Stars and StripesStripes MMA Insert

Stripes MMA was conceived as a 16-page special advertising supplement for Stars and Stripes, the United States Armed Forces daily newspaper. The insert offered a unique entree into the military mixed martial arts (MMA) market for advertisers, fighters, and fans alike. Tom strove to reflect the gritty intensity of this full-contact, combat cage-sport through hard-hitting fonts, colors and graphics. “Unfortunately, a niche subject in a niche market, Stripes MMA was honorably discontinued after one tour of duty.”


“Tom has been an absolute delight to work with. His design solutions are always fresh, creative, and distinct. I have used him for 6 different projects and not only was I very pleased with the results, but the editors also remarked on how attentive he was to the project and how wonderful both the process and the end product was. Tom is simply unflappable. Never one to get frustrated when given difficult requests; he works until he gets it right! When I make presentations of the books that our company produces, I always show the books Tom designed as examples. I recommend Tom Carling highly. He listens, he hears, he creates great solutions.”
— Anna Palchik, Senior Art Director, Bedford/St. Martin’s