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2020 Jul by Mike Davis

We had the distinct honor of designing an official poster for UFC's Fight Island, happening throughout the month of July 2020 on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island. Our own Mike Davis and Wes Winship created a fantasy island filled with beach fun and UFC personalities enjoying the sunshine and getting into assorted tropical hijinx. We enlisted the help of our talented friend Bird Peterson to help us knock out the illustration work.

UFC CEO Dana White takes flight.

Megan Olivi interviews Alex "The Mauler" Gustafsson

Bruce Buffer introduces Kamaru Usman (with Cutman Wes Winship in his corner) squaring off against Jorge Masdival with Red Dela Cruz below.

Jack Hermansson, Ariane "Violence Queen" Lipski, and Calvin Kattar chillin' on the beach.

Amanda Ribas enjoying a dolphin ride

Frankie Edgar digging for gold.

Mike Davis looking on as Alex Oliveira goes for a camel ride.

Bird Peterson coolin' in the water.

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2020 Jan by Mike Davis

We are proud to announce OUT HERE / OUT THERE, an exhibit of our original artwork and new screenprinted art prints at Portland's Talon Gallery. We've invited some of our friends to join in the fun with some of their own original work and new prints produced in our shop. Will you be in Portland on February 27th? Well then stop on by to see us!

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John Baizley: Gold & Grey art print

2019 Jul by Mike Davis

We are proud to announce the long-awaited release of a print project we had to keep under wraps for quite some time. From the mind, heart, and hands of the one and only John Baizley comes the official "Gold & Grey" art print!

This print is available right now in our online store!

Based on John's original artwork for Baroness' brand new album of the same name, not only is this arguably the finest art print we've ever had the honor of working on with John, but in the 10+ years we've been collaborating, this is the FIRST full-color single print we've ever produced of a Baroness album cover!

24 x 34"
16 color screenprint on 110lb Fluorescent White Crane's Crest Smooth 100% cotton paper
signed, numbered, and 
edition of 249 prints

$197 + shipping

screenprinted by Ben LaFond 

More about the artwork in John's words:

"To say that I'm excited, proud, and relieved to have completed Gold & Grey, the final painting in the Baroness chromatic album sextet is something of an understatement. I never actually thought this would happen. The half-serious / half-comical idea of titling our albums after colors came in 2006 when our original drummer, Allen Blickle, and I thought a fully rainbow-colored merch table would be hilarious and amazing, especially in light of the style of music we were associated with at the time, which favored more subdued hues and tones.

More recently, as the concept came dangerously close to reality, I was forced to deal with titling an album "Orange," which was the color we had always avoided based simply on my distaste for the design implications of the particular hue and the sound of the word itself. Up until two or three days before we mastered the record, however, we were still calling it "Orange." Fortunately, there was a lightbulb moment when I found some lyrical tie-ins with "Gold and Grey" and my original concept of using orange balanced against a largely grey background. Furthermore, "Gold & Grey" offered a more compelling artistic starting point as I began to draft the album artwork.

"When faced with the prospect of finishing a dizzyingly-byzantine 13-year unintentional concept, I felt obligated to further the bounds of my own mania / insanity by gently weaving a complete history of the band into the art through color, imagery, symbolism, and an homage to each former member of the band. This idea quickly showed itself to be an ambitious one, considering I began drafting the artwork two months after the date I had intended to start!

Several hundred hours later, I wrapped up what I had at one time intended to be a sleek, simply-designed image. The art itself contains layer on top of layer of information, many deeply personal stories and reflections I had during the process of making it. I pushed deadline after deadline, refusing to wrap it up until it was DONE and perfectly reflected the music it would represent. Ask anyone in the band, anyone at Burlesque, ayone who knows me at all, and none of this comes as any surprise (confirmed! - ed).

"At the end of the day, I know some will see this painting as a superficially satisfying garnish to our record, but if there are some who are more curious, the painting itself is a layer cake of Easter eggs, some of which are obvious, some of which I've already forgotten I painted. Either way, I hope there's something challenging and rewarding in this artwork. It was a massive labor of love to create, and I can't even begin to fathom how Ben and the wonderful folks at Burlesque of North America were able to reproduce this so beautifully through silkscreen.

This is the first time I've ever printed a full cover this way and it's as good a reason as any to start moving backwards and giving life to our former records as well."

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ARTSET 2019 on display and available now

2019 May by Mike Davis

We recently opened the new ARTSET show, part of the official Soundset 2019 weekend. If you couldn't make it over to CO Exhibitions, or just want to relive the magic, CLICK HERE to head over to the CO site to see all of the artwork still available.

Don't miss these red hot, one-of-a-kind, hand-embellished prints from Ewok!

Jurne's new screenprinted art print "Floor Plans"

Martzia Thometz / Pretty Hard's new "Takes Just A Spark To Burn It All Down" art print.

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JBXTH prints from Full Bleed

2019 May by Mike Davis

During last month's Full Bleed Exhibition in The Netherlands, artists Jacob Bannon and Thomas Hooper teamed up to create a massive body of original collaborative creative work. Upon completion, the work was displayed and sold at the festival and we are thrilled to be sharing the remaining prints with you, beginning with JBXTH I, which is available RIGHT NOW in our online store!

There are two separate editions of this piece available:


Featuring hand-painted backgrounds by Jacob + Thomas
Screenprinted by Ben LaFond and Gemma Berenguer
signed + numbered edition of 25 prints
15 x 22" 
$75 each + shipping


Featuring monoprint backgrounds by Ben LaFond and Gemma Berenguer
Screenprinted by Ben LaFond and Gemma Berenguer
signed + numbered edition of 15 prints
16 x 20" 
$75 each + shipping

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The Archive Series: Erik Westra

2019 Apr by Mike Davis

This Saturday, we are hosting a very special one night event at CO Exhibitions. We'll be passing the steering wheel to our friend Erik Westra, who will be sharing over 100 screenprinted concert posters from his personal collection. We're talking serious rarities from Aaron Horkey, Wes Winship, Jay Ryan, and many others. The first Arcade Fire posters we ever produced, the first poster Wes ever printed for Aaron Horkey, one-of-a-kind test prints from Aesthetic Apparatus and Jay Ryan. So much history will be on display!

We'll be donating a portion of the night's proceeds to COMPAS, a great Twin Cities-based arts education non-profit organization. This is a charity of Erik's choosing and we're excited to support their cause.

BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE! We have set aside the cream of the crop from this collection and are offering them up on eBay, allowing out-of-towners to have a chance to add some of these gems to their collections. The auctions are LIVE right now and end Saturday night at 9pm during the art show. CLICK HERE to check it out! 

Saturday April 6th, 7-10pm
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd at Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis
free / all welcome

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Jacob Bannon's Nine Inch Nails print for Revolver

2019 Mar by Mike Davis

We recently completed production of a brand new art print from the one and only Jacob Bannon commemorating the 25th anniversary of the release of Nine Inch Nails' seminal "Downward Spiral" album. Jacob truly captured the dark and nuanced grit and texture of Trent Reznor's music.

The image was originally created for Revolver Magazine and our own Sarah Schatz brought it to life as a 6-color screenprint. The full edition sold out quickly through Revolver's online store. We're excited with the results of this one - definitely one of our favorite pieces of Bannon's!

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Post-Patriarchal Feminism artwork now available!

2018 Dec by Mike Davis

Thanks to everyone who made it to the grand opening of our latest show at CO Exhibitions, Post-Patriarchal Feminism. We had a great turnout and are so excited about the quality and variety of work on display.

Missed the show? Fear not. CLICK HERE to view all of the work from the show and contact us if you'd like to add any of it to your collection.

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Post-Patriarchal Feminism at CO Exhibitions

2018 Nov by Mike Davis

December 15 2018 - January 19, 2019
CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson Blvd (at Broadway in NE Minneapolis) 

Opening reception:
Saturday December 15, 7-11pm 
Refreshments from Modist Brewing Co
Music from HOOPS (DJs Babyghost & Rowsheen)
Free admission / All welcome 

Post Patriarchal Feminism: Visions of Optimism and Illusion is a collaborative art show that asks: What is the future of feminism? We will be displaying a wide range of paintings, prints, photographs, and more from local and national artists exploring various rollercoasters of emotions reflecting on the notion of burning our current political and social climate down to a pile of ash and rubble.

Featured artists:
Jenna Blazevich
Liz Born
Jennifer Davis
Sarah Reed McNamara
Nicole Marroquin
Shelly Mosman
Meghan Lionel Murphy
Carla Rodriguez
Maria Cristina Tavera
Martzia Thometz
Nicomi Nix Turner
Tara Zanzig 

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Mike Davis: More Extra Lavish at CO Exhibitions

2018 Sep by Mike Davis


Good things come to those who wait! After 12 years of designing, printing, and running events here at 1101 Stinson Blvd, we are finally hosting a solo exhibit from our resident vector inspector, Mike Davis.

Expect to see plenty of brand new paintings, prints, and other graphic artifacts full of thick lines, bright colors, and other funky Mike-related attributes.

More details on the opening reception to come, but get your calendar marked for Saturday October 6th!

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Full Bleed 2018

2018 Apr by Mike Davis

It's just about time for FULL BLEED 2018! After a huge inaugural event during 2017's Roadburn Festival, we're returning to Tilburg, The Netherlands for another big weekend sharing new prints and artwork from our extended family.

We've been hard at work producing tons of new art prints for each of the artists, who we hand-selected to appear and showcase their work during one of the biggest and baddest festivals of heavy music on the planet.

There will also be plenty of one-of-a-kind pieces and exclusive collaborative artwork created by several of the artists. This really is a special event and the only time each year when we're able to spend time with all of these artists under the same roof.

Scroll down to see some of the new work debuting at FULL BLEED. Click here to learn more about the event and click here to follow the festivities on Instagram.

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Celebrate 150 years of French Paper with us at CO Exhibitions

2018 Mar by Mike Davis

This Saturday, March 31

CO Exhibitions
1101 Stinson (at Broadway in NE Minneapolis)
Free / everyone welcome 

We love French Paper! Since the dawn of Burlesque, we've been avid supporters of this family-run paper company from Michigan and it's safe to say at least 75% of the prints which come through our shop are made using French Paper. Their quality products, service, and appreciation for good design have really pushed them to the top of the paper food chain. As they near their 150th (!!!) anniversary, the French family is hitting the road to bring some of their favorite prints (desgined by Minneapolis' own CSA Design) and paper products on tour to display all across the country.

We are honored to be hosting their Minneapolis show right here at our very own CO Exhibitions. Brian, Kim, and Jerry French will all be in attendance.

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Field Notes are here!

2018 Feb by Mike Davis

After months of scheming, designing, sharing files, redesigning, mixing ink colors, screenprinting, sorting, shipping, re-sorting, stamping, cutting, collating, stapling, packing, and shipping, our collaborative Field Notes notebook sets are finally here!

We teamed up with Aaron Draplin, Landland, and Mondo to stack up piles and piles of our favorite graphics, then we screenprinted them in a dizzying arrangement of mixed and matched layers, all in a wide variety of colors. Those covers were then sent over to Field Notes HQ, where a shimmering blue title foil was stamped right on top. Inside is 48 pages of smooth white paper with a classic blue graph paper pattern.

The result is hundreds of different color and design combinations, with so many different three-pack combinations that we're confident no two are exactly alike! Find these in our online store. You can also snag them from Landland, Mondo, or from the Field Notes online store.

BONUS: Here's our own Mike Davis doing what he does right inside one of these booklets:


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Flippin Thru The Flat Files Vol 1

2018 Jan by Mike Davis

I don't consider myself to be a poster collector by any stretch. Throughout the years of creating concert posters and art prints, I've met a good number of hardcore collectors who live and breathe this stuff. However, I have amassed a good number of prints from other artists I've met and befriended or just purchased / found at festivals, shops, or online. They've been spending too long buried in the flat files, so I figured I should start pulling them out to share... starting now!

Cibo Matto at Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL) 2011
Designed by Anne Benjamin

Kid Cudi at Sasquatch Music Festival, 2010
Designed by Junichi Tsuneoka (Stubborn Sideburn)
See his step-by-step design process for this poster HERE!

Harsh Majical art show print, 2014
Designed by WeBuyYourKids

National Poster Retrospecticus print, 2014
Designed and printed by Laura Baisden / Hatch Show Print

Hello My Name Is jumbo print by Burlesque
Hand-painted by Sever, 2015

Ray Harryhausen film festival at Belcourt Theatre (Nashville TN), 2013
Designed by Sam's Myth

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2017: Look Back At It

2017 Dec by Mike Davis

It was a weird year. The good, the bad, it all happened. We laughed, cried, and worked our asses off to do our share to make this world a better place. Thank you to EVERYONE who visited our gallery, purchased prints, shared our work online, sent a print to a friend as a surprise, stuck our stickers anywhere, read our newsletters, or even just casually glanced at something we made. We could NOT do this without and we are incredibly grateful for your support. Yes, YOUR support! Here are a few of our favorite projects, events, and memories from 2017:

Mike and Wes designed the first ever tallboy cans for Minneapolis' own Modist Brewing Company. First Call and Dreamyard were a smash and are available now wherever fine liquors are sold.

