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Aaron Horkey's Midwestern Heart

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

When most people think of a world-class artist having a gallery opening, fancy spots in New York or L.A. come to mind. Surely the coolest of cool show up in their awesome-pants. This one was a little different. Windom, MN. Population: 4490. Aaron's hometown, and no place more fitting. Hosted by The Remick Gallery at Cottonwood County Historical Society, the happily overwhelming amount work on display ranged from original pen & ink drawings, screen printed concert posters & art prints, skateboard graphics, album artwork, source material & more. Some came from as far as Japan (Hi Shingo!), while others merely walked down the street to see what that Horkey kid was up to these days... It was pretty amazing to see the amount of work all together in one space. I highly recommend taking a day trip from Minneapolis if you can. There really isn't a better time to drive through rural southwestern Minnesota. Take your time to soak in the surroundings that inspired all of this handcrafted mastery. Stop and listen to the wind. The show runs through November 20th. Remick Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm, Sat. 10-4 See more photos from the opening on my Flickr.

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""My Life as a Number"" by Keegan Wenkman

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

Plain and simple, Keegan Wenkman is one of my favorite artists. I really like making prints for my favorite artists. I am happy to announce the release of ""My Life as a Number"". A six print, 4 color screen printed suite making it's debut TONIGHT at XYandZ Gallery in Minneapolis, in conjunction with Keegan's opening party. 7-11pm. 3258 Minnehaha Ave S. Here's a couple sneak peeks of the prints... I was lucky enough to get a quick look at the gallery yesterday and it is UNREAL. Cash in your piggy banks. Clean out your mattresses! How much plasma do you really need?! More info on the show here and a nice write-up in this weeks Vita.mn And if you happen to live in Minneapolis, there's a handful of ""My Life as a Number"" prints around town...how many can you find?

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What 2009 looked like

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

What happened this year? I thought about doing some top 5 lists but nobody wants to read those and people always want to question them and get all judgmental. Does anyone who looks at this blog care if I loved Inglorious Basterds or can't think of any good albums that came out this year off the top of my head? Here is a multimedia chronological look back at some of my memories from 2009. First, I traveled to our nation's capital with my good homie Joe (A.K.A. Bitch Ass Darius) to try to look at the inauguration. This is about how close we got: Joe and I returned home and got real serious with our glockenspiel band, New Kids On The Glock: As a gigantic icicle melted outside our building, our office flooded the week before Dre Day! Ain't no punk ass icicle gonna stop us! Survived yet another brutal winter in Hoth Minneapolis: We rang in another SXSW with our second DO IT TO IT vinyl record, release party, and promo video: Eric Inkala, John Grider, Isaac Arvold, and Keiko Yagishita rocked our First Amendment Arts gallery with their Almost Homeless show. Syl Johnson put on an incredible performance at Numero Group's Eccentric Soul Revue in Chicago: I got to design the poster for the show as well: Traveled to Vancouver BC for a DJ gig and was floored at how gorgeous the city is. My Kidrobot Alphabet keychain series was finally released and I couldn't have been more excited: As part of Walker Art Center's ""Don't Sleep On It"" 24 hour art-making marathon, we led a roomful of high schoolers on a 3-6am adventure filled with building a wall of giant speakerboxes, overlapping video and slide projections, and plenty of BASS! Went to Sedona Arizona for my brother's wedding, stayed for the crystal healing sessions, wizard potions, and magnetic spiritual vortexes... brah. Added another Bonnaroo poster to our repertoire: One week after Michael Jackson died, I was in New York and ended up at an MJ tribute night hosted by the great DJ Spinna. It was one of the best all-Michael DJ sets I've ever heard and one of the most intense experiences I've ever had while listening to a DJ spin. I'm talking like... religious experience level shit here, people. Had to switch gears from Michael to Prince to DJ at the Purple Rain 25th Anniversary dance party at First Avenue. We were honored to have Minneapolis' Mayor R.T. Rybak attend, share his thoughts on Minneapolis' rich musical history, and then hand First Avenue a custom-made key to the city! I spent a year staring at international postage stamps and used all that inspiration to design the packaging for my buddy BK-One's new CD ""Radio do Canibal."" Autumn kicked into gear and things like this happened: The whole BRLSQ team helped put together a crazy art installation at SOO Visual Arts Center for the super cool ""Non-Consensual Constructivist Post-Dada Cerebral Warts"" show with Haze XXL and Aesthetic Apparatus: King Otto and I rocked the crowd at 7th Street Entry for another Halloween night all-oldies Monster Mash dance party! The art school at Illinois Wesleyan University hosted Wes and I for the weekend as we installed and opened our largest gallery show yet, simply titled The Screenprinted Work of Burlesque of North America. My dude Emynd released a digital EP of my music on his Crossfaded Bacon label. ""Ready to Rock"" is my first ever solo EP and I made a video to promote one of the choons: We cut our teeth in the craft fair scene at the No Coast Craftorama. Expect to see us at many more arts & crafts-related events in the near future! We bout that craft, son! 2009 was a year of big changes both good and bad for myself, Burlesque, and my friends. I'm looking forward to a clean slate in 2010 to see what great things will come for everyone. LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Solange on Aug 11 2015

