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Designer Con

  • Joe Ledbetter - DCon Print

    As Designer Convention draws closer and closer, we've gotten a lot more opportunities to work with some rad artists. Today, we'll be taking a look at some artwork by Joe Ledbetter.

    Joe Ledbetter is an artist, illustrator, and toy designer based in Los Angeles, CA. His artwork is inspired and influenced by classic animation, underground comics, skateboarding, and 1980s video games. His work is known for mixing irony, social criticism, and mischief. The creatures in his artwork were meant to anthropomorphize the human condition.

    This piece is called "Balducci the Marvelous," and it definitely lives up to its name!

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    Look at those colors! They're so vibrant and beautiful! Many artists prefer wood prints, since they allow the colors blend well with the natural wood canvas. The wood elevates the artwork and enhances the colors of the artwork. Wood prints are also easier to display, and capture attention in a way that no typical poster or non-wood canvas can. These prints are also durable and will ensure that the artwork will last for years to come.

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    This wood piece will be displayed at DCon on November 19-20th. Will you be attending?

    If you're an artist and want to create your own wood print, check out our main site at http://www.printsonwood.com/

  • Italian Frames Meets Fine Art

    New Year means new you! OR if you prefer to stay the same that works too! Either way, if you're an art collector, looking to switch it up or want something old to look new again, then we have something perfect for you! Some of our fine art selections may include a handmade Italian frame, which is a perfect way to make an art piece stick out such as the ones in this blog post.

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    This one of Renee French's limited pieces of Ben Mendelsohn Raccoon. This piece is a DesignerCon 2016 exclusive marquee print and is signed by French as well. Renee French is an American artist, best known as a comics writer and illustrator, who also enthralls audiences as an exhibiting fine artist.

     

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    Did we mention that the Italian Frame comes in different colors? In Drew Merritt's "Eye of the Beholder" piece, you'll find that this print comes in a brown frame. This print is apart of Along the Grain. In collaboration with Treason Gallery and Prints on Wood, Along The Grain presents itself as new take on fine art reproduction, while providing approachability to new collectors as well as those looking to add a one of a kind piece to their collection.

  • Artist Spotlight: Tara McPherson

    Tara McPherson? More like Tara Mc-FIERCE-son! Get it? Because... you know... that... uh... er.... um... yeah. Lame jokes aside, we love Tara McPherson! We got a chance to speak with her at DesignerCon 2016 where she revealed her newest print release for 2017: Electric Lola

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    Click to see a sneak peak of ELECTRIC LOLA

    While the release date of this piece is still a secret, check out these Tara releases available right now! (While supplies last)

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    THE WANDERERS - Tara McPherson

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    THE FOUNTAIN - Tara McPherson

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    SUPERNOVA II - Tara McPherson

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    UMIBOZO LAKE - Tara McPherson

    Don't forget to use promo code LOVEART when ordering any of these, and all of our other artist releases and get 20% OFF* for a limited time!

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    *Offer not valid on Treason Gallery / Obey Table Print releases.

  • D-CON 2016 RECAP

    If you've been following along. D-CON 2016 has come and gone, but all the fun still lives on in our hearts! Why? Because it was awesome, that’s why! What was so awesome about it you might ask?

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    Pictured Above: This is why I'm broke.

    If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con before they started air-dropping celebrities in to promote their lackluster super hero cross-over movie sequels, the edges of the convention center would have more homegrown offerings ranging from cool posters to collectible toys.

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    Batman and Robin looking a little.... ambiguous.

    As Comic-Con began to grow in popularity, so did the big corporations and their booths. This expansion started to push out the smaller vendors to the point where all that’s remaining of the art-geek scene congregated into a small sliver roughly 3 aisles wide, in addition to a handful of booths peppered across the entire convention center.

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    Pictured Above: The intellectual equivalent of my teenage mind.

    Sure, standing for line for 4 hours to get Nicolas Cage to sign your t-shirt is fun and all, but for me, the best part of Comic-Con was looking for neat things to slap on my wall or pose on my bookcase. To make a long-boring story short, Designer Con is awesome because it takes that small sliver of indie artists, custom vinyl toys, and all sorts of one of a kind art and wraps an entire convention around it.

