Pear Blossom

by Jamie Bennett

Every year I head down to the Pear Blossom festival in Medford, Ore. This year was no different, but it was easily our best showing. I went down Friday afternoon and installed some incredible decals along a Roadtrek Versatile. This Roadtrek pulled Eggie dancing in a SylvanSport Go. I followed Mr. Peanut in his peanut mobile, and as such everyone already had their cameras out... ready!!!

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Beergarden

by Jamie Bennett

Recently I got the opportunity to install some decals on the front of the Beergarden in Eugene, Ore. We got up early, did the damn thing and it looked great. These decals are to promote the Beergarden's Bacon, Bluegrass and Boneyard event. I plan to attend this event for my birthday, and maybe take photos. I am definitely going to eat a bunch of bacon.


Read on to see the full installed graphic, and to learn about future projects.
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Country Music Video Extravaganza

by Jamie Bennett

I am tired, so this will be short. I included my favorite videos from this weekend for filler. To the right is a number of sandwich boards I brought to the festival. The neon decal ones were in the Rising Star area, and the four color signs were at the display. I spent today cleaning our marketing trailer, and sorting the collateral materials. It was a great weekend. It was especially awesome to see people enjoying the hats, other promotional items, and it was great to get to know my colleagues better. I am exhausted, so there you have it.


Read on and you'll see video that Cappelli Miles made for the jumbotron (Eggie included), video of me dancing (in real life) and the most Amaerican clip of all time.
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How to Install Decals Like a Pro

by Jamie Bennett

Pretty sure I have covered this before, but it's always worth a refresh. When you choose to read more, I will include a time lapse video so you can watch me work.

First of all prep the surface that you wish to apply the decal to. Make sure there is no dirt, and you can mix 5-10% dish soap with water to create a decent surface spray. This will allow you to slide your decal a little. The solution can help you with positioning, and bubble eradication.

I have applied decals in dust bowls, and in the freezing rain. It is best to be in a climate controlled situation, but sometimes you just gotta make it work. I find that direct sunlight and hot weather is the hardest working condition, especially for large decals. The surface area can heat the vinyl and turn it into an almost fluid state. The rain isn't so bad, as long as you can sop up the water fast enough, bring a towel.

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SPOOKY, Back Dated Stories!!!

by Jamie Bennett

I have been waiting to post a number of smaller projects that I have been working on. The reason for this is that I wanted to continue to promote My RV Business award (above the fold). It's older news now, and I am stacking blog stories at this point. I currently have two blog entries, in addition to this one to write.

To the right you will see some packing that I created for the good people at Bear Mountain Honey. They will soon be selling these "stix" all over Lane County in various healthy food stores. This is really good stuff, uncut, and great on everything.

If you haven't yet expanded the story you should! I got a laundry list of interesting projects, and accomplishments to review.
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Pear Blossom Parade

by Jamie Bennett

This past weekend I woke up at 5 am and headed down to Medford, Ore. for the 2015 Pear Blossom Festival. We currently have a show going on at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, where Guaranty wound up selling it's giveaway trailer. I had to arrive in Medford early enough to install fresh decals on the new promotional trailer, so that it could be in the parade. I love driving around Oregon, especially before the sun comes up. The drive between Springfield and Medford is especially gorgeous. I was rocking out to Coachella the whole way down via satellite radio (what a time to be alive).


It was wet and wild. I had to keep drying the surface of the give away trailer, while installing decals. It was a time crunch, but I made it.


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Mutton Busting

by Jamie Bennett

One of the great things about being a graphic designer is getting to put images onto things that you never considered as canvas. Here I am standing next to some live stock shoots that were going to the rodeo in Albany, Ore. One of our palooza's was taking place next to the rodeo and so we sponsored the mutton busting. I installed decals on the shoots that the sheep shoot out of.

Mutton busting is essentially plopping kids onto sheep and turning them loose. Kind of a family friendly version of what usually happens at the rodeo. It was a lot of fun.


Another great thing about being a designer is that often I am called to broaden my horizon. I am familiar with rodeos, but I must say that I am not a fan. I feel bad for the animals, particularly the bulls and horses. Torturing animals was probably more fun before the advent of cable television. 

