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This week on Design Crush:
Raw, honest illustrations from the hand of Kero.
Dying (heh) to try out one of these Shabd Magic Jar Dye Kits!
I absolutely love the collage-like paintings of Paul Wackers.
Thinking of stocking up on Leccare Lollipops to hand out this Halloween.
Check out the bold,  unapologetic art of Sara Andreasson.
If you don’t already play the guitar the Sol Guitar Stand will make you want to.
Marco Rea‘s mixed media magazine and spray paint portraits are stunning.
Try out the traditional lassi twelve new ways.
Stoked to share this month’s PGH Maker Profile: TROIKA Skateboards!

Design Crush elsewhere:
It’s the weekend, perfect timing to try these 5 hangover remedies.
Prep your bar for entertaining with these pieces.
Tips and tricks for pulling together a successful dinner party.
I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of fall boots – here are 20 options.
I’ve been researching stress relief lately, here are my top 5 tips for easing it.

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PGH Maker Profile: TROIKA Skateboards

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Sharing the stories behind the most talented creatives in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Dave Kaule and Dan Rugh are known movers and shakers around Pittsburgh, it’s just a fact. From Dave’s Monster Trike Night to Dan’s CWP Beer Barge (and many more in between), some of the raddest events in town are from the minds of these two standup guys. They’re both creative minds with outgoing personalities, so it only made sense when the two good friends teamed up to form something new, and that something turned out to be TROIKA Skateboards.

 

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Three of Troika’s current line of eight deck designs.

Tell us a little bit about how you got your start with TROIKA Skateboards.

Dave: About 10 years ago I had a skateboard company called Triad Skateboards. It was growing really fast, but some unfortunate things happened in my life which caused me to derail a bit. That ultimately brought an end to Triad Skateboards. Three or four years ago Dan Rugh and I were trying to work together. He had asked me if I would want to start Triad back up, but that was a time in my life I wanted to leave in the past. He suggested a completely new company and at first I wasn’t sure about it. I realized it was all I was thinking about though so it only made sense. We knew the vibe and feel we both wanted for the company and just needed a name and artwork. That was something that came to us over a few beers and tacos.

Dan: I honestly dont know – I guess me and Dave had been back and forth with a billion projects we wanted to do together and TROIKA just seemed so dead on perfect for the way we interact with each other. Pretty vague but dead on true.

 

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Dave showing off some well-earned skills. Photo: Casey Kovach

What’s your favorite part of the process? Your least favorite?

Dave: I would have to say working with Dan is my favorite part. We both are hyperactive thinkers and come up with some off the wall stuff. I think in terms of partnership dynamics there might be some talking down from some stupid goofy idea and instead we encourage each other to even go further with said idea. As far as the least favorite part I really don’t have one. I really enjoy all of it.

Dan: I love the art end of it. Designing the decks, working with illustrators on their ideas for decks, planning out the line, merch ideas. My least favorite is trying to pay attention to what needs done production-wise. This whole thing is a really fun side project so we both treat it like that – a lot of things get ignored until they are on fire or screaming or bleeding.

 

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Dave and Dan talking shop while Dave’s pup, Chloe, takes notes.

What other makers inspire you most?

Dave: I have a number of local makers that stoke me out. To name a few: I love illustrations from Mike Budai, everyday balloons, and Joe Mruk. Jeff Justus of Penn Soul makes art both visually and musically, and he has been experimenting with some custom handmade sidewalk surfer skateboards that are incredible. Lastly Wendy Downs of Moop, her bags are beautifuly designed and manufactured by her here in Pittsburgh.

Dan: I get super stoked on strawberry luna. I think Kim Fox is killing it regularly. Sapling Press is always on top of this list, too. Matt Dayak can make anything out of anything. I think Moop is a local treasure.
Hell, theres this lady up in Benezette, PA that carves egg shells all crazy and puts hinges on them with little moving doors and windows – my grandpa knew her and took me there when I was about 9 and I’ve never forgotten it. This could go on forever.

 

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Decks stacked up in Commonwealth Press for sale.

Where do you see TROIKA in 5 years?

Dave: I think I speak for Dan and myself when I say we just want to see TROIKA keepin’ skateboarding movin’ in a positive direction. Getting the younger generation hyped and involved with skateboarding in Pittsburgh.

Dan: Pittsburgh.

 

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TROIKA shirts up for grabs at Commonwealth Press.

What makes having a small business in Pittsburgh so great?

Dave: Pittsburgh has a great community of doers. People doing cool shit for the love of what it is they are doing. I love skateboarding and I am stoked to be a part of the Pittsburgh small business community.

