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Burlesque Holiday Discounts are here

2016 Nov by Mike Davis

Introducing our 2016 Holiday Discounts! Every Friday from now until just before Christmas, we're introducing a new coupon code for you to enter in our online store. Each week - a new way to save on your holiday shopping for all the art and music lovers in your life. Coupons only last one week long each, so don't miss your chance to save!

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Atmosphere at Red Rocks 2016 poster

2016 Sep by Mike Davis

We recently released our very own edition of the poster we designed and printed for Minneapolis hip hop giants Atmosphere. Check out some of Mike Davis' rough sketches from the process of making the poster and grab a copy from our online store!

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BRLSQ Public Works Division

2016 Sep by Mike Davis

You might have noticed Burlesque's Wes Winship returning to his large scale painting roots lately, creating giant hand-painted, mixed-media portraits and other murals at music festivals and art events over the greater part of this year.

We have decided to focus this energy into a brand new division of our business, which we are calling The BRLSQ Public Works Division. The group will see Wes leading different teams of artists in painting murals, signs, outdoor advertising, and art installations throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.

For more information and a solid collection of photos of recent work, click your way over to brlsqpublicworks.com

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1101X10 at CO Exhibitions

2016 Jun by Mike Davis

Hard to believe we've been working in this building for ten years already! In the Spring of 2006, we packed up and moved all of our printing equipment, ink, squeegees, paper, t-shirts, posters, books, computers, and doo-dads over here to the corner of Stinson & Broadway. Since then, we've been creating a huge catalog of new work.

On Friday July 1st, we'll be pulling our favorite prints from the past decade and displaying along the walls of our very own CO Exhibitions. From concert posters to fine art prints to rarely-displayed variants to one-of-a-kind test prints to all sorts of oddities you never even knew existed, you're guaranteed to see some real showstopping material this Friday.

Free admission and good times on deck!

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Adobe Creative Jam

2016 Jun by Mike Davis

The folks who introduced the world to Photoshop and Illustrator are bringing their Creative Jam to Minneapolis! On Thursday June 23rd, creative thinkers and makers will get together for a night of ... creative thinking and making!

Designers will race against the clock to create images on the fly, up-and-coming designers will showcase their portfolios, and our own Wes Winship and Mike Davis will be sharing the story of Burlesque in a multimedia presentation.

Click HERE for all the details. Hope to see you there!


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Burlesque at Compound Gallery

2016 Apr by Mike Davis

Attention friends and citizens of the great Pacific Northwestern United States! Our creative collective of thing-makers will be displaying screenprinted posters, hand-painted objects, t-shirts, stickers, and other beautiful goods and sundries at Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show opens on First Thursday, April 7th and our own Mike Davis will be in attendance to greet you. Don't miss out!

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BRLSQ does Texas, 2016 edition

2016 Mar by Mike Davis

Time to pack up the van and head down that long, long Interstate #35 until we hit Austin TX. SXSW is happening and we're not gonna let it finish without being a part of the action! Here's where to find us this time around:

FLATSTOCK 53
WHERE: Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4, Level 1
WHEN: Thursday March 17 (2 - 6pm), Friday March 18 + Saturday March 19 (11am - 6pm)
GETTING THERE: Free admission, open to the public!

Think of Flatstock as a giant shopping mart of poster artists. More than 60 of the world's top creators of screenprinted concert posters jam get together under one roof to display and sell our work. We'll have plenty of brand new, classic, and hard-to-find / collectible screenprinted posters, plus t-shirts, sticker packs, books, and more.

Our booth will be overflowing with raer and sought-after prints from John Baizley, Richey Beckett, Jacob Bannon, and others!

DO IT TO IT 2016
WHERE: The W Austin (200 Lavaca St)
WHEN: Friday March 18 + Saturday March 19 (2 - 9pm)
GETTING THERE: Free admission, open to the public!

For the TENTH year straight, we've assembled a heavy duty lineup of DJs and musicmakers for our Do It party! We're back at the swanky W Hotel's Living Room Lounge.

Inside, we'll have a display of our screenprinted posters lining the walls of the hotel lobby while you can get away from the SXSW mob scene and enjoy some music. From the electronic R&B of The Flavr Blue to sophisticated house sounds of The Juan MacLean to the throwback funk vibes of Meal Ticket, there will be something for everyone to get into.

Outside, our own Wes Winship will be creating a giant painting over the course of the weekend, right before your eyes.

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Dre Day 2016

2016 Feb by Mike Davis

Like we always do about this time, it's Dre Day muthafucka! Here's a list of the official parties going down across the map. Don't miss out!

Atlanta, GA

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Desperation Burns: The Art of Purple

2016 Jan by Mike Davis

After more than a year in the making, Dutch artist Marald van Haasteren and Burlesque extended family member John Dyer Baizley are teaming up to present a two-man exhibit of original paintings, drawings, prints, and a few surprises this February 6, 2016 at our very own CO Exhibitions gallery, here in Minneapolis.

