Great News Everybody!

In spite of the recent economy I have been invited to become a founding member of a new, youthful, energetic, kick ass screen printing shop with my two friends Josh Ryan and Calen Davidson. We have resolved to destroy our competition by concentrating on the artwork that goes into each piece we create, weather it be a t-shirt, sticker or poster. Most of the graphic design and illustration applied by other screen printers consist of run-of-the-mill clip art that can be selected by anyone out of a book. The results are boring, lifeless and dated images that have been over applied by the world over. We promise to create unique, original art for each and every customer because that is what the world needs, not more clip art.

Company president, Josh Ryan, is a fantastic fine artist/illustrator who has been honing his talents for over a decade. Zac Calbert, our art director, received his degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in graphic design and visual communication from California State University Long Beach in 2006. He has been hired on several occasions to create the art for multiple print shops and small businesses in the county. Both Calbert and Ryan have been dabbling in printmaking for several years. Calen Davidson majored in marketing at Chico State and has been a recreational cartoonist for well over a decade. He has the business knowledge and selling power to acquire large accounts throughout the region.

The point to all of this being that these three individuals have a passion for the art behind the trade and seek to better the appearance of their community while upholding the tradition of printmaking. Our competitors can only offer a barely acceptable solution to the small business needs of our extended community. Hopefully we will be elbow deep in business by the end of the year.

{Stay tuned for information on our SECRET WEAPON}

Support or Die

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This is my latest line of shirts. Over the summer I volunteered a lot of time to my local Arts Council and our Foothill Farmlands Arts Festival and I designed these shirts with our struggling arts community in mind. I designed and printed them all myself right here in ol’ Tuolumne County. They are a very limited run (especially the yellow ones) and are going fast. If you want to snatch one while they’re still available email me at tuo_cou@yahoo.com with the size and color you want along with your address and I will let you know what’s available. They are $20 a piece.

Here is an image created by friend & satisfied customer April:

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TUO*COU

(Models: my sister Kristi & good friend Eric)

This is the first shirt that I put into production. It is a satire on my home, Tuolumne County. It is a play off of Nor Cal and So Cal and the lame, imaginary rivalry between the two (Of course I like Northern California way better then the southern portion). I created it in the winter of 2006 while I was living in Telluride, CO after I left CSULB and Southern California for good. Soon after producing these I decided to drop the usage of TUO*COU. There were too many similarly named/looking groups including¬†So Po (Sonora Posse) and TUO CAL (Tuolumne California). I hated continually explaining that I had nothing to do with those groups and that I didn’t “steal” their idea. TUO*COU was a term coined in my social group by my friends Kyle and Eric (pictured above) while they attended the University of the Pacific together. Here is the tattoo that Eric had done years before I ever made the shirts:

(Tattoo by Tree at West Side Ink, Tuolumne, CA)

Cougar Hunter

This is a t-shirt concept in the works. It is inspired by my brother and his antics at the local  bars. Check out the Products category regularly to see new the shirts and prints available to purchase.