Buy Local Made In USA Art Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 

While Christmas shopping last year I went into several places that sell art, frames, prints, and art supplies. I spoke to several people there who were buying some art. They said the prices were good and they could use the art to decorate their home. I asked if they considered buying from an artist and they all said the prices would be too high?? I informed them about buying American art from American artists. Then about my art, made, painted, done all in America by a local guy, me. My prices went from $10 and up with framed prints at $50 and up. I also have canvas prints from $150 and up. They were surprised. I think the big stores just brain wash people into thinking the art they sell is cheap when most local artists have very reasonable prices. Unique and limited edition art that could increase in value.  I urge each of you reading this to buy local. Buy American art,  buy here in the USA and avoid those cheap prints done in China. We need to support local art. It is reasonably priced, helps the economy and local people.  See my art at the below links and help a local artist in America.
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How To Save Money, Frame Your Print Yourself

After years of selling my art I have learned a few tricks to getting good looking frames at a reasonable cost. Too often clients tell me they love the inexpensive prints I sell but having them framed is expensive. I tell them, ” get the frame first.” Many art and craft stores have seasonal frame sales. Frames come in standard sizes, 8×10 and 11×14, some have mats in them too. I have been able to find 11×14 frames with a mat for as low as $15 on sale at many discount, import, and crafts stores. I also find “postcard size” collage frames 4×6 with one, two, or more places to put a 4×6 print in them. Clients can also use the greeting cards I sell 5×7 as small prints framed with a mat.

First shop for a nice frame knowing what size prints are available, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14. Be sure to know when the sale goes on and look for a frame with a mat. I also get discounted pre-framed prints and remove the store bought print and put in its place my prints. Above is a photo of an off size painting I did for my daughter, framed in a frame I found at a discount store with an existing food print at half price. The painting fits perfect into an existing frame and was $12.

Framing a print need not be costly when you keep in mind to get prints to fit a standard frame. Look for frames first, on sale, then frame your print yourself.

Qui Que, Cajun French for Who Dat! Who Owns “Who Dat”? Friday, Feb 12 2010 

With all the big fuss  in January 2010 with the NFL over who can use “Who Dat” and a fleur de lis on shirts I made a design using Cajun French, “Qui Que” on shirts with a fleur de lis.  Initially the NFL stopped me selling them until the Senator wrote them a long letter and the Governor asked the AG to research the issue. Then the NFL backed off. I was floored as clearly a phrase I made up in bad French could not be a NFL trademark, but initially they claimed any black shirt with a fleur de lis until they were stopped by all the stuff the Sate was about to do, including passing a law over the issue.

How could they own the Fleur De Lis? So I went ahead and copyrighted my Cajun French Who Dat, Qui Que, made a bunch of designs and yes they sell all over the world.
See the newest design here- http://www.zazzle.com/cajun_qui_que_tshirt-235290796494586910

Who owns ‘WHO DAT!”  ????
To continue this “Who Dat” who owns the rights to what dat, a law firm in San Antonio TX now sends out letters claiming another group owns “Who Dat” and has tried to stop the use of any shirt that in any way has anything to do with the phrase.  Seems they think when a common use phrase is registered it is removed fully from the public lexicon. I copyrighted “Que Qui” not to stop others but to stop law firms from sending out nasty letters. I assume as the NFL backed off saying they own the Fleur De Lis this law firm will eventually stop sending those letters out too.
PS- Well seems the Texas Law  firm is sending out a bunch of letters, read this blog too-http://blog.wearyourstory.com/new-orleans/san-antonio-brothers-threaten-to-sue-storyville-claim-to-own-who-dat/ They too received a nasty letter about use of “Who Dat”. And started a campaign to defend ‘Who Dat”
PSS- All over New Orleans again people are up in arms over the two guys in Texas having a law firm send out letters to locals using the phrase “Who Dat”. The local news has carried stories about it and local shops are mounting a ribbon protest to wear to the Monday Night football game. So far all I can do is offer my designs with just a Fleur De Lis but Zazzle allows you to customize on the web so you can add whatever phrase you want, any number, any name to the shirts. I had to remove some because of the claims by others to own the fleu de lis and  the phrases we cheer with. So follow this link, add in whatever you like and Zazzle with print it and ship it direct to you.
Fig Street Studio designs logos. Zazzle custom apparel is created using the latest and most advanced technologies to give you the most complete custom apparel offering on the web! Choose from three different apparel processes, digital printing for small orders with unlimited colors, screen printing for the group t-shirts as low as $2.99/shirt, or custom embroidery for a professional garment with your logo artwork. Zazzle has over 400 styles and colors (including American Apparel), and shirts up to 6XL. If you need  a logo or shirt design e-mail jerry@figstreet.com.
HOW  TO CUSTOMIZE AT ZAZZLE:
Simple click on the yellow customize button and follow the edit text link, type in your changes to add text. Get familiar with it a minute and then you can add most anything to the fleur de lis. Here is a helpful link-http://zazzle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/120

This link is to the lawsuit being held in Baton Rouge, LA over use of “Who Dat”- http://ht.ly/2G8bc

Seems the Texas group was sued locally for sending out the letters and now are defending what they are doing. A resolution to the issue may be on its way from Federal Court in Baton Rouge.

