whew! Glad to be back in Los Angeles. It has been crazy lately. Two weeks ago, i hopped aboard a plane again. This time the destination was Atlanta to visit my screenprinter, Jhaysin from Danger Press
I have been working on an idea of a line of clothing and wanted to visit Jhaysin to talk things over before committing to a full production schedule next year. I met Jhaysin a few years back when i did a show at the Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta.
He was a screenprinter, and I was a former screenprinter, so we got along just fine. I founded and operated Workhorse Printing for 8 years before selling off the business to move to out to California. Although i sold off the business i kept my press and moved it out to California. I thought i would set up shop again, but once i got out to California i came to the conclusion that i didnt like to screenprint. In hindsight, i wasnt such a good printer either. Because I had brought my press 3000 miles to California with me, i realized that i had the worlds largest paper weight. When i met Jhaysin, i told him he could have the press if he shipped it to Atlanta. Jhaysin and i have been in touch ever since and about to work on a line of fabrics and clothing.
I came back to Los Angeles and rested up for a week before heading out to Maryland to visit my website programer, and hang out with my childhood friend, Clif King. I have know Clif every since i was 11 years old. Each year we buy an airline ticket for the other to vist. This year was Clif's turn so i came back for a week long vacation. We had a drunken good time. Mostly chatting about the past and future, but we also attended the opening of the Tiki Bar in Solomons Island. It was drizzling so it wasn't as packed as it normally is, but there were still plenty of people there.
I met up with my man Jamie Kashetta while i was there too. Jamie is the one that programmed the WorkhorseVisuals.com website - my portfolio website. Jamie has been doing big things lately. A line of skateboards, and a line of T-Shirts too. He is currently lining up distributors and retail outlets, but the line will drop later this year. Here are a few decks from the line:
I finally headed up Union Station in Washington DC to catch the train up to BWI airport. I always love Union Station. It was renovated when i was in College and looks amazing.
Now i am in Los Angeles, and planning for two things. First is the opening of the The Social Trust on May 6th. I will have a large piece on display there - 8ft wide, by 4ft tall. The other thing I am planning for is the Melbourne Stencil Festival. This will mark the first time i have traveled to Australia. Given that Australia is the stencil capital of the world i am excited to see how things go. Anyone reading this in Melbourne should hit me up. I will be there for 2 weeks. From May 15th to May 27th. I may also extend my trip to include Sydney, but not sure right now.