Things have been very busy over here, between shipping tents to Nepal and working on new designs I have had little time to blog about whats going on. One of the things I'm really stoked on is the signage on the new space. Jonathan Buck and I hand painted them and they look great! We even had some folks from the motorcycle shop across the street come by and ask if they could hire the guys that did it!
Getting ready to get dirty.
With a six pack and a handshake we sequestered the use of a scissor lift from the construction crew renovating the buildings around us. Armed with buckets of primer, rollers, tape measure, plumb line and Jonathan's sweet Carhartt onesie (I was a little envious) we set out to work on what we thought woud be an easy scissor lift ride.
We were sorely mistaken. This beast had "Genie" emblazoned on the side panel. Now I don't know if there was a genie in this thing, but it was definitely possessed . The joy stick had a twisted sense of humor, you wanted left it would go right, sometimes.. Other times it wouldn't do anything, every now and then it would go left if you were lucky. However if luck was not on your side, it would leave you stranded 15 ft in the air. Like all machines it started to show trends in behavior, and with just a bit of percussive therapy and patience we had it working for us. Honestly, figuring that crazy thing out was the most fun we had all day.
The Gilman street-side sign
We painted three signs in two days. I was really following Jonathan's lead on this one, he's the artist of the gang. In fact he is one of the most photo realistic artists I have ever seen. We made a good team, he detailed while I filled in the blanks.
The rear sign. Finished with sunshine to spare.
The other thing i'm excited about is the effect we are having on the community. I found a Google street view of the warehouse before it was renovated. It is quite amazing to see the changes that have happened over the last few months. When we first moved to our basecamp, across the street was filled with trash, sofas, chairs, clothes and guitar cases there was even a giant stuffed monkey with over sized clown sunglasses.That trash had to go, or at least get decorated. Lucky for us we just had a set of SlinFin stencils made and were eager to try them out, so Tim and I went across the street and did a little test.. We recuited one of Berkeley's famous street personas to help us clean up the mess. He turned out to be a very lucid an intelligent fellow, and he had a killer work ethic! We tried to help him but he refused saying, "I am fiercely independent!" We loved this line and adopted it as a bit of a mantra.
We asked him how much he wanted for the job, stating that we had offered the previous guy (who never showed up)$40 bucks. He said, "FORTY DOLLARS! I'll do it for twenty and a banana, and ill do it right now!" I bought him some juice and fruit and he went to work, meticulously moving the debris into the large dumpster we acquired. He had it cleaned up in no time flat, he even raked and swept the area. We gave him forty dollars. He totally deserved it.
Future. Classic.@ SlingFin HQ
The L.F.D from outside our front door
The area is really starting to look a lot better. There is new life being poured into this once forgotten industrial lot in east Berkeley. And people are taking notice, we get dozens of smiles and waves through our front door every day.
That's all for now, I have to go get some paint out of my shorts.
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