It’s been a while since I made new flyers, and I ran out of business cards at Subzero last weekend, so it’s time for a new design. I still need to add all the important info but I’ll have it ready & printed out for this weekend’s events at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.
I suck at self promotion... This weekend, Friday & Saturday night, from 5-11 pm, on South First Street & William, I’ll be vending at the Subzero Street Fair. I’ll have a fresh batch of San Jose shirts available, as well as USA prints, and variety of buttons. I might even do some live drawing too.
The SubZero Street Fair is next weekend. Friday & Saturday. It’s an art festival that I’ve been vending at for a few years now. Today I went online to order blanks to print more San Jose tees but they were sold out at all the places I shop at. Luckily, I have 45 blank tees sitting in a box that were originally going to used for my original Eyes, Mouths & Noses design. EMN will have to wait because the San Jo’ tees sell better. I’m waiting to hear back from my screen printers to get the ball rolling and drop off the blanks. I hope I can get them back in time before next Friday.
I had way too much fun today painting live with the TWC gang (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. I was glued to my mural for hours, getting organized, transferring my sketch, coloring and doing the line work. It turned out a bit wonky, especially the bottom half, but I didn’t mind. It was gonna get torn down and reclaimed after the event. It was exercise in painting quickly, and in a way that bystanders can see and understand what’s happening on the wall during the process. It was also my first time in years using spray paint on a mural and only second time live-painting and vending at the same time. Major learning experience!
I just finished inking what Im going to paint at Viva Calle Sunday morning. My car’s already loaded with paints and everything needed to live-paint and my t-shirts, which I’m hoping to sell a few. Now I just gotta get some sleep before my alarm goes off in a few hours. Should be fun!
I and the rest of the TWC (Together We Create) crew will be setup in Japantown on 5th & Jackson from 1- am to 3 pm.
Flea Market Day was a success! I made over $200 and got rid of a bunch of stuff. It was also fun talking to people, haggling, and seeing them get excited about my junk. Maybe I’ll be back in a few years after accumulating too much stuff again.
I spent the day getting ready for the flea market tomorrow. My car is packed to the gills with stuff to sell. Now I gotta sleep for an hour and half to be out the door by 5:45 AM to get in line for a spot. I’m going with my cousin. We’ve done this before a few times and it’s always fun.
After a 7 mile hike on Tuesday and working the 420 event yesterday, today was a much needed rest day. Tomorrow I gotta prepare for a flea market day on Saturday. My cousin and I will be vending.
I had so much fun today vending and live painting with my friends at Local Color at a 4/20 event this afternoon. I sold a couple shirts and a USA print while I painted pot leaves and on this 2 ft x 4 ft panel. It was inspired from the pot leaves I used to doodle in class when I was in high school.
My 2021 federal & state tax returns are filed. After 3 days of staring at spreadsheets I was mentally done as well. I spent the rest of the day in bed watching movies. Tomorrow I might go for a hike before prepping for a last minute vending & live painting event on Wednesday. It’s at a weed store on 4/20 so it should be interesting!
About a week ago I got a DM on Instagram from someone who bought a couple shirts from me at an event a few years ago. He's a photographer and is about to release a new magazine and asked if I was interested in putting an ad in it free of charge. We talked on the phone a bit and he seems like a good guy so I said yes. Tomorrow is the submission deadline so of course I waited till the last minute to get it done. This is what I sent him
As if October wasn't busy enough with work, vending & my art install at MLK Library, I'm gonna do Inktober again! That's where you draw an ink drawing everyday in October. I've done it the last 3 years in a row and I want to make it 4. I didn't draw one today, for the first, because I was vending downtown so I'm gonna draw 2 tomorrow. I'm already lagging!
Today was great! I slept in after working the Street Mrkt event last night. Later on, I went to the local craft brewery, Narrative Fermentations, where local bad-ass artist, Patrick Hofmeister, is painting his latest mural. I had an alcoholic slushy from the bar and a fried chicken sandwich from Scratch Cookery food truck while I was there. Pretty damn good! Afterwards I went to The Arsenal art supply store & gallery in Japantown. I went to see the current exhibit by my friend Amy Brown and cousin Alyssarhaye. There was also a pop-up outside the store where a couple other artist buddies were selling their merch so I bought a few items to support them. I went home after and checked movie showtimes and bought a ticket to see Shang-Chi, the latest Marvel movie. I loved it! It was a perfect end to a good day!
