Print Edition: October


Married to the Sea by Clare Elsaesser // Cheeses of the World by Nane Press //
Vintage Cream Hydrangeas by Flora & Fauna-ist // Feather Study #9 by Barloga Studios //
Women by Modern Women



Fern by Brettisagirl // Flower Girl by Mouni Feddag // Last Bite by Violet Tinder //
Little Owl by Amy Hamilton // Mushroom & Fungus Classification by Idlewild Co.



Royal Tenenbaums 111 Archer Ave. by Familytree // Winter Feast by People I’ve Loved //
Santorini, Greece by Essi Kimpimäki Illustration // The Entire Universe Is Inside You
by Oh Mamma Mia // Tree Leaf & Gold Leaf by Anna Tovar



Jotaká-1-Design Crush


I’m not a cuddler when it comes to bedtime, but even I want to crawl inside one of Jotaká‘s paper cut family portraits and rest for awhile. I love the Gumby-like qualities their extremities take on and how they’re even sharing a pillow. Check out more of Jotaká’s illustrative talents over at his Etsy shop.


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PGH Maker Profile: TROIKA Skateboards


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Dave during a session. Photo: Matt Dayak


Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson-1-Design Crush


Sara Andreasson‘s illustrations are bold, in your face, and unapologetic which is just what I love about them. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based illustrator and designer loves to play with saturated fields of color and experiment with subtle airbrushed gradients. The result is oh so good.


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(via Juxtapoz Magazine)



Kero-1-Design Crush


Whether they’re well thought out or raw and honest, I’m crushing hard on the illustrative talents of Italian artist Kero. Her bright and colorful pieces are pensive, while the simple black pen illustrations are anything but.


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Sonia Pulido

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The work of Barcelona’s Sonia Pulido seems spot on for autumn, no? Something about each and every piece of her illustrated ceramics feels transitional, as though we’re capturing a glimpse right before the big finale. The minimal palette lends itself beautifully to that feeling, too.



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(via The Jealous Curator)


Minty Sainsbury

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Minty Sainsbury, who is a frontrunner for Best Name Ever, is also a talent with pencil and paper. Architectural drawings specifically. Check out this series of famous landmarks, each with their neighboring buildings ghosted out. Sainsbury really forces you to focus on the detailed architecture by segregating each structure.



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Sam Kalda / Men and Cats

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Illustrator and cat fancier Sam Kalda knows all the ways into my heart. In his Men and Cats series, Kalda captures famous men and their feline companions in everyday circumstances. Think Ernest Hemingway having a drink, Karl Lagerfeld laying out his ensemble for the day, or Saul Steinberg… wearing a cat mask.



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Tom Froese

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Tom Froese‘s whimsical illustrations have graced the pages of everything from Wired UK to Reader’s Digest and everything in between, on both local and international levels. The saturated colors are juicy and delicious, while his mid-century style seems to be timeless.


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