Come and experience creativity in community, soak in the Tiki lifestyle, and learn and create with various styles of typography—through letterpress, calligraphy, chalk, and spray paint. The next CONTENT LAB, “Tiki & Typography,” will be September 17, 7pm-10pm at the Blanco Square at San Pedro Square.
Mark Holt is a rum connoisseur, cocktail enthusiast, and lover of all things Tiki. Some of Mark’s cocktail credentials include being the second person to obtain Master status in Smuggler’s Cove’s Rumbustation Society and being the second person to complete Forbidden Island’s Kill Devil list. Also, even though he does not live anywhere near Portland, he has completed Hale Pele’s Fire Drinkers list. Mark is the founder and current president of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, founder of the annual South San Francisco Bay Area Home Tiki Bar Crawl, and host of the annual Tikipalooza weekender in NorCal. Mark is also an avid Tiki mug collector with over 800 Tiki mugs and bowls in his collection. His living room is a Tiki bar built by the infamous Tiki builder Bamboo Ben, with some additions by local San Jose Tiki builder Notch.
Christine Benjamin is a painter, illustrator, and doll artist who creates her own universe filled with robots, Tiki gods, sock monkeys, skeletons, aliens, monsters, funky people, and animals. She loves watching weird, old science fiction and monster movies and reading obscure books and underground comics. She received a degree in illustration and graphic design from San Jose State University and, after graduating, did freelance illustration and graphics for companies such as Yahoo!, Hitachi, Apple, and Hasbro. She teaches private art lessons in her home studio. She also curates many art shows in the Bay Area and creates custom commissioned pieces and murals. Christine’s work is shown in galleries in the Bay Area, Southern California, Midwest, East Coast, Canada, and Hawaii. Christine has a love for all things Tiki, monsters, and mid-century. She hosts Tiki parties and events in her home Tiki bar and shows her art at Tiki events such as Tiki Oasis, Ohana Luau at the Lake, and Tiki Caliente. She lives in San Jose with her husband, teenage son, and her little dog Mr. Bon Bon.
Joe Miller is a designer and design educator. He is principal of joe miller’s company, a design office in Santa Clara, and since 1988 has been a member of the graphic design faculty at San José State University. Joe has also been a designer at Atari and a senior designer at the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Joe’s work in design has been published in 67 books and periodicals, has received 126 regional to international awards, and has been included in exhibitions nationwide, and his typographic art has received regional acclaim. A leader in design and art communities, Joe is President of Works/San José, and is on the Boards of Directors of AIGA SF and Poetry Center San José.
Do-Hee Kim is a San Francisco-based designer and a firm believer in labors of love. When she’s not at her full-time job as a designer at e-commerce start-up True&Co., she can be found working on one of her many personal projects (with varying levels of commitment). Since finishing “100 Days of Fonts,” her focus has been on making it easier for urban professionals to discover and explore their creative interests.
Jorge Cruz was born and raised in San Francisco and spent his youth exploring the Bay Area and drawing inspiration from the details around him. His inspiration was struck by anything, anywhere—but letters had always been an obsession. After finishing a degree in Graphic Design, he had accomplished another layer of artistry, and at the same time, his appreciation for the simplicity of pen on paper grew. Soon, he was merging his graphic design skills with his old forte of hand-illustrated drawings, and he was taking on projects big and small to exact his skills. At Tiki & Typography, he will share his new font project, as well as the art of chalk painting.
Ken Davis is a sign painter from the Bay Area that strictly creates his type by hand. Originally taught the craft by Damon Styer and Josh Luke from New Bohemia Signs, he has since branched off onto his own, creating hand-drawn and hand-painted work worldwide for small and large businesses alike.
Nickki Honeycutt of Amore Paper and Ink lives in Northern California with her two black labs, Bentley and Molly, and is a proud mom of three kids and two stepdaughters. Nickki has been practicing the art of calligraphy most of her life. She has a passion for letters, paper, ink, and handmade things, and she feels something handwritten or homemade is more beautiful than anything a computer can create. It never gets old to see someone’s face light up when they receive a beautiful card or invitation handwritten in calligraphy. Calligraphy for an event, wedding, poem, etc. gives an added “wow” factor that a label can’t give. Always improving upon her craft, Nickki attends workshops, takes individual classes with a teacher, and studies online. She is currently studying with James Fazz and Paola Robbes in Italy who have become not only mentors, but great friends. She is a member of the Friends of Calligraphy Guild and the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH). For those interested in learning calligraphy, Nickki teaches “Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy” classes at Paper Source (at Santana Row).
Jason Mark Jones
Jason Mark Jones is a product designer and typographer. Born and raised in Santa Rosa, he is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Graphic Communication. He is a self-taught typeface designer that is heavily influenced by industrial geometry, a retro aesthetic, and quirky forms. His fonts are available on MyFonts, Veer, and Lost Type. His work has been used by Starbucks, McDonalds, Target, Arrested Development, and Land of Nod. He currently lives and works in the Bay Area with his beautiful wife and their three sons.
San Jose Printers’ Guild
Matt Kelsey, Katie Carter, and Katie Hoffman represent the San Jose Printers’ Guild, which operates the letterpress print shop at History Park. Matt operates a one-man commercial letterpress shop, as well as doing creative typographical work under the Camino Press imprint. Katie Carter prints under the banner of Fishwalking Press in Santa Clara. Katie Hoffman is a graphic designer and letterpress printer. She is the proprietor of Fortissima Press in San Jose.
Yori Seeger and Dana Harris Seeger
Yori Seeger and Dana Harris Seeger founded The School of Visual Philosophy in 2013. Both have formal training in fine art, Yori in sculpture and Dana in printmaking. Their philosophy is that art is a central part of life, and artists should be the most well-educated and creative thinkers in society. Yori and Dana believe artmaking is a skill and a way of being, thinking, and interacting with the world. The School of Visual Philosophy is an 8500-square-foot studio that is dedicated to creating, learning, and advancing art in Silicon Valley. There, Yori and Dana host courses, workshops, and events focused on connecting artists with their surrounding community.
In addition to the above creatives, Tiki & Typography will also feature Sean Boyles, work from Cukui, a vintage clothing collection by Armando Garay, and Syrus Fotovat from Paper Plane mixing traditional Tiki drinks.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: Knight Foundation, Blanco Square, Hawaiian Poke Bowl, The Bartenders Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, Denizen Rum, Mach 7 Sound, San Jose Jazz, and CreaTV. Thank you also to The Arsenal for sourcing and providing all of the art supplies for this event.