We returned to SXSW for another exciting edition of Flatstock!

Wes' 8 x 8ft portrait of Willie Nelson, hand painted outside our Do It To It party at the W Hotel in Austin during SXSW.

We finally got to create a poster for the legendary Snoop Dogg! Mike went all-in with the glow-in-the-dark layers for this special 4/20 concert print.

Wes painted the ultimate mini golf optical illuUuUuUusion at the newly-opened Can Can Wonderland in Saint Paul.

Wes' art battle station. Customizing paper for screenprinting Jacob Bannon's artwork on top.

Teamed up with our extended family to put on FULL BLEED, our very first self-produced, international poster exhibit in The Netherlands! Jodi spearheaded this one and we are all verrrrry excited to plan more events like this soon!

Jacob Bannon signing brand new prints at Full Bleed. We loved working with some of our favorite artists to give them the opportunity to do what they do best.

We produced this 13-color screenprint of John Baizley's artwork for Roadburn (the heavy music festival which housed FULL BLEED) 2017.

Baizley stopped by Minneapolis to work on a few new projects and sign some of his Jane Doe prints.

Wes painted this portrait of Twin Cities skateboarder CJ Tambornino shortly after his untimely passing. The painting process was captured live during The X-Games, held in downtown Minneapolis this Summer.

Ben LaFond's "Chrome On The Range (Hurry Up, Don)" photograph was displayed in the Fine Arts building at the Minnesota State Fair!

After three long years of Adobe Illustratoring, Mike Davis finally wrapped up the design of his epic Minneapolis Map print, which was brought to life as a six color screenprint by Sarah Schatz.

Chance brought Minneapolis sign painter Jay Peterson back to 1101 Stinson Blvd, where he used to work many years ago. We bumped into Jay in the halls one night, became friends, and then hired him to paint a new sign for the front of our building. A much-needed facelift from a true master of his craft!

After successfully completing their Kickstarter campaign, Wes and the BRLSQ Public Works Division crew began painting their nine giant historical murals on the garage doors of the Can Can Wonderland building. Tucked in the for the winter, these will be completed in early 2018.


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2017 Dec by Mike Davis

If you're like us, you spent several years supporting ULINE for your shipping and packing materials and office supplies. Huge variety, good prices, fast delivery, what wasn't to love? Then the giant catalogs started to show up once every few weeks. Then you started hearing maybe they were kind of Republican but it was OK cause just look at all those mailing envelopes! And the first aid kits and packing tape!

Then the company president Liz Uihlein (get it? They named the company after themselves) unnecessarily published a letter jam-packed with racism, veiled racism, and varying degrees of subtle racism. Then we found out her husband, Richard Uihlein donated ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to a group trying to help get accused pedophile and devout bigot Roy Moore elected to Senate. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

So now you're stuck, wondering where the hell you're going to find all the great packing, shipping, and office supplies your business depends on without having to send money to a company who is afraid of brown people and gay people, but thinks pedophiles are A-OK??? Well, here is a thorough list of great alternatives to ULINE! Please support these companies, please share this list, and please send us any other suggestions to add to it!


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Holiday Deals are here!

2017 Nov by Mike Davis

Gather round, lovers of the holiday season. The time is now here for all of us to SAVE on all your favorite Burlesque-made goods for all the wonderful people on your shopping list. Listed here are four discounted bundles and two valuable coupon codes. Use them wisely and save yourself the trouble of going to the dumb mall.

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We're headed to MondoCon 2017!

2017 Oct by Mike Davis

Calling all poster collectors, sci-fi fiends, horror hounds, and the like. If you'll be in Austin TX over the weekend of November 4th / 5th, then you shouldn't dare miss out on the 4th annual MondoCon!

We'll have a booth fully stocked with brand new and screenprinted art prints, one-of-a-kind test prints, pins, patches, sticker packs and more. Don't miss some of the great new items we'll be debuting right when the doors open!

Who else will be there?Richey Beckett, The VACVVM, Aaron Draplin, Becky Cloonan, Landland, Arik Roper, the legendary Drew Struzan, Daniel Danger, Kevin Tong... and the list goes on and on.

See you at the Austin American-Statesman!

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Aaron Draplin Pop-Up Event at CO

2017 Oct by Mike Davis

The one and only President of Graphic Design is making his way to Minneapolis and will be hanging out at our very own CO Exhibitions for one night only! Stop by to browse a selection of Aaron Draplin's thick line-drenched art prints, pick up a t-shirt, hat, pack of Field Notes, or a copy of the indispensable Pretty Much Everything book. Plus, meet the man himself as well as the legendary Leigh!

We hope to see you at CO on October 11th!

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A Conversation With River

2017 Aug by Mike Davis

In Spring 2017, we released Thoughts On The Walk, a brand new print available in our online store designed by Sean, aka RIVER. For the Twin Cities-based artist, his first-ever print represents a staple in his graffiti career and a beacon for nostalgia. Not unlike other painters who were drawn to the allure of box car graffiti, River took it to another level and released Thoughts On The Walk with us back in June. The dream-like piece is dotted with bright colors and found retro imagery, resembling the very places that conjured up his love for the art in the first place. We caught up with the artist and discussed inspiration, creative process and the natural progression of using new and different mediums.

BURLESQUE: When and how did you first get into graffiti and street art?

RIVER: Graffiti first caught my attention in my early teen years. I was a shy kid who loved to draw, and in class my friends and I would decorate our notebooks trying to outdo one another with our elaborate layouts of words and cartoons- competitions to see who could make theirs look the coolest. Then one day, while traveling down Lake Street in South Minneapolis, I saw bold, legible names written repeatedly on bus benches and curbs.  Seeing these words written creatively over and over again really impressed me, not only because of how cool it looked, but also that someone was brave enough to do this illegally all over town. Once I came to the conclusion that I didn’t see anything morally wrong with it and figured out that I could do it myself, I was hooked.

B: What inspired you to pursue graffiti?

