Printresting!

I was recently contacted by Dell, who graciously offered me a new printer for my home office in return for reviewing said printer.

Sounds crazy, right? I, like you, thought there had to be more to this deal than appeared on paper, but sure enough, there wasn’t.

A week or so went by after I agreed to participate and one afternoon my doorbell rang. It was UPS delivering my brand new DELL 2155cdn printer, just as the wonderful folks at Zócalo had promised.

Honestly, this new printer came to me at a great time as one of our printer/scanners here at the office just ate it and we actually needed a new printer…

Part of this deal required me to write an honest review of this printer and I am happy to do so.

Right out of the box, setup was an ease. From “box-opening” to “test-print”, the whole process was super easy and only took about 5 minutes.

The imagery and text printed super clean and vivid and the thing that stood out the most was how FAST it printed. It was so fast, I actually thought it just spit out a blank page as it prepared to print what I sent to the queue.

As an illustrator, print quality is important, but the scanner is equally important. Reason being, a large portion of what I do requires me to bring my hand-drawn imagery into to the computer and prep it for coloring and most often, screenprinting.

The scanner was fast, easy to use and captures a nice, crisp, clean image. All I can ask for, really.

All in all, I found this printer to be really high quality (it is made of mainly metal and I find it to be very sturdy and well built) and I am really super happy with being given one to test out.

I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone with a home office looking for a high quality printer/scanner combo machine that is a step up in every way from the “entry level” printer/scanner combos you find at most of the big box stores.

Thanks again, Dell, this was a great surprise that really is a hi-quality, well-built printer. I have a feeling it will get a lot of use and be around my office for quite some time.

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funky chicken mix

Footin’ It – George Benson
Baby, Scratch My Back – Booker T. & The MG’s
Bring It Fast – Original Mix – Gramatik
Eyeballs – Blue Mink
Voodoo Woman – Koko Taylor & Mighty Joe Young
Smokey Robinson RMX 98 – Unknown
Day Tripper – Booker T. & The MG’s
Rock Steady – The Marvels
I’ll Bet You – Funkadelic
chicago – a ko
Talkin’ Loud & Sayin’ Nothing (Remix) – James Brown
Put On Train – Gene Harris
What Is Life – Fiction Trio
Ca’-Ba-Dab – Soulswingers
The Stroll Part 2 – Binky Griptite & The Mellomatics
Down Home Girl – Alvin Robinson

DOWNLOAD: FunkyChicken.mp3

SUPERMOON MIXTAPE

I spent this afternoon playing with some new dj software, and recorded this mix as I learned.

A fun little funky mix to celebrate tonight’s supermoon. Listen to it under the stars!

Enjoy.

Download- SUPERMOON.mp3

Booty Cooler- Shuggie Otis
Tobacco Road – Tommy Youngblood
You know I’m No Good- Marco Benevento
Cities (Alternative Version) – The Talking Heads
Janglin’ (RAC MIx)- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
People Everyday (Metamorphosis MIx) – Arrested Development
Coffee in The Morning – DJ Okawari
Can I Kick It (Phase 5 mix)- A Tribe Called Quest
Use Me- Fred Wesley
Cissy Strut- Trindad Steel Drummers
Roughneck – Eddie Roberts
Get A Move On- Mr. Scruff
Baby Don’t You Do It- Alvin Robinson
Thank You Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin – Junior Mance
El Paragua (Se Bañó) 1ra Versión – Chico Mann
King Charles- Budos Band
Go Outside- CULTS

Blue Q- New Coin purses + Pencil Case Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again!

The time when I get my samples in of my latest Blue Q products and give folks just like yourself, the chance to win one for free! Hooray!

This last product season, I branched out from the coin purse scene just a bit and was commissioned to make two pencil cases as well.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment with which one of these 5 bags you would be most excited to win before March 10, 2011.

I will choose random winners then and send 5 luck winners their prizes.

As always, be sure to head on over to BlueQ.com and shop around their endless supply of amazing gift items.





IYDKNYK vol. 2

I Only Have Eyes For You – Flamingos
I Like It – The Emotions
I Chase The Devil – Max Romeo & The Upsetters
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Ann Peebles
Hard Times – Baby Huey
The Edge – David Mccallum
Ecstasy- Ohio Players
Down Here On The Ground – Grant Green
Deep Gully – Outlaw Blues Band
Bumpy’s Lament – Soul Mann & The Brothers
Blind Man Can See It (Extended) – James Brown
Go Back Home – Allen Toussaint
Between the Sheets – The Isley Brothers

Download- Samples2.mp3

IYDKNYK vol. 1

A new mixtape series I have begun with songs that have been sampled in classic hip hop (for the most part) tracks.

Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby- The O’Jays
(You) Got What I Need- Freddie Scott
Take Yo’ Praise – Camille Yardbrough
Southside Movement – Southside Movement
One Step Ahead – Aretha Franklin
Nautilus – Bob James
Mystic Brew – Ronnie Foster
More Bounce to the Ounce – Zapp & Roger
Mind Rain [NY State of Mind] – Joe Chamebers
Joe Cocker – Woman to Woman
In The Rain – The Dramatics
I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over – David Porter
I’ll Never Grow Old – The Charmels
I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You – Leon Haywood

Download- Samples1.mp3

jeff tweedy posters

I recently had the opportunity to work with my friend Justin Helton from Status Serigraph on a series of posters for the upcoming Jeff Tweedy solo tour.

We have been trying to find time to work together on something for quite sometime, and everything just fell into place on this set of prints.

We are both very happy with the results and feel that our styles meshed very well together.

All of these prints will be available at the shows and from both of our respective web stores after the shows take place.

NEW YORK CITY- Dec. 4 Bowery Ballroom – 3 screens, hand-printed edition of 125. 18″ x 24″.

WASHINGTON D.C. – December 7th, Lincoln Theatre – 3 screens, hand-printed edition of 125. 18″ x 24″.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – December 8, Paramont Theatre – 3 screens, hand-printed edition of 125. 18″ x 24″.