From screen to magazine

Making the cover

Cincinnati Magazine just released their annual “Best of the City” issue for 2008 (on newsstands now).

In it they list 110 of their favorite things around town, from restaurants and shops to services and activities (including kilt rental and clogging lessons.) They not only gave a shout out to Wire & Twine for our shirts, but they had us print up a batch for the cover along with a tee for every winner on the list.

This is the type of thing we file under ‘awesome’ around the studio. A great reward as we approach our anniversary and look forward to 2009 and lots of new projects.

(Related link: The “Open for business” post.)

This appreciation would not be complete without tipping our collective hats to everyone who filled up a cart and checked out of our virtual store, ‘blogged about a product, emailed a friend with a link, or even sent us good vibes.

Thank you thank you thank you.

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an excuse to use the font Avant Garde

Been wanting to make this shirt for a long, long time.

Tom figured it out with some creative screening and a hit of white underneath to help intensify the colors. (Had we gone with a white shirt, this would have been a lot easier).

Printed up a batch today while the sun kept hidin’ and the temperature dipped—reminding us that the holidays are right around the corner. And soon? The inspiration for this shirt might make the rounds on the ‘tube. Right before Frosty, Rudolph and all those other kick ass specials.

For sale here: SPECIAL, at Wire & Twine.

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Reed Ghazala, circuit bending pioneer

Ever since Tom spent some time with the fella above, they’ve been talking about doing a project together— mixing Reed’s knowledge of circuit bending and our work at Wire & Twine.

It all came to a head as Cincinnati hosted the first Circuitastrophe! this past weekend. An event that brought together folks that enjoy the bending of electronics to make music.

In addition to the shows, there was a BE-IN off the grid out near Fort Ancient in southwestern Ohio. Reed explains the origin of the event:

The first Be-In occurred in 1967, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. At least 20,000 people showed-up. There were no mishaps, no arrests. In fact, the police weren’t even invited. The occasion was to become known as the launching of the counterculture, the Beat generation merging with the Hippies in a wave of social evolution. It was at this gathering that Timothy Leary first announced his now-famous challenge to convention, “Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out.”

So we printed up a batch of items and loaded up the car. (sidenote: a first for us was printing on a button up workshirt). Tom developed the design based on the Incantor, a versatile example of circuit-bending using Texas Instrument Speak & Spell or Speak & Math toys.

Everyone at the campground was super-friendly. The weather was darn near perfect, and I wish I would’ve stayed for the night-time festivities. I did however, manage to take a few photos.

Photos from the BE-IN (9/7/08)
Reed Ghazala’s website, Anti-Theory
The Incantor shirt (at Wire & Twine)
How bend the Incantor (on Make Magazine)
Previously, Tom makes the Barbinator 3000 (9/1/07)
Overview of circuit bending (wiki)

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Here to Make Friends

Mixing colors on the shirt

You might remember a test print way down at the bottom on this page of unjournaled photos from July. We’d just received new process (CYMK) inks to test in the studio and Tom experimented with thinning them down to provide translucency.

See, these inks are pretty much opaque liquid plastic that never dry out until you cure them at 320 degrees or so. You can mix them with additives to make them less opaque or soft to touch. Usually we mix a little of both because the ink right out of the container is hard to pull and feels thick on the shirt.

For this design, we started with a cup of thinning agent and added a teaspoon of color to achieve the effect.

The concept began to take form after watching this video by Rich of FourFour:

From our product description:
“Life is not a reality show; it is not a competition.
Though we may differ, there is always overlap.
At this intersection we find warmth, laughter, and friendship.”

The last bit of interest is the font itself. I first saw a query about it on Scott Hansen’s weblog. I didn’t think it was available until I was clued in by Frank Chimero. It is called Hellenic and it’s just lovely.

Oh yeah, the shirt. We printed up a whole bunch of different sizes for kids and adults.

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Images from the festival

1st ever (I think) Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

So that was fun.