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Solange on Aug 11 2015

Non-Consensual Post-Dada Constructivist Cerebral Warts TONIGHT!

2009 Oct by Burlesque of North America

Tonight is the kick-off of four consecutive nights of art, music, film, and mayhem at the old Hi-Pointe Printmaking Center (just next to SOO-Visual Art Center on S. Lyndale). We've got some craaaayzaaaaay things going on, so come check it out for yourself! See soovac.org for more info.

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John Baizley art prints

2009 Oct by Burlesque of North America

We're super excited to finally be releasing the first of a few art prints designed by our talented friend John Baizley. Some of you might know him as the frontman of the great rock group Baroness while others might know him from his incredible artwork. This Thursday, we are releasing the green art print version of Baroness' ""Red Album"" artwork. The prints measure 18 x 20"" and are seven colors printed on French Poptone Black Licorice paper. They are a signed and numbered edition of 200. As stated in yesterday's newsletter, the top left corners of most of the prints have a small ding in them, caused during shipping. It's a small bend measuring less than 1/2"" and does not affect the image area. If the print is framed, the crease will be unnoticed. In our newsletter, we made a typographic error and stated that the bend ""does"" affect the image area, neglecting to include the most important word of the sentence - the word ""not."" We apologize for this error and assure you these prints are gorgeous. We will be releasing more prints from John Baizley very soon. Stay tuned to our newsletter for the onsale information of two different color versions of his ""Phantom Limb"" art print. In the meantime, go listen to BARONESS!!!

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Burlesque Factory Sale

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

WE'RE SLASHING PRICES! Time to clear off our shelves to make room for the 2010 models. We're holding a HUGE sale where you'll have the chance to take home rare and classic Burlesque of North America posters, t-shirts, stickers, CDs, vinyl, and more! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Take 10 - 75% off on most items! Scratch & Dent posters! One-of-a-kind test prints! T-shirts, magazines, and CDs we haven't even put up for sale on our website! Refreshments and snacks! Music from the BRLSQOTHEQUE DJs! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 3-8PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 12-5PM 1101 Stinson Blvd NE, Minneapolis

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Flatstock 22!

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Our Flatstock crew has returned to our desks and our presses after a fun filled weekend at Bumbershoot. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth, shared drinks and laughs with us, the wonderful Larsen family for putting up with our posse, Sarah Silverman!, the folks at API for putting together another great Flatstock event, and all the great musicians we saw at Bumbershoot. Here's a small photo gallery of our time in Seattle...more can be found at Ben's Flickr site... See ya next year!

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What are we workin' on

2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

Here's a closeup of our latest project. What is it? The answer will soon come but for now we'll take your best guess!

