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The Artist Series

What is the Artist Series?

Over the years, we’ve seen some incredible artwork end up on custom shields and much of that art was done by firefighter artists!

So this is our way of featuring these artists.

Each month, a new artist will be featured with a custom shield they designed. That shield will only be available for 1 year and then it’s gone forever.

Proceeds from these custom shields goes right back to the artist that designed it!

March’s Featured Artist

Austin Svenson

Salt City Slaps

Meet Austin,

I was born and raised in Alberta Canada, and I currently work as a career fireman in the beautiful state of Utah. My small company Salt City Slaps was born from a doodle on a fire house white board, my chief at the time saw and loved the drawing, and then asked me to design mascots for each of our stations. In fact, most of my stickers come from conversations or things that happen around the fire house. Not long after that I had other departments start reaching out for mascot designs, and here we are!

My art style comes from ideas found in graffiti and retro cartoon art styles. I like to incorporate the bright colors and hard lines found in these artistic styles into my own designs. The back ground for this mask is actually a graffiti art piece found in Edmonton Alberta, where I was born. Bonus points if you know who the quote on the mask came from.

I hope you enjoy this style as much as I do, and I hope that you grab a mask! See you out there.

Austin’s Shields

February’s Featured Artist

Samuel Purcell

Black Swine Design

Meet Samuel Purcell, the gentleman behind Black Swine Design.

Samuel works as a professional career firefighter for one of Connecticut’s finest bustling metropolises. Samuel started graphic design through BSD in November of 2022 after nearly a ten year hiatus from creating art. Black Swine Design was established out of complete boredom and a desire to spearhead a unique approach in fire service graphic design. Sam’s artwork approach is inspired by traditional tattoos and retro cartoons.

Sam’s Shields

January’s Featured Artist

JP Sokolowski

The Tailboard Creative

Meet JP!

I’m JP, a nobody fireman in nowhere USA with an art habit. I am the Tailboard Creative. I began my fire career in the wildland arena around 2012 and have been in the fire service ever since, however, I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I’ve designed snowboards, skateboards, tattooed, painted, you name it. I’ve been lucky enough to transition and tailor my artwork to the fire service, through stickers, paintings, or company logos, and now into my second BA Shield.

I am a firm believer that our ancestral firemen, be it the war years, or just the overall time period had the saltiest time period of all…masks? No. Pants? Yeah, just my jeans will do or I’ll roll up my boots if it’s really well off…a canvas or rubber long coat and a leather to top things off…hey grab that Pompier and scale to the 8th….and seatbelts? Nah, get on the tailboard and trust your grip! Firefighting was in its rawest form, and through some boundless optimism, clear sarcasm, a cavalier sense of safety, and with tones of satire, most of my artwork pays homage to those who came before us.

I hope you snag a shield, enjoy the artwork, and ride the Tailboard proudly.

JP’s Shields

December’s Featured Artist

Richard Zuniga

Geek Fire Ink

Meet Rich!

Hi, my name is Richard Zuniga. You may know me as “Zuni”. I have been a firefighter for the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 12 years. It’s fun to work in the communities that I grew up with.

I love to make all forms of artwork. Hand painted murals can be found at fire stations I’ve passed through. My proudest project is a fire safety coloring book I fully illustrated for the citizens we serve.

I constantly push myself to learn new art forms and techniques. My newest discipline is tattooing. I hope you enjoy the BA Shield artwork, as it combines my passion for artwork and the job.

Zuni’s Shields

November’s Featured Artist

Mike Lucido

Meet Mike

A professional illustrator and muralist with 17 professional years of experience, Mike has been featured in an official Bobs Burger art show and an official Rick and Morty art show in Los Angeles.

Mike is also the owner and operator of eighty8 studios, a commercial photo and video production company, and is one of the primary photographers/videographers for BA Shields.

Mike’s Shields

October’s Featured Artist

Notorious Fire Co

Notorious Fire Co’s Shields

*Note: There are TWO for each mask type.

September’s Featured Artist

Justin Cutler

Meet Justin

“Hey! My name is Justin Cutler, and I’m the artist behind the “S-SSS-Smokin!” shield.

I grew up here in Reno Nevada and have been drawing my whole life. I’m not a firefighter, but I am the Graphics Artist at BA Shields!

So if you’ve purchased a shield in the last year, there’s a high chance I did it! The inspiration behind this design was purely because I’m a 90s kid, and The Mask is an all time favorite movie of mine. My art style is fun, comic book themed with vibrant colors. I hope you love it and thanks for the support!”

Justin’s Shields

August’s Featured Artist

Zack Newton

Meet Zack

He’s a man of little words…

“I’m just a fireman on an engine in a major metropolitan department that likes to doodle and make fun of himself”

Zack’s Shields

July’s Featured Artist

Justin Long

Fireline Design

Meet Justin

Born and raised in California, Justin set out and finished college out East in Pennsylvania. From There he started a career in graphic design for Cabela’s and eventually ended up as the Creative Director for Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream. With 17 years experience in the design and advertising space, he decided to leave this career and move back home to pursue a career in firefighting.

After two years of grinding it out and finishing an academy at age 40, he landed the dream job. As word got around that he was efficient in design he was asked to create a logo for the station he was assigned. Within a few months the requests started to flow in and the rest is history and Fireline Design was formed. 3 years later and over 500 logos created all around the world, he continues to bring his knowledge and expertise to stations all around the nation.

Fireline Design Shields

June’s Featured Artist

Joshua Shannon

Black Helmet Mafia Graphics

Meet Josh

Owner and sole graphic designer with Black Helmet Mafia Graphics,  Josh has served in various roles such as a career firefighter, fire alarm dispatcher and a volunteer in the fire service for over 10 years.  Josh started BHM GFX in 2017, wanting to use his talents to boost department moral and create artwork for local firehouses.  Now, he has turned what once was a hobby into a small business offering his services across the country.

Black Helmet Mafia Graphics Shields

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