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Left-Handed Sketches by Manola Suvannarad

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

I was eating dinner with my in-laws last night and one of them brought up a local artist whose work was worth checking out: Manola Suvannarad has been, for the better part of 2013, challenging herself to draw portraits of pop-culture figures using only her non-dominant left hand. The results are impressive and entertaining to say the least.

I then found out that Manola is the cousin of our very own screenprinter Sarah! Small city!

I THEN found out that my wife's sister Ketmani had recently interviewed Manola for the Little Laos on the Prairie blog. Super small city!

You can check out all of Manola's left-handed sketches on her Left-Handed Sketches Tumblr.

 

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Fond Memories of 2013: Jodi edition

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

I started out 2013 with a black metal solo hike around Pike Island. I remember it being a balmy 10 degrees

John Baizley came to town in February to hang out and knock out some hand painted Magpie ladies

I upped the luxury at my spot with this HUGE above ground pool. If you talked to me at all this summer, this is all I could talk about

The whole BRLSQ team whisked away to Seattle in August for Bumbershoot Flatstock. I snapped a shot of this rare scene- both bosses at the booth sitting still

My sweet halloween costume- Kardashian couch dress. Nobody really got it, but everyone fell in love with my custom BOOM BOOM

I love working with new and different artists. David Cook is certainly one of my new faves of 2013. He sent me this skull poster as a gift in a box of Baroness Euro tour printers proofs

And topping off 2013- another quick visit from my friend John Baizley. We put him to work of course



Happy Holidays!

 

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Fond Memories of 2013

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

That was a pretty cool year. Here are some of my favorite things that happened, in and outside of Burlesque. Thanks to all of my family, friends, and teammates who helped make 2013 worth writing about on our blog.

12 days into 2013, I competed in the Minneapolis division of the Red Bull Thre3style DJ competition. Most of December was spent holed up in my basement working on new routines, so it was a big relief to finally get on stage and perform. I ended up taking first place which felt pretty fucking good. Couldn't have done it without the support of my friends and family in the crowd plus everyone who gave me advice on my set.

At the end of January, my wife Mali and I embarked on a 2 month trip around the Southeastern corner of the globe. It was our belated honeymoon and easily the best trip I've ever been on. We started off in Hawaii...

where we came face to face with some otherworldly landscapes...

and even bumped into 123Klan!

Then we jetted down under.

Kangaroos chillin on a golf course South of Melbourne.

We rented a campervan and drove all up and down New Zealand.

We made some new friends...

and almost moved into a Hobbit house.

Definitely need to go back to Singapore. Far too much incredible food and design to take in in the short time we were there.

Laos was super relaxing.

Standard paint job for the tuk tuks in Laos.

Climbing through the ruins of the ~1000 year old temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Back home and back to work! While traveling, I started working on Itadakimasu, an art print set of Asian foods and got it all wrapped up when I was back in the studio.

It was a busy Spring for our gallery space CO Exhibitions. In April, The National Poster Retrospecticus, a nationally-touring show of screenprinted posters, rolled through CO to a huge and enthusiastic crowd.

Twin Cities rock outfit WILD!!wing converted CO Exhibitions into a concert venue for dogs only and filmed their "Unleasherizer" video with the help of local video wizards Playatta.

The most fun and biggest mess we've ever experienced at CO happened during our first ever Cinco De Mayhem show - a whole gallery filled with artist-designed piñatas.

We displayed and sold our goods at the Saint Paul Craftstravaganza.

The forthrightly-named Korea Restaurant in Stadium Village always coming through with some of the finest Korean food in town. We usually go to Tofu House, located one block down from Korea, but started exploring this spot this year and made it one of our go-to restaurants.

Our 8th annual Bonnaroo poster, hot off the presses!

In June, my nephew Lazlo was born, so I designed him a poster.

A surprise visit from David Choe! He and his crew stormed through Minneapolis as part of a cross-country adventure. We showed them around town and couldn't have asked for a better souvenir.

Wezz and his birthday wiener.

Flatstock at Seattle's Bumbershoot is always fun...

Especially when John Baizley comes by your booth to hang out and sign prints!

The Crab Pot in Seattle was definitely one of the most memorable meals of 2013.

I designed this t-shirt for The National's US tour, with an alternate colorway for their European dates.

Wezz all up in this Redwoods barn.

From Craftstravaganza to Craftorama to Craft'za to WORLD (craft) FAIR, there was no shortage of craft sales happening this year.

December began with a visit from John Baizley. Having him in the studio to oversee the production of his Serpents Unleashed art print was a fantastic way to end the year.

Alright, 2014... let's see you top that!