R: I was inspired to pursue graffiti by seeing it all around me. The more I saw, the more I felt the need to do it myself. Although the Twin Cities didn’t have as plentiful of a scene as some larger cities, it was all I noticed walking around by myself. Seeing the names written openly in public, searching for pieces in the hard to find places and patiently waiting for the freight trains to roll by. It was the adventure and I loved it.

B: Was there ever a question as to whether or not you wanted to pursue if full time?

R: Once I started painting and noticing my own personal creative progression through graffiti, there was no question whether or not I wanted pursue it as much as I possibly could.

B: How does it shape your work in other creative projects?

R: I relate back to graffiti all the time in other creative projects in my life, no matter what I’m doing.  I’ve learned and I’m continuing to learn from graffiti every time I paint and want to apply the knowledge as much as possible because of graffiti’s unique nature. 

B: What was your creative process like when you first started graffiti, and how has it changed as you developed your style?

R: When I first started painting graffiti I thought of the process as a set of rules you apply to your creativity to build a piece or a throw-up or a tag. Something like instructions to follow in order to make graffiti properly.  Now, I use the exact same method but I enjoy breaking the rules and applying them in different ways. Kind of like Legos; you can build something amazing if you carefully follow the instructions, but you can create and build something even more amazing when you know how to build something but choose to rearrange parts in order to make something that’s never been made before.

B: What’s the transition like from graffiti painter to creative artist for you?

R: I have always been a creative artist outside of graffiti just not as prolific, so there hasn’t been much of a transition. I’ve never really enjoyed combining the two until recently. I’ve always thought of them as oil and water- impossible to mix and that they have their own separate places in the world. Now I consider them to be more like oil and vinegar- occasionally mixable temporarily if shaken properly and flavored with the correct spices.

B: What's your start-to-finish process like now?

R: Spend a super long time with the initial sketch, do something different, then just have fun with colors, line and space. And usually get stressed out and take it down to the wire during the process.

B: Trains seem to play a large part in your work. My first introduction to your work was Thoughts on The Walk. What is it about trains, beyond the obvious graffiti connection, that you're drawn to in your artwork?

R: Well, as a wise man once said, “Train is best.” That man was right. And trains have been of most importance to me in my graffiti career and have always been there for me to paint. The particular joy and nostalgia I get when I’m around them is unmatchable. It only made sense for me to make the subject of my first print to involve the love I have for freight trains.

B: Do you have any upcoming projects you're particularly excited about?

R: I’m always excited about painting, no matter the project. Have fun.

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Our Kickstarter Thank You Party!

2017 Jul by Mike Davis

Mark your calendars... Thanks to your generous support, we hit our Kickstarter goal and you're invited to come celebrate with us! Come party with us at Can Can Wonderland on Friday August 11th. There will be mini golf, vintage pinball, food and drinks, plus music from DJs Mike 2600 and Shannon Blowtorch.

Did you contribute to our Kickstarter campaign? We'll have some of your reward items ready for you to pick up. Just cheered us on from the sidelines? No problem - you're still invited and we'd love to see you there!

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A Conversation with Jacob Bannon

2017 Jul by Mike Davis

Interview by Jenny Handke

Back in 2004,
Burlesque co-founder Wes Winship made his way to a Converge show at Triple Rock Social Club. At the time, Burlesque was finding its legs and building a reputation and had screenprinted the show’s poster, designed by longtime friend and BRLSQ collaborator, Aaron Horkey. Here, Wes saw firsthand Bannon’s way of marrying visual art with his music in a way that feels like they’re extensions of one another in complementary mediums. Between sets, the two were introduced and the rest was history. Jacob and Wes immediately clicked and the two eventually got to work on various projects, like “On My Shield” and “Year of the Hare.” In the last decade, Jacob and BRLSQ have joined forces, creating some of our most popular and fastest-selling prints, like Jacob’s 2015 FRAGMENTS series and art show at CO Exhibitions, a week-long, team-driven print and design project that resulted in more than 200 one-of-a-kind mixed media prints with the help of the entire BRLSQ team.

This Tuesday, July 11th, we’re doing it again and releasing two new prints designed by Jacob, “As Above, So Below,” and “A Rumble Beneath.” Both pieces passed through the hands of our team, where we combined a handful of mixed media techniques including spraypaint, splattered and dripped acrylic paint, and sanding to create bold and unique textures on each sheet of paper prior to screenprinting. These two prints were first debuted at Full Bleed, part of Roadburn Festival 2017 in The Netherlands, where Jacob’s other band, Wear Your Wounds, was performing. Working with Jacob has always flexed our creative brain, stretching what we thought was our capacity to innovate and deliver as a team. These two new prints follow suit in the Bannon-esque tradition of gusto and collaboration. As a tribute to our longtime collaborator, we dropped in with Jacob to get a glimpse of his creative process from his perspective, and a peek at what to expect next from the visual artist and musician.

B: Collaboration seems to be a common theme in your work that I've seen and heard. Have you always collaborated with artists and designers within the scope you do at Burlesque, or was that a new realm for you when you first started producing with us? Why did you decide to collaborate with Burlesque in the first place?

J: I approach creating art from a designer's perspective. If there are things that are within my wheelhouse that I can create, I go for it. If there are situations where collaborating with others makes the most sense, then I am all for it. I feel it is important to be flexible and work well with others. We all learn from one another and are better for it.

B: Wes and Mike light up about  having a hand in your creative process. It's not too common for artists to ask their printers to co-produce art. What's your take on collaborative work like this and do you work as closely with other designers/artists in other creative projects, including music?

J: I really respect the craft and execution of print making. It is an art form within itself. I feel a lot of artists do not give the printers they work with enough credit. It is their insight and knowhow that allow an incredible print to be produced. Wes and Mike are no exception to that. I should also say that I have definitely challenged them in regards to what is possible in print making. I’m always trying to push things farther than the previous project, and they are always game for that challenge.

B: Fragments sounded like a huge undertaking with an incredible turn out. What was that week like for you, and what was the motive behind that concept? What was most fulfilling about that week?

J: Fragments was an interesting experiment. It was a busy week of creating things. A lot of trial and error, and little sleep. Wes approached me with the idea some months before in a formal way. Prior to that, we casually discussed some sort of in-house collaboration where we could approach printmaking from a more fine art based mentality. It was a success for sure and I hope we can do it again down the line.

B: In Rungs in a Ladder you talked about an accident, which obliterated your knee. How did your recovery shape your persona, and how do you think dark experiences like that influence your art today?

