our story

where it all began

dalman designs was the first business my dad ever started. Jim Dalman designed and made handcrafted wooden toys, rocking horses, armoires, shadow boxes and more. He was always ahead of his time and created innovative products people loved. Dad always thought outside the box and challenged the status quo. It's one of things I most admired about him. And I'm proud to say I've become just like him in many ways.

Today I've decided to carry on the business name to honor my parents. They encouraged me to break the rules and use my creativity to the fullest potential, even when it meant my grades in school were less than stellar. Dad always supported my crazy ass ideas and mom cheered me on. They deserve most of the credit for my success.

a sharpie pen. an airbrush. and a LOT of attitude.

James Dalman launched his creative career in 1986 when he started customizing Chuck Taylor All-Stars and Levi's 501s with Sharpie pens and an airbrush. His artwork was psychedelic and off the wall, gaining popularity among the alternative street crowd.

James would go on to create designs and graphics for almost everything imaginable. He learned screen printing, embroidery, sign painting, graphic design, vinyl graphics and a broad range of skills to make him one of the most versatile artists in the marketplace.

coming full circle

dalman designs is the culmination of ideas spanning five decades. I'm combining what I learned from my dad and unleashing my old school creativity into something new. And we're turning this into a family business. Hopefully my kids can inspire a new generation of people who appreciate custom artwork and handcrafted designs.

400+ Clients Served
30 Years of Proven Experience
24 Speaking engagements

My fourth grade teacher told me I'd never do anything with my life. That was like throwing gasoline on the fire.

The more someone says it's not possible, the more I will fight to prove them wrong. People have told me I would never succeed or that I was stupid for following my dreams.

Yet I've created designs for some of the best brands on the planet. I've launched multiple successful businesses. I've coached hundreds of freelancers and have spoken in front of thousands of people. 'Nuff said!

  • Andy Sernovitz

  • Arnold Palmer

  • Astroff Consultants

  • Becky McCray

  • Best Western

  • BMW

  • Calloway Golf


  • Honda

  • HTC

  • Michael Hyatt

  • Jeff Pulver


  • National Veterans Foundation

  • NCAA Football

  • NHL

  • Nike Golf

  • Pearson NL

  • Pebble Beach

  • USAR

the more you know, the better off you are.

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