It’s been awhile but now that it’s starting to warm up again Antho and I made some tie-dye the other day. I’m quite pleased with the results! I’ll be posting them on Etsy in the next few days.
Start by folding your shirts into the designs you want to work with. We did 10 shirts so we’d have 5 each, but Antho accidentally folded two together and made duplicate shirts. Good to know that works, though! 😀
Make your dye…
All lined up and ready to go!
Let the dye soak in for at least 6 hours…
Once rinsed of excess dye and washed, you’ll be left with the final results.
Some were done as gifts so those are already gone, but I’ll be posting the other’s on Etsy soon!
This post has nothing to do with it, as I refuse to go. Haha!
But for those of you who haven’t heard of Life is Beautiful, it’s an annual event here in Vegas that features a medley of pop music acts (the majority of which I’d never heard of), live art, and other such fluffy and upbeat entertainment, as harmless a toothless kitten to the psyche of your average cheerful mass media loving consumer.
Although it costs nearly $300 for a general entry ticket it still clogs up our roads with countless visitors flocking to join the festivities, and despite having worked, lived in and visited some of the most congested cities in the world, I’m not a particular fan of large crowds.
So…yeah... No thanks.
Being of a more cynical bent I found myself much more eager & willing to accept my friend Marcus’s invitation to the Life is Shit festival, which happens during the same days and costs a fraction as much as the saccharine event. Featuring local bands, vendors, a giant inflatable PBR (along with cheap cold cans) and many of my friends in attendance, we made our way to the Dive Bar and we had a blast!
We performed as 710Visuals, despite some technical difficulties and a wee bit of badgering from an over-worked Brit. 😉
More photos and video below!
While the bands might not be as famous as Weezer (one of the few bands performing at Life is Beautiful that I’d actually heard of), I have hung out with the members of at least two of these bands and know them to be awesome individuals who’s creative endeavors I happily support. 🙂
This lovely lass was hanging out in front of the DiveBar with some creepy creations that were really cool!
That’s a possum paw, by the way.
She even had some full on taxidermic specimens! I’m not sure what this critter was…
Once set up, we realized we were missing a key piece of equipment and had zero time to return home to grab it. Bummer! >_<
We still did our best, though, and it worked out alright.
Not our best performance ever, unfortunately, but Toxic Dump killed it!
Candy Warpop, in case you’ve been orbiting Pluto and haven’t heard of them, are a badass group of musicians who craft some glorious angst anthems. With Anisa on drums, Josh on guitar, Jonas on bass and Amy on vocals, they combine their individual talents into a passionate performance every time they do a show. We’ve actually done a show with them before, back in the early days of 710 Visuals!
Trust no one who dislikes the song White Rabbit.
It’s fun seeing these old videos as it really demonstrates how far we’ve come since then!
This show was at the Double Down Saloon, which is renowned throughout Vegas for their ass-juice and punk-rock aesthetic. The show went really well and we had a great time!
Check below for more photos and videos.
Getting set up~
Oh, that Pabst blue ribbon, a beacon of comfortingly reasonable malty goodness to hipsters everywhere.
For the start of the show, the guys draped themselves in sheets so as to blend in with the psychedelia going on around them. Much obliged, fellas!
A shame to hide Josh’s stupendeous mane, though.
Security and the other bands were really cool with letting us do our thing and giving us space to set up.
I enjoy the decorations inside the place. Toga party!
One of the most gratifying aspects of life is when things come full circle. Good writers often include examples of this karmic turn around in their media be it through visual gags, narrative, or character development.
It was with special pleasure, then, that 710 Visuals accepted an offer to perform at the Womb Room, the same venue where we’d originally witnessed liquid light art in action and been inspired to invest our time and energy into the medium ourselves.