Vinyl

Okay, now that the cat is out of the awesome bag I get to talk about one of the most awesomest things ever. Like seriously, I think I could die a happy designer now, and I have the amazing, incredible, extraordinary Melody Miller to thank for that.

You see a few months (or more) ago she asked if I’d be up to lending a wee hand with a print she was designing for her next collection, and of course I jumped at the chance. Hell, I dropped everything else I was doing and went right at it; she is just that awesome in my book (we’re talking hero here).

She asked if I would be interested in designing a label for an old vinyl 7″, which is what I grew up on. Well, cassettes were probably the currency of the music land when I was really developing my own taste, but at that point the punk scene still lived in the land of the 7″. I had no idea how the final thing was going to look, but I sent her two designs and crossed my fingers.

Well, a couple of days ago the incredible MissLetterM sent me cuts of the two colors of the vinyl print (vinyl record reference, not vinyl fabric), along with a nice cut of the extraordinary typewriter print from Ruby Star Shining. So, here are the prints…

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And lucky me, Melody included both of the labels I designed. The first is Siddhartha Runs Amok in Boston for the Weekend by The Legerdemains. Siddhartha Runs Amok in Boston for the Weekend is actually the crappy solo music project I did in my late teens after my high school bands Public Enema and Shirley MacLaine & the Transformers broke up. It was kind of Syd Barrett meets The Modern Lovers meets The Ramones. And now it has been immortalized in fabric!!!

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The second is Schixoid El Camino by The Teddy Ruxpin Orchestra. The song name is a little nod to King Crimson’s 21st Century Schixoid Man, and the band is, well, just because Teddy Ruxpin is so creepily awesome. I especially love the idea of The Teddy Ruxpin Orchestra as a eerie speed-metal/death-metal band from Passaic, New Jersey.

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So, thank you so much for letting me play Melody. I’m hoping once I send all of my stuff off to Market I’ll be able to sneak in a little time to make myself a Market bag in hopes that some of your awesomeness will rub off on me…

Hugs,
T

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12 Responses to Vinyl

  1. 1
    Jan says:

    This is outstanding. Congrats.

  2. 2
    Sequana says:

    Well, that is just the BEST! What a young adult you were…..HA!

  3. 3
    McLisa Sipes says:

    You make me laugh so hard. SO hard. I just want to squeeze you. And for whatever reason, this very post has made me wish I lived closer so badly that I could just cry. Through laughter, of course.

  4. 4

    Thomas, that is SO utterly cool!! Such an awesome print to be a part of, congrats! The fabric geek and music geek in me are counting down the days until Market to see these pretties in person :)

  5. 5
    Lindsay says:

    Love these! Congrats on your collaboration.

  6. 6
    thomas says:

    Some days I am a very lucky boy indeed. Thank you Melody!!!

  7. 7
    Vicky says:

    Awesome!!

  8. 8

    Awesome is right! Great job on your contribution to an AMAZING print! : )

  9. 9

    wow! Really cool, I would have had a blast too making up weird band names :)

  10. 10
    ali says:

    I didn’t realize it said Teddy Ruxpin! That makes it even more awesome. “It’s my magical friend, it is Teddy Ruxpin”

  11. 11
    amy says:

    Love! What fabulous fabric! I figured you were immortal but now you’re immortalized! I’ll look forward to acquiring some of this when it hits the stores.

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    Jennifer says:

    OH. MY. GOD. That is just about the BEST design assignment EVER!!!! This is totally and completely brilliant, I can hardly wait to get my greedy little hands on some of that fabric. This makes me long for my old vinyl collection, and the days when all my extra $ was spent on records.

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