J: That would be best answered by a therapist. At this point, who knows. I just pour what I have into making art and music, as well as promoting others efforts. I am very grateful for the art and music worlds and the platform they have given me.

B: What are some other big influencers -people, places and/or experiences- that have a hand in your process and style?

J: Directly Francis Bacon, JWM Turner, Pushead.
Any of the artists and illustrators active within the punk/hardcore/metal world when I was younger.

B: Your work is very theme-heavy. Lots of female subjects, silhouettes, female silhouettes, color and contained chaos. Even when you pair your music and your artwork, there's this sense of audiovisual harmony going on, like both mediums are just progressions of the other. Where do these junctions come from? Is there a hidden message or story behind the themes in your work, specifically the females and contained chaos that's in both your artwork and music?

J: The feminine form is a beautiful thing and the male form is a beautiful thing. I’ve used both in my work. I feel that they can tell a poetic story without the use of words. When I am creating work to be paired with music I do my best to marry the two ideas. With the end goal to have them compliment and enhance one another. I a lot of my work it collage and mixed media work. With that said I have hundreds of thousands of pieces of source material that I’ve used over time. As I build things they tend to take on a character of their own, with their origins being obliterated in the process.

B: What should people expect to see in your work debuting on our website on July 11th?

J: A number of collaborative pieces that were created by myself and Wes.
Kinetic artwork that expands the idea of what is possible through the world of printmaking.

B: With that, what kinds of projects are you cooking up these days? What's next for you?

J: I released a 300 Page art book titled “Dunedevil” recently. It is mainly abstract work and experiments that I created over a weeks time in a dune shack in Provincetown, MA. I also released an experimental album of the same name as a companion piece to it all. I am in the middle of a large project for my own band, Converge. I hope to have that finished up shortly, then on to the next project.

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Thanks Jacob! Don't miss "A Rumble Beneath" and "As Above, So Below" when they arrive in our online store on Tuesday July 11th.

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A conversation with MAST

2017 Jun by Mike Davis

Interview by Jenny Handke

If you’ve paid any mind to BRLSQ over the past couple of weeks, you’ve likely caught wind of MAST, the graffiti artist / renaissance man of illustration / Mechanical Animal Style Technician whose new print just landed in our online store. The New York-based painter recently paid Minnesota a visit to paint live at Soundset 2017, and while he was at it, MAST (AKA indeliblefunk or, more formally, just Anthony) debuted his newest illustration, Alphabet Aerobics, at the Cold World show in our CO Exhibitions gallery. We asked MAST to produce an alphabet print for the show and the final product was something totally out of left field: a funky, poppy, hip hoppy visual rendition of everything between A and Z. We caught up with the artist to talk about his process, his background and why he loves to go berserk with his work, like the 30'x90' mural he’s currently working on (!).

B: When were you first introduced to graffiti?

M: I got into graffiti when I was a young kid. For as long as I can remember I was aware of its presence in NY growing up. The highways were thoroughly bombed and the trucks travelling in traffic were also heavily painted. As a kid in the back seat of the car and walking around NYC it was always something that captured my curiosity.

B: Clearly the (il)legality of the art didn’t steer you away, but why did you pursue it?

M: The mystery was always so alluring. Who was doing it? How were they doing it? Why were they doing it? Seeing graffiti first hand and exploring locations like behind buildings and under bridges on the train lines always excited me. You never knew what you were going to find. At the time I was searching for graffiti as a kid there was a lot to discover. Discovering intricate pieces and characters in these places only fueled my passion to find more and learn how to paint my own.

B: Was there ever a question as to whether you would pursue if full time?

M: As a kid, its what you do, I was too young for a real job and I had this graffiti thing I was captivated by. As I got older and had to own up to my responsibilities graffiti still remained a part of my life, but I was forced to manage my time with it.

B: How has street art and graffiti shaped other creative projects of yours?

M: I gained a lot of skills and developed a personal style through graffiti. It’s an aesthetic that has influenced my professional design/illustration work and vice versa. Its another lens in which to view composition/color and content through.

B: What was the transition from graffiti artist to creative artist like?

M: It was a very gradual transition for me in the sense of producing fine art that was informed by my illegal work. It's hard to take something that you do on a large scale and distill the parts that are essentially your flow or izms and repurpose them in a fine art setting. I had started doing graffiti letters on canvas and it just doesn't work. Give me a wall and some paint and I'm like a fish in water. Finding my voice in my fine art has been much more challenging.

B: What was your creative process like when you first started graffiti, and how did it change -if at all- as you developed your style?

M: For me It's all a matter of working through problems. Challenging yourself, making mistakes, being frustrated and wanting to improve. My illustrative work is something I'm really trying to work on and develop. It was a bold move for me to start working on the Alphabet Aerobics print and I dealt with a lot of creative roadblocks and frustrations in the process, but it was also great to work through them.

B: My first introduction to your work was your newest piece, Alphabet Aerobics. I was told that you were just asked to make an alphabet print, but then you took it way beyond the scope that BRLSQ had imagined and it turned out fantastic. Do you always tend to expand the creative limits/get extravagant with projects?

M: I'm definitely into pushing the limits, and really giving work the time and attention it deserves. For me it's been a lot about not being afraid to try new things and experiment, accepting some mistakes along the way as part of the process.

B: What's your start-to-finish process like now?

M: Once I have an idea in my head it can take a while to work out on paper. I spend a lot of time on building a story. Once there's a story to the work I can play with it. I can spin a lot of ideas off that general story or idea. For Alphabet Aerobics I based the illustrated letters off of the idea of the Blackalicious song of the same name. I would create a rhyme about every letter that painted a visual picture of that letter. One of the more illustrative examples would be the letter H. You have Heidi with the hefty hooters high on hydroponics hollering "hey honey" under holiday holly having a Hefeweizen. Each letter has its own alphabet rhyme that informed the way they were illustrated.

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You can grab a signed + numbered copy of MAST's new "Alphabet Aerobics" print right here in our online store.

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Mike and Wes take on CreativeMornings

2017 Jun by Mike Davis

In April 2017, our own Mike and Wes spoke at CreativeMornings' Minneapolis chapter's lecture series, discussing Burlesque's creative process and history, all around the theme of BEYOND. The video of the event is now available for your viewing pleasure. Sit back, watch, enjoy, and maybe we'll see you at an upcoming CreativeMornings event, yes?

