Friday, July 30, 2010

New Duds and Doo-dads!

Hey guys and dolls,

This Friday I wanna point out some new merchandise we've gotten in recently. In honor of our upcoming Day of the Dead show in October (30th), we've got some prints and ceramic art by Leila Hijazi of Illustrated Ink...

and some badass, but still gorgeous, jewelry by Lillian Crowe. (This is just a sneak peek, Rebecca'll show you more tomorrow..she discovered this great artist!)

Also, just as a reminder, we're getting geared up for GATL tomorrow, which takes place tomorrow at the Trees Atlanta building in Reynoldstown, with the panel discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fabulous Jen, Maggie and Kelly will be there, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Poketo x Target!

WHOA! Exciting news!!!

Our buds over at Poketo are about to debut a line at Target, August 10th to be exact, so mark your calenders! There's sure to be some rad shopping to be done while you buy your shaving cream and coat hangers.. I mean some of my personal favorite artists are represented by Poketo! Betsy Walton, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Lisa Congdon, Pietari Posti.. Seriously, my August paycheck is about to go bye-bye.

Check out there Lookbook Sneak Peek here!

Rad, huh?? xo, jen

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Red Alert Artist Call! Day of the Dead Show

It may be hot as doodoo but let's not forgot our wailing and gnashing of teeth just a few short months ago as the bitter cold beat us down. Personally, I love summer so much that I will gladly take the heat. Just thinking about the coming Fall then Winter gives me a little shudder.

One event that I know will take the edge off falls right before the Winter madness and that is THE DAY OF THE DEAD SHOW!!!

For those of you who haven't experienced the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition, it is basically a way to honor relatives who have died by devoting several days to their memory. The official holiday is November 2nd and leading up to that day, loved-ones build altars devoted to these relatives. They can be as simple as a photo with flowers or can stretch from floor to ceiling, loaded with all their favorite foods, huge bouquets, candles, and indulgences such as tobacco, chocolate and meth. (joke)

Please help us spread the word about Young Blood's contribution to this beautiful tradition. Our two lovely friends, Shannon Mulkey and Tracy Wagner are helping us organize a group art show where Atlanta artists will have their way with miniature coffins along with a big ass throw-down where we'll all drink, eat and dance our faces off while remembering days gone by with the departed souls in our lives. It's a tradition I admire more than most and I would love to share it with all of you!

Love until death and beyond!


Coffin from 2008 show by Sanithna Phansavanh.
He is the solo artist in our September art show!

Coffin by Mikey Jenkins,
2008 show

Day of the Dead Show

Saturday October 30, 2010 - Sunday November 28th.
Opening party will be Saturday Oct 30th from 7pm-1pm.

The show will consist of 17”(h) x 7”(w) x 4" (d) handmade wooden coffins by local artists. We are providing the coffins, hosting the opening and doing all promotion for the event.

We are asking that each artist contribute $20 for the cost of the coffin and opening expenses. Beyond that, each artist is free to sell their piece for up to $500. Young Blood takes 50% off the top, so please keep that in mind when pricing. Additional coffins can be purchased for $15 & you can make as many as you’d like!

If you participated in the show last year and have left over coffins, you are welcome to use them at no cost, just be sure to let us know so we can include you in the program. We are asking that new artists submit 2 photos of their work.

The deadlines are as follows:

• August 23-
please respond to call for entries and pay for coffins

Please send checks to:
2242 Venetian Drive
Atlanta, GA 30311

or paypal

You can email: to arrange alternate payment.
Once we get a count on how many artists are participating, we’ll email everyone to let you know when the coffins are ready.

• Oct 1- If you are interested in having your coffin photographed for the press release –please email tracy

• Oct 20- coffin deadline – please email tracy for drop off locations

• Oct 30- opening party

• Nov 28– Pick up coffins


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gather Atlanta

Are you wondering what GATL (Gather Atlanta) is?
GATL is a coalition of young creative organizations (MINT Gallery,WonderRoot,, and that puts on an annual conference for emerging creative organizations. The conference is based on a trade show model, with invited organizations hosting tables for with information, demonstrations, etc. The event also includes a panel discussion organized by Jeremy Abernathy of

This year GATL takes place on July 31st at the Trees Atlanta building in Reynoldstown.
The panel discussion, "
Art and the Public Sphere" will begin at 6:30pm and general networking will continue from 8:00pm until 10:00pm!

Be sure to check out Gather Atlanta this year! We'll see you there!
For more info, check our GATL's facebook or website!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Time is running out!

