Events: Oakland in Blue Rough Screening!


Words by Crystal Clear

Recently we #STUKgirls had the opportunity to create and collab with sunrae films founder, Robbin Rae, to add to their latest project, “Oakland in blue: A Short Film.” STUK founder and Creative Director, Brette Sims, designed and animated the above title logo for the upcoming movie short while STUK Designs Blog Editor and CFO, Crystal Clear, went to work as a character wardrobe stylist, production assistant, and even does some acting in a small role. The short film is both written and directed by Robbin Rae, who put up a hell of a hustle to self- produce the short. It was tremendously inspiring to witness Robbin wrap up filming the short despite some pretty major setbacks. Literally almost everything that could go wrong, did- but Robbin Rae just doesn’t stop. She stayed on her grind day and night to keep things moving and now “Oakland in blue: A Short Film” is here!! Check out the trailer below and be sure to join us at the BEtty Ono gallery for a rough screening of the short! There will be live performances fresh off the oakland in blue original soundtrack and a chance to cop some v exclusive and limited #OIB merch!!

Betti Ono Gallerypresents
“Oakland in blue: A Short Film”
by Robbin Rae
1427 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Thurs. July, 17 7:00- 9:00 PM

download the oakland in blue original soundtrack here!!!

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Quote of the Week: Valatin T.


#stukgirl “Ivie” Illustration by STUK founder: Brette Sims

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Monday Motivation: “The Art of Journaling”



Photo by STUK Photographer Nisha J| STUK Model: Sky Hannah | Words by STUK Founder Brette Sims

“The Art of Journaling”

Journaling is such a simple art that most of us forget how important it is. But in journaling we can find peace, become centered, and just document some dope life happenings. The other day Lollie told me, “keep a gratitude journal. BE SO GRATEFUL, because human tendency says we could have 99 percent going right and we focus on that one percent.” I thought that was a profound point. Writing things down often opens us up to the full picture and full magnificence of life! Whether you journal about what you are grateful for, cool shit that happened in your day, or to release emotions, writing can be a pretty therapeutic practice. Journaling is one of the easiest ways to accelerate personal development. It has taught so much about myself and lead me to all sorts of epiphanies and revelations, both beautiful and hard to swallow. At the end of the day I find I have so many aimless thoughts swirling around in my head. It is so refreshing to gain clarity by putting those thoughts down on paper. And sometimes… you realize… the things you are most worried about and stressing over look pretty silly on paper. I think we should all have a little evolving book of inspiration. You may end up writing yourself down a colorful path of self discovery. It is a beautiful life and your adventure deserves to be documented! So get FREE, and keep writing!

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Style: #STUKGIRL Pins!!



Photos by STUK Photographer Achiamar Lee- Rivera | Featuring STUK Renaissance Woman Whitney Jeffries| Words by Crystal Clear

Oh, heyy!! The wait is over ya’ll! #stukgirl pins are finally up for grabs in our shop! We’ve been gifting them at our art shows and we love seeing ya’ll rock them. They’re the perfect for accessorizing your accessories and make any top, hat, or backpack pop! These mini- illustrations are structured for re-wear and right on trend for summer. Inject some instant, artsy #STUKstyle into your summer swag!!

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Music: AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”



We are so totally STUK on AlunaGeorge! The electronic music duo from London, consists of Aluna Francis on vocals and songwriting with George Reid on production and instrumentation. They rocked our world at Coachella and we just can’t get enough. Get into one of our favorite cuts, “You Know You Like It,” – an oldie but goodie accompanied by a sickening visual. Xo.

“Some people want me to be heads or tails
I say no way, try again another day
I should be happy, not tipping the scales
I just won’t lay, letting my life get away

I’m no fool, no, I’m not a follower
I don’t take things as they come, if they bring me down
Life can be cruel, if you’re a dreamer
I just wanna have some fun, don’t tell me what can’t be done

You know you like it but it drives you insane
You know you like it but it drives you insane
You know you like it but you’re scared of the shame
What you want, what you gonna do?
You know you like it but it drives you insane
Only ’cause you know that you wanna feel the same
You know you like it but it drives you insane
What you want, what you gonna do?”

Is Aluna’s hot track driving you insane? Send us a tweet to @stukdesigns and let us know!

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Meet #STUKGIRL Bella


#stukgirl “Bella” Illustration by STUK Founder Brette Sims

Bella is a fierce queen. She knows who she is, what she wants, and lives life by no ones standards but her own. Bella is socially aware and her fashion reflects her inner confidence. Let this fashionable feminist and intellectual swag some confidence into your creative space.”

shop #stukgirl bella here!

 
Our art imitates life. STUK Designs is motivated and inspired by the same women we aim to motivate and inspire. Keep up with the real bella!

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Interested in working STUK? Shoot us an e-mail to info@stukdesigns.com and we can get started on a collaboration today!

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Photography: #STUKGIRL Street Art X OGPenn


Photos by Pendarvis H. | Words by Crystal Clear

#STUKgirl street art is our way of reaching out to the masses and we just love how its opened the doors for new collaborations. In lieu of our street art, STUK founder and creative director, Brette Sims, got to shoot with documentary photographer, Pendarvis Harshaw, better known as OGPenn. The two Oakland natives took a little trip through their hometown where ogpenn documented Brette as she prepped and posted some #STUKGIRL street art. We love what happens when two creatives get together and are so stoked about how perfectly Pendarvis was able to capture the #stukgirl street art process. Take a gander at these frozen moments and be sure to check out ogpenn’s photo essay for more!


