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Today is my 34th birthday. Barely made it. Phew.

Special thanks to my mom and dad for making me. I owe you one.

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Here’s what I want for my birthday: A comment from you at the end of this post. Leave yer mark and let’s set a record on here. Bring it on. Who are you and what’s yer deal? Make yer mark.

(Up and over to the left a couple inches and click “Leave A Comment” and go to work, people.)

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Lots of cool stuff at the Little Friends of Printmaking online store. Buy something.

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Fank sends this one in, and our love intensifies for all things “nameplate.” That spotlight is built like a brick shithouse. Real good.

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Mitch Morse comes in with a birthday present of a link that makes us want to hit the road. The best. On the road again…

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REQUIRED VIEWING: The Ralph Nader documentary, The Unreasonable Man. A Patriot. An American Hero. A National Treasure. He’s in it for me and you, and that’s pretty rare these days.

There Are 90 Comments

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: derek d on 10/15/07 at 4:28 AM

Well, sheeeeeeeiit. Happy Birthday, good sir.

If you feel like washing off some of them new age-y Santa Fe, um, ‘crystal vibes’ or whatever, maybe a trip to aggressively unenlightened OKC for Halloween is in order?


Posted by: DB on 10/15/07 at 5:15 AM

Happy b-day homie…when did we hit the 30’s?!
Field notes are awesome, I think I need to give them to my whole crew next summer, I’m writing really small so that I don’t fill them up too fast. We got a foot of snow last night, so we are off to the Basin….saw Hansen there opening day..you NEED to make a Colorado high country appearance. Hope you get a big fat birthday cake.

Posted by: Marcy N on 10/15/07 at 5:47 AM

Happy birthday my man.

Posted by: Pete on 10/15/07 at 6:06 AM

Fresh from the front lines with Aaron I am pround to report the 34 years of livin’(!!!) - all of those days and minutes and wee baby moments have not been wasted on this man……..

An outstanding human- a source of power and goodness- master of many trades, techniques and talents ……I can but hope to learn from your example…….

you are cute and nice.
and i like you alot. Tons really.
Leigh. x.o.

Posted by: Leigh on 10/15/07 at 6:20 AM

Just a simple Canadian guy, stopping in, as I do daily, and wishing you a happy birthday. Wow, what an easy gift to give a fellow… Seriously, I hope it’s a good day for you.

Posted by: Jon Johnson on 10/15/07 at 6:29 AM

Happy Birthday, mang. I just got done filling up my first book of Field Notes. Good timing, eh?

Hope you have a great one. Thanks for being you.

Posted by: Tim Lahan on 10/15/07 at 6:54 AM

Happy Birthday, good sir! I’m a firm believer that life begins at 30. 7 years in, I’m still on board.

Congratulations, and all the best to you through 35!

Posted by: Daniel Holter on 10/15/07 at 6:56 AM

Happy Fucking Birthday! Enjoy the celebration of you. Birthdays are one of the best holidays around…because it’s YOUR OWN PERSONAL HOLIDAY. The one day you can say “Suck It” to anyone you want without consequence. MMMMM…Birthdays rock. Do whatever you want today really loud and without apology! And when you get back to the west side, your next session is on the house! WOO HOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by: Shanta M.W. Prescott on 10/15/07 at 7:22 AM

Happy Birthday Chief!

I asked the little ones, Annabella and Redding, and they agree, 34’s a great number.

Toss a beer for me and try and relax.


PS. http://mustachesofthenineteenthcentury.blogspot.com

Posted by: Andrew Jenkins on 10/15/07 at 7:25 AM

Hope it was a Happy one fellow “Li-brah”! (totally a joke). Next time your in NM try and get up to Farmington (and then maybe Durango, Co - Ski Hesperus).

Posted by: Tony on 10/15/07 at 7:36 AM

Happy fuckin bday…love my new DDC Nameplate shirt, talk about prompt! I’m off to another day of hammerswinging. Enjoy your natal day.