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- Hey guys it was really great finding for webpage. It’s loco from I haven’t kept up what you have been doing lately. great to see your still pushing the envelope in your projects and design

Henry "loco" Contreras on Jun 24 2017

Cold World art show at CO Exhibitions

2017 May by Mike Davis

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means Soundset 2017 is almost here, which means another great art event at CO Exhibitions is almost here! We're proud to announce COLD WORLD, an art show happening as an official part of the Soundset 2017 weekend.

Come check out some new paintings, limited edition prints, and more from the artists who'll be painting live at Soundset. Meet the artists and get familiar with their work before watching them get busy at the festival!

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

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Full Bleed 2017

2017 Mar by Mike Davis

Our very first international poster exhibit and sale, FULL BLEED, is going down THIS WEEK! We are honored to be producing and presenting this massive event along with our friend John Dyer Baizley and the team from Roadburn Festival.

From the 20th - 23rd of April 2017, we are bringing a hand-selected group of artists to display and sell their prints and other artwork in their own booths as part of the legendary heavy music festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands. You'll be able to purchase and bring home screenprinted art prints and other works directly from the artists, most of whom will be in attendance.

Check the lineup and details above and read more about the artists right here.

We can't wait to see everyone in The Netherlands!

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BRLSQ x Dark Clouds MN

2017 Mar by Mike Davis

When Minnesota United football club played their debut Major League Soccer home game this past weekend, United's support squad, Dark Clouds, wanted to show off a brand new gigantic banner. For this new hand-painted banner, also known as a tifo, Dark Clouds hired Burlesque to create a fresh design that celebrated the team's history as well as some Minnesota state pride.

Here's Mike Davis' final design as well as a shot of the tifo in action!

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Atmosphere at Palace Theatre

2017 Mar by Mike Davis

After lying dormant for over thirty years, the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul MN is opening its doors and will be back in business, bringing some larger-than-life concerts to the Twin Cities. Kicking things off will be none other than Atmosphere, who bring their iconic act to a sold out show on Saturday March 10th.

Burlesque was hired to create the poster for this inaugural event, and our own Mike Davis handled design duties. Here's a look at the poster, screenprinted copies of which will be available at the show. See you there!

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Dre Day 2017 is here!

2017 Feb by Mike Davis

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Here's where to find official Dre Day parties in your area.


Calgary, AB

Chicago, IL

Los Angeles, CA

Oakland, CA

Phoenix, AZ

Tampa, FL

Tucscon, AZ


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2016: The year that was

2016 Dec by Mike Davis

Not gonna lie. It was an undeniably weird year. Through all the dark energy and shit, we pushed through and worked on some cool projects that we're really proud of. Here are some of our favorite things we were a part of this year in our attempt to make this world a better and nicer-looking place.

World Street Kitchen's Sameh and Saed Wadi opened up a gourmet ice cream shop next to their Lyndale Avenue location. We designed the logo, signage, and other branding elements. Even in the dead of winter, Minneapolis food lovers lined up down the street to celebrate the grand opening.

Marald Van Haasteren and John Baizley joined forces for their "Desperation Burns" art show in our own CO Exhibitions gallery in February. The show collected both artists' work from Baroness' "Purple" album packaging.

The title piece from "Desperation Burns" by Marald Van Haasteren. We turned this one into a 20-color screenprinted art print.

Just a sampling of the 20+ Dre Day parties that popped off across the globe this February in celebration of the one and only Dr. Dre!

We had a blast at Flatstock 53 during SXSW! Got to hang out with our buddy Thomas Hooper (pictured here showing off his print we debuted at the convention), spin some music with Bird Peterson and paint some murals at the W Hotel, got Jodi, Ben, and Sarah some new ink from Thomas at his Rock Of Ages tattoo shop, and of course we ate a significant amount of BBQ.

David Choe brought his rock group Mangchi to perform at CO Exhibitions for an unforgettable wild night of explosive music and visuals.

We opened a show of screenprinted posters and original paintings at Compound Gallery in Portland OR.

Arik Roper created this gorgeous illustration for Kvelertak's new "Nattesferd" LP and we turned into a 12+ color art print.

Santa Cruz Skateboards toured across the planet with their Screaming Hang 30th Anniversary art show, landing at CO Exhibitions for a weekend-long showing in Minneapolis.

Wes Winship painted 8 macro-portraits of Rhymesayers artists and other performers at Soundset Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

We printed and published "Darling Nikki," a new fluorescent Prince tribute print from artist Vizie.

We celebrated one decade of hard work here at our Stinson & Broadway location with the opening of our 1101X10 retrospective art show.

We launched the BRLSQ Public Works Division, dedicated to creating large scale murals and public art installations. Shown here is a mural commissioned by 3M which was painted inside their new Design Center.

Mike Davis designed something new for the kids! Here's our Minneapolis Monsters t-shirt, which Mike debuted at the fourth annual Shirt Show held in August in downtown Minneapolis.

Atmosphere returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for another big show and brought back Mike Davis to design another big poster.

It was a big year of touring for Baroness, and we produced a number of monochrome versions of John Baizley's art prints for him to bring along on the road. We loved getting to watch John and band tear it up at Cabooze in August!

The third annual MondoCon was a smash! We set up shop in Austin and sold some prints while getting to see some of our favorite art friends. Here's Sarah holding down our booth.

Wes and Nick from our Public Works Division turned Mike's Go Vote MN graphics into two giant murals in South Minneapolis. The campaign, sponsored by the new Go radio stations, was aimed at registering new voters and increasing awareness and enthusiasm about the election.

Jacob Bannon's "Unloved and Weeded Out" was produced as an edition of one-of-a-kind prints, each featuring bleached, painted, and/or hand-marbled paper.

Mike and Wes led a poster-design workshop for designers at Nike's Blue Ribbon Studio outside of Portland, OR. Our guys dropped some knowledge jewels and oversaw three teams of designers creating sports-related posters using no computer design software. It was refreshing and inspiring for their team as well as us to get to be a part of this exercise while also getting to experiment in Nike's state-of-the-art design playground.

Our Public Works Division capped off the year with a series of large format murals inside the new T3 office building in Minneapolis' North Loop. Shown here is a sampling of the paintings which highlighted the area's history of timber, technology, and transportation.

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Burlesque Holiday Discounts are here

2016 Nov by Mike Davis

Introducing our 2016 Holiday Discounts! Every Friday from now until just before Christmas, we're introducing a new coupon code for you to enter in our online store. Each week - a new way to save on your holiday shopping for all the art and music lovers in your life. Coupons only last one week long each, so don't miss your chance to save!

