"Artist Appreciation"

Photo May 01, 8 25 22 PM I've been eyeing and laughing over this shirt for at least six months now. I first learned about the artist through Instagram (seriously where I find out about anything cool) and finally took the plunge and bought it with some commission money from a recent art piece. In my opinion no one is more destined to be a closet metalhead than Ron Swanson, and judging by the smirks I got from passerby's at school today, I think many would agree. Confused? Watch Parks and Recreation. He had me at "meat tornado."

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During a study break last night I also made this headband from some extra tshirt material! It adds some extra excitement to a pretty basic outfit. I was hooked and made another for myself and one for my roommate. I can't wait to show you the others in future posts!

black metal Ron Swanson tee_MetalJeff.net camo skinnies (cuffed)_Forever 21 black embellished loafers_TJ Maxx studded bowling bag_Gypsy Warrior studded khaki headband_DIY from old tshirt material, I used this tutorial

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ART_Skull Coffin Deck

IMG_1075 I finally have finished my baby! I call it that because I have put so much time and thought into this board. This is the first (and only) deck I have made by hand; I learned in a skate deck shaping class at my school last year, and this was the result! It then took me a while, but many sketches later I came up with a design. I talk about the design process a bit in the video below, that also gives you some good shots of the art and details. Please check it out, it's a more personal discussion about the art, which I am excited to continue doing in the future!

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPDfEIx7kZQ&w=560&h=315]

Thanks so much for checking out my work! Custom boards are available on my Etsy shop, and to see any of my past art, check out this page.

ARCHITECTURE_Chicago Trip

As promised, I worked on an architecture/design type post to document my Chicago trip I returned from last week. I also filmed quite a bit while I was there because I was very excited to have a camera that can record video in HD. If you're interested in that you can check it out at the bottom of the post to watch it! Otherwise, here are some of my favorite photos of the trip. My camera was dead for the day we saw the most monumental structures (a lot of Mies, Monadnock, Logan Center, University of Chicago, etc...) but I managed to get those with my iPhone, so I provided a mixture. Enjoy! IMG_0337

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Pin up of our studio work at Cannon Design office

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Lakeshore Drive Apartments_Mies van der Rohe

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Lakeshore Drive Apartments_Mies van der Rohe

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Poetry Foundation_John Ronan

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Luminaire furniture store

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Cultural Center

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Logan Center_Todd Williams and Billie Tsien

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED0ZZSXw-z4&w=560&h=315]

and here is the video!

Thanks so much for reading! See you tomorrow for a new outfit post, and don't forget to keep up with punkrockparti on Instagram!

DIY_Wildfox Inspired Aztec Tank

wildfox diy intro Wildfox falls into the category of "I am obsessed with but don't actually own anything from" brands. That's why when I spotted this tank dress on Instagram a few days ago, I knew I had to recreate it. I'm very into the aztec print trend and when I found a plain white tank in my craft drawer, I couldn't hold back!

wildfox diy steps

1. The supplies you will need are: a long white tank (mine is an XL men's tank from H&M given to me by a friend when he cleaned out his closet), black fabric paint, a paintbrush, and a canvas.

As a side note, I was confident enough in my painting skills that I did this freehand. If you aren't you can make your own stamps and do it that way. I have a tutorial on craft foam stamped tops here !

2. I stretched my tank over a plain canvas to create some structure while I painted. You could also do this with cardboard, but this was my first time with a canvas and it was great!

3. Begin painting (or stamping) your design on. Start in the center and work outwards in order to keep things symmetrical.

4. Continue applying your design. If you are finding that the paint isn't fluid enough, mix in a little bit of water.

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And here is the finished product. I am just too pleased with this because it is so similar to the original and well, I saved $86!

Stay tuned in the next few days because I am going to style this tank in an outfit post as soon as it stops raining!

Thanks so much for reading! You can keep up with all of my projects at these platforms: instagram / facebook / tumblr / bloglovin' / twitter / pinterest / youtube