Bicycle Tattoo: off the shirt onto the skin

Posted in tattoos with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2011 by threeerincadigan

This summer I was contacted by someone who purchased one of my Albert Hofmann “Bicycle” tshirts.  It’s a design I created for an event I threw out in San Fransisco in the summer of 2010. The event was called “Bicycle” and was a psychedelic art and music party. The featured artists included myself, Tripp Shealy, Alan Forbes, and Stanley Mouse among others. People loved the bicycle graphic with the fractal of LSD molecules and so when I decided to move forward with creating a full line of t-shirts I wanted it to be included in the first season. The man who contacted me had purchased the shirt and was wanting to know if I would mind if he had the design turned into a tattoo. I loved that he had the respect to ask. I also loved that he wanted to have a piece of my art inked onto his body for the rest of this life time. My response was to send him a high resolution image of the original drawing to make sure the tattoo was exact to my work.

This was early this summer and I had kind of forgotten about it. This past week I received an email with photos of the tattoo! And so I thought I’d share them with you. I’m really happy with the placement and likeness to my original drawing. I’m not sure of the exact shop he went to but the guy lives in Portland OR. I’ll find out and post a link.

For more information on the inspiration behind this design go here BICYCLE and click on the bicycle image

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Fractal of LSD molecule

drawing by artist erin cadigan

Bike kicking out fractal

If you want a original design drawn for a tattoo or would like to get a tattoo of one of my t-shirt designs please contact me at erin@threeerincadigan.com

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EVENTS: Nov 6 Astoria Market

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2011 by threeerincadigan

THREE Erin Cadigan kicks off the holiday market season at Astoria Market this weekend. This market is quaint and filled with goodies, nestled in the lovely neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. The actually market is indoors, so it will be going on rain or shine (or, God forbid, snow!). The building is a terrific old Bohemian hall. Since 1910, Bohemian Hall has been a part of New York City history. Bohemian Hall is run and managed by the Bohemian Citizens’ Benevolent Society of Astoria, a fraternal organization dedicated to education and preserving the Czech and Slovak communities in the area. Like all great Bohemian Halls this one is located at the edge of a large outdoor beer garden serving beer and bratwurst since it opened its doors early last century.
So come for the hand crafted arts and stay for a hand crafted pint. There will be a raffle held by the Astoria Market team and free hot chocolate until it runs out. The giveaway/raffle is a beautiful ceramic vase handmade in Thailand by local artisans. This lovely piece was donated to Astoria Market by the great people at HandCrafting Justice.
The market is open from 12-6. It’s located at 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY . Ity’s easily accessible by the Subway N or Q to Astoria Boulevard (second to last stop). Walk 1 block to the intersection of 24th Avenue and 31st Street. Bohemian Hall is located between 29th Street and 31st Street.

For more information read my last post about Astoria Market.

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Inside Bohemian Hall

PRESS: The Dainty Dish

Posted in collections, Press with tags , , , on October 27, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Wow! It has been a crazy busy fall. I can not believe my last blog post was Sept 6! Bad Erin! Well what brought me back today to blogging was someone elses blog. TheDaintyDish.com posted an interview today with yours truly about the line, my heros and some pretty things I like myself. This post co-insides perfectly with my fall line finally hitting the store! As a little celebration of that fact, The Dainty Dish and I decided that a tshirt give-away would be in order. So head over to The Dainty Dish , check out the interview and enter to win one of two shirts from my new fall line. Sorry guys this ones for the ladies only…..

