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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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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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HOCUS gets crafty

Last week, our next door neighbors CraftMNL hosted an Etsy Craft Party. There was some taka painting (paper mache horses from Paete), food, beer, and craft show & tell.

Crafters busy painting their paper mache Takas. On the other side, you can see Hocus planning how to paint their taka horses. (Photo from CraftMNL)

The only guy that painted a taka that night, behind the counter.

Behind the Hocus counter, Andrei paints his taka.

With VP Binay in the background. We also found out that the guy behind me in orange is actually part of Binay’s security detail, and he’s got an old chainless/shaft-driven bike he’s restoring. (Photo from CraftMNL)

The Yogi Taka. For my ma.

Drei’s Taka. It’s half Cheetah, half Zebra.

For more updates on craft events and workshops, check out CraftMNL on Facebook/Twitter.

HOCUS also holds screen printing workshops there so keep checking our Facebook page for updates!

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Work in Progress

Just wanted to share a few things we’ve been working on lately:

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