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Tee Tuesday: + Pool x Brooklyn Industries

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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Have you ever dreamed of swimming in the East River? The design firm Playlab and Family NY have, which is why they are currently working on building + POOL, a giant plus sign-shaped pool that filters the water from the river into clean water for everyone to swim in, uniting the boroughs. The project started four years ago when Dong Ping Wong of the architecture company Family approached Jeffrey Franklin and Archie Lee Coates IV and their design studio, Playlab with the idea of actually getting into the water, rather than looking at it as a boundary between Brooklyn and Manhattan or Manhattan and New Jersey. The aim is to change people’s relationship with the water by actually getting them into the water.

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Coates, who came from a graphic design background, and Franklin, an architect, chose the plus shape because of its iconic and inclusive nature. Practically, the pool will be comprised of four separate pools stuck together that can be sectioned off for either lounging, kids, a lap pool, sports, etc.… or they can be combined to form an Olympic-length pool.

In order to raise money for construction of the pool, Playlab and Family NY approached Kickstarter back in 2011. At that point, Kickstarter had not taken on a civic project, and so a $25,000 campaign was launched to fund the first round of filtration testing. In just six days, they had raised $41,000, and the first filtration test was a success. Two years later in 2013, a second Kickstarter was needed to build a floating lab, but that time around, the campaign was built around giving people a part of the pool they could own – tiles on the walls and floors of the pool that anyone could purchase engraved with a donor’s name on it, along with a gift tile, because as Franklin declared, “+ POOL is just as much the people’s project as it is ours. It’s their city, so it should be their pool.” In just 30 days, Playlab and Family NY had surpassed their Kickstarter goal, and managed to raise $271,000. Today, the fundraising continues in order to complete the filtration tests and to secure a site for the pool.

During the Kickstarter campaign, the project began attracting significant international interests. Franklin added, “We want this to be an open, transparent project. We want people to build off of this idea. This problem is worldwide. In the U.S., 22 of the 25 biggest cities with waterfronts can’t use them. 90% of the world’s most populated waterfront cities can’t use them. We’ve gotten calls from Brazil and Japan. They’re working on this in London. When we had the Kickstarter, we got a lot of support and calls from people worldwide telling us this was a big inspiration to them.”

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Jeffrey Franklin of Playlab atop their Floating Lab at Pier 40 in Manhattan in the BKI x Plus POOL graphic tee.

With the Floating Lab up and running, Brooklyn Industries is proud to support this innovative project. We’ve collaborated with + POOL to release the initiative’s official t-shirt, with 10% of proceeds from sales of the tee supporting the project. Additionally, we’ll be hosting a meet and greet at Brooklyn Industries Smith Street on Saturday, June 28th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., where you can meet the architects and learn more about the project, as well as purchase a tile and have your name etched in a piece of Brooklyn forever.

Today only, take 20% off this tee with code: TEETUESDAY

Cleaner Air

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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This Tee Tuesday, we’re doing a throwback to a design we brought back by popular demand – the Greenpoint Cleaner Air graphic tee. We originally designed this tee in 1999 to support the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) Coalition and the fight against Con Edison to build a 500 megawatt powerplant in the heart of Greenpoint/Williamsburg. This fight was won, as well as a later one when TransGas Energy proposed an 1100 megawatt power plant in the same area. GWAPP and the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community continue to demand access to their Brooklyn waterfront and to end and resolve the toxic nightmares that have occurred in this area. To learn more, visit GWAPP.org.

Take 25% off this tee with our VIP discount code: BKSUMMER25 through Thursday.

Live, Work Create, Instagram

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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We found Aaron Weiss’ great photographic work the way most people find photos these days – by scrolling up with your finger on our Instagram. Aaron met up with us in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and we tagged along to snap some Instagram photos, and ask him a few questions:

You talk about Instagram and mobile technology playing a big part in reigniting your passion for photography. Tell us more about how it effects why and how you shoot?

For me, Instagram is a three way street of inspiration, self-expression, and community. The app has a lot of different niches, but mine is the photography niche for sure. There’s a constant flow of creativity from the people I follow, from all over the world. I love seeing the everyday life of people in Hong Kong, San Francisco, France, the list goes on and on. It’s not just a window to the world, but also a different perspective to my own city. Seeing New York through all these different eyes everyday, the same streets and buildings in an unending variety… my drive to create something new everyday and share my experience has been given an outlet with this simple app, and it’s given me a new reason to climb fences, chase good light and meet new people. A weekend doesn’t pass without an InstaMeet happening in the city (InstaMeets are Meetup groups for Instagrammers). We explore new spaces, exchange ideas and techniques, and it’s a great way to meet the photographers that inspire you.

