Sunday, February 24, 2008

Learn To Build Your Own Silk Screen Studio!

Team 8 Press is hosting Gallery5's Repressed III Screen Printing Workshop/Tutorial. Here's the details:

Repressed III

Screenprinting Tutorial/Workshop hosted by Team 8 Press

materials fee: $10

March 30th, 1pm-4pm

Learn the basics of DIY screen printing and take a stab at your own poster or t-shirt under the guiding hand of Team 8 Press. Get the scoop on building your own equipment and launching your own cheap, effective screen printing studio anywhere.

Sign up at Gallery5 or email by March 23rd. We'll be meeting there at 1pm on the 30th and carpooling to Team 8's secret underground lair on Northside of RVA.

Don't forget to bring your own blank shirts or we'll supply paper for printing posters. Also, refer to our Artwork Preparation Guide (available at Gallery5 or here) for instructions on creating and submitting your artwork by March 23rd.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Screenprinting and Other Tutorials

There Once Was A Rebellion is a politically charged project aiming to arm the public with guerrilla media techniques such as stenciling and screen printing. It is a wealth of simple DIY info designed to allow communication with the public on a large scale without the need for an inflated budget or a list of inflated connections.

Check out the easy to understand, illustrated instructionals including one by yours truly and start setting up your own shop on the cheap.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Bit of Press for Team 8 Press

Another huge thanks goes out to Noah of Skull-A-Day. His poster got features on I Want Your Skull - a blog featuring skeletal artwork. There is a lot of great poster art featured and a good bit of it is screen printed. And all of it is skeletal. Yeah for our bony internal support structure!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008


Matt Deans is back! Above is a rough of Matt's new illustration with the color done by Spencer Hansen. The color is still awaiting Matt's final approval and inevitable tweaking before we go to print, but I couldn't wait to post this one. It's loosely based in a series with an older Team 8 print by Matt and Spencer called Daibutsu (view below) which is out of print, but we're thinking about doing a second edition in honor of the new robo-automaton-baby above. SWEET!

Friday, February 1, 2008


"Okay. So, Spencer asked me to write an entry regarding my experience screenprinting. You should know first that I teased him mercilessly for this through our first session, as we encountered pretty much every problem you can have in this process in the first half hour or so ("Dear internets: and then my wise and benevolent teacher fell on his ass"). He's a good sport though, and made no comment on the fact that I'm so short, I needed to stand on a cinder block to use his home-made set-up. Which he should have. Anyone else would have.

And the second thing you should know is that it's easy. I mean, Spencer did all the hard, annoying parts for me. He got the screens made, he ordered the shirts, he set up the work space, bought the ink, et cetera. I was there, essentially, to make it "mine." I drew the design. I get to provide the elbow grease. So I mixed the fabric ink, and he showed me how to line up the shirts and load the screen. Now, I enjoy good, repetitive, mind-numbing work as much as the next field-hand, but I will be honest—it hurt. I have wee bitty arms, and wee skinny wrists that I wear braces on to fend off the inevitable carpal tunnel surgery, and the set-up obviously wasn't made with me in mind—I was standing on a cinder block, after all. So it hurt. But you
don't wuss out on a guy as nice as Spencer.

Also, I wanted a tshirt with a pissed-off unicorn on it. And a thai mermaid goddess. And all those other cool things I'd seriously consider for a tattoo and then chicken out on. Earning a little money on the side doesn't hurt."