Prints on Wood Blog
Posted on October 7, 2015
A quick summer trip to New York would not be complete without a walk around SOHO and Little Italy in search of the murals from a few of our favorite artist.
After a few bites to eat in Greenwich Village headed over to SOHO and ran into a mural in process by New York local Soft Circle. After a quick chat and Instagram exchanges he was back to work.
Just a few blocks away we spotted a little Vandalism by Nick Walker peeking around a corner.
Little Italy was so colorful already, but this beautiful mural by Tristan Eaton of Audrey Hepburn was still a standout.
The vibrancy of color and imagery was amazing. Check out this vibrant mural by Beau Stanton also in Little Italy.
Around another corner we found another huge mural by Tristan Eaton of the Statue of Liberty.
A few blocks away we found this towering Baby Hulk mural by New York resident artist Ron English.
Ron also had this "little" fella on the Houston Bowery Wall in front of the American flag. The Bowery Wall is a temporary mural that is changed every few months.
No tour of New York murals could be complete without spotting at least one Buff Monster mural, and we did.
It never fails to make me hungry for ice cream!
We almost passed by a mural by Shepard Fairey but thankfully our son caught sight of it before it was too late. It is so elegant it blends in well with the surroundings.
After that we said goodbye to Little Italy and headed off to the Cotton Candy Machine to grab dinner with Tara McPherson, Sean and Ronin.
Posted on October 6, 2015
Trouble deciding between a wood print or a developed photo? This may help you.
Most of the time, our customers like using our wood printing services because it gives a nice and natural touch to their image. Developed photos are nice; however, a photo printed onto a wood base not only is different, but it also give life to the photo because wood in itself is a natural resource.
We've noticed that animal images are very popular amongst our customers. We've seen birds, bunnies, dogs, cats and much more. Animal wood prints are a great idea because it allows the animal to look more alive in comparison to a regular framed photo. Our customers also like to take the sentimental route and print photos of their own pets. Below are a few examples of our animal wood prints.
Create your own custom photo wood print of your pet today!
Posted on September 28, 2015
Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder may be over, but the whirlwind of activities and goodie bag full of tech toys is leaving my head spinning from a weekend full of unexpected surprises. If you are not familiar, Boing Boing is a blog that covers a variety of topics like technology, fringe culture, science, politics, gadgets and more. This self established web blog has grown tremendously over the years from its humble beginnings as a print zine in 1988. The ever evolving Boing Boing crew created this intimate event in cahoots with some of our favorite people, Baby Tattoo Books, where art, innovation, magic, comedy and technology came together.
Boing Boing Crew at Weekend of Wonder (Photo: Star Foreman)
Once we found out the weekend was to be hosted at the Mission Inn in Riverside, we thought it would be only fitting to see if they wanted to visit the Prints on Wood factory. No only did they say yes, but they persuaded Starry Kitchen, an LA Asian fusion pop up restaurant, to bring some of their famous Crispy Tofu Balls for everyone to munch on during the tour. Besides the Crispy Tofu Balls, the other best part of Starry Kitchen is the banana suit Nguyen Tran wears while serving up his delicious food.
Starry Kitchen's owner Nguyen Tran in his favorite banana suit. (Photo: Star Foreman)
The tour began with a little history on how the Prints on Wood story began back in 2005 with the Sea No Evil Art Show and then evolved into what it has become today. There was also a quick overview of the evolution of the Shepard Fairey Lotus Woman coffee table from the R&D stage thru to the finished tables.
A brief history of Prints on Wood by founder Derric Swinfard
The tour ended with watching the transformation of a sheet of wood into a fine art wood print. A special thanks to Coop for collaborating with us on the print and signing the 100 limited edition prints exclusive to the Weekend of Wonder attendees.
Coop at the Prints on Wood factory with his print "hot off the press"
Saturday and Sunday were filled with workshops on making juggling balls, then learning how to juggle, getting out of straight jacket, picking locks, some slight of hand card tricks and uncovering a 50 year old puzzle with artifacts both written and real.
Straight Jacket escape by Andrew Mayne (Photo: Star Foreman)
Not to mention a tour of the catacombs beneath the hotel that showcased the mysterious and meticulous work of Thomas Kuntz automatas.
Thomas Kuntz in the Mission Inn catacombs with one of his automata (Photo: Star Foreman)
The Weekend of Wonder lived up to it's name and then surpassed it. We are already trying to figure out a way to be apart of this event again next year. Click this link to see more pictures from the Weekend of Wonder.