Another great event! My booth was in between two of my friend's booths, Jodi & Francisco, and it was a lot of fun talking and hanging with them. There was an adorable baby girl who walked into my booth and danced when I had my party lights on. I gave her a couple buttons and a high-five. I sold my last Medium San Jose shirt off the display and the rest of the black & blue ones so it's time to print some more. I'm considering doing something similar to the custom & pre-orders I recently did with my 1.0 shirts.
Damn! I've so busy these last few weeks that I haven't done much prep, or even promoted, the event I'm vending at tomorrow night. It's the Street MRKT (part of the First Friday Art Walk) and I'm doing it again, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It's on South First Street in Downtown San Jose between Reed St. and San Carlos St. I'll be setup somewhere near Miami Beach Club on the corner of San Salvador. I'm looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces while I'm out there!
I went to bed real late after the Street Mrkt event on Friday. Only got a few hours of sleep. Didn't drink any coffee. Was really tired from working and hiking so I stayed in bed and watched tv, and soon after I was out. Zzzz... I don't know how long I slept for but it had been 4 hours since my first missed call. I didn't get shit done today! I still have all the gear from Friday to organize & put away, and I need to count all my t-shirts and update my inventory online. I guess it'll have to wait till Sunday.
Another great event! I sold a few shirts and prints tonight, but most importantly, talked to people in person! I talked to friends (some who I haven't seen in years), people who had never seen my stuff before, folks who have. I even saw a guy wearing one of my pink & black San Jose shirts and asked if I could take his picture! I had missed vending so much! I can't wait to be back out there again, choppin' it up with folks, at the next two First Friday Street Mrkts in September and October!
Tonight I got all my black 1.0 shirts back from the printers, finished, and a few of the pre-orders & customs too. I'm still waiting on a shipment of blanks to arrive before I can take them to get printed. Today I also picked up the Frankie Mcfly USA maps I reordered in every colorway. I also printed some Frankie Mcflyers at home. All this is for Friday's Street Mrkt & Art Walk where I'll be vending my usual gear.
The second shipment of shirts arrived today! I took them, and the shipment that arrived yesterday, and dropped them off at Downtown Screen Printers. I'm still waiting on 5 more shirts to arrive but they're gonna start printing, the ones I already dropped off, tomorrow. I'm pretty stoked because now I'm back on track and should have my shirts for Friday's event and be able to ship out the custom & pre-orders next week.
The first shipment of blank t-shirts arrived today! I'm still waiting on two more orders though. I might be able to restock my black 1.0 t-shirts and have them ready for this Friday's event and have the remaining shirts (customs & pre-orders) printed afterwards. I'm going to talk to my printers tomorrow. Hopefully the remaining shirts arrive tomorrow too.
Tonight I updated the neck label artwork for the 1.0 shirts. They're less cluttered and easier to read, especially after dropping the "wash cold - hang dry - have fun" line.
I finally ordered all the blanks for the 1.0 reprints, pre-orders & customs. I'm afraid by the time they arrive and finally get printed it'll be after the First Friday Street Mrkt event on August 6th. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I'll have them finished before then. We'll see.
In other news... I sketched this thing below. There's also a time-lapse video below that.
Today on Instagram I uploaded pictures and video of the button display I built for my vendor booth. It was a last minute build. I made it the night before the Rose, White & Blue Parade event and I'm pretty happy how it came out. I bought a used frame from the Goodwill, yellow felt from Joann fabrics, hinge & back board from Home Depot, and I already had the scrap lumber & velcro at home. I'm going to leave it as-is for now, until it breaks or I come up with a better design, or solution, to display my buttons at events.
I still need to count my t-shirts after yesterday's event but I think it's time to reprint some more. I'm almost all out of Small, Medium & Larges in most styles and certainly I missed out on a few sales for not having the sizes in stock. I even sold the SAN JOSE shirt on display because it was the last Small I had in that style. The next event I'm vending at is the first Friday in August. I hope I can be restocked by them.
It was more of a festival, since there wasn't a parade this year ,but it was awesome event nonetheless! It felt great to be out and talking to people after almost a year and a half of shutdown. I'd been missing it. Lots of people came to my booth to check out my stuff and I made a decent amount of sales. I can't wait to do it again next month for the First Friday Art Walk & Night Mrkt.
I spent the day preparing for Sunday's Rose, White & Blue event. I pulled everything from my checklist of stuff, built a display for my buttons (pictured below) and framed all 5 FRANKIE MCFLY USA print colorways. Everything took longer than anticipated and I didn't do a full set up of my booth at home to see how it'll look. Hopefully there's no issues at the event tomorrow when I set up the new displays & merch for the first time. Either way it's gonna be fun and I can't wait to be out there.