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BRLSQ for Doomtree Blowout 9

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

It's that time of year again... Minneapolis' own Doomtree crew is taking over the city for the ninth year straight with sold out shows at Triple Rock Social Club and First Avenue's mainroom. We were asked to design and screenprint a poster to commemorate the festivities and here she is... one creature face for each year, designed by Mike Davis and screenprinted in super bright colors on French Pop-Tone Hot Fudge paper by Ben LaFond. Grab one at any of the remaining First Avenue Blowout 9 shows or in our online store in early January 2014!

Here are a few rough sketches from the creative process...

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Sign Painting Cinematheque Tangier

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

Check out our buds and outstanding Twin Cities sign painters Dan "Dusty" Madsen and Forrest Wozniak gettin' busy for the Walker Art Center. The Walker just posted a ton of photos and an interview with Dusty in conjunction with the giant map of Tangier, Morocco the two just painted for a new exhibit on art inspired by Tangier.

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Burlesque's 2013 Holiday Gift Picks

2013 Dec by Mike Davis


Ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, it's that time of year! You have a lot of lovely people on your shopping list - most of them have been nice, some naughty, a couple ehhhhhhh, but let's face it... they all deserve a wonderful gift from you. Right? Here are some of our suggestions of holidays gifts you can order right now and have them delivered to your door in time for Big Baby Jesus' birthday.

CENSORED RAP VIDEO SHIRT


$20

One of our all-time best-selling shirts for your friend who loves 1990's rap videos, classic sports logos, and laughter.

TODD BRATRUD EMBROIDERED PATCHES


$3 each

If your friend is a high plains drifter, owner of a cold heart, an eternal bike rider, or some combination of all of the above, then one of these patches would fit perfectly on their jacket or bag.

TWIN CITY LINES MINIPRINT


$10

Did you know that the streets of Minneapolis and Saint Paul were once covered with trolley tracks? We can only imagine... or gaze longingly at Wes Winship's beautiful screenprinted revisit of this 1914 map.

KELLZ STICKER PACK


$5

One of our hottest sellers as of late. 24 of R. Kelly's best quotes that all of your friends will love. Not a stocking on this planet wouldn't enjoy being stuffed with this fine gift.

DR. DRE MAGNETIC REFRIGERATOR POETRY SET


$5

Do you have a friend who owns a refrigerator? Like a boring dumb refrigerator with nothing good magnetized to it? Do they like rap? Boom.

AARON DRAPLIN'S MINNESOTA PRINT


$30

Aaron Draplin's tribute to all of the best things in our wonderful state. From the Jolly Green Giant to Red Wing Shoes to Babe the Blue Ox to little ol' Burlesque, they're all here! This is the first poster Aaron designed in his ongoing U.S. states & cities print series.

FUCK YOU PAY ME BOXCUTTER


$5

Handier than you'll ever imagine. We use 'em every day! Great for opening Christmas gifts, slicing cardboard, and procuring misappropriated funds.

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Serpents Unleashed: Progress photos pt 6

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

Things are looking pretty serious around here. Seven colors down.

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Serpents Unleashed: Progress photos pt 5

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

Here's John creating a custom blue watercolor snake layer on one of five hand-embellished "Serpents Unleashed" prints.

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Serpents Unleashed: Progress photos pt 4

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

John Baizley adding some super bright orange custom watercolor details to one of five hand-embellished Serpents Unleashed prints!

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Serpents Unleashed: Progress photos pt 3

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

Ben LaFond on that quality control tip.

RED!

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Serpents Unleashed: Progress photos pt 2

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

We are hard at work laying down color after color on our new "Serpents Unleashed" art print by John Baizley. All three versions of the print sold out in our online store last night. Here's a look at Bennie printing the 4th color.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed today and tomorrow as we will be releasing a few one-of-a-kind Baizley surprises!

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John Baizley's Serpents Unleashed art print presale + process photos

2013 Dec by Mike Davis

Today at a random time, we will be accepting presale orders for our newest art print we are producing with artist John Baizley. Based on his artwork for Skeletonwitch's latest album "Serpents Unleashed," this huge art print is a true beast and is a must-have for any collector of John's work.

PRINT DETAILS

This will be an edition of 172 prints, all signed and numbered by John Baizley. We will also be printing APs (artist proofs) and PPs (printer's proofs).

The print will measure 24 x 34" and is being printed in at least 10 colors on 110# 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.

Here are the details on the three different ways to purchase this print:

STANDARD EDITION PRINT:
152 available
• One standard edition print, signed and numbered by John Baizley
$133 + shipping

DELUXE EDITION:
Only 15 made
• One standard edition print, signed and numbered by John Baizley
• One variant print featuring alternate ink colors
• One giclée print of John's original "Serpents Unleashed" sketch
$291 + shipping

JOHN BAIZLEY HAND-EMBELLISHED EDITION:
Only 5 made
• One standard edition print, signed and numbered by John Baizley
• One-of-a-kind variant print featuring additional details hand-colored by John Baizley
• One giclée print of John's original "Serpents Unleashed" sketch
$667 + shipping

We will be shipping these prints beginning Tuesday December 10th.

