Sep 28th 2012 | Posted in: Blog 0
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Stephanie and I compare the names on our jumpsuits; she’s clearly wearing mine.

In the spirit of friendly competition among design studios in Vancouver, our crew at Tugboat Group challenged Mark Busse’s team at Industrial Brand to a paintball challenge. Last Saturday we met at Tsawwassen Paintball to meet our fate. In order to get the teams to decent sizes, both teams had to call in for some backup. On the Tugboat side, we pulled in a few ex-staffers and suppliers, and Industrial Brand pulled in some friends and their team of web programmers.

I’d say we were fairly matched, both having some females on each team to keep the testosterone in check. The fall weather was perfect for playing in; we weren’t sweating our pants off in our layers of protective gear, and the paintballs weren’t too cold (equals hurts more) so playing the whole day was a great distraction from whatever else we would have been doing that Saturday. We took beer breaks in the middle and end of day to get to know each other from the other teams.

I think in the end, we called the competition a ‘draw’, neither one of us standing a true victor. New frenemies were made, and we have a new found respect for those on the other team that we go into battle head-to-head in the real world for design projects on a regular basis.

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Stephanie was very ready for war.

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The Tugboat Group team lines up for the next game… We lined up, and a few of us were given a tap on the shoulder by one of the game marshals; that meant that those tapped would go rogue against their own team when instructed. You didn’t know who you could trust.


Aug 8th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0
The 4lb Summer Nights Cherries export box, flying off the shelves at supermarkets from BC to Ontario, and all the way to India. This smaller export box is printed full colour on white card stock. Click the photos to see a larger version.

The 4lb Summer Nights Cherries export box, flying off the shelves at supermarkets from BC to Ontario, and all the way to India. This smaller export box is printed full colour on white card stock. Click the photos to see a larger version.

One of the projects I’ve been working on at Tugboat Group since late January of this year is designing and producing an array of deliverables for Jind Fruit Co. Last year Tugboat re-branded the Osoyoos, BC based fruit grower, designed and built their website, and this year the push has been to get all the packaging designed, printed and delivered to the orchard before the fruit comes off the trees. There’s been a team of us creating the clamshell labels, bags, and many boxes for the complete line of Jind Fruit Co.’s product line which includes Summer Nights™ Cherries, Summer Love™ Peaches, Summer Fling™ Select Fruit (nectarines, apricots, Italian prune plums and grapes) and Summer Breeze™ Apples.

A couple of weeks ago the Summer Nights Cherries samples started arriving at the office, filled with hundreds of pounds of the tasty little things. I quickly shot these pictures on my iPhone and will shoot them better on my real camera later on, but just wanted to share some of these first looks at the new boxes. The old-fashioned looking boxes (the faded looking ones printed on the craft paper stock) were a challenge to print – they are not printed using the standard CMYK inks, but rather using a special technique called ChromaPak, where the images and graphics are split into different colours and use a special ink that’s custom-made to work better with the craft paper. There was a bit of a learning curve to this technique, and each image required special work to make them look like they do. Our printers really had their work cut out for them on these boxes.


Jul 27th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

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With the cherry season going into full swing, our client Jind Fruit needed imagery for its Summer Nights Cherries social networks. One night Katie brought home some ceramic fruit baskets from Anthropologie, and I thought they’d look great in a photo. Believe it or not, this top photo isn’t even styled. We had just finished dinner, I moved our plates out of frame, put the cherries in the baskets, and banged off a few shots. The flowers were already in place, and our new deck is in full swing, making a perfect background.

We also had just bought a Zoku Quick Pop Maker (makes popsicles in 7 minutes!), and Katie wasted no time trying out recipes with the 22.5lbs of cherries that I brought home. This popsicle was made from fresh Dark Red Sweet cherries, and if that doesn’t say “What Summer Tastes Like”, I don’t know what does. The 4lb box export box we designed is in the background.

These ice pops were made from Rainer cherries and apple juice. They taste WAY better than they look in the photo. This photo went out via my personal Twitter account (via Instagram) and then RT’d (retweeted) for a more authentic, unbranded share.

You can see all the final Jind Fruit Co. packaging I designed here (as well as photos of the samples here) which includes a little bit of background on the technical challenges we faced when designing the craft packaging for Jind.


Jul 4th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

The wedding of Murray Hoyt and Pati Teed on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at the Salmon Federation Interpretation Centre in St. Andrews, NB. Click the photos for larger previews – and use the right/left arrows to scroll through the slideshow.

This is just the first selections of photos from Murray and Pati’s great day… Many more family and friends photos are available to view at the link below.

