We’ve been grinding so hard in the studio. Hours on end every single day/night. Over the weekend we wrapped up silkscreening the canvas and started putting some color in the work with good ‘ol brushes. We often utilize a variety of materials in our work, rarely ever being a purest with anything. For T$F, the goal is more so to generate the proper representation of the intended image, by any means necessary. Mix and match- get it done!
Heres a few pics of the team work needed to hand pull these large screens.
Tonight we’ll be smashing out the custom t-shirts for the show. We’re thinking something classy and creative, these are not going to be your boring old white tee with black ink. We got a couple tricks up the sleeve. It’s going to be great getting back to printing t-shirts, it’s way easier than screening on stretched canvas, the cotton is far more forgiving, and we can use the press to justify a batch of prints, not to mention the shirt lays flat on the palette and the canvas sort of bows in the middle.
And on top of all that, the ATL street team is smashing monster posters of the show flyer in the streets of The Big Peach– the city that’s too busy to hate!
Just some of the new work for the Atlanta show.
Not overly interested in leaking all of the new work for our show, but seeing as some is already hitting the streets, here’s a little preview.
T$F x BBW wheatpaste!
Here’s some continued coverage of the preparation for “SCREEN FIENDS.” We’ve been pulling the majority of our top screens with black plastisol. Plastisol is an oil-based printmaking ink, widely used in garment printing. It’s composed primarily of two ingredients, PVC resin (a white powder) and plasticizer (a thick, clear liquid). Plastisol inks have one outstanding characteristic, they must be heated to dry. They will not dry, or cure, at normal temperatures. For a complete cure, they must reach 290-330 Fahrenheit.
Seeing that plastisol NEVER dries unless really hot it makes a massive mess. We love making a mess. We got a BIG bucket of BATMAN BLACK plastisol ink. It’s been really fun/challenging/humbling printing the last couple of days. Although we’re are not novice printers, the stretched canvas and quantity of screens is ambitious.
Here’s a couple pics from last night, big bucket of ink, work on the drying rack, and our Iron Cross screen prior to printing….
Graffiti is so temporary, that comes with the terrain.
This yard has been bombed for at least 2 years and is periodically buffed.
None of this stops T$F from beating the dead horse….
This is about 20 feet off the ground. Nobody hit that corner spot, it’s impossible to do a hang down, and waaaaaayyy outta arm’s reach.
Took extra effort to get up there, but the buff doesn’t discriminate!
T$F spent several hours in the studio last night. After gathering all our supplies up, we’re grinding! Screenprinting on stretched canvas is tricky business. Pulling posters and shirts ain’t no thang, but the tension of the canvas over the bars makes it difficult to get consistent prints with equal pressure.
We got a nice warm up.. Only accomplishing a couple pieces, but off to a great start. Heres a couple photos from the studio. We’re excited to get back to printing tonight.
Located in the off-beaten path and often called the “Scum Dungeon” here is the workspace used for “Screen Fiends.” A massive warehouse servicing a fully-contained printmaking operation. Here in Los Angeles is where we smash and mash the new pieces for The Bench gallery…
Now that our art and design is finished, the films/screens have been burned, and the canvas on hand we are ready to begin printing. We’ll document additional preparations for “Screen Fiends” in the next couple days….