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ART, PRINTINGDusty GilpinComment

I don't think I realized how much of my time would be spent painting once I closed the brick and mortar. Thankfully, I hit the ground running and have stayed busy working on great projects with wonderful clients! I'll keep the long winded post on reserve for another day, but here are a few images of recent work, friends, and upcoming projects. THANK YOU, for sticking with me during this recent transition. I'm sure its a shocker, but I'm scatterbrained. If you've reached out about a project, hit me up again (via email) and I'll do my best to get back to you!

These photos are in no order, just random work since the last blog post.

 I got to help  Jason Pawley  install some lettering for lululemon in Classen Curve above his beautiful mural.

I got to help Jason Pawley install some lettering for lululemon in Classen Curve above his beautiful mural.

 I installed some additional triangles to the 405 Yoga in Midtown. Merideth is a great client and I'm always stoked to work with them. This really added a ton of energy to the room, it's amazing how much some color can change the emotion in an area.

I installed some additional triangles to the 405 Yoga in Midtown. Merideth is a great client and I'm always stoked to work with them. This really added a ton of energy to the room, it's amazing how much some color can change the emotion in an area.

 Helped my buddy,  Tanner Frady,  install some lettering for  Oil & Clay Studio  in Norman. Very classic sign gig. It's always great to paint with Tanner. He's a great friend, and one of the only persons in the world that can tolerate hours of me singing along to KOMA.

Helped my buddy, Tanner Frady, install some lettering for Oil & Clay Studio in Norman. Very classic sign gig. It's always great to paint with Tanner. He's a great friend, and one of the only persons in the world that can tolerate hours of me singing along to KOMA.

 I painted a corrugated metal container for Levi at The Butcher BBQ in Wellston. Hands down, the best bar-b-que in Oklahoma. It actually snowed on me while I was painting, but ended up being a nice day. You   MUST   try their food, its incredible.

I painted a corrugated metal container for Levi at The Butcher BBQ in Wellston. Hands down, the best bar-b-que in Oklahoma. It actually snowed on me while I was painting, but ended up being a nice day. You MUST try their food, its incredible.

 I had a lot of inquiries while I was on painting gigs, so I decided to whip up some business cards. Two color, front and back. Had a lot of fun with this, even though it probably wasn't worth the time I put into it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I had a lot of inquiries while I was on painting gigs, so I decided to whip up some business cards. Two color, front and back. Had a lot of fun with this, even though it probably wasn't worth the time I put into it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 My good friends at  Bleu Garten  gave me full creative freedom to design and print a shirt for their one-of-a-kind bartender, James! I got to go snap a few photos of James and turn him into a t-shirt design. I went with bright colors and funky aesthetic, because James is a wonderfully vibrant guy. Really thankful for the Bleu Garten team and their continued efforts to support local art and culture.     I was asked by Luidgi at Cafe Kacao to brighten up the wall accompanying their new walk-up window. He new he wanted the word 'ALEGRÍA' and lots of bright color. This wall was 12' tall and 50' long. Another example of how color can really change the vibe of an area, this one is hard to miss!

My good friends at Bleu Garten gave me full creative freedom to design and print a shirt for their one-of-a-kind bartender, James! I got to go snap a few photos of James and turn him into a t-shirt design. I went with bright colors and funky aesthetic, because James is a wonderfully vibrant guy. Really thankful for the Bleu Garten team and their continued efforts to support local art and culture.

 

I was asked by Luidgi at Cafe Kacao to brighten up the wall accompanying their new walk-up window. He new he wanted the word 'ALEGRÍA' and lots of bright color. This wall was 12' tall and 50' long. Another example of how color can really change the vibe of an area, this one is hard to miss!

 
 My beautiful wife,  Kristen , shares a birthday with Woody Guthrie! She's been wanting to visit the annual WoodyFest in Okemah, OK. She notified me that we could win tickets if I entered their t-shirt design contest. I haven't heard on whether my design won or not, but I really love the way this illustration turned out. Being a printer for 12 years has really influenced the way I design; loose registration makes this a printers dream!

