Our first large public activation kicked off successfully at Art Whino's annual Cherry Blast. We printed limited edition posters for the art gallery. Crowds were curious and instantly engaged, lining up anxiously & awaiting their turn. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this multimedia party pops up at Blind Whino in SW, DC and includes visual and performance art, cutting edge DJs, and interactive sensory experiences. This year's event sold out fast with over 1000 attendees.
Concerts & Performances
Global Citizen Earth Day on the Washington Monument Grounds | Soul & Ink live screen printed over 600 shirts over 2 days for the client, award winning NYC-based music sponsorship and activation agency, MAC Presents. The day of eco-activism was hosted by Will.I.Am & Soledad O'Brien, Common and D'Banj, including performances by No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Train, and My Morning Jacket. This free annual concert drew over 20,000 attendees. Read more about the activation here.
Soul & Ink were featured artists at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality. A ground breaking creative convening of artworks, performances and dialogues that explore identities in intersection. We featured our KRU 2016: The Artist Collection featuring local artists & activists representing and celebrating various DC subcultures.
Awesome Con is a place to celebrate comic books, movies, television, toys, and games. This year, science and technology joined the party at the inaugural Awesome Con Science Fair presented by Discovery's Science Channel. We live screen printed over 1000 shirts in two days, along side a photo booth activation. Learn more here.
For this workshop we had tons of fun at ReCreative Spaces, sharing pro tips on how to set up your own D.I.Y. screen printing studio, including a hands-on holiday art & print demo where guests can create a choice of an archival quality poster or a set of holiday cards.
We worked closely with non-profit, Story District to create art that portrayed the fabric of DC and brand recognition for the launch of their new name. Story District was SpeakeasyDC from 2005 through 2015. Prior to that, The Speakeasy, which began in 1997, was a monthly open mic storytelling series started by the Washington Storytellers Theatre. The name was changed in 2015 to reflect the exponential growth in programming, partnerships, reach, and impact that had taken place over the years.
We debuted our upcycling concept at the Up(Rising Festival), an audience participatory arts community festival that took place at ReCreative Spaces. In an effort to make our goods accessible to all incomes and encourage sustainability, we hand selected thrifted & vintage goods to print on. This encouraged folks to B.Y.O.Tees for a discounted #teemix. As a result, our guests were much more open to fun through experimentation!
Soul & Ink collaborated with Studio SoHy's for the opening reception of the SoHy Skate Show. Screen art was provided by master muralists Miss Chelove, MasPaz and graphic designer Frida Larios to create exciting #teemix designs that were oh so contagious. Soul & Ink also provided event shirts for staff. Set against the backdrop of the zen like groove at Vigilante Coffee, the show captured an abundant display of artists with an impressive range of talents embraced by the Hyattsville art community.