For more information on Boing Boing and Weekend of Wonder please visit: http://boingboing.net/
For more information on Baby Tattoo Books, please visit: http://www.babytattoo.com/
Posted on September 8, 2015
When people use the phrase "time is money," it means time is a valuable resource, so use it wisely. However, not in this case. Time is memories. One can look back at a special moment in time and forever hang onto those memories.
Time has a timeline and every minute of the hour has a special and unique memory. It's always nice to use your time wisely, but it's important to reminisce what happened in the past time to time.
We had the opportunity to make these special order custom photo clocks and capture special moments in a unique way. The custom photo clocks have printed pictures on the center with a spot for the clock machinery in the middle.
We feel privileged to help a create a unique and special memento for the home. If you can dream it, we can probably make it - printed on wood! Check out these amazing photo wooden clocks made by yours truly.
Posted on August 30, 2015
Jazzberry Blue is an abstract artist that creates geographical pieces. He makes maps of popular and iconic cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London, and much more, with similar abstract patterns and color schemes of oranges, blues, and blacks.
He also created a series of maps in a black and white color scheme. Although these maps aren't as geographically accurate as your very own navigational system, Jazzberry Blue takes the unique essence of each city and incorporates it into an abstract piece. These abstract maps are printed onto wood. Almost every major city you could visit in the US and internationally has been turned into an a cool abstract colorful map printed on wood.
Jazzberry Blue is quite a clever artist. He makes concrete subjects that cannot seem abstract into abstract art works, which make his pieces even more fascinating. Jazzberry Blue not only creates maps, but he also creates national parks, typo-geography, travel, and book covers all in his own style.
It's always an adventure to figure out what cities are being shipped out each week. We have many of Jazzberry Blue's pieces available on our webpage today, http://www.printsonwood.com/artists/jazzberryblue.
To see more of his amazing portfolio, visit his webpage at http://www.jazzberryblue.com/.
Posted on August 26, 2015
Coming this Friday, August 28th at noon PST will be our first release with the famed rock and roll poster artist Jermaine Rogers! Can you tell we're a bit excited about it?
It was not with a light heart that we chose Queens of the Stone Age (Houston) rock poster "Rock and Roll Saved My Life". But it was not a particularly easy choice either given the plethera of images Jermaine has in his repertoire; but we think it was a good choice and we hope you agree. If there are any doubts, let Jermaine tell you bit more about this piece....
'Rock and roll saved my life? Why, yes...and in many ways. The music, the lyrics, the performances, the art work...and yes, the posters: they all served as little life-rafts for me through the years. I've built much of my adult life with the raw materials of rock and roll. I can't imagine 'me' without it.
Some of you are familiar with the 'flying eyeball'. It is a 'rock and roll' poster icon, used most famously on a concert poster by artist Rick Griffin for a 1968 Jimi Hendrix show in San Francisco, but used by other artists as well. Griffin was familiar with the mythology around the sacred 'Eye In The Sky', the all seeing eye that peers through human deceit & illusion. He was also familiar with southern California pinstriper Von Dutch, and his flying eyeball logo: a quirky take on the ancient icon.
When Griffin's version of the flying eyeball made it's appearance, though, something was different. This eyeball hovered, more visceral and aware. It held a glare that burned through you. The stare was arresting...taking an accounting of you, measuring you as a human being. Some have commented that Griffin sometimes spoke of the eye as 'god'.
To me, an artist who's life has been greatly affected and transformed by the 'rock and roll poster', the eyeball IS 'rock and roll'. It is the perfect visualization of the aura and the experience: rock and roll's 'Holy Ghost'. This music is a living thing. It peers into your soul, discerning thoughts and intentions, motives and fears. In my darkest hours, it stood by me. It helped define for me a purpose and repeatedly showed me the 'roads less traveled', cramped and waiting there in the shadows if I dared to wander upon them. The visual art of the rock poster, specifically, is a breathing and pulsing religion. For me, it's prophets were men like Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson, Guy Juke, Ray Pettibon, Mad Marc Rude, Frank Kozik, and others...all pointing the way to a freedom that COULD be had. 'Rock and roll' showed me 'hands' that I didn't know I had. So, i knelt there...bare and exposed, and let the music and the art wrap themselves around me & swallow me whole.'
The only thing that could make this print better would be another print by Jermaine! Well, guess what, Jermaine personally added a signed mini screen print with each wood print ordered. Not only incredibily talented, but equally generous and kind as well.
Limited to 50 prints, the 10" x 15" fine art wood print is priced at $100 with the option to add a custom brown Italian frame for $29. Once their gone their gone so get yours Friday.
Posted on August 21, 2015
We are often intrigued by the creativity of our customers. It's very interesting to see the different and unique ways the wood prints we make are used. Last week, Steven Paul Judd, All Action Figure, had sent us his finished project using the wood prints and we were mind blown.
