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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