Young blood's July art show, It came from left field, will soon be coming to a close on the 31st. Hurry and come catch its final showing days! The opening night, July 10th, was a huge success. Crowded and busy we promptly served drinks, music, and wonderful art! This show consisted of three artists, Ming Donkey, Jason Baldwin, and Herb Rieth, who all contributed unique and colorful pieces that made the show come to life. Ming Donkey's cluttered corner of the gallery overflows with little rain clouds, flickering television sets, and the blank faces of "worker men". It couldn't have been set up nicer, thanks to the artist who came to the gallery to set it all up himself! Ming Donkey also entertained us by coming to the opening, and mingled graciously with all of the guests who had come to see the show.
Jason Baldwin's mixed media paintings, which included strips from comic books cleverly painted into the pieces, lit up the room with their color. Baldwin also had more mellow, simple paintings. These consisted of soft blues and grays, which balanced out well with his other more colorful pieces.
Herb Rieth's collection was pleasantly unexpected, when he integrated cloth, bottle caps, and ribbon into his paintings. Neon pinks and greens popped off the canvas and quilt-like fabric pieces, illuminating the gallery, and fought skillfully with the more washed away colors of Ming Donkey across the room. Both Rieth and Baldwin expressed a more vivid color aspect, but with the help of Ming Donkey, the three artists work came together beautifully, making the show come to life and pleased both the artists and the viewers.
To see and read more, check out our flickr, and website. Also, Juxtapoz Magazine published an article on the show! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


We have a really awesome show coming up on August 7th and I just wanted to put some teasers out there so you would get as excited as me! We have two artists showing, Atlanta artist Sarah Watts and Michigan artist Ruth Marks. It's going to be an awesome combination of Sarah's illustrations and Ruth's sculptures. And lucky for me one of my favorite beer companys, Terrapin Beer, is a sponsor so we'll have some tasty beverages as well as tasty treats because...King of Pops will be there!! We're hoping for the debut of our Young Blood pop!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

print time!

it's saturday! yay!
i hope everyone's enjoying their weekend!

it's print time!
we have wayy too many wonderful prints for me to list them all, but I've chosen a few of my favorites to share!

charmaine olivia

kinship press

eternal love family

melanie linder

justin richel

pretty little thieves


stop by an see in person!


MINT's 3rd Annual Fundraiser!

Mint Gallery hosts their 3rd annual fundraiser tonight at WonderRoot! Music (starting at 8) will be provided by The Back Pockets, Roman Photos, Social Studies, Buffalo Bangers, and Muleskinner MacQueen. PonyUp! will be bringing vintage clothes, and don't forget to check out the Magical Merlin photo booth. Silent auction winners will be able to take their new pieces home, from artists Sam Parker, Jason Travis, Harold McNaron, Nikita Gale, and more.

Support our friends at Mint and come out! For more info, check out their blog and Facebook event page. See you there!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Into the Wild

The past couple of days I've had the privilege of hosting two of my favorite people in the world who came to Atlanta to visit and share in mini-adventures with me. On Wednesday, after dealing with a little incident in the parking lot (other party's fault) of Whole Foods and waiting outside for the police for what felt like forever, the three of us went trekking in Cochran Mill Park where we saw a Momma and baby bird right on the ground--momma threatened and tittered at us--, little toads hopping across the trail, and in the "nature center"area, a huge iguana and a blinking owl. It was hot as the dickens, but still so nice to get to spend some time outside of the concrete jungle for a few hours.

Speaking of which, we just got in some new owl prints and magnets by Adrienne Vita out of Portland,
and new jewelry by Jessie Williams of Edge of Urge (their photo obviously).

But since I still gotta put the latter out, this post had to be quick! Have a good weekend, guys and dolls!


Thursday, July 22, 2010


Hello all! Couple of fun things happening within the next couple days that are definitely worth checking out! First off, lets start with Friday!

Well, last Friday was the beginning of Free Art Friday. I'm super excited about this! What a fun way of raising awareness of local art, encouraging more people to get involved and make art, and exploring the local neighborhoods, hopefully by walking. Anyways, the gist of how it works is that you follow FAFATL on Twitter or Facebook and bright and early on Friday morning hints will be posted as to locations of where free art is hung! Finders keepers! You figure out where it is first and come armed to dismember it from it's hanging place.. and it's yours! Get ready to make and take! AND if you are interested in being a FAFATL artist, contact them via Facebook! Here's the first freebie from last week.. awesome right? Kenn TwoFour killed it!

Moving on to Saturday!

Be sure to hit up Harrison Keys' solo show, 'Pressure Luck', at Get This Gallery sponsored by PBR!

"The show will be comprised of mixed media drawings rendered in Keys’ signature illustrative style. This is Harrison’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in the 11th St. / Midtown-West location.

Harrison Keys’ persona is imaginative, introspective, mysterious, and secretive. A deft draftsman in his own right, the drawings evoke the innocent coyness of classic children’s book illustrations. He is also a wordsmith, and the text that accompanies his drawings is injected with cryptic adult humor and wordplay. His drawings are nothing short of seductive, as the images have a pop surrealist sentiment that is largely playful, and at times cynical."