He made custom lego figurines and mounted them onto the wood prints we had made for him. We definitely got a kick out of these vintage all- American themed pieces.
The photos below are a few examples of his phenomenal work! Paul Judd will be debuting his POP art for the time at the Indian Market in Santa Fe.
If you love classic american characters, Lego and custom wood prints, it's a perfect storm. And if you live in Santa Fe, we all are envious of your ability to see these cool figures in person.
Posted on August 20, 2015
Buff Monster, a huge street artist and American painter, who adamantly expresses confidence, individuality, and happiness throughout his art pieces. His work embodies happy, unique and brightly colored characters that are printed onto all sorts of mediums such as, prints, walls, stickers, toys, plush and much more.
One characteristic or theme Buff Monster repeats throughout most of his works is the color pink. To Buff Monster, pink symbolizes confidence, individuality and happiness. Buff Monster has become a successful artist, and has worked with many recognizable brands such as, Disney, Kid Robot, Sanrio, Hello kitty, and much more. He has also painted large mural projects and many of his paintings are displayed at galleries around the world.
Prints on Wood has worked with Buff Monster to release one of his new pieces, "Strawberry Terry." Many of his art works are based on the things he likes. For example, "Strawberry Terry" and many of his other collections are about ice cream.
This piece is awesome because we are having two different options available during its release. "Strawberry Terry" will have a cut to shape option for $100 and a framed option for $150. Our framing option is fairly new, and we're so please to see the nice finishing touch it gives to every piece. "Strawberry Terry" will be available on our webpage starting today through Friday, August 21st.
“Strawberry Terry” Release Details
Print Size: 12”x12”
Medium: 1/2" Natural Gloss
Price: Cut to shape print: $100; Framed: $150
Availability: Sale starts at 10 am on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, August 21, 2015 at midnight.
Posted on August 19, 2015
If you have ever had the chance to experience an event curated by Bob Self, then you have had the opportunity to be swept off your feet with amazing talent and wonder that surrounds his events. In his upcoming exhibit Baby Tattoo: Carnival of Astounding Art at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Bob Self is bringing a collaborative experience from all of his events to one place. This is a huge exhibition featuring the many artists who have been apart of the Baby Tattoo story, including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Jeff Soto, Tara McPherson, Luke Chueh, Joe Sorren, Audrey Kawasaki, Robert Williams, Travis Louie and Lola to name a few.
Bob Self has been hosting Baby Tattooville events that bring together artists and collectors in an intimate weekend experience at the timeless Mission Inn. The exhibit will feature the art collaborations created at each Baby Tattooville event, the Art Jam. The Art Jam is the culmination of the weekend long collaboration by all the attending artists. The Art Jam piece from each of the last eight years will be on exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
The ninth and final Baby Tattooville event will feature Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. The culminating event will feature, for the first time, a Surrealist Ball with grand costumes and more to be announced.
The Carnival of Astounding Art will present a sampling of all the art and artists that have contributed and have been a part of Bob Self's events and book publishing. We have had the privilege to be a part of two of the Beyond Brookledge events in 2014 and 2015. We were able to donate two fine art prints on wood, "The Amazing Mort" by Travis Louie and "We See What We Seek" by Zelda Devon, shown in the top and bottom photos.
The Carnival of Astounding Art at the Oceanside Museum of Art opens Saturday, August 22nd and will be on exhibit until January 3rd, 2016. Please visit this link to find out more: http://www.kpbs.org/events/ongoing/oceanside-museum-art-presents-baby-tattoo-carnival/
Posted on August 17, 2015
We always receives a wide variety of requests when it comes to projects. So far, in the past, we have done all sorts of different projects for Coachella, art exhibits, beer tradeshows, and much more. Recently, we have teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment America to help prepare for their new game release.
On August 11, 2015, Sony released their new game, "Everybody's Gone To The Rapture." This game begins with an apocalypse, but goes back into the past to explore the different choices individuals make when they are faced with disasters that are way out of their control. It goes back into different moments and years before 2015.
Although game releases and wood prints seem like they don't coincide, they can and Sony made it work! In the Sony office, they have this huge wall display of digital faces of each designer and every game release the teams have completed printed onto personalized wood prints with magnetic backs. This wall certainly is a wall of all their successes. What a great and creative way to display wood prints Sony!
As each game is released a new wood prints are created to add to this "wall of pride" and each game designer's office space. This was the day "Everybody's Gone To The Rapture" was added to the wall. These ceremonies only occur when there's a new game launch, which is huge to those who put in their hard work for a certain project. Getting this piece delivered on time meant a lot and we were glad to come through for them.