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The Great State Fair Mural Demo

GRAFFITI, ART, PLAZA DISTRICTDusty GilpinComment

This marks the 6th year we've been demonstrating mural and graffiti painting at the State Fair of Oklahoma. We began with only 6 and have increased the exhibition to 18 painters! It is always a great time and incredible atmosphere to get to paint. We always end up getting a very welcomed reaction from the passersby, and Nancy Nortz along with the rest of the State Fair staff is wonderfully accommodating!

Scroll through the carousel gallery below to see all 18 of the panels!

Thanks again to all participating artists, Nancy Nortz and the State Fair of Oklahoma! Lastly, a lot of these artists painted during the Plaza Festival at the Plaza Walls! So if you missed them the first time around, come check out the latest artwork in the neighborhood!

Late Night with Tree & Leaf

GRAFFITI, PLAZA DISTRICT, PRINTING, STATE OF THE UNIONSteven SilvaComment

Another Taco Tuesday in the books.

You know, it's good to be a regular somewhere. You walk through the doors, everybody's waving you aboard like it's Cheers. If you've never been a regular somewhere, take my advice:

Take some time out, pick your place. It doesn't have to be too fancy. You'll have something to look forward to, and pretty soon people will start to recognize you. Next thing you know, the guac doesn't cost extra, not for you.

Yo! Annual festival just ten days away, sandwiched between the beginning and end of the Oklahoma State Fair. We'll live print exclusives throughout the day of the festival (Sep 24th). As for the fair, we've got another 18 (!!!) muralists lined up. Stop by Saturday (17th) anytime 10 - 6 to meet some of the best local artists and watch these guys sling spray paint.

Lastly, and we'll be talking about this a lot in the coming weeks, we're coming up on TEN YEARS in the biz. We're going to be celebrating a decade of printing, painting, and community with a backyard bash on 10/9. From now until 10/2, share a pic repping your favorite @treeandleaf gear and we'll hook you up with VIP prizes during the event, including a free limited release T. More details forthcoming - STAY TUNED!

Dat the Intern

INTERVIEW, PRINTSHOPSteven SilvaComment
He loves it here

He loves it here

Some high school is forcing kids to gain valuable experiences by job shadowing local businesses throughout the semester. As a small business without fat stacks of cash tied up in offshore bank accounts, we're very excited about the free labor.

I sat down with Dat to ask him some questions and find out what's changed since I was in high school.

  • What's up Dat, how often will you be out here? 

Not as much as I want it to be, but from what the school gave me, about once a month. Didn't check on the date to where it ends, but it's probably soon.

  • And which school is forcing you to do this?

Haha the school "forcing" me is John Marshall High School....not as terrible as you may think.

  • Did you control your destiny or was it like one of those creepy dystopian novels where they assign you a job based on your personality?

I actually wanted to take this career path because of my love of art and video games, and no one told me what I'm supposed to do really. 

  • Just making it up as you go...Nice. What drew you to Tree & Leaf?

I'm interested in art. I have a friend that told me his brother knew a guy that worked here and I said "Perfect, I'll text him right away".

  • Expand on the type of art you like.

Most of my interest in art comes from video games, so character designs, concept art of landscapes, etc. but I also watch a lot of anime, and well, those guys are pretty cool to draw as well.

  • I heard you play soccer. I play soccer! That's amazing, we're basically the same. Any favorite teams or players?

Yes, I do play soccer, not that good please don't judge, and my favorite team would have to be Real Madrid, but my favorite player has to be Lionel Messi.

  • What's cool in high school these days?

Ummm not really much. Just studying, drama with relationships, fights (I don't get in any), and horrible lunch food really. Stuff you see in movies basically.

  • Would I be cool in high school right now?

No

  • I'm going to let that slide. Do people constantly ask you what you're going to do after graduation? 

Of course! It's one of the only questions they ask, but I always tell them that graphic designing is probably the career choice I'm aiming to do.

  • Do you ever worry that this internship will be the high point of your life, and it's all downhill from here?

Well everybody has those moments and yes I do, but I don't let that bother me because being low in my pretty life is lame and going for the top is the main priority.

Get a load of that positive attitude. We're really excited to have Dat. He's going to be working with us once a month. We'll let him take over our social media stories, and probably completely base his grade on how many likes he gets. Sorry kid, that's the real world. If you don't want to see Dat flunk out of school, tune in and let him know how he's doing!