JK5 x Barneys Coop x Timex Watch
Barneys Coop has teamed up with Watch makers Timex and tattoo artist, toy maker, book publisher, Joseph Aloi aka. JK5 for this limited edition watch. Green Label Art had a chance to interview this artist about the watch itself.
What were the challenges inherent in cultivating a design for as specific a canvas as a watch?
The challenge for me was to come up with an interesting, distinctive, and beautiful design for the very small, octagonal face. The shape and form was conducive to a symmetrical design with fluid linework that would just glow with the color choices. The top horizontally reads, “JK5″ and “Barneys,” and the sides which I turned and treated horizontally as well read, “Illuminate,” and the numbers one to nine. On the bottom it says, “Love, Light, Create.” The words that had a function on the watch [like “stop” and “reset”] needed to remain so those got contrasting glyph-like type treatments.
How was the collaborative process and would you work with them again?
They were awesome folks to work with. I had a great dialogue with the Barneys and Timex team about the potential to create and design the anatomy of a watch—actually play with the technology. I liked the idea of seeing my sanskrit/elvish/cholo/sci-fi fonts as the digital time display but I really want to create a new watch form and concept from scratch. Thinking about time as a beating heart.
Wow. That’s near impossible for me to envision how far that could go.
They’re open to collaborate further so we shall see.
OK, being familiar with your process I know you always have this incredibly developed, baroque detailed narrative, a complete backstory for each design. What’s up with this watch?
This ancient traveling scribe of the buddha journeyed to a distant, most conscious, visually lyrical planet of the imagined subconscious future, and returns with this relic of a glowing timepiece. It was selected out of three. Encrypted are the messages “Illuminate time through love, light, and creation.” It is always that time.