1. It’s that time again! A new batch of mini-prints (read: business cards) are hot off the press (thanks MOO!) If you would like a handful of cards sent to you for FREE (Anywhere on earth!), simply shoot an email to info(at)TEKSTartist(dot)com with ‘Free Mini Prints’ as the subject line and include your shipping address in the email. Can only promise cards to the first 60 people to email me, but will try to get them to everyone!

    PS- Mention you saw this on tumblr in your email and we *might* just throw in a little something extra. ;)

     
  2. So far there have been 46 designs released on FiveSpotDerby.com. Thanks to AMAZING fans over 20 of those designs have completely sold out. 

    Last Saturday night I was giving the TEKST Gallery a bit of a spring cleaning while listening to episode after episode of This American Life. (I made it through 6 old episodes that night, The ‘Inside Job' episode was easily the best of the night)

    While digging through boxes that had largely remain unpacked since moving to the gallery I stumbled across one that was unmarked. I opened it expecting to find mis-prints of past designs. What I found was quite the opposite. Before me was a stack of 10 previously sold out designs (ranging from 2-7 prints of each design). Yesterday I quietly added them back to the archive, up for grabs once more. 

    Before I even was able to get the word out two of the designs have already completely sold out (for real this time), but there are still 8 previously sold out designs up for grabs!

    You can head over to The Archive to check out the entire collection, or click on the links in the short list below to see what just went up for grabs! The 8 designs back in the store (as of this writing) are:

    1. Acoustic (Guitar Design)
    2. The Wave (100% Foil Design)
    3. The Painter (Only 1 Left!!!)
    4. Ali (My Personal Favorite)
    5. The Camera
    6. Reach (The Elephant Print)
    7. Lose Control (The Exploding Head Piece)
    8. Good Things (The Jason Sadler HeadestsDotCom SurfrApp Collaboration)
    9. Live Joyfully SOLD OUT
    10. Yes SOLD OUT
     
  3. The Gap

    This week’s letterpress design was inspired by this amazing video. The calming, supportive, inspiring words of Ira Glass (Host & Executive Producer of the AMAZING This American Life) reach out to anyone in doubt. The design to the right is composed of a (slightly paraphrased) version of this amazing speech, specifically:

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good… But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you…We all go through this… you gotta know that it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It’s only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.”

     
  4. Calling all international fans: We have new lower shipping rates!

    Because we have been shipping so many prints out our account rep at FedEx worked with us to offer much lower rates to all our international fans. (Thanks Adam!)

    So head over to FiveSpotDerby.com/shop find a piece (or two…. or ten) that you love, add it to the cart, and proceed to checkout to see the new rates. 

     
  5. Fuck Yeah by TEKSTartist.

     
  6. Featured on FiveSpotDerby.com this week is an all new design created by warping the words from the following quote:

    The sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other. - C.S. Lewis

     
  7. This week on http://FiveSpotDerby.com/ is a design created using the words from the following quote:

    “Let go of the parts of you that are anything but true. Let go of your excuses, they’re only hurting you. Let go of your past mistakes, but remember what you learn. Let go of material things; for you’re not what you earn. Let go of all the little things you’re mad you didn’t do. Let go of your jealousy, anger, and ego too. Let go, let go of all those things and you will surely find, that letting go of everything makes it possible to shine.”

    Art and Quote by TEKSTartist

     
  8. Featured on FiveSpotDerby.com this week is a letterpress design that was created using the words from the following quote:

    “The greatest power you possess in life is your understanding that life gives you a fresh start any moment you choose to start fresh.” – Guy Finley 

    The painter, printed in a rich red ink, is working to start fresh by painting over a wall full of text. The white portion of the image still carries the pattern of the quote all the way across the page but was pressed without ink (a letterpress process called a “blind hit”) the result is an evenly textured, yet uniquely colored image.

     
  9. This week’s design on FiveSpotDerby is unlike any we have offered before. Why? Because for the first time in Derby history, YOU have the opportunity to pick the quote or personal message that gets incorporated into the piece. With Valentine’s day fast approaching this is the most unique custom gift you could give.

    Here’s how it works this week:

    Option 1:   Add this piece to your cart, proceed to checkout, and in the “Order Notes” box enter your desired quote. TEKSTartist will incorporate it into the piece by hand drawing it inside the heart.

    Option 2:   Need a minute to think about what quote you want to include? No big deal. Buy it now (before the price gets too high!) and leave the word “Thinking!” in the Order Notes box to buy a little extra time. (We will email you within 24 hours to snag a quote from you.)

    Option 3:   Too much pressure? Can’t think of a quote? (Or maybe you just don’t want to) No big deal. Simply purchase the piece and it will be shipped to you as is.

     
  10. Featured on FiveSpotDerby.com this week:

    This letterpress design contains the entire quote “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” 

    **Note: This design was based loosely off a photo by the ridiculously talented  Johan Swanepoel (used with permission.)