Friday, February 26, 2010

The Winter Blues Mystery Tube Sale

The Winter Blues Mystery Tube Sale

Have you got a case of the winter blues? Personally we're over this yucky cold, blowy and snowy weather! We're hoping this mystery tube sale will cheer you up.

Each tube will be filled with the following randomly* chosen screenprinted items:

2 - gigposters
2 - large artprints
1 - 8"x10" artprint
1 - greeting card

ONLY $50

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Test Prints listed in our Etsy Shop

Over the last few weeks, we finally took some time to scan and photograph some more of our one-of-a-kind 8" x 10" Owl Test Prints and full size Test Prints that we had in a put aside here at the studio and they are available now in our Etsy Shop. We plan on scanning and photographing a bunch more of our other 8" x 10" and full size test prints this week and next, so look for those.

These are all available in our Etsy Shop and at the Hero Boutique. We are loving making test prints these days and even though we always have them available at the Hero Boutique and the different shows we attend, we are working really hard on making more available online.

"What's a test print?" you ask.

A test print is a magical one-of-a-kind print created from layers of different prints we've made over time. We use them to get colors right, fix a mistake when screenprinting, and for lots of other reasons. Sometimes the layers just come together in such a beautiful way that a strange piece of paper with lots of stuff is turned into a finished print.

Be sure to look through all of our listings for different test print designs, we have loads and we are always adding more.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Skwak Oil Slick Dunny 8"

Oil Slick Dunny 8-Inch

Strike it rich with this eye-popping, super limited Dunny from French artist Skwak. Sporting a maniacal grin and clutching two cans of liquid fortune, Oil Slick Dunny is covered nearly head to toe in a healthy splattering of the crude stuff. Just don’t let him drink your milkshake.

At only 500 of each edition made, Oil Slick Dunny drops tomorrow at Hero. The “gold” edition of Oil Slick Dunny will be available only at Kidrobot stores and select retailers including Hero. The black “oil” edition will be available exclusively at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

Valentine's Day is on Sunday, but there is still time to come by the Hero Boutique and pick up some stuff for your lover.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We're going on tour.

We are very excited to announce that we will be on the road for two whole weeks this March.

Our first stop will be in Baltimore where we were hired by the University of Maryland for a 2-day feature during Design Week. The first day we are going to be guest lecturing a group of design students and the second day will be running a day-long print workshop. We will be posting more info about this soon.

From Baltimore we're back on the road and driving to Bowling Green, KY to hang and print with our good friends Connie and Jim of Print Mafia. We are producing a Hero/Print Mafia collab art print that will debut the following week at Flatstock 24 at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Then back in the car with our pal Ron from Madpixel in Louisville, who is joining the tour in his wheels, for the long drive to Austin for Flatstock and SXSW. Flatstock runs Thursday 3/18, Friday 3/19 and Saturday 3/20 in the Austin Convention Center.

We are also very excited to announce that Hero was asked to be a featured speaker on a panel at SXSW's Music Festival this year. Mark will be one of just a few featured speakers on a panel called, "It's So Big! Packaging Design from CDs to Vinyl to Merchandise." We will be posting more about this panel soon, but, if you are headed to SXSW this year, plan on attending, the panels are free to attend with your badge and this one promises to be an exciting, thought provoking and informative discussion.

Lastly, we will be releasing a new poster at Flatstock for a movie that is debuting at SXSW's Film Festival. We are super excited about the film and this project and we can't wait to share more about it with you.

So there you have it, we will be escaping the last few weeks of the miserable weather in Buffalo, missing our pets like crazy and packing up the Element for the first BIG road trip of the year. We are stoked!

Friday, February 5, 2010

FREE Screen Printing Demo Workshop with Hero at WNYBAC

In conjunction with our Retrospective Exhibit "Pulled to the Limit" at WNY Book Arts Center we are teaching a FREE Screenprinting Demo on Wednesday, February 17, 6-8pm at WNYBAC.

Screen printing is a great and fun way to exhibit artwork or advertise an event like a concert or exhibition. Silkscreen printing (also known as serigraphy) is a method of print making in which the negative of an image is blocked out of a screen of fine mesh, and ink is pulled through the open areas of the mesh onto the printing surface. In this workshop, we will introduce you to the basics of screen printing while demonstrating the printing process. We will discuss the basics of file and film preparation, mesh selection, frames, stencil systems, printing techniques, ink, reclamation of screens, and how screen printing affects the finishing processes.

This is a FREE demo workshop, space is very limited, and pre-registration is REQUIRED to attend. To pre-register please send an email to info [at] wnybookarts [dot] org, please include your name and that you wish to attend the Screenprinting Workshop with Hero. After you have received confirmation of your place in the workshop, if you find you are unable to attend, we just ask that you contact WNYBAC to cancel your spot, so that it may be given to someone else that wishes to attend.

As an attendee you will be given an opportunity to print and a copy of the finished poster that we will be producing during the workshop.

Pulled to the Limit runs until Saturday, February 20.

Western NY Book Arts Center
468 Washington St. at Mohawk
Buffalo NY 14203

716 348-1430

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hero was at the Grammys with Ringo Starr

Last night Ringo Starr sported a tee designed by Hero, to the Grammys. It was a shirt we designed for Electric Fetus, an amazing independently owned record store in Minneapolis. We might be geeking out just a tad bit today!!

Here's a close up of the graphic!

Photo credits from top: 1) Michael Caulfield / 2) Getty Images