John and Marald have a long history as friends and artists, and we’re excited to watch them show their work together, most of which was made for the recently released Baroness album PURPLE. The opening, at which both artists will be present, is February 6, from 7-10pm. The two will be at BRLSQ all week leading up to the event, creating some new & collaborative work for the show, overseeing and debuting some new art prints, posters and exclusive works. There will undoubtedly be a few more things happening; we’ll share those as they come up.

In John's own words: "Marald and I have worked in parallel over the past decade or more, creating covers and images within and around the punk/HC community, and we’re thrilled to finally hang some of our work together. We worked relentlessly on the images and layout for “PURPLE,” and would love to share some of this process, in the form of an exhibition of our work in various formats. There will be something for everyone."

Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.

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Baroness x Burlesque: Purple Quadrant Art Prints

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Baroness has teamed up with Burlesque of North America to produce a series of four collectible fine art prints based on John Dyer Baizley's stunning artwork from the cover of Baroness' new "Purple" album. While we have produced and released numerous screenprinted Baroness tour posters, this is the first time we have worked with the band to release a set of high end, collectible Baroness art prints of this caliber.

Each 18 x 20" print is hand-screenprinted with 18 individual colors onto high quality 100% cotton 110# Crane Lettra Fluorescent White paper, then signed, hand-embossed with John's custom seal, and hand-numbered by John in an limited edition of 192 prints.

The prints are carefully rolled and packaged into heavy duty custom-printed tubes. Our own Jodi will be personally packing all of the prints directly from the Burlesque headquarters.

Full matching number sets of all four Quadrant prints: $500 + shipping
Individual Quadrant prints: $125 each + shipping

For sale right now, exclusively at store.yourbaroness.com

This is a pre-sale and print packages will begin shipping in February 2016.

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Something Purple This Way Comes

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

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Refugees Welcome sticker project

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Thank you to Boua Xiong and KARE 11 for the great feature on our Refugees Welcome sticker campaign!

The team over at the one and only Walker Art Center recently posted an interview with our friend Veda Partalo and our own Mike Davis about the new Refugees Welcome sticker project we just launched. CLICK HERE to read the story behind the sticker.

You can order stickers for your store, office, or home right here.

If you'd like to download the graphic to print your own signs and stickers, we uploaded some PDFs for you!

8.5 x 11" full page graphic PDF DOWNLOAD

8.5 x 11" sheet of small stickers PDF DOWNLOAD

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My first taste of rejection

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of He-Man and Masters of the Universe. I loved Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundarr The Barbarian, The Amazing Spider-Man (the 1967 series (I even left my own 5th birthday party to walk downstairs to watch it)), all that. I was also an avid lover of drawing. I made my own comic books based on the TV and movie heroes and villains I fell in love with.

At some point in 1985, I came up with a great idea for a Masters of the Universe action figure. I drew it up and wrote some kind of explanation of how it would work and then mailed it on in to the folks at Mattel. In my 8 year-old mind, I figured I would just sit back and wait for them to send me my action figure. That's how it worked, right?

Well, I finally did hear back from Mattel, and the letter was on that super tough and super official Mattel letterhead, but it wasn't the response I had been hoping for:

They weren't going to make my action figure. I was heartbroken. I poured everything I had into that drawing and they just decided to hide it for the rest of time. What was so great about those professional designers and how did they get to be the ones to come up with all of the toy ideas? I didn't let this letter discourage me. If anything, it just inspired me to work even harder.

Now I have to wonder... where is this sealed box of ideas, this mysterious vault, this graveyard of childhood dreams? Was that their covert way of saying "paper shredder" ??? Can somebody at Mattel dig up my idea and send it back to me? I'd really love to take another look at what I sent in!

* * UPDATE * *
I have a sort of detective on the case looking into where my 30 year-old drawing (and perhaps other drawings like mine) might be! Stay tuned!

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20 Years of Rhymesayers

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Tonight at Minneapolis' Target Center, our friends at Rhymesayers will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a huge concert featuring nearly every artist who has been a part of their label. We've had the pleasure of working with the Twin Cities-based hip hop powerhouse since the early days and put together this collection of a few of the posters, album covers, and flyers we've created for them over the years. See you at the show tonight!

 

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Vice / Noisey interview with John Baizley

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

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Synesthesia wrapup / New artwork from Mike Davis

2015 Nov by Mike Davis

This past weekend, we helped organize / particated in / celebrated the very first Red Bull Synesthesia event. Hopefully the first of many like it to come, Synesthesia is a multimedia art event which showcases artists who specialize not only in visual art, but also in music. Each artist is presented with the challenge of creating a visual art installation and also giving a musical performance which coincides with it.

For our portion of the event, Wes Winship painted a HUGE portrait of James Brown live on the spot while our own Mike 2600 performed a brand new DJ set alongside ... himself! It was 4 turntables for the price of 2 with the help of a pre-recorded video accompaniment.

