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Draplin Design Co., North America
January 23, 2009
Thank You, Lovejoy
Posted at 07:53 AM


SOME SAD NEWS: Lovejoy has moved on.

It was inevitable. His little wings grew strong enough to leave the nest.

He took a gig with a Northwest-based shoe company by the name of “Nike.” You might’ve heard of them? Athletic shoes, clothing, etc. He’ll be working on cool stuff with close friends. Skateboard stuff. I am happier than hell for my friend. It’ll be a good jump for him. Not only will the work be challenging, but, it’s exactly the kind of stuff he should be rolling up the sleeves for.

So, today is “Lovejoy Day” on the DDC Factory Floor. All day. Thank you for the good work the last couple years, man. Blood is thicker than water.


- Single handedly scanned, planned and manned the upcoming Field Notes Memo Book gallery.
- Clipped roughly 37,000 images over the years.
- Good friend to Gary.
- Responsible for DDC Merch shipments.
- Vittles retrieval.
- Impeccable all-aroundness.
- Laughter, jokes.
- A keen sense of “what was going down” in Portland youth culture.

And taking his place for the time being is Andy Forgash. Goddammit. Nice face.

If you know what is good for you, you’ll leave a comment for Lovejoy. Send off my friend with some strong words. Now is yer chance to set the record straight once and for all.

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LEWMAN-APPROVED®: Steelcase greatness from back in the day. Can’t help but just a get a little bit mad thinking about so-called “modern” offices of today, and just how bad office furniture is. Pisses me off real good. I live in my office and I’ve had to scrap to make the place bearable. Imagine having this stuff at yer fingertips for a fair price back in the day? Incredible. Now it’s all compressed wafer board shit, with bullshit, goopy rounded edges and shit. Aw hell, I’ll stop.

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GOOD NUMERICALS: An old Folkways roster. The kind of typography that excites me for some reason. Dale, view your heart out.

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DOING SOMETHING “PIGSKIN-RELATED” AND CAME ACROSS THIS: “Other Cards.” All kinds of cool stuff in there. Well, okay, the drag racing stuff can go. Right.

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THIS IS INCREDIBLE: Get in real close on that Inauguration Speech. (Thanks, Eric!)

There Are 24 Comments

Can’t imagine you working for people who wear pants!

Posted by: mamma d on 01/23/09 at 10:13 AM

Good for him, especially in these rough timesā€”you go LoveJoy, ha ha. I heard Nike is swallowing up market share in that industry too because companies like Sole Technology, Lakia, DVS & more are really struggling from what I here. Good luck luck man, you’re stoked.

Posted by: alanvalek.com on 01/23/09 at 10:15 AM

Although I haven’t worked for either I don’t know how working at Nike could possibly be as great as working for the DDC, but good luck, I guess.

Posted by: Derek on 01/23/09 at 10:35 AM

run Forgash!

Eric you rule- congrats.

Posted by: Jess Gibson on 01/23/09 at 11:21 AM

I will have you know that I am keeping the beautiful photo of your grandparents as the desktop photo on the computer.

Posted by: ANDREW FORGASH on 01/23/09 at 12:17 PM

Ode to Lovejoy

Posted by: Mark on 01/23/09 at 12:40 PM

Well, shit. That sucks. Did you give him the framed photo of you walking around in you boxers to hang above his new desk? It’ll make the transition feel more natural.

Posted by: ryno on 01/23/09 at 12:56 PM

Ah- lovejoy…

Who’s gonna shoot me those “knowing glances” when you know who gets outa hand?
(Oh yeah- David- I still have David).
You kick ass. But you know this.

Posted by: leigh McKolay on 01/23/09 at 1:10 PM

Ah- lovejoy…

Who’s gonna shoot me those “knowing glances” when you know who gets outa hand?
(Oh yeah- David- I still have David).
You kick ass. But you know this.

Posted by: leigh McKolay on 01/23/09 at 1:11 PM

Good luck on your future endeavor and thanks for being the man behind the scenes at the DDC.

Posted by: Mike Kirkpatrick on 01/23/09 at 3:01 PM

Congrats Lovejoy! Best of luck at Nike - I wear a women’s 8.5 in case you come across any freebies (now I sound like my dad).

Aaron - that Obama speech thing was amazing! How awesome!

Posted by: Sarah Draplin on 01/23/09 at 5:58 PM

Lovejoy: Congrats, time for you to take over the mortgage payments

Andrew: Congrats, now that you have a job, please pay past rent due to Lovejoy

Posted by: Neil the Landlord on 01/23/09 at 6:16 PM

Good luck Lovejoy. Personally, I would’ve done more research before signing on with a shaky upstart like Nike, but hey, to each his own.

Posted by: Nate on 01/23/09 at 7:44 PM

I believe he packaged my socks with loving care. Good luck to you sir!

Posted by: Andy on 01/24/09 at 5:06 PM

I guess I am gonna have to quit my job now and stand around the DDC factory floor and keep Draplin in line, way to go asshole!

I love you, we should do brunch or tea. I will talk to you at our yoga class.

Posted by: Dale on 01/24/09 at 11:16 PM


In my few visits to the DDC world headquarters, I hardly got to know you. But i sensed the quality pretty quick…Nike is lucky to have you on board.

Best of luck in all you do.

Posted by: eric on 01/25/09 at 1:36 PM

take me with you….

Posted by: mark beresniewicz on 01/25/09 at 3:00 PM

YEah Lovejoy!!!! Congrats.
sad to see you leave, but go forward young man and spread you wings. become the Pegasus that you are!

Posted by: TOpher on 01/26/09 at 5:15 AM

i always knew you were the better half. damn! shoulda coulda woulda. congrats eric!!

Posted by: krystal on 01/26/09 at 6:59 PM

We have heard good things from the big man. Continue to live up to the love draplin has for you.


Posted by: Mark on 01/26/09 at 7:33 PM

I dont know Lovejoy, but im not going to let that get in the way of this post. Lovejoy, good luck! It sounds like you are landing some kind of a dream job at a time when a lot of people are out of a job or even out of the shitty job they were busy hating. Thats a big deal. Good luck at Nike.

Posted by: Bryan Haker on 01/26/09 at 8:08 PM

you have made it, now you can start smoking pot, all day.

Posted by: shelby on 01/28/09 at 3:30 AM

Good working with you Eric, thanks for everything. Kick some Beaverton ass over there.

Posted by: Horhey Gonzalas on 02/02/09 at 12:20 PM

now how do i get rid of him?

Posted by: Aaron Lovejoy on 02/05/09 at 6:47 PM
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