It's tough to capture the zeitgeist of an entire city, which is why Tijuana just settles for all of LA's small children on vacation. Neatly summing up the essence of Portland without so much as aggressively tossing it in a van with seriously tinted windows: Man vs Ink. An art school grad/ pro illustrator new to Portland, Man nonetheless has managed to succinctly capture PDX's boozy, caffeinated, cycling ways through a series of muted prints/t-shirts reminiscent of old-school agitprop and rock posterage, and inspired by his acquisition of skills like fixing bikes and growing plants, though which of those results in an Easy Rider is his own special secret. Some well-versed ink: Onward: Further simplifying one of the simplest modes of transportation to a mere two wheels, a chain, and a couple gears, this print should work just fine on your wall unframed. Beer: This four-color silk screenprint features a pint glass covered with an ale recipe in alternating hand-drawn fonts, reminding you that hops are essential in a good pale, despite Woody Harrelson doing his best to disprove that. BeeeeLeeee!!!! Start a Revolution: Done in a groovy, four-color, mid-century palate, this print features a happy-faced ten-speed-riding lady whizzing by the words "Start a Revolution", which will not be televised. Unless you, like, wear the shirt on Judge Judy or something. If you're down with sharing the Man-goodness with pals (what?!), he's also created a 3D Portland popup card, which he plans on making for cities like Philly and Seattle, but likely not Tijuana, even though you've gotta imagine the kids would just love it.
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