We were all blown away by the huge and enthusiastic crowd, who filled up Solar Arts Building to see and hear brand new work from Angelo Pennacchio, Nicholas Perez, Jess Buns, Neal Perbix, and the Burlesque crew. Check out the #houseofart hashtag on Instagram for more images and videos.

Mike also displayed a selection of brand new paintings and hand-painted wooden treasures. The wooden pieces were designed by Mike using Adobe Illustrator, then cut out on our friend Joe Beuckman's CNC router, a machine he built himself from scratch. Whoa. They were then hand-painted by Mike. Take a look below and contact us if you're interested in adding any of these to your collection!

Magic House
acrylic + latex paint on hard maple
$500 SOLD

#1
acrylic paint on hard maple
$200 SOLD

Wooden Dudes
acrylic paint on mixed wood
$45 each

Sports
spraypaint on wood panel
$200

Skeletonation
spraypaint on wood panel
$150 SOLD

Spray Can
spray paint on wood panel
$150

 

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John Baizley's Phaedra art print

2015 Nov by Mike Davis

Today at a random time, we will be releasing a brand new art print from John Baizley. Entitled "Phaedra," this print was created entirely from conception to completion in less than one week.

Tuesday October 27: John arrives in Minneapolis. A model by the name of Elektra Cute came to our studio for a live drawing session where John worked out some sketches and began brainstorming ideas for a full print image.

Wednesday October 28: The full-size sketch begins.

Thursday October 29: Sketching is complete and inking begins.

Friday October 30: John finishes inking and Wes scans in the final drawing to prepare it for print, combining the final inked artwork with a detailed layer of John's rough sketch. Wes also begins creating one-of-a-kind custom backgrounds using a mix of spraypaint and other inks on assorted paper.

Monday November 2: Custom backgrounds are completed and three layers are screenprinted on top.

Tuesday November 3: The prints are trimmed and ready to be shipped to John for signing, numbering, and embossing.

Check for these prints to hit our online store today at a random time. They will be shipped out once John has signed and returned them to our studio.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the creation of the Phaedra art print.

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Press Check at The Seventh Letter

2015 Oct by Mike Davis

On Friday October 16th, we'll be pulling back the curtains on our first ever Los Angeles art exhibit! At the world famous Seventh Letter Flagship Store & Gallery, we'll be presenting a wide selection of screenprinted work spanning our entire career. Expect to see prints not just from the immediate BRLSQ crew, but also pieces we've produced for a range of artists including...

Wes Winship
Mike Davis
Ben LaFond 
Aaron Horkey
David Choe
Ewok
Vizie 
Sever
Jacob Bannon
John Baizley
123Klan
Aaron Draplin
Ron English
Richey Beckett
Brandon Holt 
Deuce Seven

Looking forward to this one!

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Pullin' out raers for MondoCon

2015 Sep by Mike Davis

We're packing up and heading down to Austin for the second annual MondoCon! It's going to be a full weekend of posters and pals amidst the BBQ, tacos, and sure why not, more posters!

Expect to see plenty of super raer posters and one-of-a-kind test prints in our booth... some of which haven't seen the light of day in ages. Here's just a taste of what you can find - some test prints featuring layers from Richey Beckett, John Baizley, Aaron Horkey, Wes Winship, Mike Davis, Thomas Hooper, Landland, and countless others.

See you at MondoCon!

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In the studio with Jacob Bannon

2015 Sep by Mike Davis

This week, we've been graced with the presence of Jacob Bannon. We've been screenprinting his artwork since about 2005 and have been following his hardcore band Converge for even longer. As the print projects he's been bringing us have become increasingly more involved over the years along with the mutual admiration of each other's work, we thought it was only appropriate to invite Bannon to display a collection of his artwork at our CO Exhibitions art gallery.

This culminated in the conception of FRAGMENTS, a brand new collection of work created right here in our studio. For several days, Jake has been spraypainting, splattering, and moving colors around on various sized sheets of paper. From there, we are screenprinting several layers of his artwork on top, then back to the painting, then back to the presses, and so forth. Each piece is completely one-of-a-kind. On Saturday September 26th, we will unveil this collection of chaotic work.

Here are some images of Bannon at work in our studio. Stay tuned to our Instagram feed for more up to the minute reports.

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Report from Flatstock 51

2015 Sep by Mike Davis

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2015 Seattle trip one to remember! We had a great time seeing our old poster friend and meeting new people at Flatstock 51, and, even though it got a little weird under new management, Bumbershoot was a lot of fun. See you next year, Emerald City!

Jodi sellin' posters.

Breakfast at Phở Bac, Seattle's oldest Vietnamese restaurant.

More noodles! Oxtail ramen from Suika, a new Japanese spot in Capitol Hill.

The ol' Space Needle, as seen from inside Memorial Stadium during The Weeknd's huge performance.