Posted by: Hottois on 10/15/07 at 7:40 AM

Happy Birthday Bro!

Posted by: Andy on 10/15/07 at 7:58 AM

My name€™s Chris but since it€™s a common name, most people call me ChrisGlass (real fast like one syllable), or simply Glass.

What€™s my deal?
Just getting by man. Just getting by.

Posted by: glass on 10/15/07 at 8:16 AM

happy birthday aaron!

Posted by: Scott Steele on 10/15/07 at 8:18 AM

Break something. You’ve got an excuse. Happy birthday.

Posted by: Jason Kenitzer on 10/15/07 at 8:27 AM

I’m not into blogs much, so I find it strange that i’m interested in your daily conquests. Inspiring, I guess. have a great 34th!

Posted by: Ryan U on 10/15/07 at 8:32 AM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: MMO-L on 10/15/07 at 8:39 AM

Happy 34th Aaron.
Had your day in my calendar and just had to drop in. Looks like your fan club has grown. Peace!

Posted by: Karen on 10/15/07 at 8:49 AM

may the anniversary of your birth be a pleasant one.

Posted by: hubs on 10/15/07 at 9:02 AM

Nice ‘34!’ graphic. It’s very ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’. I’m enjoying my thirties. Hope you are too. We’re in the prime of our lives Brother Draplin. Have a super birthday. Take the day off and have fun!

Posted by: benschomatic on 10/15/07 at 9:03 AM

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Posted by: Takaaki on 10/15/07 at 9:22 AM

Happy Birthday Drap. Here’s hoping you have yourself a fine day and many more to come. Now get back to work.

Posted by: styk on 10/15/07 at 9:28 AM

Happy Birthday, man. We’ve never met, but I’ve been checking the site almost every day for the last year, and I really dig your design sense… as well as your work ethic and general outlook. So have a great 34th! I’ll be joining you in that age category very shortly…

Posted by: jrmy on 10/15/07 at 9:28 AM

Happy birthday Mr. Draplin. We in Bend salute you. Some things get better with age, your daily words of wisdom included. Always a pleasure.

Posted by: Adam Haynes on 10/15/07 at 9:31 AM

Happy Birthday! Keep putting out the good work

Posted by: Nate on 10/15/07 at 9:36 AM

Hope you have a great birthday…thanks for being a daily stop on the interweb these many years.

Posted by: Chris on 10/15/07 at 9:49 AM


Here’s to another great and prosperous year. Make it a good one!
Enjoy a beer or five and chug down a chunk of cake.

On a side note, the Field Notes are being distributed to many an eager customer up here in Alaska.

Posted by: Mike Kirkpatrick on 10/15/07 at 10:15 AM

Just think, 15 years ago this week, all you would have to do with yourself was make some pizzas at Papa Andreas.
“Stay Gold Pony Boy”

Posted by: Bry on 10/15/07 at 10:15 AM

Aaron~ congrats on landing a lady traveling companion. sounds like you are still enjoying life much more thatn the rest of us.
Happy Birthday again!


Posted by: fort thomas on 10/15/07 at 10:21 AM

Great blog. Happy Birthday from the dirty south!

Posted by: Memphis Monster on 10/15/07 at 10:42 AM

Love you, man. You know what I mean. * I’m not gay… but this time of the night I’m not picky either. Oh wait, it’s 11 am. Whatever.

Happy birthday!

*stolen quote from Mike Ranquet first time I met him as his new team manager in Japan. Scarry shit.

Posted by: cory grove on 10/15/07 at 10:50 AM

Hey, Mr Draplin…

Happy birthday! 6 mouths and I’m there as well. As soon as we get all the “bear” stuff I’ll send you a package.

Posted by: Jonas Berglund on 10/15/07 at 11:23 AM

Happy Birthday!

I knew it was your birthday because…it’s marked on the back of your workstation calendar, which was I was just looking at.

(It was delivered to me about three hours ago.)