That being said... I had to get my daughter on a sheep. I remember seeing mutton busing as a kid and thinking, "I could do better." Llew was super pumped. I think that the people at the rodeo thought I was foolish to put my daughter on the sheep. That was at least, the impression I got. There was a Dora the Explorer helmet so she couldn't have been the first. Llew is brave and can take a spill better than most boys. I wasn't worried. 

CLICK "READ MORE" TO VIEW LLEW RIDING THE SHEEP... The guy pulled her early which I thought was a little unnecessary but perhaps, it's better to leave some decisions to the professionals. Llew was mostly disappointed that her socks got dirty during the process.


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PAC 12 or Bust!


by Jamie Bennett

So I have two plotters that I run almost continuously. One at work and one at home. Work purchased me one because they saw a benefit to being able to create large decals on short notice. I can't say I blame them and it was I that suggested it. Anyways, here is a coach that I decorated with all manner of Duck symbols. I purchased about 20 yards of yellow and green vinyl and just went to town. To the right is a photo of myself on a scaffold behind the rig. I am adhering a helmet. Expand the rest of this post for additional photos.


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Lunar Logic Art Installed

Here are some shots of the first installation of work to go up at Lunar Logic in Eugene, OR. I am not the best at shooting my work but you'll get the idea. The things featured here are vinyl, stencil and acid etched works. To the left is one of my favorite acid etches from the set. Lunar Logic hopes to brand their entire office and there is more to come – so be sure to check back. If you haven't yet expanded the post, please click "read more" to see a slide show of the gallery.


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Painting an Art Room

by Jamie Bennett

Cascade Colour is donating time and resource to painting and decorating the Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, OR. We are currently halfway done. We painted Keith Haring imagery all over the cabinets and drawers, as well as installed decals on the windows. We will continue to paint this weekend and we are discussing other imagery to include.


I really love Keith Haring. He is one of my all time favorite artists. I remember seeing his work as a kid and he really inspired me to go into art, to draw more and explore my own style. I really hope that he inspires a new generation of young artists.


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The Eggman's on the Move

by Jamie Bennett

So in 2014 I have already had some fairly high profile Eggie appearances. The image to the left is a radio remote in Junction City but I have also made appearance so far at the Pear Blossom Parade and McMinnville's UFO Festival. I will hopefully be making an appearance at the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival and you know you'll find me at Willamette Country Music Festival.

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Darkroom is Up and Running

by Jamie Bennett

So the darkroom is up and running. I blacked out the windows in my utility room and began setting screens this last weekend. The room still needs some more blacking out to be totally light proof but I am really happy with how things are going.I took some old blacked out billboards and started hanging them here and there throughout the room – taping over any holes with black duct tape. I could have easily spent the entire weekend continuing to black out the room but I was ready to set some screens. It had been years since the last time I actually screen printed anything.

I had just gotten some presensitized photo emulsion and I was just too excited to wait any longer. I waited till the sun moved low enough in the sky to begin setting the screens without fear of overexposing them. I had cleaned off some old screens and had them standing at the ready. 

I waited roughly four hours for the screens to dry. It is always really important to make sure the screens are totally dry. Better safe than sorry and without the room totally sealed off from light, the whole evening was riding on my perfect timing.
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S.E.E. See Everything Everywhere

by Jamie Bennett


S.E.E. is and incredible metaphysical zine that is all about consciousness. It's roughly 28 pages long and packed with incredible artwork from multiple artists, across the globe. It is a really interesting read and I am glad to have participated in the project. The print quality itself is really good. Chris Reynolds, a long time friend and fellow artist, was the brainchild behind this publication. He truly outdid himself.

I immediately wanted to help Chris when he told me about this project. I offered to create decals to help promote the project and I ended up creating three different sets. If you are one of the first 100 to order a copy of S.E.E. you will get one of the original decals. Copies are only $5 and you can order them by mail or in person, if you live in Payson, Ariz.

To the left you can see the cover of the publication and a teaser from an interior page. I can't stress enough how pleased I am with how the publication turned out. I will probably begin producing copies for the Willamette Valley.

Please select "Read more" to view some of the decals that were created for this project. I have also posted information on how you can receive a copy of this zine. Please order a copy and support the very talented artist that made this project possible.



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