Open Studio

On Sunday, February13, Junkprints will be having an open studio from noon-8pm. There will be talking scarves screaming Eff Winter, there will be menacing mittens, a live band more mysterious than mystery flavor kool-aid, and there will be a showcase of my Spring goodies from my 'JunkPrince' collection. So follow the yellow brick road to  The Junkyard. The live performance starts at 6:30pm but the golden gates open at 12. See you soon.
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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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SHOP IN PERSON ATLANTIC ANTIC!

This is one of the busiest markets that I do! Atlantic Antic draws up to 1 million attendees onto Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the Antic's longstanding tradition of eclectic food, festivities, and fun! Junkprints will have a tent set up! See ya soon! WHEN:Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:00 am - 6:00 pm WHERE: In front of 473 Atlantic Ave, Btwn Nevins and 3rd, Brooklyn NY For more info click here!
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FIRST EVER OPEN STUDIO!

Happy end of summer! In conjunction with Fashion's Night Out, I'm hosting my first ever open studio shopping extravaganza and I'd like to invite you and yours to the festivities. I'll be debuting some new Junkprints artwork and clothing in the new Junkprints studio: The Junkyard! The night wouldn't be complete with out DJ spinning, baked goodies, door prized. The festivities are free. Please RSVP so we'll know if we should be baking a wedding sized cake or a muffin. WHEN: September 10th 2010 from 6p-11p WHERE: 66 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205, Btwn Flushing and Park Ave in the Navy Yard region of Brooklyn. COST: FREE!! For the last few years Junkprints has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of art and fashion through textile exploration, subversive graphics and clever juxtapositions. Recently we even had a feature in the New York Times. This whole Junkprints adventure has been quite whirlwind and I'm looking forward showing off the new junk and sharing this special evening with you 😉
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SHOP IN PERSON THIS SATURDAY!!!!

Come join Younity and friends for some hip-hop style community building. Fostering local economies for urban artrepreneurs with a conscious mindset, it’s time for Younity’s 2nd annual Urban Arts Markit! One-of-a-Kind -Limited Editions – Hand Crafted – Flavor Curated by the infamous Toofly, and homegirl Yvey Hidalgo this open air markit pays homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community life and celebration where makers, fans, and collectors come to shop and mingle – 2010 style. Featuring live DJ sets, live painting, break dancers, vendors, Hondurian Valiadas, Empanadas, & American hot dogs, in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side Junkprints will we’ll be in the fantastic company of some of NYC’s finest! Don’t miss this one day event. 12-6p 213 Stanton St. F train to Delancy.
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Nothing Lasts Forever

Maybe I should call this post "Nothing Lasts at Forever21", but I thought the other title sounded more profound. Maybe when read you would assume that I would write about how important it is to live life  to the fullest, to think positively, and yada yada yada. You should know that by now, right? Instead of talking about that I would like to discuss Forever21, more specifically why I will try to stop shopping there. Can I tell you a secret? Come closer to the screen this is for your eyes only. The secret is that I check the Forever21 website everyday. I can tell you what time new things are posted and when the new collections will come out. It's sad really. Now I'm not saying I shop there all the time and that my closet consist of items only from that store, but I will say that many of my hard earned dollars have contributed to the store's success. What's better than getting cute clothing at an affordable price?  One thing  I can think of that is better is getting quality clothing at an affordable price. Let's be honest, Forever21 clothing is not the best quality. They are good if you want to buy into a season trend, but not that great for the long haul. It's like dating a cute guy with no substance. He'll please you momentarily, but eventually the two of you will have to have an actual intelligent conversation. You see my problem here, right? I am not trying to start some anti-Forever21 revolution I'm just trying to build a better closet for myself. Nonetheless, here are some reasons that I will not shop at Forever21 anymore: 1. Everyone shops there. How can you express your creativity if all your friends own all the same pieces? 2. Think about the sweat shops. The people that work in Forever 21 make less than $2 a day. 3. Small cloest with quality clothing > Big closet with non-quality clothing. 4. I don't ever want to be a slave to fashion. I love fashion (mostly fashion history), but I'm not going to buy something just because a few editors tell me to. If I don't want to wear clogs this spring then I won't. Seriously, I won't be wearing clogs this spring (bleh). That's it for now. I'm sure you can think of other reasons. Now the question is: Will I throw away all my Forever21 merchandise? Answer: Hell no! That was some hard earned money and I don't waste. 21 doesn't last Forever so it's not like I'll be wearing a lot of those things five years from now, but until then I'll wear whatever is currently in my closest. I don't want to make it seem like Forever21 is the only store of it's nature, so just insert Charlotte Russe, Wetseal, and Topshop where ever you see fit because they are all essentially the same. Yes, I'll stop shopping at those places too, not that I go there as much as I did Forever 21. The great thing about not shopping at stores like that anymore is that it'll drive me to check out other shops and think of new ways to dress that will allow me to express myself better. The point is that it's better to think outside the box with style sometimes. Don't just buy for convenience, dig a little deeper and have fun shopping in different type of places. This is the official blog of Junkprints, so of course I'm going to encourage you to buy some junk here. Check out the show Blood Sweat and T-Shirts tonight at 10pm on Planet Green: Six shopaholics head to New Dehli to discover how it is working in a sweatshop. Sounds interesting to me so I'll be tuning in.
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