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2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

Printing is complete for Deuce Seven's newest art print ""Falling into the Black Hole Sun."" While we wait on the edges of our seats for Mr. Deuce to stop by and sign these bad boys, we wanna take a moment to familiarize all of you with his artwork. Many of you know his two art prints currently available on our online store. Those of you who have lived in NY or Minneapolis in the last few years have likely seen his arts flooding the streets, and those of you who like to go look at freight trains have more than likely seen his art roll by. Here are some of our Deuce Seven favorites, found on Flickr. For details on ""Falling into the Black Hole Sun,"" sign up for our mailing list! Photo credits go to the original photographers. These images and over 2000 others can be found on the Deuce Seven Flickr pool.

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Back to the grill again

2009 Aug by Burlesque of North America

A big thank you to everyone who rushed our site for yesterday's big Phish poster onsale! We truly wish we had more prints available for everyone but we gotta work with what we got. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding - THANK YOU! We're back on the grind working on a bunch of new design and print projects, all of which will be available to you very soon! 1) Todd Bratrud's new art print based on his cover art for CLOUT Magazine issue 11. Ten-color screenprint job done by Ben LaFond. 2) Mike Davis' new poster for Fleet Foxes and Dungen's performance tomorrow night at The Metro in Chicago. 2 colors featuring metallic gold, printed by Petey Wheatstraw. We're gonna try to catch their Sunday night appearance at First Avenue! 3) CD and LP artwork designed by Mike Davis for BK-One's ""Radio do Canibal"" album. Rhymesayers will be releasing this collection of Brazilian funk-inspired hip hop beats featuring vocals from an all-star lineup of rappers including Brother Ali, Scarface, Slug, Freeway, P.O.S, Raekwon, Black Thought, and more. Be sure to check out BK's awesome hip hop mix on our BRLSQOTHEQUE podcast.

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The Mystery Unravels TODAY!

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

Today we will putting our Scratch & Dent Mystery Tubes up for sale on our online store at 2:00pm central time. We have hundreds of slightly damaged, but otherwise gorgeous art prints and gig posters designed by Aaron Horkey, Todd Bratrud, Wes Winship, Steven O'Malley, Mike Davis, and more. So much great stuff here that we're selling at a super duper discounted rate! What will you get in your tube? There's only one way to find out!

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LIPS & DRIPSSS

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

Wes Winship's brand new art print Lips & Drips is available right now in our online store! It's a 21st century homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and was used as promotional art for June 2009's BOMP party which Mr. Winship co-organizes. Get your time warp on!

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Screenprinting woes

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

Yaaaaaaaaay we love when this happens!

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New Bonnaroo poster onsale today!

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

Today we're putting our new poster for Bonnaroo 2009 up on our online store. Designing for Bonnaroo is always an interesting challenge in that there are dozens upon dozens of band names to include. This makes prominently featuring any of the artists difficult, so, having designed three other Bonnaroo posters, we usually push the band names off to the side or the bottom and let some kind of type or imagery take center stage. This year I wanted to try to make the bands jump out and be the stars of the poster and came up with the idea to represent each group with an illustrated icon. Some of them are literal (David Byrne's white jacket), some are inside jokes that only fans of the band will know (Phish's vacuum cleaner), some are references to song titles (Yeah Yeah Yeah's ""Gold Lion""), and others just came to mind when thinking about the artist (an anvil for the American musical workhorse Bruce Springsteen... THE BOSS). For visual inspiration, I was looking at a lot of scuzzed-out and worn-down illustrations like the ones found in those 1970's magazine ads for selling greeting cards and getting hovercrafts and ham radios. Also, check out these bizarro Mexican dust bags. Here is the rough sketch I submitted to the folks at the festival to show them the direction I was planning to take: Here are some detail shots of the printed poster. Bennie did a top notch job making sure all the roughed-up nooks and crannies came out nice and scuzzy. Note the metallic purple ink! The poster goes on sale at 2pm Central time on the Burlesque online store. Don't miss out! Have you re-signed up for our newsletter? If you want to stay up on all the Burlesque news, poster releases, and events, make sure you're subscribed for our all new mailing list. See the right-hand column of our website and get crackin'!