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Been Busy: The Art & Graphic Design of Mike Davis

2015 Aug by Mike Davis

We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming release of our very first book! Been Busy chronicles the graphic adventures of our fearless designer Mike Davis, looking back at some of his best concert posters, vector illustrations, and type treatments as well as never-before-seen sketches and drawings, plus plenty of brand new art that you have never ever seen before!

This 7 x 7" book features:
• 104 full color pages
• 100 lb matte paper interior
• Full color printed hardcover
• High quality smyth-sewn binding
• Foreword by Emmy® Award winning comedy writer Steven Davis

 

All of the design and layout is complete. The files have been handed over for production and it is ready to be printed and bound here in the state of Minnesota. Your copy of the book will be ready for you in October 2015.

 

We have started our first ever Kickstarter campaign to give you a chance to pre-order your own copy of Been Busy along with a few new bonus items. CLICK HERE to support our Kickstarter campaign and pre-order your own copy of our first book!

 

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The Best And Worst of BRLSQ

2015 Aug by Mike Davis

We have a great event coming up at our own CO Exhibitions gallery where we'll be sharing two different sides of Burlesque of North America:

THE BEST!
A retrospective of the work we've designed and screenprinted here in our studio over the years. We'll be displaying concert posters, art prints, one of a kind test prints, and a few rarely-seen oddities that cover a wide spectrum of our work output.

THE WORST!
Books, magazines, clothes, printing equipment, furniture, storage supplies, records, and everyone's favorite - bric-a-brac! Go home with a little piece of our studio that we're happy to part ways with.

FREE STUFF!
We'll have door prizes and giveaways all day! Free things and things you can't refuse. NOBODY is leaving here empty-handed!

The garage sale is one day only but the show will be up until Wednesday September 23. Come and get that stuff you needed or never even knew you needed!

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

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BodyCartography Project presents "closer"

2015 Aug by Mike Davis

This weekend, Twin Cities dance enthusiasts can enjoy and take part in "closer," a brand new creation from the team at BodyCartography Project. BodyCartography is a dance troupe headed up by Wes Winship's cousins Otto and Olive. With "closer," they are offering intimate dance performances for audiences of one.

Come check it out Red Eye Theater in downtown Minneapolis:
August 13th - 15th at 8pm
August 16th at 2pm and 7pm

At the show, you can purchase a poster which was designed and screenprinted by us.

After each performance, stick around for a dance party featuring nightly DJ sets from Mr. Wzz Wnshp himself!

More details at bodycartography.org

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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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John Baizley test prints available now

2015 Jul by Mike Davis

As part of our Meet & Greet event with John Baizley on June 25th, we displayed a selection of one-of-a-kind screenprinted test prints featuring John's artwork. We want to give the whole world a chance to view and purchase these raer works of art, soooo here they are! If you'd like to many any of these your own, please contact Jodi at jodi@burlesquedesign.com for availability and ordering details. Prints are not signed, numbered, or embossed unless otherwise noted. Prices listed do not include shipping.

SOLD Architects Test Print ($150)
20 x 26"

SOLD Beyond The Permafrost Test Print #1 ($302)
23.25 x 31.25"

Beyond The Permafrost Test Print #2 ($302)
23.25 x 31.25"

Beyond The Permafrost Test Print #3 ($302)
23.25 x 31.25"

 

SOLD Cut Them Where They Bleed Test Print ($282)
26 x 40"

SOLD Faces Test Print #1 ($205)
36 x 24"
click image for larger view

SOLD Kvelertak Test Print #1 ($302)
36 x 24"
click image for larger view

SOLD Meir + Alphabet Test Print ($150)
19.25 x 27.5"

Meir + Kvelertak Test Print ($302)
36 x 24"
click image for larger view


SOLD Meir + Serpents Unleashed Test Print ($205)
24 x 34"

SOLD Meir + Taste The Sin Test Print #1 ($205)
26 x 40"

Meir + Taste The Sin Test Print #2 ($400)
26 x 40"

SOLD Meir Tour Test Print #1 ($166)
20 x 26"

Meir Tour Test Print #2 ($205)
22 x 30"

Passage Through Purgatory Test Print #1 ($302)
signed + numbered + embossed by John Baizley
25 x 27.25"
click image for larger view

Serpents Unleashed Test Print #1 ($302)
26 x 40"

SOLD Serpents Unleashed Test Print #2 ($205)
24 x 34"

SOLD Serpents Unleashed Test Print #3 ($205)
24 x 34"

SOLD Swan Test Print #1 ($50)
20 x 26"

SOLD Swan Test Print #2 ($50)
20 x 26"

 

SOLD Swan Test Print #3 ($50)
20 x 26"

 

SOLD Swan Test Print #4 ($50)
20 x 26"

Taste The Sin Test Print ($205)
26 x 40"

SOLD Taste The Sin + Blue Record Test Print ($205)
26 x 40"

Taste The Sin + Kvelertak ($400)
24 x 36"

SOLD Taste The Sin + Metallica On Back ($302)
24 x 36"

Taste The Sin + Serpents Unleashed #1 ($302)
26 x 40"

SOLD Taste The Sin + Serpents Unleashed #2 ($205)
26 x 40"

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BRLSQ + Richey Beckett + The Grateful Dead

2015 Jun by Mike Davis

We had the honor of turning Richey Beckett's beautiful Grateful Dead artwork into a huuuuuuuge stack of screenprinted posters. Ben put the ink on paper and Jodi built a fleet of custom cardboard boxes to safely deliver these to California. This is a big one to check off the bucket list. Congrats on a fantastic poster, Richey!

