We are pretty serious about design in print these days. Despite having a pretty amazing Epson digital printer in-house that comes pretty damn close to making things look screen-printed, we still have a deep appreciation for the beauty of letter press. Apparently we are not alone — according to Etsy Wholesale, one of the biggest trends for 2014 is all things Letter Pressed. And we were thinking that stuff was really just for just for type and designerds like us. So we just launched our inaugural line of letter pressed greeting cards.
Our newest little project to hit the net is thisisaero.com. The goal here was simple. Resuscitate the existing Aeropostalé blog and create a destination for their audience that doesn’t look like just another blog, while serving up the kind of content one would expect to see on a youth-culture based fashion blog.
Charles Michelet (a former designer and close personal friend of The Chopping Block) and The Dad Beats, have launched their first Kickstarter campaign to record their first album. You know. For kids. It is kid music for smart kids and even smarter parents. The best part is that these guys are all real live Dads and so they how parents feel about terrible music for children… they hate it. Hate it so much that they decided to make their own! Now go on over to Kickstarter and make their music yours too.
“Billions upon billions of stars…” and rockstar-astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The redux of Carl Sagan’s perennial classic series on the origin of life and the universe is being revived courtesy of Tyson and Seth MacFarlane. The 13-part docu-series titled “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is due to air in Spring 2014, and has the stargazing set abuzz with anticipatory ferver. We know Tyson will do Sagan’s legacy homage; we hope Fox Broadcasting will do the same – the future of the human race could ride on it.
We, Chop Shoppers love space exploration and even maintain a space imagery blog at wanderingspace.net. This time around, we hope The Age of Aquarius will portend a time of looking up from our phones and back into the sky. After all, “The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Fin.
A scifi revision to the well-known mantra from The Wizard of Oz. Get a copy of Monsters, Aliens and Bots, Oh My! for only $1 plus shipping. You can also get it on American Apparel for only $2. Consider it a gift from the Chop Shop for 2014.… Since you are paying for the shipping anyway, why not grab an additional $5 tee (see below).
In addition to the $1 tee we thought we might also offer a few other titles running low on stock that are not planned for reprints. Lets call it making room for something new. You will not even need a coupon code or take up smoking to take advantage of this offer. Just make the purchase before midnight tonight. Get Ham Shot First, Explore Space, Right Might, Four Endings or Agent Rawhide Reagun for only $5 each (add $3 for styles on American Apparel).
A good frined recently worked with The Chopping Block to establish a new identity for her burgeoning new business Fresh Pastry Stand. What began as a modest Etsy shop has snowballed into a small business thanks to recent attention from the likes of Martha Stewart, Fab.com and even Bob Villa?! Read More…
Limited run and numbered letter press prints for as low as $6 and $14 for starters. Many tees off up to 50%. View our most recent Chop Shop newsletter in your browser here. Join the Chop Shop mailing list here.
“The Altered States of America” is Chop Shop’s take on the US map via a theme that’s near and dear to our hearts: sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. This is an illustrated screen-printed map populated with the legendary events and characters from popular sci-fi, horror, and fantasy film, TV, comics and legends. What makes the map even more fun is that it depicts where the fictional stories take place, not where they were filmed or produced. The art is done and the screen print is shipping in early December (plenty of time for holiday gift giving). For those who cannot wait, a more affordable digital version is available now as well as versions for each of the four regions of the United States’ Northeast, Midwest, South and West.
Our Above Earth and Beyond Earth t-shirt designs have gone tattoo thanks to the terrific Tattly. One set includes 2 full sets of all 8 icons which include the Apollo L.E.M., Apollo 8 docking, The Hubble Space Telescope, The International Space Station, Gemini Spacewalk, Voyager, Space Shuttle and the Mars Curiosity Rover. Get a set now at chopshopstore. Read More…
This summer, the wife and I loaded up the boys and spent a week of our summer vacation at Disney World, an event which (for my wife) should never be attempted without matching family t-shirts. Fortunately, I really like her a lot… AND we are both designers.
We crafted a family crest thats part Disney and NYC, laden with as many references that we could fit. The shield supporter on the left is Mufasa (of The Lion King fame), and opposite him is Patience, one of the NY Public Library lions. Had to include Mickey ears and Lady Liberty’s crown, and everything is positioned atop the public transportation for each location.
There is nothing like kicking of a week of vacation by jamming 40+ hours of late night design/production into the days before. Worth every minute when you see the smiling kids sporting the designs they helped art direct.
We published a longer post containing more information about the process (we used a desktop die-cutting machine), as well as more detailed photos over at twoplus.us.