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2 months ago…

Some photos of our first run of 18×24 screen printed posters, designs by local gig poster artist, JP Cuison.

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“Sumpit”, 4-color screen print, design and photo by JP Cuison

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“Bullet-Split”, 4-color screen print, design by JP Cuison

JP’s “Sumpit!” screen print travelled to Chicago for the Loaded Guns exhibit at Galerie F, you can check it out here.  And the “Bullet-Split” print made it’s debut at Art in the Park in Salcedo, last March. If you want to see it up close, we’ve also got one hanging on the wall at the shop. Big thank you to JP for letting us print his designs, we had a blast making them!

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Coffee & Skulls

Some days, we do something that has nothing to do with bikes or screen printing. We recently took a day off to do some pickin’ and started it off with some good coffee.

is it boiling hot?http://joesparks.com/radiskull/episodes/e01/playback.htm

Is it boiling hot?  Reminds me of this.

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Siphon coffee for 2. At KAPHÉ, SEARCA residence hotel, UPLB

Elsewhere…

Say ah

Say ah

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Junior Cargo

To infinity and beyond!

To infinity and beyond!

Finally finished the prototype of our Junior Cargo bike, and the kids had a blast with it. It still needs some improvements, but I think we’re off to a great start. Here are more photos of the kids testing it out:

 

kid cargo

kid cargo

Little L gives it a shot. Looks like you need a couple more years, buddy.

Little L gives it a shot. Looks like you need a couple more years, buddy.

Hocus Junior Cargo bike prototype. 16" rear wheel and 12" front wheels.

Hocus Junior Cargo bike prototype. 16″ rear wheel and 12″ front wheels.

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D-I-Y D-Y-E D-A-Y

Most of you probably know that we don’t have regular store hours, that we are [usually] at the shop on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In between those days, we’re either at CraftMNL teaching screen printing, prepping bike parts that will go into a custom build, or working on some R&D (finding new things to make and making them). Below is what we did on one of our R&D days.

We were getting sick of seeing our plain old katcha bags laying around the shop so we printed on some. But even then, they just made our prints look boring. So a few weeks ago, in an attempt to make the bags a little more interesting, we decided to stuff them tote bags into buckets of dye.

First step. Boil water, add dye and salt.

Keepin’ it real. Gas ain’t cheap and burning stuff is fun.

Mix the bags into the dye and let them sit in there for awhile.

Soaking the bags in dye: black, yellow, blue, brown

Have some snacks.

Keep hydrated when working outside.

Rinse, then dry the bags in the sun.

Sundried.

Finished.

Dried, ironed, ready to print on.

Not as easy at it looks. Took a lot of time to make, but they look much better. The dyes we used aren’t as intense as we thought they’d be. We particularly liked the way the brown and black came out. Now we have figure out what to print on them.

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A few of our favorite things

Bikes, design and printmaking, breakfast, wrapped up in books.

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