Oh, and NO, we do NOT have any copies of this for sale. Yes really.

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John Baizley "Persephone" - second edition

2015 Jun by Mike Davis



In March of this year, we released "Persephone," a new multi-color screenprinted art print from John Baizley. The limited run of prints sold out very quickly and we were bummed to see a lot of Baizley fans left out in the cold. To make sure as many poster collectors and fans are able to get their hands on this gorgeous artwork, we are working on two brand new color schemes in limited runs.

We will be releasing these prints in our online store, but your first chance to grab one will be TONIGHT at our Meet & Greet event at CO Exhibitions. From 7-9pm tonight (Thursday, June 25), you can come meet John Baizley and pick up a copy of one of the new Persephone prints. We will also have a range of mini prints and one-of-a-kind test prints featuring John's artwork available.

About the print:
24 x 12.75"
5 color screenprint on French paper
Signed, numbered, and embossed by John Baizley
Screenprinted by Ben LaFond.
Edition sizes + prices TBA.

 

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John Baizley Meet and Greet at CO Exhibitions

2015 Jun by Mike Davis

This week, our dear friend John Baizley is in Minneapolis to work on some new art prints with us. We don't want to just keep him all to ourself, so we're giving you an opportunity to swing by our gallery to meet the man himself! This will be your first chance to pick up a copy of one of the red hot prints we're cooking up with him as you're reading this. Bring your Baroness LPs and t-shirts for him to sign too!

That's Thursday June 25, 7-9pm
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd @ Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis
free admission / all ages welcome

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Seasons In The Abyss: Closing Party

2015 Jun by Mike Davis

Wednesday June 24th
7 - 10pm
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd (at Broadway St in NE MPLS)
All ages / free admission

We've loved having the Seasons In The Abyss show on display here at CO, but, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. However, before we bid this show farewell, we'll give you one more chance to come see the artwork.

This is also a perfect chance to grab any pieces you may have purchased at the opening.

Come meet and hang out with the artists from the show! Bring your blackbook and trade sketches with other artists!

Enjoy a screening of "Tales From The Rails" as well as other raer video artifacts from the Life Sucks Die era!

PLUS!!!
Did someone say Life Sucks Die t-shirt release?

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

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Seasons In The Abyss artwork

2015 Jun by Mike Davis

Here is a list of artwork available for purchase from the Seasons In The Abyss show on display at CO Exhibitions. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please contact Tiff (tiff@burlesquedesign.com) with 1) title(s) and artist(s) and 2) your shipping address.

Prices do not included shipping. Purchased artwork will be shipped out after the show comes down on June 24th.

Ewok "Police Car 1"
$150

Ewok "Police Car 2"
$150

Ewok "Police Car 3"
$150

Ewok "Police Car 4"
$150

SOLD Ewok "Yellow Ewok"
$150

Ewok "Pink E character"
$150

Ewok "Purple Ewok"
$150

Ewok "Green Ewok"
$150

Ewok "Green E character"
$150

Ewok "Orange / Green Ewok piece"
$225

Ewok "Orange / Purple Ewok piece"
$225

Ewok "Green / Green Ewok piece"
$225

Ewok "Red / Black Ewok piece"
$225

Getm Small
$100

Getm Medium
$150

Hope4 "Slayer"
$200

Hope4 "Roll Call"
$200

Hope4 "Tool"
$200

Hope4 "Keith Murray"
$200

Jurne "Santa Fe train"
$125

Jurne "Union Pacific train"
$125

Much "Squad"
$400

Much "Heavy As A Chevy"
$275

Much "Juve"
$180

Much "Canasta"
$150

Nmph "Deliver Me From"
$3000

Nmph "Dissocivacation"
$200

Nmph "Impetus"
$200

Nmph "Proprioception"
$400

Nmph "H"
$450

Nymz "Nymz / Much truck"
$55

Nymz "The Horns"
$85

Rehab "Cosmic"
$150

Rehab "Skull"
$100

River "Western Pacific train"
$115

River "Put In Work"
$225

River "Keep It Clean"
$225

Sever "War And Piece"
$150

SOLD Sever "Loss Prevention"
$100

Sever "Olde English"
$25

Spel "Spel One Cobalt"
$350

Spel "Spel Oner / Hitmen"
$500

Spel "Spel Oner"
$250

Spel "Throw-up / Green on Blue"
$120

Spel "Throw-up / Blue on Green"
$120

Vizie / untitled round piece 1
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 2
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 3
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 4
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 6
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 7
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 8
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 9
$100

Vizie / untitled round piece 10
$100

Vizie "Static Flap"
$100

SOLD Yen34 "Unidentified Space Abstract"
$100

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BRLSQ x World Street Kitchen!

