New Store Front Openning

Feature, Products

For a while now I’ve been looking for an option to help people get more direct access to my goods and I think I have a solution. A few people have mentioned a hesitation to buy from Etsy and I guess I understand some of it. We are drowning in complicated passwords and email marketing. It is such a huge hassle to create a new account, track the endless passwords and block the notifications. And unless I’m going to give the Etsy more money to set up yet another webpage, there’s no way to buy without registering for an account. I need to make it easier to buy. Not to mention that some of my prints don’t necessarily fit in with the cozy, good-feeling vibe, and female driven tastes that Etsy is trying to promote. I mean, fart jokes are awesome, but I don’t think hipsters aren’t really into school-boy humor. I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong.

Well, starting today, I’m going to try out an option provided by my mobile credit company and see how it goes. So now when you click on my “Store” link on this website it will take you to the Square sponsored storefront where you can order prints directly from me. No complicated logins to remember. No advertising. No hassle. Just unfiltered vulgarity beamed straight to your home from my demented brain.

Check it out.

 

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Event: Rock + Roll + Art + Los Angeles

Events

The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market at the Regent in Los Angeles has some pretty cool stuff like vintage vinyl, leather jackets, and, you know, rad rock stuff. Sunday, September fourth I will be adding my dumb crap to the pile of awesome stuff. Come check it out if you’re in the neighborhood because I’ll be releasing a new print to the collection before anyone else can get their mitts on it (hint: it’s a California print, fresh off the press).

Also, my awesome wife, who is a much better person than I am, will be bringing her awesome concrete pottery! Check her out on Etsy @ComeToCalifornia.

The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market
Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Regent Theater
448 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more information go to The Great Rock And Roll Flea Market website. Or check it out on Facebook.

Hack and Saw

Feature, Woodworking

My nine-to-five requires a lot of construction, and I’m okay at it. Not great. But when I have time to devote to making things I really enjoy piecing together lumber and turning it into useful things. Those days of plowing through Legos must have planted a seed. Only now I get to make custom pieces without having to dig through piles of plastic.

Sometimes I need to pivot. My five-to-nine, drawing and printing, can tap me out so when I start running dry, but still have the urge to create, I’ll start looking for other ways to bang my head against the wall. I’ve made music, writings, home improvement projects, taken photographs, and blown my brains out on video games. Lately a few people have taken notice of the woodworking I’ve been doing. Not really sure why.

Take this standing desk (gallery above): built from scratch, stained, and covered in a sleek polyurethane coat. Made from lumber – I guess you could say recycled or maybe it’s reclaimed wood; I’m not sure – scrapped from previous theatre shows. It was a request by a teacher I work with and it turned out alright.

Like most things I cook up this desk is simple in design. After all my brain can only handle so much processing. There are a few rough spots, but overall it will provide a stable platform for a least a couple of years. I think it’ll do fine considering, though I did get a chance to put a bit more work into this particular model, so it’s above par for my standard. Not sexy, but functional.

The strange thing is people seem to like the work. One of the things that I’ve noticed is that when I get to talking about all the work that goes into a particular project you can see a look of “impressed” slowly materialize over their faces as the begin to understand the amount effort required. We don’t hear about handmade things very often and I think I forget that not everyone is a hack craftsman like me. It’s not complicate work, but it can be hard work and maybe we have forgotten what that’s like in this modern age of technology and information. More than a few people think that’s one reason why craft fairs have become so popular. I’m inclined to agree.

So long as people like this stuff I’ll keep making it. And it’s my goal to always use lumber that people might want to throw away. Trying to do my part in controlling waste in a wasteful society. Let me know what you think by hitting that little “Like” button in the corner and stay tuned for more to come.

Yosemite by Robert Olson

Yosemite Handmade Art Print

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Yosemite by Robert Olson

My mind was blown when we came up on Tunnel View and saw the valley for the first time. Pictures didn’t do it justice and nothing that I could ever create would come close to seeing it in person, but for those of us who have been there it beckons.

When we parked to take in the view I remember thinking, “I wonder what would it would have been like before crowds of people taking selfies where here?”

Then it occurred to me that if I can imagine it, I can draw it.

Yosemite Handmade Art Print now available on Etsy for 14.99 USD

from Etsy http://ift.tt/1lbVJYT

Faux Beer Label No. 3

Illustration

triceratopshops

The final planned dinosaur themed beer that you can only find in your imagination (at the moment). This hand-drawn illustration and typography still has some work ahead before it’s ready to become a two-color, hand-pulled screen print. With some motivation I might be able to start publishing these prints later this month to my Etsy site.