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MUTE #2

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

well hello there! im mentioning this a little late, maybe near a year late at this point, but thats how i roll i guess. Jai Tanju has been making zines and little art books for a while now, you may or may not know about his MUTE series of books, its a collection of photos taken by his friends. MUTE #2, 116 pages, 8.5"" x 8.5"", perfect binding, full-color interior ink, compiled by Jai Tanju, photographs by erik olsen, chris patton, ken nagahara, louie barletta,sam milianta,luda crooks, b. fonville. jonathan hay, matt price and he axed me to give him some photos as well, i think i got 20 some odd pages in it. just dumb photos of my friends doing the dumb stuff we do day in and day out. here is a few little images of mine... you can order the book by clicking HERE if you feel like you need it, and if you feel like you dont need it, let me tell you that you DO need it, trust me on this one, as a whole its a pretty rad little thing. thanks Jai!

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Dragon Tree by Sam Flores

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

Over the last couple of weeks, we printed another piece by Sam Flores that's being published by Upper Playground. It will be sold through their site and is being released in conjunction with Sam's show Ego, Addiction, and Other Bedtime Stories at Subliminal Projects in LA. This print is 12 colors, 18x18 inches. Check out the rest of the photo set here.

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It's the pits

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

We recently wrapped a job for Transworld Skate/Snowboarding via Target. I designed six signs to be hung in different backstage rooms for the X-Games. Bennie printed them. Here's a shot of all six (24 x 24"" each, 2 color prints on chipboard) hanging up at the Target office in downtown Minneapolis. Thanks to our dude John Samels for the photo! Here are some details of the six designs:

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Shop Talk: Spring Brightness

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

Finally, Spring is settling in to Minneapolis, and we've got a bunch of stuff going on that's bright like the sun. Mike's been super busy with the poster art...check out his Hifi Club 4th Anniversary Poster. Ben now has scars on his eyeballs. Here's the poster for the last Coldsprints indoor bicycle racing event of this series on April 18, designed (and about to be printed) by me... We're printing a poster for Sam Flores that will be for sale through Upper Playground. 12 colors! Should be wrapped up in a couple of days. I'm about done with the separations for another Deuce Seven print that is going to be pretty awesome too. Aaron stopped by with some stuff to scan for an art print, and we got a new pile from Jake Bannon too...good stuff! Stay tuned...

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its officialy official.

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

CLOUT issue 11 is on the news stands everywhere! and if you don't in an area that is considered ""everywhere"", you can go to www.cloutonline.com and order it. oh right, the reason im posting this is cus i have an interview in this issue that you DO NOT want to miss and i did the cover and a shirt, you know how we do. TB

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Makin' thangs

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

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Grails

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

6 color screen print for a Grails concert in San Diego. This version will be exclusive to the BRLSQ online store while an alternate color way will be available from the band at the show and at postersandtoys.com.

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Blast From The (Doomed) Past

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Just about three and a third years ago, grinding it out in the six floor spot in the Spice Factory. It was known as Auxiliary Studios, shared by BRLSQ, Amy Jo and Unitus. The piece I'm working on was for Southern Lord and their bands Sunn0))) and Boris for a string of special dates playing together, I believe for the first time on the West Coast. They were somewhere in the middle of the Alter sessions. Aaron aka A. Horkey did pretty much all the art on this one coming with the awesome tree with glowing Model T tube. I suggested having the tree radiating energy out to spectral figures to represent each band member (plus Joe Preston), around it's perimeter as if they were at a seance. O'Malley and Aaron liked the idea and incorporated it into the art. I then added the background sky, separated and printed that bootch with several different people helping me out by racking and cheering me (on like Mike in the video). Two separate editions for over 500 total prints with this image. We shipped them a bunch then Letta and I hit San Francisco for the Halloween ""Altar"" show there, dropping off another batch of prints while we were at it. The same day, we delivered prints to the Melvins who were playing with Jello Biafra and a bunch of other Alternative Tentacles bands. We managed to catch both Sunn0)) and Boris then head out and catch the Jelvins show too. Jeezus. Anyway, Sunn0))) and Boris liked the art so much, when it came time to release ""Alter"", they used it for the cover along with some elements for the tour poster we did for them the following spring. I'm thinking about bringing that hair back. Not the hand pulling of full sheets though.