2015 Jun by Mike Davis

We love food. You might have noticed that we've dedicated a lot of time over the last several years to creating art about food. (Life Sucks Die issue 6 cover? Lunch Show print? Mike's Burger Dunny? Jucy Lucy shirt? Food Pyramid print?)

Well, it's about time that somebody made food about our art! And when we say "somebody," we don't just mean anybody... we mean Minneapolis' very own world class chef and restaurateur Sameh Wadi!

Now through the end of June, you can visit Chef Wadi's World Street Kitchen in Uptown Minneapolis to order the Burlesque YumYum Rice Bowl of North America, a feast created in our honor! Inspired by our multi-layered test prints and off-the-wall poster artwork, this rice bowl is packed with stacks of explosive, eye-opening, and unexpected flavors that work together surprisingly well. Let's walk through this thing from top to bottom:

Crispy fried onions

Cilantro & green onions

Sweet pickled peppers

Togarashi (Japanese red pepper)

Fried egg

Beef burger stuffed with Pecorino cheese, Chihuahua cheese, and braised short rib

Tamarind sour cream

Umami fried rice with pineapples, garlic + ginger, and a custom umami bomb sauce!

Whew!

Seriously, you need to come try this dish. Maybe we'll see you at WSK this month?

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Seasons In The Abyss art prints

2015 May by Mike Davis

Tonight we celebrate the grand opening of the Seasons In The Abyss art show at our very own CO Exhibitions gallery. Aside from unveiling numerous original paintings, drawings, and sculpted works from some of our favorite graffiti artists, we will be releasing a collection of limited edition art prints we screenprinted right here in our studio.

That's Friday May 22nd, 7-10pm.
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd (corner of Stinson & Broadway
Northeast Minneapolis MN
coexhibitions.com

Facebook event page

Here's a look at what will be available for the first time at tonight's opening:

Ewok, 18 x 24"

Sever, 24 x 18"

Heavy Metal Gang, 18 x 24"

Vizie, 18 x 18"

We will also have some LARGE and EXTRA LARGE prints based on the classic "Hello My Name Is" sticker. You can grab one customized by some of the artists in the show or bring home a blank one to fill in yourself.

See you tonight!

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Coming soon: Tools of the Trade wooden coasters!

2015 May by Mike Davis

Over the years, we've brought you screenprinted concert posters, t-shirts, sticker packs, boxcutters, and even 40 oz koozies. We are now very excited to be bringing you some nicely designed and expertly crafted items for your home! First up is a set of wooden coasters featuring artwork from our Tools Of The Trade art print. Mike Davis' vector illustrations of vintage music gear have been elegantly etched into 4 x 4" slices of cherry wood by the team at Create Laser Arts in South Minneapolis. We will be releasing the full set of all four coasters very soon, so stay tuned for more details!

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Cinco De Mayhem 2015: Success!

2015 May by Mike Davis

Wow - what a night! Thank you to the hundreds of you who came through to smash piñatas, collect the fallen goods, and cheer and celebrate the night away. We saw some of the best piñata designs yet and witnessed some top notch smashing action as well.

We were also blown away by everyone's generosity. Thanks to YOU, we will be donating this enormous pile of food and personal care items to Second Harvest Heartland (which weighed in at a staggering 322 pounds!) along with several hundred dollars collected at the door. We really can't thank you enough!

Whoa.

Be sure to check the #cincodemayhem hashtag on Instagram for photos and videos from the night!

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John Baizley "Persephone" art print variants

2015 Apr by Mike Davis

In March 2015, we released "Persephone," a new art print from John Baizley. As we tend to do when we produce editions of multi-color art prints, we got a little wild with our ink and paper selections and ended up creating 13 different ultra-raer™ variant editions! Screenprinted by Ben LaFond right here at Burlesque of North America, each of these prints are signed, numbered, and embossed.

THESE PRINTS ARE NOT FOR SALE RIGHT NOW.

We aren't quite ready to part ways with these prints at the moment. Stay tuned to our newsletter, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to find out when any of these prints become available over time. In the meantime, please don't destroy Jodi's inbox with requests to purchase these prints. Thanks!

And now, with no further ado, we present the full range of Persephone variant editions!