Dan: I don’t want to talk about it because everyone will want to move here and screw it all up.

 

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Dave during a session. Photo: Matt Dayak

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Print Edition: July

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Watermelon by Lu West Studio // Figure No.1 by Steven Beckly // Black Folk Circle by Yellowlion // Leather Tools Taxonomy by Mandy Mohler Photography // This Ain’t My First Time At the Rodeo by Baron von Fancy

 

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National Parks from Schoolhouse Electric // Rock Hand by Strawberry Moth // Sea Green Ocean by Tricia McKellar // Spring by Boyoun Kim // The Anatomy of a Cactus by Rachel Ignotofsky

 

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Happy Weekend

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01/ Fascinated by the Awair air quality monitor.
02/ Love these abstract paper birds by Marine Coutroutsios.
03/ Mass uses big box items to create color coordinating site-specific installations.
04/ The Rainbow Chapel in Shangai is a colorful new place to tie the knot.
05/ Serious wooden sculptures that are full of energy by Stefanie Rocknak.
06/ Check out Ambivalently Yours creative feminist Instagram account.
07/ Eve Fowler’s Mainfest Destiny billboard project is brilliant.
08/ All 468 New York subway stations on one epic poster.
09/ Obvious Plant took to the paint aisle to replace swatches with hilarity.
10/ The Hidrate Me water bottle syncs to your phone and glows to remind you to stay hydrated.

This week on Design Crush:
The beauty of domesticity captures in Fuki Koike‘s illustrations.
Tatoorary creates the best temporary ink I’ve ever seen.
Colorful large-scale wooden sculptures by CHIAOZZA.
Beautiful small-batch ceramics from Paper & Clay.
Paper gardens that won’t wilt by Anne Ten Donkelaar.
Ten DIYs to keep your hands busy this month.
I’m obsessed with the canvas bags and accessories of Tiff Manuell.
Colors are the best crayons you’ve ever seen.
Tamsin van Essen’s Erosion Series is based on something completely unexpected.

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Owen Gent

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Bristol, England-based illustrator and designer Owen Gent creates some tragically dreamy stuff. You can easily see the overlap between his two creative worlds, especially in his particular logo design style. Pop over to his shop to make a piece your own!

 

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01/ I’m fascinated by these 12 healing crystals and their meanings and uses.
02/ One of these 100% Sand vases would be perfect for displaying flowers this spring.
03/ Of course I want this wool cat head to be more than a student project so I can buy one. DUH.
04/ Alex Robson has asked over 500 people what freedom means to them.
05/ You knew this was coming, a Hillary Clinton logo typeface.
06/ Passport Index let’s you browse the world’s passports by color, country, and more.
07/ Mordi Levi has created some Game of Thrones portrait art in a polygon style.
08/ Hasan Kale paints teeny tiny things on random teeny tiny objects.
09/ This lavender shortbread looks like an edible version of spring!
10/ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has created a line based on Matisse’s Cut-Outs, the Color Collection.

This week on Design Crush:
Chemicals meet photographic materials in the work of Meghann Riepenhoff.
Have you entered for a chance to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising?!
Dark and twisty art from the Instagram account of Helene Comeositos AKA Monochrome.
Quality means much more than quantity, especially when it comes to these beautiful wears.
Alison Foshee is the queen of incredible art created from office supplies.
Check out 10 April DIYs to flex your creative muscles this month.
Just what’s so great about black + white art? Everything.
Chatbooks + #365quotes have teamed up to make a book!
Das Kreative Haus combines the alphabet and the inner-workings of houses.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes the gap between a great piece of art and an amazing floor rug isn’t that big.
I’ve been busy adding new pieces to Design Crush: The Marketplace – take a peek.

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Das Kreative Haus

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Das Kreative House is the combined creative talents of illustrator Florian Schommer and the animations of Thorben Ehlers and Leon Friedrich. Travel through an alphabet’s worth of buildings, each containing the animated inner-workings of creatives’ lives.

 

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Black + White Art

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There’s something simple yet striking about black and white art. Whatever form the subject matter takes – illustration, photograph, sculpture – the end result tends to be graphic and attention grabbing. Now that’s a theme I can back 100%.

 

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Clockwise: Deep Space by Samantha Hahn // Black Cat with White Whiskers by Corella Design //
Hexagon by Melinda Wood Designs // Diamonds and Monsters by The Adventures Of

 

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LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters

 

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Clockwise: New York Typographic Art Print by Yantree // Phases of the Moon by The Adventures Of //
It’s Good to Be Home by Spell and Tell // Crystal Palace No. 4 by Kristina Sostarko

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