PROGRESS

Here is a first look at the print as it begins to take shape in our studio. Stay tuned to our blog to keep up with our daily progress on this print coming to life.

BONUS!

John Baizley will be visiting Minneapolis this week to oversee the final steps of this print's production. He'll be signing and numbering the prints right here in our studio ... and who knows what other surprises will surface while he's here?!? Let's just say that this would be a good time to make sure you're following us on Twitter.

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CO Exhibitions WORLD (craft) FAIR 2013 is coming

2013 Nov by Mike Davis


Coming this weekend! More creative holiday gift ideas than you can shake a reindeer antler at... and all made by local, independent artists!

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Signalnoise documentary on Lynda

2013 Nov by Mike Davis

Our Nova Scotian bud James White of Signalnoise is the subject of a new short film by the online tutorialists at Lynda. Tune in to learn about this talented graphic artist's background and motivations.

The Creative Spark: James White, Visual Artist and Designer from lynda.com on Vimeo.


Hey, we printed those Dartmouth posters!


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How to make a fake butt

2013 Oct by Mike Davis

I walked into the studio last week to Ben and Mike eating snacks in the kitchen (snacks are the best) and asked, "So.. do you guys have any advice for making a fake butt?" This got big laughs, but I was serious.

For my friends Halloween party last Saturday my costume was Kardashian couch dress. I thought it would be ugly, but I hand-made a fake butt that scrambled brains! Dude friends were sweating, girl friends were grabbing, and my real butt was super warm all night long! Here's how I did it-

Ba DUNK!

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From the Cutting Room Floor: Burlesque for Target

2013 Oct by Mike Davis

Earlier this Summer, I designed five graphics to help Target count down the final days of Summer. Unfortunately, although the art was approved, the powers that be didn't end up fitting these into their daily Tumblr schedule and they got shelved. The good news is that I'm now allowed to share them with everyone right here on our blog! As things are starting to get chilly around Minnesota, we don't mind taking a quick glance back at Summer. Enjoy!

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Mike 2600 Presents Episode I: Music Everywhere

2013 Oct by Mike Davis


Today I launched the first in a brand new series of videos filmed right here at CO Exhibitions by our friend Matt Visionquest from Playatta. Mike 2600 Presents is a showcase of short DJ sets comprised of blends, scratch routines, and snippets from my various Red Bull Thre3style routines. Have yourself a look!

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WILD!!wing ""Unleasherizer"" video

2013 Oct by Mike Davis

Our buds from WILD!!wing just released their first music video, filmed right here at CO Exhibitions! Prepare to be rocked by UNLEASHERIZER!

The video was directed and filmed by Matt Visionquest, with his Playtta partner Hal Lovemelt. On one Summer afternoon, we filled the gallery with about 30 dogs and let them go nuts while the band did their thing (unplugged) on stage.

If you're unfamiliar with the band, it's an all instrumental heavy rock quartet featuring Aby Wolf (A Wolf and Her Claws, Wolf Lords), Josh Journey-Heinz (Knife World), Chris Smalley (Tiki Obmar), and Matthew Kazama (Birthday Suits). Don't miss WILD!!wing next time they hit the stage!

 

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Landland Go Byebye

2013 Sep by Mike Davis

About one year ago, Jes Seamans, one half of the extraordinary poster producing team of Landland packed up and moved to Milwaukee. She has been coming back to Minneapolis every so often to continue to work on projects with partner Dan Black, but then we just got word that Dan will be moving to Chicago next month! What the crap!?! We couldn't let these guys fully leave our building without throwing them a farewell party and we would LOVE for you to come join us!

Stop on by CO Exhibitions this Saturday night for an entire gallery full of Landland's screenprinted gig posters, art prints, album artwork, postcards, and one-of-a-kind test prints! There will be tons of rarities and previously "sold out" prints available for purchase.

It's been outstanding having the tremendously talented and endlessly friendly Dan and Jes working in the 1101 Stinson building with us for the last several years. Their creativity, technical drawing and painting abilities, and prolificacy are truly inspiring and we know they'll be going far wherever they end up. You will both be missed!

Hey, spread the word on Facebook why don'tcha.

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The things I notice while watching TV

2013 Sep by Mike Davis

The drop shadow on the left leg of the W is missing. Welcome to my brain.

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Keys N Krates ""So Low"" EP

2013 Sep by Mike Davis

I recently completed the album artwork for So Low, a new EP from Toronto-based live instrument beatsmiths Keys N Krates. It's 4 songs of esoteric but club-friendly, bass-heavy future crunk enjoyment. Have a listen!

BONUS... Here's Dim Mak Records' fake billboard mockup. Wish we could tell you to drive by Hollywood & Vine to check it out, but you'd just be driving in circles like the Griswolds in London. But still... how awesome would this have been?

