On Tour With Lemuria – Part 7

This is part 7 of my photo essay series about touring with Lemuria. The previous part can be found here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 6. Or you can start from the beginning here: On Tour With Lemuria- Part 1.

Lemuria screen printing

One of the most important parts of tour is having merchandise to sell.  While it would be nice to have a new record for each tour, it’s not always feasible.  The one thing that can be easily changed tour to tour is the shirts a band sells.

Lemuria Craig Horky screen print

If you have ever seen Lemuria on tour (or visited their webstore), you know they have a constantly revolving line of shirts year round.  They are able to do this thanks to the screen printing company Alex Kerns co-owns called ArgyBargy Printing.

Lemuria sticker wall

When I lived in Buffalo, I spent many days and nights hanging out with Biff (the screen pulling 50% owner of ArgyBargy) while he cranked out various screen print jobs.  As someone who sells many Lemuria shirts on tour, I thought the people who have bought them might be interested to see how and where they are made.

Lemuria screen printing

If you’ve ever tried screen printing, you will know that it’s not easy to get good results.  It takes a lot of skill and practice to perfect, as well as a lot of upper body strength to get a good and even pull of ink over the screen every time.

Lemuria printing shirts

The ArgyBargy screen printing shop reminds me of a dad’s garage that punks moved into and took over.  Most surfaces are covered in stickers and the floor is accidentally decorated with paint and paper scraps. Blasting from the speakers in the shop, Biff is usually listening to everything from Ke$ha to Killed by Death.

Lemuria screenprinting shirts

There’s something about being around other people creating things that sparks creativity. I could fill a notebook with all the ideas and projects i’ve thought of while watching Biff crank out hundreds of shirts at 2am.

Lemuria shirt printed

It’s a weird circle of life type of feeling when you sell someone a shirt and think to yourself “I saw that being printed”. Even though I didn’t personally print it, it was always rewarding when someone would be super excited about a shirt design.

Screen printing dryer

 

When you’ve been on tour for weeks at a time and you load, unload, display, sell, and count 100’s of shirts everyday, you gain a new appreciation for the time and effort that goes into creating and printing the design.

Lemuria shirts finished

 

Next time you buy a shirt from a band, think about all the steps that it had to take to get to you. A lot of work goes into it, especially if it has a picture of a ‘Log Lady’ on it.

On Tour With Lemuria photo essay series:

Walking and Walking

I like to walk a lot, which lends well to my love for photography. Most people walking wouldn’t notice things on the ground like this sign.

Warning sign

Or maybe they would notice it but wouldn’t think much of it. Maybe they would take one look at it and dismiss it as garbage. But they might not notice how the bright sign contrasts so beautifully with the dirt and rocks beneath it. That’s what I see. That is the shots I love to search for and find.

I also love when test shots that I dismissed in the back of the camera turn out to be some of my favorites once i’m processing them (I shoot all my photos in RAW), like this one:

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I wanted to see how my camera would work in a low light situation so I shot this barbed wire near power lines to test it out. I figured it was just going to be a garbage shot but once I opened it up in Lightroom I loved how the silhouette of the pole and barbed wire contrasted with the blue evening sky. I don’t like shooting with a flash so this makes me rethink my ability to shoot photos at dusk.

Racist and Fascist Antiques

On a recent trip to an antique mall in Ohio outside of Cincinnati, I encountered some rather disturbing “antiques” for sale.  This place was massive and at first I came across the usual mix of old books, typewriters, sports memorabilia, and random knickknacks you expect to see at an antique mall.

Corona typewriter antiques
Reds Pepsi bottle antiques

As I arrived near the back of the store, I came across locked display cases filled with more valuable antiques that people were afraid of getting stolen or destroyed by the public handling them.  These cases were filled with Star Wars figures, baseball cards, jewelry, and (to my surprise) many pieces of racist and fascist antiques.

racist and fascist antiques
racist and fascist antiques
racist and fascist antiques

I’ve seen plenty of racist antiques at outdoor flea markets and swap meets, but I found it pretty disturbing that this antique mall not only allowed their vendors to display and sell these items, but also permitted them to display these blatant fascist and racist antiques in their display cases that they reserve for high-end collectibles.  Just when I was getting over the sight of these, I came across more.

racist and fascist antiques
racist and fascist antiques

I get that some of these items shouldn’t be ignored or destroyed due to the (awful) historical significance, but I don’t believe they have a place in a public store where anyone can buy them. If anything, they should be in a museum to educate people so history doesn’t repeat itself. Attaching a price to them gives them value beyond historical reasons.

racist and fascist antiques
racist and fascist antiques

A part of me felt like bringing my disgust up to a manager at the antique mall, but given that they were blatantly on display, the store has (most likely) already taken the stand of preferring profits over what is ethical.

Here are some more photos of beautiful old typewriters to balance out the racism and fascism in this post.

Royal typewriter
antique typewriter
antique typewriter

Right under your feet

As someone who doesn’t drive, I tend to walk a lot. While I’m walking, I am almost always looking down. It may be because i’m afraid of tripping on things, but I also take the opportunity to look for interesting things to take photos of.  More often than not, we walk past things everyday that we don’t realize.

Sweet Gum Spine Ball
Toothbrush on ground
Jellyfish Oregon coast
Bottlecap on ground
Feet on Subway