THE DAINTY DISH

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PRESS: Cupcakes and Cucumbers

Posted in Press, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Today THREE Erin Cadigan was featured on the healthy life style blog Cupcakes & Cucumbers . The post is an interview conducted by blog writer, Brooke Becker on my views about running a sustainable fashion company. In the interview I answer questions about why I choose to be “green” and how consumers can identify “green” products or make purchasing decisions that positively effect the environment or workers. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

I asked Erin Cadigan of THREE to tell me her about her tee shirt company, and why she decided to keep it green.  Her response is thoughtful, and insightful:

A company’s reason for being is important. It’s something everyone should at least give some consideration to these days. As the industrial revolution has progressed from it’s early days in the 1900’s, the toll on our environment and our societies has grown exponentially. Just recently, historically speaking, has the world started to turn it’s awareness in a real way towards these problems. With the 2005 tipping point of the “green” movement; shopping green, fair trade or organic have become a welcome house hold phrases. However many companies have also taken to slapping these words on items that maybe aren’t what they proclaim to be.

To read the full interview click here: SHOP GREEN

About Brooke:

Brooke Becker is a photographer located in Coastal North Carolina who has a side interest in living a healthy lifestyle.  She is avid about reading articles on the topic, and they often serve as inspiration for her photography.  She wanted an outlet to share her finds along with her photography so she created {cupcakes & cucumbers} in August 2011.

As the main aspect of her business, Brooke Photo Studio, Brooke Becker photographs products for a variety of clients print and web use.  She specializes in small product catalog photography and works with clients of all types from larger internet websites to individual artists selling on websites like Etsy.  She prides herself on being easy to work with and having packages for all kinds of budgets.  Good photography sells products, and every product deserves good photography.

When she is not shooting client work Brooke blogs about photography on her website Brooke Photo Studio as well as about Healthy Living here at {cupcakes & cucumbers}  She also enjoys taking road trips with her husband near and far, enjoying an afternoon on her screened in porch and jotting down inspirations in her sketchbook.

This photograph of Brooke was taken on a spur of the moment overnight adventure to Myrtle Beach in October 2010 with her then future husband.  They had so much fun that they decided to get married in Myrtle Beach on May 4, 2011.

If you have a need for photography, would like to be featured on the blog, or just want to say hello there are lots of ways to get in touch!

Brooke Photo Studio
Brooke Becker
P.O. Box 40
Holly Ridge, NC 28445

Unity t-shirt featured on Artisan Crafted blog

Posted in Press with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Today one of my shirts is being featured on Artisan Crafted blog. It’s just a small promotional feature listing links and thumbnails of many great hand crafted products. Swing by and check out all the cool items. Join the revolution, Buy hand crafted!

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Artisian Crafted Feature

COMMUNITY: Flying Skeleton

Posted in Community posts with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by threeerincadigan

Being in the t-shirt business you often are perusing the net keeping an eye out for other cool t-shirt companies. It’s good to see whats out there, what kind of design people are coming up with, to check out your competition or just try to find yourself a cool new t-shirt. For me I really like to see good hand illustrated work. There’s so much computer generated work and silly logos and phrases out there. I want a t-shirt graphic with some meaning. I want a piece of art.

A companies reason for being is important to me too. Who are these people? Why are they making t-shirts? What do they believe in? Having left a well paid design job to create an eco-friendly, socially conscious company from the ground up, I appreciate and look for the back story on a company. It’s important to support companies with the same values as yourself. There is a ton of mass produced, environmentally damaging t-shirts out there in the world. I’m not sure people even know how high the environmental impact of a standard t-shirt can be. There are many other considerations besides environment I take into account when looking at a company. The kind of screen print ink is almost as important as the fabric of the shirt and honestly a much more affordable move in the right direction for many small companies. Waterbase inks still have pigments but do not have the non-biodegradable medium that plastisol inks contain. (read my article on water base inks here) Many large companies use plastisol inks as they are easier to work with in a shop, however for the small studio printer waterbase inks have the extra added advantage of an easy non chemical clean up. I also look at where and by who a company’s t-shirts are made. The other major impact a standard tshirt has on the world is to the working conditions and pay of the people actually sewing the shirt. Luckily there are some unionized factories out there and more that are voluntarily policed by global human rights watch dog groups, so finding a socially responsible t-shirt is not as hard as it once was. Still many brands choose cost over people and go for the cheapest blank they can find. I think it’s worth my money to buy from a brand that chooses human rights over a few extra dollars.

