There’s Magic Inside…

RIC Spring Open House 2010

Well, I was up all night working up this flyer, and it just went to print today. We should get them in by Friday, so expect to see a posting of the printed version sometime next week… then rejoice when I finally post it a month from now. I started up a flickr account to use for my blog (since the upload button no longer works in the ancient version of wordpress) …anyway, you can check that out here: …but enough about me. Here’s the flyer…

RIC Open House Spring 2010 Front

Early Alternate Versions

…it’s not about the process.

…that’s all for now. I’ve been working on… right now it’s just a flickr photostream, but trust me… it’s coming way sooner than the Coats & Corpses website. Just in case you are hungry for something new, check out the Dance N Graff site… that’ll be in progress for a bit, but it’s live.

Yo, Banana Boy!

It’s been a bit since of done a whole lot of updating on any of my own websites… but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been up to anything. So are you ready for some eye candy? Answer that and stay fashionable…

Summer in the City

So, this is actually the first thing that I’d gotten accomplished from this small list. Flyer artwork for the Summer in the City show going on at the Russell Gallery, hey… look at that, tomorrow. Then I tried to recreate this artwork for the show using some xylene and some really nice paper. You know, so the flyer would actually be something you could see at the show. Anyway, the original was ripping… and the ink was smeared… and it all came out like a mess. Now it’s sitting in my desk at work.

P.S. – there’s a big ink stain on the left side of the best piece. Moving on…


The dream you always dreamed is soon to become a reality as part of… or maybe even, dare I say That’s right, I got my old website back, but that’s beside the point. It’s really more about free artwork in the form of printable flyers. That’s what everybody really wants… so here’s some sneaky previews…

…oh man, I am really loving that over-worked look. At least 25% of the time. Look for these available for PDF download soon, and smaller versions to be appearing on… I kind of quit posting there for a while, I guess I feel like an ass being like the only person on that site that doesn’t screenprint anything. So, that’s that…

…and Here’s This.

A quickie logoish thingy for a facebook group.

There’s a lot of other news, but for right now the biggest project (ther than Metrotimes Parties, and Kresge Press Previews) is…

The 3rd Annual People’s Arts Festival

It’s 2 days this year, but I don’t know if I’m going to do it because that’s a lot of work to miss. Enough about me, in case you missed the mailing list, here’s the call for entry…


The 2009 People’s Arts Festival Expanded To Two Days

DETROIT – The People’s Arts Festival (PAF)  – the largest assembly of artists, performance artists, musicians and filmmakers in the City of Detroit – is back with a vengeance this year in an expanded, bigger, bolder version.

To celebrate its third anniversary the 2009 PAF will run for two days – from 11:00 a.m. – midnight and from 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. August 29 and 30th. Rain dates of September 12 and 13th have also been scheduled.  The PAF, sponsored by The Russell Center for Creative Arts (RCCA), is housed at the Russell Industrial Center at 1600 Clay Avenue off I-75.

There is no entrance fee to participate and no sales commissions will be taken. The only charge to artists is a $40 community participation fee  (covering both days) that will be applied to incidental costs associated with security, general area cleanup, etc.

Participating visual artists will receive an outside 11×11 exhibit space. There are no formal exhibition booth requirements and no sales commission charges apply. No exhibit materials will be provided by PAF. Artists must supply their own tables, tents, extension cords, etc. Outdoor lighting, security and vendor parking will be supplied by PAF. Based on experience, we suggest artists consider supplying their own tent lighting for later hours. All exhibitors must agree to PAF’s set-up/exhibit/and take-down guidelines. Spaces will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  To maintain the festival’s artistic integrity we are asking all artists to submit a description and, if possible, visual samples of their work. The PAF remains a non-juried show, but we want to make sure that it also remains a show for artists and not merchants.