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Style: #STUKGIRL Laptop & iPad Skins




We #stukgirls are constantly on the grind because we love what we do. So, to keep our workspace cute, we customized our tools of the trade! #stukgirl laptop and ipad skins are thin and easy to remove. Made from a patented vinyl that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles, these skins will transform your electronics into a work of art. Stay motivated and tote around your comp with cutery. Inject some instant, artsy #STUKgirl swagga’ into your creative space!!

shop #stukgirl laptop and ipad skins here!

Find our designs inspiring? Work with us to create your own design! We offer services in graphic design, fine art, and T-shirt printing. Create with STUK Designs to get YOUR business started. We can help bring your vision for your business card, logo, or web banner to life! Just shoot us an e-mail at orders@stukdesigns.com and we can get started on your project TODAY!!

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STUK Renaissance Woman: Whitney Jeffries


Photos by STUK Photographer Achiamar Lee- Rivera | Styled by STUK Production Manager Ashley Martinez & Whitney Jeffries|Interview by Crystal Clear

Whitney Jeffries is quite literally the definition of a philanthropist- a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others. There’s not many who dedicate themselves to people globally. Most of us, although we mean well, can’t quite conceptualize how our daily life decisions impact those outside our sphere of consciousness. But Whitney’s vision is expansive, and when such a young, beautiful woman does such full-hearted work on a global scale, you have to take notice! “I’m really inspired by my friends,” Whitney says. “These awesome women really defy convention, and I wanted to create something specifically for them. The girl who isn’t afraid to be strong and confident in herself and to be unique- I wanted to give that woman a timeless way to express herself.” Whitney is a woman who goes for it! So she took her two loves an married them. “I love fashion and I love doing socially conscious work,” she explained. “A quote I read in one of my favorite books entitled, “Refashioned,” really resonated with me. ‘Choosing faster and cheaper can equate to unwitting disregard for humanity and the environment. It is often much easier to consume what is convenient without thinking too much about the larger impact or consequences of our choice.’ I decided that conscious, well crafted design is how will leave my mark on the world.” Well, Whitney has definitely left her mark on us! This fashionable creative with a heart for humanity has inspired us think globally. Find your own inspiration in her story and meet Whitney!

Your name: Whitney Jeffries

Your age: 28

Your zodiac sign? Aquarius

Where are you from? Los Angeles, CA

What’s your focus, passion, and contribution to the world? My focus right now is my lifestyle brand, Whitney Alix. My mission is to empower consumers to positively impact economic development both domestically and abroad by providing well crafted pieces made in the USA, sourced from different regions in Africa.

How do you do it and who do you do it with? I started Whitney Alix because I was inspired by a few friends who are entrepreneurs that launched their companies a few years ago. I saw their growth, their creative freedom, and how happy they were. It really motivated me to want the same experience and also helped me realize that I have the same qualities and drive as them in terms of being creative and wanting to express myself through design. That freedom is so inspiring. They taught me that if you stick with your goal and truly believe in yourself and your vision, you will progress and succeed.

What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on a new line of classic, unisex, boyfriend style button up shirts for Whitney Alix. The fabrics I’m using are from all over the world which will make each one unique and one of a kind.

What does your art mean to you? My art is me. So, if you asked me what I think of myself, I would say I think I am very special and unique.

What does love mean to you? Love is wonderful and all I wish is that people will keep spreading love more and more.

What would you like to get across to your viewer? Beauty. Strength. Grace. Compassion. Inspiration.

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Music: POISON IVORY- Mr. Wonderful!


Directed & Styled by: ZaeBear | Asst Director: Sebastian Mego

We are so STUK on singer POISON IVORY. She IS living, breathing art. We love that her music is soulful yet intelligently conscious with a lot of edge. The song and video for “Mr. Wonderful” is currently giving us LIFE. The song has a bumping reggae beat and the lyrics are laced with the signature, edgy, backwoods blues tones that only Ivory can pull off. ZaeBear, responsible for the “slumpvillage” and “imagination” visuals, has directed yet another masterpiece! The video also features Natasha Lillipore and Lindsey Jenningz, who together with poison ivory, make up their own creative girl gang. We love videos that captivate both the viewers eyes and ears and this video put us on repeat. We can hardly wait for the next release by ZaeBear and POISON IVORY. Do yourself a favor and cop the filth ep on itunes now. Xo!

Let us know what you love about this video and tweet us @STUkDESIGNS!

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Quote of the Week: “You are Prosperity!”


#STUKGIRL Cara Illustration by STUK Founder: Brette Sims

“What is prosperity? A mental state. A functional attitude that draws you to an abundance of every great thing. How do you get prosperity? Expect it. Always ask for the highest and the best; never doubt that it will come. What does prosperity look like? Look in the mirror. You are prosperity. Prosperity is your birthright. It is up to you to recognize your free access to an inexhaustible supply of all things good and desirable. Prosperity is your inheritance as a child of the Universe.”

-Unknown

Tweet us @stukdesigns and let us know how this weeks quote has inspired you or share it on facebook to inspire others!!

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Meet #STUKGIRL Erica!!


#stukgirl “Erica” Illustration by STUK Founder Brette Sims

Erica is a singing, acting, writing triple threat who believes in creating her own opportunities. No matter what rough circumstances life throws her way, she dusts herself off and keeps going because she KNOWS her true light within. Erica continuously pushes the limits of her comfort zone because she also KNOWS that in life, we must either EVOLVE or DIE! Let her go-getter energy light up your space!”

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Our art imitates life. STUK Designs is motivated and inspired by the same women we aim to motivate and inspire. Keep up with the real Erica!

follow erica on twitter!!
follow erica on instagram!!
connect with erica on facebook!!

Interested in becoming a #STUKGIRL? Shoot us an e-mail to info@stukdesigns.com and we can get started on a collaboration!

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