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    If advertisers we're honest.

    Spanning over 90,000 square feet, D-CON packs a myriad of Artists from all walks of life… be it graffiti, low-brow, toys, or clothing, you’re guaranteed to see someone you recognize if you’re into this sort of thing. If you’re not, then we promise you’ll still see all sorts of awesome merch and collectibles.

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    Don't know what that is... but I WANT one!

    As a sponsor of the event and also a vendor, we at PRINTS ON WOOD always feel at home when we attend. Granted, we sell limited edition art prints, but more-so because at heart, we’re all a bunch of art-nerds! Best part is we got to spend an entire weekend with some of our favorite artists!

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    D-CON / PRINTS ON WOOD Booth 2016

    This year we had some of the biggest names from the industry were signing their exclusive POW/D-CON limited editions prints at our booth. Saturday we had the pleasure of hosting ...

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    Renee French (making smoking look adorable)

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    Luke Chueh (making himself look adorkable)

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    KMNDZ (signing prints based off of his live painted piece from last year's D-Con)

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    and Matt Gondek, "blowing it up" at our booth (Haha... get it?)

    Sundays at D-CON are always a little more chill, but just as much fun. We had Tara McPherson kick it at our booth, promoting her awesome print release, The Fountain.

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    Last, but certainly never to be considered the least, we had Jermaine Rogers signing his exclusive D-CON/POW wood print, Tell Me How To Help You...

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    While we love all those people and think they're super cool, we have to be honest. They weren't the only important guests at our booth this year. That's right. The people that make us the happiest at D-CON this year, and every year, is ALL OF YOU!

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    Pictured Above: Some of you!

    Prints On Wood wants to thank each and every one of you who came by our booth at D-CON 2016. Those of you who bought a print, shook our hand, asked for a sticker, told us we had a cool logo, and yes... even those of you who rolled your eyes when we told you how much some of the bigger prints cost! You are what makes this company and what we do great!

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    Although we've got a lot of people on the inside who help with that too!

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    For those of you who couldn't make it out this year, stay  tuned to Prints On Wood as we'll start release some of our limited edition, exclusive D-CON wood prints shortly!

  • Matt Gondek - Deconstructive Pop Artist

    Matt Gondek is one of the many artists that will be showcasing his work at DesignerCon 2016 this year. He is a Pop Artist that specializes in painting Deconstructed Pop Icons. Matt is also currently based in LA. His current motto is, "figure it out as you go along."

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    Matt's career started when he created his first comic book in elementary school. After realizing his potential, he began to work as a digital illustrator and created graphics for licensed clothing companies. Matt later opened up his own clothing and art boutique. However, this was not a success story. It shut its doors within a year of opening.

    Although Matt initially struggled with a lack of direction after his first attempt at running a boutique failed, he eventually found his way back up. He began to create artwork that consisted of deconstructed and fractured cartoon characters. His signature style depicts pop icons with exploding heads. They are painted in bright colors and have a clean graphic art style.

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    These high quality wood prints that will be put on display are sure to be a hit amongst convention-goers!
    (In this photo, it's being packaged and is ready to be send out.) Wood prints are a great way for artists to display their art. Wood is a truly unique type of canvas.

    Matt's work is now displayed in art galleries and on outdoor murals all around Los Angeles.

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    To find more of Matt's artwork, click here.

  • Jermaine Rogers - Artist

    Jermaine Rogers is a famous poster artist and painter, located in Brooklyn, New York. He is known as one of the leaders in the field of modern rock poster art. He has created and produced poster artwork for concerts, musical events, and musical releases - particularly for rock and roll artists. So far, he has designed nearly 800 posters for many musical artists, including Neil Young, David Bowie, and etc.

    However, Rogers also creates a lot of paintings as well. The one below is known as "Tell Me How to Help You." This piece was inspired by his original print called "I Think I Am Losing My Mind."