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CLOUT MAGAZINE 11 & TODD BRATRUD T- SHIRT SNEAK PREVIEW

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Read more for the full editorial and a sneak peak of the Todd Bratrud limited edition Clout Magazine 11 T shirt that will be released together with the new issue... What's my favorite word? BITCH! Last issue, the theme among all those we interviewed was versatility. This issue's common denominator is longevity. You might even call the interviewees in this eleventh issue legends. First up is Bay Area rap pioneer and the godfather of pimp rap, Too $hort. Crafting his art since the age of 14, Too $hort has been around for more than twenty years and still remains to be relevant today. Building a solid foundation in the Bay Area rap scene beginning in his early teen years, San Quinn continues to be a mainstay and positive force for the younger generation. For almost thirty years, Cope 2 has been getting up in the streets on a consistent basis and now has made a professional career out of his art. He talks to Clout about his beginnings as a writer and gives us some words on his inspirations, crews, beef and the state of graffiti today. On the cover, you'll find a pin-up lizard girl unmistakably illustrated by the legendary skateboard artist Todd Bratrud. You wouldn't know it from reading his interview but he's been drawing and skateboarding for two decades and has contributed countless graphics to the scene. Graffiti writer GESO made his way onto the scene 16 years ago and has one of the most unique styles. Following the road less traveled, GESO's got a style and attitude all his own.You'll also find a Q&A with the creator of innovative brand Two In The Shirt, Marek Grubel, who is bringing tastefully provocative graphics on tees season after season. And as always, a solid selection of great photos of walls, freights and city streets from coast to coast as well as product and fashion features. - CULT OF BEAUTY click here for more CLOUT stuff.

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Next week and beyond...

2008 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Usually, ever Thursday we have a new awesome item for sale in our webstore. But since next Thursday is Christmas day, we'll be wishing you a Happy Holidays instead. We do have some cool things in store for you soon though. We're going to have the 2nd edition of the Melvins vs. MPLS 3 CD set made available along with some of the recent Star Spangled Banner 7""s the Melvins put out on AmRep. To tide you over, check out the photo set I shot from their recent shows in Minneapolis. Last Saturday was a special encore after Big Business played at Triple Rock. Then Sunday, they played at Grumpy's Roseville. Nearly the whole staff along with David Choe & Co. made it to the Big Business show and were lovin' it. Speaking of David Choe (how's that for a subtle segue?), thanks to everyone so far that's picked up the ""Exodus"" print. A lot of blood, sweat and tears, mostly Ben and Bjorn's, went into the making of this one and it's been great getting so much attention for it. We're going to be posting some little features on it in the next couple weeks. Bjorn will be giving everyone a more in depth look on how a print like this comes together color by color. I'll be putting together a slide show of some of the unique additions David drew, dripped and otherwise made on each of the prints. Also, a few people inquired about possibly setting up a payment plan. We know this is a pricey piece so if anyone would like to set something up, please email orders@burlesquedesign.com

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Choe ""Exodus"" On Sale Today!

2008 Dec by Burlesque of North America

2pm Central, in The Store. More info about the print.

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BRLSQ interview on Obama Art Report

2008 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Obama Art Report interview We did an interview for Obama Art Report recently. We talk about a whole bunch of stuff including how we got involved with Upper Playground to do the Obama print series this year. That series led to this year's grand finale of a print with David Choe, ""Exodus From the Land of Play."" We mentioned it goes on sale at 2pm Thursday Dec 18th, right?

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