Just goes to show how an afternoon on the beach with the love of my life and some beer can get the creative juices going!

Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates and random garbage.

Copyright © Robert C. Olson 2015

Pterodactale

Faux Beer Label No. 2

Illustration

Pterodactale

Second in my series of dinosaur themed beers that don’t actually exist. This 100% hand-drawn illustration will be sliced into two colors and screen printed – hand-pulled – hopefully sometime this month and made available on my Etsy site.

This is one of three ideas that my adorable wife helped my come up with over delicious beers on the beach. We were rather amazed that no one (that we know of) has thought of this yet which makes me the first! Suck-it!

Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates and random garbage.

 

Copyright © Robert C. Olson 2015

Velocity-raptor Faux Beer

Dino-Beer Faux Branding

Illustration

Velocity-raptor Faux Beer

This week Jurassic World launches and I’m going to see it tonight! However, I’ve been sitting on an idea for a while now that fits perfectly into the dino-frenzy you’re about to experience: dinosaur themed beers!

With microbreweries spreading like a delicious plague it occurs to me that no one has yet melded the perfect coupling of dinosaurs and beer (my idea first muthaf***ers). Therefore my wife and I came up with a list of fake beers and today I’m releasing the first of three poster designs I hope to complete this month and get into printing soon.

First up is “Velocityraptor”: with specialty beers on the rise you may have come across the term “velocity” which loosely translates into a blend of stouts, but can sometimes come in strong IPA format – which is very popular in today’s market.

Stouts being among my favorite styles of beer this one had to be a part of the trio and when I walk out of the theaters tonight and tap into a stout I will be thinking about how sweet that Thunder Lizard Beer would taste.

This is my first attempt at a 100% hand drawn image where I even developed my own typeface. While I did straighten out my grade school lines via technology everything was born from the sexy love-making that my hand and tablet made for this design. Inspired by Aaron Horkey’s and Key Taylor’s far superior talents this mutant afterbirth of a tribute to their skill demonstrates both how hard it is to mimic their talents when you are a hack like me and how many hours go in to the detail for such intricate images.

For a useless glue-sniffer like me – I’m guessing it took 100+ hours to get to this point. Stronger artists can do better work in about 120 hours, but I’m working on it, already seeing a big improvement from previous works.

Two more rad designs on the way and I hope to start printing before July. If you are interested in getting a print, let me know and I can start pre-sales on my Etsy site.

Be sure to stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for updates on the printing.

Oh and let me know what you think!

Video: Wall Flowers

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Don’t Look Down


It’s 1st Watch time again where I bring you cool things happening in the graphic world for the first of the month.

This time we have the story about “Wall Dogs” or wall painters that hand-paint tall buildings in New York. Like of lot of craft-movement style things happening right now it’s about a return to roots, traditions, and connecting with people.

Every month I try to post cool videos so if you have any hand-crafted stuff to share, feel free to comment here or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Copyright 2014 © Robert C. Olson

Printing Idiot

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Motorcycle Screen Print

My first screen print

Time to make the next step, which for me means trying to go from dunce to pro in this slightly idiotic adventure in printing.

Rock Stars of Craft Art to Podcast in LBC

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If you’re near Long Beach, podcasters and trouble makers AID – Adventures in Design, featuring prominent gig-poster artists Mark Brickey, Billy Baumann, and James Flames – will be hosting a live show at Phone Booth Gallery in a little over a week.

This ball-busting crew, which I’ve been following for nearly a year now, has been enjoyable for their brotherly antics, but more enlightening is the way they rip away the curtain from the craft arts movement and business. If you’re looking to get a behind-the-scenes look at the craft world then you’ll probably want to go to this show. Be sure to bring your sense of humor.

Don’t worry if you miss the show, however, because there will be a podcast of the show later available on iTunes.

The AID-Live show will have a promising panel including: Shaun Wagner (Tiny Whales), Danny Askar (Screen Printer of the Stars), Delilah Snell (Dear Handmade Life), and Garry Booth (Phone Booth Gallery).

The Show is on Sunday, August 17 with doors opening at 6:00 pm – show is at 7:00.

Phone Booth Gallery is located at 2533 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803.

If you want to hear the show and learn more about Phone Booth Gallery, check out Episode 42 of the AID podcast.

 

 

Copyright 2014 © Robert C. Olson