Wes Winship

    Principal, Print Director

    Hometown: Minneapolis, MN via Montpelier, VT

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: Since the very beginning, when we decided to call it BRLSQ instead of Rambo. 2000/2001?

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Owner/operator. Time is spent between design, prepress (specializing in high end separations), R & D for the printshop and trouble shooting. Also part of CO Exhibitions

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: There isn't one that I can pinpoint. Some of the ones with the best outcomes are usually the most physically and mentally demanding. My favorite project is BRLSQ itself, that we've gotten this far and learned so much along the way

    Favorite music: Melvins have stayed high on my list for a long time. Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Astrud Gilberto, Ennio Morricone. I also just like bass in general, 100hz and below

    Favorite food: Indian food, all varieties of mac & cheese and burgers, Texas BBQ and a good steak

    Your dream project: To design, create, and exhibit a show that is just as much an overwhelming visual installation as it is a ribcage-crushing wall of sound. Everything functions as both a visual and audible aesthetic

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: John Cusack with Bruce Lee as stunt double

    Mike Davis

    Principal, Creative Director

    Hometown: Nashville, TN

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: Started collaborating with Life Sucks Die around 2000, then moved to Minneapolis to start Burlesque with the gang in 2003.

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Graphic designer, illustrator, event organizer, copywriter, public relations, lunch motivator

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Chome Children poster or Alphabet poster

    Favorite music: James Brown, Black Sabbath, Public Enemy

    Favorite food: Fried chicken and waffles, cheeseburgers, Jamaican goat curry, moqueca de camarao, jerk chicken, BBQ pork ribs, Vietnamese beef stew, Haitian griot, seafood gumbo, chocolate & peanut butter ice cream, tandoori chicken, NY style pizza, Indian lamb curry, pumpkin muffins, mangos, watermelon, Honeycrisp apples

    Your dream project: Hand-drawn psychedelic animated cartoon or designing a stage set for a '70s TV talk show

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: Half scenes by Robin Williams, half by Screech

    Ben Lafond

    Screenprinter

    Hometown: Twin Cities

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: 2005

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Screen Print Alchemy

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Whale Bone Grave, David Choe Obama #2

    Favorite music: funk, soul, most things with Clavinet

    Favorite food: changes daily

    Your dream project: changes daily

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: Todd Bratrud or Emmanuel Lewis

    Jodi Milbert

    General Manager

    Hometown: Hopkins, MN

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: 2008

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Artist publishing, studio scheduling, motivational ass-kicking, shipping sorcery, you name it

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Beyond the Permafrost

    Favorite music: Anything guitar heavy

    Favorite food: Marla's dhalpourie and chicken callaloo

    Your dream project: Burlesque of A Remote Cabin Deep In The Mountains

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: A playpen full of puppies

    Sarah Schatz

    Screenprinter

    Hometown: Minnepolis, MN

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: December 2011

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Printer, cutter, folder, etc

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Anything I can throw a variant on.

    Favorite music: All of it.

    Favorite food: All of it.

    Your dream project: Textiles. Books.

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: Gary Oldman

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    Todd Bratrud

    Burlesque, O.G.

    Hometown: Crookrock, MN. 56716

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: Day oneish i believe, i could be wrong.

    Brief BRLSQ job description: Just kinda... you know, doin' my thing

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Past: Posse Cut (crew-wide collaborative paintings from Burlesque's gallery "First Blood III" gallery show at OX-OP, 2005). Future: Greeting Cards

    Favorite music: according to iTunes my favorite music is "Folk Rock". Grizzly Bear, Girls & Garden Music, John Maus

    Favorite food: Tom's Place. 17th and Placentia

    Your dream project: um... drawing... girls? skulls? gross stuff? i dunno, each project is as dreamy as the last

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: the ghost of Beatrice "Bea" Arthur and/or Denzel

    George R. Thompson IV

    Burlesque O.G.

    Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA (home of the bodybag)

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: From the beginning, but I've pretty much been riding the coat tails since I moved to California

    Brief BRLSQ job description: artist / graphic designer / blogger

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Dre Day related stuff

    Favorite music: Prince "Erotic City", good rap, old R&B, everything else that's good from all genres

    Favorite food: vegetarian / vegan

    Your dream project: doing pin-up style paintings / illustrations of hot Asian, Latin, and Brazilian live models

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: Denzel Washington or Soulja Boy

    Peter Bekke

    Screenprinter & Designer, 2006-2011

    Hometown: Minneapolis

    When did you start working with BRLSQ: I started interning at BRLSQ while in college in the fall of 2006. I became an employee in the summer of 2007.

    Brief BRLSQ job description: I do a little bit of everything. I do some poster printing, all of the shirt printing, and I help with everything else from pre to post print work, shipping, and some design work from here and there.

    Favorite BRLSQ project you've worked on: Getting to work on all the Obama prints was definitely a highlight for me. It was nice to being able to work with designers from a constantly changing group of (extremely talented) artists for those couple of months

    Favorite music: 90's Dilla, Premier of Pete Rock

    Favorite food: I love to eat

    Your dream project: Printing money

    Who would you play in a TV dramatization of the BRLSQ story: Matthew Broderick