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Dre Day 2014

2014 Jan by Mike Davis

LIKE WE ALWAYS DO ABOUT THIS TIME...

Mark your mark ass calendars and come through to our 12th annual celebration of one of hip hop's brightest stars. We've got a major lineup of some of the best hip hop DJs in the city cutting up all of Dr. Dre's biggest hits spanning his 25+ year career, from World Class Wrecking Cru to N.W.A. to Snoop Dogg to Eminem to 50 Cent to Xzibit to Kendrick Lamar and beyond!

Featuring DJ sets from:
Plain Ole Bill & Last Word (Get Cryphy)
Mike 2600
King Otto

Live performances from:
MaLLy
Manchita (GRRRL PARTY)
Felipe Cuauhtli (Los Nativos)

Interactive video mayhem from:
Playatta

The return of the $20 Sack Pyramid with a VERY SPECIAL surprise guest host!

Purchase advance tickets RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!

 

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Pillsbury ""A"" Mill Complex illustration

2014 Jan by Mike Davis

Diving right into 2014, I started the first day of the year wrapping up a vector illustration of the historic Pillsbury "A" Mill Complex, located on Main St. along the Mississippi River. Expect to see more of these illustrations of the Twin Cities' beloved buildings, and who knows... maybe some prints?

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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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Five years of Triple Double!

2013 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Tonight, we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of our weekly DJ night, dance party, and all-around awesome time known as Triple Double. Just over five years ago, Wes was speaking with the staff at Triple Rock Social Club about bringing back their legendary 2-for-1 Tuesday drink special. Instead of merely a happy hour vibe, Wes suggested letting us curate a rotation of DJs to come spin some music each week and turn it into an all-out dance party. On February 4, 2008, we set up turntables, projected movies onto the back wall, featured DJ sets from TRL, Tanner, Wes and myself, and filled the room with dancing friends, neighborhood regulars, college students, skaters, b-boys, and industry folks alike, and Triple Double was born. We've successfully repeated the process every Tuesday night since then. Come celebrate five years of music and madness tonight at Triple Rock. There will be 2-for-1 drinks, DJ sets from some of our favorite local waxsmiths, plenty of dancing, and plenty of FREE PIZZA. Yes, you read that correctly. Here's tonight's musical lineup: Wzz Wnshp Slamdunkapher DJ Espada Petey Wheatstraw Superbrush 427 King Otto Shannon Blowtorch Plain Ole Bill Jimmy 2 Times Jonathan Ackerman Jeff Dubois Last Word Here's a look at some of our favorite Triple Double flyer designs from the past 5 years.

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EXTRA LARGE #1

2010 Oct by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who came to party with us on Friday at First Avenue's Record Room! We are still basking in the glow of love from the first edition of EXTRA LARGE! Check out the EXTRA LARGE blog for tons of free music and info on next month's party with special guest DJ BK-One! Here are some photos from Friday night courtesy of Wezz Winship.

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Introducing CO EXHIBITIONS

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CO is a new exhibition space located on the corner of Stinson and Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis, above the former First Amendment Arts gallery. Owned and operated as a partnership between Burlesque of North America and Permanent (an art and design group formed by Joseph Belk launching Mid June), CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screen printing facilities, artist residences, and media outreach campaigns. CO’s inaugural year will feature a range of exhibitions, including: the art of Doomtree, a Michael Gaughan - curated celebration of Spinal Tap entitled “Smell the Glove,” work from the Draplin Design Co. featuring acclaimed graphic designer Aaron James Draplin, an installation and series of paintings from Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship recipient Mali Kouanchao, and a mammoth retrospective of '70s-era blaxploitation film posters. ABOUT CO   The name CO was decided with our principles in mind. As a prefix, CO - modifies base words to mean together with, or associated with, and we approach projects in the same fashion. For each artist, designer, or curator who works with us, we are a resource for development, fabrication and talent, a dedicated partner in executing their vision. For us, the excitement is in expanding exhibitions so they transform the gallery into an ambitious multimedia spectacle.   ABOUT FIRST AMENDMENT ARTS In the summer of 2006, graphic design and screenprinting studio Burlesque of North America moved their operation into a 3000 square foot warehouse space at the corner of Broadway and Stinson in Northeast Minneapolis. The front room of the space housed First Amendment Arts, an award-winning gallery which held monthly exhibits of painting, prints, and photography. Over the course of their four year run, First Amendment featured the artwork of local artists Eric Inkala, Broken Crow, Jennifer Davis and Jenny Schmid, internationally recognized artists Shepard Fairey, Gary Baseman, and Jay Ryan, and musical performances from P.O.S, Chooglin', Calvin Johnson, Birthday Suits, and Cecil Otter. With plans of organizing even larger and grander art exhibitions, the First Amendment crew has closed its doors and teamed up with Permanent to open up this larger space with the flexibility to allow our artists to create just about anything they can imagine.   ABOUT PERMANENT AND JOSEPH BELK Joseph Belk for the past year and a half has produced, created, and curated some of the most highly acclaimed conceptual art exhibits in the great city of Minneapolis. Starting at age 26, he has developed installations such as a block long public art project Save Canvas, the follicle-themed screenprinted poster show turned Locks of Love fundraiser Sweet Hair, an exhibit of paintings and multimedia art from Keegan Wenkman and Aaron Bickner about foreclosure and vacancy entitled Final Notice, Keegan Wenkman's solo art show My Life as a Number, a floating circus of art installations, video projections, and live rock bands all aboard barges set assail on the Mississippi River entitled The Slow Mirror and the Metronome, Tribute to Radio Raheem - the annual hip hop dance party and boombox broadcast celebration with live cassette jockeys, and has continued to be a part of a variety of events like the fine food meets live rock music Gastro Non Grata and Bedlam Theatre art dance party Bomp! His large scale productions incorporating art, design, music, and interactive elements set all over the Twin Cities have now found a new home and a partner. With Burlesque's talents and experience in design, publishing, art and gallery success with First Amendment, it seems like a perfect mold for something different - a collaboration full of innovative and progressively approached projects and shows on a local and national level. Now with Joseph's new young team of collaborators including Edward Quinn and Adam Burchard, Permanent has formed. Utilizing artists, designers, writers, and developers in a malleable process while focusing on the concepts and synergy of both art and design, this versatility not only makes them capable of working in many different arenas at the same time, but is also a source of inspiration.  Follow CO on Twitter: @COexhibitions

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LIKE WE ALWAYS DO ABOUT THIS TIME

2010 Jan by Burlesque of North America

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