Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Four New Colors For The 100% Organic Cotton Tees!

I love the 100% organic tees that I print on and use. What is going to make this even better and cooler is the fact that I offer four new colors. I can not wait to start printing on the Orange and Red specifically. Hooray!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Invasion of the large BABIES

Awwww, look how cute they all look piled up. Now that is 40 deep kids... how much do you think they collectively weight?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Threadbanger! Must watch clip

Threadbanger is this amazing DIY podcast that is put out every friday. They go ALL over the place to find the coolest DIY and Handmade arts and crafts. Several weeks ago they went to Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. During their filming they did a little segment about Partybots. Both of the host (Rob & Corinne) are super amazing folks who are pushing the limits for crafty folks to unite.

The little feature for Partybots is at 1.55 mins in to the video, but watch the whole thing!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Drawings: Homeless Man, Women, Feet?

Man, I have not posted any drawings in awhile. The last few weeks have been a little crazy trying to get time to do this. Anyhow - here we go. Some weird little sketches, and some more work on my series of illustrations based on American Culture.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Japanese BLOG - Design Festa is Awesome!

Not only was going to Japan amazing a few months ago, and not only was the entire staff super amazing that promoted and put on Design Festa, but they are still being super awesome after the show. Amelia is one of their staff members and recently she got in touch with me to check up and see how things were going. After talking a bit, she wrote this amazing little piece on me for their BLOG. It is in both English and Japaneses which is seems so cool to me.

One of my favorite places while I was there was going to the Design Festa galleries in Harajuku. The whole gallery had all these amazing paintings on the walls - the architecture was great too. You can even order snacks and drinks like sake. So of course while there I got a sake and was drawing outside in the courtyard. I can not wait to go back.

To read the BLOG, here are the links
English: http://www.designfesta.com/02_en/blog/?p=1527
Japanese: http://designfesta.com/jp/topics/blog_new/archives/2008/07/post_748.php

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Limited Edition Giclee Prints - Who-Ra

Here is another project that is well underway. I have been wanting to do Giclee prints for some time with my artwork. They are all SUPER limited edition, signed, dated, and numbered. A few days ago I opened up an Etsy shop to start selling them. It will be a mixture of my original drawings, Polaroids, and photography. To start off, I'm offering nine of my drawings and one of my polaroids. More will come as I have time to post and keep drawing. The quality of these are amazing. They are gallery wrap canvas on a pine wood frame and board.

Here is the link to check it out: Giclee

Hope you enjoy and love it much!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Renegade Craft Fair - San Francisco, July 12th & 13th

Need something to do this weekend if you live in San Francisco?  How about come check out The Renegade Craft Fair.  There will be 200 vendors selling their amazing handmade arts and crafts.  Oh, and Partybots will be there as well.  Come say "hello" this weekend!

The 1st Annual Renegade Craft Fair SAN FRANCISCO! This year's event will be held Saturday and Sunday July 12 + 13 from 11am - 7pm at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Art-Project: Making the streets pretty

So here is the deal; I have had this art project in my head for sometime now. It involves doing simple acts around the city to help make it a prettier place visually and aesthetically. In doing so, wheat pasting has become an inspiration and medium. At this point I have hundreds and hundreds of my silly doodles and illustrations. Figured it was time to do something with them. So last night I went out and put up two different images around the city. The deco illustration adds a much needed degree of beauty to all the corners she is now placed upon. As for the man with no arms, he is hidden in back alleys and street corners. Both add a level of interesting eye candy to the environments that surround them.

- enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

When did you make the decision to go organic?

1. When did you make the decision to go organic?
The vision for Partybots has always been underlined with being environmentally and socially aware while providing original artwork. During the company's earlier years our printing production was being overseen by a good friend. I was constantly asking about soy based printing inks and other methods. When I brought my production in-house I made sure to use every eco-friendly printing method on the market. This includes soy based printing solvents, biodegradable platen glue, recycling of materials, reduced spoilage, 100% post consumer recycled paper, etc... Organic apparel had not hit the wholesale market quite yet, and some of the alternative fabrics were being priced at insanely high prices. There was a wide spread launch of organic apparel in 2007 that opened the doors to organic apparel on a much broader level. It became available due to increased demand and several leading competing wholesale companies. This is only one step in the vast chain of organic and eco-friendly apparel. Production and growing play huge roles in the sustainable of apparel companies. Partybots hit the floor running with the launch of Alternative Apparel's line in 2007. It was the next most logically step in our company's history.

2. How much did you have to raise the average T-shirt price as a result of going organic and how did sales fluctuate during that time?
The organic and eco-friendly market has been growing so rapidly every year that there has not been an established average price. As the years go on I can proudly say that my artwork has improved dramatically along with the quality of printing. With both those being said, plus offering organic and eco-friendly apparel, an average of $30 is a fair price. Just feeling the softness of the fabric for the first time sells 8 out of 10 of my customers. I personally keep my retail price very close to what the blank shirts are retailed. Due to overall awareness of organics and eco-friendly apparel my sales have been growing at a healthy rate. As demand grows so will competition which will push the limits of quality and over-all sustainability and/or it will lower the price. My hope is that the price remains to further finance the growth of the industry as a whole and keep it away from being just another fade. While that happens, I want to see quality and over-all sustainability to get better when it comes to growing, dying, sewing, shipping and other facets of apparel production. Sales for Partybots has increased with the rest of the sustainable apparel industry.

3. Overall how has the organic switch effected your bottom line sales?
Overall it has been a give and take. Telling our story and letting our customers know what we are doing to be sustainable has helped grow and made our apparel line more appealing. The take is that; using alternative products are priced much higher. While our sales have increased so has the cost associated with the materials involved. As demand moves forward, and sales increase our bottom line will be truly effected by volume. Being sustainable has allowed retailers like select Whole Foods Markets to sell our apparel which has increased our volume. All these elements play their key roles in regards to the bottom line.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

TONs of new Art/Product, and TONs of new combinations

I'm proud to offer a TON of new artwork for the summer. We have a great selection of dinosaurs, birds, classical and more. I feel super strong about all the newly released drawings and prints. The color choices, printing and technique is of the highest quality. Check out the "Funmingos" below - they are going to be summers big hit with their bright pink feathers.

In addition to all that greatness, there are a ton of new combinations below utilizing the women's 100% organic cotton scoop neck tee. There are also the 100% organic cotton crew and v-neck being used.

All of these are available at www.partybots.org or www.etsy.com

Number One Seller: Box Wars 2082

Zebrasaurs, Eco-Poly Blend
Beat Bots, Eco-Poly Blend FleecePanther, Eco-Poly Blend Zip HoodyDeco, 100% Organic Cotton L/S ScoopFunmingos, 100% Organic CottonFunmingos, 100% Organic Cotton S/S ScoopOwgle, 100% Organic Cotton
Phonograph, 100% Organic Cotton L/S ScoopTrans Am, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Trans Am, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Two Heads, 100% Organic Cotton
Inner Robots, 100% Organic Cotton

Little Timmy, 100% Organic Cotton

Merkin, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Mustache, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
TNT Mob, 100% Organic Cotton V-Neck
Cupcakes, 100% Organic Cotton V-Neck
Cyclops Rhino, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Doubotganger, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Doubotganger, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Hurt-Bot, 100% Organic Cotton
Box Wars 2082, 100% Organic Cotton S/S Scoop
Box Wars 2082, 100% Organic Cotton V-Neck