While times are weird, there is still work to be done. April 7th marks the release of Tomo Nakayama's new record "Melonday", which Porchlight is releasing on vinyl (currently #1 on KEXP's Northwest Charts!). Along with some small promotional material to promote the release, I created a long-distance music video with Tomo. I texted him one morning with an idea for his song "There Goes The Neighborhood"–I wanted to combine old photos of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, with him singing. The end video I was hoping for was to look almost like projections over his face, while he sat in a photo booth. I used my collection of Kodachrome slides that I've gathered over the years, so most were already digitized and retouched. Watch the video below and listen to KEXP to hear "There Goes The Neighborhood" and more from the new album.
Next up is an art print that started off as a color palette practice. I've been using old advertisements and print posters to broaden my color preferences and it gradually morphed into this new print. It's available via Porchlight Design Co.
Ever since I saw my grandma's collection of matchbooks from all over the world, I've had a very big soft spot for 'em. As an adult, the varying styles of design and sometimes suggestive wordplay only made them more appealing. In the 50s and 60s when everyone was smoking, every type of shop seemed to have their own matchbooks: gas stations, dry cleaners, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. I decided it was time to make some gold foil matchbooks for Porchlight. As a little jab at the never-ending "best in town" and "highest quality around", I decided to set the bar right in the middle and continue with "a very okay time".
In more Porchlight merch news, I teamed up with Apparel Works here in Seattle to design a baseball cap based on the original Porchlight mug logo. Handmade here in town with 8 oz brushed canvas, a felt diner mug logo and an adjustable leather strap, these bad boys sold out within a couple weeks, but never fear–more are being made right now. When they're back in stock, you'll see them here.
And lastly, my favorite photos that I took in the month of March.