April 27, 2005
+ unfortunate camera shake
It's supposed to be t-shirt weather, but it's kinda cold. It's all about layering in these season transitions though.
The folks at Karmaloop corrected a shipping error I made and got this unlucky shirt to me right quick, which I gladly put under a flannel to go about my day.
In fact, if you sign up with one of your disposable-but-active email addresses to their newsletter, you get 10 bucks off your first order. Making this specimen all of $4.99.
A bargain until shipping charges are lopped on.
In other news, I almost got to use a nail gun today. I should wear a luckier shirt when I do.
April 18, 2005
Too much rock for one hand
Ah, a new favorite t-shirt
In brown no less (my favorite), though I think the website I purchased this gem from, toomuchmetal.com, called the color "nude."
Fastest shipping ever to boot.
I have to thank Dave from LA for introducing me to this gesture and saying. It has been folded into my vernacular and I feel all the better for it.
March 17, 2005
I wore green
Because it was Thursday
A great quote from Outside Magazine on the Lander Bar website:
...a classic Wyoming Saloon where bloody-knuckled cowboys and climbers, Arapahoe Indians and granola girls in beads and braids, outcasts, posers, foreigners, and cross country skiers all drink and dance together.
I'd reminisce but I need to go meet my brother for a beer.
December 22, 2004
It's been a very t-shirty year.
Apparently CafePress was unhappy with the striking similarity of this shirt to Apple's iPod marketing. I'd be more concerned if I was iPod my Photo, given Apple's propensity toward lawsuit these days.
Anyways, with the removal of the gray screen, it was possible to put them back up on sale at the BearsGoneWild store.
I swear, I will not hawk shirts on here all the time. In fact, I'm not hawking. I'm showing off a birthday gift from a couple o Bears Gone Wild and thanking them publicly.
December 08, 2004
Matching undies sold separately
The t-shirts I've been working on at the independent streaming music station arrived late yesterday afternoon.
Support anti-corporate radio, buy a shirt (or at least take a gander at the colors). Sizes are generous, though I would not suggest the small (as shown above). Even if you don't buy a shirt and haven't listened to them, tune in. These are the folks that host all those bands I've been seeing of late.
Detail of back:
Buy one or two... It's like having a doodled trapper keeper on your back.
July 27, 2004
T-Shirt Collection: Microsoft
I still love my Mac.
But this shirt was like five bucks.
May 22, 2004
A shirt I need to own
Today was spent clambering down Devil's forehead, well, I think it was his whole face, but I'm not too sure. All I know is that it was steep. Spent a good part of the day hiking through fields and down to Bear River.
Hung out on rocks and whiled the day away.
Frequent pitstops on the way back up afforded me some time to identify poison oak and garner a new appreciation for calves.
Pressed onward for one more hike up to Erik's parents house to pick up the pups. Met his super sweet knockout of a mom and left before dinner.
We cooked up vittles ourselves back at the barn and doodled schemes of world domination.
Or something like that.
May 02, 2004
Coachella: Day 1
Death to the Pixies
And I thought I was a flop-sweater before, check me out after a few hours in arid desert heat, away from shade.
I lost 20 pounds today I think. But oh, the toxins released...
Actually, the detoxification began at 8 am when I got my first deep tissue massage. Heavens, why did I wait so long? The experience is worth its own entry, but I can say that almost every part of my body let out a joyous creak, save for my center. I suppose I'll have to take Body Electric class to enter that region.
Anyways, fresh from that, filled up on a big breakfast that included dates in a variety of forms. This fruit's a bumper crop here in the Palm Springs area. And I've been told I should have a date shake before I depart.
We got to the festival right on time and caught Sahara Hotnights, Stellarstar*, Black Keys, Junior Senior (with a guest appearance by Fred Schneider), a glimpse of Beck, a few songs by Kinky and Death Cab for Cutie, the Pixies and Radiohead.
I'm too tired to write all the details that will help cement the day in time for me, but I can say, Stellastar* continues to please me, though I've yet to unwrap their album. Black Keys make monumental sound with only two members. The Pixies well, they brought me back a decade to rowdier times and I loved every minute of their set. And for my first time seeing Radiohead live, I was impressed with how their albums translate outside the studio.