See you there!

xo, jen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

happy wednesday!

good evening ladies and gents.

this past week i got to spend a little time in the lovely amelia island!

it was a very lucky time, because

1. i got to go swimming in the ocean at night
2. one day, when i was trying to body surf (do. not. body. surf.), the giant-ass wave spun me around and made me choke on 5000 gallons of ocean water and i thought i was literally dying.
but i was victorious! and here to blog another day!

a cool thing about being away from the store for a couple of extra days, is when you get back everything looks different. we're constantly getting wonderful new things and it's refreshing to work in such a creative and dynamic space!

when i got to the store i immediately noticed our newest jewelry.

is kylie earlene grater of lawrence, kansas

and she is my earring queen.
i love so many of her things, but if i began showing the rings, (..sigh..) or the necklaces and bracelets, we'd be here all night, so i'll focus on just the earrings for now!

take a look at these lovelies.
(make sure to come in and see her pieces! they are b-e-a-utiful!)

earring dash

antler tip earring

bone earring

engraved wood ring earring

and look at these quartz studs. they're perfect! (and, not surprisingly, sold out)

stop by and see for yourself.

i hope everyone is having a good week!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Culture Shock!

I've been working on a project the last couple of weeks for one of the "Culture Shock" events at the High Museum of Art. My good Friend Shannon Mulkey of I.C.E and I love Patina has organized this awesome fashion show of artists to open the new DALI exhibit opening up in August at the High. She has made blank dresses made out of canvas and each artist gets to do our artsy thing on them! It's been really fun so far and can't wait to see what all everyone has come up with.

Philippe Halsman, Dalí's Mustache, 1953. © Philippe Halsman Archive Salvador Dalís Right of Publicity Reserved by Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

The Even is August 7th. We also have an opening at YB that night so come by early and then check out the show at the High at 10 pm!

The dresses will be auctioned off the night of the event to benefit future Culture shock programing.

So Real . . . Surreal Soiree
August 7, 2010, 8-11:59 p.m.
High Museum of Art
$15, members $10. Proceeds support programming at the High.

We invite you to walk a mile in Dalí's shoes and to dip a toe into the bubbling waters of his bizarre mind at our Dalí-inspired soiree.

-A phunky photo booth by
-Flamenco guitarist, Witold Tulodziecki.
-A jewelry trunk show by Ashley Buchanan.
-Face painting

A wearable art fashion show with contributions from the Atlanta artists listed below:

Grant Henry
Courtney McClellan
Andy Moon Wilson
Lucha Rodriguez
Cooper Sanchez
Jessica Swift
Kelly Teasley
HC Warner
Kenn Twofour

Xo Kelly

Friday, July 16, 2010

Painting your City

Hey friends,

As a local and independent business, Young Blood is all about supporting the arts, and encouraging you to create some of your own. Check out this article from Purge ATL which covers our etsy craft party from June, and discusses a little of the indie craft movement that's slowly but surely growing here in Atlanta and nationwide.

I totally grabbed this photo (from our etsy party) from Purge's site. Hope they're cool with that!

From purge again, here's an awesome review of Steve Dixey's work and some of the thought process behind it. I first Saw Steve's work at Beep Beep last year, and he had an awesome show here at Young Blood along with Ken TwoFour and Stevnik Mostrom a few months ago.

Finally, if you're still procrastinating (ahem, researching) on the internet, read this fantastically well-written article by Cheree Franco about Atlanta's upcoming Living Walls event August 13-15. It really got me excited!

Some work by Gaia, one of the artists who'll be participating in Living Walls.

Hope that got some of your creative juices flowin'.
Later alligators!,


Thursday, July 15, 2010


Thanks Creative Loafing for the little shoutout and review of the Ponce Art Crew's (yours truly, Beep Beep, and Kibbee!) openings this past weekend! We're always a fan of sweet words.. hehe.. and it's so awesome that we can share the vicinity of our digs with other amazing spaces and people!

If you haven't read it yet.. Check it out here! Ming was such a multi-talented, awesome dude at the opening.. he is totally deserving of the praise he got!

But seriously, if you haven't seen Born/Michi's show at Beep Beep and Winsome Want at Kibbee.. Better hurry and get on it!!

AND on the topic of favorite spaces.. We hope to see everyone at Mint Gallery's Fundraiser. It's super important to support your local business and keep Atlanta's culture flowin..and Mint is non-profit, remember!

ps.. this is also a part of the Ponce Crew.. Sorry I didn't mention that earlier :)

xo, jen

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

VOTE FOR YB! Creative Loafing's Best Of Atlanta 2010

It's almost time for the annual Best of Atlanta edition of the Creative Loafing and who are we kidding???

