in the comments. Email me answers DailyBeerReview@yahoo.com
5/18 Update: OK I realize I've pretty much given you nothing to work with so far, LOL. Clue #1. Yes, the artwork is pretty "dark" but this line from Wikipedia is your clue. "Darko (Serbian Cyrillic: Дарко) is a common Slavic masculine given name." Also, I'm not 100% positive but I'm pretty sure that DARKO's signature is written with the Cyrillic alphabet as shown in your clue!
5/19 Update: 3 or 4 great but incorrect guesses so far so... Clue #2. DARKO has illustrated the covers of numerous books, including at least two series.
5/22 Update: Winners/comments are below, but here are some facts about "DARKO"
1. DARKO should probably be posting some of this beer label work online. It kicks ass and I'm sure there are many others that would love to hire him. Maybe he's just independently wealthy. For this comment, it's less "fact" and more opinion, LOL. But lack of posting is why no one could solve the puzzle initially.
2. DARKO is DARKO TOMIC and these are the best links I can find about him. The one not in English shows his picture and some other info not seen other places. But for sure check out his art and maybe even drop him an email!
Main page the brewery supplied to identify the artist: http://www.darkotomic.daportfolio.com/about/
Here's an interview done by one of the authors that used DARKO to illustrate his series of books: http://jamesawest.blogspot.com/2014/03/spotlight-on-art-darko-tomic.html
Bio, sketchbook, contact: http://paganus.weebly.com/
Bio with pic, use Chrome and it will translate that for you: http://kile.weebly.com/biografija.html