Posted by: Stephen on 10/15/07 at 11:52 AM

No Pain, No Gain: Guess those 26 hours of labor were well worth it! You were the first production of mine and you’ve repaid me with 34 great years of love and loyalty and respect.

Take a day off! Take a nap! We’ll celebrate with cake….

Posted by: mamma d. on 10/15/07 at 12:46 PM

happy day happy boy!

Posted by: melissa laine on 10/15/07 at 12:55 PM

today you are ten years older than me.
thanks for that.

Posted by: carl bean-larson on 10/15/07 at 1:11 PM

Happy Birthday!
Here’s a math problem… How long before Gary is older than you in dog years?

Posted by: Andrius Simutis on 10/15/07 at 1:26 PM

Happy Birthday you old fogey!

“Friendship fees” have been sent for the new Gary shirt. Happy to be back in good standing with the DDC on its birthday.

Posted by: Josh Nelson on 10/15/07 at 1:29 PM

Happy Birthday, you old fart. When we’re both in our 60s and our kids are popping out grandkids, we’ll be able to look back on these “old-timey blogs” and reminisce the good times.

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 10/15/07 at 2:04 PM

You should have been at the Seahawks game last night, there was a weiner dog race at half time and I’m pretty sure Gary could have slayed all the other bitches that showed up.

Posted by: Micah on 10/15/07 at 2:05 PM

happy birthday. love the blog. i’m a writer and student and guy who makes coffee in new york, but i wish i were a midwestern designer. continue living my dream.

Posted by: sam on 10/15/07 at 2:07 PM

thanks for always giving me something better to do than work… i’m always amazed, amused and entertained.

enjoy your birthday!

Posted by: jamaica on 10/15/07 at 2:23 PM

Happy birthday, indeed, Aaron. Just this weekend I finally sent my BF in Mpls your blog link, saying about you & the site, “he’s just so alive to his experiences, ga-ga abt his girlfriend, fresh with the language, open about his enthusiasms … talented, funny.” And she wrote back, “Opened up the draplin link and laughed my sorry ass off. Really great stuff! Did you see the picture of Gary laying next to the dachshund tshirt? Mad skills, outrageously funny, and the cutest dachshund I€™ve ever seen!”
So … I’m passing along our secret compliments, which I had no intention of doing, but hell, why not overhear some random praise from strangers on your birthday? And many more.

Posted by: Cheri on 10/15/07 at 2:41 PM

A fine lad you’ve turned out to be! So I hear…

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Posted by: PROSSER on 10/15/07 at 2:53 PM

happy b-day. here’s a link. when i hear or think of new mexico i think of this great image. http://www.afterimagegallery.com/featureadams.htm

Posted by: andrew on 10/15/07 at 3:37 PM

i’m a design grunt.
(production assistant they call it)
i’m a lover + fighter.
i’m a union organizer.
i’m a gainesville, fl native.
i’m about 8 months older than you.
i’m a recent design school grad still trying to figure it all out.
(and the founder of the Santa Fe (Fla. community college not N.M. city) Design & Drinking Society & Alumni Association).
i’m inspired by your work and your approach to life.

I found draplin.com about 8 months ago. i most envy the DDC Road Tours, but find your spirit, design style, writing and outlook buoying in these tough times. in these beautiful times.

your site’s a must read each day, and a source of constant inspiration (design + non-design). I dig through the archives on slow days.

and i love the new avett brothers record too. you should try Chuck Ragan’s Los Feliz or Blueprint Sessions —- think you’d like them too. happy birhday. fight on!

Posted by: mark on 10/15/07 at 3:54 PM

I am a fan. I lurk this site… a lot. Dig the style. Dig the wit. MAd skills with a mouse and key pad.

Fuck Bush.

Posted by: Rummy on 10/15/07 at 4:09 PM

grattis på födelsedagen, old man.

keep on fighting the good fight - so far, so good.

