11 Jun 2011

Apparel Design: BJJ Hussar - Husaria Fight Team


Husaria Fight Team are an MMA and BJJ club based in Ireland run by Polish fighter Mariusz Domasat. The team was in need of some funky and menacing fightwear designs so Mariusz asked if I could draw something based on the imagery of the Husaria. These amazing warriors wore beautifully ornate armour and huge eagle wings on their backs. I never knew anything about the Husarria before this commission but now that I've seen paintings on the internet, I am absolutely fascinated! Next to the samurai, surely the Hussars are in the top list of most awesome looking knights ever!


With such rich material to work on, how could I refuse? Here's my early rendition, sketched in pencil and coloured in Photoshop:


Then Mariusz added a neat twist - he wanted the knight to wear a BJJ kimono. Hell yeah!


After many hours inking up using Adobe Illustrator, the finished result is as you see up top. Mariusz is going to print the design on rash guards, shorts, T-shirts etc. Already, my Facebook followers have reckoned it's one of their faves - especially the folk from Poland! I must say, I'm really pleased with this one, it was really fun to do and I learned a bit about history too.


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About the Author

Meerkatsu

Author & Artist

Meerkatsu is the artist name for BJJ black belt Seymour Yang.

4 comments:

combatsportsreviewblog said...

Sweet design! I'm glad that you added the backstory of the Hussar. I'm a history buff and some where along the line, I missed them. I'm definitely going to look them up, the new and old Hussar.

tswetz said...

Was this ever made into tshirts??? Or Rashguards?? I study Krav Maga and would Love to wear this in class!

Meerkatsu said...

Yes it was made into a rashguard and I believe several other fightwear products for the academy. I think if you google Husaria Fight Team you should be able to find them online to contact.

Anonymous said...

it is great, but Husaria saber was different :-)

 

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