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    Neat, huh? Rogers has asked us for our help in printing this piece on wood, so we helped! The natural wood grain on the birch is a perfect addition to the grainy art style of this print. It creates a more vibrant and adds a vintage feel to the art, without making the colors dull. In fact, the wood elevates the colors! This particular print is framed - and has a bright white finish. Frames can also come in white and is available here for a limited time!

    We also brought this piece to Designer Con 2016. These prints will be available to purchase for a limited time, so get yours today!

  • DesignerCon 2016

    For the past few weeks, our staff has been hard at work with assisting various artists print their artwork on wood pieces to prepare for DesignerCon.

    DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that will feature collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel - as well as urban, underground, and pop art. Artists and designers will be able set up their own booths and showcase their artwork and designs. This year, DCon will take place on November 19-20, and will feature over 150+ artists.

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    (created by artist Matt Gondek)

    With Designer Con quickly approaching, many artists have asked for our help with creating wood prints. Typically, these artists send us their designs and we take care of the rest of the work.

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    (created by artist Joe Ledbetter)

    Why wood prints? Well to start, they're a truly unique canvas that adds another beautiful dimension to artwork. It enhances and transforms the original piece with a natural, more vintage feel. The wood grain gives the artwork a unique appearance, so in a way - no two pieces are the same. Printing art on wood creates a durable, beautiful image that these artists can proudly display anywhere.

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    (created by artist Tara McPherson)

    The photos above are just a few examples of the awesome pieces we've created for previous artists. These pieces will be displayed at DesignerCon, so keep an eye out while you're there!

    If you're an artist and you want to see what the hype about printing on wood is about, contact us or check out our website for more information! You won't regret it!

  • PRINTS ON WOOD: D-CON 2016

    For our third year in a row, PRINTS ON WOOD is rocking the house at D-CON 2016!

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    What is D-CON you might ask? Besides sounding like a Transformer with a 2.0 grade average, D-CON actually stands for DESIGNER CON. Although that might sound like a bunch of bearded hipsters wearing plaid shirts, congregating at their local coffee shop to argue the merits of Arial Vs. Helvetica, I assure you it’s way less pretentious than it sounds!

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    Underneath that man-bun, he’s secretly judging your font choices.

    D-CON is kind of like Comic Con... minus the long lines, summer heat, and gender neutral / body positive cosplay. It’s an annual art and design convention taking place November 19th & 20th at the Pasadena Convention Center, featuring 150 different Comic Book Artists, Graffiti Artists, and… uh.. Artist Artists. The best part is that all these weird wonderful people get together to sell awesome looking toys, posters, dolls, t-shirts, and… *drumroll*... PRINTS ON WOOD!!!

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    Prints On Wood Booth: D-Con 2015

    That’s right, PRINTS ON WOOD is bringing it’s big ‘ol honkin juggernaut of a wooden booth. and a whole slew of exclusive limited edition wooden art prints from the some of the biggest names attending D-CON this year, with featured art from all of your Prints on Wood favorites!

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    Some of them are even going to stop by our booth and hang out to sign your prints over this 2-Day Shabang!

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    Plus we’re bringing along a whole stack of t-shirts! “Big deal, there’s all sorts of cool t-shirts a D-CON.” You might say, well guess what? We’re giving ours away FOR FREEEEEEEE!

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    That’s right, all you kids have to do is take a picture of our booth with your fancy computer phones and post is all over your instasnaps and facegrams, just make sure you tag us in the process!

    Rad Art, Cool Artists, and Free T-shirts? Could D-CON get anymore awesome!!?

    Yeah… it could if we saw you there! Come by and say “Wasssup!”, you can find us at Booth #517, look for the CMYK color bars!

    In the meantime, check out some of the art we’ll have for sale at our booth from…

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    BEN MENDELSOLIN RACCOON by RENEE FRENCH

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    THE FOUNTAIN by TARA McPHERSON

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    TELL ME HOW TO HELP YOU by JERMAINE ROGERS

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    THE NOSE KNOWS by LUKE CHUEH

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    THE SKATE SEEKER by JEFF SOTO

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    BOOTLEG POP by MATT GONDEK

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     HELLO HERO HERO HELLO by JOHNNY “KMNDZ” RODRIGUEZ

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    BUBBLE BATH by SIMONE LEGONE

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    THE PROTECTORS by EMEK

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    For more information on D-Con 2016, please visit www.designercon.com

  • "The Wanderers" by Tara McPherson

    We've got a lot of prints headed to the upcoming Designer Convention in November.