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The processing on your photos are quite nice. Can you share with our readers tips and tricks, and what photo processing apps you use?

Sure… first I would recommend shooting in HDR mode with the native camera app in your phone. In HDR mode the camera takes three photographs, all varying in the amount of light recorded, and meshes them together to form a more accurately exposed image. From there my favorite filter app is VSCO, which has a ton of great options (allowing you to forget all about those silly Instagram filters) and the app is really simple to use. For more fine-tuning I use Snapseed. Brightness, contrast, saturation, and more can be processed here. For a more advanced editing app I use Filterstorm, the Photoshop of apps (curves, levels, exposure…) it’s a little complicated at first so watch the in-app tutorials and you’ll be good. Image Blender works great for blending two images together, my brother @ari.weiss uses it to add dramatic skies to images that need it. And finally TouchRetouch is a great app for covering up unwanted things in your image, like distracting pedestrians or trash on the street.

You also shoot for Good Eggs in Brooklyn, a company that delivers farm to market food to your door. What is shooting and styling food like?

Shooting food is a healthy challenge for me, and always a lot of fun. I get to be in the studio and listen to podcasts and music and explore different ways of styling the food. Most of the work is styling really; once I get a good scene going the shot happens pretty fast and I can move on. Turning a pastry or napkin in a different direction can really change the flow of an image, so attention to detail is key. We use all natural light, and sometimes I get to eat the food after it’s been shot and I can honestly say that I am always blown away. Good Eggs is a lot like Brooklyn Industries, supporting local business and artists, supporting community.

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From Saturday, May 4th – Monday May 26th, Aaron will be taking over our Instagram to share his work. Follow along here.

Visit Aaron’s website here, and follow his Instagram here.

Tee Tuesday: Happy Industries

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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A six color screenprint of our new tee ‘Happy Industries’ by one of our local printers. Read more about the printer here.

Today only, take 20% of this tee with code: TEETUESDAY.

Tee Tuesday: BK Food Pyramid by Jenny Mӧrtsell

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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We’re super excited to be releasing a second design by the illustrator of our wildly popularAll Cats tee, Jenny Mörtsell. The Brooklyn via Sweden artist designed BK Food Pyramid for us, a stomach-growling hierarchy of her Brooklyn food needs. The artist explains:

It is funny to think back at, but when I first moved to Brooklyn from Sweden, in 2008, a friend of mine had to explain kale to me. I had also never truly eaten oysters. Tacos were something that came in a stale, hard shell that Swedish middle-class families ate for “fredagsmys” (a cozy, family-at-home time on Fridays). Coconut water was something I figured you’d you put in a Thai curry. The first bottle of kombucha I bought I shook vigourously before opening. Ordering an alcoholic beverage with the first meal you had that day meant you were a raging alcoholic. Oh how much I have learned!

With my acquired knowledge of how Brooklynites eat, I thought a new food pyramid was in order. A chart catering to the I-make-my-own-hours-creative-class on wheels (bikes or skateboards) that everyone loves to pigeonhole – including me. We who are holding up the craft beer sales and food truck operations and grass fed cow farms on our plaid shoulders.

In the bottom are the basic carb-y fuels for all those bike rides over the bridges, carrying moving boxes on the reg, and dancing the night away at some epic loft party in Bushwick. Cheap enough that the crumbly 20s made at last night’s dive bar DJ gig or for selling our last pair of Rachel Comey boots at Beacon’s can cover them. That’s slices, tacos, deli sandwiches, burgers, mac & cheese, bahn mi’s, sweet potato and/or truffle fries.

To the right above sits the second most important food group: beverages. These, more often than not, end up substituting all kinds of solid food. They are: happy hour locally-brewed craft beers, beer-and-a-shot specials (which is always too good of a deal to pass on until you remember why you should’ve), single-region drip-coffee to get us back on our feet the next morning for that poorly paid gig that might lead to something bigger, and of course, mimosas and margaritas (because that one and a half hour wait for a table brunch was just cruel).

