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Draplin Design Co., North America


Six days out! Next Wednesday, over at Office on Alberta Street. My very first solo art show thing. Mom and Dad are flying in from Michigan for support. I’ve got some art pieces brewing up, and a big poster celebrating pretty much everything we’ve ever made up to May 27th. Just handed that off to the printer. New shirts on the way too. And stickers. And other goodies.

Art pieces, up on a wall. people. Plus surprises. Come and check it out.

Office does a way better job talking about it:

Wed May 27 | ART OPENING | Featuring AARON DRAPLIN
05/27/2009 - 06/20/2009

Join us for the international debut of artwork and art-related goods created by none other than internationally award-winning graphic designer, AARON JAMES DRAPLIN. Draplin graduated from the prestigious Minneapolis College of Art and Design, interned for design legend Charles S. Anderson then become “Art Director of the Year” for his work for Snowboarder magazine. He then started Draplin Design Company, which features company mascot, Gary, on select items. Draplin’s art show for OFFICE PDX will incorporate Draplin’s love of ephemera and typography for a one-of-a-kind show — along with a slew of custom gocco prints. Some special art type goods will be free with purchase of DRAPLIN ART. Stay tuned.

Sat May 30 | TRUNK SHOW: Field Notes and Paper Goods by Draplin Design Company
Join us from 12 TO 3 PM on Saturday for a trunk show off all new product from Draplin, known for his Field Notes notebooks. You’ll have the opportunity to buy all new product from Draplin including shirts, combs, pens, pencils and lots and lots of Field Notes (and other cool new product). At the trunk show, you’ll get to meet Draplin, see his portfolio, make-readies, sketches and ask any questions about running a design studio - or just general advice and friendship. A once in a lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes for a man who has recently done graphic design for none other than Obama.

There you go. A couple fun event with way too much DDC going on. Gonna be fun. If I fail you, at least you can hang with my mom and dad some.

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CONCERNING YOUR MEATS, THIS IS GOOD TO KNOW: Learn about all that stuff on yer tires.

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WELCOME TO THE PUSZONE: This kind of nastiness I grew up on! A dusty, old Pushead site! I remember hearing a story about how Pushead got a quarter for each Metallica shirt sold with his stuff on it. That must’ve been one pretty penny. Damn. I know I contributed a good 75 cents to that mess.

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WHEN IN DOUBT, LOOK AT TRAINS: Baltimore’s Neal Shaffer riffs on “boxcar logos.” The train comes by the shop every couple hours. Sometimes I’ll take Gary down to check out the type and logos. Some of the best stuff going. Like a movie or something, standing out there on those train tracks. Here’s a little more focus on the subject.

Like this and this one, which is one of our favorites of all damn time.

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REQUIRED VIEWING: Hyunsuk’s Military Watch Gallery. A nice collection of old military watches. Call me an American Patriot, but I’m partial to the stuff stateside. I’ve been called worse.

There Are 11 Comments

Yes. Smash it man, we’ll be there in spirit.

Posted by: bendall on 05/21/09 at 5:53 PM

Quick train ride down from Seattle - I’m there!


Posted by: Troy Coleman on 05/21/09 at 8:27 PM

-1 for me not making attendance on this magnificent event!
+3 for me making up for it on the next!!!

Posted by: robbie. on 05/22/09 at 2:42 AM

This is awesome. I wish I lived in the area so that I could check out your show. You one of my top 5 designers. Hope it all goes well.

Posted by: Steve Bargas on 05/22/09 at 8:14 AM

Mazel Tov Aaron! Way to go on the show… if only it were in Chicago….

Posted by: Noah on 05/22/09 at 8:34 AM

not to be a greenhorn but what time do these little hipster soirees go off?

Posted by: Chuck Pearce on 05/22/09 at 8:47 AM

I would LOOOVE to come show my support but I’m just a little ways away. Let me know if you plan on selling any of your posters and I’ll GLADLY purchase one. Congrats on your recent endeavors and I look forward to seeing the posts.

Posted by: Mike Kirkpatrick on 05/22/09 at 9:57 AM

Awesome news Aaron.

Wish I could actually be there in person to cheer you on; instead I’ll just yell really loud from across the pond, ok? Can’t believe it’s actually your first solo-show, thought you would have had a few of these under your belt by now; even more reason to savor the moment. Congrads! And thanks for being an inspiration to us all. Break both legs ya’ fucker!

Posted by: Jamie on 05/22/09 at 4:57 PM

Congrats on your first solo exhibition and the best of luck for the opening.

Posted by: Blair Millen on 05/23/09 at 3:08 PM

Oh man, that’s so cool. I would love to check this out.

Posted by: Scott Steele on 05/23/09 at 10:22 PM

That was a great show. Thanks, and I hope you do another one soon! Next time I’ll stick around long enough to meet your damn dog.

Posted by: Erik Ratcliffe on 05/30/09 at 4:25 PM
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