BLUE COLLAR

America is one hot mess, it's always been a hot mess. I'm glad that the US has finally taken note of this, with the Occupy everywhere protests. I only wish the protests were more focused.  Many things suck, but they get better when we get better...aggressively better. We will work harder than our parents for less, because unfortunately America was build on the backs of stolen, borrowed exploited labor and efforts and most of us has reaped the benefits of that exploitation to some capacity...and honestly we can't all be kings queens, ceo's and overpaid executive, but we can stop supporting the folks and establishments we don't believe in. And there's no shame in using your hands to make things and earning a day's wage. Unfortunately this is something most of us will have to learn to do. Most of my day job pals have finally stopped looking for jobs (after getting hired, then getting laid off then getting hired for less pay, then getting laid off, dealing with delays in payment etc.) I'm proud of them because they are finally putting there efforts into marketing skills they possess. Teaching dance, vocal lessons, baking, basically doing things in which they are not brokers in a service. they are actually providing a valuable task or deliverable. All great changes came from folks that shifted they way they thought about things. Don't like the walls knock them down, or leave the room. Big ups to all the Blue collar workers. America needs more of them. We need to make things, particulary the things we use. Remixed with my hands especially for you: The Remixed Blue Collar shirt
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GO BIG and GO RUNAWAY FROM HOME

It's important for me to make ridiculous things from time to time, so I decided to make another huge bag , and just in time for the fake Hurricane Irene, Don't even get me started on that hoopla, anyhoot,  here's the big bag

This is the hugest bag I've ever made and Just in time time to run for the hills, before my studio is submerged by Hurricane Irene...kinda kidding, kinda not 😉 SIZE: 67"x 20" x 20"

Here's the other large bag I made in '09...it's in a private collection.

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Taking the Junk to Washington DC Oct. 1st!

I'm thrilled to announce that Junkprints will be in the house (well,under the tent) at this years Crafty Bastard Sale in Washington DC. we had such a fun time last year I've decided to do it again! Mark your calendars, and get your paper straight. Crafty Bastards Arts and Craft Sale! WHEN: OCTOBER 1st 10-5p WHERE: Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC
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OPEN STUDIO/SHOP IN PERSON: Sept. 10th-11th

I’ve just completed a new batch of goodies and I’m opening our studio doors for to show it all off. I’ll be showcasing new artwork along side my limited edition clothing and accessories. Prepare to have yer socks knocked off. Sat. Sept. 10th and Sun. Sept. 11th // Noon til 7PM
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TIME OUT NY FEATURES MOVES AND TEICH

This is a bit late but two of my NYC stores were recently featured in time out New York! Congrats and both of these nifty establishments were sure to mention Junkprints. So let me tell you a bit about both stores. Whether you are a long time O.G. native New Yorker or the visiting tribe, you'll get a kick out of both of these establishments.

Teich Design

22 Eighth Ave (at 12th St) West Village
(212) 537-6630teichdesign.com
Subway: A, C, E to 14th StGet directions
Tue–Sat noon–7pm, Sun noon–6pm
This is what Time Out NY had to say about the store.
Husband and wife Allison and JJ McGowan opened the second branch of their mom-and-pop boutique to balance out the big-name chain stores inhabiting the West Village. In addition to the bags that made Teich’s original East Village shop popular (such as vintage-inspired lambskin clutches, $125), the new space offers exclusive products made by other local labels, including Studio DuArte, Noli Noli and Grass & Clovers. The space is eco-friendly with recycled-rubber floors, salvaged-wood shelves and walls painted with nontoxic paint. The charming displays of unique men’s and women’s accessories attract passersby, who can get their hands on creative finds like Sherry Truitt recycled sterling-silver, vintage-NYC-map cufflinks ($50). There are also Junkprints necklaces made from a laser-cut vinyl record ($40), a Bobby Joseph stuffed bear created out of a repurposed leather skirt ($250) and an Uptown Artworks cotton West Village street-sign pillow ($120).
They are the exclusive carrier of The junkprints NYC Hearts me necklaces.

Moves

214 Franklin St (suite 102 between Green and Huron Sts) Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Subway: G to Greenpoint AveGet directions
Wed–Sun 1–9pm
Let me tell you how much I love RHLS founders Macks and Sarah. There brains are magical and they make and currate a fantatstic collection of clothing accessories and accoutrements. Local clothing label Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty, which has been outfitting Brooklyn’s cool crowd in crazy-colorful streetwear since 2006, has opened its first NYC shop. Look for the telltale sandwich board on the sidewalk, ring a buzzer marked "hot dog" and head down the hallway until you hit the minimalist white-brick–walled space with gunmetal-painted floors.
This store carries an assortment Of the Junkprints trilateral Necklaces, tees and bags. Visit now!
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VINTAGE LOFT NYC

The Junkyard, home of Junkprints is located in one of the nifty est regions of Brooklyn. During one of my first open studio's a I had the honor of meeting  Mary C. She runs one of the neighborhoods vintage gem on 11 Vanderbilt, called VintageLoft NYC. All you vintage junkies you must clear a section of your saturday and visit this treasure. This isn't some kid who found a few levi's and band tees in philly. Mary Really knows her stuff and this shop is filled with All categories and eras , from casual to couture, men’s, women’s, children’s, accessories of all kinds, including jewelry and findings, knits and sweaters, textiles, fabric swatches (printed and jacquard). She also have a fantastic collection of beading and embroidery. Invest in your wardrobe visit Vintage Loft NYC.
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BRAIN RE-WIRE

