I designed this Olympic Rings print on leather about a month ago, getting all excited about the Olympic Games coming up. I loved watching these ever since I was a child.

Olympic Rings Print on Leather
Olympic Rings Pattern Printed on Leather

The idea for creating an Olympic Rings pattern design fascinated me, as I could see so many possibilities to play with these rings and five basic colors. This beautiful painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol is just one of them:

Olympic Rings Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol
Olympic Rings Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol via juxtapoz

I started by creating a ‘scrambled’ pattern. I wanted to take the rings out of their familiar 3-on-top 2-on-bottom structure.

Olympic Rings Pattern Design
Olympic Rings ‘Scrambled’ Pattern

Thinking of the athletes and all different kinds of sports, I also started playing around with some athletes’ silhouettes.

Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design
Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design

But these directions didn’t work for me, even as I tried combining the two patterns together:

Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design
Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design
Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design
Olympic Silhouettes Pattern Design

I started thinking in a new direction. Being a successful athlete is about commitment, determination and practice. Athletes follow a very strict training program with a firm structure. With that in mind I went back to the original structure of the rings, giving it a new interpretation which created this graphic element.

Olympic Rings Graphic Element
Olympic Rings Graphic Element

By multiplying this one element I built the structure of my pattern:

Olympic Rings Print on LeatherOlympic Rings Pattern Printed on Leather

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