KARVT is owned by technology and design enthusiast, Kurt Barbee. Inspired by the Do-It-Yourself attitude of the indie rock, punk, and gig-poster subcultures, Kurts' interest in computer science, design, and art came together in 2007, when he began a laser engraving company.
Meet Polly Lopes! One of our newest artists!~ (Check out her artist series under Artist Collaborations)
We found Miss Polly on Instagram and loved her style immediately. Upon going through her pictures and doodles we reached out to her in hopes she would want to create with us! This is what she had to say after contacted her:
“I'm so excited to hear from you! Thank you so much, when I started, I had no idea what these 'doodles' would evolve into and where they would take me.”
By teaming up with Polly we will be able to offer all of you some new and fresh designs! This will also help us promote her art on our website and our etsy stores, while also getting some new and interesting products! We are real people, connecting with other real people, to make some real cool swag!~
We think it’s important at Karvt that you get to know the artists who are responsible for such great designs. So here is a little on Polly Lopes!~
“My name is Polly Lopes. I was born in Goiânia, Goiás, a large city in Brazil. I moved to Aspen on my 6th birthday. I moved to Denver, Colorado after graduating high school and I am currently a student at Metropolitan State University. I started drawing out of frustration to be honest and it has developed into an absolute labor of love. I love doing things with my dog Kingsley, he makes everything a little sunnier :)”
What are a few of your favorite things?
My dog! He isn't a 'thing' but definitely my all time favorite. I love vintage pyrex, books, and other people's creations. I love having my house filled with art, I feel like it fuels my creativity being surrounded by things that people poured their heart in to.
What inspires your art?
Lately, I feel that the world around me is what fuels my fire. Living in the city, we all see struggle, pain, happiness, sometimes all in the span of four minutes. Its kind of hard to not be inspired.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
All the humans around me...being 20, I am surrounded by amazing musicians and artists all chasing the dream. Having the courage to chase your dreams is terrifying, but that isn't what you see when looking at these young souls. The hunger and strength portrayed by them pushes me forward.
Who are you your heroes?
My mom! She tried for a visa three times before she, my older brother, and I were all granted one. She refused to leave Brazil without us and has given me everything I have, including my drive and perseverance.
What is your life's motto?
I have two, be kind and cautious is the first because when I moved from Aspen to Denver I noticed that it was really difficult for people to be lovely to others. And the other is a quote from my favorite, Hunter S. Thompson, "Buy the ticket, take the ride" just as a reminder to let go of the excuses and DO THINGS!
Do you have any favorite artist's?
Too many, but Mark Ryden, Saskia Chowles who is a tattoo artist in Melbourne Australia, and Mel Kadel just to name a few.
Hello KARVTIANS! (hahaha… like how I did that?)
Check it out!!! KOOL AID stickers for ADULTS!!!! Designed by the one and only @cabreezy! Or should I say the legend Cabreezy? Don’t know who @cabreezy… well you should! Cabreezy is a fururist, mentalist,collector, designer, and hitman for hire. You can check him out on instagram! This is just one of the many awesome designs he has to offer! One of my personal favorites! You can purchase these off of our website at www.karvt.com and any order over $40 gets one for free!
Don’t you guys remember when you were little and you got a new shiny sticker? The excitement of “where in the world should I stick this one?” Whether it was from one of those stickers machines that you had to beg an adult for a few quarters and pray it was one you liked, or just a free sticker that came in your box of cracker jacks or box of cereal? I am not sure about all of you but I recall sticking stickers all over my everything! On my dressers, binders, electronic devices and really any surface that I could claim. It was a never ending sticker collection that just kept growing and growing as the years went by. Once the time came for me to move out and head off to college my dresser had stickers on it from the age of 5 to the age of 17.
Needless to say… it was AWESOME!
Now as an adult I am proud to say I still am an avid sticker collector! I am just a little bit more particular about the ones I apply to my belongings. That all being said even as an adult stickers are still such a cool way to say “Hey! I like this!” Stickers are a great way to represent! One of my 1st 2 stroke dirt bikes was covered in goofy stickers that let all the boys know they just got beat by a girl! I remember having one that had a little can of soda that read “whoop ass” and below it that said “Don’t make me open this!” In a world where self expression is generally accepted as “normal” it’s awesome to be able to customize your own possessions. On my car I rock an awesome Flower of Life sticker made here at KARVT in the back window.
Recently Kurt the owner of KARVT introduced me to WOODEN stickers! WHAT???!!! Yes… wooden stickers! They are so tight! This last week I attended the Colorado regional burning man (Apogaea) and gifted away some bamboo wooden stickers that we made here in shop that were designed by Hydro74. People FLIPPED OUT over them!
I love working for a company that specializes in customizable swag. I get the chance to work with many talented artists and individuals! On top of that I also have to opportunity to make my creative ideas a reality. Working with a company such as KARVT has really opened up my imagination to the endless possibilities of being able to personalize my everything! KARVT first started out with a single Epilog laser engraver, which we use primarily for cutting and engraving onto wood, however; the Epilog has endless possibilities!
We first started out make wooden skins, cases, journals, mirrors and so much more! Now we have slowly but surely been moving on up. We have recently picked up a Roland printer, so now we can not only print onto wood but also make our own sweet stickers. Exciting isn’t it! Do you have an awesome idea you would like to bring to life? Let us know what it is and we will help you make that idea a reality! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch! We believe in your imagination! Now lets make some cool shit!