Exhibit set-up will begin at 8:00 a.m. on August 29 and must be completed by 10:30 a.m. Early bird set up will be available on Friday August 28 after 6:00 p.m. Any artists interested in early set-up must notify PAF prior to the 28th. Since there will be only minimal security PAF and the Russell Industrial Center will not be responsible for any damage or loss associated with early set up. Participants must maintain their space until 10:00 p.m. on the 29th and 6:00 p.m. on the 30th. All artists are expected to clean up their space before they leave. PAF will not be responsible for any damages or loss associated with unmanned booths. The only other rules are: participate, do your thing and have fun.

Security will be provided overnight on the 29th but exhibitors must still assume full risk for any and all materials left overnight. Neither the PAF nor The Russell Industrial Center is responsible for any loss, damage, theft or other factor associated with materials and/or tents, tables, etc. left overnight.

All interested artists should respond by email to:  Please send us your contact information and we will get back to you with more details as they become available. The deadline for applying for exhibit space is June 30, 2009. The PAF Artists’ Committee will notify you by July 15, 2009 if your application has been accepted. You will then have until July 30, 2009 to send us a check for $40 (made payable to: The Russell Center for Creative Arts) and a signed exhibitor agreement.

The fees are non-refundable and permission to exhibit is non-transferable. Checks should be mailed to The People’s Arts Festival, c/o The Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48211.

Art galleries are also invited to secure free indoor exhibit space. Galleries must provide their own exhibit materials. Interested galleries should email No participation charge or commission payment is required.

PAF is also recruiting bands for the event. Interested bands should contact the PAF at A sound system and stage will be provided. A merchandise area will available at no charge to allow all bands to sell CDs and other merchandise and to promote upcoming events. Please indicate the size of your group and type of music. All interested bands must submit their applications by June 1, 2009. Selected bands will receive notification of acceptance by June 15, 2009. Signed agreement on rules, stage plot and technical riders are due by June 30, 2009. A final schedule, instructions and other information will be emailed to all participating bands by July 15, 2009.

Independent films will be featured all day. Interested filmmakers should contact for more information.

Volunteers are also needed to make this event a success. Anyone in learning more about how they can participate in this year’s festival is encouraged to email us at

Media requests for coverage and information should be directed to

Restaurants interested in becoming PAF food and beverage vendors should email PAF at

Indemnity Notice
All participants are asked to abide by the following Indemnification Guidelines:

  1. Exhibitor Indemnify. The Exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Russell Center for Creative Arts and The People’s Arts Festival from any liability for damages to any person or property in, on or about said Exhibitor premises from any cause whatsoever;
  2. Compliance with Laws. The Exhibitor shall at his or her own expense under penalty of forfeiture and damages promptly comply with all lawful laws, orders, regulations or ordinances of all municipal, county, and state authorities affecting the Exhibitor premises hereby given for The People’s Arts Festival and the cleanliness, safety, occupation and use of the same.

Built in 1915, the Russell Industrial Center mirrors the history of the city itself. Established at the dawn of the Automotive Age, the Russell is now home to a growing number of artists, craftspeople, graphic arts companies, fashion companies, and commercial and industrial companies.

…or is it Tsar?

A few days ago you may have noticed an early week last week’s post I made that looked something like this:

Well, I’d like to say that I am now going to be overusing the shit out of this bird for the current Russell Bazaar Ad Campaign… probably because I’m lazy. I’ve already stated that I had used it for the header on the website. Well don’t look now, because if you are too busy to go to the Art Battle… or somehow find yourself at the State Thea… Fillmore… in downtown Detroit. Chances are, you’ll probably get handed one of these…

Simply, flip this flyer over… and enjoy the Bird Czar in all his glory…

You can take away our billboards, but not our birds…

A New Beginning… Ending…

Detroit – A New Beginning… Ending…

Detroit – A New Begining… Closing Reception, April 11th from 3 ’til 9… I’m sure there will be live music and such… This is the final alteration on this flyer, I’ve got 2 more events to start designing for.

