Monday, March 30, 2015
Better than a flock of seagulls.
Sheep was started in the spring of 1996 by Sole Technologies. The initial team was Ed Templeton, Laban Pheidias, and Mike Manzoori. Frank Hirata was added shortly. Sheep was around until early 1998. In their two years of existence, Brian Anderson, Matt Field, Rick McCrank, Sergei Trudnowski, and Charlie Wilkins also rode for them.
Sheep was notable for making synthetic and vegan friendly shoes. Their ads were colorful and a little less serious without being overly silly. I liked what they were doing. Within the last couple years there supposedly was a reissue of the Merino model, but I don't think that went anywhere. Incidentally, Merino are a type of sheep that are good producers of wool.
Who did the art and logo for Sheep? Some of the later ads look like they could be Ed Templeton's doing, yet they aren't quite the same as something he would do.
It's going to be a Sheep blowout for the week. I got carried away and scanned in most of their better ads so it will be a little more content than usual.
First ad (top): Transworld - April 1996 Volume 14 Number 4
Team ad (bottom): Transworld - August 1996 Volume 14 Number 8