Hot — but fun.

We got to the square just as the sun started to beat down. Luckily there was a breeze and a crowd.

Lots of WOXY fans stopped by our tent. So many we ran out of shirts. (We’ll remedy that problem tomorrow). These listeners define enthusiasm.

Also got to see folks from the online world that I’ve never met before proper. Reinforces my joy of the ‘net and always brightens the day.

Overall? A success. And pretty fantastic to see the Square come to life at night with the bands of Indie Summer (see schedule).

Enough gushing, check out the threads and smiling faces:

Photos2008 Cincinnati T-Shirt Festival

Current music: Beastie Boys “The Sounds Of Science”

Cincinnati T-Shirt Fest

A new WOXY in Cincinnati shirt, available tomorrow (in person)

My car is loaded to the brim with bins upon bins of t-shirts, because tomorrow—we’re taking the show on the road.

It’s going to be a scorcher, but I hope we’ll have some respite under the shade of the tent on Fountain Square. We’ll be set up with a bunch of other companies from around town, selling our wares. Full list of vendors here.

It’s also game day. The Reds will be up against the New York Mets and this means there will be live music as well on the square. (I’m secretly hoping this means there will also be some beer).

Stop on buy, say howdy. Oh, and if you are wearing a Wire & Twine or WOXY t-shirt, you get 5 bucks off your first purchase.

Cincinnati T-shirt Fest
Friday, July 18, 2008 from 11am–2pm and 5–10pm – Fountain Square

Current music: Deerhunter “Activation”

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Green thumb

Modeling in the back yard

A virtual friend remarked upon seeing our yard,

“Did you garden? Because you do now.”

How right he was. Turns out Dan has the proclivity to use the hose and the wheelbarrow thus far, but I figure once the inside is more “done,” I’ll get some (outside) dirt under my fingernails.

First and related package to arrive at the new digs? This, my new favorite t-shirt: “What would nature do?” found at SUPERfantastico.

Diggin it and diggin in.

Current music: Elbow “On A Day Like This”

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On the press right now

I think I’ve mentioned that we print on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the studio. This gives us time to recover from the physicality of the process and spend the other three days of the week doing design, marketing and support.

Today’s job: an election-year inspired design for a limited edition WOXY shirt by Tom . It’s one of those pre-order deals and the last day to guarantee one is tomorrow. ( Details here )

Okay, enough typing, I need to get back on the press.

Current music: Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff

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50 ways

and lots of icons

Every time Wendy and I find something that helps the environment and is easy to do, we’ve been adding it to a list. This has been going on for a good part of the year in hopes to have something made to commemorate today, Earth Day.

In the meantime, it became clear that what we’ve been doing all along at the studio was celebrating the things we love. Whether it is Tom’s enthusiasm for music, Wendy’s passion for education, my obsession with say, videogames, hairstyles, or pop culture in general—it is all parts of who we are.

Loving on the planet is a thing we share in common, so this project was extra fun.

Now some folks might not believe its necessary to change any behaviors when it comes to conservation and environmental concerns—and to them, we cannot preach—they’ve got their motivations.

But we’ll keep at it, thank you kindly, and keep sharing:

50 Ways to Help the Planet

If you’re in the Cincinnati area, you can get this shirt (and more of our goods) at Park+Vine downtown, or MiCA in O’Bryonville.

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Another day

It wasn’t so much the spoof on Saturday Night Live as it was an email from my friend Alex up in Columbus. She was wondering if there would be a t-shirt for Christian from Runway.

This wasn’t the first request, but it hit me on a night when I needed a big diversion and Dan was out in rehearsal. What came out was so bang on we printed it up the next day in a boatload of colors, deciding bright red said it the best, “FIERCE.”

Now available in men’s and ladies sizes on soft, fitted American Apparel:
FIERCE the shirt or Make It Work

Current music: Goldfrapp “Some People”

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