I see BIG things…

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If you follow my instagram feed you’ve probably been wondering what is up with all the GREAT BIG GIANT cardboard things lately. Well, let me tell you! It’s so exciting and it’s really in the early stages so things could change a lot over the next year but I’m involved in a new start-up company called Metta Prints. They print anything and everything in large format and they cut them out with a giant robot. It’s pretty cool. I think we’re going to make a little movie about the process eventually.

Usually people blow up photos of their kids for birthday parties or life-size cardboard cut-outs of Justin Beiber or giant flowers for their walls…but they’ve partnered with me to blow up graphics. SAJ graphics! You know me, I’m all about the cardboard. We’ve been making all kinds of things.

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Giant Eiffel Towers, giant ampersands… Yes, Secret Agent Josephine in Paris is supposed to come out this fall. I’m going to make a giant SAJ character next and hide her behind doors and freak everyone out. It’s going to be so much fun.

Basically right now I am helping Metta Prints build their website so we are making things and photographing them. The site works but it’s very much in beta stage right now. If you want something big, like really really big, just hit me up. I can make it happen for you. Eventually we are going to have contests and giveaways and all kinds of fun things. There’s talk of a Build Your Own Monster interface. How fun would that be?!! We might make furniture and giant cardboard castles. Who knows…the sky’s the limit. Actually, I think eight feet is the limit but that’s plenty big enough for me!

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If you are a photographer and you are looking for props or maybe you’re having a family reunion and you need a giant cut-out of the family name you might want to keep Metta Prints in mind. Email me. Wouldn’t a giant ampersand be the cutest thing for engagement photos?

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You think on that and I’ll go drink my BIG GIANT COFFEE and wait for you.

Down Town Santa Ana

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A while back I met my new friend Teri Bickley to talk about the redesign of this site. We decided to meet up in my favorite coffee shop in Downtown Santa Ana’s Historic District, except I hadn’t ever actually been to that coffee shop in Santa Ana. I go to the one in Costa Mesa all the time. I guess I’d been there a long long long time ago when they first started doing the Art Walks. I always meant to get back there but I never did. This time I took Bug with me and after our meeting we walked around downtown admiring the old architecture and local flavor. I love old towns.

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And of course I love The Gypsy Den. I’ve been going there since way back in the day. In fact I think I might have gotten my turquoise gallery wall inspiration from The Gypsy Den. I’ve always loved their walls packed with oil paintings and old rugs. It’s musty and dusty but oh so charming. You just want to curl up with a foamy latte and read a slam book or something.

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The little downtown is so cute. I know the revitalizing of that area has had lots of ups and downs and I’m not even going to comment on it but I do love it. The colors, the old buildings. It’s a perfect place to take a stroll on a sunny day.

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The artist studios weren’t as inviting as I’d hoped they were. Most of them were vacant. I hear they are hopping at night.

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I love the iron work and curlyques everywhere.

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And the local flavor is kind of cool too. I kinda want a badass bike from Janet’s Bike Shop.