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National Poster Retrospecticus: Philadelphia, September 14, 2013

2013 Sep by Mike Davis

Remember earlier this year when our CO Exhibitions gallery was filled floor to ceiling with hundreds of screenprinted concert posters? Well the gang from the National Poster Retrospecticus will be bringing the same roomful of fun to Philadelphia next weekend, so if you'll be in the City of Brotherly Love, we hope you'll make it out!

We'll have a couple of prints in the show alongside dozens, if not hundreds, of other prints from some of the best postermakers these United States of America have to offer.

Saturday September 14 at 7pm
and Sunday, September 15 at 1pm
Masthead Print Studio (737 N. 4th St, Philadelphia PA)
More info on Facebook

poster designed by The Silent Giants

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Flatstock 41 = success!

2013 Sep by Mike Davis

Jodi, Mike, and Sarah chillin' at the booth. Wezz was out rockin' and rollin'.
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We're back! We had a blast in Seattle. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth, all of our new and old friends, everyone who housed us, fed us, and drove us around. Many more pics and tales to come!

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Flatstock 41 at Bumbershoot 2013!

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

Today, we kick off the 41st Flatstock! This massive convention of screenprinted poster artists and designers takes place at the Bumbershoot Festival in the lovely Seattle Center.

That Emerald City is one of our favorites and we're super excited to be back here enjoying some cooler weather and outstanding food. But all that food and good weather can wait! For we'll be posted up at Flatstock, among a few dozen other talented postermakers, selling our finest screenprinted concert posters, art prints, t-shirts, sticker packs, and tons of other fun goodies. We'll have plenty of brand new and hard to find items - a little something for everyone.

WHEN?
Saturday, August 31: 11am-8pm
Sunday, September 1: 11am - 8pm
Monday, September 2: 11am - 8pm

WHERE?
We are located in the Armory building, the same location as last year. Have a look at this handy map if you're still puzzled.

OK COOL WHAT ELSE?
Ummmm how about a meet & greet with the one and only John Dyer Baizley?

DID YOU SAY A MEET AND GREET WITH JOHN BAIZLEY?
You're goddamned right! Baroness will be rockin' the festival on Monday, and earlier that day, Mr. Baizley will be stopping by our booth to shake your (yes, YOUR) hand, sign your poster, Baroness LP, CD, shirt, and anything else you think would look better with his signature on it. Stop by our Flatstock booth between 12 - 2pm to meet John Baizley!

HOW ABOUT A COUPLE OF PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S BOOTH?
Okay!

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Big in Canada

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

My wife Mali and I flew out to Seattle for Bumbershoot, but arrived a few days early to have some fun in the Pacific Northwest. We drove up to Vancouver with hopes of riding bikes through Stanley Park, but we got rained out. While we were hiding under an umbrella, staring up at the massive, iconic totem poles, we were approached by the local CBC News branch and were asked a couple of questions about ... the rain. Yes, it's apparently been so dry in Vancouver that RAIN is NEWS. I'm not sure how to embed the video here, but you can watch the whole video here. Spoiler alert: we show up around the 0:40 mark.

Related: It's a distinct hono(u)r to share the TV screen with the gorgeous CBC logo, even the updated, simplified version. Here's the original, designed by the great Burton Kramer.

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Baroness Tour Poster VII by Wes Winship

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

Today at a random time, we will be releasing Wes Winship's all new Baroness tour poster! Wes really brought the ruckus on this one, so we thought we'd show you a few images from the drawing table, all part of his creative process.

Here's the initial rough concept. The main layout and puzzle pieces are arranged, creating a skeleton for the entire poster.

The wings on the poster are based on actual real wings! They were actually originally part of Minneapolis artist Jake Keeler's piñata from our Cinco de Mayhem art show. Jake collected a pile of animal skeletal remains, spraypainted them silver, and arranged them into a hauntingly beautiful piñata. Wezz kept the bird wings, scanned them in, and added some shading and other hand-drawn manipulations.

Some of the shading details Wes painted to add on to the wings.

Wes has definitely been going hard with the watercolor portraits lately and this is no exception!

All of the interstellar imagery in the background was created by mixing together a couple of photographs shot by Wes a few years ago in our studio. In several small clear plastic dishes, he mixed food coloring into oil. By stacking the dishes on top of each other with a bright light source beneath them and photographing them from above, a gateway to a new galaxy was opened. Super trippy.

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Announcing BRLSQ Sightings!

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

We're kicking off a brand new weekly contest! Effective immediately, we want to see your Burlesque prints framed up nicely, your shirts worn out in the world, moustache bandanas on your pets, some random person on the bus with a Dr. Dre sticker on their laptop, and Hater stickers being used to the fullest.

