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Thunder Panel Auction

ART, GRAFFITI, DailyThunderDusty GilpinComment

This last year, I had the opportunity to paint and install a mural on the side of The Cage basketball courts in beautiful Downtown OKC! Downtown OKC Inc, was incredibly helpful, hospitable, and professional with their assistance in getting my temporary mural approved and promoted. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with their team in creating a public piece of art for the duration of the Thunder's '16-'17 basketball season. I hope you got the chance to check out the work in person. It was a blast to paint and install.

Now that the season is over, these panels must be deinstalled. They got a lot of wear and tear, but still look good. Currently, they are in the back of my truck and I don't have a place to permanently store them.

Together, the 1/4" wood panels are 28' long and 8' tall. They have slight weather wear, and have small holes/cracks in them from where we installed them with zip-ties to the basketball court fence. Despite the wear, I think these panels would still look great installed in someone's garage, game room, or gym. I want to offer them up for auction via Instagram and Facebook.

If interested in purchasing these panels, visit @TreeAndLeaf on Instagram, or Facebook.com/treeandleaf and place your bid in the comments section. This is a flash sale, highest bid above $200 will get them delivered to your place anywhere up to 20 miles from the Plaza! The auction will end tomorrow at 10pm! I'll update the comments periodically with current highest bid.

Have fun! Email us if you have questions!

Artist Series: Okie Cody

ART, PLAZA DISTRICT, Local, INTERVIEW, Drink And Draw, The Pencil PushersSteven SilvaComment

      Okie Cody is an up-and-coming artist in Oklahoma City. He’s a friend of ours and a Pencil Pushers regular, meaning we’ve been lucky enough to see him get better and better up close. He proudly reps his born-and-raised Oklahoma heritage with the stately moniker, but none of the folksy horses, bison, or scissortail flycatchers of traditional, Great-Plainsy iconography oversaturate his work. Instead, he opts for a smorgasbord of bold lines, bold colors, horror, and pop culture. Read on for our interview, and catch his show next Friday, May 12th, beginning at 7PM.

Cody, thanks for doing this! You're an inspiration. I’ve coasted, gotten worse, gotten stuck, you name it…and then with you, it seems like you're always drawing and I’m like, “This guy…” and it pushes me. I think most people who usually mean really well say to artists, “Wow, you’re so talented!” And that may be – you’re a talented guy – but I think it undersells how much time you spend working on this. When did you start? And was there a moment when it became a bigger deal for you?

My dad taught me how to color, but I'd say I've been interested in art since my Grandpa introduced it to me at a young age. He liked to do pencil drawings of old cars like Model Ts and Corvettes. He would give me lessons on how to draw. After that I was always drawing or doodling, even to the point where in one high school class, I didn't even have to write my name on the paper. The teacher knew it was mine because of all the doodles. 
I started getting more serious about my art after high school. Going to Drink & Draw (now known as Pencil Pushers) every Thursday, and being around other artists made me want to improve. With that improvement came much encouragement and people asking me to do commissions for them. Doing that made me think about possibly doing art for a living.
...I didn’t even have to write my name on the paper. The teacher knew it was mine because of all the doodles.

What do you like to draw? How would you describe your style and subject matter?

I normally gravitate towards darker themes in my art. Things like skulls, zombies, pop culture monsters, and other creepy and gross stuff. Things that my dad really likes, but things that make my mom say, "It's good, but it's not very pretty." I'm not sure where it comes from because I'm a pretty goofy guy, but it's what I like to do. 
I mainly work in pen and ink, as well as digital drawings on my phone, but all of the pieces in this show were done in acrylic. I'd say that I have a graphic/illustrative style, with thick and thin lines and bold, solid, cell-shaded colors. 

Who are some of your favorite artists and inspirations?

A lot of my inspiration and growth has come from the guys at Drink & Draw. When I first started going, I would really look up to them. They would inspire me to be a better artist as well find a style that is consistent and could be recognized as mine. 
I also get inspiration from online. A lot of my time is spent watching art tutorials, speed-paints, and thumbing through artist profiles on Instagram. Some favorite artists that come to mind are Jerry Bennett, Edgardo George, Ashton Letton, Bailey Hart, Valerie Sisk, Josiah Brooks, Mary Doodles, Danica Sills, Sam Moore, Carrie South, and Nicholas Keiser. They all have very different styles, but each one has very specific things that I love about their art.

Are you a coffee shop draw-er? Do you lock yourself in a cave? Do you listen to music? What’s the process like for you when you're making art?

I'm more of a sit-at-home-with-no-pants-while-watching-TV kind of draw-er. Ha. Often times I will draw an image out on my phone before I put it on paper or canvas. That way I can get it just the way I want it. It makes it easier to test out and choose colors and highlights that way, too.

Tell me a little bit about this show, specifically. Is there a theme? I know you’re doing some new things with highlights and contrast in your colors. What can I expect? Why should I come out?

