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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For the last few months I've been walking around with hot wheels and doll shoes in my pockets. I came across a huge lot of vintage hot wheels and decided to make 'girly' things out of them, but every time I sat down to get started I ended up playing with them and forgetting what my task was so they would end up in my pockets. I've finally got the first batch of these broaches done. They are all one of a kind.
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Deck The Halls

I've always had a thing for skaters. Something about the whole skate culture is appealing to me. Except the falling part, that's kind of unfortunate. I think that if you're gonna wipeout  you should at least do it in style. That's where Junkprints comes in. We've teamed up with ArtsProjekt to create some really hot skate decks for all the skater girls and guys out there. So, if you skate more than you walk, this one's for you. Plus, think of all the money you'll save on gas.


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If you follow me on twitter or we're pals on facebook you may have noticed a link I posted in regards to the Black Face aesthetic popping up in fashion.  If you have no idea what I'm referring to please read this post that did about models in black face on Trya's show, V magazine and Vogue. I've been on the fence about writing this post because one of the positive and negative aspects of writing a blog post about about something is that it inherently draws more attention to the matter. The negative aspect as pointed out by Fly Girls blog writer Andrea is that by discussing this we must reference Vogue, W and Tyra, which increases their  traffic/content consumption therefore making them more money, so in a way it's like rewarding them for their efforts. The positive aspect of writing this post is that it opens up a forum to discuss what's REALLY the matter with painting white models Black. The following is my stance on the situation, socially I think we have a lot more to work through than we'd like to believe and I'd love to hear your thoughts. I like to consider myself a reletively open individual. I also believe that it's possibe to positively appropriate just about anything, but I think that this is far from a positive appropriation. There isn't enough visibility of 'non-white' people in main stream fashion for a 'black face' aesthetic to be used with out making a clear re-contextualized  situation. The spread in V magazine is only about one model being painted black and the other one not. They don't even have clothes on, so what does this mean? what's the vision. Without a context the only thing I can link it to is minstrel show. Perhaps I'm mis-reading the artistic vision, but I haven't really been given much to work with. If we are all so 'open' to appropriation, then next fashion spread should include a model dressed like Hitler and other models in an oven, or better yet white models made to look Chinese while working on building railroads, or while were at it, white models dressed like Pocahontas building tee pees. To me all of those would be just as ridiculous as this black face fashion thing. The fashion arena is not the first place with in the last few years that I've seen this happen. Are you familiar with Friends with You? Well they make these super cute plush toys (well most are super cute) and a few years back they did this one and a few others in the same vein. This bling clad stuffed animal was being sold for $500 and his name is foofee (pictured right). Does this not bare a resemblance to Plastic “Be-Bop Jigger” (pictured left). That is the actual listed name. This was sold in auction for $500. What's the difference between these two? 75 years or so?  America's mentality? I'm not quite sure their is a difference. 2166_1picture-21 The next point to bring up may be authorship. Is this aesthetic completely off limits or is like how many perceive the word 'nigger' only to be used by blacks. For example if Tyra self identifies as a black person than it's okay to put white models in black face? Or even T-pain's album cover? Maybe people think Obama being President made racist, historical, iconic, imagery not racist he changed the past or something? I really don't know but it brings up lots of questions and prime time to work out some of these. I know we won't all be on the same page but I'm curious to hear your thoughts.
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If you were within 100 miles of NYC and you missed the FRESHER! opening than you may be crying your eyes out! But not to worry, I just caught word that their will be a closing party soooooo, don't sleep on this one. It was such a fun time, all the peeps came out and I'm glad that someone was documenting the event cuz I was too busy getting up w/ people and dancing my booty off.  Highsnobette was in the house and have tones of recap pics and so does Toofly. Big shout out and many thx to the Younity Crew
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I'll be showcasing some brand new work!