HOW IT WORKS
Post your best photo including any Burlesque product and tag it using any of the following networks:
Facebook: Burlesque of North America
Twitter: @BRLSQ or #BRLSQsighting
Instagram: #BRLSQsighting

OK, THEN WHAT?
We will choose our favorite photo each week, share it in our newsletter and on our blog, then send the winner a mystery grab bag full of BRLSQ goodies!

Go and get snappin' and we will announce the first weekly winner on Tuesday August 27!

SO WHAT ARE THESE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE?
Check out the picture below for an idea of the kind of photos we're hoping to receive. This Dr. Dre Magnetic Poetry masterpiece was assembled and submitted by our bud Steve from The Hood Internet last year. The bar has been set! Now go on out there and top that!

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World Travel Alphabet Print

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

In 2007, my sister Susan's first daughter Hailey was born. I knew I wanted to give her a gift that I had made, so I designed what would become our Alphabet print. In 2010, when Susan had her son David, I designed him the Animal print. This past June, my brother Steven and his wife Samantha gave birth to their first baby boy named Lazlo, and I had to keep the tradition alive. I'm beyond excited to finally unveil the latest in this series of art prints dedicated to my niece and nephews, The World Travel Alphabet Print:



Sam and Steven are avid world travelers and I have no doubt that they'll be bringing Lazlo along with them on their future globe-trotting adventures, so I wanted to create something that would inspire some traveling and exploration.




I began brainstorming, sketching, and designing back in December 2012, shortly after I got the "WE! ARE! HAVING! A! BABY!" phone call. I slowly chipped away at all 26 cities for the next 9 months (no pun intended), refining the alphabetical list of cities and their landmarks, the appropriate illustration style, and all of the little details and nuances.




I brought a high quality digital print to Sam and Steven as a gift this past weekend, but Burlesque will be producing and releasing a 24 x 36" screenprinted edition in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our newsletter, blog, Twitter, and Facebook for all of the details as they develop, and watch for this one to hit our online store soon!


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Autopic: Kick off + Party at CO Exhibitions

2013 Aug by Mike Davis

We are just days away from celebrating Autoptic! This is a festival celebrating the graphic arts from Minneapolis, the Midwest, and beyond! The main event goes down Sunday August 18th from 11am-7pm at Aria in downtown Minneapolis. Dozens of screenprinters, comic artists, graphic novelists, zine-makers, and more will be showing off their goods for your perusing and purchasing pleasures. Burlesque will be there will all sorts of goodies available. Admission is FREE so you better come on through!

There are two additional events connected to Autoptic which will be going down at CO Exhibitions this week:

1) The Jugglers: Tuesday Aug 13th, 7 - midnight.

From Sculpture to Animation and Songwriting to Design: An exhibition of 10 cartoonists from two continents. with music by Zak Sally's Pretty Ladies. More information can be found here.

2) Autoptic Kick-off party: Sat Aug 17th, 8pm - midnight.

Featuring live music and performances from:
The Knotwells (live music)
Benoît Tranchand (live music)
Party Food (performance)
Joseph Nixon+Luke Holden (live sculpture and a drum solo??)
Ellen Redshaw (performance/projections/readings/music)

 

 

 

 

 

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Another case of mistaken identity

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

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Now ummm, usually we don't do this, but uhh

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

From the same team who brought you the Dr. Dre sticker packs, Hater sticker packs, Moustache sticker packs, and the R. Kelly PISS shirt comes the ultimate in adhesive R&B amusements. Burlesque of North America proudly presents the Kellz Sticker Pack!

You can order these right now in our online store! Your first chance to grab them in person will be this weekend at Flatstock 40 at Pitchfork Music Festival. The packs feature 24 different quotes from the one and only Pied Piper of R&B.


 

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Happy birthday Wes!

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

Happy birthday Wes! Here's a birthday cheddarwurst for you. Best wishes!



Pro tip: don't stick candles into any kind of cooked wieners right off the grill. The wax will melt into your wiener and you don't want that.

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BRLSQ for Phish, Holmdel, New Jersey

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

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We are very proud to announce a brand new poster created for Phish's concert tonight in Holmdel, New Jersey! Designed by Mike Davis and screenprinted by Ben LaFond, this poster will be available at the PNC Bank Arts Forum at tonight's show. Can't make it to NJ? We will have copies for sale in our online store next Tuesday, July 16th.

Here's a little breakdown of how the poster came to be...

Initial rough idea working out a mix of typography with the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the US' oldest operational lighthouse, located just off the New Jersey shore near Holmdel.

Moar doodles.

OK, things are coming together here. This was submitted to the client. They liked the layout, but wanted to see brighter colors for Summer.

Building some custom letters in Adobe Illustrator.

Starting to draw things out by hand in Illustrator. The tree started out much more complicated than it ended up being.

Building letters, brightening colors.

A detailed look at the mysterious funk vapors and the bright beam of the lighthouse.

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Test Print of the Week: SILENT AUCTION!

