Coney Island Mermaid Parade LOGO WINNER 2018 – Parlor Trick – Keri Sheheen
Desert Face 2018 – Parlor Trick – Keri Sheheen
How long have you been
doing screen printing and
the illustration type you do?
A: I’ve been making things for basically my entire life. My dad is an artist so I’ve always been encouraged to create. I didn’t learn how to screenprint until I attended college and I fell in love with the process, but I also love woodcuts and good ol’ pen and ink too.
What is your source of inspiration?
A: It varies from piece to piece but I do love to draw nautical characters and spooky things. A lot of inspiration comes from my childhood experiences and horror movies I grew up watching.
Did you have college
or academic (in the arts)
A: Yes, I attended SUNY New Paltz and received a BFA in Printmaking and minor in Film/Video Studies.
Where is Parlor Trick Prints (PTP)
today and where do you want PTP
to be in the next few years?
A: Parlor Trick Prints was officially born in 2018, so it was a pretty big year. I got to make illustrations for movie posters, music albums, and even for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Within the next few years I hope to establish a more permanent studio space and continue my college thesis studies: combining printmaking with vintage animation techniques. I also hope to design more enamel pins and t-shirts.
What is your biggest selling item?
A: It’s hard to say what sells best but it’s probably a 3-way tie between my wood transfers, t-shirts and the newly designed Ferry Christmas ornaments.
Can you write a little about winning the
Coney Island Mermaid (2018) contest?
What did that feel like and mean for
There wasn’t exactly a contest for the Mermaid Parade, but I was approached by the Coney Island gift shop manager after doing a sale there last year. She took interest in my Skeleton Mermaid design because a skeleton could represent anyone–there is no race, gender or sex associated with a skeleton and she felt it was very inclusive and celebratory. The incredible Neil Gaimon and Amanda Palmer were King and Queen of the parade this year so she also thought it was something that they would enjoy as well given their creative repertoire. I was given the opportunity to be on the judge’s stand and it was such a cool experience to look out into a sea of people and see my design on everyone’s shirts. I was also told this was the first year they’ve ever sold out of Mermaid Parade shirts! I hope to work with Coney Island again in the future as it holds a special place in my heart.