— Monica Bee :: Words, Writing, Images

There was a time I kept my (naturally long and strong, baby) nails done and my whole self primped and polished for gigs, both the gigs I had regularly, plus the always last minute work that was a staple of the industry and community I worked in. Had to be ready at all times. It […]

via — Monica Bee :: Words, Writing, Images

A Gregorian Calendar Change Thank You Note

Thank you to everyone I danced with and danced for, and to everyone I played music with and played music for. Thank you to my students–those who took my classes or workshops–I learn from you all every time we meet and am honored whenever you walk through the door. Thank you to my teachers–all those whose classes I took–you keep me hungry. Thank you to my family and friends. Thank you to my colleagues for collaboration, occasional commiseration, and for reminding me that we are living the dream. Thank you to those who I sponsored here in San Francisco in workshops and performances. And thank you, so much, to the artists, activists, thinkers, writers, wild ones, and risk takers that have inspired me all year, and will no doubt keep doing so into the next.

May 2015 bring us joy and justice where it is most needed.

May we remember to stay human. And may all our bills be paid.

(Also posted on facebook.)

Introductions: ‘From B-lo to Cali’ or ‘How I fell into this industry’


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The Little Black Egg is a screen printing shop I started with my wife and partner after many years of working for other shops. Following is a bit about my history and experience in this industry and the roundabout way I came to be a shop owner.

PART 1 (Buffalo Origins)

My introduction to the world of screen printing happened when I was a young punk growing up in Buffalo NY and one of the only places that hired us young punks was The New Buffalo Shirt Factory which was on Main St. in Buffalo at the time. 75% of the staff there were musicians! Here’s an older Printwear Magazine Article on NBSF.

My introductory tasks were probably the same as anyone getting a foot in the door at a print shop, folding shirts! NBSF at the time boasted 6 Challenger autos and 3 three long dryers (Eliminators if my…

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