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Atmosphere at Red Rocks 2016 poster

2016 Sep by Mike Davis

We recently released our very own edition of the poster we designed and printed for Minneapolis hip hop giants Atmosphere. Check out some of Mike Davis' rough sketches from the process of making the poster and grab a copy from our online store!

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BRLSQ Public Works Division

2016 Sep by Mike Davis

You might have noticed Burlesque's Wes Winship returning to his large scale painting roots lately, creating giant hand-painted, mixed-media portraits and other murals at music festivals and art events over the greater part of this year.

We have decided to focus this energy into a brand new division of our business, which we are calling The BRLSQ Public Works Division. The group will see Wes leading different teams of artists in painting murals, signs, outdoor advertising, and art installations throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.

For more information and a solid collection of photos of recent work, click your way over to

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1101X10 at CO Exhibitions

2016 Jun by Mike Davis

Hard to believe we've been working in this building for ten years already! In the Spring of 2006, we packed up and moved all of our printing equipment, ink, squeegees, paper, t-shirts, posters, books, computers, and doo-dads over here to the corner of Stinson & Broadway. Since then, we've been creating a huge catalog of new work.

On Friday July 1st, we'll be pulling our favorite prints from the past decade and displaying along the walls of our very own CO Exhibitions. From concert posters to fine art prints to rarely-displayed variants to one-of-a-kind test prints to all sorts of oddities you never even knew existed, you're guaranteed to see some real showstopping material this Friday.

Free admission and good times on deck!

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Adobe Creative Jam

2016 Jun by Mike Davis

The folks who introduced the world to Photoshop and Illustrator are bringing their Creative Jam to Minneapolis! On Thursday June 23rd, creative thinkers and makers will get together for a night of ... creative thinking and making!

Designers will race against the clock to create images on the fly, up-and-coming designers will showcase their portfolios, and our own Wes Winship and Mike Davis will be sharing the story of Burlesque in a multimedia presentation.

Click HERE for all the details. Hope to see you there!

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Burlesque at Compound Gallery

2016 Apr by Mike Davis

Attention friends and citizens of the great Pacific Northwestern United States! Our creative collective of thing-makers will be displaying screenprinted posters, hand-painted objects, t-shirts, stickers, and other beautiful goods and sundries at Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show opens on First Thursday, April 7th and our own Mike Davis will be in attendance to greet you. Don't miss out!

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BRLSQ does Texas, 2016 edition

2016 Mar by Mike Davis

Time to pack up the van and head down that long, long Interstate #35 until we hit Austin TX. SXSW is happening and we're not gonna let it finish without being a part of the action! Here's where to find us this time around:

WHERE: Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4, Level 1
WHEN: Thursday March 17 (2 - 6pm), Friday March 18 + Saturday March 19 (11am - 6pm)
GETTING THERE: Free admission, open to the public!

Think of Flatstock as a giant shopping mart of poster artists. More than 60 of the world's top creators of screenprinted concert posters jam get together under one roof to display and sell our work. We'll have plenty of brand new, classic, and hard-to-find / collectible screenprinted posters, plus t-shirts, sticker packs, books, and more.

Our booth will be overflowing with raer and sought-after prints from John Baizley, Richey Beckett, Jacob Bannon, and others!

DO IT TO IT 2016
WHERE: The W Austin (200 Lavaca St)
WHEN: Friday March 18 + Saturday March 19 (2 - 9pm)
GETTING THERE: Free admission, open to the public!

For the TENTH year straight, we've assembled a heavy duty lineup of DJs and musicmakers for our Do It party! We're back at the swanky W Hotel's Living Room Lounge.

Inside, we'll have a display of our screenprinted posters lining the walls of the hotel lobby while you can get away from the SXSW mob scene and enjoy some music. From the electronic R&B of The Flavr Blue to sophisticated house sounds of The Juan MacLean to the throwback funk vibes of Meal Ticket, there will be something for everyone to get into.

Outside, our own Wes Winship will be creating a giant painting over the course of the weekend, right before your eyes.

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Dre Day 2016

2016 Feb by Mike Davis

Like we always do about this time, it's Dre Day muthafucka! Here's a list of the official parties going down across the map. Don't miss out!

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Brooklyn, NY

Calgary, AB

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Denver, CO

Los Angeles, CA

Milwaukee, WI

Nashville, TN

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Tampa, FL

Tucson, AZ

Vancouver, BC

Winnipeg, MB

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Desperation Burns: The Art of Purple

2016 Jan by Mike Davis

After more than a year in the making, Dutch artist Marald van Haasteren and Burlesque extended family member John Dyer Baizley are teaming up to present a two-man exhibit of original paintings, drawings, prints, and a few surprises this February 6, 2016 at our very own CO Exhibitions gallery, here in Minneapolis.

John and Marald have a long history as friends and artists, and we’re excited to watch them show their work together, most of which was made for the recently released Baroness album PURPLE. The opening, at which both artists will be present, is February 6, from 7-10pm. The two will be at BRLSQ all week leading up to the event, creating some new & collaborative work for the show, overseeing and debuting some new art prints, posters and exclusive works. There will undoubtedly be a few more things happening; we’ll share those as they come up.

In John's own words: "Marald and I have worked in parallel over the past decade or more, creating covers and images within and around the punk/HC community, and we’re thrilled to finally hang some of our work together. We worked relentlessly on the images and layout for “PURPLE,” and would love to share some of this process, in the form of an exhibition of our work in various formats. There will be something for everyone."

Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.

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Baroness x Burlesque: Purple Quadrant Art Prints

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Baroness has teamed up with Burlesque of North America to produce a series of four collectible fine art prints based on John Dyer Baizley's stunning artwork from the cover of Baroness' new "Purple" album. While we have produced and released numerous screenprinted Baroness tour posters, this is the first time we have worked with the band to release a set of high end, collectible Baroness art prints of this caliber.

Each 18 x 20" print is hand-screenprinted with 18 individual colors onto high quality 100% cotton 110# Crane Lettra Fluorescent White paper, then signed, hand-embossed with John's custom seal, and hand-numbered by John in an limited edition of 192 prints.

The prints are carefully rolled and packaged into heavy duty custom-printed tubes. Our own Jodi will be personally packing all of the prints directly from the Burlesque headquarters.

Full matching number sets of all four Quadrant prints: $500 + shipping
Individual Quadrant prints: $125 each + shipping

For sale right now, exclusively at

This is a pre-sale and print packages will begin shipping in February 2016.

