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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JUNKPRINTS IS GOING TO PHILLY: SAT JUNE 11th

On Saturday, June 11th, 2011 Junkprints will be in Philly at the 10th Annual B-Boy BBQ in Philly. This yearly experience is going to be quite spectacular. It is an oppurtunity for people of all walks of life to exper…ience all aspects of hip-hop culture from graffiti to breakdancing, emceeing and deejaying. Every year there is influx of 400-500 people to the site of the B-Boy BBQ where they can witness local, national and internationally renowned artists in action and shop the nearly 100 vendors selling everything from spraypaint and clothing to food and face painting. This event is in the tradition of Rock Steady Day, Meeting of Styles and other large scale hip-hop events. I'm super duper excited to be participating in this event. This is the very first time The junkprints goodies will be in the streets of Philly. Don't miss this one day opportunity. 48th and Westminister, West Philly Saturday June 11th, 8am-8pm
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BUST CRAFTACULAR SATURDAY MAY 21st.

The BUST Magazine spring shopping extravaganza is back and better than ever!  This year, we’re bringing together 100+ unique vendors and food artisans for one day in the heart of SoHo including your favorite junkmaker rump shaker, moi and Junkprints. Stop by for the best handmade goodies. Plus: raffles, DJs, book signings, and a free goodie bag for the first 300 people! Saturday, May 21st, 2011 82 Mercer Street Between Broome and Spring New York, NY 11am-8pm 1 day only!
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“Let’s Collab”…but first read this

col·lab·o·rate/kəˈlabəˌrāt/Verb

1. Work jointly on an activity, esp. to produce or create something.
With in the last year I've noticed a spike in Junkprints collaboration inquiries. In one way this is awesome, because it means that I am making stuff that others want to be apart of and have hopes of contributing.  I can definitely appreciate that. Sadly, more often than not these so called collaborations are request to do some form of what I do for junkprints for another line, company or individual. In this case, the request is not actually 'collaboration' it's a request for a donated commission (a.k.a. a favor). A perfect collaboration should result in something new and valuable to all parties involved.  I've done a few of those and they are amazing. So I decided create a list of Rules of Engagement based off what I've learned from those and the bad 'collaborations'. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: The terms must be clear. What do you want and what do you want from me? How long do you propose this would take? what would be the final outcome, etc.  If you are requesting to 'collab'. You should have clarity for what you're seeking. We're all busy bees. If you are unsure what you want to it wastes my time and your time. Two companies that offer the same thing don't generally make good collaborators. For example: 'Hi I'm a tee shirt designer/illustrator/graphic designer, I'd love to collaborate on some tees with Junkprints' This translates to: 'Hi, I want to do what you do, and would like to cross into your market, utilize your manufacturing resources and will you work on some tees for free for me so that I can brag about it (and you can brag about it too) and we can share the success.' Well all that is fine and dandy, but unless you have a substantial larger audience than I do then what's in it for me? Keep it classy (that word is funny to me, but it does apply) Don't hit up the person you would like to collaborate with in a public social network. i.e, a tweet of facebook wall. I know it seems easy and direct, but can you really convince someone of your worth as far as collaborating in less than 140 characters? You are tying your own hands. Do some research get the persons email address, figure out a good time to call them and state your proposal. If you don't hear back from them follow up...let me tell ya barely anyone follows up, you'd be amazed at the results persistence and consistency yields. If while you are figuring out what you want from the person/company that you want to collaborate with and you discover that you have nothing to offer towards the collaboration besides 'talent' then you are looking to commission work from them and you should be prepared to pay for this commission in some form or another. Keep in mind that requesting a collaboration is a bit like courting. Be creative, clear, honest and confident about you can bring to the table. Make your services/resources of value to the person/company you wish to collaborate. Featured picture: Robbed Tee by Junkprints available on Junkprints.com
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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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“Knitta Please”

A new art form called "Yarn Bombing" or "Knit Graffiti" is a new and creative trend on the art scene. Magda Sayeg, founder of "Knitta Please", is a Austin, Texas based artist who uses the craft of knitting to express her creativity in urban areas, her art has transformed into a form of street art.  In a way, she is able to create free publicity with her artwork just like graffiti on the exteriors of subways and bridges. When her art is strategically placed in urban areas, it creates a spark, a sense of urgency to create, accept, and to be influenced. She has covered buses, cars, trees, and streets with yarn, and she takes the traditional role of knitting to other modern levels of creativity. Yes, your great grandmother may have knitted a pair of mittens for you, but did she ever knit a tree or a bus in Mexico?
Yarn to Magda is the spray paint to graffitti artist. I assume the White House may be the next project on her list to "change." She even makes yarn Iphone covers.  Here at Junkprints, we have been caught by the knitting bug as well. We have been making scarves as tall as trees, as thick as tires, and as warm as (...), well lets just say the sun. There called "Eff Winter" scarves, the title speaks for itself and others too, and they come in different colors like Eat Your Oatmeal, Everybody Loves The Sunshine, and Dooky Brown.
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THE NEW YEARS PARTY