AVMB
Parchtone Aged Variant, Metallic Blue
Edition of 1

SBSF
Steel Blue, Sea Foam
Edition of 2

GGMP
Grout Grey, Metallic Blue
Edition of 2

KG
Kraft, Green
Edition of 2

VTP
Various Test Prints
Edition of 4

AMB
Aged, Metallic Blue
Edition of 4

SBMB
Steel Blue, Metallic Blue
Edition of 4

CBMB
Charcoal Brown, Metallic Blue
Edition of 4

WWG
Whitewash, Green
Edition of 3

PPMB
Plum Punch, Metallic Blue
Edition of 4

IPMB
Insulation Pink, Metallic Blue
Edition of 6

IPSF
Insulation Pink, Sea Foam
Edition of 5

KMB
Kraft, Metallic Blue
Edition of 11

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Cinco De Mayhem 2015 is coming!

2015 Apr by Mike Davis

Our third annual celebration and annihilation of artist-built piñatas is coming to CO Exhibitions on May 2nd, 2015... and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Ready to build the craziest piñata anyone's ever seen and watch it get smashed to bits in front of a captive audience? Drop us a line!

Email us at info@burlesquedesign.com. Be sure to include a LINK to a website where we can see some of your past artwork.

THE RULES:
• Be ready to turn in your piñata by April 27th
• Make sure it will fit through a standard doorway.
• Piñatas should include some kind of hook or loop so it can be attached to a rope or carabiner.
• Don't fill it with anything hazard, flammable, liquid, or perishable. If the post office wouldn't mail it, then we don't want to clean it off of our gallery floor!
• Don't fill it with any unwrapped food!
• Kids will be attending this events, so keep it Rated PG-13 and under if possible.

Here's a look at how crazy last year's event went. Hope to see you May 2nd at CO!

!!!CINCO DE MAYHEM!!! from YATTA! on Vimeo.

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Day & Night at CO Exhibitions

2015 Mar by Mike Davis

This Saturday is the grand opening of Day & Night, a brand new show at CO Exhibitions. Twin Cities photographers Kevin Horn and Kevin O'Meara will be presenting a collection of 100 photographs shot in New Orleans (Horn) and San Francisco (O'Meara) using the same 50 prompts. The images highlight the contrast between the two cities, each photographer's take on each of the prompts, and each photographer's style of shooting (Horn during the day, O'Meara at night).

More details and information can be found on Facebook.

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More Adventures in Design

2015 Mar by Mike Davis

While at Flatstock 48 in Austin TX, Mike Davis and Ben LaFond sat down to speak with Mark Brickey about posters, Flatstock, South B'Southwest™, DJing, and some technical screenprinting hoo-ha. It was a great conversation that we think you'd enjoy listening to.

Tune in RIGHT HERE!

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BRLSQ x Adventures In Design

2015 Mar by Mike Davis

We are thrilled to announce "Mini Mart Of Awesome," the brand new episode of Adventures In Design featuring host Mark Brickey's hour-long interview with our own Wes Winship and Mike Davis.

Adventures in Design, Episode 145: Mini Mart of Awesome

In this podcast, we discuss the origins of Burlesque, how we came to work with Arcade Fire, the early days of Flatstock, working with Kidrobot, and more. For paid subscribers, there is a full bonus hour where Wes discusses the full history of our friendship and working relationship with Aaron Horkey, plus much more.

Mark is an outstanding interviewer and host. He asked thoughtful questions and got us to talk about some fun and insightful topics. We had a lot of fun working on this and hope you tune in and consider joining AID's Circle of Trust!

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Do It To It 2015

2015 Mar by Mike Davis

For the 9th year straight, we're putting together a showcase of some of our favorite DJs to play tunes for you and yours down in Austin during SXSW. We like to call the party DO IT TO IT. In the past, we've witnessed sets from Dillon Francis, The Rub, Get Cryphy, and even Shepard Fairey. With a little help from our dear friend Bird Peterson, we've assembled two monster lineups to make this year's get-together our biggest yet!

It all goes down Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st at the W Hotel in downtown Austin from 1 - 9pm each day. No wristbands or RSVPs necessary. Just show up and have a good time.

FRIDAY MARCH 20
1:00 Mike 2600
2:00 DJ Sober
3:00 Nick Nack
4:00 Michna
5:00 Nick Catchdubs
6:00 Brenmar
7:00 Sammy Bananas
8:00 E.A.S.Y.

SATURDAY MARCH 21
1:00 Go Go Garcia
2:00 Bird Peterson
3:00 DJ Expo
4:00 DJ Wonder
5:00 Smalltown DJs
6:00 DJ Dynamix
7:00 Mike 2600 & Bird Peterson are MEAL TICKET
8:00 DJ Sliink

Invite your friends on Facebook!!!

 

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- ah snap. excited dude. glad you were able to get in touch with the guys down here. now if only jeff shedlon and shelby white could make an appearance then we’d have a party.

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John Baizley x BRLSQ / February 2015 edition

2015 Feb by Mike Davis

John Dyer Baizley is officially in the building and working on some hot new projects with us this week. Here's a breakdown of what to expect and when to expect it!

1) One-of-a-kind hand-painted prints.