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Something Purple This Way Comes

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

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- So excited for this. But when will it go on sale?

Andrea on Dec 17 2015

Refugees Welcome sticker project

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Thank you to Boua Xiong and KARE 11 for the great feature on our Refugees Welcome sticker campaign!

The team over at the one and only Walker Art Center recently posted an interview with our friend Veda Partalo and our own Mike Davis about the new Refugees Welcome sticker project we just launched. CLICK HERE to read the story behind the sticker.

You can order stickers for your store, office, or home right here.

If you'd like to download the graphic to print your own signs and stickers, we uploaded some PDFs for you!

8.5 x 11" full page graphic PDF DOWNLOAD

8.5 x 11" sheet of small stickers PDF DOWNLOAD

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My first taste of rejection

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of He-Man and Masters of the Universe. I loved Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundarr The Barbarian, The Amazing Spider-Man (the 1967 series (I even left my own 5th birthday party to walk downstairs to watch it)), all that. I was also an avid lover of drawing. I made my own comic books based on the TV and movie heroes and villains I fell in love with.

At some point in 1985, I came up with a great idea for a Masters of the Universe action figure. I drew it up and wrote some kind of explanation of how it would work and then mailed it on in to the folks at Mattel. In my 8 year-old mind, I figured I would just sit back and wait for them to send me my action figure. That's how it worked, right?

Well, I finally did hear back from Mattel, and the letter was on that super tough and super official Mattel letterhead, but it wasn't the response I had been hoping for:

They weren't going to make my action figure. I was heartbroken. I poured everything I had into that drawing and they just decided to hide it for the rest of time. What was so great about those professional designers and how did they get to be the ones to come up with all of the toy ideas? I didn't let this letter discourage me. If anything, it just inspired me to work even harder.

Now I have to wonder... where is this sealed box of ideas, this mysterious vault, this graveyard of childhood dreams? Was that their covert way of saying "paper shredder" ??? Can somebody at Mattel dig up my idea and send it back to me? I'd really love to take another look at what I sent in!

* * UPDATE * *
I have a sort of detective on the case looking into where my 30 year-old drawing (and perhaps other drawings like mine) might be! Stay tuned!

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20 Years of Rhymesayers

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

Tonight at Minneapolis' Target Center, our friends at Rhymesayers will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a huge concert featuring nearly every artist who has been a part of their label. We've had the pleasure of working with the Twin Cities-based hip hop powerhouse since the early days and put together this collection of a few of the posters, album covers, and flyers we've created for them over the years. See you at the show tonight!


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Vice / Noisey interview with John Baizley

2015 Dec by Mike Davis

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Synesthesia wrapup / New artwork from Mike Davis

2015 Nov by Mike Davis

This past weekend, we helped organize / particated in / celebrated the very first Red Bull Synesthesia event. Hopefully the first of many like it to come, Synesthesia is a multimedia art event which showcases artists who specialize not only in visual art, but also in music. Each artist is presented with the challenge of creating a visual art installation and also giving a musical performance which coincides with it.

For our portion of the event, Wes Winship painted a HUGE portrait of James Brown live on the spot while our own Mike 2600 performed a brand new DJ set alongside ... himself! It was 4 turntables for the price of 2 with the help of a pre-recorded video accompaniment.

We were all blown away by the huge and enthusiastic crowd, who filled up Solar Arts Building to see and hear brand new work from Angelo Pennacchio, Nicholas Perez, Jess Buns, Neal Perbix, and the Burlesque crew. Check out the #houseofart hashtag on Instagram for more images and videos.

Mike also displayed a selection of brand new paintings and hand-painted wooden treasures. The wooden pieces were designed by Mike using Adobe Illustrator, then cut out on our friend Joe Beuckman's CNC router, a machine he built himself from scratch. Whoa. They were then hand-painted by Mike. Take a look below and contact us if you're interested in adding any of these to your collection!

Magic House
acrylic + latex paint on hard maple
$500 SOLD

acrylic paint on hard maple
$200 SOLD

Wooden Dudes
acrylic paint on mixed wood
$45 each

spraypaint on wood panel

spraypaint on wood panel
$150 SOLD

Spray Can
spray paint on wood panel


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John Baizley's Phaedra art print

2015 Nov by Mike Davis

Today at a random time, we will be releasing a brand new art print from John Baizley. Entitled "Phaedra," this print was created entirely from conception to completion in less than one week.

Tuesday October 27: John arrives in Minneapolis. A model by the name of Elektra Cute came to our studio for a live drawing session where John worked out some sketches and began brainstorming ideas for a full print image.

Wednesday October 28: The full-size sketch begins.

Thursday October 29: Sketching is complete and inking begins.

Friday October 30: John finishes inking and Wes scans in the final drawing to prepare it for print, combining the final inked artwork with a detailed layer of John's rough sketch. Wes also begins creating one-of-a-kind custom backgrounds using a mix of spraypaint and other inks on assorted paper.

Monday November 2: Custom backgrounds are completed and three layers are screenprinted on top.

Tuesday November 3: The prints are trimmed and ready to be shipped to John for signing, numbering, and embossing.

Check for these prints to hit our online store today at a random time. They will be shipped out once John has signed and returned them to our studio.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the creation of the Phaedra art print.

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Press Check at The Seventh Letter

2015 Oct by Mike Davis

On Friday October 16th, we'll be pulling back the curtains on our first ever Los Angeles art exhibit! At the world famous Seventh Letter Flagship Store & Gallery, we'll be presenting a wide selection of screenprinted work spanning our entire career. Expect to see prints not just from the immediate BRLSQ crew, but also pieces we've produced for a range of artists including...

Wes Winship
Mike Davis
Ben LaFond 
Aaron Horkey
David Choe
Jacob Bannon
John Baizley
Aaron Draplin
Ron English
Richey Beckett
Brandon Holt 
Deuce Seven

Looking forward to this one!

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Pullin' out raers for MondoCon

2015 Sep by Mike Davis

We're packing up and heading down to Austin for the second annual MondoCon! It's going to be a full weekend of posters and pals amidst the BBQ, tacos, and sure why not, more posters!

Expect to see plenty of super raer posters and one-of-a-kind test prints in our booth... some of which haven't seen the light of day in ages. Here's just a taste of what you can find - some test prints featuring layers from Richey Beckett, John Baizley, Aaron Horkey, Wes Winship, Mike Davis, Thomas Hooper, Landland, and countless others.

See you at MondoCon!

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