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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JUNKPRINTS? IN A CHELSEA GALLERY? OPENING JULY 21st

Yep that's rights. Junkprints will be in a Chelsea Gallery. Join me at the opening of Make Skateboards, at I-20 Gallery 55 West 23rd Street,New York, NY 10011-1102 on July 21st. The following is the press release and all the details. DATES:    JULY 21 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 SHOP HOURS:    TUESDAY – SUNDAY, NOON – 8 PM OPENING:    THURSDAY, JULY 21, 6 – 8 PM I-20 Gallery is pleased to announce MAKE SKATEBOARDS, a group exhibition and pop-up skate shop conceived as a throwback to the days when art took precedence over branding and a welcoming vibe met you at the door. The show will be a playful take on running a skateboard shop, transforming I-20 into a functional retail space offering a custom line of artist-designed skateboards, skate-related ephemera and accessories, original artwork, vintage objects, custom furniture and clothing by up-and-coming New York designers. A true working skate shop, MAKE SKATEBOARDS will offer decks that are fully skate-able yet designed to an artistic standard. Two types of boards will be available: affordable, limited-edition silk-screened skateboards; and one-of-a-kind decks altered and embellished by hand, including several conceptual takes on the idea of skateboarding itself. While contemporary art, skateboarding and other forms of street culture are at the forefront of current popular tastes, these worlds remain surprisingly inaccessible to much of the public. The creative interaction and welcoming feel of MAKE SKATEBOARDS will attempt to bridge this divide from a convenient location in the heart of the Chelsea art district, just a few short blocks from the Pier 62 Skate Park. MAKE SKATEBOARDS’ inventory will change and grow throughout its two-month run, offering ever-changing aesthetics and variety to art patrons and skaters alike. Some of the pieces exhibited will result from collaborations with community groups such as the Brooklyn-based League Education & Treatment Center’s L.A.N.D. Gallery, a creative-outreach program for artists with disabilities. The shop will also join forces with KCDC, one of New York’s most established and respected skate shops. A string of weekly parties will celebrate new shop arrivals, book signings, album launches, and secret band nights. While most galleries close their doors for much of August, the MAKE Skateboards shop will stay open, serving as a refuge from the hot summer weather. MAKE SKATEBOARDS was conceived by artist and filmmaker Scott Ogden and organized in conjunction with Jonathan Lavoie, Director of I-20 Gallery. This summer’s event will be the first of many pop-up incarnations of the shop. For more information or visuals, please contact: makeskateboards@i-20.com or call (212) 645-1100. PARTICIPANTS: Michael Alan, Michael Anderson, Hawkins Bolden, Slater Bradley, Carlton DeWoody, Chris Dorland, David Ellis, Orly Genger, Debra Hampton, Drew Heitzler, Horse Cycles, Grant Huang, Junk Prints, Jacob Kassay, Marina Kappos, KCDC, Sarah Kurz, Curtis Kulig, Wes Lang, L.A.N.D., Robert Lazzarini, Cameron Martin, Moris (Israel Meza Moreno), Scott Ogden, Olek, Erik Parker, Parts + Labor Workshop, Joyce Pensato, RePOP, Prophet Royal Robertson, Jenn Ruff, Tom Sanford, Eduardo Sarabia, Peter Saul, Bill Saylor, Kenny Scharf, Ivory Serra, Shelter Serra, MiYoung Sohn, Tony Bones, Vincent Szarek, Bruce Lee Webb, WHIT makeskateboards.com
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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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Hip Hop Word Count

In today's music industry, lyrical content is usually overshadowed by the instrumentals of the song or the lyrical content is so downplayed that songs only consist of a few words. Tahir Hemphill is a designer, photographer, and an entrepreneur who is hosting a special project entitled "Hip Hop Word Count."
"The Hip-Hop Word Count is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.The Hip-Hop Word Count describes the technical details of most of your favorite hip-hop songs. This data can then be used to not only figure out interesting stats about the songs themselves, but also describe the culture behind the music. The Hip-Hop Word Count locks in a time and geographic location for every metaphor, simile, cultural reference, phrase, rhyme style, meme and socio-political idea used in the corpus of Hip-Hop."
His goal is to convert his findings into visuals to help us comprehend different cultures; to map a geography of language. For a visual, look at his video. Its interesting to find out what educational level the song you're listenting to is in. Are you songs smarter than a 5th grader?