Feel free to share the link to these photos with your friends and family, as this is probably the easiest way to share these photos. To download the photos to your computer, you should be able to right-click and ‘save as…’ to your drive (or you can drag and drop from the web browser to your desktop).

UPDATE: July 23 – I’ve uploaded 68 photos from the wedding to my Google gallery for you to view and share. Click the link where you can view the photos, and leave comments there if you’d like.



Jul 4th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Photography 0
Chris Young 1-footed table on the wedge quarter at Ron Mercer's Woodyard backyard ramp.

Photo shot by Paul at Click the photo to see a larger version.

I’ve been trying to get out and ride Ron Mercer’s backyard paradise, the ‘Woodyard’ whenever I get a chance. It is absolutely amazing, and one of the only opportunities to ride a wood ramp anywhere in the Lower Mainland – your only options are concrete or dirt, so this really is something to see. Here’s an overview photo of the ramp from on top of that wedge quarterpipe. This ramp has pretty much every kind of element on it including the new 9-foot bowled-out corners and hip on it. Scary, but super fun.

You can see the full story on the blog here.



Apr 11th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, BMX, Writing 0

This is an editorial I wrote in late 1991, and much to my surprise, was published in the February 1992 issue of Go Magazine. I was originally just going to run this little story in my ‘zine, SToKe, but I was feeling the vibe of the story, and thought I’d send it over to the guys at Go Magazine and see what happens. About 6 months before I’d sent the magazine editor a photo I shot from a contest I went to in New York City. They ran that photo in the news section of the magazine (you can see that below) and that kinda blew me away. I figured if they didn’t run my story, I’d just use it in my ‘zine, so I really had nothing to lose. I was pretty shocked a few months later when the magazine hit the newsstands – and there was my piece in the coveted magazine editorial intro space. Holy shit! This completely blew my mind.

I posted this story on the Chase BMX Magazine website back on Jan. 11, 2001 – it seems so, so long ago. And to put that into perspective, two days before I put that on the website, we broke the news that Ruben Alcantara had just signed with MacNeil. Wow. Here’s the post of what I actually put up – this time I was digging through digital archives when I came across this, and thought I should probably archive it on my site. We’re packing up the house, moving into a townhome we just bought, so looks like I’m moving those several boxes of old BMX magazines one more time.  (more…)

Apr 8th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

A moody photo I shot of Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park one evening in February. I was running around shooting photos for my nephew’s ‘Flat Stanley’ class project, and happened to catch sundown on this moody weather day. Just happened to catch this very blue-cast lighting at the right time, and I like the feel of it because it was definitely a ‘blue Februray day’ in Vancouver. Click to see it larger.



Apr 8th 2012 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

I suppose Instagram is making my iPhoto dumps obsolete… Even on Twitter I pretty much just posted photos anyway (nobody needs to hear my ramblings), so this is kind of a ‘best of’ throughout the month.

  • A foggy evening of snowboarding on Cypress Mountain.
  • Snack Day at work, strawberry & chocolate ganache dusted with chocolate powder – you can see the full archive of snack day pics at #snackdaywed
  • Another amazing snow day at Cypress Mountain. Katie’s in this picture off to the right, but you can’t see her for the trees.
  • Random rusty stuff hanging on a red wall.
  • Small Claims Court in Vancouver. I’d rather not have been there, but sometimes it’s the only way to get a client (now ex-client, of course) to pay.
  • Another photo from the ‘trash spot’ in our alley behind work. Almost every day there’s a new gem there. An almost brand new Fisher-Price style barn toy was the find of the day.
  • Passing through Gastown one rainy evening, and the lights were looking so nice. This photo got a bit of a treatment, making a pretty crap photo something a little more interesting.
  • Spent a few days in February furniture shopping looking for ideas for our new place. Stoked to buy some new stuff for this place.
  • Looking across to Black Mountain from ‘Top Gun’ on Mt Strachan at Cypress Mountain. We came down the closed run with nothing other than the moonlight and headlights. We stopped to take a look over at the other side of the mountain on this foggy night. It was a pretty epic powder night, and it’s amazing to blast down the run in the dark.


Listening to:
Red Kross – Neurotica
Lungfish – Necrophones
Low – Long Division
Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
The Saints – Know Your Product
Sparkmarker – Products and Accessories
The Raveonettes – Rarities & B-Sides
Isis – Celestial
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – I Blame the Government
Corrosion of Conformity – C.O.C. s/t & Animosity
Y&T – Mean Streak & Black Tiger
Burial – Street Halo Kindred
The Vaselines – The Way of the Vaselines


About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.


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