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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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Our Design and Mural Services

ART, GRAFFITI, PRINTSHOP, PRINTINGDusty GilpinComment

It's obvious that we are a t-shirt and gift shop in the Plaza District. However, a lot of our customers don't know that we also offer design and mural services. I (Dusty) have been doing branding and print design and mural installation for over 10 years. When I am not in the store, I am likely printing/designing in our little shop or on site painting a mural.

The services that we provide are crucial to our brand's existence. The supplemental income that we receive for our contract services help us invest into more exciting events and quality products. I staff a very proficient graphic designer, Steven Silva, and a wonderful photographer and printer, Jacob Danley. The services we offer are timely, affordable, professional, and most importantly, honest.

When installing murals we often collaborate and contract with some of the best artists in Oklahoma; Tanner Frady, Jason Pawley, Jake Beeson, Dylan Bradway, and Kris Kanaly to name a few. We will gladly draft and install a mural of your provided artwork or create a unique piece of art for you from scratch.

I would love for you to check out my personal portfolio website: www.trudust.com and inquire about mural and design services for your personal or commercial needs!

You can contact me for inquiries and quotes at dust@treeandleafclothing.com or in our store from Tues. - Sat. 11:00-7:00 at (405) 557-1900.

We look forward to working with you!

Community Print Shop

ART, PRINTING, PRINTSHOPDusty GilpinComment

Retail is a monster. Sometimes it can be a fickle, soul-sucking, insurmountable, formulaic problem with no answer. There are times when I do not know how to succeed at retail or why I'm even trying.

I've been wrestling with my love of having the store. I've been meditating a lot on what it's value is to me. I mean, It's kind of odd that I own a retail clothing store - I'm not much of a shopper and (quite obviously) I'm not particularly fashionable. However, I love making art, I love the outdoors, and I love facilitating community. The store is an excellent avenue to express my love for those pillars of what Tree & Leaf represents. The physical location of Tree & Leaf can be a hub for art, community, and outdoor activity.

I started penciling ideas for sections of the store that were not working well, and the front corner was one of those areas. It's awkward to navigate and is oddly shaped. We've tried stocking it with goods, but its honestly kind of a clustercuss. I've been brainstorming what to do with it for a while, and finally started planning a way to build community, teach art, and show customers that our shirts are unique to our store and hand-printed.

We tore down the front window display, moved out all the product we had in the corner and thoughtfully turned it into a community print station. I've been getting a lot of requests to teach printing classes again, and I'm stoked to announce that we'll be starting classes this summer. We'll be live-printing shirts regularly, hosting local artist print sessions, and printing shirts simultaneously with bands/events hosted in our backyard. We'll even be working out a rental system for folks that have the capabilities to print their own gear but don't have the equipment quite yet.

Come check out our new print corner, ask questions, and see what we have planned for it! We'll be brainstorming some more community-driven ideas for other parts of the store, but this is a good start. Thanks for supporting our little shop, our art, and our community!

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Clarifying note: I'm not going to be getting back into custom printing. You can check out our 'CONTACT' page for info about great local printshops if you need one. I'm teaching people to print for themselves and offering print demonstrations of T&L shirts.