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

Readers of our weekly newsletter should know about the new one-of-a-kind test print we offer for sale each week. This week, we are holding our first ever silent auction to let poster lovers name their own price for this beauty!

Final winning bid: $651

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HOW IT WORKS

1) Between now and Thursday, July 11 at 5:00pm Central time, you can send an email to testprints@burlesquedesign.com with the highest price you are willing to pay for this incredible print. The opening bid began at $500.

2) You can monitor the current high bid here on this blog post or by following the #BRLSQprintauction Twitter hashtag.

3) Feel free to bid as many times as you like as long as the amount is higher than the current high bid.

4) We will notify the highest bidder shortly after 5pm and will follow up with you to arrange payment of your print + shipping cost.

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This week's test print features Aaron Horkey's Over The Atlas, Sunn0))), Boris "Thistle," Genghis Tron, Boris "Roaring Silence Revue," plus Florian Bertmer's "Baphomet" and more.

26 x 40"

Good luck to all of the bidders!

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Stones Throw skateboard deck

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

We are very excited to finally announce the release of the skateboard deck we designed for Stones Throw Records! Mike and Wes teamed up and went ham on this insane illustration, filling it with all sorts of things we love - cheeseburgers, the Ultimate Breaks and Beats octopus, donuts, money, MF DOOM, Macho Man Randy Savage, exploding martial arts moves, slam dunks, a huge dinosaur, and plenty of little Stones Throw references and jokes. Don't miss your chance to pick up one of these decks from the Stones Throw online store!

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Censored Rap Video Shirt 2.0 is coming!

2013 Jul by Mike Davis

One of our all-time best selling shirts is coming back in two new color schemes! We're staying true to the vintage athletic apparel colors of the first round and releasing this shirt in royal blue and burgundy. Check for these to hit our online store Tuesday July 2nd at a random time.

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CHOE.M.G.

2013 Jun by Mike Davis

Yesterday, we were treated to a surprise visit by our old pal David Choe. He and his buddy Critter have been traveling across the US, filming footage for their hitchhiking series Thumbs Up. After a night of misdemeanor level mayhem and a quick stop at a hair salon, the duo dropped by Burlesque to oversee the production of these super sweet screenprinted mini prints. They'll be giving them out to the people they meet along the rest of their journey. Stay tuned to find out when the episode will surface online.

Oh and then THIS happened!

BONUS

Here's a look back at the last time David was in our studio, while we were screenprinting his mammoth Exodus From The Land of Play art print:

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Drinking Elephant

2013 Jun by Mike Davis

A couple of years ago, I designed a logo for an iPhone app called Toasty Mammoth. I'm really happy with how the final logo turned out, but also loved one of the rough ideas that never made it past the preliminary round. Since then, I've been wanting to create a more polished illustration of the elephant with a pint glass in hand and finally decided to take a crack at it. So here it is!

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We're on TV!

2013 Jun by Mike Davis

If you're a fan of science fiction, you might have caught the recent premiere of Under the Dome, a new TV series based on the 2009 novel by Stephen King. One of our Twitter followers alerted us to one of our Arcade Fire posters hanging up on the set. We checked out the episode and saw not one, but two of em! Have a look...

There's our 2010 Berkeley poster, designed by Mike Davis. Nice!

There's a closer look.

Lenny Kravitz?

And there's Wes Winship and Adam Garcia's 2007 Midwestern tour poster, hanging up right next to Dean Norris! That's Breaking Bad's DEA agent Hank Schrader!

Damn it, Marie! They're MINERALS!

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Baroness Tour Poster IV

2013 Jun by Mike Davis

 

Brandon Holt comes out swinging for his Baroness tour poster design! Hot off the success of his Welcome to Hell print, the Minneapolis-based artist delivers the goods for the fourth in the series of John Baizley-curated tour posters. We are excited to be dropping this one in our online store tomorrow, Tuesday June 25th.Check for it in our online store at a random time.

Here are all the details:
18 x 24"
5 color screenprint with two (2) metallic inks printed on French Speckletone Sand paper
Signed and numbered edition of 200 prints
Screenprinted by Ben LaFond
$30 + shipping

 

 

 

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Four Horsemen art print

2013 Jun by Mike Davis



We printed this bad boy a few weeks ago! This piece was commissioned by Metallica, and we are in no way involved in the sale of them. Stay tuned to aperfectmonster for any clues of release info.

18 x 24"
7 color on Cougar white paper
John Baizley signed, numbered, and embossed a limited edition of 250.

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Our Bonnaroo 2013 poster

2013 Jun by Mike Davis

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Did you make it out to Tennessee for another Bonnaroo this past weekend? The folks behind the monstrous festival put together another huge event with some incredible acts on the bill - Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Weird Al Yankovic, ZZ Top... holy moly. Wait! There's more! Tame Impala, Royal Thunder, Death Grips, Nas, David Cross, Maria Bamford, William Tyler, and of course Baroness!

