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Draplin Design Co., North America


Ready to rumble. Layer Tennis. This afternoon. Glass vs. Draplin. Ohio vs. Oregon, but from Michigan. Confusing, yeah. Lake Michigan vs. Lake Erie. Beardy vs. Beardy.

And here’s where it goes down: The Layer Tennis ring.

0400 - Rise and shine.
0401 - Mouse trackball calisthenics.
0500 - Hearty breakfast of key commands.
0530 - Finger pushups.
0545 - Laptop and peripherals systems check. All systems: “Go.”
0600 - Personal grooming.
0615 - Layer Tennis “past battles” research.
0700 - Wrastling with dad on living room floor.
0817 - Signed all release forms.
0900 - Chakra aligned.
0904 - Complete silence, in parent’s guest room.
1000 - Glass of orange juice from Mom.
1003 - iChat Pep talk from Leigh and Gary, out in sunny Portland.
1015 - Unanswered call to Nakamoto.
1016 - 17 punches to the temple from dad. Survived each one.
1033 - Audio/visual systems check. All systems: “Go.”
1045 - Medicine ball “back-n-forth” with Dad on front lawn.
1115 - Document prep: Guides, dimensions, folders. Clean slate.
1130 - Cleaned mighty mouse trackball for optimum scrolling.
1139 - Court inspection.
1135 - Final oiling of back from Dad.
1143 - Link surfing. Too much awesome shit out there to be found.
1200 - Blog entry.
1230 - Final review of will in the event of mishap/tomfoolery.
1235 - Complete silence.

1500 EST - First serve from Mr. Glass.

01. Spit bucket.
02. DDC Archives on 500gb external.
03. Stack of towels.
04. Pantone books.
05. Laptop charged.
06. G10 camera charged.
07. DDC charged.
08. Clients notified.
09. Factory Floor threat level raised to, “Defcon 7.”
10. Surgical focus.

There Are 14 Comments

Go get em drap!

Posted by: chasecouringtom on 05/01/09 at 9:59 AM

I live in Ohio and am still rooting for your victory over Glass!

Posted by: Patrick Brickman on 05/01/09 at 12:58 PM

I live in Ohio and am still rooting for your victory over Glass!

Posted by: Patrick Brickman on 05/01/09 at 12:58 PM

Good luck, champ.

Need to discuss 6 panel black foam. The recently-purchased 6 panel orange is MIA. It made a trip to the central valley during the heat wave 2 weeks ago, and when we docked back home it had disappeared. Not sure how that goddamn bright orange hat could disappear, but it did. Maybe it burned right off of my head….it was hot.

Posted by: Eric Powers on 05/01/09 at 2:18 PM

I just checked your progress on round 6. Doing good in uniting the waring factions…

Go agro. Not in the US Marine beach landing sense, but agro seeking the truth of awesomeness.

Keep going… Round seven could get interesting.

Posted by: Peter Yue on 05/01/09 at 2:47 PM

THANK YOU and Mr. Glass. You not only saved my Friday afternoon but you gave me some good inspiration. damn good. where do i sign up for my IDWF work permit?

Posted by: Streger on 05/01/09 at 5:02 PM

Nice match! Well played!

Posted by: Jon Johnson on 05/01/09 at 5:10 PM

So goddamn good, both of you. Maybe the best Layer Tennis match I’ve seen. Lots of respect to both for all the fine volleys, and I dig the tennis graphics in this post, too. Say hi to your folks and have some pizza for me.

Posted by: PJ Chmiel on 05/01/09 at 7:37 PM

Epic match. You both killed it. When you started with the brainstorming in the second volley I was rooting for a logo as the end result. Fuckin’ amazing work.

Posted by: Travis "Street Fight" Fleck on 05/02/09 at 7:49 AM

Great match today! What great timing for the theme of going back or keeping the fundamentals of graphic art. Today there was a slew of articles about the discovering of Everett Ruess remains. He was an artist/ poet who disappeared in the deserts of Utah back in the 30‚€™s. So I did some looking around and found a site that shows his prints. Very basic and shows the old, old school way of how to lay some ink. Here‚€™s the link http://everettruess.net/prints.html I love the old block prints simplistic and straight forward.
So, I hope you enjoy the story and art.
Again, great stuff at the match.

Posted by: Ian Geroux on 05/02/09 at 9:25 AM

Amazing match! solid work

Posted by: Paul on 05/02/09 at 10:06 AM

Best Layer Tennis match ever. “New Balls Please!”

Posted by: Greg Meehan on 05/02/09 at 10:33 AM

I have been hearing about layer tennis lately and now I am hooked. Draplin and glass rocked it. well played sirs.

Posted by: dragyn on 05/03/09 at 3:12 PM

So impressive. Doing the old mitten proud.

Posted by: Jake on 05/08/09 at 7:17 AM
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