Aside from the gallons I lost through perspiration, I have to admit, this is the best lineup/music fest I've been to in my formative years. And there's more tomorrow...
April 24, 2004
T-shirt Collection: XLARGE
XLARGE Visual Technologies
The brand of the Beastie Boys, XLARGE made some fun stuff in their short-lived existence in the world of apparel. I like this shirt 'cause it's simple, geometric, and the colors are tweaked in an non-usual way.
Purchased on yet another trip to SF in the Haight. Details are hazy.
I snapped this up at the office and made it over to my friends house that evening to enjoy a wonderful Dr. Weil recipe of tuna with ginger and spinach I think. I should also note, this is the first time I saw their toddler, well, WALKING all over the joint.
If I had a Rush t-shirt, it'd be more appropriate.
Time stand still.
April 19, 2004
T-shirt Collection: Check Your Head
Photo by Ron
My last night in New York and I returned to the hotel fresh from my winnings at poker. I lingered street level as the lights of Times Square drew my attention down the block. Keeping the voice of Zelda Rubinstein at bay, I decided to call it a night and simply take one last photo for the digitization of my t-shirt collection.
I was in New York— it would be an appropriate backdrop for the Beastie Boys shirt I clung to for years.
I'll go on record and say that Paul's Boutique is my album of choice, bringing me instantly back to my senior year of high school, campfires and Busch Light.
But Check Your Head is damn fine. One song in particular crops up now and then, and was especially apropos for this particular photo.
When you've got so much to say it's call gratitude.
A homeless man walked by yelling at folks for using fake German (to avoid tossing him a quarter I presume).
We started talking and I found he was from Dayton, Ohio. Asking how he ended up here, he told me the story of getting laid off at the plastic factory, then losing his wife shortly thereafter through a messy, greedy divorce. What wasn't taken from him, he left behind or gave away.
He started to drift off into bitterness, but I stopped him.
"Giving's the best thing in the world, isn't it?" I asked and he agreed, excitedly. I recalled part of the sermon from the wedding I had just attended a few days prior. How if we put others before us, the balance will eventually fall into our favor.
A naive perspective if taken too grandly, but there are elements that can bring warmth within us when it's cold outside in the world. We talked for what seemed like 10 minutes, and I could see the hunger in his eyes as he shifted on his feet. He asked for a dime.
I asked back if he'd take my picture and he seemed surprised.
"You trust me... don't you?"
"More or less," I said grinning, "But if you started off with this camera, I feel confident I could run you down."
I told him which button to press and to not budge the camera for 2 seconds until the screen finished with the capturing.
"I can't see your face." he said while framing the shot.
I yelled facing the other way, looking at the lights, "Yeah. I know"
I gave him ten bucks for dinner or whatever else this bright big city had to offer, we parted ways with smiles.
April 16, 2004
T-shirt Collection: Slim's
Standing by the defibrillator at Newark Liberty International Airport
I've never had a good nickname. It wasn't until the this past year that I heard one that sorta sticks.
I'm less slim than I am a potato stuck on toothpicks, but I try and dress the spare tire down.
When I saw this shirt at Hot Topic, I had to pick it up.
The faded screen-print aesthetic is so hip, it's killing me.
April 15, 2004
T-shirt Collection: Green Tour
Holy concert tee
In 1999 I went and saw R.E.M. and picked up this bizarre tie-dyed shirt for the Green tour. It's weathered fairly okay, but the ink has started to deteriorate the fabric and there are holes sprouting where the letters are.
There's a really great silhouette of ferns on the back of the shirt.
April 13, 2004
T-shirt Collection: NorCal
I like brown
This tee was picked up on my last trip to California back in the summer of 2003. I can pretty much determine that all the shirts I value so much generally came from a concert, or California.
This one's brown, so it's a perfect addition to my Grrrrr-animals wardrobe.
April 12, 2004
T-shirt Collection: Not Com
Photo by Ma
Here's something dumb I've been meaning to do for some time — archive digitally my most favorite of t-shirts. I've got scores of them, and hope to one day fashion a quilt or something out of the old ones.