WHAT: John is customizing a series of premium one-color screenprints with watercolor paint on watercolor paper. These are gorgeous and one-of-a-kind.
WHERE / WHEN: We will be dropping these as they are completed on our Instagram account starting as early as Wednesday night.
PRICE: Each piece will be priced individually.

2) "Persephone" art print
WHAT: Five-color screenprinted art print based on his artwork for the Berkeley Guitar LP. There will also be some different colored variants produced. 24 x 12.75".
WHERE / WHEN: This print will hit our online store Tuesday February 24th at a random time.
PRICE: $50 + shipping

3) Coliseum art print.
WHAT: Art print version of a print for the punk band of the same name. Four-color screenprint - dark and heavy with a big wash of two metallic inks. 25 x 25.5"
WHERE / WHEN: This print will hit our online store Tuesday March 10th at a random time.
PRICE: $50 + shipping

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Dre Day Across America 2015

2015 Feb by Mike Davis

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's time to celebrate the one and only diggy diggy doctor, one of the most prolific and influential hip hop artists of all time. Ladies and gentlemen... Doctor Dreeeeee!

Here's where and when to find Dre Day parties happening in your neck of the woods. More to be announced soon.

Our own 13th annual party in the city that started it all: Minneapolis MN.
Advance tickets are available right here.

Austin, TX:

Boston, MA:

Brooklyn, NY:

Calgary, AB:

Charlotte, NC:

Chicago, IL:

Houston, TX:

Los Angeles, CA:

Milwaukee, WI:

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Tampa, FL:

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For Dust La Rock

2015 Feb by Mike Davis

Just caught wind of the terrible news that one of our friends and fellow graphic artists passed away far too soon. Josh "Dust La Rock" Prince has been an inspiration since the early 2000s. His artwork is huge, not necessarily in size, but in breadth. It's clever, funny, dark, and dangerous. I've spent a lot of time trying to emulate his style and creative approach, especially the work he did for Fools Gold Records, the groundbreaking NY-based dance music label he helped co-found.

I don't remember exactly how we came into contact, but I was blown away that not only had heard of me and Burlesque, but was a fan of our work. Being someone that really looked up to Dust a lot as an artist, that meant a lot to me. I only had the chance to meet him once and he couldn't have been much nicer than he was.

Here are some of my favorite works of Josh's.

 

 


A poster he designed during his tenure as creative director at Scion A/V which we had the pleasure of screenprinting here in our studio:

More recently, Josh and his fiancée, a textile artist, started The Whirling Log Trading Co, an online store for indigenous art and vintage Americana goods, and a platform to take back the immeasurably polarizing icon known as the swastika. For years, Josh boldly fought the uphill battle to reclaim the swastika, also known as the whirling log, to celebrate its original peaceful meaning before being co-opted and bastardized by the Nazis during WWII.

Rest in peace Dust. You will be missed.

 

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Dre Day 2015 is coming

2015 Jan by Mike Davis

Friday February 27
Triple Rock Social Club
Minneapolis, MN

Guess who's back in the muthafuckin' house?!? Here is the fully official game plan for our 13th (!) annual Dre Day celebration!

Live performances from:
Midway Felix (Heiruspecs)
Carnage The Executioner
Katana

Music from DJs:
Jimmy 2 Times (Get Cryphy)
Dan Speak (KMOJ)
Mike 2600 (BRLSQ)

The return of The $20 Sack Pyramid!

9pm / 21up / $8 advance / $10 at the door

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The AF20 sale is on now!

2015 Jan by Mike Davis

Calling all Arcade Fire fans - now is the time to save! Between now and January 20th, enter code AF20 upon checkout to save 20% on any and all Arcade Fire posters in our online store. Don't miss it!

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CO Exhibitions WORLD (craft) FAIR coming soon!

2014 Nov by Mike Davis


Not too early to start planning your holiday shopping. I mean, Costco already has Christmas trees and lawn decorations out on their shelves. But come on, are you really gonna buy your holiday gifts and stuff at Costco? No! Swing by CO Exhibitions to shop from a whole gang of local independent artists selling a wide array of gifts for everyone on your list.

WHAT WILL BRLSQ HAVE FOR SALE?
- all of our available screenprinted posters
- some brand new t-shirts and sweatshirts
- one-of-a-kind scratch+dent prints
- some never-before-seen HUGE scratch+dent prints!
- sticker packs
- screenprinted ceramic coasters
- snacks

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Gods and Monsters VI art show

2014 Oct by Mike Davis

This Friday is the grand opening of Gods and Monsters VI, a visual tribute to horror, just in time for Halloween. Our own Wes Winship and Sarah Schatz will be displaying work alongside 70 other artists from the Twin Cities!

The poster, featured here, was designed by Wes Winship and Mike Davis. Models are Alicia Adams and Taylor Carik. Makeup by Vanessa Salour. That was a fun photo shoot. Screenprinted copies will be available at the show!

Wheres and whens:
Friday October 24, 6pm - midnight
Abstracted Gallery
1618 Central Ave NE
More info on Facebook

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