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If you’re in or around Chicago from now until the end of April 2012, then you should head to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington, Chicago, IL 60602) to check out the Write Now: Artists and Letterforms exhibit in the Chicago Rooms.  Below is a photo taken of myself [Dylan Christian Allread] at the opening reception on September 30th, 2011 alongside my Chicago bLOOPrint design.

[Chicago bLOOPrint, designed by Dylan Christian Allread]

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Made the featured artist list on the Foursided Web Page – pretty stoked!

We ride our bikes on roads – not looking back
Weaving between cars and transit of public mass
They call us Mahatma Gandhi ’cause we Fast.

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First Batch of 50 — Each Individually Screen Printed by Hand — Each May Have Minor Imperfections / Blemishes


[design by dylan christian allread]

The wind, the taxis, the lake, the bikes, the L – Chicago is a city of movement and energy. Wherever you go in this city you’ll most likely see or feel the L flying by. The L is more than a train system for us here – it is Chicagoans Connecting (L)ine – it is our (L)ifestyle. I find no better way to portray Chicago than to use the transit lines of the L as if they were ink.

I hope that you enjoy the design as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have at allread.dylan.c@gmail.com

OR head over to CHICAGO bLOOPrint and pre-order one.

CHICAGO bLOOPrint

The wind, the taxis, the lake, the bikes, the L – Chicago is a city of movement and energy. Wherever you go in this city you’ll most likely see or feel the L flying by. The L is more than a train system for us here – it is Chicagoans Connecting (L)ine – it is our (L)ifestyle. I find no better way to portray Chicago than to use the transit lines of the L as if they were ink.

I hope that you enjoy the design as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Ride on.

Screen Prints  and T-Shirts are available at Chicago bLOOPrint or email allread.dylan.c@gmail.com if interested in reserving one for your wall!

(Design by Dylan Allread)

(chicago loop treasure map)

LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE. Contact allread.dylan.c@gmail.com if interested in purchasing one.

Origin of design: Inspired winter 2010/2011. Two meanings on this sheet…Bluebird Powder Day (skiing / snowboarding; blue sky day after loads of snow) / Powder Outage / Powder to the People; as well as Bluebyrd of Happyness – ain’t shit keeping this bluebird from flying – not even the winter.

Color Scheme: Liked the idea of a two toned hat so used sky blue for behind logo so logo would stand out / pop out but thought a hat of all sky blue would be too much. Thought the royal blue back that matched the blue in the logo would be killer sweet. Black Bill looks good with the two other lighter colors – sky blue wouldn’t quite do it and royal would have looked silly..maybe. Kelly Green underbill gives it liveliness, kind of classic too (old school new era style). Betty in white is just a necessary now with branding on the hats – got to pop out and black would be faded. Black New Era flag.. we want the recognition a New Era hat brings but we don’t want that shit stealing the show – can’t let it pop out too much. Black eyelets provide balance. Overall Forest is a genius, turning my original ideas into unreal productions while also making complimentary additions.

Raised Embroidery: Think the snow on top of the bird being raised would give the logo the best 3D look. Makes it look like bluebird is caked in snow – there’s not much of a better feeling, as a skier and/or snowboarder, than seeing trees with some snow cakes when you wake up in the morning. AND if you’re not a skier or a boarder – odds are you still appreciate a Blue Sky Day.  This Bluebird Flies.

Hope y’all dig!