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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!

The Bleu Dude Garten

ART, GRAFFITIDusty GilpinComment

This weekend I was hosted by Hunter Wheat and The Bleu Garten crew. Hunter and I have been in discussion about painting another mural in their space for the last 6 months, and it finally happened. He told me the theme he was going for and gave me complete artistic freedom (which is a risky move!)

When he said he wanted a picture of The Dude from The Big Lebowski, I was all ears! The Big Lebowski is a movie I can get behind! It's no Blues Brothers, but it's definitely up there on my list. If you can stand sitting through the 240+ F-bombs, it might just be up there on your list as well!

This photo was taken about 1-hour into sketching out the initial concept. Luckily El Duderino has a pretty iconic features and accessories. The reference image I used from the movie has him in a different outfit, but the macrame sweater he wears seems to be most iconic. Also, His Dudeness wouldn't be The Dude if he wasn't sipping on a Caucasian. I think the White Russian was my favorite part about painting this image. Trying to figure out the reflections on the glass and the ice cubes was definitely a challenge, and that makes it fun.

Chump for scale. The shingles were a little tricky to work around, but not bad. They offered some weird shadows, so I had to wait until a cloud passed to get a photo without the obstruction...

Chump for scale. The shingles were a little tricky to work around, but not bad. They offered some weird shadows, so I had to wait until a cloud passed to get a photo without the obstruction...

All in all, I had a great time painting this. It was a lot of fun just hanging out in the Garten and talking to patrons. The guys at Buttermilk Sliders hooked me up with a free lunch and it was excellent as usual (Thanks, fellas!).

Lastly, I'm sure he doesn't want me to say this, but Hunter is a real advocate for the arts and I'm a real chump and often undersell my work. As we were talking about payment, I gave him my quote and his jaw dropped. He came back with a check for double what I had said. Any rational person would've just paid me what I quoted and been done with it. Hunter paid me in the value he found in the art, and that is very generous and very noble. I am grateful for the opportunity, the artistic freedom, and the considerate payment. Cheers!

Also! If you want to watch The Big Lebowski, drink a White Russian, and take your picture in front of my mural - you can do that at Bleu Garten on April 25th! They'll be having a grand ol' time as they feature The Big Lebowski as part of their summer movie series! Do it!

Painting, Painting, Painting...

ART, GRAFFITIDusty GilpinComment

It probably doesn't come as a surprise, but I was the kid in class that couldn't keep still or keep his mouth shut. Not much has changed.

One of the greatest benefits of my job is that week to week, I could be working on a different project. One week might be all printing, the next designing, the next working in the store, and the next painting murals. This last couple weeks has been mural madness. One of my favorite pastimes is painting, and it is one of my greatest joys of this job.

Here are a few shots from the jobs I got to paint this last week. Thank you to, Downtown OKC, The Pritchard, Frontline Church, Insight Creative Group, and Fowler Auto Group!

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