My beautiful wife, Kristen, shares a birthday with Woody Guthrie! She's been wanting to visit the annual WoodyFest in Okemah, OK. She notified me that we could win tickets if I entered their t-shirt design contest. I haven't heard on whether my design won or not, but I really love the way this illustration turned out. Being a printer for 12 years has really influenced the way I design; loose registration makes this a printers dream!

 I submitted a painting to Fowler Auto's V-Dubs on AutoAlley art show. This 2x3 is a 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco  Champagne Edition . I had no idea this car even existed until a month ago. It's basically a suped-up Rabbit and I think its hella dope. Still looking for a home for this one, so inquire about price if you're interested!

I submitted a painting to Fowler Auto's V-Dubs on AutoAlley art show. This 2x3 is a 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco Champagne Edition. I had no idea this car even existed until a month ago. It's basically a suped-up Rabbit and I think its hella dope. Still looking for a home for this one, so inquire about price if you're interested!

 Adam at Rad City needed some signage on his garage door in the alley. They provided the design and I provided the paint. I was super excited to paint along side this amazing old shipping/receiving sign.

Adam at Rad City needed some signage on his garage door in the alley. They provided the design and I provided the paint. I was super excited to paint along side this amazing old shipping/receiving sign.

 There's a new ice cream shop in town! The fine gentlemen at  Capitals Ice Cream  asked if I could paint some flowers on the wall. This was a totally new style for me, but I'm pretty stoked on the outcome. These 12' flowers took over 20 hours to paint and we knocked it out in two days. Very glad to have  Kristen Vails  and  Lindsay Zodrow  help paint for a few hours!

There's a new ice cream shop in town! The fine gentlemen at Capitals Ice Cream asked if I could paint some flowers on the wall. This was a totally new style for me, but I'm pretty stoked on the outcome. These 12' flowers took over 20 hours to paint and we knocked it out in two days. Very glad to have Kristen Vails and Lindsay Zodrow help paint for a few hours!

 This Saturday and Sunday is  HABIT Mural Festival  in Tulsa! I've been drafting up images of what to paint, and I'm pretty stoked on what I have lined up. I figure this is an opportunity to paint what I want and challenge myself, so I'm going up with some big plans. Keep up on  our Instagram stories and posts  to see what I'm up to on the day-to-day.

This Saturday and Sunday is HABIT Mural Festival in Tulsa! I've been drafting up images of what to paint, and I'm pretty stoked on what I have lined up. I figure this is an opportunity to paint what I want and challenge myself, so I'm going up with some big plans. Keep up on our Instagram stories and posts to see what I'm up to on the day-to-day.

 Late last night I had an idea I wanted to illustrate, and I'm glad I stayed up to finish it out. Totally inspired by vintage paint cans and 'wet paint' signs. I have the perfect shirt to print these on, so hopefully I'll have these ready to sell at Habit Fest this weekend. Whatever I don't sell, I'll bring back and put on the website.

Late last night I had an idea I wanted to illustrate, and I'm glad I stayed up to finish it out. Totally inspired by vintage paint cans and 'wet paint' signs. I have the perfect shirt to print these on, so hopefully I'll have these ready to sell at Habit Fest this weekend. Whatever I don't sell, I'll bring back and put on the website.

Thanks for looking! If you have design or paint needs, let me know. I'm booking up this year quicker than I thought I would! A big THANK YOU to all these clients for letting me be creative. Also a big thank you to Robbie Kienzle at the Oklahoma Arts Commission for being super kind and letting me submit a retroactive application for the last mural I didn't pull a permit for! See you soon!

What's Been Happening?!

ART, GRAFFITI, PRINTSHOP, PRINTINGDusty GilpinComment

It's been over a month since our farewell party, a lot has been going on and updating the blog is the bottom of the totem pole. This will be a long one to update you on art we've worked on, upcoming projects, and a recap of our wonderful going away party. I'll do my best to keep everything brief!

