Event Wrap-up:Cleveland Tattoo Expo 2013

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It’s that time again, when the counterculture of the self-embellished converge on Midtown for the 2nd annual Cleveland Tattoo Expo.  The three day event took place from July 12-14th and showcased amazing artists from local shops as well as renowned masters from parlors across the country.

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Ja’Ovvoni Garrison R.T.A (Renegade Transit Authority)

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Last week, I hung out in the Skate Kitchen with Ja’Ovvoni Garrison and chatted about his new Cleveland skateboard and clothing brand, R.T.A.

Growing up in East Cleveland, there weren’t any skaters in Ja’Ovvoni’s neighborhood. Most of the kids played basketball or video games. Eleven years ago, he received a demo copy of a Tony Hawk video game from his local Pizza Hut. After playing the game, he decided to give skateboarding a try and quickly fell in love with the sport.  He spent most of  his time skating solo around his neighborhood until hearing about the downtown skatepark  left behind by the Gravity Games organizers in 2003.
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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (10.29.12-11.2.12)

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When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

We’ll post all five products from the week into one blog post so you can see what you missed, what you like and what may inspire your next project.

Monday October 29, 2012

Check out the new “Cleveland Pride” T-shirts from Blessed Freedom, a new Jewish clothing line that brings religion and stylish fashion into one.

Product: Crew Neck T-Shirt
Garment Color: Black
Image Location: Center Chest
Image Size – Width:  14″

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Man On A Mission: Jakprints Special Delivery

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We recently printed custom signs for our friends at the House Of Blues Cleveland. Since they’re right here in Cleveland, there was really no reason to ship the job. Ali Sedivy from HOB had planned on stopping by Jakprints to pick it up when it was done. But before that could happen, Customer Service Rep Matt Murphy took a look outside, saw the sun shining and strapped the signs on his back. Then, he and Sales Manager Dan Byler hopped on two bikes from the Jakprints Staff Bike Fleet and headed across town.

The two rode past cars stuck in traffic and cruised through the streets of downtown Cleveland until arriving at the restaurant and music venue on East 4th Street. They then installed the custom signs to make sure they were a perfect fit.  While bike delivery isn’t something we normally offer, we can ship to just about anywhere you’d like. Below are photos from their journey. One more thing, before you start, open this up in a second tab to listen to while scrolling: Soundtrack.

Matt Murphy getting ready to ride to HOB.

Matt’s got a great idea.

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Employee Spotlight: Justin Markert

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Justin Markert is the New Media Coordinator at Jakprints. He handles all of the Social Media, SEO and Analytics, a hefty portion of copy writing, and is currently trying to write this blog post in the third person without it being awkward.


Color: Green

Food: My Very Own Homemade Mac and Cheese

Movie: Where to start!? Some of my favorite writers and/or directors: Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Kaufman, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, Mark Duplass, Tarrantino, Michel Gondrey, Christopher Nolan, Craig Brewer, PT Anderson, too many to name!!!

Band/Musician:  Right now: Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Pearl Jam, David Bazan, Guided by Voices, Rival Schools, Herzog, Refused, Dirty Projectors, The Modern Electric, Joseph Arthur, Dead Prez and I’m sure others that I’ll remember later and wish I would have listed.
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The First Cleveland Tattoo Expo

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The Cleveland Tattoo Expo is over and we gotta say, that was a pretty awesome three days.  The CSU Wolstein Center was packed with tattoo enthusiasts from across the country. The Expo did not disappoint and we’ve got the footage to prove it. Jakprints was on hand all weekend showcasing our print services, interviewing tattoo artists and even getting tattoos!  Congratulations to Dave Maynard for organizing and executing such an incredible event. We couldn’t be happier to be included as a sponsor and vendor. Check out our video recap of the Expo and the weekend!

Tattoo Artists Featured In The Video Include:

Michael Whitlock from Lucky Supply
Chuck Uhler from Tattoo Faction
Tony Derigo from Chronic Tattoo
Cary Aldridge & Adam Fox from Memento Tattoo Gallery
Christos and Bryn Perrott from Wild Zero Studios
Mark Shivey from Addicted Body Art Studio
Bryan Krause, Dave Chercourt & Trevor Moment from Atom Bomb Tattoo
Jim Locker from Hammers Tattoo
Greg Larimer from Up In Arms Tattoos
Sarah Koopman & Carl Graley from West Anchor Tattoo
Destroy Troy from Destroy Troy Tattoos

Here’s a bonus time lapse video of our Multi-Media Designer, Keith Teneyck getting his new tattoo.


Still haven’t had enough? We also posted a photo album on the Jakprints Facebook page.

Were you at the Expo? Get any ink done? Tell us in the comments!


The 50/50 Show Was 100% Awesome

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Another 50/50 show is in the books. This is quickly becoming one of our favorite events in Cleveland. Where else can you find an all-star caliber collection of 50 of Cleveland’s best artists under one roof? And where else will you have the opportunity to purchase a piece of said collection for $50?

