About - Infinitee Rock Band T-shirts

Infinitee Rock Band T-shirts

About - Infinitee Rock Band T-shirts & Tie Dyes

Infinitee Rock Band T-shirts is the brain child of artist Ralph Hawke Manis who started painting everything he could get under a paintbrush at a very early age. His first exhibit was at the age of four at the The Art Institute of Chicago Museum where he displayed an clay sculpture of a purple and pink polka-dot Elephant??? (Hey, he was only four!) Ralph has moved on to much bigger and better things in the art world and has created a very successful Website Infinitee Designs aimed at educating aspiring as well as established artists in computer digital art, illustration, 3D modeling and animation. You can see much of his recent and past work there as well.Ralph Hawke ManisSpace Pirates

In 1974 at the age of 15 years old Ralph started hand drawing t-shirts with permanent magic markers and selling them on the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City. He later graduated on to hand painting them with acrylic paints and finally after a friend told him about airbrushing and Phil Brown taught him how to silkscreen T-shirts his new printing and hand painting business started to take off and the rest is history.


Ralph has always been intrigued by the concept of "infinity" and has spent many hours pondering it's endless wonders and having a T-shirt business, the name "INFINITEE" just seemed perfect.





The Fillmore East, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead

As an artist who was well known in the "Village" Ralph chose not to involve himself with the mundane aspects of everyday business. Instead, he would hang out in Jerry Garcia Bandthe clubs listening to music and creating art. This period in his life resulted in making staff shirts for Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland Studios, promo shirts for numerous rock and roll bands, and a show at NYC's hot spot The Limelight. Entrenched in rock and roll and influenced by his figure drawing sessions, this period resulted in the creation of many of Ralph's finest works of the rock and roll legends.

"It all started when I had hand drawn and painted 10 Grateful Dead shirts one time and it took me about a week to do. I thought I would go down to the Academy of Music (originally the Fillmore East) on 14th St.in NYC and see if I could sell any of them there at a Frank Zappa show. As soon as I pulled the shirts out I was mobbed by the crowd and I sold all ten in two seconds at ten bucks a piece. A hundred bucks for a starving artist was a lot in those days, The early 1970's I think it was... Needless to say a very bright light bulb went off in my head and the same night I ran into Phil Brown and Mikio who where welling their wild tie dyes and beautiful artwork printed with silkscreen. We were all in awe of each others work and became instant friends for life.

Livin' on the open road, what a long strange trip it still is... Following the Grateful Dead and other great bands around for 20 years or so had it's ups, downs and all around's but, generally it was the most fun a person can have on the planet! A lot of the time was spent hardly touching the planet with all that wild and crazy dancing foolishness. I don't go to to many shows any more but, I still drag all my shirts and crew to "The Gathering of the Vibes" once a year to set up a booth and party hall. Along with Phil Brown my top notch tie dye guy and partner in crime, we bring the wives, friends and kitchen sink to have a good ol' time filled with Peace, Love and Rock n' Roll.... Oh, and a whole lot of hip shakin'!!"


Infinitee T-shirts Booth - Gathering of the Vibes 2008


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While working for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Ralph had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of musicians that have become fans of his work and wear his shirts on stage. Bands like Jesus Jones, Blues Traveler, Third World, Love Seed Mama Jump, Montana Ralph ManisWild Axe, Ben Andrews, and too many more to mention. Besides making staff sweatshirts for BGP Ralph also had the honor of heading up the crew that built the largest float to ever parade in a Grateful Dead Mardi Gras show and ride in it.

West coast concert promoter Bill Graham once said of Infinitee Designs by Ralph Hawke Manis "I've never seen anything quite like them. They're truly amazing" After viewing one of Ralph's tie dyed T's the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia said "Wow! What is that?"

In 1990 Ralph proceeded to produce artwork for the 1991 Jerry Garcia Band tour. Dead heads and Rockers from San Francisco's Haight Ashbury to The West Village in NYC "Infinitee Designs T-shirts Rule". Shakedown Street lives on...

Ralph Manis' Autodesk Maya, Bryce, and Photoshop digital computer graphic artwork is heavily influenced by music from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin and well, you get the picture. As you view the images in this site you will come to see this influence quite clearly.

Ralph's artwork has been published many digital art books including "Digital Love GunBeauties" from Taschen publishing as well as being the a featured artist in one of the premiere issues of Renderosity Magazine with his very popular and descriptive "Angie 3D Portrait Tutorial" that guides digital artists through creating your character in Poser, making a UV map, importing into Bryce, using photos, creating and adding textures and fine details in Photoshop. For beginners to advanced users. Ralph has also been published in such prestigious art books as "Femmes 3D", "The Best of 3D Graphics", "3D Artists Guide to Real Word Applications", "Femme Digitale" and the highly respected Ballistic publishing's "Elemental 3" series.

Today Ralph explores the endless wonders of digital and 3D creative arts as well as sharing his knowledge and vision through his extensive Website Infinitee Designs. Designing and Programming Websites, CD jackets, Book Covers and movie posters Ralph has reinvented himself through digital computer graphics and special effects.