Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Art Vs. Craft - Nov. 28th Milwaukee

Mark your calendars!! MODESTo will be back in our beloved Milwaukee November 28th to participate in this years Art Vs Craft.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sonny Gerasimowicz - Where the Wild things are character designer

Where the Wild Things Are..... opening today

Today is the day that we have all been waiting for! The opening of "Where the Wild Things Are"! I can not wait to see what Spike Jones has done with one of my favorite childhood stories. This story has a special place in our families hearts as it was a bedtime staple when our son was growing up.

Urban Outfitters experimental retail space, "Space 1520" in Los Angeles has a WTWTA Pop-Up shop this month. I think the highlight of the shop is Christian Joy's 5 one-of-a-kind costumes that are inspired by Maurice Sendak's characters in WTWTA. You might know Chirstian Joy's work if you are a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I am pretty sure that just about everything that Karen O has ever wore on stage was designed by Christian Joy.

Speaking of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.... Karen O did an amazing job on the movie's soundtrack. You can listen to the album in full at Pitchfork.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Listen to the Flaming Lips New album before it is released

NPR is offering a free preview of the new Flaming Lip's album "The Sparrow Looks Up At The Machine" in it's entirety! I have been a huge Lips fan for years. I love that they are always following their own path.
The new album was assembled by taking their favorite part taken from hours and hours of jam tapes. The overall sound is very organic in nature. All of the expected elements are there, the melodic vocals, blown out gigantic drums, crazy guitar and electronic soundscapes along with a new feel to their sound. You really just need to hear it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

TONIGHT!! Th' Legendary Shack Shakers @ Thunderbird Cafe

Come on down to the Thunderbird Cafe tonight to check out Th' Legendary Shack Shakers!! My hometown buddy, Brett Whitacre is tearing up the drums and of course, the Legendary indie rock god Duane Dennison (Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk, Dennison Kimball Trio) is now playing guitar for the Nashville based, Rock-a-Billy outfit. This is not a show to be missed.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rock For Kids Auctions off a MODESTo Print

We donated a Dinosaur Jr poster that we printed along with a few others a while back. I just came across this picture on flickr showing the print that had been signed by Lou Barlow and found out that it raised $155 for Rock For Kids! For those not familiar with Rock For Kids, they raise money to provide music lessons for children who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. Being musicians ourselves and having two children that are musicians, We feel honored to have been able to participate.

For more information about our programs and future auctions visit

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New MODESTo! website

We have launched our new website featuring the full line of our new tees for men and women! We plan to continue to add to the site in the very near future. Check back for updates!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

3 new men's shirts up on Etsy!

Modesto's new Lady Moon, Man at Sea and Biker are now available at
All of three of these shirts are hand printed on super soft, 30/1 cotton tees.
There is a limited supply so get yours while they last!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shopping Cart and Bike Campers by Kevin Cyr

In a dream-combination of sustainability and mobility, Brooklyn based artist Kevin Cyr has taken the idea of a mobile home to a new level. He has created two concept designs that swap gasoline fueled vehicles with human power as the force that propels movable living structures.

His Camper Kart examines habitats and housing; recycling and ecology; exploration and mobility by fusing a pop-up camper with a shopping cart. And the Camper Bike, which is actually a functioning sculptural piece, continues this idea by taking an in-bed truck trailer and putting it on top of a serious looking 3 wheeled bicycle.

While neither one of these inventions may be practical for most people, they do show off some interesting possible living alternatives.

If you want to see Cyr’s work in person, he has an upcoming show in Provincetown, MA, which opens this Friday.

Shepard Fairey makes Pittsburgh OBEY

Shepard Fairey visited Pittsburgh last week for an event held by the Warhol Museum. has posted a bunch of great photos of OBEY pieces that have popped up around town.
The Post Gazette caught Shepard installing his piece across from the Warhol for a short interview.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya manipulates everyday objects, transforming their meanings to reflect on contemporary society and culture. Cutting trees out of paper bags and cardboard toilet paper rolls, he creates meticulous and intricate art works, small and enchanting worlds, which relate to broader concerns. In each bag and roll, the shape of a tree is created without adding or removing anything, just by cutting out and folding the paper from the bag itself. Teruya’s works explore issues such as the growing consumerism of contemporary society, depleting natural resources and other problems associated with globalism, including the threat it poses to localized cultural traditions and identities.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My new favorite photographer: YYELLOWBIRD

I was browsing through a magazine on and found an article on an amazing photographer that goes by the name, "YYELLOWBIRD" AKA Cari Ann Wayman. My initial thought was "where does this girl live and how do I get her to do a shoot for Modesto?" I read a little more about her, only to find out that she is from my hometown of Rockford, IL. Whodathunk!?! Cari is currently living and working in various spots around Chicago. I was able to get in touch with her and I am hoping that we will infact be able to arrange for a shoot together. Check out her Flickr page:

No money, No Problems. Daniel Suelo is a true inspiration

Daniel Suelo :
"I've been living without a cent to my name since the autumn of 2000 (with a month's exception during my first year). I don't use or accept money or conscious barter, and I don't take food stamps or other government dole.

(And, after 8 years, to my joy, I've learned there are other people in the world doing the same.)

Why? I simply got tired of acknowledging as real this most common world-wide belief called money! I simply got tired of being unreal. Money is one of those intriguing things that becomes real because you believe it is real.

Wild Nature, outside civilization, runs on gift economy: "freely give, freely receive." Thus it is balanced. World civilization runs on consciousness of credit and debt (knowledge of good & evil); thus it is imbalanced. What nation on earth can even balance its own budget or environment? Gift Economy is Faith, Grace, Love - the message at the heart of every religion, though rejected by virtually every religious institution. The proof is inside you: Wild Nature is your True Nature, crucified by commercial civilization."

Read Daniel's Blog:

Monday, July 20, 2009

MODESTo at Pool Trade Show!!!!!

We will be traveling to Las Vegas to debut our 2009 t-shirt line at the Pool Trade Show, which is the original independent trade show for the boutique market and leading retailers world-wide.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Check out for your daily dose of architectural inspiration. This blog features modern design from around the world as well as interviews with some of the worlds most cutting edge architects.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Juana Molina: A Swirling Sonic Dreamland

Check out Argentina's Juana Molina on NPR's World Cafe for a brilliant live performance.


Micachu and the Shapes!!!!!

I just discovered Micachu and the Shapes tonight.

"Rough Trade Records are delighted to announce the signing of 21 year old Mica Levi AKA Micachu. Her debut album ‘Jewellery’ is released on Rough Trade Records on March 9th. So, a quick introduction, Bjork is said to be a fan of Micachu and can probably identify with another artist brave enough to take pop music into entirely uncharted territory. Micachu is largely inspired by Harry Partch who famously used an array of customized and home made instruments."

Micachu & The Shapes - LIPS from Drew Norton on Vimeo.

Here is a preview of our new designs... Now in production

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU

I have not seen anything this cool in along time.
Check out Blu's web & blog. I am looking forward to learning more about him.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.