Downloading My Art Off The Web Is Prohibited Sunday, Nov 29 2009 


As a follow up to my blog post about me discovering 2 crafters this month downloading my art off the web I want to mention how I know it was clearly mine. Most of my fine art is signed and a lot of my graphic art shows Fig Street Studio on the image. The ones I do that do not have a name on them have clear marks I put in them. For example my Pontchartrain Beach design above. It is an adaptation of an ad run in a local newspaper in the 1950’s. The original black and white image has a clown face and the words “Fun at Pontchartrain Beach” and in the background a hand drawn image of the Zephyr Roller Coaster. My adaptation has a similar clown face I drew, one of the bigger differences is the hat on mine is different than the original and the background in mine is an old aerial photo cut down to one color matching the clown and in different font “Fun, Pontchartrain Beach”. The other Pontchartrain Beach images are fashioned from clip art and me adding in the words Pontchartrain Beach working the images so I know I did them. Those are not based in any historical image of the beach, but me selecting images to use. Pontchartrain Beach is not a trademark and in the public domain, my art work is my work product and thus copyrighted by me. All of it takes time and thought so the people who just download it without permission and use it on products will get caught and I will sue to stop them.
The issue is not new I ran into it in the past and will do a separate blog on the past incidents. However the reason it has happen recently is due to how Cafe Press is presenting the products I sell through them. They recently re-designed the presentation of the products using a larger un-protected image then in the past. The old images were too small and fell apart after downloading then enlarging them. They were so blurry they could not be used. The new presentation the images are larger and do not fall apart as badly so they reproduce up to 4 inches slightly blurry. Large enough for smaller crafts like fridge magnets. I have e-mailed Cafe Press to alert them my images need to have a water mark or be prevented from downloading like other companies do my art on the web.
The recent discover of my art being wrongfully used is gross as a lot of the images clearly have my name, mark, or Fig Street Studio on them yet were reproduced on products I also sell. Thus the person who took them has no work product or time in those images and sells them less. Selling my hard work in competition with me on products I also sell. Copyright is a lot easier to enforce now and so happens my brother-in-law does that legal work. As I no longer practice law, I gave it up to do art, he is consulted when this happens. I just hope the people who hijack my art realize I do things to clearly know it is mine and I take steps to protect my copyright. If you see my art being sold let me know via e-mail so I can prevent the wrongful taking of my art.

Some information on copyright by Brad Templeton-http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

Tuba Head Travels In Time and Space Friday, Feb 13 2009 

Recently friends asked I make a funny face person who goes all over and visits places for a t-shirt series. I devised “Tuba Man” a tube headed face that carries on its head a Tuba. Why you may ask? Well it fits on the head I drew. Have you ever seen a Marching Band? The tuba players look as if they have a Tuba Head. And the head also carries other things nicely. Llike a fish for Biloxi and chain saws for Friday the 13th, an axe, and more. It is all in fun and makes a comical design for shirts, hats, posters, and magnets. All gifts I sell a lot at Fig Street Studio. Take a look at all the “Tuba Head” cartoon designs at- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/6466390

Cool Kids Clothing Saturday, Feb 7 2009 

Kids clothing is expensive and most kids wear things a month and it is too small. Cool Kids T-Shirts are an easy to get and great for what a child to wear. Inexpensive, fashionable, and can be personalized for your child. Stop in and see the many designs and ask them to make a shirt especially for your child. Cool Kids Clothing at Fig Street Art Studio from New Orleans artists to your child. Cool Kids Clothing


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Mardi Gras Kids Clothing Saturday, Feb 7 2009 

Throw Me Something

Throw Me Something

 

 

Mardi Gras celebrated in Europe for ages was brought to the USA by French and Spanish colonists, the first parade was in Mobile, Alabama, but later New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras on a bigger scale. The current tradition people and families mask or costume in various styles and manners and walk around celebrating the last day before Lent. Fat Tuesday as it is called at times because no more meat to Easter. Children love to dress up for Mardi Gras and over the years we at Fig Street Studio have designed several comical shirts and sweatshirts for infants and kids of all ages see  http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/397084 for the many images found on shirts for Mardi Gras and especially the children’s designs, add a mask and you are all set for Mardi Gras.

GOT BEADS ?

GOT BEADS ?

Lighthouses Remembered Tuesday, Mar 28 2006 

 West End Lighthouse

Hurricane Katrina damaged many buildings in the Greater New Orleans Area of those were the many famous lighthouses. I remember growing up at West End seeing the old lighthouse overlook Lake Pontchartrain in calm and stormy weather, now it lays toppled over. I do have many pictures of the light as I use photographs to paint from but I would love to know if the Historic West End Lighthouse will be repaired. I have other lighthouses on my paintings page linked below.

CAmp St. Light

Camp Street Lighthouse

Manchac Light

Manchac Lighthouse

Fame ! Monday, Mar 20 2006 

JK Schwehm A friend once said when some media outlet reviews your art you will become famous. I assumed that he meant my art was good but lately it seems people just need someone else to tell them that a certain art work is good or worthy of attention. Take the little Christmas Tree Ornament I made this year for my yearly collection. Without my studio I just used some computer graphics and a little creativity to come up with a colorful statement to return and rebuild New Orleans after the storm. It ended up in the newspaper and I sold a few hundred. Generally I like to paint a new New Orleans landmark and add it to the yearly Christmas Ornament collection. A way of introducing people to my paintings using a nice ceramic gift item. I always felt the more people saw my paintings the more I would become a recognized artist. Recognition is my goal, fame may be too dangerous. None of my paintings on ornaments ever got as much recognition as that little ornament after the storm, but because of it I have more people looking at my art. Even sold a few of those, I assume to people who do not need their art validated by a newspaper article. So take some time and look at my art and see if it merits your recognition? Fig Street Studio