Dave Quiggle is a designer and illustrator whose work offers both creative whimsy and intellectual depth in equal measure. It has been utilized on posters, packaging and merchandise for Joey Ramone, Michael Jackson, Sick of It All and Johnny Cupcakes. The Erie, Pennsylvania native’s work has also been featured in gallery shows focused on Pee-Wee Herman – who loved Quiggle’s contributions enough to tweet about them – Arrested Development and Fringe.
Quiggle – who is best known in the music realm and underground subculture -- credits his style to a small-town upbringing filled with monster magazines, comic books and cartoons. He has said that he believes his work strikes a chord of electric connectivity for likeminded folks seeking an escape from realism through the language of vintage animation, Americana and otherworldly illustration.
He lives in Murrieta, California.
What is your favorite Star Trek series?
My favorite is the original 1966 TV series. I love all things mid-century and even though Star Trek is futuristic, it still drips with the feel of that time. I also have a nostalgic connection to watching the show as a child with all of its colors and sounds.
How would you describe your piece?
On its surface, my piece is simply a portrait of Spock holding a cat. However, fans of the original Star Trek series will recognize that this cat is no ordinary cat, but is in fact a shapeshifter named Isis with an alternate female form.
What excited you most about the opportunity to get involved in this Star Trek 50th anniversary art project?
I’m beyond excited and honored to be able to participate in celebrating 50 years of Star Trek and the enormous cultural impact it’s made around the world. The most exciting part, besides finishing and being happy with what I’ve made, was probably doing the research and examining all of the possibilities of things I could create inspired by the Star Trek universe. It was difficult to choose only one subject to work with because there is so much out there.
How would you describe your color choices in this piece?
The colors I used in the piece are colors that I’m normally drawn to, but also I feel reflect the tone of the 1966 TV series. For me they give it that nostalgic, warm feeling.
Why did you choose to stylize Spock’s eyes?
I guess I tend to stay away from depictions that are too exact. I find it can get a little dull to see the same thing, the same way, over and over. So I feel it stays true to Spock’s character, but allows it to be unique at the same time.