BLACKEST BLACK FRIDAY NOV. 25th-27th

Yo! The Fine folks at Junkprints are hosting the blackest black friday open studio ever. This event is going to be so black that your gonna need a flashlight & affirmative actions to balance it out. Just kidding! I’ve been prepping for the holiday season & am thrilled to be open 11/25-11/27 for all your Junk shopping desires. Free goodies w/ the 1st 10 black friday purchases. Fri Nov. 25th and Sun. Nov. 27th // Noon til 7PM
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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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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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POOR BABIES

I really do feel bad for them. I get a lot of request to make Junkprints baby clothing, and do make lil custom baby clothing from time to time. But I hate the idea of putting our social, political, baggage on an unassuming drooling sack of human cuteness (a.k.a. baby). My disdain goes so far that I'm not really into putting any type of logo/icon/character on children's clothing, unless requested by the child. All that stuff is our baggage and it doesn't take long for a child to want to participate, i.e mommy I want a barbie, and would like to dress like Brittany spears etc. At that point, unless it's harmful to the child, I'm down w/ having them pick they social alliances and express them through the way they choose to dress. Until that time, I like the utilitarian approach to dressing children. Beyond the social baggage, most baby stuff that adults think is cute would is either suitable for dressing an Easter egg or would be utterly embarrassing for an adult. Here's a few examples. Snuggies for new borns? WTF? (but I do want one...I'll put a pineapple where the baby should go)

And this one?

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FLIGHT ATTENDANT FASHIONS

I'm a sucker for kitchy uniforms and flight attendant uniforms are my very favorites. The whole vibe around flight attendants in the 60s just rocks my socks off. The chauvinistic nature of the field is pretty lame but in fantastic idealism that retrospect provides, these ladies are my icons. I love Emilio Pucci, it may just be that I'm a sucker for circles and loud colors, Either way Pucci does it for me.

I just got the new issue of Frank magazine (you must be up on this handy lil mag, in a world of super dumbed down editorial it's a major sigh of relief). They featured a wonderfully odd gentleman by the name of Cliff Muskiet who shares my love of flight attendant uniforms. Check em out
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