Sorry Folks, We had to go Back to the Future!

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I know its been a real long time since we posted any news or any new work but we had to take a nice little end of the year trip back to the future with our good friends Marty and Doc. Basically we had a whole lot of stuff to get done and not enough time to do it in so bought a Delorean, contracted the help of a couple of friends and we are coming back swinging in 2010. As you may have noticed the store has been down for a week or so because we are overhauling our whole site to make it a better experience for both you the user and us the creator. We wanted to have a store that was built into our site and make it easier for us to upload new work. So good things are coming soon. Also we got a bunch of work in that time so we have a gang of stuff to show you when the new site goes live. So for now just stay tuned cause we will posting as frequent as we can till the new stuff is up! As always thanks for checking us out, TRON & Grease!

Board Tomorrow? Come to I’m Board IV

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So this is my #2 Pencil Skateboard Deck from last years IM BOARD 3 show, which I gotta say was the best show yet and is gonna be hard to beat this year. Full Skate Demo, Break Dance Crews, and Rad Skate decks. I would love to show you my submission for this year’s show which is tomorrow during Art Walk, but my pics just wouldn’t do it justice so your gonna have to come see for yourself. I will tell you however, that it is somewhat along the same lines as the #2 Pencil from last year in that its not about the design on the deck but using the decks shape to make something else. Having designed decks for Flatline Skateboards for 7 years I’ve done my fair share of graphics on the board printing, and this is a little more challenging for me and a great opportunity for humor, which I love. Below are Grease’s Decks from last year as well -TRON

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Check out eyeswideawake.com/im-board for more info on the show. And as always, Props To Chad!!!

Rhett and Link “Up to This Point” Album Art

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Like many creatives, We are always on the lookout for those rare and near perfect set of circumstances that present a client, who is not only looking for a little more than the norm, but is also trusting enough to let you find it…We call them “unicorn projects”. Back in July Grease was asked about designing some album art for the super talented, North Carolina-based comedy duo, Rhett & Link. Hmmmm… music, comedy, cool folks & package design… yep, it def. smelt like a unicorn to us. I’m happy to report that the project, and the experience did not disappoint. Working with talented, and down-to-earth folks like these made this project about as satisfying as they come. A huge, heartfelt thank you to both Rhett and Link for the work, and all the trust that went into producing it. -GREASE

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LUCERO POSTER – Printed & Ready to Ride

Well Alright Folks, we finally wrangled this here poster to the ground, hog tied it down and screened it right into the rack! We got taken down it the first round and had to get saved by the rodeo clowns (Dog & Pony) cause our second screen was too small, but thanks to Sean we got another screened burned and lived to ride another 08 seconds. I gotta say, this is hands down one of the freshest posters we have ever done. Grease really brought the gunfire on this one. We actually got to print a couple of them on some left over Suede Tex and It really came out nice. It looks like an oversized Jean Label for real! Thanks to Dog and Pony once again for hooking us up with this opportunity and for bailing us out… We Owe You Big Time! Check out their poster for the show at Cafe Eleven in St. Augustine a couple of days Later! – Tron

View the Small Photo Set on Flickr or PURCHASE one for $20 (that’s about 600 Marlboro Miles)

AIGA Summertime Poster – Tim Armstrong

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Here’s my version two of my AIGA SUMMERTIME poster for the show this weekend at the Jacksonville Landing. I say version two because my first attempt was a stenciled type poster that didn’t go exactly as planned and then I totally ruined it trying to fix it so this is what I can up with the day before the poster was due. I have been dying to start doing Illustrations of old cars that I love and tying it into some new vector style with a little bit of that old “owners manual” style of design.

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I chose this song and car style because this summer my friend Ryan @autoline let me take this Fire Red 63 Impala with chrome spoke daytons for the weekend to the Turkey Rod Run in the Daytona Speedway and It pretty much made my summer. I don’t think I have ever been that excited to drive a car. I got up a 4 am just so I could drive it while the sun was coming up. @thecrobar and I were laid up in that thing like a couple of gangsters all weekend. The looks you get driving that thing around are pretty awesome and I almost bought it, but I would still rather have something with a little more muscle look than gangster. And I chose the song because thats the cd I listened to the whole time driving it. Tim Armstrong’s solo album “A Poets Life” is an awesome dub style cd, check it out if you have a chance or watch the video below and you’ll see the car inspiration. I also like that the song title was “Wake Up” because the people need to realize the 63′ is just as rad as a 64′.

Also, props to Jax AIGA | Patrick Carter | Thought & Theory for putting together this awesome event!

The Manstache – Poster for BEARDS & BRUSHES

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So this is a piece that I did in collaboration with local photog JENSEN HANDE after seeing this epic “Manstache” photo on his portfolio site. After running across this image, I contacted Jensen about wanting to do this illustration because of the immense detail in the photograph and how well these type of shots lend themselves to making rad illustrations. I knew that I could take what Jensen had done with showing the detail in the stache itself and flip in my own way and simplify the hair and show more detail on the lips and skin in a very simplified way that would translate into a very clean 2-3 color screen print. I’m pretty stoked about how it came out and the colors are a little different than my usual but the skin tones just kinda found there way on there and stuck. Thanks to Jensen for the opportunity and I can’t wait to print them. -TRON

Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Q Sauce – Packaging

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Here’s a peek at a packaging project that is currently in the works for Saltwater Marsh Bar-B-Q. A small group of Florida students have been contemplating their own line of Bar-B-Q sauces & needed a little help with the branding portion of their project. Their open minds, motivation & enthusiasm have made the labeling work a lot of fun… I don’t think I’ve ever met a group students that have been more oganized & on top things… it’s great! We still have a few tweaks here & there to make, but I’m so stoked about how the design is shaping up that I couldn’t wait to post the progress. Hope you enjoy! -GREASE

Sam Sports Line – Logo

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A while back I had the opportunity to do a logo for sports reporter & and guru, Sam Kouvaris. After a few sketches and a couple of emails, Sam settled on the idea of a contemporary take on a retro reporters microphone. The idea was pretty straight forward, but very appropriate Sam’s brand of sports news… clean, professional, & worth the read. Hope you enjoy! -GREASE

SWEET N FLOUR – Logo & Stamp Packaging

It’s Pretty Simple actually… My wife Marisa Makes Delicious Handmade Baked Goods, I love her very very much and we Definitely love the goods. So when the time came to make her a logo that would encompass everything about her, We put all our love into it. Grease took what I had started, Rounded the edges and dotted the lines (literally) & made what I thought was good better. And the final product came out awesome as you can see. A cute little curvy logo seal with bows, cupcakes and pies tucked neatly inside… Just like Marisa. You will be seeing much much more of this logo in the future, cause were just preheating the oven!

Visit www.sweetnflour.com to see pics and recipes of all Marisa’s wonderful Baked Goods!

LUCERO – Tallahassee Show Jean Label Poster

Our good Friends over at the Dog & Pony Show, hooked us up with a sweet gig to do a LUCERO poster for the upcoming Tallahassee show date. We jumped at the opportunity and unlike usual, Grease and I immediately had about 5-6 Ideas to start with. I think that might have been the first time we have had to narrow it down from that many, maybe it’s because we live in the south or because we like the band, but this one stood out amongst them all. As soon as Grease said it I was down. We really wanted to do a poster that we could rock the type on and get across that very southern rock-n-roll feeling. So a Jean Label was the perfect Idea! And needless to say Grease SLAYED it. We will be printing the poster next week so if you aren’t at the Tallahassee show and really want one we will have them for sale in our store. -TRON

Click Here to view the bigger version of the Poster/Oversided Jean Label

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