We were excited to design and screenprint out 8th (eighth!) annual poster for Bonnaroo this year and are proud to share it with you right here and now. While the poster may have been difficult to track down on the festival grounds, it will be available for purchase in our online store at a random time during the day on Tuesday June 18th!

Designed by Mike Davis and screenprinted by Ben LaFond.
19 x 25"
4 color screenprint on acid-free, archival, Cougar white paper.
Signed and numbered edition of 100 prints
$20 + shipping

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Mike 2600's Mini Mega Mix

2013 May by Mike Davis

Brand new just for you! 15 minutes of groovy disco yacht vibes. Tune in right here right now:

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Farewell Triple Double... for now.

2013 May by Mike Davis

Five years ago, we joined forces with the folks at Triple Rock Social Club to add DJs, dancing, and videos to their 2-for-1 Tuesday nights. In February 2008, we launched Triple Double, naming the night after the Triple Rock, the three DJs who would spin each week, and the 2-for-1 drinks. The night has run nearly every Tuesday since, with the exception of Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, and a few other random holidays or special events. We've watched thousands, of local music lovers dance to over 1000 hours of hip hop, funk, disco, R&B, dancehall, Moombahton, '80s, '90s, new wave, no wave, rock, Miami Bass, and more, making Tuesday nights look like Friday nights. We've featured guest DJ sets and performances from P.O.S, Jacob Bannon from Converge, The Millionth Word, Big Quarters, Mux Mool, Arctic Universe, Willy Joy, Trama, and too many others to list here. We've seen countless local DJ favorites spin some of their best and most musically adventurous sets. We've screened weird horror movies, foreign cartoons, classic rap videos, held Tetris competitions, and watched Plain Ole Bill come within a few jiggawatts of beating the world record high score on the Nintendo "Back to the Future" game. We've given away hundreds of dollars worth of free pizza. We even got name checked in P.O.S' "Optimist" (I wrote the verse on a Triple Double Tuesday). It's been a lot of fun, but now it's time to say goodbye.

Over the last several months, things have been taking an unsavory turn. We've seen fights break out while upbeat disco music is playing. We've seen dudes act out of line with girls on the dancefloor. We've seen a huge increase of the unpleasant side of running a popular dance night with cheap drinks. All of this culminated in one giant brawl outside the venue last Tuesday. Out of respect for their neighborhood and concern for their patrons, Triple Rock made the very difficult decision to shut down Triple Double Tuesdays for the time being. Although it's hard to say goodbye to the night we've worked so hard to build and maintain, we agree with their decision. We feel if the actions of those responsible were to continue, it would jeopardize the safety of Triple Rock's staff as well as the future of the venue we've been working with since the very beginning.

Both Burlesque and Triple Rock are going to let things cool down for a while. We're keeping our fingers crossed that there will be another way to work together in a similar fashion, but for now we'll keep things on ice. We'd like to thank everyone who's supported us and the night over the years - from the gifted DJs to the hard working staff at Triple Rock, to all of the party people who have called in late for work on Wednesday morning cause they had too much Tuesday night with us.

Peace in the Middle East and on the West Bank,
Mike 2600, Wzz Wnshp, & the Triple Double Posse.

 

 

 

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BRLSQ Spotlight Series: Brandon Holt

2013 May by Mike Davis

We continue our BRLSQ Spotlight Series with a feature on artist Brandon Holt. On Tuesday, May 21, we will release Welcome to Hell, a limited edition art print designed by Brandon and screenprinted right here by Ben LaFond. When we first saw his artwork, we were instantly blown away and worked out plans to produce an art print with him. Here's a look inside the mind and world of the one and only Brandon Holt...


Welcome to Hell

Introduce yourself to our corner of the internet.

My name is Brandon Holt and I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently reside in Minnesota with my loving lady and two beautiful children. I work by day at Uptown Tattoo and at night I draw and stay up mega late.


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Was there a defining moment when you realized you were going to become a tattoo artist?

There was a defining moment and I was like 12 or 13. My friends always asked me to draw metal album art or anything they thought was cool and they would say I want that as a tattoo. Well I knew nothing about tattoos and went into a tattoo shop down the street from my parents' house. I went in totally disregarding the huge sign that said you must be 16 to enter. I had a backpack full of drawings of skulls and brutal shit and asked if they would look or want to buy some of it. They totally freaked out on me and told me get fucked without even looking or asking if I was 16. When I walked home I thought fuck them I'll never be that big of an asshole and I'm gonna tattoo and show them!

What was the first tattoo you gave to someone?

The first tattoo I gave was on a good friend of mine who actually just passed away last summer, so it's not around anymore. It was a skull and crossbones that I drew on him with a Bic pen and tattooed it with a friend's tattoo machine that he ordered from the back of a tattoo magazine or some shit. I was so nervous I was shaking. By the time I got to the other side of the skull, I settled down and the nervousness like that never happened to me again. Many years later, I asked him to let me fix it and he wouldnt let me. I'm glad he had my first one becauseI dont think anyone would have been able to rock it like he did.


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What music have you been listening to lately?

I have been listening to alot of different stuff, mostly due to the tattoo shop. But in my free time been listening to alot of Lord Mantis, Witchden, Dissection, Bolt Thrower, Marduk, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Black Sabbath, and a bunch of other shit nobody really cares about. My five year old writes some pretty serious metal and performs for us during dinner which is my favorite stuff to listen to. His hits are "Dad, Charge Your Phone," "Bird Caught a Fish," "Train Goes on the Track," and "A Snake is Biting Ya."

Favorite visual artists?

My favorite artists... Virgil Finlay, Franklin Booth, Bernie Wrightson, Moebius / Jean Giraud, Arthur Rackham, Joseph Clement Coll, R. Crumb, Frank Frazetta, William Stout, Geof Darrow, and you get the idea. Alot of comic artists.

Favorite spots to eat in the Twin Cities?

Don't get out too often, but when we can it's Brasa, Wakame, Eli's, Muddy Waters.

Do you have plans for more screenprinted work in the near future?

I have already been drawing a bunch in my free time to get more going. I wanna explore this new world thoroughly now that I have found someone capable of doing what I never knew was possible before.

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You can follow Brandon on Instagram: @heathenlegs
Check our online store on Tuesday May 21st to grab a copy of his very first screenprinted art print Welcome to Hell in one of two limited color schemes!

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Bad Ink

2013 May by Mike Davis

You may remember a year ago when a loyal Minnesotan had Peter Bekke's awesome Minnesota Pride print / shirt design expertly recreated as a tattoo. Well... this just happened.

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Cinco de Mayhem: A Smashing Success!

2013 May by Mike Davis

If you were here at CO Exhibitions for Cinco De Mayhem this past Saturday, you know what an incredible night it was. From the completely over-the-top piñata designs to the elation of the crowd all night long to the tissue paper and glitter-splattered aftermath, this was definitely one for the history books.

And if all that wasn't good enough, here's a little bonus: Thanks to everyone who paid to swing at the piñatas, we raised about $300 which we will be donating to Second Harvest Heartland! Thank you Twin Cities! For those of you who missed it, we will now attempt to recreate the magic through photos and video, captured by our awesome gallery attendees.

photo by Kara Bancroft

photo by Kara Bancroft

photo by Zane Spang

photo by Zane Spang

photo by Zane Spang

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Cinco de Mayhem: Eve of Destruction

2013 May by Mike Davis

Saturday May 4, 2013
CO Exhibitions
7pm - midnight
Free admission

In our own twisted celebration of Cinco de Mayo, CO Exhibitions will be filled with a selection of piñatas created and built by Twin Cities artists. These stuffed sculptures will hang from our ceiling and YOU will have a chance to take a whack at 'em. The bashing and treat-scavenging will all be captured on film by our good friends from Yatta!, who will be producing a documentary video of the evening's festivities.

Looking forward to seeing you here at CO this coming Saturday night! One night only! RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!

 

 

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Itadakimasu いただきます mini-prints

2013 Apr by Mike Davis

Introducing a brand new set of mini-prints from Burlesque! Next Tuesday, April 30th, we will release Itadakimasu いただきます, a trio of 6 x 8" prints filled with an all-you-can-eat buffet of everyone's favorite dishes from the opposite side of the globe, all done up in Mike Davis' signature illustration style.

From Vietnam's banh mi to Japan's takoyaki to Laos' khao nieow to China's siu mai, we're getting really hungry just thinking about this one!

Each print is 6 x 8", screenprinted by Sarah Schatz in five colors on French Pop-Tone Spearmint and Sour Apple paper. We will also offer a limited number of uncut sheets!

Make sure you're subscribed to our newsletter to receive all of the onsale details.

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Just Like Being There

2013 Apr by Mike Davis

We were pleased to discover the film Just Like Being There's arrival on Netflix! About two years ago, we began hearing about the production of a documentary film about the world of screenprinted concert posters. Directed by San Francisco's Scout Shannon, the film covers various aspects and branches of gig posters including relationships between poster artists and bands, design and printing process, Flatstock and the poster community, the movie poster renaissance, and of course ... FLIPPERS.

Scout did a good job of capturing the essence of what we, as postermakers, do and why we love it so much. There are some great interviews with luminaries such as Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Mike King, Tyler Stout, and our very own Wes Winship. Scout's crew filmed about 2-3 hours of interview and general BRLSQ shop footage in 2011, but most of it is now on the ol' cutting room floor. Still, we're stoked to be represented in the best gig poster documentary to date.

If you've watched the movie, let us know what you think about it!

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