Brothers challenge each other to create amazing hand-lettered quotes

They had no idea where their friendly sibling rivalry would lead them.

Mar 1, 2020, 3:13 am*

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Aja Romano

Ian Simmons and Tory Burke are two of a kind. The Nebraska residents are both graphic designers and artists with a love of friendly competition—and now their gorgeous 365-day penmanship projects have made them the toast of Reddit and Imgur.

Meanwhile, Simmons began crafting a year’s worth of film favorites. “I told him he should do movie quotes and then he said, ‘OK, you do music lyrics,'” Burke said.

 “I’m a huge film fan and it seemed like a natural fit,” Simmons told the Daily Dot. 

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[26/365] You ain't never had a friend like me.

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[16/365] I have an army.

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Although neither brother does hand-lettering professionally, they both say their projects have already been worth it. “We really didn’t realize how much fun it has been to do these projects,” Burke said, “but we’re having a blast and the reaction to them has been amazing.”

We asked Simmons if he had advice for anyone looking to get into the hobby of print lettering themselves. His response is encouraging for anyone looking to try their hand at a new art and skill:

As far as tips, find something that excites you. Take something you love and start writing. Experiment. And make sure you put it out in the world, even if you don’t think your good enough. Art is better with an audience.

Thanks, guys—we’re definitely feeling inspired.

H/T Imgur; Illustration by Ian Simmons via conflictstar/Instagram; Remix by Aja Romano

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*First Published: May 22, 2015, 1:30 pm