Mark your calendars for AUG.10.12 at the Dallas House of Blues for -topic + Tunk + MGA-Czar + Alsace + Fresh Kaufee + The Good Child + Loyal KNG + Nerdy Fresh + Arturo Torres + more special guests. 8pm-10pm | All ages | $10 pre-sale + $13 at the door.
Stay tuned for more details and a high quality flier to pass around!
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Be a part of something this weekend.
I frequently get comments from out-of-towners about how close-knit and supportive the Dallas, TX independent apparel brands are with one another. People from around the U.S. have asked me how we make “that” happen – “that” being the positive, family-like approach we have within our creative indie scene. When I started, well-established brands like Fur Face Boy and Unkommon Kolor never shooed me away. Through cultivating organic relationships with some of the smartest mentors in my city, from the beginning I was able to strongly root my brand in a non-competitive manner. This weekend, I’ll continue to enrich my brand and I’ll be doing it alongside some of those very mentors, as well as with some new upstarts.
Thanks to Centre – a boutique in Dallas that opens the doors for makers, dreamers, and believers – The Locals event will have its 2nd run on Saturday, June 23rd from 12pm-8pm.
Last year, The Locals had its introductory run and the turn-out was great. I had released the Spring+Summer Series there and the support from the community gave the line a great jump start on the season. This time around, I’ll have a few SUPER limited items as well as some tiny Goodies for you to stick in your pocket, on your shirt, or wherever suites you best.
I’ll also have only a couple of THE Locals t-shirts left (the collaborative exclusive with Kill Hubris), so if you wanted one and never had the opportunity to snag one, now is your chance!
Get there early, as all my items are limited edition and I do NOT re-run my styles. Chat me up and see what I’ve got planned next… See you out there!
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Happy Mother’s Day. To my mother, forever wise and the first to know about any news in my life.
And to her mother, my longest surviving pen pal and the greatest Baker alive (married-name pun intended).
With your love, I have survived this world. Thank you. (Both images taken in Dallas, TX c.1970s)
This year has been a little different for The Good Child. Year One was all about building a foundation – thanks to you guys and, in return, my own determination. Year Two seems to be more about growing the brand as a full creative force. There was the KH Art House design, the contributing to Hide Your Arms blog, and then there was this:
When Sarah Jaffe came to me looking for a t-shirt for her new and most recognized album, The Body Wins, I was more than flattered. Not yet knowing exactly what the album title meant to Jaffe, I was instantly drawn to my collection of vintage family photographs. Add to it that Jaffe was a Good Child customer and loved the Respect Your Elders tee, and right away we knew the direction for the design. Say hello to Puerto Rico 1972.
Jaffe picked the shirt body for the design and I love the overall vintage feeling behind the finished product. The album title really seems to work with the vibe in this image and it’s great that it was released during the warmer weather. Continue reading
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There are few events that will pull me out of comfy North Dallas on a Wednesday night, but the monthly DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Communications) meeting is one of them. DSVC always invites a guest to speak at their meeting and they could not have chosen a better one to wrap up their spring session. Dana Tanamachi.
Dana, once a UNT (University of North Texas) student, now hails from Brooklyn, NY. Dana started out of college like most of us – in a job she was unsure of, but working hard either way. After a short stint with a magazine publisher, Dana fell into designing broadway show posters (incredible stuff!). It was in leaving her broadway gig that Dana hooked up with renowned designer Louise Fili. Working with Fili, Dana focused on the design of restaurants & packaging.
Nothing was ever enough and Dana not only put enthusiasm into her jobs for Fili, but she also put her heart and soul into any odd job that passed her by; from hand embroidering birthday bunting for Fili herself to dipping into charitable skateboard design – Dana did it all. As quoted from her lecture, “I was always finding an excuse to work with my hands.”
However multi-talented, Dana’s biggest asset was her hand-lettering skills. Dana had always been a major typography fan and that screamed through her work. Today, Dana is working exclusively as custom chalk letterer. With Dollar Store chalk and a wet rag, she is undeniable on the board. Dana works with out a projector. Check this out:
In watching a handful of Dana’s videos, I noticed the number of times she would erase and re-illustrate the letters. It was all about practice – every time. I learned a lot from Dana during her guest lecture, but most importantly — as creatives, we need to strive to keep each other humble and teachable in our craft. Never deny a lesson, never hesitate to ask.
See more of Dana’s work, in action, here.
If you’re in Dallas, TX this Thursday, October 27th…put up or shut up! Join us at Arnetic (2826 Elm St.) in Deep Ellum for the Beat Battle hosted by Dallas’ own Dustin Cavazos.
Beat Battle will be a session where some of Dallas’ best producers (full list on the Facebook event page) will have a face-off and the resulting winner will walk away with an $800 cash prize! Judges will be the deciding factor of the winner with YOUR help, so come through!
There will also be a few vendor pop-up shops in the mix, including The Good Child, Sleepy Dan (will have free shirts!), and Loyal KNG — so you DON’T want to miss this! The battle hops off early at 7:30pm and the event is 18+ with a cheap cover of only $3. RSVP, here, and if you’re a blogger looking for free admission, email Cavazos at firstname.lastname@example.org!
See you Thursday! Thanks!
Yesterday, I dropped in at Centre, (my favorite boutique in Dallas, TX), to visit some of the most amazing locals in my city – Unkommon Kolor and Fur Face Boy. Unkommon Kolor and Fur Face Boy have been running their independent brands for about 3-4 years now and yesterday they released their first collaboration together.
It was dope to see the two brands doing it big for our city. It was also really Good hanging out and chatting with FFV (Fur Face Vy), other local brand owners (Sleepy Dan, HIJ Clothing, Loyal KNG) the Centre crew (mainly Kiddrae254), and local musicians (DJ Sober, Blue and Picnictyme). Check out a few iPhone shots from the event, as well as some looks of Centre (and Atama), below: