The “On screenprinting” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #179


“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”


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Issue #179 :: The “On screenprinting” Edition :: 6:20:2018

On screenprinting…

Last Friday, I took a much-needed mental health day. As a freelancer, I don’t get paid when I take a day off, so it’s kind of a big deal when I do.

I checked my email first thing in the morning, went to the gym, came home to shower/change, and then headed straight to Emeryville where I spent the day silkscreening.

While it can be exhausting, it’s a form of active meditation for me.

Once the screens are measured in and set up in the machine — a manual one — and the inks are flooded on each design, it’s then just a matter of doing. It’s a physical process, one where your mind can sort of drift off somewhere nice for a while your body takes over. And since my mind is usually busy churning away while my body is sedentary, it’s a nice shift.

Put the garment down, screen a color, turn the press’ head. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Then comes the drying and curing, and then the folding. It’s a slow process, a bit uncomfortably slow but you get into it. You have to lean into it to enjoy it. You begin to remember what your pre-device brain was like. You are now the machine and you can only go so fast. Get distracted at any point in the process and you could ruin the entire thing. You don’t want to do that, so you are present. You pay attention.

The Grease Diner, the studio where I screenprint, has a cool, youthful vibe. The music is good and loud. This time when I was there, the owner jOn jOn had on early B-52’s which reminded me of being in middle school, but in a good way. It’s the kind of place where a revolution might be printed. In fact, I saw a screen with the words “Smash the Patriarchy” and a raised fist.

I dreamt of getting into screenprinting for soooo many years. I may not be the best, but I have started and that counts for something. I’m so stinkin’ glad I didn’t give up on my dream.

I’ll be there more, hopefully soon.

Rusty Blazenhoff

P.S. If you celebrate, Happy Pride! [insert rainbow here]

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:: Now for something you can really use: A nacho recipe generator
:: Thx, Kitty!

:: The crazy story of the man behind Meyer lemons, Frank Meyer
:: Thx, Laura!

:: “This is what I know how to do”: Patton Oswalt on writing comedy material about his wife’s death

:: Speaking of fruit: The Call Me By Your Name vinyl soundtrack is scented like peaches

:: Anthony Bourdain hated clowns, SantaCon, and loads of other things

:: How to become really good at art? Practice “a lot,” says fine art finger painter Iris Scott

:: This is not surprising: Men who try psychedelics are less likely to be violent to their partners Thx, Rocky!

:: Jeff Goldblum on Jeff Goldblum

:: How emotional intelligence manifests in folks

:: So that’s what’s going on in there: Understanding the teenage brain
:: via

:: “Don’t let anything keep you from making art”: Henri Matisse on how to be an artist

:: I can relate: Kitty Stryker on becoming her pseudonym

:: When I become rich, I will buy fancy oxfords

I want THIS RV for Burning Man this year:


Real things you can’t actually buy: yay!


NFS: While an actual Claw Machine Fish Tank would be cruel and unethical (and some say just keeping fish in captivity isn’t cool), the concept itself is fun to think about. Kudos to Dave’s Geeky Ideas for dreaming up this one up.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Stay in School Liartown poster

Good advice: Admittedly, I have no idea the logic — if there is any — behind Sean Tejaratchi’s “Stay in School” poster ($10) but I love it nonetheless. And if you don’t already have his LiarTown book, we can’t be friends until you do.

Featured Events


Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti Tiki Party

[DENVER, CO] Here’s some cool news: Meow Wolf has started sponsoring immersive events, including this reimagining of Leonard Bernstein’s opera Trouble in Tahiti. Dates in late July and early August, Tickets

Berkeley, CA
[6/30] Fleetwood Macramé, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band at Starry Plough, 8 PM, Tickets, 21+

Los Angeles, CA
[10/13-10/14] David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Tickets

[Until 9/2] The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at Skirball Cultural Center

New York City, NY
[TOMORROW 6/21] Improv Everywhere is hosting Mp3 Experiment Fifteen at at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7 PM

Oakland, CA
[TOMORROW NIGHT 6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM to 9 PM, Tickets (all ages event)

[8/5] A Witches Walking Tour of Oakland Lake Merritt Walk, “Join us for a 2.5 hour walk along the Lakeside Dr. part of the lake as we identify the magical, medicinal, and practical uses of over 22 plants,” 11 AM to 2 PM (Every first Sunday from March to October)

[9/29] FIGMENT Oakland 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM

Philadelphia, PA
[Until 7/1] Philadelphia: The Italian Market Project, an immersive walking play set in Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market, food and drink served, $35, Tickets/info

Portland, OR
[9/6-9/9] Just announced: XOXO Fest, an “experimental festival for independent artists and creators who work on the internet” Register

Pleasanton, CA
[7/27-7/29] NorCal Night Market

San Francisco, CA
[6/27] Hey hey hey… Heather Gold and Julian Cash (and others) are presenting at dorkbotSF #100 at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 11 PM, Donations $5-$20

[7/12] Heather Gold is taking her Yarn storytelling show to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (!), 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Tickets

[7/5-7/16] Flower Piano at San Francisco Botanical Garden, “Twelve Days, Twelve Pianos, One Garden & You!”

[7/12-7/14] NightGarden Piano at San Francisco Botanical Garden, $45

[7/19] The Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things is back. What is it? It’s “a social-mixer-disguised-as-a-slow-dance-club that welcomes dancers and non-dancers of all skill levels to share in a night of song-length social vignettes,” Verdi Club, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Tickets

[Until 9/3] Inflatable Expanding Works of Art at the Exploratorium, curated by Colossal’s Christopher Jobson, Tickets

[TOMORROW 6/21] A Global Celebration and Day of Gratitude for Burning Man’s Larry Harvey (I’ll be headed to the East Bay one)


The Creative Process, a comic by Dami Lee: As Per Usual

The Creative Process, a comic by Dami Lee: As Per Usual

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