YOUNITY Presents FRESHER! An Urban Eco-Art Exhibition Featuring 42 Female Artists

PRESS HOUR: 7pm-8pm Opening Reception: 8pm – 11pm October 3, 2009 – October 24, 2009 Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center 107 Suffolk Street New York, NY 10002 between Rivington Street and Delancey Street F train to Delancey

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“Trashion Part 2” Art Exhibition Opening

11 TRASHION is a refuge for things underused, wasted, or under-appreciated to come together and form a larger work; a unified high energy experience of urban grit. TRASHION PART 2 features New York City artists who aren’t afraid to take risks and think outside the box. It is an interactive multi-media trash art inspired event series and gallery show which features art inspired by graffiti, recycled materials, surrealism, found toys, all kinds of tape, vinyl records, garbage bags, rusted steel, neck ties, paint samples, glitter, dreadlocks, newspaper, nails and more. The work seen here is engaged in a dialog with the urban landscape we live in and the human condition it creates. TRASHION seeks to envelop the audiences senses, inviting the viewer to expand their personal definition of what art is and their relationship to the world around them.

Featured Artists

Demostina, Jennifer Harris, Dan Walker, Walker Fee, Clockwork Cros, Isaac Aden, Kipton Hinsdale, Patrick Sheely, Kristy Lebowitz, David Levine, Marcus Jeferson, Emil Horowitz, Tara McManus, Ben Devoe, Francis Stallings, Rolando Politi, Preston Lee Jones, Coco Black, Chanel Kennebrew, Bruce Stiglich, Alexandra Lopez, Steven Ribuffo

Opening Festivities August 27th 6pm - 11pm Show runs til, September 22nd

Gallery 151, 350 Bowery, NY, NY

1pm-8pm 7 days a week
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WOW! I'm exhibiting work in two shows at the same time that open the same week. Wish I could make out to this one but If yer in the Minni Apple be sure to check it out. mama2B-GIRL BE: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN HIP-HOP 2009 B-Girl Be Festival—September 17-20, 2009 Mama Said Knock U Out! Gallery Exhibit—August 28-October 23, 2009 Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 Building on three years of enormous success and international recognition, Intermedia Arts is proud to present the fourth installment of B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop, a multimedia festival encompassing the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti. The mission of B-Girl Be is to influence and inspire leadership to change the perceptions and roles of women in hip-hop for current and future generations. This beloved Minneapolis event is a place to make connections, build confidence, sharpen skills and gain access to the tools to create music, film, poetry, rap, aerosol art and dance. On Saturday, September 19th, 2009 B-Girl Be hits the streets again with the B-Girl Be Block Party, an all day festival at Intermedia Arts that brings international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop together in Minneapolis for music, dance, live mural painting, film and an art marketplace. This is one day packed with events and opportunities to showcase women’s aesthetic vision and creative leadership in hip-hop. Before, during and after the block party, B-Girl Be hosts a hip-hop dance showcase at Intermedia Arts curated by local dancer and choreographer Amy Sackett. Tickets sell out fast and shows take place Thursday, September 17, Friday, September 18 and Sunday, September 20 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 pm and again for a late-night cipher at 10:00 pm after the block party in the Intermedia Arts’ theater.
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Dookyblog readers, I have treated you like step children. I will make no excused for neglecting you and if you've been on twitter or facebook you may not feel so rejected...but none the less what is the point of having a blog it nothing gets written in it? Well my friends, I have much to share. I've been grinding like teeth over here in Junkprints land. Here's the long and short of it. ART WORK I'll be exhibiting art work in Minneapolis' B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop Mama Said Knock U Out Gallery Exhibition August 28-October 23, 2009 Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. I'll also be exhibiting in Younity's Fresher Exhibit OCT 3rd-24th info TBA GOODIES Hello Pittsbugh! I just completed a large order of custom Record Necklaces for Moop's, 'Hello Pittsburgh' soiree. Wendy, the fab bag maker is having an opening party in her new space on August 29, celebrating her new store and big move to P-town!!!! I'll be vending at MARKIT' AN NYC ART/DESIGNER MARKET August 29, 2009 When: August 29th, 12-5PM Where: Our Lady of Sorrows SCHOOLYARD -213 Stanton Street Lower East Side, NYC Between Ridge st & Pitt st. And if that's not enough I'm finishing up the fall winter goodies.....
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