I have been fortunate to spend some time shooting good people in good weather in the best park in the Midwest. Peep the full set.
Nike Is really stepping up their snow game.
Another couple weeks has passed without a single new blog post. My dad would say 'No news is good news' or something like that, in this case he would be right. I've been running all over heck doing 'God knows what' during the last two weeks. A little photography, a little production work, getting all that silk screening stuff muscled into a workable shop. You know, good old fashioned hard work. During this time we elected a president, weathered a crazy storm, and resorts all over the Midwest are starting to turn white with fabricated snow.
On that note, last week I uploaded a big box of code for the guys over at TheTeamlab.com. The new site will be a hub for Midwest riders to share videos, photos, and to find out about events that are close to home. It's been a heck of a journey, and it was a little hard to let go of this one, treat her gently world.
There a few odds and ends left on this project, maybe not an entire posts worth, I will fit 'em in where I can.
See ya when I see ya. -J.H.
Excuse the consumer level pic, but I wanted to show that I am, in fact, making things happen here at the JHP offices. Slow but sure progress is being made on all fronts, the new TheTeamlab.com website is in the final phase of programming. I am meeting with some of the TL heavy hitters tomorrow about putting the finishing touches on over the weekend.
The same can be said for Chemishlifestyle.com which should be live in some form by the time you read this.
The picture above is of myself preforming one of my least favorite tasks, stretching mesh on some new screens for some silkscreen jobs next week. The mesh comes in a roll and must be stretched with equal tension (X,Y) in order to take emulsion and pass ink through the screen. This is accomplished with a jig, like my home brew version shown above. Four wide clamps pull the mesh taut and it is fastened to the frame with a distant, industrial cousin of super glue. The glue comes in a bottle that almost guarantees that you will get it on your fingers. After the glue is spread on the screen it is sprayed with a catalyst that instantly cures it, again, ensuring that your fingers will be glued together. It also gives off very strong, nasty fumes, hence the respirator.
More to come. -J.H.
It's been just a touch crazy around the shop here lately. This can mostly be attributed to a larger than expected travel schedule during a season that should be full of "office work". Of course, I can't complain about any of this, but it has caused a few things to fall by the wayside in order to keep up, most notably, this blog. Now, I don't want anybody to get the idea that we have been setting here twiddling our thumbs, so I wrangled up some pics of all the stuff that we have been working on over the past month. I then trashed everything that I have an NDA on and ended up with the few pics below. Business, or something like that.
I used to do a lot of screen printing, posters, textiles, you name it, but do to the "homeless situation" I haven't really been doing much of it over the past few years. By homeless, I mean my equipment was homeless, not me. I had one of those old Riley Hopkins 6 color presses and that thing needs like 10x10' just to set up. I kept telling myself that it would be a good thing to hold onto, but I finally decided to get rid of it a few weeks ago. I was a little bit sad to see it go, but it certainly wasn't doing anybody any good sitting in a storage unit.
To replace it, I purchased a little "Silver Press" 4 color, one station tabletop press. You can see what it looks like in the first picture above. I bolted it onto a stand that I was using for a single color press with a vacuum hold down table for poster printing. You can also see some brand new frames bolted onto the press. These will get stretched with 110 yellow mesh sometime in the near future. They barely clear the ceiling.
Second Pic: One of the things that I really like about this little press is the way that the arms attach to the rotation plate. The holes are all drilled round, and the alignment is handled by self adjusting bearings on either side of the arm. This means that there is nothing to be bumped out of alignment and nothing that can loosen up over time.
Third Pic: The other thing I like is that you can adjust the off-contact of the screen without moving it out of level. You can see the adjustment mechanism behind the screen clamp. This is important, because moving the stop point on the arm up or down not only changes the off contact, but it also changes the angle of the screen in relation to the pallet. The screen and the pallet must be on the same plane if there is to be consistent off-contact. This is easier to demonstrate then to explain.
We also got a new flash dryer in last week, and an infrared thermometer to go with it. There is definitely not enough room in the shop to set up a full on conveyer dryer right now. More importantly, there are not enough jobs going through to justify the cost. Remember, JHP is not a print shop, we probably won't be doing your softball league shirts any time soon, but having some production equipment around seemed like a pretty good idea.
I have also been continuing to work on 2012-2013 TheTeamlab.com site. This one has a hard launch date of November 1st. All will be revealed soon.
As always, there is a fair amount of vinyl floating through as well. This is an everyday thing. I'm thinking of putting a page on josephhorvath.com detailing the vinyl stuff. It's been better than I could have hoped for.
More to come. -J.H.
I missed out on the official Midwest opening day at Trollhaugen on Saturday, but I did make it out to Going Big in The Bay last weekend in Green Bay. There should be a story on THETEAMLAB.COM shortly, but for my part, here are some pixels.
Mike Altobelli, The Teamlab / RVCA
Jason Contreras The Teamlab / Candy Grind
The Teamlab / Chemish Clothing Co. Tent.
The most people I have ever seen at a Wisconsin skate comp.
Quite a few kids stopped by to check out the booth.
Unknown. Somebody find me a name.
Jason, Max Boileau. The Teamlab
Zach from Chemish Clothing Co. and his lady, Lauren hanging out at the booth.
More to come. -J.H.
I'm really proud of these, been working on them for the better part of 6 months. The design is least of it, understated as hell, just enough to let people know you're down with the cause. This is definitely not one of those "look at me" caps all the kids have these days. No, this one is special. The important thing here is the cap. New Era would have been nice, it really would have. But not everybody likes that super deep, ear tucked look, and we would have had to up the price to 1% status.
This cap give you options. Adjust the fit until it's perfect, no playing hunt and find like you would with a fitted cap. These will actually fit all the way to 7 3/4" without breaking a sweat. They have a nice structure, I wore one for a month straight, just to make sure they would hold up. The bill is stiff and flat, but you can add some curve to it if you want, not "git 'er done" curve, but just the right amount.
Take your pick, dark, dark gray with gray stitching, or black/gray split with gray stitching.
Available at Outdoor Outlet in Appleton or directly from The Teamlab Facebook page. $25 each.
These have been around for a week, and there are only about a dozen left, so get on it.
More to come. -J.H.