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Creating Jacob Bannon's "Year Of The Hare" prints

2015 Jul by Mike Davis

Recently, we recently completed production of "Year Of The Hare," a new series of one-of-a-kind prints from Jacob Bannon, based on his artwork for Deathwish recording artists Fucked Up's album of the same title.

We love having the opportunity to print the artwork that Bannon creates when he's not busy providing lead vocals for Converge or helping run Deathwish Records. This project might have been our favorite as we were given the chance to have some creative input of our own. Each print began as a discarded test print from our studio - stacked with multiple layers of mismatched elements from a range of poster projects. From there, large washes of colors and patterns were applied and some prints even got a hit of bleach. Finally, we sealed the deal with the main Year Of The Hare artwork, printed in super glossy black UV ink.

Here's a video that shows some behind-the-scenes shots from the production of these prints:

These prints are available right now in Jacob Bannon's online store and will soon be available in ours. Don't miss your chance to grab one of these truly unique prints!

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Quisqueya: Kanpe Fundraiser Print Series

2015 Jul by Mike Davis

AN ART PRINT 60 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Minneapolis-based design and screenprinting studio Burlesque of North America, with support from Kanpe Foundation, is raising money for their organization to rebuild communities in Haiti through the release of a unique screenprinted art print. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these prints, available between now and July 31, 2015, will be donated to Kanpe.

SCREENPRINTER BEN LAFOND'S STORY BEHIND THE IMAGES

In September of 2002, I stumbled into an estate sale in South Minneapolis. Pretty standard sale fare. Peering at the tables for potential treasures, a small plastic box caught my eye. Scribbled in pen on the top of the box was the word "Haiti". I pried it open and knew I had found something neat. Approximately 40 Kodachrome slides, each with a hand written note. "Port Au Prince. 1954" "Boy leaving market. 1956"...

I had to have them. I didn't know what I was going to do with them but they needed to come home with me. Upon checkout, I asked the cashier if they knew any info about the person or items I was purchasing. All they could tell me was that her name was Cornelia Malmberg, she was a school teacher, and was the first female millionaire in Minnesota. Apparently, she had invested in SuperValu Foods and struck it rich.

A little bit more research led me to discover she had left the United States in the mid-1940s to teach in the Canal Zone/Panama. Later in her life, Cornelia established a scholarship fund with the American Swedish Institute to assist students studying abroad in Sweden.

After several years buried in my accumulated piles of totally awesome stuff, the slides resurfaced. So I sez to myself..."Self, you should make some of these into screen prints!"

WHAT IS KANPE?

Founded in 2010 in part by Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Kanpe is dedicated to supporting communities in need throughout Haiti. Teaming up with Partners in Health and Fonkoze (Haitian financial institution), Kanpe provides families with food, livestock, healthcare, and information that allows them to continue to help themselves.

TWO WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE

All proceeds from sales of these prints will be donated directly to Kanpe Foundation. Pre-orders are open only through July 31st. Click here to order the print and donate to Kanpe!

1) The Thank You Package
- Two 5 x 7" prints
(4 color screenprints on Crane 100% cotton paper)
$20 + shipping

1) The Big Thank You Package
- One 16 x 20" Quisqueya print
- Two 5 x 7" prints
(4 color screenprints on Crane 100% cotton paper) $50 + shipping

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Introducing the Cool Jerk tuk tuk

2015 Jul by Mike Davis

As many of you know, our own Mike Davis and his wife Mali have their own brand of beef jerky called Cool Jerk. To fit with the jerky's Southeast Asian origins, they went ahead and bought a tuk tuk. Fairly certain it's the only functioning tuk tuk on the streets of Minnesota.

It spent the first several years of its life in Thailand, being used a taxi. Something like this:

It was sourced from someone in Chattanooga TN. When it arrived in Minneapolis, it looked like this:

Mark from Chamelon Concessions, who has built a considerable amount of food trucks in the Twin Cities, took on the task of getting this thing in shape.

The back section was converted into a big storage unit for jerky and event supplies.

All painted up and ready for graphics.

There she is!

Follow Cool Jerk on Facebook and Twitter to find out where and when you can see the tuk tuk in person!

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What began as a handful of dudes working on a graffiti magazine has grown into a multi-disciplinary team of graphic artists and screenprinters. Since 2003, Burlesque has been creating screenprinted concert posters, developing and publishing prints with numerous fine artists, organizing and hosting art exhibits and music events, and sharing our work in gallery shows and poster events from coasts to coast.

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