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All Grown Up – Brooklyn Industries Portland Celebrates Its 5th Birthday With Portland Artist Robbie Augspurger

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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To celebrate our Portland store’s five year anniversary, we reached out to Portland artist Robbie Augspurger; he said yes, and we’ve all been cracking up at his work ever since. This year will see two limited edition graphic tee releases featuring his photography, the first -Glamour Paws (above), is launching this week. We recently caught up with the prolific artist to ask him about his eccentric work.

Your work is awash in 70’s and 80’s awkward vintage styles, colors, and characters. What was your upbringing like, and why does that era resonate with you?

I was born in 1977, and grew up in the midwest in the 1980s in Peoria, IL, so I suppose things were relatively normal. As a kid I was always interested in our old family snapshots, especially the faded ones I’d find lying around. I’m into the color degradation of aging photo paper that occurs over time. After college I worked as a tech at a photo lab, and learned a lot about the ways color is effected by aging paper and sun exposure.

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Il mio Capo è il tuo Capo: Scene 9A Take 1, from Faux Film Stills

Your Faux Film Stills series is quite imaginative – and looks like a hell of a lot of fun to make. What other projects do you and your friends do for fun?

One thing that my friend Eric Lee and I made a few years ago is “The Original Pizza Video”, which is one hour of spinning pizza montage. Video Pizza has really taken on a life of its own. It’s an ambient film like “Video Fireplace”, except that it’s pizza. Soon the sequel will be coming out: Video Hawaiian Pizza. We’re just waiting for the soundtrack to be finished.

Some friends and I also put on an event called B-Movie Bingo, which is an interactive movie-watching game we made up a few years ago, back in 2006. We were recently hosted by The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and will be traveling to SIFF in Seattle in August, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art in November.

I also write songs and play music with my band Ozarks, and we’re currently working on our second album. Our eponymous debut came out in 2012.

Tell us about the two T-shirt designs you’re releasing with Brooklyn Industries - Glamour Paws and Bike Splits. 

Glamour Paws came about when I was hosting an evening of portrait sessions and my friend Melanie Brown (the girl in the photo) brought her mom’s dog Diggy with her. Diggy has a very winsome, albeit temperamental personality and I think it comes across in the image. This image has garnered the reputation as the “photo that keeps on giving”, as people keep discovering it.

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“Bike Splits” was made for one of the Portland Mercury’s bicycle issues a couple years ago. My task was to create absurd situations involving bicycles. Eric Dexter, the hairy man in the image, can do the splits, so we decided to take advantage of that.

Meet Robbie Augspurger and help Brooklyn Industries Portland celebrate its’ fifth anniversary with an artist exhibition and t-shirt launch, music by [DJ] Bill Portland, beer from Widmer Brothers Brew, and treats by Bunches and Bunches. Thursday, May 8th, 7pm-9pm in Portland at 735 NW 23rd Ave. RSVP at events@brooklynindustries.com

Today only, take 20% off Glamour Paws with code: TEETUESDAY

Neighborhood Spotlight: Nob Hill, Portland

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Miles, our store manager in Nob Hill shares his favorite neighborhood spots in Portlandia.

Salt & Straw - 838 Northwest 23rd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97210

Salt and Straw is a new addition to NW 23rd Ave, and people literally line up around the block to get their mitts on these decadent ice cream creations. In particular, the Sea Salt Ice Cream w/ Caramel Ribbon is so ostentatiously tasty I had to write haiku: 

put the “Salt” in straw

caramel time is the best

the ooey gooey

Other flavorsome options include Cheddar Apple Pie, Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper, and Pear with Blue Cheese. A must for any gastro-tour of Portland.

Cinema 21 - 616 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209

Any time your local, independent theater brings Crispin Glover to town for a Q and A, you support that local, independent theater.

Muu-Muu’s - 612 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a muumuu as, “a loose often long dress having bright colors and patterns and adapted from the dresses originally distributed by missionaries to the native women of Hawaii.” Muu-Muu’s Restaurant and Bar on NW 21st Ave, however, can be defined using only one word: scrumptious. The friendly staff and romantic lighting, coupled with a decidedly eclectic menu makes Muu-Muu’s the non-Hawaiian themed Restaurant and Bar of the Nob Hill neighborhood.

One can’t really go wrong with the entire left side of the menu. From steak bites and seared wasabi tuna, to caprese salad and steak bites, to steak bites and steak bites, it can be difficult to decide what to order!  But fear not – at Muu-Muu’s, prices are so reasonable you won’t have to think twice about ordering all twenty items on the menu at once. I call that move “Muu-Muuing.” Do yourself a favor and drop by Muu-Muu’s late at night, the lovely staff and bespectacled barkeep will always treat you right. Also, sometimes they have a guy with huge dreadlocks who DJ’s, and by “DJ’s” I mean he selects songs from his laptop without crossfading them into one another. People come for the steak bites, but they stay for the steak bites.

