Monday, August 30, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Print Preview - No. 2

We're back with the second installment of previews from our 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes show. Today I've got 5 totally new prints to share with you including a crazy collaboration between old Philly favorites Tim Gough and Greg Pizzoli.

1. John Vogl, the crafty and creative mind behind The Bungaloo joins Screens 'N' Spokes for the second straight year. Fresh off a turn on the Tiny Showcase, John has given us what looks to me like the yeti as a commuter biker. I love the little birdie on his shoulder.

2. Dan Khulken and Nathan Goldman, aka DKNG Studios, collaborate daily on everything from websites and packaging to incredible gig posters. In fact, they've been the resident poster artists at the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood, CA since 2007. For Screens 'N' Spokes, they've interpreted the City and the Shore of our Bike MS ride as a crisply rendered road bike and cruiser.

3. Cricket Press has designed awesome prints for Screens 'N' Spokes in the past, but we've always worked with Brian. This year, Brian and his creative partner/wife Sara both decided to get into the fun. Today I'm showcasing Sara's really beautiful print. The light from the fort really feels like it's glowing, leaving you to create the story of what's going on inside. It has youthful fun written all over it.

4. Adam Turman has been crafting his illustration skills through screen-printed gig posters since at least 2003. His two favorite subjects? Bikes and beautiful women, so he was a natural fit for Screens 'N' Spokes. For his first S'N'S print, he combined the two subject matters in a print that could easily commemorate the MS Society's other major bike ride: the PA Dutch ride.

5. Back in 2007, Greg Pizzoli and Tim Gough met for the first time at our inaugural opening. They had both been printing in Philadelphia and had exchanged admiring emails, but hadn't yet met in person. Fast forward four years and they're opening a joint show in mid-September. When we announced that we were interested in collaborative prints this year, they were a natural fit. Their 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes print is a completely hand-rendered wonderland.

I hope you've enjoyed the previews thus far. We still have 10 more prints to unveil before our Opening Night on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Mugshots CoffeeHouse.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Screens 'N' Spokes 2010 Print Preview - No. 1

With the 2010 Screens 'N' Spokes Show opening in 2 weeks (holy cow!), it's the time of the year when we preview for you our latest crop of inspired, and inspiring, prints. In 2007 I wasn't sure if Screens 'N' Spokes would continue past that initial show, four years later, I'm happy to say I think we've hit our stride. This year we'll be presenting to you 20 prints from old friends and new.

We'll preview the show for you in 4 easily digestible installments, all leading up to our opening at Mugshots CoffeeHouse in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 11.

1. Judge is one of only a couple artists who have been with S'N'S from the very beginning. She's developed quite a portfolio of ocean-scapes over the past three years, and this year's entry continues the trend.

2. Mark Forsman may just be entering his senior year of college, but he's already built up an extremely impressive portfolio of art prints and gig posters for the likes of OK GO, The Tallest Man on Earth and The Appleseed Cast. Mark's first Screens 'N' Spokes print in 2008 has been long sold out, and this one may go pretty fast as well. Thank goodness we don't need to navigate any mountains like this on our our City to Shore ride.

3. Now that Jess and I have relocated down to North Carolina, it was important for me to include some local talent. Chris Williams, who prints under the Plastic Flame Press moniker, is my favorite poster designer in the area. His style combines playful illustrations with handmade edge and can be seen advertising upcoming shows all around town.

4. Rich Kelly's unique illustration style immediately caught my eye when posters for Yeasayer and The Mountain Goats popped up on the internet. For his first S'N'S print, Rich chose to immortalize the legendary Marshall "Major" Taylor, who won the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899 and became the first African-American world champion.

5. This year we are also featuring 5 collaboration prints. The first we'll preview is by the duo of Gina Kelly and Justin Santora. Gina paid a visit to Justin's studio last month during a visit back to the States. The outcome is a subtle yet beautiful print that melds both of their styles seamlessly. This is the Lemuel Gulliver of Bicycles.

We'll be back tomorrow with another five prints for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Epic! 8 states in 8 days for MS!

Hey everyone,

We're working feverishly to bring you the 2010 SNS show, and will start previewing each print shortly. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know how teammate Ian has been preparing for the City to Shore Ride.

Ian joined the MS Great 8 Foundation, a group of 10 riders that rode through 8 states in 8 days and with the goal of raising $100,000 to fight MS. Despite the August heat, the ride went on, and the team successfully made it from Washington, DC to Plymouth, MA.

You can read Ian's story here:

And find out more about the MS Great 8 Foundation here:

Monday, August 16, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

No, no. It's not that time of the year, far too hot and muggy for holiday cheer. But it is the time of the year when we start receiving all of the new prints. I reached our HQ this afternoon to find 9 fantastic new prints waiting for me (with still many more to come). Honestly, it's like Christmas morning or the first night of Hanukkah (or insert your own metaphor), tearing open serious packaging to see what our old (and new) friends have put together this year.

Over the next three days I'll be organizing our inventory, working on show details, and framing these new beauties for our upcoming show at Mugshots on September 11. More importantly though, we'll begin officially previewing this year's crop of prints on Wednesday, with weekly previews to follow.

Back to the S'N'S cave for me, but I'll check back in shortly.

PS - In case you haven't been by our Etsy Shop recently, until our 2010 prints are in the store, we're offering a bonus print (selected by us) with every order!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bike MS celebrates the big 3-0!

Join the Screens 'N' Spokes bike team today! The finest cycling team around, for all levels, shapes, and sizes. Riding to Ocean City and back on September 25 and 36, 2010.

Can't make it? Won't you consider making a donation in support of our work?

And check out Bike MS as it gears up for its 30th year as the premiere biking event in the Delaware Valley.

PS....The SNS 2010 prints are coming soon! Watch this space.