Ricardo Gonzalez is the second artist we asked to handpaint one of our AM-1 all-weather speakers in our collaboration, Take this party outside, with NY art specialists, KRINK
Born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Durango, Mexico. Ricardo Gonzalez is a graphic designer focused on lettering, typography, calligraphy & typeface design. His passion for letterforms comes from his childhood when looking at old letters written in Spencerian by his grandfather in the 1950’s.
In 2008 Ricardo moved to Canada where he studied graphic design at Mohawk College. After his studies he worked as a screen printer for a two years in Ottawa ON, during this time he rediscovered his passion for calligraphy and began to experiment with letterforms.
In the fall of 2012 he moved to Toronto to work as a freelance graphic designer, but after just four months he headed down south to his home town of Durango, Mexico, to work full-time as an independent designer. Then, in the summer of 2014, he moved to New York City to attend Type@Cooper where he earned a typeface design diploma from Cooper Union.
Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he works as a independent designer for clients like: Lululemon, MTV, Nissan, VH1, Coca Cola, Revlon, KRINK, Bing Bang Jewelry, Oprah Magazine, AIGA and Stussy.
Ricardo’s top 5 tracks for taking the party outside:
Curtis Harding – “The Drive”
Large Professor – “I jus wanna chill”
Naughty By Nature – “Hip Hop Hooray”
Bomba Estéreo – “Fuego”
Run DMC – “It’s Tricky”
The customised speakers will be exhibited in Rough Trade East throughout July. Visitors to the shop can add to the exhibition by colouring in the huge stencil behind the speakers using KRINK markers.