Important Points from Yesterdays Email Blast

Anyone planning on attending the Wonderland Show? I have no idea where to get tickets… I would assume you just buy them as you enter same way you would any event at Theatre Bizarre. Check their myspace page… These events are always fun, and I strongly urge anyone to do yourself a favor and check this out.

Detroit Art Battle…
The date changed. It was the 18th, now it’s the 17th. Pretty important if you don’t want to be a day late and a dollar short. Also, this is the second annual, and I heard something about this being in a bigger space to help better accommodate a large turn out. So remember, April 17th.

People’s Arts Festival 2009…
Hey, that wasn’t in the email… that’s right! I wanted some more confirmed information, but as of right now I’ve been hearing that it’s going down in August this year. So, make some time and room… I’ve already been told that I should be recieving some information for the website soon…

Yesterdays News is Good Enough for Me


A Cynical Attempt at Being Feeble

So, we’ve been without the internet for the last few days at work… but that didn’t really stop anything from getting done. In fact, it’s been quite the week here at the Russell Industrial Center…

Started off with a series of comps for the new Arriba! club opening up downtown. They really wanted this sunshine/beach umbrella feel to it, so that’s what they got… Here’s a few comps picked up along the way. Everyone wanted this font, which to me doesn’t say nightclub… but I’m just a designer, what do I know.

From right to left I present; the mustache, a seventies airline, Morton Salt, a travel agency, another travel agency, and a company that makes ranchero style cans of beans… Anyway, the final ended up looking like this…

…but I still liked the mustache.

Detroit – A New Beginning
Then sometime after or during all of that, Klever came and dropped off our posters for the show currently going on at the Russell Gallery. People should go and buy them… tell them you like the design, but the image looks a little lossy from the expansion from 4X6 to 24X36. Now, I know in advance that we are making posters of every handbill. Either way, it still came out ok. I got a free one. It’s sitting at home in a pile of other stuff that I designed.Here’s a preview…

Check out my spraygraphic page for the rest of the story… and don’t forget to click the link that says you liked it. Enough about me… time for work, only 7 more hours til vacation…

Call for Art – Summer in the City


Mixed media show with the theme of; Summer in the City. Utilizing your preferred media, submit works that depict your vision of, or relates to, the primary theme of Summer in The City. All media types and styles will be considered.

The sounds, sights and feelings of summer-time in the City. Any city, real or imagined. Things to do, sights to see, events happening, walking through the grass barefoot, hot and gritty sidewalks, sailing at Belle Isle, Freighters heading up or down-bound, etc… Your own creative expression of all of the wonders of, Summer In The City.

Submittal Deadline:
Not later than 5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

All works submitted will be reviewed for quality of work and suitability for this exhibit by the Russell Gallery review team which is composed of artists and advisors. If your work is accepted you will need to deliver it on or before May 1st to allow proper time to accomplish the installation for this exhibit.

Exhibition Dates:
Selected works will be exhibited from May 8, 2009 until June 7, 2009 at the Russell Gallery, located inside the Russell Bazaar.

Opening night reception on May 8 from 5PM-9PM.

For more information call JT @ 313-972-7009

Please provide artistís Bio, digital image or photograph of each piece being submitted, along with the following information:

Title of work
Actual dimensions
Medium/media type
Artists Comment (optional)
Artists Name
Artists email
Artist phone

Any image containing recognizable persons must be accompanied by copy of authorization to use their image, unless not legally required.

Please submit to following email address:

Or Mail CD or DVD or printed images along with descriptions to:

Submittal for Russell Gallery
ATTN: JT Chapman
c/o Russell Bazaar
1600 Clay Avenue
Detroit, MI 48211

If you mail in a submittal and wish to have it returned, you must include a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage.

For more information check out:

Ransom Notes have Less Fonts…

Bill came up with that title at work. “Ransom Notes have Less Fonts” in case you missed it we counted 9 fonts. Terrible… His other rule about bad design is that you will always find the designer’s name (and in this case contact information) printed on the flyer, however, I’ve withheld that information…