We are ultra stoked to release a new series of products, the TILT Original Artist Series (OAS). Since day 1, our mission has been to provide the lacrosse community with a platform to express their love of the sport through a personified brand, design and ultimately, premium clothing. With the new TILT OAS, we get to work and collaborate with incredible artists who not only have incredible design aesthetic, but also have a significant impact on the sport itself.
We are excited to introduce our first collaborative artist, Tom Ledin.
ABOUT TOM LEDIN:
Location: California San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay)
Occupation: Freelance Illustrator, coach and Founder of Red Star Lacrosse
Played a little as a kid in Connecticut, but moved back to California in 8th grade, and could not find any lacrosse. Apparently it was around, but this was pre-internet, so I had no idea how to find any clubs. My senior year at The University of San Francisco they formed a club team, so after a long break, I was back. I played middie, and had a blast. My teammates were all from St. Ignatius High School, so, they were all ballers. It was a good group to get back into it with…had to hit the ground running. Played a little men’s league after college, but had to stop after breaking a bunch of bones in my foot. Three surgeries, hardware, fused mid-foot, and now all I can do is coach.
I have been coaching for about 8 years, and have loved every minute of it. I have head-coached every level of youth lacrosse, and I assist at the high school level. It brings me great joy to teach young men about this wonderful sport, and to help them play it to the best of their abilities. My dad coached me in football, and both of my sons talk about how they are excited to coach someday. I’m hoping coaching will be something that get’s passed down from generation to generation in the Ledin family. A family business of sorts.
I have been a freelance artist for about 15 years. I worked in the Action Sports Industry for about 10 years, mostly doing skateboard graphics. In the last couple years I have been doing more and more lacrosse related design, but the majority of my work is still boring corporate art.
My advice to young lacrosse players: Make a plan early on how you’re going to give back to the game. Make notes of what you like, and don’t like with how the game is run at your school, or club, and make every effort to build upon the good, or fix the bad when you can.
Grow the Game, and Treat it Well.