Here is your chance to vote for all your favorite local Atlanta businesses!

Mint Gallery compiled a super cool voter guide that we love and want to pass along. DISCLAIMER: We added Young Blood to a couple categories that they didn't...WAIL??? Can you blame us? (Thanks, Mint!)

Howdy MINTers,

A huge thank you to Ben Goldman for his excellent job curating "America". The exhibit is up until August 1st so come check it out!

I'm sure many of you know that it's that time again. Yep, voting for Best of Atlanta has commenced. If you're having any trouble filling in your answers, here are a few recommendations.

Neighborhood for the Arts: Poncey Highlands (Beep Beep, Kibbee, Young Blood)
Advocate for the Arts: WonderRoot
Public Art Event: Gather Atlanta (we know it hasn't happened yet. Just trust us)
Art Party: BurnAway's Lot and Parcel Fundraiser
Gallery: Beep Beep Gallery,
Young Blood Gallery
Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists: MINT

Underground Art Space: MINT
Art Exhibit in a Gallery: Here We Hide (Sam Parker, Joe Tsambiras and The Paper Twins)
Local Arts Blog: ThoughtMarker, Young Blood
Local Label: Rock Science Records (formerly Walk to Run)
Local Boutique: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique
Vintage Clothing: Southern Dropout Trunk Shows
Place to Score Affordable Art: MINT, Young Blood
Local Place to buy Indie Crafts: Young Blood Gallery & Boutique

Voting ends July 31st so get a move on!

We lub yous!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Hey just wanted to do a quick blast since there are a couple of really cool events coming up that everyone should get prepared for!

Gather Atlanta
The First is...

The Second Annual Emerging Creatives Conference
July 31, 2010 at TREES ATLANTA

Continuing the dialogue amongst emerging creative
organizations in the metro Atlanta area, GATHER ATLANTA is back for the Second Annual
Creatives Conference to be held Saturday July 31st, at Trees Atlanta from 6:30-10pm.
Presented by BURNAWAY, MINT, ThoughtMarker and WonderRoot, GATHER ATLANTA
2010 is a conference promoting and facilitating collaboration between Atlanta’s independent and
emerging galleries, creative collectives and non-profits.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network, learn about a cross section of visual and
performing arts groups, discover new cultural offerings and learn how they can support their local artists as well as metro Atlanta creative industries through volunteerism and active participation.

In addition to these opportunities, there will also be a panel discussion, curated by Jeremy
Abernathy of BURNAWAY focusing on the topic of “Art and the Public Sphere”.
"Enthusiasm for Gather Atlanta is a testament to the increasing energy amongst Atlanta's
emerging arts initiatives,” says Chris Appleton of WonderRoot, “ Among others, the groups
participating in Gather Atlanta are the next generation of arts leaders in Atlanta. WonderRoot is
excited to be part of this effort which provides a platform for these organizations to begin
conversations about how we can all work together for a stronger arts infrastructure."
Participants include: BURNAWAY, MINT, WonderRoot, ThoughMarker, Beep Beep Gallery,
YoungBlood Gallery and Boutique, Kibbee Gallery, Eyedrum, B-Complex, The Photographer's
Print Studio, Plaza Theatre, Relapse Theatre, PushPush Theater, Out of Hand Theater, Twinhead Theatre, ASIFA-Atlanta, WE Design, Wren's Nest, i45, Westside Arts District, MondoHomo, SAAS, Dashboard Co-Op, Purge ATL, The Avant Guardian, Picaflor Studios, Railroad Earth, Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio

When: July 31st, 2010, 6:30pm panel discussion about ART & THE PUBLIC SPHERE, 8pm
Where: Trees Atlanta, 225 Chester Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316, 404-522-4097
Price: FREE!
Age: All ages

The Second...

The Living Walls Conference
Aug 13-15th

Check out their site for a list of activities and really awesome artists that are involved from all around the world!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010



it's showtime! the gallery is hung and it looks fantastic!

get your booties over here for

it came from left field

with works by ming donkey, herbert rieth III, and jason baldwin!


here's a sneak peek!

see you soon!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Hey doodlebugs,

This one is gonna be a quickie, but I wanted to show you guys and dolls some new stuff we've gotten in the shop recently.

As we've expanded the jewelry section recently, we of course have new pieces in for your wearable pleasure. Betsy and Iya have some great chain earrings and necklaces that came in not too long ago.

If this necklace wasn't cool enough, inside is a metal letter that says "I love you".

Also, Ming (one of our artists in the show tomorrow night) has been working diligently all day on one hell of an exhibition, so be sure to come by and check it out. Opening is at 7 tomorrow night!
See you kids there,