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Jenny Mörtsell visiting Brooklyn Industries HQ, about to take flight over the East River.

To the left above come the vegetables and leafy greens, leaning heavily on the bitter brassica family: kale and brussel sprouts. They keep trying, but really, there is nothing bad to say about kale. It’s like the Mother Theresa of foods, so just keep eating it. Pickles were never a hard sell either in a borough that constantly suffers from self-induced morning sickness.

Third up to the left is the trying-to-erase-all-of-our-sins section. Here you have: kombucha because fermented, pre-industrial revolution foods make us feel so immortal, coconut water to get our out of whack electrolytes in order, and finally, juice cleanses to rid our systems from all the toxic thoughts of maybe moving to another state.

To the right there we have the food group that only nail salons can compete with on rapid, storefront expansion. I’m talking boutique sweet treats. Artisanal sugar calories are a better source of vitamins and minerals than store bought, right? And, it really is important to eat a lot of doughnuts, cookies, and ice cream in honor of that old sugar factory and it’s destiny.

On top the crown jewel of the self-made freelancer’s diet is poised – the-one-dollar-oyster. Eat that, you nine to fiver for not being able to be first in line when Maison Premiere opens at 4pm! Who needs health insurance and a working phone when you can have half a dozen Cape May Salt for the cost of a dusty Luna bar and a Smart Water and a Vitamin Water (plus tip)?

We couldn’t agree with you more Jenny Mörtsell. Today only, take 20% off this tee with code: TEETUESDAY

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

Artist ‘From Roses’ Creates Skeletons From Her Namesake

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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With flowers blooming in full force, we’re excited to release a graphic tee based on some flower artwork we’ve been into lately by New York based illustrator, graphic designer, and artist Jenna DeRosa, aka ‘From Roses’. A frequent collaborator with BKI, Jenna has worked with a number of music and fashion labels, and most recently has created artwork for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

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“I work under the name ‘From Roses’ which is a loose translation of my last name. I started working on this flower art project in my free time recently – pressing, drying, then dying the flowers which help with color preservation over time. It’s actually pretty time consuming and requires a lot of patience, but for me, it’s a great reminder of nature, mortality, and the cycle of life.” For more of Jenna’s work visit her site or her shop.

Shop Pressed Flower Skull graphic tee.

Greenpoint Gas Mask

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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#tbt t-shirt. North Brooklyn has faced some of the worst pollution in the country. We designed this shirt 14 years ago to help the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force successfully fight a proposed 1,100 megawatt plant on N.12th St. in Williamsburg. The fight is not over. For more information visit http://gwapp.org/

Best. Holiday Tees. Ever.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Graffiti Santa

Long lines of crying kids at Macy’s? Fuhgeddaboutit. This year, we’re celebrating the release of our two new limited edition Santa tees with a chance for you to get your holiday card pics with Nick, The Brooklyn Santa in our photobooth at Brooklyn Industries SoHo on Saturday, December 7th from 1pm-4pm. Get free photo strips, and have cookies and milk (or Brooklyn Brewery beer) with Nick.

About Nick:
Occupation: Graphic Designer / Gift giver (Winters)
Residence: North Pole (Winters), South Williamsburg (Summers)
Hobbies: baking/skating/tagging/fixing bikes and sleds
Favorite restaurant: Momofuku Milk Bar
Favorite bar: Rolf’s in Gramercy
Favorite band: Sleigh Bells

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Skater Santa

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Brooklyn Industries x Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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Jean Paul Gaultier – meet Brooklyn. We’ve been anticipating this exhibition around here for awhile now, and had a chance to get a sneak peek last Thurday at the museum for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Coming off the heels of The Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit, Brooklyn now gets its chance to return volley with a retrospective on the ‘Enfent Terrible’ of French fashion.

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For the exhibition, Brooklyn Industries co-designed a special limited edition graphic tee andcross body tote to celebrate the show. The tote features the iconic blue stripes commonly associated with Gaultier, and comes with a unique cross body strap. The stripes are also present on the graphic tee, along with Brooklyn Industries ‘Live, Work, Create’ motto with a Gaultier stamp over it.

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Additionally, we’ll be unveiling the collaborative designs in person at Brooklyn Museum’sFirst Saturday Event on Saturday, November 2nd featuring talks, films, interactive spaces, and lots of live music, including Au Revoir Simone.

See The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014.