This one I got back in 1998 I think, on a trip to San Francisco visiting my friend Ray and his girlfriend. He had one and I squealed that I must go to that very store in the Haight and get my own. Okay, maybe I didn't squeal, but I did get all giddy.
They only had large, so I bought one anyway and stretch it out from time to time, stuffing my knees up under it when I first pull it over my head.
I am a total freak when it comes to caring for my t-shirts. They never go in the dryer. That's why I have them dating back to high school.
November 19, 2003
My favorite REM t-shirt, Monster Tour 1995
Pizza came to the door after ordering online. Actually, I ordered spaghetti. This holds nothing to the meal my mom made last night, which I savored with my Grandma and brother. Honey butter makes everything better, especially baked sweet potatoes.
Today I got back from Columbus in time to throw some laundry in the wash and figure out what to pack. I've been doing some laundry over the past week or so, and in the midst I have found a next project...
I keep some things orderly over the years: CDs (Heather, I want the ones you borrowed BACK in one piece), Books, Videogames, Photos and T-shirts. While going through my shirts, I lamented that some needed to be retired before they dissipate. I have a chest full of old tees that I've protected over the years. I was reminded of this while chatting with Mr. BearsGoneWild about our favorites.
I've decided to take photos of all of them, archive them digitally, then arrange them onscreen to come up with a pattern for a quilt or wall-hanging. This will take some research for execution, but may very well be a great winter hobby.
I suppose Macramé will have to wait a while.
November 14, 2003
T-shirts on the brain.
Wanna get back on the silkscreen press.
Got package from Brian with my sketch wonderfully transfered on to a shirt.
This is going in the vault for sure.
September 13, 2003
Our first t-shirt
With screens successfully "burned," we set aside Friday as the time to try the press out. After many cautious prints on test felt, adjustments of screws, poor alignment issues and some bleed issues - we decided to just put down some of the slave labor white tees and give it a whirl.
Tom had the wrist action, so I delegated myself to proper alignment of shirts on the press and "flashing" under the heating element.
Groove found, the production machine that was us became a blur of brown and rebel flesh (tan) ink.
Even had spare time to make pint-sized versions.
June 03, 2003
Look ma! I made a ... mess!
It's supposed to be like that. It's art.
Screen printing is hard. First, we had to find a way to get the image printed out. The laser printer's ethernet card died from an electrical surge (as did everyone else's in the building) so that was a no go. The inkjet didn't print kindly on vellum, so we went with a vellum sample sheet to try it out.
So many variables... The photo emulsion is very sensitive. We need to adjust the timing and the light source height, since much of what should have washed away didn't, and vice versa. Then we realized that sunlight during the wash process was being very destructive. In a mad effort to block all sunlight from the office, we realized, this was not the best controlled environment. Nor was the lack of hot water.
With all this ahead of us, we were hellbent on making SOMETHING, so we decided to run with it and try out the inking process.
Lotta variables there too. The consistency of the ink and the resolution of the screen need to be in harmony.
Ours were not.
So what did we learn? Well, we need to prep a good darkroom and get a good basin for the first step. We need to read up on screens and ink consistency. And we need to get an ethernet card for that dang laser printer. Then we're good to go after countless more attempts.
We ruined 2 shirts in commemoration, 1 apron, and one set of "Nasty" underwear was created.
The latter, not my idea.
Overall a good experiment and foray. Next time, we shall have beer and we're sure that will help.
June 01, 2003
It is complete
The screenprinting machine
After recollecting ourselves from the bad assembly day, Tom and I jumped in and got the thing put together in no time.
Midway through the process, the fire alarms went off, and man, there is no way in heck you can sleep through em. Loud! Painfully loud.
We hiked down the steps to the curb and waited there as the two big firetrucks came to check on the scene.
It was Sunday, there was no one around. We sure looked guilty.
Once the firemen figured out that the construction up the street was the likely culprit, they told us with a grin, "Stop breaking things." and we went back to figure out what was next.
We took a moment of pause, then wandered the studio, trying to find a suitable "dark" area to prep some screens. After failing miserably, I finally remembered that the shared closet on the floor would be perfect. It has outlets, it's empty and no light gets into it.
One screen prepped and stored, ready for the first test design.
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