Hey Dooky Readers, I know I've been a bag blogger lately. I'll do some recaps on all the past festivities in the 2010 year in review post. In the mean time and in between time I'd like to invite you you THE NEW YEARS PARTY. the followimg are the deets. Pls RSVP. WHAT: The funnest party that you ever did attend, the very best way to close out 20TEN and welcome 20ELEVEN. Brooklyn Motor Works along side The Brooklyn35 crew and will be holding down the music Including Live performances by Dana Athens and the Few, TeenBeats and R.ME. DJ B. Conscious. WHY: Because we love some of you and the rest we’ll grow to love DRESS: 50% fancier than you normally do. No Drama no BS DAMAGE : $10 with a bottle $20 without

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Sparkling Poster

This hand silk screen poster is printed in an edition of 500. It's one of my first garment graphics but I loved it so much that brought it back as a poster. This one goes out to all the gold front and Jesus chain wearing peeps. Have you ever been approached by someone with all shiny teeth? If you haven't let me tell you that initially it's a bit shocking. After the shock wears off you'll kinda want some too..hee hee. Shout out to all minstrel shows, old and new.
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JUNKPRINTS RADIO EP

The promotional campaign is officially on!!! I Love music....no, I really love music. In a time like this, when hipsterism and the fear of being a hater have tainted our judgment on the music we like, I have decided to make ya'll a lil mix tape. I swear if I hear one more person say "I love all kinds of music and have 8 terabytes of everything including songs that don't even exist yet" or something along those lines I'm going to puke! C'mon son, we all know you have like 10 songs that you play on repeat...don't be ashamed, it's okay to have a preference. I have preferences and want to share them with you (like I always do ;). So here's the story of the EP, some of the tracks I kinda begged for, and some were inspired by a retarded long list of songs I was really feeling that month. I distributed the list to my super talented musician pals, kinda made them work together under the direction of Mr. Tough Dumplin and they returned with this.  This project was filled with many late nights on the roof of an undisclosed Red Hook building, a stuffy Kensington Bedroom Room, coast to coast chit chats,  jokes, tears, new friendships and old ones. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and tons of love and thx to all the musicians on Junkyard Radio! Junkprints Radio Vol. 17

The following is the track listing and here's a link to the whole thing! Now ya'll know that this project wouldn't be complete with nifty packaging and a collection of merchandise including apparel, skate decks accessories and shoes inspired by the ep. This limited edition Cassette tape USB is free with selected online purchases. 1. Two Weeks by Earl Greyhound Vocals: Matt Whyte & Kamara Thomas Guitar: Matt Whyte Bass: Kamara Thomas Drums: Chris Bear http://www.earlgreyhound.com/ 2. Brooklyn Breeze Lyrics & Vocals: Dana Athens Production: Brian "Raydar" Ellis & Lee Turley for The Faculty Enterprise http://www.myspace.com/danaathens http://www.revivalistmusic.com 3. Let It Fly Lyrics & Vocals: Raydar Ellis,Tough Dumplin Teen Beats, R.ME George Reefah Production:  Brian "Raydar" Ellis & Lee Turley For The Faculty Enterprise Bass: Lee Turley Additional Keyboards & Sounds : Lee Turley http://www.revivalistmusic.com http://www.toughdumplin.com http://www.myspace.com/rebelsmusicempire http://www.georgereefah.com 4. JunkYard Radio Lyrics, Vocals & Production: Brownbird Rudy Relic http://brownbirdrudyrelic.blogspot.com/ 5. Toro Toro Toro - Remix Vocals & Lyrics: Lisa Marr Original version appeared on the EP "Soda and Lisa Sing You Some Songs" Remix Production:  Shahab Zargari http://www.lisamarr.org http://flavors.me/shahab 6. Rolla Skatin' - Remix Lyrics & Vocals: Manchilde feat. Tough Dumplin & R.ME Production: Think Twice http://www.manchilde.com http://www.toughdumplin.com http://www.myspace.com/rebelsmusicempire 7. Fighting Discrimination Lyrics & Vocals: A very nice guy Production: Tough Dumplin http://www.toughdumplin.com 8. Kate Goes to Jail Lyrics & Vocals: Teen Beats feat. Eliki Production: Teen Beats www.soundcloud.com/teenbeats 9. Brooklyn35 by Tough Dumplin & TBD Production: Tough Dumplin http://www.toughdumplin.com
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