I have been a really bad blogger lately and have been a bit MIA over the last month on social media networks, and ya'll know how I love me some twitter. Well my friends and frenemies, here's why. I have been rewiring my brain, and assessing the next major creative move for Junkprints. I consider my self an artist who happens to be using textiles as a medium, but have never really considered myself a 'fashion designer' The reason for that is because generally, the culture around fashion is stuffy (and art's not right? I'll get to that later) and I'm not formally trained in it. So in some ways I don't have the brainwashing that makes me worship it. That being said, I love clothing, dressing clever, costumes, and vintage archives and many designer collections, I just don't like the fuss around it, and all the 'tastemakers' being 'nonhuman like' to boost the importance of wearing the perfect shade of magenta this season...it's just not the serious. To me clothing and adornment is to support a mood and cover the bits that the public is uncomfortable with seeing, and keep us warm/cool and 'protected' while expressing us. It's to inspire us, not make us feel unworthy. Here's the dilemma with having an artist making clothing, well to be perfectly honest, I do not like making things over and over again. I never did. Once the concept, design is resolved in my mind and in execution, I feel like my work is done. That puts one in quite a predicament if the item requires pattern grading, sizing and material sourcing. I've never been one to go half on things so for the last few years I have taken this on and with an extreme gusto and passion. Over the last few months I realized that this may be smashing up my creative process. No one wants their creativity all smashed up, so I've take  a moment to rewire my brain and come up with a plan of action. I will continue to make engaging work...no matter what!  I am shifting gears a bit and am creating art...just art, not art for a tee...just art. Recently I've sold some large pieces including the one below. I also have a show coming up in a swanky Chelsea Gallery as well as a solo show in Delaware next year. Deets soon to come. In addition to the art I'm gearing up for licensing. Yep that's right, I'll be playing with the corporate world, but don't worry I'll be wise with my licensing and will be more on the L.A.M.B. side of the table than the god awful Ed Hardy (believe it or not the dude is talented he's just a licensing whore) side of the table.  The plan is to be extremely hands on while utilizing there resources and distribution. I still need all the work that stems for Junkprints to have integrity and am excited about working with the grown ups. This licensing thing is in the works and I probably won't have stuff to show for a while, giants move slow you know, but I'm working with some great business folks on getting this done and it will be most amazing. So with all this new stuff going on, you may see lots of one of a kind items on junkprints including clothing and I apologies in advance if it's not available in your size, for now I will be prototyping, just like when I first started...keeping, the creative juices flowing. Due to all these changes, many items currently on the Junkprints.com will be ending there editions early, basically I'm selling what I have in stock and will not be making more, particularly on the clothing.  So if you see a tee or hoodie you have your eye on, snag it now...cuz once it's gone it's gone.
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JUNKPRINTS IN TORONTO at SUPAFRIK

Hi Sunshines, I have some super exciting news! Junkprints is being carried at a brand new pop up shop Called SUPAFRIK in Toronto, and of course in none other than Kensington Market. 181 Augusta Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 2L4 Supafrik is an experimental pop-up concept. A blend of art exhibition and retail, Supafrik will showcase the work of artists and entrepreneurs that are inspired by Africa.  Loosely curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana”, Supafrik will feature artwork and merchandise that re-contextualise and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and tradition with a post-modernist eye.  In addition to the Afrotropolis fashion collection by Chinedesign, Supafrik will be stocked with unique artwork, books, music, t-shirts, shoes furniture and home-ware collected by Chinedu throughout his travels in New York, London and Paris.  Supafrik will also have social-media interactivity that will allow anybody with an internet connection to participate in some of the activities planned over the duration of the pop up shop such as the stylized photoshoot, book reading and design workshop. BTW: They have the last editions of the Hairy Hair tees. So if you slept on 'em while I had 'em in stock you can cop 'em here.

and one more thing, The Opening Party July 15, 2011 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

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NEW DENIM

I hated wearing a uniform as an elementary and middle school student. Hey I could totally understand kids were getting shot left in right for wearing colors. Our school colors were navy and white, so we just looked like preppy crips. Though we did have lots of options, pleated skirts, box pleated skirts pants, shorts etc. When I was 13 my mom decided that I would look super cute in the pinstripe shorts with the suspenders. Long story short, for a good chunk of 8th grade I went to school looking like Pinocchio. In the era of cross colors, yes I was dressed like a fiddler. Needless to say i really hated taking the bus home that year. Don't worry I made up for my fashion restrictions in high school and spend those 4 years damn near dressing in drag, including bright wigs and stripper shoes at times. Recently I came across alot of dark denim and I've decided to take on a lil challenge and take a new approach to classic styles, pleats, denim. Basically I want to restructure the basics.

This skirt is made from a slightly stretchy denim, features a large front zipper and huge hip pleats. The waist band is French seamed (yeah I went all out on this). It is currently  available on junkprints and is made to order and has a production time of 7 business days.

The pants are coming soon, I'm currently grading the patterns and getting that fit just right 😉
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