Sammy’s Flowers - 2280 Northwest Glisan Street Portland, Oregon 97210

Sammy’s Flowers is a great local flower shop just up the street from Brooklyn Industries Portland that will always help you say just what you need to say, with flowers. The shop actually just moved into this new building with much more street visibility after extricating itself from the shadow of the local Trader Joe’s. They’re great for birthdays, anniversaries or let’s say, hypothetically, that you got yourself into a lovers quarrel and really need a big gesture to smooth things over. Well if that’s the case, then Sammy’s Flowers is the place!

And while you’re in Portland, come say “Hi!” to Miles and the gang at Brooklyn Industries Portland at 735 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210. 503-241-4898

Celebrating BKI Portland’s Birthday with Oncology Youth Connection

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This week, our Portland store is turning three, and we’re celebrating the store’s accomplishments by giving something back to the Portland community. Our store manager, Miles Hewitson reached out to his close friend, Grant Roesler, a cancer survivor and founder and director of Oncology Youth Connection, an organization whose mission is to inspire resilience in young adults challenged with cancer by providing a community of peers that participate in social, service, and educational activities, and increase awareness about young adult cancer issues. Join OYC members and the Portland community on April 4th from 7-9pm for a special shopping experience and cocktails to celebrate life and longevity.

Portlandia Storms NYC

Monday, January 16th, 2012


(Left: Season 2 Premiere of Portlandia. Right: Fred Armisen sporting BKI gear on the show)

References to the I.F.C. show Portlandia have been popping up around the office a lot lately, so we were thrilled to be able to attend the Season 2 premiere here in New York at the Natural History Museum two weeks ago.  Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were in attendance to introduce the season to a packed theater that included Andy Samberg, Krisen Wiig, and Jeff Goldblum, all of which make cameos in the second season.  We’re happy to report that after the success of the first season, with more support and momentum, the second season is even funnier.

Season two resurrects some of the first season’s characters, including the über-sensitive clerks from the feminist bookstore who are indignant to any word with phallic connotations, and the neurotic, upper middle class, city dweller couple who are clearly out of place in nature. One of the best cameos of season two is Samberg’s suave, yet corny mixologist, whose signature cocktail (a ginger-based bourbon drink infused with honey lemon, charred ice, cherry tomato, lime zest, homemade bitters, egg whites, eggshell, egg yellow, a rotton banana, and a little bit of love) inspires Brownstein to make him a mix tape. The show also pokes fun at the artisanal craze, with Goldblum cast as an artisanal knot maker, and featuring another light bulb maker whose lightbulbs are so ridiculously expensive and laborious to make that it take weeks to make a single lightbulb, leaving his customers literally in the dark.  What makes Portlandia so great is its ability to poke fun at its core audience – particularly those that are encapsulated in hip/progressive enclaves – Portland, Williamsburg, Wicker Park, Austin, the Bay Area, and its ability to get the audience to laugh at themselves. One particularly revealing sketch at the end of the second episode involves a writer from Pitchfork, who after writing a perfect 10 review of a band that promotes its uniqueness by having a cat and a kidnapper in the band, drives the music site to completely shut down. That sequence drew a roar of applause from the theater audience, demonstrating Pitchfork readers disdain towards the oftentimes pretentious site, yet for the joke to work, Portlandias’ writers had to realize that as much as their audience is annoyed by Pitchfork’s reviews, they still loyally read them. Which they do. In a world where it’s more commonplace to laugh at others, Portlandia demonstrates that sometimes, it’s just as fulfilling to laugh at ourselves.

In tribute to our love for the show, enter here for a chance to win two “I Like PDX” T-shirts from our Portland store, and a DVD of  Season 1 of Portlandia.

BKI PORTLAND TURNS TWO!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries Portland recently celebrated its second anniversary and we threw a party to celebrate! DJ Theronious Chunk spun some catchy tunes, and Two Tarts Bakery provided some delectable treats. Thank you to all who celebrated with us! Here are some photos from the event.

SUPERSTRUCTURE IN PORTLAND

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Our grand opening and reception for Portland was one of the best yet. Portland’s finest gathered for Superstructure, an exhibit by our very own President,Vahap Avsar. All enjoyed delicious refreshments (like sweet dot cupcakes from Saint Cupcake) and the sounds of DJ Freaky Outty and DJ Rev. Shines. We’re happy people are calling Portland the 5th borough.


OPENING EVE

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Yes, our doors open in Portland today at 11. Opening eve was no doubt a time crunch. Here’s an updated peek into what’s in-store.



COUNTDOWN

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Apparently there was light snow in Portland this morning, which is ironic because Brooklyn was blessed with upwards 50 degrees this past weekend. While our Portland team merchandises (in chillier weather) and prepares for the opening reception of BIAS (March 12), everyone at headquarters is just plain excited.





PORTLAND PROGRESS!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


Things are looking good in Portland! The opening is only days away (February 12) and our staff is working overtime to bring Brooklyn Industries alive on the West Coast. Go team!







PICTURE PORTLAND

Friday, January 30th, 2009

We couldn’t be more enthused about our first West Coast, free standing location. The 3,000 square foot retail space will double as BIAS, Brooklyn Industries’ Art Space. The first exhibit will feature work from award winning artist, and President of Brooklyn Industries, Vahap Avsar. The retail space opens February 12th and the exhibit and reception is scheduled March 12, 2009. These are two dates you’ll want to save.