Hot Sox has translated Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces. We have featured pieces such as Look Out Below
, Ice Skating Race
, Cover Girl
, Little Spooners
, and Catching the Big One. As you start collecting, we here at Hot Sox want to get you prepared for the questions that you will surely be asked about your newest Norman Rockwell socks.
Rockwell knew from childhood that he wanted to be an artist; he attended the New York School of Art at the age of 14 but left two years later to attend The National Academy of Design. Right before he turned 16, Rockwell completed his first commission. It was a set of four Christmas cards for his neighbor. Still a teenager, Rockwell was hired as the art director for the official publication for the Boy Scouts of America, Boys’ Life. When Rockwell was 21, the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe set up a studio with him where they would go on to do work for magazines such as Life and Literary Evening Post. It was when he was 22 that he completed his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post. He would go on to complete 323 in the next 47 years, one of which was his famous 100 Years of Baseball.
When he moved to Vermont in 1939, his work began to develop into some of his best known pieces, reflecting small-town American life. Freedom From Want, was a painting that was a part of his famous Four Freedoms collection inspired Roosevelt’s 1943 Congressional Address. In 1974 he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
We here at Hot Sox have great respect for great artists and their work. Hot Sox wanted to specifically translate Norman Rockwell’s work to our socks because of his comforting depictions of everyday small town America life. We also were quite intrigued by his technique and storyline obsession. Rockwell had a very detailed vision – something we at Hot Sox can definitely appreciate!
Now that you are in the know, get out there and show off your Norman Rockwell Hot Sox! Look forward to more Hot Sox blog posts featuring other artists from our Hot Sox Artist Series. Our socks are sure to get people talking!
The Hot Sox Team