May 30, 2008
Born in Detroit, Stanley Miller became known as "Mouse" after illustrating countless notebooks with his signature rodent sketch. After an episode of graffiti mischief got him expelled from high school, he enrolled in Detroit's School for the Society of Arts and Crafts but found the courses uninspiring. Miller found an outlet for his creativity in pin-striping cars and airbrushing designs on posters and t-shirts while he traveled around the country with the hot-rod circuit.
In 1963, he established his own corporation, Mouse Studios, producing a line of decals, posters and t-shirts. Mouse migrated to San Francisco in 1964, where he first met the artists associated with Family Dog, the organization producing dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. Mouse landed a job creating promotional posters for Family Dog. With collaborator Alton Kelley, Mouse experimented broadly with composition, lettering and imagery: Kelley came up with the ideas and Mouse executed the designs. Their work evolved into a characteristic style filled with visual puns that captured the playful, anything-goes spirit of Haight-Ashbury.
Mouse later replaced poster artist Wes Wilson at the Family Dog and, beginning in June of 1966 in collaboration with Alton Kelley, helped to establish the psychedelic style of expression under the name Mouse Studios. This creative team produced a number of striking concert posters over the next two years, incorporating human and commercial images that resonated in the hippie culture: one of the most famous featuring ZigZag cigarette rolling papers and another, the Grateful Dead skull and roses motif.
When the demand for rock posters dropped off in the 1970s, Mouse and Kelley moved on to design rock t-shirts and album covers. Their cover for Steve Miller's album, Book of Dreams, won a Grammy Award in 1977. Although production was limited, Mouse and Kelley's 1978 Blue Rose poster, created to commemorate the closing of the Winterland Arena, is considered a classic from this decade. Mouse currently lives with his wife in Sonoma, California. He has made a career licensing the commercial rights to his rock designs and is establishing his reputation as a fine arts painter.
Mouse's special visit and custom paint session at the Shoebiz Dino shop on San Francisco's Haight Street coincides with the Converse release of the Deadhead sneaker, which will be released by Mouse himself at the Haight Street Fair this June 8th.
Posted by Karen Erfe at 2:11 PM
May 23, 2008
May 20, 2008
Shoebiz in collaboration with Goorin Hat, introduced "1333 Minna Collection" of Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 collection. Less than 150 prs were produced exclusively for Shoebiz. Local San Francisco tatoo artists and designers collaborated in creation of a unique collection of Goorin Brother Hats known as the "1333 Minna". Their design inspired two San Francisco based retail ( Shoebiz) and one of the oldest Hat companies in America ( Goorin Brothers) to collaboratively develope a new concept of fashion shoes and hats based on the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 platform. The "1333 Minna" Onitska shoes and hats will be released at Shoebiz ( 1553 Haight ST, SF) on Friday 05/23/08.
Posted by Karen Erfe at 4:57 PM
May 9, 2008
May 8, 2008
Supra Footwear will be releasing a very limited edition Skytop on Saturday, May 10th. To give you an idea of how limited these are, only 11 retailers in all of the United States will be receiving these Skytops, with 30 pairs being allocated to each shop. The predominantly silver and white shoes called, "413 Silver," will be the first release from a new series of footwear simply titled, "413." The name of this new series derives from Factory 413, which is located in Los Angeles, California. A list of retailers can be seen after the jump for these Skytops set to release on May 10th.
Posted by Karen Erfe at 4:13 PM