OVERCUP BLOG — The Tall Trees of Portland

"Tall Trees" Artist Update! Bradley Delay Talks Art and Tattoos

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"Tall Trees" Artist Update! Bradley Delay Talks Art and Tattoos

We at Overcup Press get (understandably) attached to the books we put out. Since publishing Matt Wagner’s Tall Trees of Portland, a luxurious art book showcasing dozens of artists living and working in Portland, Oregon, we started thinking: just how were these artists faring in the biggish city since the book’s publication in 2014? I had the great pleasure recently to answer this question with fine artist and tattooer Bradley Delay, one of the featured artists and an all-around great person. We talked about painting, tattoos, and everything in between. The interview has been shortened and edited for brevity. Keely:...

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Happy Birthday to Us! Overcup Press Turns Six

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Happy Birthday to Us! Overcup Press Turns Six

Break out the bubbly, because it’s our birthday! May 17, 2010 marked the day Overcup became an official press! And what better way to celebrate than to take a look back on where Overcup began with the press’s key players. I asked founder/editor Patrick McDonald, co-founder Rachel Bell, and marketing associate Poppy Milliken some questions about what it takes to keep Overcup ticking. Rachel and Pat show off their books at Wordstock 2015 (photo credit Liz Crain) How did you guys first get into publishing? PAT: It was an extension of the work I did at Ooligan Press at PSU,...

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Of Sabers and Pairings: The Eclectic Wine Scene of Portland, Oregon

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Of Sabers and Pairings: The Eclectic Wine Scene of Portland, Oregon

At the recent launch party for Matt Wagner’s Tall Trees of Paris at Gigantic Brewing (a great success, by the way!) we were honored by not one but TWO of Portland’s premier champagne sabreurs: Michael Ecker and Christopher Graham. Champagne sabering, or sabrage, is a delightfully ostentatious technique for opening a bottle of champagne with—you guessed it—a saber! Sabering dates back to Napoleonic times, but artisans like Michael and Christopher are carrying on the legacy with panache. You can see a snippet of Michael in action here.Michael embarked on the path to mastery at his wedding, where an official champagne...

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Antler Last Thursday show featuring Susannah Kelly, Jon MacNair, & Morgaine Faye

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Antler Last Thursday show featuring Susannah Kelly, Jon MacNair, & Morgaine Faye

For a smaller city, Portland Oregon has a fairly active arts scene. The tradition of First Thursday began back in 1986 and has grown into a full fledged monthly art affair with spin off events like Last Thursday on Alberta (now in its 19th season). Tucked up in the 27th block of NE Alberta, Antler Gallery has been showcasing local artists since 2012. Founded by Susannah Kelly and Neil Perry, the gallery is dedicated to keeping the Alberta Arts District alive and well. We have a special affection for Susannah and a number of the artists represented by the gallery, as...

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Five Women Artists To Watch This Year

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Five Women Artists To Watch This Year

Quick, name five artists. For most people with even a cursory arts education, five artists should come relatively easy. For those with a more intense fine arts education, you can probably name at least five artists just from one period in art history. Do you have your five? Okay, so how many of them are women? Probably none of them. As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, we’re reminded of just how often the contributions of women get pushed to the background.   In an effort to bring the conversation back to the enormous contributions women have made to...

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