Summer has always been sacred to Californians, which is funny because it's essentially no different than spring, or fall, or winter.. at least here in the southland.
The Sierras are much different though... Summer opens the gates to what has to be some of the most fantastic country on planet earth, and I can say this comfortably because its not easy getting back here and I know that no one reads this blog :)
AA out of Minneapolis, MN. has got to be one of the radest print shops anywhere in the US. They do lots of different stuff but what I really love are their test prints. If I was a rich man I would buy them all and horde them to myself. The samples below are mostly the ones for sale right now on their site. They change all the time so its fun to check in every now and again and see what they got. The notion of incidental art is one that I have always held dear and these guys seem to understand it well.
I've been following Chris' work for some time now. I see the photos he shoots and it makes me want to go places!
Incredible to see the response from artists in Paris right now!
Printing with beet juice takes a bit of effort. To get a solid batch you want 12 or so beets.
Fernando Jule hails from San Salvador. He's been developing a style all of his own for the past fifteen years and I was lucky enough to run into him this past July and see his approach first hand. I have been making trips down to El Salvador for a number of years now. I am lucky enough to have a good friend who grew up in San Salvador and continues to spend time there each year. His home base is now in a small town on the coast near Libertad.
The house I speak of functions as a community center. The doors remain open and a collection of people pass through all contributing in one way or another. Fernando's contribution was his art.
As we watched Fernando put this piece together I knew I had to collaborate with him in some way. The funny thing was as soon as the mural was complete Fernando was gone and I never got a chance to talk to him about working together. It wasn't until I returned home to San Diego that I was able to contact him and see how he felt about a collaboration. As luck would have it he felt pretty good about the idea, so we started with the mural he created that day. This marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration that will celebrate the style and technique of Fernando Jule. Enjoy, and stay tuned.
piece by Trust.ICON.
More from San Diego. This guy's been up longer than most & I think folks are fine with that.
Piece by Cody Griffith.
Mexico is a fifteen min drive from my doorstep. I do my best to make it here every so often and each time I do I ask myself the same question. "Why don't I come down here more often?"
Svante Nilson & Drake Whitcraft are old friends. The three of us get together and share ideas whenever we can, usually over a few hop-centered beers. Recently Drake mentioned the idea of collaborating on a label. He had been working together with another friend of his to create a riesling and he wanted a design that captured the idea of friends working together. Svante and myself were happy to help and we even got some product! The wine turned out pretty good from what I could tell, dry instead of sweet, perfect for a warm california day.
Sandrine Pagnoux lives and works in Paris. She contacted us a few months back and soon we found ourselves paging through her work in search of a piece that would transition well to stencil.
Mixing mediums is all that we do so right away we were on the same page. The goal was to keep it simple while honoring the style that makes Sandrine's work so clearly hers.
4 layer 3 color hand cut stencil - water based ink on poly-cotton raglan
On a trip up to Santa Barbara I got a chance to walk through the studio and gallery of Mr. Frank Kirk. Seeing images on a screen all the time dulls the senses, I almost forget how beautiful the colors and brush strokes are in person. I remember now.
Building surfboards is an art form. A shaper is essentially a sculptor and while their pieces are beautiful to look at they are even more impressive in their function.
No one embodies this notion more than William STRETCH Reidel.
I've been making trips up to Santa Cruz for some time now, mostly to check in with my friends Dave and Alexis. Dave happens to be the manager at Stretch Boards which has allowed me access to the process that unfolds at the factory. Its been incredible watching an operation that is entirely different from what we do here at Domestic, but which embodies all of the same principles that we hold dear. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, and high quality ingredients are essential for creating what may very well be the finest surf craft on the planet.
Stretch's shapes are hand crafted using low-tech devices and yet the final products that he is able to create are examples of cutting edge technology. This sums up everything that we aspire to at Domestic. The idea that the human eye and hand can work together to out perform a computer is not a romantic ideal, its entirely possible.
We were excited to say the least when an opportunity arose to collaborate with Stretch. To honor what Stretch has built over the years we kept it simple and replicated his classic heritage logo via 3 layer stencil on a raglan T. We added some laser cut detailing to the reverse side and provided a grey-scale option as well.These pieces will be released in limited numbers by Stretch Boards and mark the first in a series of collaborations that we hope to take part in with our friends from Santa Cruz.
These are the tools that hold our stencils down, and they change min by min. They were made by the students of the Sweetwater High School welding academy in National City, CA.