Piet Parra

Nike Illustrations

The project

The world of illustrator and graphic designer Piet Parra is filled with voluptuous women and strange figures with beaks. Piet Parra’s way of working is far from glamorous. He draws everything on paper with a cheap ballpoint pen. Then, he colours in the scanned drawing on the computer. Almost everytime he designs the letters himself because, according to Parra, you cannot stand out from the crowd when using existing fonts.


The oeuvre of illustrator and graphic designer Piet Parra is characterised by a very personal style that is particularly appealing to young people. T-shirts featuring his images are to them real must-haves. Parra is much in demand with diverse companies such as Nike and Submarine, who think his style suits them well, too.

— Piet Parra promotes popart again with his ballpoint pen coloured illustrations.

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