If you’re not familiar, The 50/50 Show is a pretty great idea. 50 artists contribute one piece of art to the show, all pieces are priced at $50. Attendees fill out raffle tickets for the pieces they like and a drawing is done to determine who the lucky winner will be. It’s a win-win for everybody, the artists are exposed to a much larger audience than they might otherwise be, and attendees can purchase great artwork at a lower rate then they would ever be able to in a normal gallery setting.

This year’s show took place at The Dredgers Union on East 4th and it was one of the best attended yet. Of course Jakprints was there and we got the chance to interview a handful of the artists. Watch the video below to see what these artists have to say about the 50/50 show, the Cleveland art scene and more.

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Poorman

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Color: Navy Blue

Food: Pierogies

Movie: Pecker

Band/Musician: Always in heavy roation – Guided By Voices, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Grandaddy.

Book/Author: I think the last book I read was Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami. I liked it.

What do you like to do in your free time? Photography and skateboarding.

What would you do if you had a million dollars? Donate a chunk of it to people in need. Spend the rest of it on records and photography equipment.

Why do you choose to work at Jakprints? I absolutely love the print industry. Working with customers on their custom projects is so much fun.

What are some interesting projects you’ve been a part of?  I’m currently in the process of working on some products for next years International Analog Film Festival. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

What are your favorite aspects of what you do at Jakprints?  Helping customers, for sure.

Cleveland Scene Features Public Square and Us

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When you’re out and about today, make sure you grab today’s Cleveland Scene. The cover story is a feature on our good friend Vince Frantz and the Public Square Group,  a non-profit dedicated to supporting skateboarding, art and civics. As you’ll read in the article, Jakprints has strong ties with Vince, the Public Square Group and the skate scene as a whole in Cleveland. We’re super proud of these guys and happy to be a part of the great work Vince, the Public Square Group and Skate Kitchen are doing.

Here’s an excerpt:
Jakprints’ Jacob Edwards met his business partner, Dameon Guess, when they were both teenagers prone to sneaking out of their suburban homes to skate illegally at Public Square. Now 35, Edwards makes a point of hiring skateboarders at Jakprints.

“Entrepreneurs are not afraid of falling, and neither are skateboarders,” he says. “I always look at it as a really positive thing when my employees skateboard. We’re a small, agile print shop competing with a massive market of companies in this field. I need people who are willing to throw themselves down steps and try new tricks.”

Today, Edwards and Guess have built Jakprints from a two-man T-shirt printing shop into an ever-expanding company that feeds off of its ties to skateboarding and music culture. Jakprints has expanded into the upper floors of the Cadillac Building, and the company is starting to renovate the first floor as a hub for other creative companies. The Skate Kitchen will be open for all of them.

“The entire redevelopment project is wrapped around the skate park,” says Edwards, who has built a green screen for filmmaking and is looking for a ground-level coffee shop that will service his employees as well as students from nearby Cleveland State University.

“If you work at Jakprints and don’t skateboard or play in a band, then you’re the weird one,” says John Stashick, a 22-year-old Tremont resident who runs a folding and perforating machine at Jakprints and brings his board to work.
Pick up Cleveland Scene for free, pretty much anywhere, or read the article at CleveScene.com.


Bikes, Animals, Coffee, Music and Technology

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No, this didn't really happen.

No, this didn’t really happen, but don’t you wish it did?

It was a busy Saturday in the Forest City. As usual there was no shortage of things to do in this fine city we call Cleveland. But there were two events we were particularly excited about.

Today, Crain’s Business Journal reported that bicycle usage in the Cleveland area is up 280% over the past ten years, so it’s no surprised that the  Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was jam packed for their first annual Wild Ride At The Zoo. Riders from all over the area convened at the zoo to take a joyride through the exhibits at this sold out event.

Across town at the Tri-C Hospitality building on Public Square, Cleveland’s most talented baristas battled it out with a latte art competition. For The Love Of Latte Art was put together by CLEbrews, Cleveland’s newest league of coffee geeks who have come together with the unified purpose of strengthening the region’s coffee culture and community through knowledge, sharing and cooperation. This daylong  event included a latte art workshop for both amateurs as well as professionals, and culminated with the Latte Art Throwdown Competition. The best part is, all the proceeds went to support the Asogarbi Mudslide Relief Effort.
We take pride in our hometown and we love being involved in so many events that make this community thrive. There’s never a dull moment, and for that Cleveland, we thank you.

Meanwhile, we were also doing our thing on the west coast. Over the weekend we were also in the LA arts district for Mindshare 50. This three day event featured fascinating speakers, musicians and performers centered around a full day of inspiring talks, entertainment and art. If TED and Burning Man had a lovechild that went to MIT and became an artist, you’d have Mindshare.

Earlier in the week we were also present for the NARM 2012 Music Biz Expo. It was the place to be for those that call music their business. Music professionals from all over gathered to learn new tricks of the trade, network and receive vital info from top influencers in the industry.




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