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On May 27, 2012 fiftyseven-thirtythree turned 5 years old! We’re very proud of the hard work and diligence we put into everything, but we would be nothing without you guys!  So. as a thank you, for all of your support, we are having a HUGE SALE!

On Monday, June 4th, starting at 12:05 pm pst, we will be rotating styles on sale for an hour, every 5 minutes after the hour. All selected styles will be 40% OFF on our website, fiftyseven-thirtythree.com!

For example, at 12:05 pm pst, we will announce, all Ambition items will be 40% off for 1 hour.  For the next hour, it is your chance to purchase anything “Ambition” till 1:04:59, because at 1:05 pm pst, a new style, maybe “Protection” will be 40%.  This will continue for the rest of the day.

In closing, we here, at fiftyseven-thirtythree, would like to thank everyone for their constant support.  We wouldn’t exist without you.

So let all of your friends know, next Monday is going to be a big day!

It’s starting to get sunny outside again and we’re excited about that!  Not only are we getting a little pale, but we’ve been stuck inside the warehouse working on ton’s of new projects and now we can’t wait to show you!

The first festival of the season is definitely one of our favorites, 2012 Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival!  The festival will take place two consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 and April 21-22.  The festival is full of great: music, dancing, food, and art! Best part, MOST of it is FREE! 

The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place near and around the Japan Center on Post and Buchanan Streets, in San Francisco. Come say WHATTUP to fiftyseven-thirtythree!

via Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — I see them everywhere these days. QR Codes have become a staple the world over, in large advertisements and small handouts in multiple countries. They don’t always make sense, but it’s impossible to deny their ubiquity.

The one place I rarely see them is on street art and murals. The new QR_Stenciler, a Processing-based application developed by F.A.T. Labs, now makes it easy. The downloadable software takes a standard QR code and turns it into a PDF that can then be manipulated and edited for a laser cutter.

Why not just fire up Illustrator and make your own QR codes? F.A.T. Labs pointed to a post by Fred Trotteridentifying part of the issue:

But what is the problem with a QR code stencil? In a word, islands. In order to make a stencil with, say, photo paper (which would otherwise be a great technique), you need a way to address bits that the stencil needs to block, that are not physically connected to the rest of the stencil. Its easier to show than explain.

The QR_Stenciler side steps this with hair-thin cuts that hold the islands in place while allowing you to easily spray paint the entire area.

It’s not clear yet whether QR codes are here to stay, or if they’re a growing trend of that will be replaced one day by near field communications or RFID.  But unlike the latter, QR codes remain very much physical, and therefore a great tool for artists.

This Friday, make sure to come out to the always poppin’ Friday Art Murmur in Oakland.  The new cafe in town, Telegraph, is showing work, from an impressive lineup of street artists representing the Bay Area: FILTHGRIME, D YOUNG V, EDDIE COLLA, & HUGH LEEMAN.  Some of the best in the game!  Telegraph is located at 2318 Telegraph Avenue (The old Mama Buzz space).  The showing will be from 6p-10p  on Friday and will run through February 29th.  Click on the flyer for more info, or click here.

You probably shouldn’t miss this.

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