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Thank you 2019! A year in review for our best year yet. 365 days in 60 seconds.

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Happy new year! Here are 365 days worth of our work crammed into 60 seconds. This marks our 6th consecutive year of putting together a recap video of all the work we’ve done in a year. It’s always fun to see the year in preview to see the growth, achievements and learnings. 2019 has been our best year yet with projects from around the globe including LA, Austin Texas, Cologne Germany, Toronto, Calgary, Hong Kong and more. Big thanks all the clients and friends that believe in us and our work. We couldn’t be more proud of all the work we’ve done in 2019 and we’re extremely excited for 2020, the next decade!

Video credits
Andrew Latrielle (Footage from Salt Spring Island art project)
Rick Etkin (Timelapse footage from GDC Interactive mural)
Michael Millard and Paul Bennet (SFU Mural timelapse and photos)
Danny Yu (GTB Toronto mural photos)
Peter Molick (Kabam Austin mural photos)

Also really pumped to have been able to commission the talented Paul Chin from Toronto provide us with this amazing music track called ‘House Party.

Happy holidays everyone! Here are our studio holiday hours.

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Happy holidays everyone! Wishing all of you a jolly and peaceful holiday season from all of us at the studio. We will be closed from Dec 24th – Jan 3rd 2020. For urgent matters, please email us directly to either Aiken or myself, Carson. Will be be back on Friday, Jan 3rd starting at 930am.

Stick around this space to see our year-end video. Happy holidays and a happy new year! With love and peace.

Heading down to LA to meet our good friends at Munchkin tomorrow.

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We’re excited to spend the week in LA starting tomorrow to meet our friends at Munchkin, the world’s most loved baby product brand. This past fall, we did a bunch of super fun illustration work for their rebrand initiative and for their big trade show in Cologne, Germany that turned out to be a huge hit so we were invited by their CEO, Steve Dunn to visit their factory and HQ in LA to learn more of what they do. Stay tuned with our IG stories this week.

A very jolly holiday studio party. Thank you to everyone that came and got trashed with us.

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Full studio squad photo by Jen Newsted

Tis was the night of a very jolly evening of laughter, wine, beers, pizza and good company at our annual studio holiday party. This was our second annual holiday party and this year it was a bit different because we casually and unofficially launched our creative collective called ‘Forces of Nice‘ which consists of Hubert Kang Photography, Annie Chen of Lemonni design, Leah Gregg, ourselves, Chairman Ting and Aiken Lao, our studio manager. The name ‘Forces of Nice’ was actually birthed through our good friend Jason Perdue over a decade ago during Carson’s time at Rethink when he was an art director during his agency years. The original Forces of Nice was a collaboration project between Chairman Ting and Tangible Interaction for an adidas Originals art project in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. It feels really good to bring this name back to life with this new crew and what a better way to reboot this collective name than throwing down a kick-ass holiday party. Here are a few snaps from the party for those who missed it. Big thanks to everyone that came and celebrated with us over good beers, wine, whiskey, pizza and more.

This year we took over Green Horn Cafe as we hit over 120 people.
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The story of my reincarnated art piece called ‘Dawg Dawg’ for the 100 Amigos art show.

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Location: 104 East Pender, Vancouver,
Date: Friday, November 8th 2019.
Top: Original piece. Bottom: Reincarnated piece.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.

So originally, I submitted my 12″ x 12″ piece (Called ‘Dawg Dawg’) for this awesome collective art show called 100 Amigos (100 artists) curated by the crazy talented Drew Young that’s happening this Friday, November 8th 2019. at 104 East Pender, Vancouver (El Kartel) but I royally fucked my piece up with a clear finish spray from Krylon. I guess it wasn’t dry enough before I packaged it up for delivery. Sure enough, I got a call from Drew on Sunday that my piece was wrecked from the paper sticking on to the clear finish. Here’s how it looked:

That’s the brown paper that got stuck on to the clear finish. Facepalm emoticon inserted here.
Here’s me trying to plan a quick fix at the studio.
Black is like butter. It fixes everything. Here’s me coating it with high gloss black paint.
A new form starts to take place while allowing a tiny window into it’s previous life underneath.
Process snaps in the stuido.
A work in progress snap.

As painful it was to paint over the original piece, I actually like the new version of ‘Dawg Dawg’ more than it’s previous life (Pablo, owner of El Kartel) thinks otherwise (yikes). In any case, it’s a done deal. There’s no turning back now. Here are a few snaps of the new ‘Dawg Dawg’ piece. This piece was painted on reclaimed Fir wood from the 1920’s (almost 100 years old!) salvaged from an old home by 41st and King Edward area by the fine folks at Unbuilders and built and treated by the dynamic duo (Kaly and Bram) at Willow & Stump (They rule!).

I always try to find the silver lining.

The final piece was painted with high gloss acrylics, Molotow and Posca inks and sealed with (again) Krylon ColorMaster clear finish on almost 100 year old reclaimed Fir wood.

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Small Cures Art Show and Auction is helping cancer patients afford to survive.

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Small Cures is hosting a small art show to help cancer patients afford to survive. And you could make a huge difference. 

The 2nd annual Small Cures Charity Art Show + Auction to raise funds for people struggling with the costs of living with cancer will take place at the Burroughs Building this November 7th. 

This is my second year participating in the Small Cures Art Show & Auction. This year I hand-painted two 6″ x 6″ art pieces called TING 1 and TING 2. I hope you like it enough to bid on them and help make a difference for those who fighting cancer.

For scale. Either I have really big feet or 6″ x 6″ paintings really make my feet look huge.
Titled: TING 2
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 1
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 2 and TING 1
Titled: TING 2
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 1
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.

Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Portfolio Peer Review.

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CAPIC Portfolio Review event.

Looking forward to this event tonight. Apparently, I’ll be a ‘Group Leader’ to help facilitate group discussions and critiques. It should be a fun one. See you there!