Serpentijn was founded to make a positive impact through art and athletics, based on the belief that both play a vital role in learning and living life to its fullest. This idea grew into collaborating with artists to create beautiful, functional products in order to support our non-profits of choice.
We anticipate our product offering expanding over time, and are excited about partnering with new artists and non-profits. Our goal is to serve these communities through a shared love of art and athletics.
How It Works
10% of each purchase you make goes to a worthy non-profit organization, selected by you during checkout. For 2020, your choice of charities includes:
Islands of Brilliance
Islands of Brilliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that runs monthly art, design, and STEM-based workshops for students on the autism spectrum. Our neurodiverse students learn both valuable technical and critical social/emotional learning skills that improve the likelihood of employment and long-term independence. islandsofbrilliance.org
MKE MTB – KIDS MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM
Children ages 12-18 can learn to ride and even compete in National Interscholastic Cycling Association-sanctioned events through this Milwaukee Recreation program. No experience needed; bikes and safety gear provided. Part of Milwaukee Recreation’s mission since 1911 is to promote healthy lifestyles and personal development for people of all ages and abilities through recreational and educational experiences. MKE MTB
Keith has been working for over 15 years as a freelance illustrator. His clients include a wide range of major newspapers, national magazines and publishers and he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. He recently published his first children's book for Flying Eye Books, Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, and is currently working on book number two. Keith resides in the mountains of Bellingham, Washington, with his wife and 7-year-old hellspawn. KeithNegley.com
A Wisconsin native now based in Oakland, California, Barbra creates watercolor prints and patterns for her brand Barbarian. The spirit of Barbarian encompasses a deep desire for a brave and colorful life of freedom filled with nature, music and travel. Her intent is to inspire adventurousness and soul-searching in others. BarbraIgnatiev.com
Emily Balsley is an illustrator living in Madison, Wisconsin. Her work is bright and happy, with a touch of whimsy. Her clients include American Girl Magazine, Storey Publishing, Random House Books, Bowl of Heaven, Schwinn Bicycles and Mudpuppy. When she's not drawing she is biking around town with her family, paddle boarding or tackling her never-ending list of DIY house projects. (photo by Lexia Frank) EmilyBalsley.com
Paul is an illustrator and designer who’s created work with clients like Squid Bikes, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, The Onion, Brooklyn Brewery, Motion Math, and Five Points Graphics among others. He enjoys creating patterns, snowboarding in the Sierra’s and spending time with his wife and twin daughters where they reside in Sacramento California. PaulAntonson.com
David Mark Zimmerman (Bigshot Robot)
As a young boy he was convinced his family found him under a rock. Eventually it was found that he was born of natural causes. As a young adult human he practiced painting, drawing and just fricken making things and changed his name to Bigshot Robot. Over the past 10 years Bigshot Robot has collaborated with the likes of Pandora Radio, Pabst, Royal Enfield, and the Milwaukee Bucks creating large scale paintings, installations, packaging and apparel. bigshot-robot.com
Some of the wonderful people who help and inspire:
DARREN HAUCK PHOTOGRAPHY
ELLUM BAG WORKS
The name "Serpentijn" [serpentēn] suggests both the snaking line of a cyclist and the path that connects personal creativity with beneficial productivity.
Serpentijn Art & Athletics™ is a nonprofit organization.