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Showing posts from August 3, 2007

I Love the Smell of Ink

This town has the market on hand-screened poster production. On any given street, in any coffee shop, bookstore, record store, anywhere at all, you will find beautiful silk-screened posters for rock shows, fashion shows, art shows. It is the essence of "not in it for the money" aesthetic: taking all the trouble to produce a small edition of beautiful design and give it away. Staple it to telephone poles and watch it get rained on. Have it be poster-ed over 2 hours later. It makes me so glad there are extremely talented, motivated artists producing these street masterpieces. The sand mandala-making monks who preach the perfectly transient nature of beauty would approve.
The downtown Stumptown threw a party to show off a collection of Northwest Music Fest posters from years past. My old friend Jeff Kleinsmith who has been the art director at SupPop for years was supposed to be there. I know Jeff from Eugene where we worked at a coffee shop together. He was a very nice …