Flying Skeleton from Taos, New Mexico is one of my favorite new brands. Produced by artists Bradley Sleep and Christie Swathe, the brand has a slight southwest vibe with very cool images. They screen print their tees one at a time in their home studio and use water based inks on socially conscious t-shirts produced right here in USA.

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The Flying Skeleton Logo

Flying Skeleton in their own words:

Flying Skeleton is for everyone, in the spirit of unity, in that we are more the same than different. Regardless of nationality or politics, ultimately we can usually agree about more things than disagree. Basic things like food, shelter and clothing, equal rights and justice, the right to freedom, to be happy and healthy, and opportunity for bettering ourselves are important to us all.Flying Skeleton is a reminder of the time that we have on planet Earth, that we are all mortals here for a limited amount of time. Time, really, is our most precious resource. In the end, it’s not about the money we’ve made or our material gains, it’s about human relationships and the love received and given through them.

Life is short, so make your indelible mark. Fly High.

FLYING SKELETON SHOP
About the artists:
Bradley Sleep is an artist with a background in printmaking and jewelry making. He enjoys screen printing, hand printing on clothing as well as prints on paper. He also produces hand-drawn works of fine art. He says, “The Flying Skeleton just showed up one day and I figure I just work for him.”
To view more of Bradley’s art, go to:
http://www.bradleysleepdesign.comChristy Schwathe is an artist, printmaker, and seamstress with a love for making stuff by hand. She actually enjoys ending her day covered in graphite, ink, or paint. She says, “Support the revolution, buy handmade.”

Christy’s art:
http://www.cschwathe.com
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Proud Hopi Maiden

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Skull and Roses

DESIGN MEANINGS: Galatic Skyhole

Posted in Design Meanings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by threeerincadigan
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Harbingers of Peace

The galactic sky hole is also known as the galactic center. This is the spot that the Milky Way galaxy rotates around. It is believed by scientists that there is a supermassive black hole located there. Visually it is near the brightest area of the Milky Way when viewed in the night sky. Along this bright trail of stars a dark rift may also be seen with the naked eye. Many meso-American cultures saw the “dark rift” as the birth place of the universe. Myth told of deities riding serpent ropes out of the sky center into this plane of existence.

It is predicted by the ancient Mayans, Tolmecs and Aztecs that their lord of peace, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, would return through the galactic sky hole ushering in a new reign of peace at the end of the present age.

The present Mayan calendar ends in the Gregorian year 2012..

This does not mean the world is going to end, just as it doesn’t end on December 31 each year.

Calendars’ end.

However, the prediction of a coming age of consciousness and peace has been predicted again and again all over the world. This design shows the Milky Way forming a human heart. From the spiraling center descend celestial messengers of peace. Each rides their own deity rope based on the predictions inherent in their individual stories of peace. First is Aquarius, the water bearer, symbol of human advancement andconsciousness since time immemorial spilling behind her healing waters. Next is the Buddha, the enlightened one. There are many incarnations of Buddha who teaches the release of suffering and attainment of enlightenment, pure love. He is riding a flame in reference to the first Buddha’s Fire Sermon. Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina predicted by the Hopis to signal the emergence into the Fifth World. This world will unfortunately start with WWIII but for those that survive, we will become as one race, speaking one tongue, living in peace. He rides a rope of maize considered to be a sustaining life gift from the Great Spirit. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent,  in his mouth is the face of Pakal thought to be the last human embodiment of the peaceful deity. Jesus is the Christian god sent to earth to teach humanity about understanding, love and kindness. He is predicted to return from the sky on a trail of clouds. The supreme Hindu god, Krisna, as Balaji, the newborn cosmic child, returns in the universal deluge ending the present Kali Yuga.

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Galactic Center in Action!