A twist on the original

A twist on the original

Trifle items have been given a new twist by the City-based, engineering graduate and self-taught artist, Vaishak. He has managed to package old wine in new bottles by turning the mundane, highly boring T-shirts, jeans, clocks and jackets to magnificent, high-brow, customised products. Band logos on laptop skins, unique designs on mobile covers and bottle lamps, calligraphy on notebook covers and customised, high-end guitars give everyday items a fresh face.

Vaishak always had a penchant for art, craft and design. “When I was in middle school, I used to get Coke, chips or chocolate in return for my items,” he said. He picked up a lot of tid-bits from his mother and grandmother, who are both artists. This has helped him come a long way. The biggest moment in his exciting journey, so far, was when he dismantled, re-assembled and re-painted his friend’s bike.

“Two years ago, I re-painted and changed the background of the clock at home and uploaded it on Facebook. I have made more than 200 customised clocks, ever since,” he said.

Vaishak has also worked on some extremely eccentric items such as anti-clocks, where he dismantles clocks, re-assembles them, so that they run backwards, and re-paints on them. “Currently, I am working on a customised fridge and re-designing and painting helmets,” he said.

Just like the products, Vaishak has left no stone unturned in experimenting with an eclectic range of tools — be it traditional, carpentry tools for dismantling clocks, power tools for guitars or spray paint for clothes or fabric paint for jeans. Named ‘Leviathan Customz’, his collection includes customised frames, guitars, clocks, colourful bottle lamps, posters and hand- painted notebooks. “I

try to price them reasonably so that my art is affordable for everyone,” he said.
He gets a lot of orders mainly during special occasions like birthdays and Valentine’s Day. “I have a dealer from whom I buy my raw materials and the specifications and requirements are all told to me before,” said Vaishak.

“It takes about two or three days to customise my clocks and shirts but I take a week to finish a bike.” Vaishak plans to take his talent further and dedicate his time to his hobby once he has enough resources and machinery to establish himself.

“This entire work is a challenge for me. Some of the designs are things I have never drawn before. An onerous task was also to convince my family and friends that my idea would work. Initially, it was hard but once it picked up, it spoke for itself,” he said.

Help was always at his hand from his friends, the international artists he followed on social media and his mother’s art teacher who taught his basic brush strokes and the significance of symmetry in art.

 Just like the vast, biblical, sea creature, Leviathan, his collection too, is reaching out and he has been able to create a niche for himself in the artistic sphere.

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