Posted by: Seth on 10/15/07 at 5:04 PM

i love you man!!!come home soon, the leaves are changing
happy day of birth

Posted by: pinski on 10/15/07 at 5:28 PM

Hey Aaron, I am done writing websites and shit, but this is one HUGE occasion for all men of size. Goddamn it, Portland needs you back. It’s wet and orange here now, just the way you enjoy it.
Soon it will be wet and brown, which is not the way anyone should enjoy it… but we live on. PS: Hi Leigh, come to dinner some time.

Good man.

Posted by: Vinceland on 10/15/07 at 6:19 PM

Happy b-day, mang.

Posted by: Jason on 10/15/07 at 6:25 PM

Happy Birthday, now call me back you S.O.B.

Kidding, when or if you get a minute lets chat some about life, design, and the pursuit of happiness.

Keep on keeping on with your site, your style and most of all your love for life. I’m inspired weekly paddling out to the DDC.

Posted by: Jerms on 10/15/07 at 7:30 PM

Lurkin’ like it’s my job, but not too proud to say, Happy birthday!

Posted by: plemeljr on 10/15/07 at 8:00 PM

Happy Birthday Aaron.
I make clothes and doodle alot. These days I take care of a 2 month old. I shook your hand for the first time in Vegas this year and I must say your attitude, style, and way of communicating are just great. Hope this year brings you some great days.

Posted by: Mark on 10/15/07 at 8:35 PM

Right on. Happy Birthday. Here’s to another year of your inspiring brand of wit and style. Kudos!

Posted by: Jen on 10/15/07 at 9:53 PM

Made aware of this by the Field Notes, but damn do I like your work already.

Congrats on avoiding wild bears thus far. I hear they’re dangerous.

Posted by: Phil Nelson on 10/15/07 at 10:17 PM

Hey, a Swedish speaker on here. Låta oss sjunger på svenska! När kommer du tillbacka gubbe? Ha det så bra och dricka någon öl för mig! Pablo AKA Paul Peterson

Posted by: Pablo's Nachos on 10/15/07 at 10:48 PM

Happy Birthday, AJD. Oh crap. 12:10am. I missed it. Shit. Well accept this belated congratulations. I don’t know how you find the time to write but I’ll keep reading…

Posted by: MC on 10/16/07 at 12:12 AM

Happy birthday!!! too bad you’re stuck up there in Santa Fe..come down to Albuquerque where we have a real city! New Mexico wlecomes you..red or green?

-Terri O

Posted by: Terri on 10/16/07 at 12:18 AM

Happy birthday’s never get old. Even from the lurkers, rather, especially not from the lurkers.

Happy birthday.

Posted by: pdf on 10/16/07 at 1:23 AM

Happy birthday to a prince among men. Stay safe out there on the road…
…and Nader? Proust had something to say about power-mad egomaniacs like him “Love those who seek the truth: beware of those who find it.”

Keep searching, my man.

Posted by: Cris on 10/16/07 at 4:17 AM

Gelukkige Verjaardag
Joyeux Anniversaire
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
•…„…‡ή γενέθλια
Buon Compleanno
С днем €ождени
Feliz Cumpleaños
Happy Birthday.

Posted by: Tara White on 10/16/07 at 6:12 AM

Happy Birthday
I’m a daily reader of the DDC online. Your design style and story tellin are inspiration to keep fighting the good fight. Thank You.

Posted by: Campbell on 10/16/07 at 6:39 AM

happy birthday

Posted by: Christian on 10/16/07 at 7:49 AM

A day late but happy birthday from all the family!

Posted by: Chuck Pearce on 10/16/07 at 7:58 AM

Happy Birthday Mr. Draplin! 34 years young.

Posted by: Naz Hamid on 10/16/07 at 10:21 AM

Happy B-day. 34 was a good year. When are you heading back to to town? Sounds like yesterday was a good day. I could go for some Sledders fish and chips followed by the Dairy Lodge and words with Joan. Take care and have fun in LA.