February 3rd was the second best day of my life. Our going away party was a night that I will never forget. I am so thankful for everyone that came out to visit. People traveled from far and wide to give their condolences and wish me luck moving forward. Evan Sartin (a regular Drink & Draw attendee) drove all the way from Houston just to be at the event, and that means a ton.

Zac Hatlestad took a ton of wonderful photos, and my friend Dane Karr edited this really great video. Check them both out below. Huge thanks to The Mule for providing the bar. The Nghiems and Vonna Pearl provided incredible music throughout the night. Andy Rine, Avery Cannon, Taylor Dickerson, Steven Silva, Lambo, and Jabee, all roasted me pretty brutally - it was fantastic!

"So, Chump, what have you been doing for the last month?"

I'm glad you asked! The last month has been a combination of cleaning, organizing, and working. You'd be amazed at how much stuff there can be in a 1200 sq. ft. store. My printshop started to look like the junk drawer of my life, and that needed to change. I spent a week cleaning and organizing both my printshop and my home office. Both are now functional workspaces where I will be spending my day-to-day.

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On top of cleaning, I've had a few really great projects roll through. First, I was commissioned again by my friends at 405 Yoga to paint their main studio room. About a year ago, I painted their main entryway with a multicolored triangle pattern and we replicated it on a much larger scale. The mural is 30 feet wide and 16 feet tall. It really brightens up the room and adds a ton of energy to the space.

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I also had an opportunity to work on another great project with Tower Theatre. They hosted a Coen Brothers Film Festival and had me do a series of posters for the event. It was one of those projects I couldn't refuse, and the guys at Tower are always awesome to work with.

I did posters for Fargo, True Grit, and The Big Lebowski. Here is an image of the Lebowski poster. I now have a little more time to focus on projects like these, so I had the time to hand draw the characters. We do have a limited few remaining, so I'll get them listed on the website soon.

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Lastly, I was invited to paint this weekend at the Milk Crate Jam 2! Last year I was out of town during this event and I was super bummed. I'm really looking forward to getting to paint with my friends this Saturday on Gatewood and 16th. Come hang out!

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Anthem Brewing Factory Tour

Adventures, ART, LocalSteven SilvaComment

Last week, @trudust and myself had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of one of Oklahoma City’s great local beer-makers. Dusty live-painted the artwork from their seasonal Rye’d or Die IPA to celebrate its re-release.

  Yum

Yum

After downing a few beers, Anthem Brewing’s Ben Childers gave us an impromptu, how-it’s-made factory tour of the works.

  All Aboard

All Aboard

There are monster silver tanks visible from the taproom floor, but once you slip through the Warehouse door, it’s another ballgame – big bags of hops, bits of cans, and barrels galore.

We also raided the refrigerator room with ready-to-go kegs and cold variety packs. 

  Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

Hollywood-induced fear of getting trapped in here and freezing...free beer though

The mixing process starts with a recipe, combing through hop varieties and specialty ingredients to be fed into what I can only assume is a giant blender. The mix shoots through pipes running along the ceiling, returns to the main floor,  and ends up in these fat-cat silver tanks for a soak.

  The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

The tanks are apparently filled with really hot water, so of course we touched them immediately. Good thing they’re insulated! 

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Fun fact: after soaking, hoppy remains are picked up by super-farmers to be used as feed. It’s a symbiotic service – Anthem stays clear of hoppy leftovers, and hogs get free food. I think Ben said they go through something like 5 tons a week. Pigs must be feasting.

Runoff is pumped away, and perfect beer is delivered to the cannery system. The cannery machine was a straight up robot – little arms and and conveyor belts popping the tops onto cans. Lots of smarts, effort, and technology goes into your Friday night buzz. Who knew!


The tour was great, but the really great thing about Anthem has been how engaged they are in the community. They’ve supported and sponsored all kinds of events for us and for other local businesses. No kidding, they chipped in coldies right after this for our humble Retro Game Night.

  Drink up!

Drink up!

So thanks to Ben and all the guys at Anthem. Crack open a fresh IPA! Cheers!