All of the pieces in this show are acrylic paintings of varying size, all on canvas. I wouldn't say that there is a theme, but all of the images are a consistent style, making up a cohesive body of work. I have been working on pushing the highlights and contrast in my art, and that can definitely be seen in each piece. As for the subject matter, there are skulls and other creepy things that are portrayed. 
What can be expected? You can expect to see graphic, illustrative art with bright colors and bold lines. There is also a nod to tattooing, as that is something I would really like to do in the near future. I realize that my art is something that not everyone would want to hang on their wall, but if you like dark and quirky stuff, then you will like the pieces in this show. Prints and buttons will also be available.

If you're a cheapskate, buy a print or a button. Okay, Plug City, where can people find more of your work?

A lot of my stuff can be seen on my website, okiecodyart.com. On that website, there are works in multiple types of mediums. 
Also, check out my Instagram, @okiecody. Instagram is updated more often than my website. 

Okie Cody's show kicks off Friday, May 12th, 7 - 11 PM.

Blue Seven Clean Start 2017

Adventures, LocalDusty GilpinComment

Blue Seven is a long-time friend of Tree & Leaf. We've collaborated on a number of projects, products, and events. Local businesses relay on the support of their community, but also the support of other local businesses. We wouldn't get anywhere if we treated small business ownership like a competition. There is an old saying, "A rising tide lifts all boats." It is most commonly referring to economics, but can be applied to all situations. When one of us is doing well, it lifts the community. We should have a drive to support each other in the events, goods, and culture we each produce - it helps us all.

6 years ago, Caleb asked if I would participate in a small project he had called Clean Start. He told me it was to demonstrate how jeans wear over a period of 6 months. Get a pair of jeans, wear them without washing, and see what happens. I'd never worn raw denim before, but figured it was an easy way to not do laundry for 6 months! Every year since then I've participated in Blue Seven's Clean Start Program. Now, it's the only way I break in jeans. The final product is a pair of pants that fits perfectly and has unique signs of distress. Along with a great pair of jeans, they've built a really fun community around the project. The initial group of participants in 2011 was 20 and it has now grown to around 200 participants each year!

Doug's Laundry with it's great signage and classic vibes. A great place for Blue Seven to host it's wash party.

Doug's Laundry with it's great signage and classic vibes. A great place for Blue Seven to host it's wash party.

Every year, they document before and after pictures of the jean wear and tear. The jeans get their first wash in 6 months and then are displayed as apart of a big party hosted by Blue Seven. Last year, I noticed such a change between the appearance before and after the wash, I wanted to make sure to document it this year. Here's some photos of the pair (Railcar Fine Goods 13.75 oz) I've been wearing for 7 months.

Here's what the Railcar Fine Goods 13.75oz 'Spike' look like before being broken in.

Here's what the Railcar Fine Goods 13.75oz 'Spike' look like before being broken in.

I promise I didn't use any filters or adjust the saturation of either of these photos. The left is my jeans with all the sawdust, paint overspray, and dirt of 7 months worth of wear. The right is hung dry after the first wash. All the areas of wear really pop after the first wash. Notice the color change of the threads of the torn knee. Gross!

I promise I didn't use any filters or adjust the saturation of either of these photos. The left is my jeans with all the sawdust, paint overspray, and dirt of 7 months worth of wear. The right is hung dry after the first wash. All the areas of wear really pop after the first wash. Notice the color change of the threads of the torn knee. Gross!

I wear a pair of construction boots almost everyday. They hold up the bottom of the jeans and create some interesting creases. Every once and a while I accidentally brush agains a can of plastisol ink that's sitting on the floor in my shop.

I wear a pair of construction boots almost everyday. They hold up the bottom of the jeans and create some interesting creases. Every once and a while I accidentally brush agains a can of plastisol ink that's sitting on the floor in my shop.

This is the back of the knee where a lot of scrunching and creasing happens. The indigo in the jeans is slowly worn off as they wear. After the first wash, all those lines get cleaned to a light blue, almost white.

This is the back of the knee where a lot of scrunching and creasing happens. The indigo in the jeans is slowly worn off as they wear. After the first wash, all those lines get cleaned to a light blue, almost white.

Things like wallets, keys, and cellphones, all leave wear marks on the jeans. For me, left pocket cell phone, right pocket wallet. The metal money clip on my wallet just barely wore all the way through.

Things like wallets, keys, and cellphones, all leave wear marks on the jeans. For me, left pocket cell phone, right pocket wallet. The metal money clip on my wallet just barely wore all the way through.

I'm very lucky to have been asked to help design the patch for this year's limited Clean Start jeans. Here's what they looked like right after being pressed, and what mine looked like after getting worn in.

I'm very lucky to have been asked to help design the patch for this year's limited Clean Start jeans. Here's what they looked like right after being pressed, and what mine looked like after getting worn in.

I know, It's kinda weird, but it's also really cool! There's a handful of great reasons why breaking in a pair of jeans this way is the best way. You don't have to ask my opinion on it - get the facts from fine denim makers and the Blue Seven crew at the Clean Start Party on May 20th at the newly renovated Sunshine Cleaners building on Classen! Follow Blue Seven on Instagram, Facebook, or at their website to stay filled in on all your denim needs! You can also see other photos from other local denim wearers at #B7CleanStart.