The Hip-Hop Word Count x Keyword Search from Staple Crops on Vimeo.

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Junkprints & Brooklyn 35 presents The Rollaskatin Release Party

Junkprints & Brooklyn35 presents... The Rollaskatin Release Party Featuring: Manchilde, Tough Dumplin, R.Me
Time
Friday at 10:00pm - Saturday at 1:00am

Location
Stepping OUT Studios
37 W. 26th St (Bwt. 6th Av & Broadway) 9th Fl
New York, NY
Showtime @ 10p.m $5 For more info on the Junkprints EP check out the following link http://store.junkprints.com/junkprints-radio-vol-17 Live Music Video Shoot for Steph Ldavoski "Killa In Da Club" (http://www.rootmusic.com/s/StephLdavoski) Live performances by: Tough Dumplin Manchilde Steph Ldavoski Teen Beats R.Me Dana Danger Athens Lou9's
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LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP 4/9!

If you miss this event, you may have to seek professional help to recover from your loses! LADIES LOVE PROJECT PRESENTS: SPRING POP-UP SHOP! Shopping Event Showcases Brazen Art, Avant-Garde Fashion & Hand-Crafted Designs at Gallery 151! NEW YORK, NY March 10, 2011 — On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP at Gallery 151 from 12pm – 8pm. The PROJECT, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY and sound sensation PattyDukes of the Circa95 duo, highlights some of NYC’s most creative underground artists and designers.  The one-day-only event boasts an intimate, yet brilliantly colorful shopping experience – designed to familiarize consumers, media and tastemakers with artists currently celebrating prominence. Featured participants Good Wood NYC, Junkprints, The Peralta Project, Cookies -N- Cream (and a host of others), will be exhibiting one of a kind, limited edition, handcrafted pieces just in time for spring! Indie music across all genres will be handled by RephStar (also of Circa95), Miz Metro, Sweetcheeba, and RockSmithTokyo’s Mary $. A live broadcast of the event will be streamed at www.Circa95.com. Complimentary treats will be served by Jenny Kinns Cupcakes, while BFresh Photography & Media will be on deck with event photography. Gallery 151, a celebrated art space located at 351 Bowery Street, plays host to the eclectic mix of both burgeoning and established talent. Art pieces on canvas, tote bags, jewelry, t-shirts, graffiti, live music—you name it— the LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING POP-UP SHOP doesn’t get any more New York than this! A handy fact sheet is included below to showcase a list of participants and their websites. “Having the LADIES LOVE PROJECT POP-UP SHOP in our space is a perfect fit,” says Laura O’Reilly, Manager of Gallery 151. “All of the vendors have styles that honor old New York, yet each demonstrates a unique progression with great, must-have niche items.” About A Ladies Love Project: The Ladies Love Project is a collaboration between artists Toofly (www.tooflynyc.com/) PattyDukes & Rephstar (www.circa95.com) and A.Mari of (www.onefokus.org). Aiming to create inspiring environments for women artists where they can celebrate their creative styles in Art, Fashion and Music. Ladies Love Project introduces a model for all women who pay homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community building, and entreprenuership. Ladies Love Project thrives on spreading a positive and empowering message to the community, reaching young women who are inspired by them.
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SMILE NOW DIE LATER by Junkprints

A new collection of postpartum pre-modern Neolithic classical absurdities, accoutrements hoopla and shenanigans handmade and well hung by yours truly. Happy spring my friends. Enjoy the freak show. Available on junkprints.com -XOXO The Junkmaker P.S. To see the new goodies in person be sure to swing by the junkyard this Sunday. We'll be open from noon til 8p. 66 washington Ave, brooklyn NY. G train to Clinton Washington.
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