Local Summer Co. is officially 2 years old.
Two years ago today, on a particularly dreadful ride up the New Jersey Turnpike, i sat, motionless, in my car thinking about anything else in the world i would rather be doing. It was just a couple of weeks since the Trenton punk Rock Flea Market where i had debuted a few New Jersey themed prints into my store. They did well. They did really well. In Fact, they blew the gigposters and art prints i had out of the water. I spent well over ten years building up Surrender. I went thru a lot of hot and cold spells. I didn't want to give up the rock and roll artwork, but, i got a new sense of 'self' at that flea market. People were psyched to have a more accessible type of print to hang in their homes, vacation homes, dorm rooms, etc.
I thought that if i was going to make a change that i needed to do it the right way and brand it. not only did i want to make more specific local art, but, i wanted it to feel right and be something that people in New Jersey know well. Thanks to the beauty of the iphone i had managed to secure a domain and all social media accounts for the first phrase i thought of when i thought of home- Local Summer.
We love New Jersey. We love the shore, we love the mountains, we love the rivers, we love the sleepy seaside towns, we love the hustle and bustle of the big cities, we love everything. But, what we love the most, well, it's that little bit of time right before Memorial Day and right after Labor Day. That little bit of time when the Sun is still out, the beach is empty, there's plenty of parking and it just feels like we have our whole world to ourselves. That's the sense i wanted to convey in this company and in this work- this is a thing for ourselves. We can take it wherever we call home. And each piece is special for each individual person. Each person can pull their own feelings, their own thoughts, their own memories and their own longing of New Jersey.
Thank you to all of our family, friends, collaborators and to every person that has ever bought something from us or paid us to make them something. Every little bit goes back into Local Summer Co and helps us put out more work. We are 2 years in and we are very close to having our own in-house printmaking studio back up and running. Its been about 5 years since we have had this. Our own studio will once again allow us to not only put a lot more work out and with different types of offerings, but, also allow us to start doing print work again and put us back on the path of its true intended use of being a place for teaching and learning.
To help us get to where we need to be, we're having a big sale. Everything in our poster shop has been marked down to $20 and is currently 4 Prints for $50. Thats like getting 1.5 Prints free. That's even better than we offer in our live shows. If you purchase more than 4 prints than yor entire order will just have a rolling 38% taken off of it. We do not have an end time for this sale, we're just going to see how it goes. We urge you to move quickly though. It not only helps us out a bit more but some prints are very close to sold-out.