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Draplin Design Co., North America


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The good people of AIGA Detroit and Team Detroit present: “Aaron James Draplin - Tall Tale From A Large Man.”

We’re gonna tell our whole story. All the warts and moles. Visuals, too. To reinforce our loose words.

A night of truth regarding matters of freedom, independence, graphic arts, the open road, making a living, survival, love, hate, Futura Bold, doing it our way, orange things, wiener dogs, proof of what we do, tall tales, big words, small ideas, matters of national security, parents, family and friends.

If you live within 3,000 miles of this event, well, frankly, there’s no excuse for not showing up.

If you are reading these words: You better be there. We’re backtracing the visitors to this post, and will be a making a list.

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- Free door prize to each brave soul who shows up.
- General conversation.
- Strategy for “how to make it in the graphic arts.”
- Wide selection of DDC merch. You need this stuff.
- Laughs.
- A room full of Detroit’s most interesting people. (That’s you!)
- My dad will be there. More tall tales from another large man.

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BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER: This is the big one, Detroit. I was born in Redford, so we share the same blood.

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SORTA BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY: Sparky Anderson, Billy Sims, The Record Stores of Royal Oak Back In The Day, Vernors, Mark Fidyrich, Southland Mall, MC5, Mule, Dirtbombs, Stooges, Great Lakes Steel, Dodge Division, Dearborn, Wixom, Southfield, Milford, Westland, Hamtramck, Polish Kitchen, Joe Louis‚€™ Fist, St. Andrew‚€™s Hall, Latin Quarter, Hungry Howie‚€™s, Sky‚€™s Burgers, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, Murray‚€™s Auto Parts, Big Lots, Gramma Josie‚€™s Pierogis, Gramma Leo‚€™s ‚€œFast-n-Hard‚€ Burgers, Bastard Customs Officials, Jarzembowski Funeral Home, Sears Outlet on Plymouth Road and Evergreen, Farrel‚€™s Ice Cream House, Bet n‚€™ Jessie‚€™s All-You-Can-Eat Fish Night on Grand River, Bogey Lake Country Club, Daughters of Isabella, Cody High School, Ladywood High School, New Grace Hospital 1973, John Trudell, Mr. Magill, Stout and Grand River, Artesian Street, Tel Twelve Mall, Tiger Stadium, George‚€™s Coney Island, Goddamned Little Sisters, Motown, Unca Kevin, Unca Terry, Unca Mike, Unca Pat, Uncle Bob, Auntie Chris, Aunt Mary, Auntie Barbara, Uncle Tom Who Used To Squeeze The Shit Out of My Feet, Detroit Institute of Meatcutting, Tally Hall, Sander‚€™s Hot Fudge and Lunches at J.L. Hudson Forever Ago With My Mom.

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RISKING IT ALL: Special goddamn thanks to Reilly Brennan for rolling the dice on us!

There Are 7 Comments

Dammit man, I’m going to be in PORTLAND then! You kidding me?

Posted by: Peter Baker on 08/05/10 at 3:47 PM

Can’t wait… Was hoping to meet you the last time you were in lovely southeastern lower Michigan, but was out of town.

Posted by: Kirk Lebetz on 08/05/10 at 4:13 PM

I’d like to come to this, hopefully I can swing it, maybe catch a bus across the state or something. Man, that AIGA logo looks like a real turd on your nice poster, somebody needs to update that dated hunk of shit, maybe this guy: http://www.viceland.com/int/v15n11/htdocs/dark-lord-of-logos-302.php

Posted by: PJ Chmiel on 08/05/10 at 11:36 PM

Oh man you missed thanking Boblo Island.

That list is great though, would be interesting on a poster.

Posted by: Doug on 08/06/10 at 4:38 AM

Nice info.
Thank you.

Posted by: Evan on 08/06/10 at 12:27 PM

Pretty stoked for this!

Posted by: Curtis on 08/06/10 at 9:44 PM

I will be there… any way I can get a copy of the poster for the event?

Posted by: Marc S on 08/07/10 at 7:33 AM
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