Rod / Katie

Posted by: Rod on 10/16/07 at 11:31 AM

Happy 34th to the DDC,
Looking forward to that tour and a visit to the factory floor.
Keep the light on…


Kansas City MO 64106-2207

Posted by: matthew alan stiffler on 10/16/07 at 12:22 PM

Happy birthday Draplin man. I’m a closeted reader of your blog and a fan of your little/big design factory. Inspirational. Thanks for doing it and keep doing it.


Posted by: Scharwath on 10/16/07 at 2:19 PM

Feliz anniversario, hombre. Let me know when you’re back home in PDX. I need to buy you a drink.

Posted by: Michael J Godfrey on 10/16/07 at 3:49 PM

happiest one day late birthday wishes!

Posted by: andria on 10/17/07 at 12:21 AM

Happy 34! Hope there’s some BBQ in there for you somewhere. Thanks for the endless hours of web procrastination. Cheeeeeers!

Posted by: Jenn on 10/17/07 at 1:27 AM

is it too late to wish you a happy day? never!

and i had a dream that naz and i took a road trip to portland. just to visit you. and well, play with gary. goodtimes in my dreams.

Posted by: jen on 10/17/07 at 11:15 AM

Biggest wishes for happy times, 2 days late. Very soon you’ll be getting a pic of Milo sporting the good ol’ DDC trucker hat.

We’re also wishing you’ll decide to make those amazing t-shirts kid-sized. We’ll pay extra.

Happy trails, Aaron!

sb and milo

Posted by: sb on 10/17/07 at 6:51 PM

Damn, I’m always late to the party…

Happy birthday boss. Keep on keepin on.

Posted by: dano on 10/18/07 at 9:42 AM

14 years ago(correction to my comment)
Still!, it was almost half our lives ago.
Look how well the Wastell graphics have aged(Timeless). Hope you get your hands dirty with some SOLID graphics when they open doors for round two.

Posted by: Bry on 10/18/07 at 11:01 AM

34? Bullshit. You’re way older than that. Hope you had a great day. You’re a on-going source of fuckyeahattude in my life. Can’t wait to say happy 74th.

Posted by: coyle on 10/18/07 at 12:05 PM

Happy birthday and greetings from Terrebonne, Oregon – world headquarters for Thomas Osborne Design. If you’re ever in the Bend vicinity, give us a shout. We’ll introduce you to two swell pups by the name of Cody and Phoebe (currently dozin’ on our studio floor) and treat you to a basket of fries at Terrebonne Depot. Bring your guitar, too. We can sit on the deck, gawk at Smith Rock, and bang out some chords. Ours is a Breedlove; gotta support the local luthiers …

Posted by: Thomas Osborne on 10/18/07 at 2:16 PM

Happy birthday Draplin.
Too a few more Years & Beers.
the BDG crew.

Posted by: JoeMillionaire & MarkWarren on 10/20/07 at 7:58 PM

Another year older but still the same Carhartt jacket. Congrats buddy!

Posted by: Nunez on 10/21/07 at 1:55 PM

Another year older but still the same Carhartt jacket. Congrats buddy!

Posted by: Nunez on 10/21/07 at 1:55 PM

Happy Birthday, 82 comments late. Neck deep in “weed out” classes, I thought I’d pop over here to see whats new, and I see you’ve gotten much longer in the tooth.

Posted by: tyler on 10/22/07 at 6:26 PM

Happy belated birthday Aaron. Sounds like life is treating you well, which doesn’t surprise me given how well you treat others. Glad to see/read about all your design projects after all this time.

Next birthday you are legal to run for President…

Posted by: Andrew M. on 10/22/07 at 9:54 PM

Ah, I’m way late. Happy Birthday, Mr. Draplin!

Posted by: Shawn Liu on 10/23/07 at 1:04 PM


Clearly, a lot of folks love ya, and rightfully so! Hope the day graced you well like you deserve.

Posted by: JJP on 10/28/07 at 9:10 PM

Happy birthday from way up north!

Posted by: ian on 10/30/07 at 10:52 PM

cheers mate!

Posted by: Reggie on 11/04/07 at 4:22 PM
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