Dirty. XXX. Naughty. Off-color. Hilarious… unconventional Christmas ornaments are big business for a local artist here in the ViBe.
You can find his studio space tucked in the back of The Alley on 19th Street in the ViBe Creative District. Or you might find him at this favorite neighborhood haunts Wareings Gym, The Stockpot and Three Ships Coffee. And, during the holidays, he is set up at most major holiday artisan events like the Green Flash Holiday Market, selling hundreds of hand-painted Christmas ornaments and greeting cards from Thanksgiving up until the week of Christmas.
Igor has earned a reputation as a skilled professional sign-painter. His artwork includes striping on cars, motorcycles and helmets, signage of every shape and style, windows and menus boards are restaurants throughout Hampton Roads and also restoring antique collectables to collection-worthy investments. Most recently, Nascar driver Clint Bowyer sent vintage car parts to Igor’s studio for painted signage.
But it is Igor’s XXX Christmas ornaments that have become one of his most popularly requested items. Loved by customers as holiday gag gifts for their inappropriate humor, Igor’s first started experimenting with ornaments three years ago.
Now every holiday season Igor dedicates weeks of time to paint a growing number of ornaments. In 2015, he started with a small number of ornaments. That grew to 300 in 2016 and now well over 300 and counting in 2017. Partnerships with other creative entrepreneurs allow him the opportunity to sell in store fronts in the ViBe District, La Promenade, and local breweries.
Not all of Igor’s artwork comes in this small gift-giving size.
Several new murals from the artists have popped up in the last year in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Most recently he painted both interior and exterior murals for Craft Burger Bar at the Oceanfront. Inspired by old liquor signage this interior mural features his signature hand lettering style and an inspiring quote found online. Igor has also painted signs and murals for The Main’s Grain and Saltine, ViBe’s 17th Street Marketplace, Commune and Esoteric.
There’s still time to find that perfect XXX ornament as a stocking stuffer for that special someone. Buy local in the ViBe this holiday season.
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