Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Image 420! We’ll do something later in year to celebrate, but for now, we’d just like to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has given us the the priveledge of creating prints and designs for them over the years. And thank you to all of our friends, family, and co-workers past, present, and future.
It’s been a while since we’ve printed some fresh Image 420 shirts and stickers. Too long, in fact. So here are some of our latest offerings!
First up, we have a reinterpretation of a design from our past. We thought that our beloved mascot “Toadie” might look nice, dressed up as a college mascot from the 1980s. And, as it turns out, we were right! He’s available as a t-shirt and a sticker.
Secondly, we’ve mentioned our new Bride of Frankenstein design in previous posts. We got the chance this week to print her on some shirts, and she looks pretty snazzy:
It’s been an extremely busy year here at Image 420. So busy that we’ve neglected our website. Well, no more! Here are some of the projects that we’ve done over the past few months:
The 2014 Brewgrass Festival
We were honored to create a bevy of designs for Asheville’s biggest and best beer festival. Here are three of the designs that were printed on commemorative shirts, and a proposed design that went unused (designs by Brent Baldwin).
We’re proud to say that we’ve provided design and print work for the Brewgrass Festival for over a decade. For more designs from years past, visit our design portfolio, or one of our posts about Brewgrass from years past.
Speaking of festivals, CiderFest is a new one on the scene, focusing on the region’s growing craft cider business. We’ve provided the logo design, screen printed shirts, taster glasses, and more since the festival began (designs by Ike Wheeless).
Twisted Apple Ale
Speaking of apple cider, we got the opportunity to brand a new line of local apple ciders and ales. Be on the lookout for Twisted Apple Ale, in stores soon (design by Brent Baldwin).
Joe Lasher, Jr.
Here are some shirts designs we worked up for local Country music upstart Joe Lasher, Jr (designs by Ike Wheeless).
For the second year in a row, we had the honor of creating the commemorative design for the Beer City Festival, here in Asheville, North Carolina. The festival, now in its fourth year, takes place at the end of Asheville Beer Week, and celebrates our growing town’s booming brewing industry and culture.
To view the designs and prints, click on the images below.
This year, we’ve partnered with our friends at Short Street Cakes to sponsor the Chess Club at Hall Fletcher Academy. While printing the shirts and hoodies for the team, one of our printers shot this video of the entire printing process. From the preparation of the screens, to the the finished product, it’s all in here, edited into one bite-bized serving.
So, if you’ve never had the chance to witness the process, now’s your chance.
(note: the creator of the video wished to remain anonymous. However, it’s worth noting that the video, editing, and soundtrack were all produced by him.)
Like most people, I love pizza. I also love old trucks. And I really love hand-painted lettering. So, the Tin Can Pizzeria truck really hits a lot of my sweet spots. But for some reason, I’d never gotten around to trying any of their food.
When the owners, Cory and Michelle, asked us to design shirts for them, I knew that I wanted to highlight the classic good looks of the truck, and the beautiful hand-painted scripts that adorn the sides. To do this, I would need photos. So I dropped by the Wedge Brewery, where they set up shop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
While I was taking my reference photos, Cory and Michelle were kind enough to make a Margherita (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil) pizza for me. I ordered it to go, because I had to meet up with another design client before I called it a day. As I was leaving, Michelle advised me to try a slice while the pie was still hot, as it would be best before it cooled.
I took a slice out of the box, and ate it on my way to the parking lot. I got into my truck. And then, I ate the entire pie, right then and there. I couldn’t help it. It was too good.
(Please note that I’m talking about a personal sized pizza, and not some 20″ behemoth. I’m not a monster…)
I can’t recommend their food enough. It’s really, really good. And their new t-shirts aren’t too shabby, either:
After getting rained out earlier this year, the Big Love Festival is set to make its comeback on Sunday, September 15th. We will be there from 1-8pm, selling t-shirts, giving away stickers, and partying with our friends and neighbors. If you happen to be attending the festival, drop by our tent and say hi!
For the second year in a row, we’ve had the honor of being selected as one of the best print shops in Western North Carolina by the readers of the Mountain Xpress. Last year, we tied with Henco Reprographics for First Place. In this years poll, we came in second to Henco.
We sort of expected to be in the running for Best Print Shop. And we were flattered that we were chosen. But we were completely shocked to win in another category! Our Graphic Design Department won First Place in the Best Graphic Design category.
As one of the two graphic designers currently employed by Image 420, I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who voted for us. To be noticed in this way was very meaningful to us.
And thank you to all of the designers that have worked here over the years, especially Tommy and Israel. And not just for your font collections. Everything that I know about design that’s worth knowing, I learned by watching and working with these two dudes.
Last year, as some of you might know, we took part in the annual Big Love Festival, a local showcase of WNC artisans and crafters. We had such a good time that when the opportunity to do it again this year came around, we jumped at. We designed and printed a giant batch of unique shirts, boxed them up, and waited for the big day. Which unfortunately, never came. Torrential rain and wind forced the organizers of the event to cancel.
Plans are in the works to reschedule the event for a later date. But, in the meantime, we’re left with a bunch of shirts, and we’re itching to get them out, into the world. So, we’ve finally made the leap into online commerce! Check out our online store: