MOVING on up!!!

Those who follow on twitter already know but for  ya'll who don't tweet, It's official! The Junkprints Head Quarters is relocating to the Brooklyn Navy Yard/Clinton Hill region of Brooklyn. And boy am I excited! 800sft of Junk! We have alot of work to do to get it all up and running. Including putting up a few walls, painting, cleaning, moving etc. But once it's's party time 😉 It's alot more accessible then my Red Hook Location and once we get all settled in customers will be able to pick up orders and we'll be hosting loads of events and open studios. But for now, we have work to do! 05/10/10 Brief update The wall are almost up so that means tomorrow I get to paint the kitchen, floors and scrub the bathroom that the last tenant used as peeing target practice, but hey I ain't complaining cuz once it's all done the jaws will drop and the drool will roll (but not on the newly painted floors)

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I have one less tooth than I had last time I did a posting. Don't worry I didn't get into a bar fight or anything, just had an impacted wisdom tooth that was grazing a nerve removed. I'm so hard core that I only had local anesthesia and was fully awake for the whole process, strange to watch your own mouth get sewn up. I even took the subway home after. At first I was like 'well that wasn't so bad'. So I went home and continued on the never ending space quilt project that I was working on for etsy's HQ, which by the way has has finally ended. But 4 hours after removal I felt like someone hit my head with a tiny mighty dump truck. I was in soooooo much freakin pain and wished I had no teeth at all.  Ya'll who know me personally, know that I truly enjoy sobriety but in this case, good thing for pain meds. They made me super dizzy and gave me crazy dreams...I was over it the first night, but suffered through it for the next week. I've just returned to solid foods, feeling a lot better and am kinda missing my tooth, is that weird? She's Out of my Life
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JANUARY 21, 2010 So I haven't chimed in on the insane condition of Haiti. Basically, I just don't have the visual or verbal vocabulary to express how much sorrow, frustration, amazement etc over the whole situation. I'm not gonna lie, I feel real paralyzed about what to do to help In this time when so much is needed, especially having the understanding that some shipments are getting bottle necked from the airport and some planes are being sent away. It doesn't help that I think most charities (not all there are def some fantastic ones) are full of sh*t. I feel that it's almost wrong to bring up my personal views of most non profits, but I must just to get some dirt off my chest. I think that most non-profits spend waaaaaaaaay to much on administration. Just google Salaries of Charity CEO. Yes it's gotten a lot better within the last few years but still, charities aren't suppose to be about creating a high paying job. They should be about helping out. I've created this tee and want to donates or coordinate a way to send resources to those in need (in the most direct way possible) 50% of the profits of this tee will be contributed to [fill in the blank] APRIL 7th, 2010 So that tee sat on hold for a while. In between the time I wrote the first half of this post and now one of the most popular fund raising organizations, Yele has come under scrutiny for mis management of funds, red tape is still is slowing down delivery of aid and the Oxfam has reached it's fund raising efforts and would like you to donate to one of their other causes.  So I ask again, how does one help?. REALLY help not just save a few babies have a few inspiring heroic stories, but actual invest in helping Haiti come a place with a stable economy and not just another poor 3rd world nation with a sad story and a telethon fund raiser? I have an interest in Haiti because of it's rich history and symbolism of diasporic freedom (one of the first slavery victories included in American history...near the end of the text book). The reason why I use the word symbolic is because. Yes , Haiti was the first  nation to be ruled by people of Africa ancestry but they literally had to pay for paid money to the the french banks. Who wins a war and has to pay the enemy? That's already one huge economic smack in the face and If you think about it, who is really trying to do trade with a nation ran by ex-slaves when they could buy sugar from slave nations throughout the same region. Haiti basically got fed a bone and even before this last earth quake needed a severe restructure to become a truly independent and sustainable nation. I wish I was here, figuratively and literally, with this Haitian family in 1978 looking all happy. This tee is not currently for sale on junkprints because I haven't decided yet where the funds raised should go. I do believe that helping by sticking close to home can have a rippling impact and am seriously considering just giving to money to my token Haitian friend Claudia, at least she won't give it to her ex-wife. If you have any other suggestions pls feel free to leave comments.
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Etsy HQ Wall of Records

Yesterday we (me and Mr. Tough Dumplin) completed the installation of the Etsy HQ wall of records! Rockin it it rockin it yes we are rockin it. Now I can truly say I have incorporated a Milli Vanilli image into a professional project I’ve worked on. Girl you know it’s true!

plan your work, work your plan.

'Stay Handmade' created from laser cut backs of album covers filled with 12" vinly. Etsy letters cut from 12" LPs over orange arcylic circles on square clear acrylic panels.

Desk features 12" and 45 vinyl.

Each record is linked with 1" binder rings through upcycled white grommets from the close down belt factory.

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Many moons ago I used to shoot people. I wasn't a crazy killer. I had a brief stint as an editorial photographer in Toronto. While digging through the archives I cam across some of my old work, fell into a wonderful world of nostalgia and thought I'd share a few shots. Mighty Mos Def: Shot for Urbanology Magazine 2005 Saul Williams: Shot for Peace Magazine 2005 Alicia Keys: Shot for Word magazine 2005
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I really need to make it out to SXSW.  For some strange reason I've never been. My goodies seem to travel the world more than I do. This year I've team up with ReadyMade Magazine and SXSW to bring you these adsurd Junkprints Birkenstocks. So if your in Austin, be sure to swing by Beaty Bar @ Palm Door, 401 Sabine St. at East 4th Ave, Austin, TX and take a look, they look even cooler person. They are hand drawn and  made from upcylcled materials...and the platform is made of push filling making the shoes impossible to walk in 😉 They are being auctioned for charity. Bids starting at $200...get those check books ready!

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I love creating designs based on vocabulary. It's like the grown up version of sesame street..."brought to you by the letter b". While I was in Costa Rica, I had some interesting conversations centered around race and based off of a few silly questions/comments directed at me (as if i am the spokes person for 'black' America) such as 'Do you like being black?' and 'It's an honor to meet a black American, I love your music' I came to two conclusions Americans of color must travel more, can't let TV be your only global representation and it's good for you, and that 'blackness' is a very warped strange commodity that gets lost in translation and is often irrelevant to most individual matters of communication. Remember we're all human first (then all the other baggage, ie, male/female, ethnicity etc). So I present to you the black on black tee, it's for everyone, it's better than black on black crimes, or any crimes for that matter and kinda makes me chuckle.
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I'll be teasing with new junkprints goodies for the next few weeks. I've been in a design frenzy and have all kinds of new goodies in store for spring summer but due to the trip this newness will be available for purchase in you can get with this or you can get with that..but you should get with this cuz this is where it's at. And these jems come as a gloves or socks.
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