The person we sought for our brewery art was one who would understand our goals and make Solemn Oath Brewery a part of their home. Joe and I had an affinity for raw illustration and tattoo-inspired work and those dimensions defined the space we wanted Solemn Oath's art to inhabit. Our world collided with Jourdon's through a mutual friend, and he has since filled it with all things dark, dangerous, and unfathomable.
While you may be used to seeing Jourdon's illustrations in finished form on our bottles or website, they always begin in an old-school sort of way: on pencil and paper.
SOB didn't define Jourdon's style; he's been doing his thing for a long time. Over the last several years Jourdon has spent time working on mural commissions--his specialty--and developing passionate projects like Bluetown Skateboard Company and teaching art to thousands of teens as a part of Maggie Daley's After School Matters program in Chicago.
Our role in this realm is to help inspire new concepts and serve as an ever-expanding canvas for Jourdon's art and message. We will all get a little cozier together later this month when he joins the Solemn Oath staff full-time. Please help us welcome Jourdon, but not too enthusiastically--we have some big news that we won't be able to keep in the dark much longer, and we'll need your vigor then just as much as now.
Images of Jourdon Gullett by Michael Kiser of www.GoodBeerHunting.com from the 2012 SOVER Summit at Camp Wandawega. All illustrations from Famine, a collaboration with Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey in 2013.
Sometimes at Solemn Oath we listen to rock and sometimes we listen to rap. On occasion you might hear some jazz, pop, or a splash of early punk. The important thing to realize is that we’re always lively. Always accomplishing something. Always planning for what we hope will not be your favorite new thing, or the brewery’s favorite new thing, but our favorite thing together. Never complacent and always adapting. Changing the world, probably.