    Today, we'll be focusing on the work of Tara McPherson - a renowned artist from New York City. She was born in San Francisco in 1976 and raised in LA, California. McPherson is known for creating magical art about people and the complexities of human nature. She creates otherworldly characters to give us a sneak peek into the complexities of the human mind and psyche. Her artwork focuses on myths, legends, astronomy, love, loss, and life.

    Tara McPherson has been named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE magazine, and has created many posters for large rock bands. Her work has also been published in many books - as well as films.  Tara's art is displayed in magazines, art galleries, and shows from all over the world. To read more about her, click the link here.

    Here's a great new piece she's created called "The Wanderers":

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    This fine art wood print will be one of the marquee prints at our Designer Con booth.  Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that brings together over 350 artists,  vendors, distributors, and retailers to share art, designer toys, apparel, and etc. This two-day event takes place on November 19th & 20th, with tickets ranging from $10-$25.

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    Want to see Tara and get a chance to purchase some of her artwork? Purchase your ticket for DCon today!

  • KMDNZ Goes Deep; Talks Loss, Love and Paying Homage at DesignerCon 2015

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    I interrupted Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez mid-WIP to get to know him and his work a little better. Much of what I knew about the Los Angeles-based graphic designer up to this point dealt with his all-star lineup of internationally revered enterprises tacked on to his resume— brands such as MTV Networks, Universal Pictures, Microsoft, Lexus and Disney. But instead of discussing his commercial successes, KMNDZ and I talked loss, love and paying homage at DesignerCon 2015.

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    Hi Johnny. Can you tell me about the piece you're working on right now live at DCon?

    All week my brain has been racking with, 'What am I gonna' paint? What am I gonna' paint? I drew some stuff up, and just thought 'I'll do more bombs.' But last night, at the last second, I thought I'd just do a tribute piece. So I went and found everyone's like primary head or logo that they do and I'm making a roll call kind of piece. No one knows I'm doing it, but hopefully they'll come by and be like 'hey that's my dude.'

    But even though I'm doing everyone else's art, I'll eventually do my style of their art. Like the dunny or the KAWS; I'll do KAWS, I'll make it look like KAWS, but I'll make it look like wood or put beads all over it or something; kind of KMNDZ-ify it.

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    Very cool. Can you tell me about the print you have available through POW titled "Atoll?" Where's the content from that piece stem from?

    "Atoll" was a part of a Merry Karnowsky exhibition called I'd Rather Love You. The exhibition talks about things that I've been experiencing with loss of love and relationships and whatnot. It's something that drove me to the conclusion that in relationships in general, I've been getting abused a lot. It'd been happening for a long time. I'd gotten to a point where the only proper response was just to love someone back; the proper response was never to respond in an equal manner or to respond with hate in anyway.

    I genuinely wanted to make a difference in the way someone perceives the way you should respond, by just showing them or being an example. We talk about stuff like this a lot, but once you experience it, it's super hard to do— almost impossible to do. We have that innate tendency to like, protect ourselves, but I'm finding the older I get – maybe a little wiser, I don't know – that at the end of the day, I would rather choose death over hurting someone.

    A part of learning this was through a relationship. Like, I love 'this' person and I never wanted to come strongly back at them the way they had at me. So when I paint about bombs, those bombs are full of love and taking what is designed for hate, and replacing it with love.

    Upon finishing this quote, fans and friends approached Johnny to extend a hello, handshake or smile— allowing him to extend that love he embeds in his creations, IRL. Stay tuned for more work from KMNDZ and for an update on his DesignerCon live painting, which just may be up for grabs as a POW printed wall adornment in your home soon. You'll have to check back to know! Till next time.

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